Thinking of spending some quality time with mom this weekend in Santa Barbara? Not sure what to do for Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12th?
Every month, the friendly staff at the Eagle Inn strives to keep our guests informed on the many fun things to do in Santa Barbara. We know you have many Santa Barbara B & B’s to choose from, and this is one way we differentiate ourselves from other Santa Barbara hotels.
There’s so much to see and do in Santa Barbara over Mother’s Day weekend. We want our loyal visitors to love their stay so much that they choose to come back. Below are some ‘trip tips’ to help you plan an unforgettable vacation that’s just right for your mom and the rest of your family.
Start with our free guide to learn 101 FREE things to do in Santa Barbara. It’s in PDF format, so you can save it to your computer, tablet or smart phone and access it whenever you want.
Santa Barbara is known for the beauty of its city parks. If you’re into the outdoors, this time of year is a perfect time to get out and see the city parks. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers this interactive map to help you plan a relaxing walk in the park with your mother.
Santa Barbara is also known for its wineries, of course, and many of them are located just steps from our Santa Barbara bed and breakfast. The Santa Barbara Winery, the Oreana Winery and Marketplace, and the Giessinger Winery are three wineries we particularly enjoy. All three of these Santa Barbara wineries are conveniently located a short walk from the Eagle Inn, just two blocks from the beach.
Of course, every mother loves a peaceful stroll along the harbor. Be sure to keep the beautiful Santa Barbara waterfront on top of your list. You can charter a yacht or fishing boat, try out surfing, play volleyball, go walking or biking, indulge in the delight of whale watching, try windsurfing, go shopping and do many other activities. You can even take Mom to get her fortune told on Stearns Wharf by Madame Rosinka, who has been licensed by the city to give readings and spiritual advice since 1951.
Stearns Wharf is the oldest working wharf in California, dating back to 1872. Great restaurants, gift shops and much more await you as you look down upon the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Barbara Harbor, which houses more than 1,000 vessels, both for fishing and fun. You can buy fish, crab or lobster fresh from the morning catch, visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Beyond the harbor are the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, a popular and beautiful destination, whether you’re looking for a fun kayak paddle or a special sunset cruise.
The storied Santa Barbara Arts and Craft Show is held along the waterfront every Sunday, from 10 a.m. until dusk . Established in 1965 by local artists, the show is is the only continuous, non-juried art festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. Located along Cabrillo Boulevard, east from State Street, it is held on all Sundays and on holidays, depending on the weather, and features about 200 Santa Barbara County residents.
Dining is always an important part of an Santa Barbara vacation. Seafood is an easy choice here, with fresh choices from that day’s fishing boats at restaurants such as the Harbor Restaurant and the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, but not all entrees need come from the ocean. The Santa Barbara flavor also comes from local ranchers who provide fresh chicken and beef to restaurants in the area.
A sunny family restaurant may be what you’re looking for, or maybe Mom would prefer a bistro or elegant dining experience. Don’t forget fresh fruits and vegetables from the eight farmers markets, which run all year, as well as small specialty markets and bakeries. If you have room left after your meal, take a walk to the Great Pacific Ice Cream Co. and have a treat.
The Eagle Inn is located near many waterfront attractions and other destinations, and we offer a variety of accommodations for our guests. Our casitas (little houses) offer the feeling of seclusion with the ease of being close to the hotel office and breakfast room. They have private entries and boast delightful luxuries. Some of our rooms feature a fireplace, a double-size whirlpool tub right in the room, and a separate large double-head shower unit.
We have bicycles available free for our guests to use to get around the area. We’ll get you up every morning with a hot breakfast, which you can eat in the breakfast room or in your own casita. In the afternoon, unwind for a while with our freshly baked cookies. All rooms have free high-speed Internet, but also available is a computer work station where guests can check their email, make travel arrangements, print boarding passes and do other online tasks.
We are a family-owned business, so we understand how special Mother’s Day is to you and your family. It’s special to us, too. We want all of our guests to enjoy their stay, and on Mother’s Day, we’re happy to help you plan a memorable time with your mother.