Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fourth Of July, 2014

Are you coming to the beautiful coastal town of Santa Barbara while you celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend! With the 4th falling on a Friday this year, it’s the perfect time to schedule a Santa Barbara getaway weekend at the Cheshire Cat Inn. We’ll use our over 30 years of hospitality experience to make sure you have a memorable and relaxing stay. Cheshire Cat Inn is located close to the heart of Santa Barbara, so you will be near all the action. Wrap yourself in the lap of luxury at our Victorian Inn, and take advantage of our delicious continental breakfast or join us for our wine and hors d’oeuvres hour as you take in some of these 4th of July holiday festivities in Santa Barbara:
·        Spirit of ’76 Parade: The parade will take place on Friday July 4, with a grand march beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Micheltorena Street and proceeding down State Street to Old Town Santa Barbara, concluding at Cota Street. Over 175 nonprofits will participate, with this year’s parade theme focusing on safeguarding our nation’s Bill of Rights.
·        4th of July Fireworks Display: The City of Santa Barbara will again host the traditional beachside Independence Day fireworks show on Friday, July 4. Food vendors will be at the West Beach waterfront from 11am - 9pm, so bring a picnic blanket and set up for a fun day at the beach! The fireworks show will start at 9pm and will last for 25 minutes; West Beach is open to the public during the day's festivities.
·        Free Concert at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens: Don't miss this free concert of inspiring and patriotic American orchestral masterpieces presented by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra at 5pm Friday, July 4th in the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens. The early performance will allow plenty of time for dinner downtown, and a walk to the fireworks show off Santa Barbara Harbor. The concert is made possible by the support of the Cielo Foundation for the Performing Arts.
·        Butterflies Alive!: Experience the magic of Butterflies Alive! at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as you stroll through a beautiful garden filled with flowers, luscious greenery, and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. See one of nature's most beautiful ambassadors and reconnect with nature. Entrance into the exhibition is included with Museum admission.
Make your reservation now to spend the 4th of July holiday weekend celebrating America at one of Santa Barbara's premier Bed and Breakfasts. Be sure to ask about our Inn Specials.

About The Cheshire Cat Inn - Located at 36 W. Valerio Street in Santa Barbara, the Cheshire Cat Inn is known for its perfect combination of location, ambience and comfort. Winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Inn’s spa treatments, quaint Victorian charms, and special hotel deals make it perfect as Santa Barbara’s Great Escape. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805- 569-1610 for more information

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Into St. Patrick’s Day With a Cheshire Cat Inn Getaway

Cheshire Cat Inn Getaway On St. Patrick’s Day

If you're a guest staying at Cheshire Cat Inn on St. Patrick's Day, we've put together a handy list of things to do in Santa Barbara.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun time to stroll around Santa Barbara and reminds us that a lush, green spring is just around the corner. The weather has been fabulous lately; feels like summer arrived early!

Below is a list of Santa Barbara activities you may wish to consider while staying at the inn this St. Patrick's Day.

  • Urban Wine Trail: Taste some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County, all within blocks of downtown and the beach. Created by a group of like-minded wineries, the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail offers both novices and aficionados the opportunity to learn about and taste wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Santa Barbara County’s best vineyards.
  • Waterhouse Gallery houses paintings from nationally known artists from the Western states and are members of the California Art Club and Oil Painters of America.  
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is where adults can learn from Santa Barbara artists during their ever popular living room conversations, panel discussions, and lecture series. 
  • Fuzion describes itself as a “hybrid retail store” that focuses on glass art pipes, men’s underground fashion, and street art culture. The store’s glass collection is a particular source of pride as they focus mainly on American made pieces. 
  • Sullivan Goss represents the works of American artists from the 19th century to today. They have spent the last 25 years curating a collection of over 3000 works featuring the best in paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, prints from artists labeled as luminists, impressionists, expressionists, and modernists.  
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has twelve exhibition halls that feature a life-size 72-foot Blue Whale Skeleton, birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, and the Chumash Indians. Guests experience the wonder of space exploration in the Gladwin Planetarium. The Museum also owns and operates the Ty Warner Sea Center located on historic Stearns Wharf.
  • Santa Barbara Zoo is always a great option, with plenty of fun family activities. With 30 acres and 500 animals, visitors need a map to be sure they see Condor Country, the pair of realistic high-tech dinosaurs in the “Dino Doc” show, the two baby giraffes, and many more animals in naturalistic habitats.
  • Santa Barbara Land and Sea Tours is Santa Barbara’s original amphibious tour vehicle. Guests climb aboard the LAND SHARK for a personally narrated 90-minute land and sea tour adventure and enjoy exquisite views of the Santa Barbara coastline, the American Riviera, and the Santa Ynez Mountains as seen only from a boat at sea.
  • Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum & Library is dedicated to the love of dolls, teddy bears, books and the support of doll and teddy bear artists. 
  • Chase Palm Park Antique Carousel in Santa Barbara was made in North Tonawanda, New York, by the Allan Herschell Company in 1917. Herschell was the largest manufacturer of these flights of fancy during the Golden Age of carousels. Old-fashioned calliope music plays as the carousel turns. 

