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Sunday, 28 September 2008

Santa Barbara: A Bike Ride through the American Riviera - Page 3

Written by Brent Bakeman
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I left Esau’s on State Street after a satisfying meal of chicken fried steak and eggs, and walked outside for a breath of fresh air and a look around. It was a beautiful Santa Barbara day -- 73 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. People walked up and down the busy street in shorts and t-shirts busying themselves with some shopping and enjoying the day. .The large college population and world-class shopping in Santa Barbara bring money up from bigger California cities like Los Angeles and San Diego. Downstate past the 101 Highway, pristine beaches lay ahead where sunbathers, surfers and bike-riders gather to be near the ocean breeze – the perfect place for people-watching.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Esau’s Café, 403 State Street, 805-965-4416. Best breakfast in town, line out the door occasionally during prime breakfast hours.

Palace Café, 8 East Cota Street, 805-963-5000. One of the best dinners in Santa Barbara, New Orleans meets California.

Citronelle, atop the Santa Barbara Inn – 901 East Cabrillo Boulevard., 805-963-0111. Impressing someone? Go here, incredible views, valet parking.

Joe’s Café, 536 State Street, 805-966-4638. Hearty food and even heartier drinks.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Santa Barbara, 533 State Street, 800-549-9869. Smack downtown, surrounded by the clubs, but elegant environs.

Casa Del Mar,18 Bath Street, 800-433-3097. Kitchenettes available, half-block from the beach and the original “Sambos.”

Villa Rosa, 15 Chapala Street., 805-966-0581. Great staff and also a stone’s throw from the sand; close to State Street as well.

The Lemon Tree Inn, 2819 State Street. Uptown hotel near the hospital and The Earl Warren Showgrounds

PARKS

Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, 805-682-4726. Incredible and beautiful.

Douglas Family Preserve, End of Linda Street on the Mesa. Michael Douglas kicked in the dollars to preserve this beautiful bluff over the sea. (Locals call it The Wilcox Property)

Shoreline Park, Shoreline Drive and La Marina. Break out your sunscreen and hacky-sack

Franceschi Park, 1510 Mission Ridge. Incredible views and a bit of history.

Santa Barbara: A Bike Ride through the American Riviera, Photos  by Ava Warmath

WHAT TO SEE

Santa Barbara Mission

The Waterfront

The Courthouse

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

El Presidio State Park

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

© Brent Bakeman

Brent Bakeman can be reached at: brentbakeman [at] gmail [dot] com

Photos ©Ava Warmath

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