Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages

36 West Valerio Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101
Innkeeper(s): Christine Dunstan, Owner
  • Introduction

    Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages - Santa Barbara, California

    The Cheshire Cat Inn comprises two stately Queen Anne Victorian homes with six guest rooms in each, an elegant coach house with two suites and three cottages, all surrounded by exquisite flower filled gardens and patios. The inn is situated just one block from Santa Barbara's main shopping street, which is full of attractive courtyards and alleys. The Old Mission is an easy 20-minute walk in one direction and the beach a brisk 40 minutes in the other.

     Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages, exterior

    Spa treatments are available at the Inn, either in the privacy of

    your own suite, or in our special Spa cottage.

    Each one of the sunny guest rooms and cottages is unique, with an individual charm and ranges from the elegant to the whimsical. Some are larger split-level junior suites with private balconies, while some have in-room Jacuzzis and fireplaces. Other amenities may include TV/VCRS, ironing boards and refrigerators. The guest rooms in the Victorian part of the inn have been decorated with Laura Ashley wallpapers and fabrics and English antiques, while the cottages have oak floors, oriental rugs, pine furniture and down comforters. All the rooms have private baths and direct dial telephones. Rates include breakfast and local wines and hors d'oeuvres daily. Free wireless internet also available.

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    The Cheshire Cat Inn is a perfect setting to relax the body and refresh and restore the mind.

  • Cheshire Cat Spa

     Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages, whirlpool tub

    The Cheshire Cat Inn is a perfect setting to relax the body and refresh and restore the mind.

    Treatments are offered in the privacy of your own room. Spa Services are offered between 8AM to 8PM, and specialized treatments are scheduled per therapist's availability.

    All appointments or cancellations require a six-hour notice.

    Massage Services

    The Cheshire Cat:

    Our signature massage is designed to alleviate tension. Using a combination of aromatic oils of citrus, rosemary and ginger, this massage focuses on the stressed areas of the back, neck, shoulders and scalp. Balanced with a soothing hand and foot massage. 70 minutes $125


    The traditional Swedish technique of massage, utilizing long soothing strokes to relax tense muscles. 55 minutes $95

    The Magic Garden:

    An aromatic Journey awaits you with this full body Swedish massage and foot reflex treatment, using the essential oils of lavender, chamomile, and geranium for pure stress relief. 70 minutes $125

    Deep Tissue Therapy:

    The massage goes deeply into the muscles to help relieve those tight, knotted and sore areas. The therapist may use their elbows, knuckles and thumbs for this concentrated work. 55 minutes $100


    A safe comfortable massage to meet the special needs of the expectant mother. 55 Minutes $95


    An oriental massage technique using finger pressure along the main meridian lines of the body. Revitalizes and restores energy flow to the whole body. 55 Minutes $95

    Facial Services

    The Looking Glass Facial:

    You will love what you see after receiving this true European facial for cleansing, toning and nourishing your skin. Complete with hand and foot massage. 70 minutes $130

    The Dream Facial:

    An aromatic facial using cleanse, tone and nourish your skin. Complete with hand and foot massage. pure herbs, plan and flower oils too. 70 minutes $130

    To book a spa service, please contact the Cheshire Cat Inn.

  • Directions

    The Cheshire Cat Inn, a California bed and breakfast with an Alice in Wonderland theme, offers Santa Barbara lodging with gracious English hospitality and a touch of whimsical character. Our luxurious accommodations are conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara just minutes from area attractions and activities. The Inn is situated within walking distance of area activities, such as shopping, dining, and entertainment, and is also well situated for day trips to the beach, touring local vineyards, and visiting the Channel Islands.

    An inviting alternative to typical hotel lodging, we also offer corporate rates for business travelers and discounts for mid-week stays.

    From Los Angeles/San Diego

    Take Highway/Freeway 101 North Bound. When in Santa Barbara take the Arrellaga St. exit. Continue four blocks to Chapala St. (Chapala St is a one way street going left) and turn left. Stay on Chapala St. for one block to Valerio St. The Cheshire Cat Inn is located on the corner of Chapala St and Valerio St.

    From San Francisco/Monterey

    Take Highway/Freeway 101 South Bound. When in Santa Barbara take the Mission St. exit. Turn left on Mission St., continue five blocks to State St. (six stoplights) and turn right. Stay on State St. for three blocks to Valerio St. and turn right. Stay on Valerio St. for one block and you will see the Cheshire Cat Inn on your right at the end of the block.

    From Train Station, Wharf and Beach

    Drive North on State St. (towards the mountains) for 1 ½ miles and turn left on Valerio St. Stay on Valerio St. for one block and you will see the Cheshire Cat Inn on your right at the end of the block.

  • Activities

    Visit The Cheshire Cat Inn during your Santa Barbara vacation and experience the essence of the Californian lifestyle. Here, the southern and northern regions of the state come together to combine the art and culture of a big city with the beauty and hospitality of a small beach town.

    There are plenty of activities and attractions in Santa Barbara, where some of the best shopping, beaches and restaurants, all within close proximity to the Cheshire Cat Inn.

    Wine lovers must be sure to take a tour of Santa Barbara Wine Country vineyards or the Urban Wine Trail downtown Santa Barbara

    For sunshine and beach lovers, Santa Barbara is the place to come to experience any type of ocean sport from kayaking to scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, whale watching - you name it. Choose from many beaches along the coast, some ideal for surfing, swimming, or just relaxing in the sun.

    For the scholars and history buffs, Santa Barbara offers tours of the local Mission (also referred to as the Queen of Missions), which displays the historical architecture Santa Barbara is so famous for, or perhaps a visit to the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) is in order.

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