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19th-century Santa Barbara on Brinkerhoff Avenue.

Brinkerhoff Avenue in Santa Barbara may be only a block long, but that block is packed. It's the city's antique center, with 11 dealers. On an afternoon, you can prowl among the armories and quilts, then follow the sidewalkto see the flourishing gardens. And if the street's throwback charm entrances you, you can spend the night at a new inn.

The street is two blocks southwest of State Street, an easy walk or a short trolley ride from Stearns Wharf.

Originally, this was a country lane. But in 1857, Samuel Brinkerhoff developed it as a full-fledged street. Houses--some almost mansions, others simply cottages--began springing up in the 1880s. This mix of excess and modesty gives the street its lively character.

Each shop defines "antique" differently. Hours are generally 11 to 5 daily.

Start at Robert Livernois Art & Antiques (533 Brinkerhoff; open by appointment, 805/962-4606). Livernois and his wife came to the street almost 20 years ago, when it was a jumble of rundown buildings. The Antique Gallery (509) gleams with wood surfaces and smells of furniture polish. Carl Hightower's (528) includes 12 dealers offering jewelry, pottery, and small furniture. At L. Scott and Company (502), true antiques mix with contemporary crafts.

Catch a trolley, stay overnight

The Brinkerhoff Inn (523) opened last summer in an 1887 house. The six rooms (shared baths) have fancy window dressings that hint of the innkeeper's other business, costume making. She serves cheeses and nuts in the evening, fresh fruits and breads in the morning. Rates are $45 to $98 double. To reserve, call (805) 963-7844.

To get to the street from U.S. 101, exit northwest on State. Go left at Haley Street, then 1-1/2 blocks to Brinkerhoff; park on the street. Or take the shuttle, which leaves Stearns Wharf daily at 9, 11, 1:45, 3:45, and 5, and heads up State to Los Olivos Street. On its return, it stops on Brinkerhoff. Fare is $1.
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