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend - April 10 – 13. This is a long weekend filled with special events held at wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms, and restaurants throughout Santa Barbara County. The Festival Grand Tasting held on Saturday, April 12 has wine tasting from all 100+ member wineries, an Art Walk, Farmers Market Pavilion, and the Connoisseur Club Pavilion.

The Cheshire Cat Bed and Breakfast Inn offers tempting breakfasts and cozy accommodations in The Main House, The Eberle House, The Coach House or Bramhall, Mobberly, Prestbury and Woodford Cottages, each with its own unique charms and revitalizing atmosphere. We have relied on our 30 years of hospitality to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere so you can simply relax and revel in the small town warmth and charm of Old Santa Barbara. If you’re looking for a little more fun, Cheshire Cat Inn is also located close to Santa Barbara wine country, downtown and within minutes of fine dining, shopping, and beaches, with plenty of Santa Barbara activities close at hand.

We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. Best of all we’ve got some great Cheshire Cat Inn Specials that include options for in-room luxurious massages or fine dining at some of Santa Barbara’s tastiest restaurants.  

Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us at Cheshire Cat Inn,

About The Cheshire Cat Inn - Located at 36 W. Valerio Street in Santa Barbara, the Cheshire Cat Inn is known for its perfect combination of location, ambience and comfort. Winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Inn’s spa treatments, quaint Victorian charms, and special hotel deals make it perfect as Santa Barbara’s Great Escape. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805- 569-1610 for more information.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cheshire Cat Named in Top 10 Romantic Inns List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 12th, 2014 – SANTA BARBARA, CA – Historic Cheshire Cat Inn of Santa Barbara recently made the 2014 list of Top 10 Most Romantic Inns nationwide featured on  This marking comes as no surprise as this award winning Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast has been a long favored getaway destination. 

Among the finest accommodations in Santa Barbara, each room follows along the same whimsical inspiration as the inns name, bearing titles like the Dormouse’s Room, the Mad Hatter’s Room, the Duchess’s Room, and the White Rabbit Balcony Room.  Guests can expect to find the same kind of storybook charm and romance throughout the inn couched in such amenities as gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine & hors d’oeuvres, and in-room Jacuzzis. Cheshire Cat Inn has also partnered with Santa Barbara fine dining restaurants Louie’s and Downey’s to offer an unparalleled vacation package to impress even the most discriminating tastes.

Travelers looking for the perfect place to honeymoon or rekindle passions will certainly find it here nestled in Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate, sidewalk cafes & boutiques, and waterfront adventures.  In fact, many of the town’s best offerings are right within walking distance to the inn.  Guests can even book an in room massage as part of their ideal romantic getaway

About: Cheshire Cat Inn is made up of three Queen Anne Victorians, a Coach House and three cottages, originally constructed in 1894.  Fountains, gazebos, and lush flower gardens abound.  Many of the rooms have fireplaces, refrigerators, and private balconies, and all are decorated with English antiques, and the coziest, most romantic of linens and accessories. Rates range from $194 - $429. For more information or to inquire about specific dates, visit their website, see their Facebook page, or call (805) 569-1610.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Cheshire Cat Inn Is a Christmas Gift that Will Make You Grin

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Cheshire Cat Inn, one of Santa Barbara's premier Bed and Breakfasts, wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. We know there is no better time than the holiday season to get together with friends and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality Santa Barbara has to offer. We welcome any of your out-of-town visitors to our cozy bed and breakfast, and offer a wide variety of gift ideas for that special someone or maybe just for yourself!

Visiting guests and relatives will find that the Cheshire Cat Inn is conveniently located close to downtown and within minutes of fine dining and shopping. Meet your guests here after they have enjoyed breakfast at the Inn and tour Santa Barbara together, or let us make arrangements so they can experience the California lifestyle and enjoy some of Santa Barbara’s great activities. We’ll make sure wine lovers know about tours of the Santa Barbara Wine Country vineyards or the Urban Wine Trail downtown Santa Barbara.

