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I am delighted to extend a personal welcome to all visiting this website and to offer some of the Inn's history.

The Cheshire Cat Inn began its life as 2 Victorian Queen Anne homes constructed by German immigrant, Joseph Eberle, who arrived in Santa Barbara in the 1880's.  A blacksmith by trade, Joseph built the Main House for his family in 1884 and subsequently the Eberle House for his mother and sister in 1890.  The houses remained in his family until 1970 when his sister passed away.  She had been a school teacher and had opened up the homes as boarding establishments including housing for unwed mothers during the Second World War.  It has been alleged that President Mckinley had visited when passing through Santa Barbara in May 1901.

It was during one of my many visits to Santa Barbara that I discovered these two buildings which were for sale and suffering from years of neglect.  The beautiful architecture was apparent beneath the peeling paint and overgrown gardens.  I purchased the property in 1984 and officially opened as the Cheshire Cat Inn in 1985.  The theme of the Inn was inspired by my home in Cheshire, England and by the wonderful author Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, famous for his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and also a native of the beautiful county of Cheshire.

Over the past 30 years, this Santa Barbara inn has played an integral part in my life as well as of my partner, Jack Greenwald, who has helped navigate us through the last decade of exploding technological advances.  Our joined past ventures in the hospitality  industy have included many memorable events at the Cheshire Cat extending from family weddings to culinary classes allowing us to meet many extraordinary people along the way notably the lovely Julia Child.  

Now comprised of 14 rooms and 4 cottages, we are continually striving to provide our guests with the most up to date accomodations paired with an atmosphere of warmth and conviviality

We hope you enjoy you stay and look forward to meeting you.

Christine and Jack