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... a windmill in the middle of the town! This is a pretty town with many restaurants, unusual shops and we spent a couple of happy hours wandering around this lovely little town.
We only had a half hour drive from Solvang to our destination for tonight - Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal town and magnet for the rich and famous. However, we have not seen any so far today. We checked into our hotel and ...
... rockfall or bad weather. In 2008 it was closed for the whole year because of the rockfall and damage a bad storm had caused.
But even though the drive was spectacular the highlight of our day was a visit to Hearst castle at San Simeon. We arrived at about 12:30 just in time to get on the 1:00 tour to Hearst Castle - you can't get up to the castle without taking a tour. Not really a castle at all but a home built at the top off a hill ...
... had mini surf boards and were trying to catch the perfect one to ride to the shore. People watching proved to be the order after a short nap. Our day ended at The Biltmore, a very exclusive hotel on the beach in one of the richest zip codes in the US. Non hotel guests are allowed to eat in one restaurant, so we booked for the seafood buffet night. It was ...
First stop out of LA and this was a nice relaxing town to be in. We continue to be amazed with the number of vegetarian options in California. This was a brief visit so we walked into the town and along the pier, a very mediterranean feel ...
... socialites, reminding us of the scenes from the Great Gatsby. The houses were modeled after 19th century European castles, with Spanish exteriors and Baroque interiors. The outdoor Neptune pool and the indoor Roman pool are the most stunning areas of the site, not ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harbor House Inn Santa Barbara
We LOVED our getaway!
We love to travel to Santa Barbara frequently. We were passing through town late last fall & decided to call around at the last minute to see who had a room available. Well, we were VERY lucky to have stumbled upon this gem! It was a prefect location & so comfortable. We stayed there with our spoiled dog & she was very comfortable too. The linens were wonderful- everything pleasantly surprised us. We will definately be back to visit, especially in the warmer months.
A Perfect 10!
My sister and I stayed at the Harbor House Inn for one night in March 2006 and loved it! We wish we could have stayed longer. We took the train up the coast from San Diego and were able to walk to the Inn from the train station. It was very quaint, with beautiful antiques, and all of the comforts of home. The owner was attentive and we made use of the beach cruiser bicycles for the afternoon. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. By the way, I am an airline pilot and stay in hotels 2 weeks per month all over the world. This is the first hotel I have felt deserved a write up.
Room was great!!!
My husband and I spent the weekend in SB at this wonderful B&B. We were in room #6 and I think it was one of the nicest rooms. The hostess was wonderful answering all questions we had as well as giving recommendations on where to go. I would definitely stay here again. The best part of the hotel was the bed!! It was sooo comfortable!! It had a down comforter that kept us toasty for the cool September nights in SB. The only minor complaints I had was that some of the other guests were a bit noisy (but it probably would not have been bad if my husband would have let me shut the windows), the sink did not drain well in the bathroom and the water pressure was not very good.
Also, I wanted to let you know of a few great restaurants we tried while in town. Enterpise Fish Company was awesome!! They have great fish, and lobster bisque soup!! Pirahna has awesome sushi as well as other dishes and Ma Dolce Vita is great Italian with a wonderful view of State Street and great outdoor dining. Also, if you are looking for a place to watch sports, check out Madison's sports bar.
NOT nice at all. Actually gross. Not well kept. Small rooms. Over priced, very over-priced. The rooms looked okay online...then we actually got there and all it was nothing more than a run down motel. If you are looking for a nice getaway or something decent, I'd think twice before staying here. I was very upset that this was my experience for my first trip to Santa Barbara.
Nice staff is all its got
The Staff was very frendly, but it goes downhill from their the room my family and I stayed in #3 was a joke the couch was so old and used that you were better off sitting on the carpet the two chairs were in about the same shape old yard sale junk if you are going to furnish your rooms with antiques they should atleast be that not just old crappy furniture... And as for the bed three days later my back is still in pain.. The only thing this place has going for it is the location and for that their are others to chose from. For what we paid I would not stay here at half the price..250.00 a nite ykes, Like I said nice staff but thats it.. Get some new furniture and pre 80s TV..It's just not wort it. Sorry for the bad review I had high hopes for this place.
Quiet, Lovely, Comfortable!
My husband and I just returned from a long weekend in Santa Barbara, where we celebrated our anniversary. We'd chosen the Harbor House Inn because we wanted a B&B feel, but with more privacy (however, the anonymity of the larger resorts didn't appeal to us either!), and we decided to try it out based on what we saw on their website.
We were so pleased with our stay!! Our unit was homey, comfortable, pretty, very clean and tidy, quiet and generally just what we were looking for. We enjoyed the breakfast basket, and especially found the free bikes and beach chairs/towels/umbrellas to be a wonderful and convenient addition to what was already a lovely experience.
Also, the property is only a block from the oceanfront and marina in a charming neighborhood with friendly people. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant place to stay!!
Charming and Comfortable
We stayed here during August 2004. The room was very charming and the bed unbelievably comfortable. Our room included a small kitchen that was invaluable in making our stay with two todders painless. We especially enjoyed the complimentary basket of goodies including freshly baked banana bread! There are four sitting areas outside in the courtyard -- one of them underneath a magnificent palm tree -- that are perfect for reading the newspaper and enjoying a glass of wine. The staff is friendly and very helpful in recommending local eating spots. The beach area is just a block away. The shopping on the main street is too far to walk, but you can borrow a bike from the inn. Seems like everyone in Santa Barbara rides a bike.
One of the sweetest inns I've ever stayed in. From morning coffee in the courtyard with the L.A. Times, to the rented bikes and beach chairs, to the private, airy rooms, and the charming furnishings, and friendly owners, this was one of the best vacations I've ever taken, and the Harbor House Inn was definitely a factor in that.
Super cute inn
If you're look for a cute, charming, and most importantly.....DOG FRIENDLY hotel in Santa Barbara, then the HARBOR HOUSE INN is the place for you. My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at this quaint hotel in SB. We would definitely stay there again!
Old school charm
The Harbor House is tucked away not far from the marina in gorgeous Santa Barbara. It's more economical than the newer hotels that face the marina, and has none of their condescending attitude. This is a family-run business, and you can tell the owners make an effort. From the goody basket upon arrival to the din of small yapping dogs that spring to life from all directions upon your entrance at reception, this is a quirky and low-key place. As for the rooms, think a cross between your grandmother's house and an Aladdin's cave of flea market finds. They're clean, the street's quiet, and the fully outfitted kitchens are great for people who don't want to eat out all the time or who just want their cup of coffee in bed. Another plus is that you park right outside your room, motel style. Not a place to party, though.
Good base for singles and couples looking for a quiet spot to come back to after a day at the beach and shopping.