Life’s a breeze when you stay with us at our motel near the beach in Santa Barbara . Our location is
ideal and we look forward to helping you map out a great California vacation.

Enjoy dozens of nearby fun things to do–everything from wine limo tours to kayaking and whale watching.

Santa Barbara Attractions and Activities.

- Beach – ¼ block
- Santa Barbara Zoo –0.5 miles
- Stearns Wharf – 1 mile
- Whale Watching – 1.5 miles
- Sunset cruises - 1.5 miles
- Kayaking – 1.5 miles
- Santa Barbara County Bowl – 1.5 miles
- Paseo Nuevo Mall – 2 miles
- Santa Barbara Harbor – 2 miles
- Court House – 2 miles
- Museum of Art – 2 miles
- Earl Warren Showground – 4 miles
- State Street – 1 mile
- Santa Barbara Mission – 4.4 miles
- Museum of Natural History – 5 miles
- Botanic Garden – 6 miles
- Santa Ynez Valley Wineries  and Solvang – 35 miles
Solvang, is an authentic Danish settlement, founded in 1911. Known as “Little Denmark,” the village
features specialty shops and authentic Danish bakeries. Nearby you can tour Mission Santa Ines or even
try your hand at hang gliding. Not far from Solvang, and nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s
legendary vineyards, is the breathtaking Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. This idyllic spot is home to
more than a dozen award-winning wineries and makes for an ideal day trip (www.santaynezwinecountry.
com/home.html.)  

Nearby Cities
- Goleta - 12 miles
- Carpinteria – 10.1 miles
- Solvang – 35 miles
- Los Angeles – 90 miles  

Colleges and Universities
- University of California Santa Barbara - 12 miles
- Santa Barbara City College – 2 miles
- Wesmont College – 4 miles
- Brooks Institute of Photography – 2.5 miles

Airports / Transportation
- Santa Barbara Airport – 11.5 miles
- Santa Barbara Airbus Santa Barbara Drop Off-Pick Up (Hotel MarMonte) - 7 min walk
- AMTRAK – 1.3 miles

Hospital-Clinic
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - 4 miles
Sansum Clinic on Pueblo Street - 4 miles


Santa Barbara Events.

Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show                                                              www.sbaacs.com
Santa Barbara is a major center of art on the West Coast. The Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show
enjoys a beautiful beach setting under the palms along Cabrillo Boulevard east from State Street on all
fair weather Sundays and holidays from 10 am to dusk. The show is now the only continuous, non-juried
arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world.  
Whatever the size, subject, media and price, all are original arts, done by the local artists you meet.
Approximately 200 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own original work in an informal
atmosphere that encourages visitors to the show to talk with the artists about their work - and in some
cases even to see them in action.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival                                                 www.sbfilmfestival.org
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival showcases independent American and international films.
World-wide film-makers & celebrities attend this highly acclaimed event, which includes: galas, panels,
post-film discussions, int'l filmmakers, and world premieres. The Festival line-up includes 20 world
premieres and 11 U.S. premieres, with newly expanded 11-day festival (January 30-February 9, 2014).
Opening and closing night festivities take place at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theater on State
Street. This year the American Riviera award will go to Robert Redford.

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show                                                  www.sborchidshow.com
The upcoming 65th Annual Orchid Show will take place on March 14-16, 2014 at the Earl Warren
Showground Exhibit Building.
As you stroll down the aisles of the Show, you will be surrounded by hundreds of different orchid
species and named varieties by more than 70 exhibitors including some local growers from North and
South America, the South Pacific, and Asia.
The Orchid Show features a vast selection of blooming orchid plants, corsages, art works and orchid
supplies for sale; works of art with an orchid theme for viewing and sale; free workshops on orchid care
led by orchid experts; unique flower arrangement and corsage exhibition. Santa Barbara-area orchid
nursery growers' hold open houses all weekend long.

Summer Solstice Celebration                                                                     www.solsticeparade.com
The Summer Solstice Parade on State Street on June 21, 2014 is the highlight of the weekend.  It
started as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime and it is now the largest, single-day
arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing crowds of over 100,000 spectators from around the world.
Today, the Summer Solstice Celebration has evolved into creative and original display of floats,
whimsical costumes and masks of more than 1,000 parade participants, of all ethnic and economic
backgrounds. There is dancing, music, drumming and drama that enthrall the spectators. The Festival in
Alameda Park takes place all weekend long, this is where everyone can enjoy a wonderful eclectic
collection of live world music including famous local groups, food, arts and crafts. On Saturday only is a
special free children’s festival. Our arts and crafts area features a juried “fine art” area as well as an
area for crafts from local artisans as well as from around the world.

