Santa Barbara to Monterey: California Art, Architecture and Gardens beside the Sea


Neill-Cochran House Museum Study Tour # 18

Tuesday, February 28 - Sunday, March 5, 2023



DAY 1 (Tuesday, February 28)

Fly into Santa Barbara from Austin or elsewhere

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Site, one of the city’s earliest landmarks

Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1929, one of the city’s key landmarks

Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront, oceanfront and near downtown

Welcome dinner in or near our hotel


DAY 2 (Wednesday, March 1) — Santa Barbara

Casa del Herrero, Spanish Colonial Architecture Lunch in Santa Barbara Mission Santa Barbara (1786), “Queen of the Missions” Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Antiquity to Siqueiros

Free evening suggestions in Santa Barbara: Paseo Nuevo, Spanish-style State Street Stearns Wharf (1872) and a Harbor Stroll


DAY 3 (Thursday, March 2) — Coastal Scenery to Carmel

Hearst Castle: early lunch at Chief’s Galley Café Grand Rooms Tour; afternoon in Castle and grounds until closing (4 pm) Dinner in Big Sur: Nepenthe Hotel Check-in: Hotel Carme


DAY 4 (Friday, March 3) — Carmel to Monterey

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, state’s oldest stone building (1771) & Shrine of Father Junípero Serra Scenic drive and lunch: Pebble Beach Golf Club Monterey Museum of Art: a look at California art and artists Afternoon reception in a private home in Carmel

Free evening in Carmel (dining and wine-tasting suggestions)


DAY 5 (Saturday, March 3) — Monterey

Historic Monterey Walking Tour including tour of Robert Louis Stevenson House

Monterey Bay Aquarium (time for your own easy lunch in the Aquarium Café)

Afternoon options: Shopping and wine-tasting in Cannery Row

Free evening in Carmel


Day 6 (Sunday, March 5) — Carmel, Monterey, and Travel

Farewell brunch: Monterey Peninsula Country Club

San Carlos Cathedral

Midday flight/s from Monterey to your home city


Contact me for more information or to register. We hope you can join us on this spectacular tour!