Local Area

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Our local area is a tried-and-true vacation destination, our beautiful weather and endless activities has people traveling here from all over the world. The Spanish Garden Inn is located right in the heart of the historic Presidio district, 3 blocks from State Street, in the downtown area. There are endless opportunities to explore and experience the hidden gems of Santa Barbara when you stay at the Spanish Garden Inn.


An Unmatched Dining Experience

Santa Barbara is home to quite a few world-class restaurants. With a variety of fine dining experiences around the corner, and a multitude of farm-to-table restaurants to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Check out a few of our local’s favorites and why they rave about them.


Local Art & Unforgettable Culture

The Spanish Garden Inn is located at the center of historic Santa Barbara. Immerse yourself into the wide range of culture and rich history. During your stay make sure to visit the popular landmark, titled “The Queen of Missions.” This beacon of peace is a must see.

Shop Til' You Drop

Whether you’re window shopping or on a mission for something special, a trip to Santa Barbara would not be complete without a little dose of shopping. Make sure to stop by the charming local boutiques of historic El Paseo and Paseo Nuevo. If you are looking for a more modern and larger shopping scene, head on over to State Street for the total experience.


Prime Location for wine lovers

Santa Barbara has a reputation of being a vibrant wine scene, and we’re closely located to one of the top wine regions, Santa Ynez Valley. With over a dozen wineries near the hotel featuring a fine selection of local wines, you’re in prime wine location. Santa Barbara wine tours feature tastings from premium wineries around the area and include preferred pricing. If you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your own hotel, you can always head on down to our on-site wine bar during the evening.


Stearns Wharf & Harbor

Visit Santa Barbara’s most visited landmark. Stearns Wharf is anchored by the signature dolphin fountain at the base of State Street, and extends over the ocean that is easily walkable or driveable. The Santa Barbara Harbor is also a favorite among locals and visitors, and is home to our beautiful marina.