As a gift idea for a loved one or yourself, you can’t beat the lovely accommodations available in our Queen Anne Victorian-styled Main House, The Eberle House, The Coach House, or the whimsical appeal of our Bramhall, Mobberly, Prestbury and Woodford Cottages. Our 30 years of hospitality has helped create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere from which guests can enjoy the small town warmth and charm of Old Santa Barbara. Cheshire Cat Inn Specials include:

·        Santa Barbara’s Great Escape: Fine dining at two of Santa Barbara’s most loved restaurants and two nights’ accommodations at our Santa Barbara bed and breakfast. Available Monday to Thursday.
·        The Cat’s Meow: Great pampering during a mini-vacation in our classic King-bedded accommodations with two ½-hour massages in the privacy of your own room. Available Sunday to Thursday.
·        The Cat’s Grin: A romantic one night stay in our classic Queen-bedded accommodations, including dinner for two at the celebrated “Bouchon” restaurant, which celebrates wine country cuisine in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Available Sunday to Thursday.
·        The Scarlett Cat: One night’s accommodation plus dinner at one of Santa Barbara’s new restaurants, the Scarlett Begonia, offering an innovative approach to cooking that captivates taste buds. Available Tuesday to Thursday.

Cheshire Cat Bed and Breakfast Hotel In Santa Barbara

After returning from a day of fun and family in Santa Barbara, we treat our guests to yummy chocolate chip cookies and brownies which are baked fresh. We look forward to welcoming you or your guests for a holiday visit to the Cheshire Cat Inn.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Christine, Jack, Andrea + Everyone at Cheshire Cat Inn

About The Cheshire Cat Inn - Located at 36 W. Valerio Street in Santa Barbara, the Cheshire Cat Inn is known for its perfect combination of location, ambience and comfort. Winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Inn’s spa treatmentsquaint Victorian charmsand special hotel deals make it perfect as Santa Barbara’s Great Escape. Visit the website and Facebook page or call (805)569-1610 for more information.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Santa Barbara Lodging Tips For Thanksgiving Vacation

Happy Thanksgiving From Your Favorite Downtown Santa Barbara Hotel

Dear Friends,

It’s the most popular travel time of the year and we are quite busy here at Cheshire Cat Inn. People are coming in to town to visit family and friends they haven’t seen all year. While we love Thanksgiving, we know there are many of you that find it to be a bit stressful. Having to host so many family and friends can wear you down if you don’t know how to manage it. After managing an inn since the mid-1980’s we’ve learned a thing or two about keeping our customers happy. This Thanksgiving we want to help you with our list of top ways to manage stress during the holidays.

       Make a list of what needs to be done before your relatives and friends arrive. Do as much as you can before they arrive. Can’t get it all done? Hire help or enlist the help of other friends and family.
       Decide what holiday activities you want to do together with others. Are you making cookies or making holiday decorations? Don’t do it all by yourself! This is a fun family activity that can keep the kids and adults busy for hours at a time.
       Create a budget and stick to it. Nothing can make bringing in the holidays more stressful than financial woes. Calculate the cost of your holiday events, make a budget, and force yourself to honor it.
       Take care of yourself. The Cheshire Cat Inn staff would never be able to take care of our customers if we did not take care of ourselves. Be sure to get plenty of rest and eat nourishing meals, particularly when you are working extra hard.
       Put the children to bed at their regular time. It is easy to let the kids run around and play a bit later than normal. However doing so cuts into your own work and relaxation time. Give the kids a bath and read them a story at their normal hour so that they can get enough rest.

Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season don’t have to take a toll on your body. Use these tips to help keep you sane through the new year. When you need a break, give us a call and make a reservation! We’ll have breakfast waiting for you.

Santa Barbara Events

Santa Barbara Zoo
Thursday, November 28th 10am - 3:30pm
Watch the zoo animals play with pumpkins!

Trinity Episcopal Church
Friday, November 29th at 8pm
For tickets, dial 805-963-4408.

Kalyra Winery
Saturday, November 30th 4pm - 8pm
Free admission! Call 805-693-8864 for more details.

Thanksgiving Videos You Will Love
       What Are You Thankful For? Q&A

Q: How did the inn get its name?
A: The theme of The Cheshire Cat Inn in part references the innkeeper’s home in Cheshire, England and Lewis Carroll’s famous book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Q: Do you serve breakfast at The Cheshire Cat Inn?
A: Yes. Guests enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast and various alternating warm dishes including a quiche or bagels with cream cheese and warm salmon.

