The Upper East of Santa Barbara is commonly compared to Montecito. The area encompasses much of the same older, magnificent, grandiose architecture as Montecito. Why some prefer the Upper East to Montecito is the proximity to downtown Santa Barbara – blocks from the fine dining and shopping around State Street. The Upper East is perhaps best known for the Old Santa Barbara Mission; a must see for anyone visiting Santa Barbara. Directly across from the Mission is the historic Rose Gardens, where many come to admire the roses in bloom, relax with a picnic, enjoy the views, bring the kids to play, or even join in holy matrimony!