Places to see (and be seen)
Louise A. LaMothe
LOUISE A. LAMOTHE,
FAVORI TE WATERING HOLE
The Dutch Garden. It’s really quaint and unique—
a wonderful selection of beers and great eats.
Louie’s California Bistro in the Upham Hotel, which
was built in 1871. A good romantic getaway spot
with bungalows on the grounds, yet a quick walk
to State Street.
Amtrak to San Diego—not the fastest way to get
there, but oh so relaxing! Kick back and watch the
waves all the way down the coast.
FAVORI TE HIS TORICAL FACT
ABOUT SANTA BARBARA
President Teddy Roosevelt first saw the Pacific Ocean
in Santa Barbara, and his escorts were rangers from
what is now Los Padres National Forest—part of my
federal lands jurisdiction as a U.S. magistrate judge.
FAVORI TE CITY EVENT
Old Spanish Days and the Fiesta Parade. For
almost a week in early August, we turn back the
clock to celebrate our Spanish heritage.
FAVORI TE HIS TORICAL RESIDENT
Father Virgil Cordano, pastor of the Santa Barbara Mission, who died in 2008. He was a beloved
interfaith leader revered by many.
FAVORI TE BUILDING
The Santa Barbara Mission, Laguna Street. The
self-guided tour of the church and its extensive
grounds is a tour of the history of the Pueblo.
FAVORI TE BREAKFAST SPOT
Le Café Stella. Not only good food but a casual
atmosphere with a fireplace and courtyard, conducive to relaxation and conversation.
FAVORI TE LUNCH SPOT
South Coast Deli on Chapala Street. Be sure to try
BEST PLACE TO REFLECT
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. It’s so close to
everything, yet feels far away.
Santa Barbara’s Louise LaMothe tells us
what’s good in the neighborhood
The top of our county courthouse—where else? It’s
a Spanish Revival-style building built in 1929. It’s
also known for its mural room.
The Douglas Family Preserve overlooking Hendry’s
Beach. It’s going to be your dog’s favorite spot, too.
GO-TO ARTS VENUE
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is really well-known, but now the Funk Zone Arts District has
brought a whole new flavor to the arts scene.
Enjoy the Arts Fund Community Gallery or take in
the Funk Zone Art Walks every two months
on a designated Friday night.
FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER
The Arlington Theatre, which opened in 1931, has the
ambiance of a Spanish colonial plaza. The Riviera
Theatre is another great movie venue—tucked away
in the hills and showing the more experimental films.
FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP
Wendy Foster on State Street. Wendy makes
frequent runs to the New York and
Paris fashion weeks, so the store
has a sophisticated vibe but
is never stuffy.
BEST PLACE FOR
The beach, of course.
Handlebar Coffee Roasters
FAVORITE PIZZA JOINT
Rusty’s: a Santa Barbara staple.
And don’t miss Lucky Penny, very upscale and hip,
in the Funk Zone.
PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS
The Funk Zone, and especially The Lark for dinner.
Knapp’s Castle, a ruined estate home in the Santa
Ynez Mountains. The view is worth the drive.