By Deb Flomberg
Exploring some of the historic areas of Santa Barbara can be a wonderful way to get to know your neighborhood while enjoying some wonderful time with the family. Try the Santa Barbara Red Tile Walking Tour for a great suggested walking route that will take you through 17 different and fascinating historic spots all within a 12-block radius. Along the way you’ll find lots of spots to stop and have a drink or a bite to eat, and then it is off to the next location.
Your walking tour starts at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, which is itself a beautiful building with a lot of architectural interest. The 80-foot clock tower is just part of the great building, with its Spanish-Moorish design that was completed in 1929. Check out the hand-painted ceilings, the imported tiles and the giant murals.
The tour continues, taking you through the streets of Santa Barbara while learning about such sites as the Hill-Carrillo Adobe, which has the first wooden floor in the city, and the Casa De La Guerra, which was constructed in the early 1800’s by Jose de la Guerra, one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of the city of Santa Barbara. You’ll also get to check out the Plaza De La Guerra, where the very first Santa Barbara City Council met back in 1850 and Presidio Avenue, the oldest street in the city.
As you browse around this incredibly historic 12-block area of Santa Barbara, you are sure to marvel at all the different stories and fascinating places that are still in use, showcasing the rich tradition of the city. Make this tour even more special by arriving to Santa Barbara in the 2013 CL65 AMG Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. It’s the perfect car to take on your drive for your historic walking tour, since you’ll be able to enjoy all the comfort and luxury that Mercedes-Benz is known for, plus you’ll be so happy to have such a great ride for the drive home.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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