I will be booking two nights in Santa Barbara for my mom and myself. We have been to Santa Barbara but not overnight and have not really explored it much. It will most likely be during the week in July.
Ideally, I'd like to stay in a place where I won't have to drive at all or very often. We enjoy shopping and I am a CA Mission nut. We won't be packing in tons of activities during the day... just browsing the area and relaxing. I heard there is a botanical zoo?
For restaurants, we like something quiet and quaint for breakfast-- preferably a good value. Cuisines we like for dinner are Mexican, Italian, and general CA cuisine (no Indian or Asian).
Any help would be welcome, thank you!