Thursday, February 07, 2013

Santa Barbara

We spent a good morning at the Santa Barbara Zoo which is known as one of the better small zoos in America. It was nice that it wasn't too crowded with kids and we got a chance to talk with a few of the keepers.

After lunch at the Harbour Restaurant on the Stearns Pier we stopped at the Sea Center which is also on the pier. It's a tiny aquarium relative to the Monterey Aquarium we just came from, but it was still worth a visit. It was more intimate and we got to see some of the crabs and other creatures that they pull up through a hole in the floor from the ocean under the pier.

We stayed at a Hotel Indigo. It's owned by the same company as Holiday Inn but it's their small funky artsy offshoot. The room is small and the hotel isn't on the ocean (we have a view of the parking lot), but it's conveniently located right next to the train station and we liked it. And when we arrived tired and ready for supper we were delighted to find the recently opened Anchor restaurant next door.

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See also: all the posts from this trip and all the photos from this trip

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