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1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

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1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

Hi,

My planned itinerary includes 1 night in Santa Barbara, travelling from Anaheim, on the way up the coast. Unfortunately it falls on a Saturday in August and its virtually impossible to find anywhere in Santa Barbara within the budget. The only option seems to be Motel 6. Is it better to take Motel 6 and stay in SB, or are there any other nice towns within about half an hour, so we could spend the day in SB then drive on to our accomodation? Any hotel recomendations in the $200 range@ I've looked at Solvang, Ojai, Carpinteria and Goleta - any comments on any of these places? Any help appreciated!

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1. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

If you can find something in Goleta book it. It's technically the north end of Santa Barbara and you'll be closer to all of SB's sights.

Solvang isn't close enough to warrant staying that far out, same with Ojai

Carpinteria, maybe, but Goleta is your best bet.

Do read the reviews for that Motel 6. It may not be all that bad an option.

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2. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

The Motel 6 at the beach is well maintained, has a pool and is well located in the east beach area. Very basic, no frills, except the pool. The east beach area is close to the beach, the volleyball courts, Santa Barbara Zoo and the Andre Clark Bird Refuge. Dining within walking distance is limited to the East Beach Grill, which is fun but just a beer, burger, breakfast spot with a great view of the beach. Otherwise, dining within walking distance is at the Fess Parker Doubletree and the Hyatt, But with the many restaurants in SB, you will probably be taking the 50¢ electric shuttle during the day to State St, the Wharf and Harbor to dine. East beach is a bit far to walk from, but it is doable. There are other Motel 6s around, but the Motel 6 (#1) at the beach is the only one I would want to stay in.

Driving times to Santa Barbara from Goleta = 10-15 minutes; from Carpinteria, 25 mins; from Solvang, 45 mins, from Ojai, 50 minutes. Goleta is a suburb of Santa Barbara. There is not much for a tourist in Goleta. There are good restaurants in the area, but the area is mainly just where the rest of us live and work. As opposed to Solvang, Carpinteria, and Ojai, which have pleasant downtowns to stroll. I agree with K-mom. Goleta is fine in a pinch, but the other locales can stand on their own as a minor overnight getaway or day trip, while Goleta-not so much, other than for its proximity to SB.

I would say the most desirable part of Goleta for a tourist is the Calle Real shopping area. It is modern with many shops and restaurants. Old Town (Hollister Ave) has restaurants but is less desirable for a tourist.

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3. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

Agree with Kibblesmom. Goleta is a suburb of Santa Barbara, and a few minutes drive from the center of town. A bit boring, residential...but a perfectly fine option, and a money saving one too. We've stayed there occasionally-- no big loss.

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4. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

Thanks all, that is great info. Actually I think I'm going to go with the Motel 6 at the beach in SB. I was reluctant to pay $200 plus tax for a no frills motel. However, your comments on the location and the shuttle bus have persudaded me this is probably our best option. At least we can dump the car, take the bus and not have to worry about parking - we can even have a couple of beers! As we are only in SB for one day we will not be planning on spending much time in the room, and all the reviews say its clean. The location near the beach also means we can spend a couple of hours there the next morning before setting off to Cambria. Thanks again!

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5. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

I think you made a wise choice. The Motel 6 is not bad for one night, and you will be out seeing all the sights during your afternoon there. You'll be glad you stayed in town.

Take a walk along the beach before you leave!

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6. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

...Know that the 50¢ shuttle operates 10am - 9pm on Saturday during the summer. Remember to ask for a transfer when you step on the shuttle. You have to switch shuttles to get on the State St shuttle. Carry quarters and 1 dollar bills. The shuttle does not make change. sbmtd.gov/maps-and-schedules/waterfront-shut…

I looked for other hotels I would recommend but they appear to have a 2 night minimum and prices start at $250.

As far as same class hotels as the 6, the Castillo Inn and West Beach Inn have availability, start at $200, and don't appear to require a 2 night wkend stay. The west beach area has more dining and tourist options within walking distance - the Wharf, the Harbor, and State St. Castillo Inn is closer to the "action" but Castillo St is a relatively busy street. There are other same class hotels on Castillo St. like the Avania, Brisa del Mar, Days Inn and Lavender. (I didn't check them)

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7. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

I think that Motel 6 has a 6pm "day of arrival" cancellation policy so you can reserve with no worries. That Saturday you can check last-minute to see if something better has opened up. While motels would rather book 2-night minimums,there's a chance that some places will have openings so check around that afternoon, keep a few phone numbers with you for places your interested in staying etc.

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8. Re: 1 night stay in August, any nice towns near Santa Barbara?

Goleta, Carpinteria

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