THE SANTA BARBARA WE LOVE!!! (LINKS)
Places to Eat
There aren't a lot of drive-ins left in California and weirdly enough I grew up next to one and now live near another one. Get some snacks pack up the pillows and enjoy a fun night cramped in the car.
To be honest, I don't like going to the Public Market. The same way I don't like going to the beach when the sun is at its zenith. However, when it comes to "things to do in Santa Barbara" its a pretty good choice when the other choice is going to the beach at noon.
I love museums. I like the Mission and it's very popular for first timers but I always wonder why more people don't go to the Historical Museum. It's very interesting and centrally located. It's an easy add on to any trip.
Places to Stay
This has always been and might always be my favorite "hotel" in Santa Barbara. I like to be left alone and I like to feel like I'm in a secluded nook of town when I stay in a hotel. This place even has fresh, warm cookies every couple hours.
Honestly, this is one of the two hotels we refer people to the most often. I'm guessing it's because they are so convenient to downtown and "the Funk Zone". I like it, its not the Eagle Inn but it's good for a tourist hotel.
This is the other hotel we recommend most of the time. It's close to downtown, it's got a "meet and greet" time that I think is a great amenity when visiting a new town and they have snacks and wine while meeting and greeting.
I think what I like about the Upham is what most people may not like about it. It reminds me of a hotel that Wyatt Earp may have stayed in. It's minimalist, quiet, has raccoon sightings and is super relaxing on the porch. Also, its close to the Public Market.