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Anna's Bakery, at Camino Real Marketplace, has delicious baked goods, is reasonably priced, and has a location that is unbeatable. The red brick terrace outside Anna's is sunny and inviting. Sit on the cast-iron chairs and look up at the white Spanish tower backed by vibrant blue sky!
Whenever I'm blue and I need a pick-me-up, the first place that comes to mind is Anna's bakery and it always does the trick. I like their oatmeal-cranberry muffins. Their donuts are excellent too, and many Goletians come to Anna's with their kids on the way to school. Breakfast burritoes and lunch sandwiches aren't yummy at Anna's- stick to the baked goods.
There is a nice modern movie theatre here- Camino Real Theatres.
Toddlers have a blast at this shopping center running around in the big circle in front of Starbuck's. It's slightly lower than the rest of the shopping center which makes it safe because kids can't run into the road easily. The ramp is a real hit with toddlers! Bring a mini-stroller which they can push up and down.
There are micro-climates all over Santa Barbara- Camino Real Marketplace happens to have a good one. Most days you can catch a lot of sun on the terrace here and escape the fog and cold at other locations. It's also a surprisingly beautiful place for a shopping center- deciduous trees of green and black, pansies and petunias galore, classic lampposts, colorful sun umbrellas, chunky brick archways, and the red brick terrace...take it all in while you leisurely sip your coffee and read your newspaper!
For dinner or lunch at Camino Real Marketplace, try Kahuna Grill. Consistent and reasonably priced, it has a great theme inside with surf videos playing, hawaiian music, and tropical seating outside on the patio. There's a good kids menu. For adults, I recommend the chicken kebobs, which have warm cherry tomatoes and pineapple- yum! The fries are amazing and the salads are super fresh. There are plenty of high chairs to use, and baby will be entertained because there's so much to see. The outdoor seating is nice on warm days.
Hollister Brewing Company has a cool scene going on, especially on weekend nights. There are tons of TVs to keep the kids happy and beer brewed onsite to keep the grownups relaxed! The food is good, especially the Falafel Sandwich!
Another great option for lunch or dinner is Natural Cafe, with its lovely colorful outdoor seating. Try the Baja burrito- a memorable and delicious meal! The meals at Natural Cafe usually come with a salad (try the lemon herb dressing), and it's the nicest salad you'll ever have, with jicama in it!
Across Storke Rd from Camino Real Shopping Center is The French Press, a groovy coffee shop with big windows, cool music, and students hanging out studying.
On Sundays there's a popular Farmer's Market at Camino Real Marketplace from 10-2pm, with a balloon man, buskers (musicians), and yummy fruits and veggies! A smaller Farmer's Market is set up on Thursday afternoons from 3-6pm. Try the lettuce from Ellwood- yum!
On the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm the Astronomy Unit of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History sets up telescopes in the big circle in front of Starbuck's. Kids can view the moon and after dark, the stars. Call (805) 964-8201 to be sure.
If you're looking for a playground nearby, check out Dinosaur Park, a pretty park with unique play equipment.
There are some really nice beaches nearby: Coal Oil Point, makes for a gorgeous clifftop walk, and also has a hidden beach below the stairs where kids like to play in the sand. Bacara Beach, the beach below the Bacara Resort, is a wild beach where you can listen to pebbles clanging on the shore.
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Anna's Bakery is located at Camino Real Marketplace on the corner of Hollister Ave and Storke Rd.
From Highway 101, exit at Glen Annie/Storke Rd. Turn towards the ocean. Once you cross Hollister Avenue, turn right into the Camino Real Marketplace. Anna's Bakery is on your right.
There are very clean restrooms in the archway near Starbucks.
Anna's Bakery, 7018 Market Place Dr, call (805) 968-5590.
Kahuna Grill, 7010 Market Place Dr, call (805) 685-3711.
Natural Cafe, 6990 Market Place Dr.
The French Press, 250 Storke Rd, Goleta CA 93117, call (805) 968-0493.
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|Just another not to let you know that for 2012, Telescope Tuesday will be on the *fourth* Tuesday of the month for January through October, and on the *third* Tuesday of November and December.|
|Just a note to let you know that for 2011, the Astronomical Unit will be moving Telescope Tuesday|
at Camino Real Marketplace to the *second* Tuesday of each month, instead of the 2010 third
|Just a note to let you know that for 2010, the Astronomical Unit will be moving Telescope Tuesday|
at Camino Real Marketplace to the *third* Tuesday of each month, instead of the previous first
Tuesday. This is so we can have good conditions for viewing the Moon. The Astronomical Unit is
Santa Barbara's local amateur astronomy club, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural
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