Q: Are spa services available on site?
A: Yes, we offer massage and facials in the privacy of your own room. Call to make an appointment at least 6 hours ahead of time. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cheshire Cat Inn Recommends Santa Barbara Halloween Family Fun

Cheshire Cat Inn knows that Halloween in Santa Barbara is a howling good time! We love any event built around a great imagination. Why do you think we have Mock Turtle’s Room, Cheshire Cat’s Room and March Hare’s Room? So many fun and spooky activities are scheduled that you’ll want to spend several nights at our Santa Barbara inn just to catch them all! Here are just a few ideas for Santa Barbara Halloween fun:

Boo at the Zoo: Stay in one of our themed rooms, dress up like your favorite character, and head out to the Santa Barbara Zoo Friday, October 25 (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.), Saturday, October 26 (4:30 - 8:30 p.m.) or Sunday, October 27 (4:30 - 7:30 p.m.) Have a spooktacularly good time with three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating during this merry-not-too-scary event. Features monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, and more

Downtown Safe Trick or Treat: Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 3-6 pm. For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat along State Street and the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. All participating businesses will display an “orange ghost” and balloons in their window. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don’t forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag! Participating locations are on State Street and side streets from Gutierrez to Micheltorena Street.

Calle Real Halloween ExtravaganzaThursday October 31, 2013. The Calle Real Shopping Center will present a safe and sane Halloween celebration complete with an amazing Tunnel of Terror (Courtesy of the Pet House), a Train Ride, Face Painters, a Balloon Guy, Photo Booths and Bounce Houses! Kids can also check out the AMR Ambulance and the Santa Barbara County Fire Truck! Bring the kids to the Calle Real Center, between Patterson and Fairview for an exciting Halloween celebration. Many merchants will be in costume and will have their stores outfitted in scary decorations. There will be lots of candy and give-a-ways for the kids. So much fun you will scream!

Halloween Spooktacular at The CollectionSaturday October 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM - fun for kids of all ages and their parents as well. Radio Disney will be on hand, and kids will have plenty to do. There will be 5,000 pounds of pumpkins available for decoration, a costume parade, a magic show, as well as Color Me Mine Halloween ornament making and Panera Bread cookie decorating. Get into the fall spirit and join the wicked fun!

Let our Santa Barbara bed and breakfast serve as a hub for your Halloween fun. Enjoy breakfast at the Inn before heading out for some trick-or-treating. In the evening we’ll treat you to chocolate chip cookies and brownies baked fresh daily for your nibbling pleasure. Don’t be scared - make your Halloween reservations now! Visit our website or call 805-569-1610

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Santa Barbara Hotel Unveils New User Friendly Web Site

For Immediate Release - October 17th, 2013, Santa Barbara, CA: Cheshire Cat Inn of Santa Barbara CA recently unveiled its new user-friendly website. Designed to be comfortable and welcoming, just like the Inn itself, the website features more photos, larger fonts, and quicker access to information about rooms and special pricing.

The overview page explains that The Cheshire Cat is an elegant Victorian Inn with old oak trees, fountains,and flower-filled gardens surrounding 18 guest rooms, suites and cottages, some having in-room Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, private decks and outdoor hot tubs. A “Rooms Map” is provided to help determine which view of beautiful Santa Barbara the guests would like to have outside their window.

Website visitors can experience one of Santa Barbara's premier Bed and Breakfasts by simply viewing the quick room overviews on the home page or clicking on the “rooms” tab. They can complete the “number of guests” and “requested bed type”to have the website recommend a room, or peruse pictures of the Inn’s quaint accommodations such as the Dormouse’s Room or Cheshire Cat’s Room and book immediately.

With its convenient access to beaches, shopping, attractions, museums, wineries and fine dining, Cheshire Cat Inn is the perfect destination for a Santa Barbara weekend getaway. The Inn highlights the many attractions and activities in Santa Barbara, so future guests can get a start on their trip planning. After a long day of fun, guests will be grateful they pre-booked one of the various soothing treatments available at Cheshire Cat Spa.

Hotel specials such as the Santa Barbara Great Escape or Cat’s Meow help make it easy to decide on a package. “We relied on our 30 years of hospitality to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere from which guests can enjoy the small town warmth and charm of Old Santa Barbara,” commented Innkeeper Andrea Dunstan. “I wanted our website to reflect that same ease, warmth and freedom from the high pressure demands of our everyday lives. I think this new design perfectly reflects the qualities of our comfortable bed and breakfast, while making it easy for visitors to plan their perfect vacation in Santa Barbara.”

short video provides a virtual tour of the Inn’s many comforts. If visitors still need further motivation after seeing all the beautiful Santa Barbara bed and breakfast has to offer, a photos section highlights the Inn’s welcoming fa├žade along with the comfort of its rooms, beauty of the gardens, and the alluring appeal of the many fine Santa Barbara attractions and activities.

About The Cheshire Cat Inn - Located at 36 W. Valerio Street in Santa Barbara, Cheshire Cat Inn is known for its perfect combination of location, ambience and comfort. Winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Inn’s spa treatmentsquaint Victorian charmsand special hotel deals make it perfect as Santa Barbara’s Great Escape. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805- 569-1610 for more information.