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Old 12-30-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Hollywood Hills
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We live in Sherman Oaks and are taking a week vacation in Santa Barbara. This will be our first time(myself, my wife and our 3 year old daughter).

Just a few questions. Any answers are greatly appreciated:

Approximate drive time?

I know very little about SB--from what I've read, attractions are State Street, the wharf, the beach, downtown SB...anything else I'm missing? Does anyone have some recommendations on restaurants/attractions/things to do?

Thanks so much! Oh, and by the way, our hotel is 1 1/2 blocks from the beach and about 10 minute walk to State Street. The address of the hotel is 116 Castillo Street--from what I've read, this is a pretty good location to where we may want to go.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Bring bicycles and have fun on the bike paths
Stearns Wharf
Check out UCSB, beautiful campus right on the beach.
Lake Cachuma
Perhaps trek out to Solvang
Santa Barbara zoo is very nice for small kids
Listen to 92.9 KJEE, it was hot back in the mid 1990s, no DJs.
Santa Barbara Mission
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Children's Museum of Santa Barbara - Home
Check out Isla Vista, the college community next to UCSB (Go to Freebirds Burritos)
Do some wine country touring and tasting
Visit coldspringtavern.com
Go hang gliding off La Cumbre Peak (~4000 feet elevation). You can go tandem with an instructor. I did it and it was great. There's a camera mounted on the wing too so it captures an image of you flying.

Brings back good memories.

Drive time depends on when you leave. If you leave after 10 AM weekdays or so, probably 75-90 minutes as the traffic won't be as bad.

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Old 12-30-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Hollywood Hills
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Thanks so much, Charles! Some great suggestions.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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the drive should be about 1.5 hrs with no traffic, but the 101 is often backed up. last time i was up there it took 3 hours from the westside, we were in traffic nearly the entire drive. also, a week is a long time up there definitely consider visiting other nearby attractions since you'll probably run out of things to do in the city after a few days since SB really isnt a very big place.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Hotel El Encanto has a lovely brunch and outdoor patio views of the ocean. Sundays there are booths selling all kinds of things all along the beach (on the side walk). Solvang is very touristy but for the first time visitor it is a cute imitation of a Danish village with great bakeries. It is just about a half hour from S.B. Take your time just walking around State Street and neighboring areas. Lot's of little cafes with outdoor dining. Your 3 year old might enjoy the zoo and the train ride the zoo has. Not too warm at the beach this time of year. Santa Barbara can be much cooler than the Valley especially this time of year.
There is a great old Mission in the heart of Santa Barbara that is also down the hill from Hotel El Encanto. Goleta is the next town north of Santa Barbara but there isn't anything to do there. You could also take the train to S.B.? Enjoy.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Hollywood Hills
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Thanks for the great tips/suggestions! We may go to the zoo and we're def. going to check out Lake Cachuma, Stearn's Wharf, State St. and downtown, Solvang and the Old Mission.

osuzana, are you referring to the Santa Barbara Mission or the San Antonio de Padua? We may go to both but, if we end up with only enough time for one, which is preferable?
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:12 PM
 
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This one...

Mission Santa Barbara - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Shallow alcove hidden from the telescreen
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Maybe one more... If it's a nice day, visit the Santa Barbara City College campus. Great view. Bring a picnic and kick back in the top of the stadium stands and enjoy a million-dollar view.

Considered taking Amtrak?
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Sawtelle District
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Don't forget the presidio, it is located near State Street. I always enjoyed going to the mission. The surrounding hills have some great hiking.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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Hotel El Encanto has a lovely brunch and outdoor patio views of the ocean.
Also dinner there, with the view of the lights and reflections off the water.
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