The drive from Camarillo to Santa Barbara is a beautiful one. Hanna and I embarked from campus and got to State St. in just about an hour, driving along the ocean for most of the way. We walked along the street, taking in the culture and the people. The weather was really nice; although we got hot while walking (we walked forever… our feet hurt after!)
What I liked about State St. was the blend between old and new. Downtown Santa Barbara has a lot of history (Mission Santa Barbara is close by) and represents an older time of Spanish style architecture. Much of the Hispanic origins shine out through the street names, names of places, and the overall look of the area. The Granada Theatre is on State St., there is an alleyway called La Arcada, and many other authentic places. There are many vintage and antique shops; we went into one called Punch that had a great 1950s vibe. But then there is the infusion of the new. Starbucks, McDonalds, the Apple Store and other shops line the streets waiting for customers. There are also other stores that attract the fashionable crowd like Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch, Angl, and Victoria’s Secret. We really enjoyed looking at clothing stores like Free People and Namaste that had unique styles and clothing. There are also tons of eateries along the way, although they are mostly in one place… we learned that the hard way.
If we had more time, I would have loved to go to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, as we passed right by it. The old theatres on the street looked really cute, too. I enjoyed having Hanna as a tour guide. This just means we have to go back!
Here is a complete list of shops on the Downtown Santa Barbara website. We had so much fun people watching and visiting so many unique shops.
The theater we passed looked really interesting. And we passed a girl playing violin. These two images stuck with me to create this story. However, I had so many ideas while on this trip! Do any of the images below inspire you?
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