Carpinteria’s Stanley Park offered a rustic-yet-comfortable escape from the city along the banks of Rincon Creek. Located upstream of where Highway 150 and Gobernador Canyon Road intersect today, the resort, complete with craftsman-style lodge, dining room and tent cabins, was developed by Dr. Henry Shepard and named for one of his sons, Stanley. Its big sister, Shepard’s Inn, was opened much earlier in the 19th century by James and Belle Shepard originally as a stage stop, and later as a renowned rustic retreat. Stanley Park was more of a summer resort, as several stream crossings made access difficult in the winter.
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