Exploring Santa Barbara’s Red Tile Walking Tour
Santa Barbara is considered by many to be the American Riviera as it shares the same dramatic mountains, sparkling seas, lush gardens, white-washed buildings, red-tile roofs and abundant sunshine of its French and Italian counterparts.
Santa Barbara is also well-known for its farm-to-table cuisine, boutique wineries, beaches, surf culture, hiking and biking trails, marine life, art galleries, gardens and estates, festivals and luxury resorts.
One of the best ways to explore the city of Santa Barbara is on foot as you follow along the Red Tile Walking Tour.
Encompassing 12 small, easily navigated blocks, the tour includes 17 stops and 22 historic adobes dating from the late 1700s through the 1800s, plus many of the structures built in the Spanish-revival and Moorish styles mandated by community leaders after the devastating earthquake of 1925.
…you will want to allow significantly more time to gawk, shoot photographs, climb the courthouse tower (pictured above), have lunch, taste some wine, visit an art gallery, and make goo-goo eyes with your lover under a shade tree.
Ambling along you will also discover flower-bedecked courtyards, hidden passageways, and notable restaurants, theaters, museums, and architecturally significant government buildings. The terrain is flat, the distances between stops are short, and because everything is either on State Street or just off it, a revivifying snack or an iced mocha is never far away.
The route is easily covered in 60 minutes, but, like us, you will want to allow significantly more time to gawk, shoot photographs, climb the courthouse tower (pictured above), have lunch, taste some wine, visit an art gallery, and make goo-goo eyes with your lover under a shade tree.
Here is a little photographic slide show we whipped up to share our experience with you…