Santa Barbara French Festival                                                                 www.frenchfestival.com
Where AMERICA celebrates FRANCE! This year it will be July 12-13, 2014.
While Parisians celebrate the French Revolution 8,000 miles away, Californians will revel in the sights,
sounds, foods and joie de vivre of France at the largest French celebration in the Western United
States held at Oak Park.
This year's Fête Française will feature dozens of chefs preparing fine French food...everything from
crêpes to Cajun, from café au lait to decadent desserts and pastries. Enjoy French beer, wine,
champagne and soft drinks.
There is continuous free entertainment on three stages, including cancan, Moroccan belly dancers, grand
opera, Cajun and classical groups, folk dancing, jazz, and cabaret music in the tradition of Edith Piaf and
Maurice Chevalier. Wandering mimes, jugglers, and accordion players perform throughout the crowd.
C'est magnifique!

Santa Barbara Greek Festival                                                  www.santabarbaragreekfestival.com
Visit Greece, right here in Oak Park in beautiful Santa Barbara on July 26-27, 2014.
Long considered to be one of the highlights of the Santa Barbara summer, the Greek Festival represents
the only Greek cultural celebration of the year, and is, for many, their only chance to experience Greek
culture up close. For others, it's a chance to catch up with old friends within the Greek community. It
is always a great weekend for fabulous food and dancing.

Old Spanish Days                                                                             www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org
Old Spanish Days, or Fiesta is widely regarded as Santa Barbara’s premier festival, it will take place
from July 30 to August 3, 2014). The annual event provides an education to residents and visitors about
the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American
settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara. The event annually draws thousands
of visitors from around the world who contribute to the local economy. Old Spanish Days Fiesta has
grown in stature and reputation to become one of the five best regional festivals in the United States.
Fiesta performers come from around the nation and Mexico to participate.  On Friday, the Fiesta
Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States. The parade starts at
the west end of Cabrillo Blvd., to go to State St. During those 4 days, parades succeed to horseshows to
concerts. There is plenty of food at el Mercado de la Guerra to satisfy your appetite for Spanish and
Mexican-American foods, and watch out for those colorful eggs full of confetti!! Viva la Fiesta!!

Santa Barbara Triathlon                                                                www.santabarbaratriathlon.com
The Santa Barbara Triathlon is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the country.  It
starts at the Cabrillo Bathhouse which is almost across the street from our front door (3 min walk
from the motel) . It will take place August 23-24, 2014. The unique distance of the long course gives
athletes a great opportunity to step it up and test their speed on a longer course. The generally calm
ocean swim leads way to a deceptively challenging bike course and solid run course along the shores of
the area’s breathtaking coast.
Men and women of all ages, whether seasoned pros or first-timers, are encouraged to participate in the
Co-Ed Sprint which is an exciting mini version of our renowned long course. The calm ocean swim,
relatively flat bike and nearly flat run make for a perfect introduction to the sport of triathlon.

Santa Barbara Pier to Peak Half Marathon                  www.runsantabarbara.com/pier_to_peak.html
If a flat half-marathon is too boring for you, try the Pier to Peak one, you will not be disappointed.
Santa Barbara's Challenging Half-Marathon, held on August 31, 2014, takes you from the famous Santa
Barbara Friendship Dolphins Fountain at the edge of Stearns Wharf, past the Queen of the Missions
and on up an elevation of 3996 feet to the Majestic views at La Cumbre Peak at Look Out Park in the
Los Padres National Forest. Capture the panoramic layout of the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa
Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands. You can see where you started from 13.1 miles (sealevel)
earlier.

Santa Barbara International Marathon and 1/2 Marathon                             www.sbimarathon.com
The races will take place on November 8, 2014. The 26.2 miles course begins in the scenic Goleta Valley
with its lush lemon and avocado orchards, winds through Santa Barbara’s picturesque Mesa community
with only one major half-mile climb, and finishes with a stunning two-mile descent to the sparkling
Pacific Ocean. Combining vibrant cultural sophistication with breathtaking outdoor splendor, Santa
Barbara offers the ideal destination marathon. The Select Staffing Santa Barbara International
Marathon is a USATF-sanctioned event and a Boston Qualifier.
Activities
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