Dog-Friendly Santa Barbara

Happy National Pet Day!!!  Even though we went to Santa Barbara for our 20th Anniversary, we couldn’t leave Julius behind.  It’s getting more and more difficult to not be around him, especially in his old age.  Every moment with him is precious.  So our little getaway had to be dog-friendly.Santa Barbara State Street water fountain

Santa Barbara State Street Arlington Theater

There was plenty to see along State Street, with all of its lovely red roof tiles.  We walked past many stores, the old Arlington Theater (not for dogs) and the nicest CVS I’ve ever seen.  There is also a McConnell’s Ice Cream along there, but since we have a few in Los Angeles, we skipped the mega long lines.

There are a couple of lovely parks to walk around – we witnessed many people taking wedding photos!  Our favorite was the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, on the corner of Santa Barbara and Arrellaga Streets.
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden flowers Santa Barbara Park Turtle

But the main attraction for the weekend was The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which the Santa Barbara Tourism Board was kind enough to supply free tickets to.  They have everything from poppies (I don’t have the patience to fight the crowds to see the Super Bloom) to a redwood forest and desert plants.  It’s an easy stroll through all the environments…

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden Dog FriendlySanta Barbara Botanical Garden Maze

…and of course, Julius is allowed.

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden Redwood Trees

We also took him to explore the outside of the Old Mission; only service dogs are allowed inside.

Santa Barbara Mission

Some people on social media have been asking for outfit details – they’re actually (mostly) from one of my blog sponsors, Shopbop.  They occasionally provide me with free gift certificates for clothing, and if you click on the affiliate links that follow, it will help support the blog!

The overalls are from Madewell (I wore them to Vegas too so they’re good for travel).  Underneath is yet another bodysuit (I know have five of them) by Free People.  The shoes are Nike Pre-Montreal Racers (similar here), the hoodie sweatshirt on my old leather bag is American Apparel, and the sunglasses are from TC Charton.

Shopbop is actually having a having a 3-Day Sale – it opens to the public tomorrow (April 12) but you can start shopping it now by using the code EVENT17 on items labeled “Key Style.”  I’m really excited that Champion sweatshirts are back!

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2 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Santa Barbara

  1. Courtney of Savor Good

    Gorgeous photos! Glad you, Abe, and Julius had quality time away together. Is that a real turtle? 🙂

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