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Santa Barbara's Inn of the Spanish Garden
Where Modern Day Amenities Meld With Old World Charm

By Jane Cassie
Photos by Brent Cassie

The Inn Of The Spanish Garden divinely integrates into the heart of old town Santa Barbara and, although it authentically replicates the region's 18th century Spanish- colonial architecture, it is actually one of the newer kids on the block.

Since opening its doors September 8, 2001, many luxury-loving couples have been lured by the inn's exquisitely appointed interiors, impeccable service and revival of the past. Although conveniently located just steps from the bustling hub of State Street, where upscale shopping and fine dining can be found, once over the enchanting threshold, guests soon escape the modern day throngs and revel in an era gone by.

Terra cotta tiles lead beyond the unpretentious exterior, that presents more like a family estate, to the inn's relaxed surroundings where ornate ironwork and adobe archways create a romantic ambience throughout. A fireplace warms the cozy reception lounge and casts a glow over hand trawled faux finishes and the Spanish Mediterranean décor. After the sun sets, it unites with the incandescence from the trail of tiny tea lights to provide an inviting night-time welcome.

Adjacent is the informal dining room and outdoor patio where a breakfast buffet is served each morning. Fresh fruit, homemade granola and a variety of baked goods may be followed by a piece or two of quiche and topped off with a specialty coffee. Throughout the day, hot and cold beverages are available, and during the pre-dining hour, some may return here to mingle once more. This time, it's over a glass of Chardonnay, Chablis or another impressive vintage that is available from the Inn's wine cellar.

Umbrellaed tables overlook the manicured gardens that boast a trickling fountain and profusion of hibiscus and bougainvillea blooms. Feathery palms unite with silver-green olive trees to throw shade over the courtyard's open air fitness room and glistening pool. And Pueblo-style buildings, hosting twenty-three heavenly hacienda hideaways, are topped with red tiled roofs to depict Santa Barbara's Spanish heritage to a tee.

Guests will find ultimate seclusion in any one of these sanctuaries that extend down the tiled entryways and up winding staircases. Each haven boasts well-appointed furnishings and original watercolors that blend pleasingly with restored antiques. Crisp Frette linens drape heavenly beds to generate romantic aspirations, while divinely deep tubs promise a soothing soak. All host private sun-splashed decks or patios that overlook the glorious gardens, and gas fireplaces that warm the refined interiors. There are TVs, VCRs with complimentary videos, and high speed internet connections for those mixing business with pleasure. And every pampering nuance has been considered, right down to in-room spa treatments, Molton Brown bath amenities, Brazilian chocolates, and French press coffee. Yes, it's all in the details and all are delicious!

"The inn incorporates Santa Barbara's romance and history with intrigue, glamour and modern day luxuries," reveals Shanda, one of the veteran receptionists. "And although relatively new, it's been designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture."

The service at Inn of the Spanish Garden is precisely what you'd expect from a pedigreed institution. The hospitality is gracious, the ambience is genteel and, as well as having the city at their finger tips, guests celebrate the man-made luxury that delightfully pays tribute to Santa Barbara's legendary beauty and history.

Inn of the Spanish Garden is the brainchild of founder Larry Broughton, who was the former vice-president of the prestigious Joie de Vivre Hospitality in San Francisco and is now owner of the Broughton Hospitality Group. General manager is Rebecca Johnson

Inn of the Spanish Garden
915 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, California, USA 93101
Phone: 805-564-4700
Toll Free: 866-564-4700
Fax: 805-564-4701
Web site:

Getting to Santa Barbara:
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Jane and Brent freelance for a number of publications
Jane is president of BC Association Of Travel Writers and is a standing member of TMAC (Travel Media Assoc. of Canada)
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Jane and Brent Cassie are a travel writer/photographer team. Follow their other adventures on their website -