No trip to the American Riviera is complete without visiting the Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara, CA. The gardens sit on Anapamu Street downtown, at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, which is known as one of the country’s most beautiful buildings. Whether you’re an area local or are just passing through, exploring the Sunken Gardens should be in your plans!
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All About the Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara
The historic Spanish-Moorish structure of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse was designed by William Mooser III and completed in 1929. It’s been called the “grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structure ever built” and even features a large façade with two enthroned figures. The clock tower offers impressive views of the red tile roofs, rolling mountains, and the breathtaking Pacific Ocean.
Surrounding the County Courthouse is the beautiful Sunken Gardens. Occupying an entire city block, the courthouse grounds boast a collection of palms and specimen trees from more than 25 countries. The meticulously maintained gardens and sprawling green lawn provide an excellent spot for picnics, exciting events and jammin’ concerts throughout the year.
Events at the Sunken Gardens
The Sunken Gardens at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse host a free Summer Cinema series each year under the stars. These showings are perfect for date night or an evening out with friends. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and some snacks to munch on during the movie, or stop by a nearby restaurant like Arigato, Olio Pizzeria, State & Fig, or Eleven14 beforehand.
The stunning architecture and landscaping of the Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara have become a popular destination for weddings and private events. If you’re looking to plan an event at this historic landmark, you can always rely on the expertise of the County Parks staff to answer your questions.
Stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn
When it’s time to reserve your lodging in California, look no further than the Cheshire Cat Inn.
Our bed and breakfast is just a block from bustling State Street and a 15-minute walk from the Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara. We have everything you need to relax and unwind! Enjoy comfortable accommodations, top-notch amenities, and beautiful views right from our inn. We even offer a complimentary wine tasting hour each evening paired with tasty hors d’oeuvres. What’s better than that?
The Cheshire Cat Inn offers 18 “Alice in Wonderland” themed guest rooms, suites, and cottages. Stay in our Tweedledum Suite and fall in love with its bright bay window, elegant rugs, and exquisite furniture. This suite features a grand bedroom and in-room whirlpool tub, as well as a gas-burning fireplace and kitchenette. Each day, guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast, complete with homemade pastries, hard-boiled eggs, fresh juice, local coffee, and more! Are you ready to start planning your getaway to the American Riviera? Check our availability now!