Suggested Itinereries

While you'll want to set aside plenty of time to relax at the gardens of the Simpson House Inn, our friendly staff is happy to suggest full itineraries that will help you see all the sites of Santa Barbara. From hiking and surfing to a night at the opera, everyone will be entertained during your Santa Barbara vacation. Call us at (805) 963-7067 to plan a guided tour with our innkeeper.

Day One

Start your Santa Barbara vacation with a relaxing beverage on the veranda of Simpson House Inn. Our afternoon refreshments provide the perfect opportunity to rest up from your journey.

After afternoon refreshments, we suggest a walking tour of Alice Keck Park Gardens. Located across the street from Simpson House Inn, this botanical park offers peaceful spots for quiet reflection next to streams, shade trees, a romantic gazebo and a koi pond.

Be sure to join us for a buffet of Mediterranean-inspired hors d'oeuvres buffet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Many of Santa Barbara's finest restaurants are within walking distance to Simpson House Inn. We have a book of current menus from local restaurants that helps you make the right decision. Your innkeeper will help you make the right decision and will make your reservation.

Day Two

Start your day with a gourmet, vegetarian breakfast served at the Simpson House Inn. This will help you keep up your energy for the Red Tile Walking Tour of historic downtown Santa Barbara. Along the route, you'll pass Spanish-style architecture, manicured lawns, the Spanish Presidio and a unique shopping area that is styled with red, tiled roofs and white-washed walls. This route also passes local historical and art museums. If you prefer to get out in nature, we suggest a hike on Rattlesnake Trail that winds its way through the hills, forests and canyons of Santa Barbara. This is a moderate hike that starts at an elevation of 110 feet.

After you've worked up an appetite, enjoy a relaxing lunch at one of the many charming cafes on State Street. This puts you at the perfect place to catch the trolley to Stearns Wharf, where you can enjoy a beachfront walk or rent bicycles, skates or a four-wheeled Pedalina with a colorful surrey top. The waterfront is also home to the Sea Center, which is operated by the Natural History Museum and the weekly Arts and Crafts exhibit every Sunday.

Watch the sun go down on your second day in Santa Barbara while you relax on an afternoon or sunset cruise. With beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains, a sunset cruise is the ultimate romantic experience in Santa Barbara.

Day Three

After another gourmet breakfast at Simpson House Inn, start your day with a peaceful walk through the Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden. From here, you'll stop to smell the roses and discover views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. This mission administered by the Franciscans and includes a stone church and twin bell tours.

No trip to Santa Barbara is complete without getting out on the waters of Santa Barbara Channel. The Santa Barbara Sailing Center is the ideal place to embark on a whale watch or set sail on a romantic dinner cruise.

If you prefer, we suggest visiting the Natural History Museum in the morning followed by a picnic lunch at Butterfly Beach. Our innkeeper will happily provide a picnic basket stocked with flatware, bottle opener and beach chairs or towels. We can also direct you to our favorite suppliers of gourmet lunch goodies. Once you have your lunch packed, head to Butterfly Beach, which is a quiet, local beach. Just ask our concierge for directions.

Day Four

Depart for an all-day trip to Santa Barbara wineries after a vegetarian breakfast at Simpson House Inn. If you prefer fresh air to local wines, a day of cycling around Santa Barbara is the perfect way to spend your day. Whether you like casual rides around town or intense mountain biking on back-country trails, our concierge will direct you to favored rental places, maps and trails.

After your delectable dinner in Santa Barbara, catch the latest show at Center Stage Theater. This cozy theater hosts a variety of shows and is located in Paseo Nuevo, the cultural center of Santa Barbara.

Day Five

Work up an appetite for breakfast at the Simpson House Inn with an early-morning walking tour of historic Santa Barbara residences. This 45-minute walk will take you around the noted residential streets surrounding Simpson House Inn.

Whether you like to explore quaint boutiques or hit the links, this is the morning to do what you like. From national retailers to independent boutiques, the shopping districts of Paseo Nuevo, El Paseo and La Arcada Court are treasure troves of world-class stores. If you prefer a morning of golfing on scenic courses, our concierge will help you reserve a prime tee time.

After a morning of shopping or golfing, go for a scenic drive along the coastline.