562 Route 97. SANTA BARBARA. From San Francisco
asphalt and lined with substantial business blocks. Behind these, in
side-streets, are traces of the Mexican and Spanish days, r.otably the
low and wide adobe house, with verandahs around its court-yard, of
Governor de la Guerra. Most of the private houses are surrounded by
delightful gardens. The chief lion of the place is the old ^Mission,
founded by Padre Junipero Serra (p. 560) in 1786. It lies on a hill
3/4 M. to the N. of the town, and may be reached by following the
electric tramway which diverges to the right from Main St. at the
Arlington Hotel. The end of the tramway-line is at the Mission,
with its colonnaded front, red roof, and two-towered church.
Visitors are admitted 8-5 daily (women are not admitted to the inner
garden; small fee expected). The points shown include the plain white¬
washed church (containing a few paintings), refectory, dormitory, and garden.
About a dozen of the old Franciscan monks still remain. The Mission
commands a splendid -View (best from the church-tower) of Santa Barbara
and the Pacific, with the islands in the background. On the wall about
100 yds. behind the Mission is a sun-dial with the inscription: 'Lux dei
vitEe viam monstrat sed umbra horam atque fidem docet'.
After visiting the Mission we may ascend the picturesque Mission Canon
behind it, crossing the ancient stone bridge and turning to the left (sign¬
post 'Up the Canon'). The canon contains some pretty waterfalls. Near
its entrance, we get a glimpse of Miradero, an excellent sanitarium for
To the right, short of the bridge, is the steep approach to the (16 M.)
"Mountain Drive. The drive, which must be entered at this end, commands
beautiful views and comes out near the foot of Hot Springs Ave., whence
we may return via. Montecito, situated in a pretty vallty, 4 M. to the E. of
Santa Barbara, with numerous beautiful gardens. The 'Drive along this
slope between these gardens is well worth making.
On a hill about 1 M. to the E. of Montecito (sign-boards), at the head
of Hot Springs Avenue, are the Hot Springs (1400 ft.; temp. 114-118°), whence
a climb of l/t hr. brings us to Point Look Out, commanding a fine view. —
The San Ysidro Ranch , about 1 M. beyond Montecito , has good accommo¬
dation for tourists and fine orange and lemon groves.
On the W. side of Santa Barbara is the fine (12 M.) Cliff Drive. Tbe
road runs near the W. shore, passing around the Dibblee Mansion and grounds,
situated on a height just outside the town ("View), continues as far as the
lighthouse, and returns by way of Hope Ranch and Lake.
Another drive (3 4 hrs.), perhaps the finest of a'l, leaves Santa Barbara
on the N.W. for the "San Marco Pass (2225 ft.) leading to the Santa Ynez
Valley, with two old missions. The road winds round the precipitous sides
of the hills, which are clad with beautiful shrub3, and beyond the summit
of the pass descends rapidly amidst woods. Good luncheon is obtainable
at Cold Springs Mounta'n Resort (well spoken of). — La Piedra Pintada
('painted rock'), an interesting relic of aboriginal art, is on the Santa Ynez
Mts., near the head of Montecito Valley.
Among other noted points near Santa Barbara are Sycamore Canon (2M.),
Bartlett's Canon (10 M.), Glen Annie (13 M.), the Cathedral Oaks (6 M.), Gokta
(8 M.), Ortega Hill (5 M.), Hollister's Ranch (12 M.), with a beautiful avenue
of date-palms, and Cooper's Ranch (15 M.), with a large olive-grove. Near
the town we may notice the Chinese vegetable gardens, the fields of Pampas
grass (cultivated for its plumes), and the groves of walnut. Flowers grow
here most luxuriantly; at a flower-show in Santa Barbara 160 varieties of
roses were exhibited, all cut from one garden on the same morning. — The
curious nest of the Trapdoor Spider is often found near Santa Barbara. —
Travellers on the mountains should be careful to avoid the poison oak
shrub, contact with which is apt to be troublesome.
Ocean Yachts make excursions, on a usually perfectly calm sea, to
various points on the coast and to the islands of Santa Cruz (26 M.) and