Visitors to the Santa Barbara area, and especially those enjoying the superb Santa Barbara hotels and Santa Barbara bed and breakfasts, will find a multitude of interesting and unique shopping venues this holiday season.
November 20, 2012, Santa Barbara, CA - Cheshire Cat Inn (www.cheshirecat.com) has identified three must visit, uniquely Santa Barbara businesses, each offering vacationers the chance to create some lasting holiday memories. Each of these venues was selected, based on uniqueness, “can’t miss” appeal, and its connection to Santa Barbara culture. Visit the full review here.
The Painted Cabernet, located within walking distance to all downtown hotels in Santa Barbara, “speaks to the artist in all of us.” The upscale urban painting studio, located at 1229 State Street, offers a friendly, hip, and creative environment. Instructional artists walk visitors step-by-step through the painting experience giving one-on-one instruction while affording the freedom to create. Visitors select a painting they want to reproduce, with the studio offers many choices. Patrons paint, drink wine, and socialize in a fun, vibrant, casual atmosphere. Visit their website Visit their Facebook Page Follow on Twitter
Hampstead Village brings a truly authentic British experience to Santa Barbara, offering a huge selection including travel books, Irish recipes, English Lily of the Valley soaps, and a wide selection of distinctly British foods, such as old fashioned chocolate biscuits. Perfumes from Penhaligon's of London are available, along with Taylor of Old Bond Street toiletries. The Children’s Corner offers Peter Rabbit china, memorable books, and cuddly toys to keep the kids busy while adults shop at their leisure. Hampstead Village is located at 1100 State Street on the corner of State and Figueroa, walking distance from several exceptional Santa Barbara hotels. Visit their website Visit their Facebook page
Cielito Restaurant offers Mexican cuisine with influences from African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean flavors, with recipes from Mexico City to Oaxaca and from Veracruz to Guadalajara. At Cielito, Chef Ramon Velazquez reveals the true flavors of traditional dishes prepared with simplicity and elegance. Each dish celebrates the essence of the ingredients and is presented to delight the eye and the palate. Cielito Restaurant is located at 1114 State Street, within the historic La Arcada complex, a location that is ideal for visitors lodging with downtown hotels in Santa Barbara, and is the heart of the downtown shopping and entertainment corridor.About Cheshire Cat Inn: The Cheshire Cat Inn is a romantic and elegant Victorian Inn with old oak trees, fountains and flower filled gardens. This Santa Barbara bed and breakfast offers 18 guest rooms, suites and cottages, some having in-room Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, private decks and outdoor hot tubs. Visit their website Visit their blog