Santa Barbara is a glorious destination for a getaway; it is often called the American Riviera. With so much to see and do, the choices for lodging can be overwhelming. So, we’ve simplified the decision-making with six reasons why The Eagle Inn is the best place to stay in Santa Barbara.
The often-used phrase for real estate is “location, location, location,” and The Eagle Inn shines in this area! The location of The Eagle Inn is perfect — the beach, local restaurants, and attractions are mere steps away. Additionally, for those who come via train, it’s only a five-minute walk from the station.
So, why stay at The Eagle Inn?
1. The Eagle Inn is Close to the Beach
All you need to do is look at a map; The Eagle Inn is just a few blocks from three “beachy” areas: West Beach, Leadbetter Beach, and Stearns Whaft.
West Beach is a wide sandy beach between the Harbor and the Wharf. It is the perfect spot for sunbathing, volleyball, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Because of the wharf and harbor, there are better beaches for swimming. A bike path leads in one direction to the UC Santa Barbara campus and in the other to Butterfly Beach.
Leadbetter Beach is a better choice to go swimming. It’s also an excellent place for beginning surfing due to the gentle surf. Take a few extra minutes to walk up to Shoreline Drive; you will get a great view of the surfers and the Channel Islands. Students from nearby Santa Barbara Community College are regulars here.
It’s true that Stearns Wharf is not a beach but a destination in its own right. Go fishing, take a cruise into the harbor, or grab a bite at one of the restaurants in situ. It is also the place for holiday celebrations, like fireworks on the 4th of July or the Parade of Lights in December.
2. The Eagle Inn is Close to Restaurants
Walking to lunch or dinner is relaxing and helps to work up your appetite. No need to stress over parking or concerns about sampling that superb glass of wine or cocktail. Although TripAdvisor lists 15 restaurants within three-tenths of a mile, we’ve curated our favorites for you! You can take your pick from fine dining to casual, with virtually every ethnicity or dietary requirement.
3. The Eagle Inn is Close to Attractions
Our hotel is an easy walk to downtown Santa Barbara, with shopping, restaurants, and museums, like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Courthouse. You can also visit the Carriage and Western Art Museum or the Wolf Museum of Innovation and Exploration, MOXI. Don’t forget to save some time for just window shopping!
We also have bicycles you can use when venturing out a little further. A favorite and pleasurable thing to do is to pedal along Cabrillo Boulevard.
4. The Eagle Inn is Close to the Funk Zone
The Funk Zone is an attraction in and of itself! This 13-block area was once an industrial and manufacturing hub but is now home to artists, galleries, boutiques, and wine-tasting shops. Since it all began with the artists, there are over a dozen art galleries. The oenophiles followed the artists and brought in approximately 20 wine-tasting venues. Good thing you can walk there.
5. The Eagle Inn has a Tasty Breakfast
Another feature you might not expect in our Spanish-Colonial-styled lodging is a hot breakfast prepared on-site using locally-grown ingredients. These recent comments on TripAdvisor from azogal say it all:
“The breakfast room was pleasant and the outdoor patio was fantastic on the one day it was warm enough to eat outside…Breakfast was tasty and some choices were more filling than others. The first morning I had Huevos Rancheros which were really good and filling. The next morning I had a veggie scramble with eggs and an English muffin, and the third morning I had scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, and an English muffin. Every breakfast was served with fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee (regular and decaf), and tea. They also had almond milk, cream, and skim milk.”
6. The Eagle Inn is Located in a Quiet Residential Neighborhood
Safety is essential for everyone. Knowing our location is in a quiet, peaceful residential neighborhood helps to ensure that. Along with the tranquil location, you will find staff eager to help you in any way they can. Because they live in the area, they are happy to plan the perfect itinerary for you. All you need to do is ask!
Book Your Stay at the Eagle Inn Now
With these 6 reasons why The Eagle Inn is the best place to stay in Santa Barbara, book your romantic getaway now. Our casitas feature private patios, two-person spa tubs, and fireplaces. Many of our hotel guest rooms feature large tubs, fireplaces, and balconies ideal for romantic getaways. All are comfortable and well-appointed with luxurious amenities.
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