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Accommodations

The workshop will be held December 2-4, 2004 at the Upham Hotel, located in downtown Santa Barbara. For your convenience, we have reserved a block of rooms for the meeting. Please make your hotel reservation by calling the Upham directly. When you call, have your credit card available and reference our room block under "NCGIA".

Suggested arrival/check-in: Wednesday evening, December 1st
Suggested departure/check-out: Saturday afternoon, December 4th or Sunday morning December 5th

The Upham Hotel
1404 De la Vina Street (corner of Sola Street)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 1-800-727-0876 or 805-962-0058 (either for reservations)
Fax: 1-805-963-2825

The Upham Hotel website also has a printable map for your convenience.

Travel

The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), approximately 8 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara, is most convenient and is served by express airlines codesharing with America West, American, Delta, Alaska, Northwest, and United. For more info, see Flysba.com.

From there, we recommend taking the SuperRide shuttle - very convenient and less expensive than taxis ($15-18 one-way versus $22-24 for a taxi). There is usually a shuttle waiting at the airport for deplaning passengers (a large white van with "SuperRide" in big blue lettering), otherwise there is a courtesy phone in the baggage claim area. Also, it's convenient and a bit less expensive to schedule a round-trip with them. For more info, see Superride.net.

Flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about a 2-hour drive southeast of Santa Barbara and is served by most major airlines and rental car companies. As an alternative to renting a car, the Santa Barbara Airbus can take you from LAX to either downtown Santa Barbara or Goleta. They offer discounted rates for round-trips and pre-paid trips. For schedules, fares, and pick-up/drop-off locations, please see SantaBarbaraAirbus.com.

On the northern edge of the greater Los Angeles area, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) is also about 2 hours from Santa Barbara, with airfares usually comparable to LAX fares. See Burbankairport.com for more information.

Santa Barbara is also served by Amtrak, with convenient service from Los Angeles, Burbank Airport, and San Diego. The station is about 1 mile from the hotel.

Santa Barbara weather: In early December nights are cool (5-10 Celsius, 40-50 Fahrenheit) and days are mile (15-20 Celsius, 60-70 Fahrenheit). The Mediterranean climate makes rain possible, but days may also be clear and sunny. For current conditions and forecasts, see the Santa Barbara weather forecast.

Official Visitor Guide to Santa Barbara