You can have it all in a fantastic location at the Harbor House Inn, steps from both the beach and Santa Barbara’s urban downtown.
Only a block from the beach, this quiet inn offers complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, and even beach towels for a day of oceanside adventures.
It’s a short, relaxing promenade to ocean attractions like Stearns Wharf. The inn is also within walking distance of shopping and tasting rooms in Santa Barbara’s famous Funk Zone (Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone reminds me a bit of Los Angeles’s Arts District; if that’s your kind of vibe, then definitely check it out).
The friendly staff makes it easy to check out the inn’s bikes for the whole day, providing bicycle locks, maps, and destination ideas. They even have large storage baskets, and the staff kindly offered water bottles for our trip.
For dinner, enjoy a leisurely 10-minute stroll to Loquita, a delightful Spanish restaurant, followed by a palm-lined walk along pedestrian-friendly State St. Fresh from a luxurious evening, don’t miss a scenic early morning walk to Dart Coffee Co.
Harbor House Inn is an ideal home base for a domestic vacation (my husband and I travel from Los Angeles). With individually curated décor and newly renovated hardwood floors, a stay here feels luxurious without the exorbitant resort fees you’d find down the street. The parking is free here too.
It’s been important to me, especially this year, to safely support local tourism and small businesses. Harbor House Inn has become my favorite family-owned and operated boutique accommodation in Santa Barbara.
I’m looking forward to returning to Harbor House Inn soon. I’d love to read your recommendations for sights and restaurants to check out during our next visit to Santa Barbara.
A Note About Safety
The inn’s meticulously clean and bright studios are particularly suited for travel during Covid-19. Room access is direct from outside rather than through a communal lobby; here, there’s no need to cram into an elevator with a bunch of strangers.
As we cautiously traveled, we made sure to follow local guidance, get our flu shots prior, wear masks when around people, keep a 6-ft distance from others, and get tested for Covid-19 before and after our trip. Stay safe, everyone!
What a delightful blog this is Sylviane. Having been an owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Denver, CO, I could only have wished to have hosted such a guest as yourself. You really made me miss traveling from days gone by, B.C. (Before COVID). I appreciate how you encourage people to support the locals, as they are the backbone of America, in my humble opinion. It is even more important to keep these businesses in the forefront of our consumer spending, as they typically do not have the financial reserves to withstand our ongoing crisis with this virus. Therefore, I appreciate you addressing the safety protocols that are in place at the Inn. With time, assurance and hopefully a successful vaccine, we will all be out galavanting around the corner and across this great State and World.
Thank you, Julie! I appreciate your perspective as a former B&B owner and agree with you about the importance of supporting local businesses. Wishing you safe travels as well!