Simpson House Inn
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... and headed to the harbor in hopes to grab lunch at Brophy's, but unfortunately there was a long wait. As we were leaving for plan b, we saw the actress that plays Sarah on the ABC show Revenge. We ended up going to Shoreline, where we ate on the beach with our feet in the sand. The fish tacos were great and the view was priceless.
For the remainder of the day we relaxed at the house, enjoyed an awesome view from the back deck, and completed the ...
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From there we walked through some real nice palm tree lined streets and admired the big mansions, until we reached the main State streets: shopping, banks and restaurants…. Finally we reached the Stearns Wharf…. From here we enjoyed nice views back to Santa Barbara and the mountains; we felt the cold wind…. Which made us walking a little faster, ...
... freeway going through LA. There had been an accident and things were moving really slowly. By the time we got through it was already getting late in the afternoon so we stopped at a servo with some fast food joint, everyone was hungry so we had a feed. Then got back on the highway and smashed the rest of the trip nice and quick as we had plenty of people in the van and could use the car pool lane which makes things quicker. Along the journey ...
... for 0600 so we could be under way by 0630 or so. Departing this early should get us around the point before the wind came up. We had arrived late in Port San Luis and had each grabbed a buoy several hundred feet apart to spend the night. Leaving off a buoy is easier than pulling the anchor or untying from a dock.
Our alarm is an app on our iPhone. At 0512 the phone rang. Rick, being the go-to guy for early rising, came out of ...
... so carried on with Timmy and Christine along the 101 into the night. When they took their turning towards Sacramento we jumped out and ended up spending the night on a small piece of grass between two highways (luckily we had ear plugs), camped in some trees directly next to a pile of animal bones which we discovered in the light of the morning!
We packed up, had a delightful breakfast sat in the sunshine next to the highway and then continued on our way. Before we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Simpson House Inn Santa Barbara
The Gold Standard for B&Bs
My husband and I recently spent a vacation celebrating our 3rd anniversary in the Robert & Julia Simpson room at the SimpsonHouse Inn. This B&B is the gold standard by which to compare other B&Bs. The rooms are very nicely appointed (with the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in, including our own); the entire staff is professional, friendly, and ready to assist you in any manner needed; the amenities are complete; the food (gourmet breakfast; bountiful hors d' oeuvres and wine in the early evening) is outstanding; the grounds are as beautiful as described; and, the location is perfect. Thank you, Simpson House Inn, for spoiling us with your casual elegance!
My husband and I booked a reservation, after reading about the Simpson House in the AAA Travel Guide.
A Beautiful Inn
Just spent two nights here. Stayed in the "Sun Room." The grounds are lovely and the service and food excellent. Staff is very helpful in finding a restaurant you would like. Nice touches like the personalized breakfast menu and sherry cakes on check in. They also gave us free trolley tour tickets and a cute replica of the cookie jar in your room at check out. Common rooms are beautiful and you hate to leave. Our only downside was the size of our room - very cramped. You can sit on the toilet (sink was in the room) and extend your leg into the shower stall! No, I'm not kidding. I would certainly recommend one of the larger rooms if you plan on staying at the Inn. The Robert & Julia Simpson Room would be my choice on my next stay. Given the service, I would go back.
Adorable Bed & Breakfast in Santa Barbara
The Simpson House is a wonderful place to go to escape hectic life and relax in the midst of cottages and English-style gardens. The rooms are cozy, the service is impeccable, and the food (Mediteranean hors D'oeuvres paired with local wines) is absolutely delicious. The inn is within a beautiful historic area of Santa Barbara. I was able to enjoy the beauty and fun of Santa Barbara, and relax in my own private haven. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend some vacation time.
We have just returned from a weekend at the Simpson House Inn. This bed a breakfast is incomparable to anywhere we have stayed before. It really helps you to understand the difference between a hotel and a bed and breakfast. The Simpson House Inn is a beautiful Victorian home which has been refurbished into a bed and breakfast. It is absolutely stunning, each room is unique, and the service is personal and extensive. We loved everything from the welcome cake when we arrived, to the tea service in the afternoon. They even provided European Spa Treatments for us in our room! Both my husband and I got the signature massage on Saturday afternoon. They use essential oils such as lavender, which was so relaxing I didn't know if I could even get up afterwards. Even when leaving the grounds we were taken care of, we decided to go to the beach one day and they provided us with complimentary beach chairs and towels! It is located near dozens of cute little shops and restaurants with unique menus. Our favorite was this beautiful little restaurant called Citronelle, they serve a French cuisine that was delicious. We stayed in one of the Garden Rooms for about $400 a night. We had a beautiful view of the meadows and the Gardens through our french doors, and we had a gourmet breakfast each morning out on the patio. This adorable Inn was so relaxing it was truly a home not too far away from home.
A romantic & charming b&b
We stayed in a cottage room over the weekend and it rained the whole time! Our stay was wonderful! We were spoiled with breakfast served in our room (the homemade oatmeal is yummy), free newspaper, comfy robes & slippers, welcomed with 2 rose shaped cakes in our room & cookies, & free beverages. Picked Roman Holiday from their movie library, we skipped the complimentary popcorn. They also serve wine & odeurves in the evening. The cottage is pricey but worth it, cozy with a fireplace and the jacuzzi tub was ideal for bubble baths. The skylights were great, and there was a fountain near our front door. Everyone was helpful and friendly.
Perfect for what it is.
Perfect for what it is, a lovely bed and breakfast. If you want the Four Seasons go there. But I found this place delightful. The grounds are lovely and private, the staff is first rate, and there are so many freebies (warm appetizers in the afternoon, wine tasting, popcorn, a free ride on the trolley). I stayed in the parlor room, which was not too small and had a lovely view of the fountain. Obviously this place is not cheap, but I think you get value for dollar and I liked the location and the intimacy when compared to the Four Seasons.
Since the Simpson House touts itself as the only AAA 5-Diamond Bed & Breakfast in North America, my wife and I had extremely high expectations (which were almost met, but not quite).
I loved this place. My boyfriend took me there for our 1 year anniversary! They left us a little cake and a note to congratulate us.
The breakfast was so yummy, including great huevos rancheros and the freshest blueberry muffin I've ever had! I've stayed at other B&Bs and hotels, but this one was the most memorable! It is expensive, but good hotels in SB cost around this much, and you get breakfast. The service was great too. They took care of all reservations and gave us directions to every place we were headed.
My husband and I were given a weekend stay at Simpson House Inn for our honeymoon. Our cottage was as charming as a hobit's house with private jacuzzi, high skylight ceilings allowing views of lush green foliage overhead, and a beautiful stone fireplace. A fountain danced right outside the door, its music covering any sounds the city might make. The meals were superb and the concierge and staff were amazing! The gardens are impeccable masterpieces perfect for strolling in or lazing about reading in leafy bowers. Since it is located in the heart of the city, getting about is easy. The Courthouse (for those who are old enough to remember Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law - its the opening scene) is magnificent, Paseo Nuevo shopping is like visiting European markets, and I could go on and on. A delightful experience. We hope to return for our tenth anniversary (or sooner!)