TRAVEL GUIDE: SANTA BARBARA
This post is a bit late but with the Monterey post last week, I wanted to space out all of these wonderful California travel guides. My friend Jen (an awesome photographer BTW check out her site) and I traveled to Santa Barbara for one of our friend's weddings. It was one of the most gorgeous weddings I have been to EVER. I'm seriously not just saying that. Check out the hashtag #altaplaysthefield for all of the amazing photos.
Below is a pretty brief Santa Barbara guide. Since we were in town for the wedding we saw a few of the sites but not nearly all that Santa Barbara has to offer. If I went back I would make sure to enjoy the beach and stop by nearby wine country for a little wine tasting. The bride also went to Ojai afterwards and said it was pretty dreamy so that would be on the list as well. Regardless of how brief it was, it was a lovely trip. A few details about what we say are below.
WHERE WE STAYED
Santa Barbara is one of those places where all hotels are pricey from the Holiday Inn to the Comfort Suites. We stayed at the Coast Village Inn which was one of two hotels suggested by the bride and it was the right thing for the trip. The beds were very comfortable and, although the air conditioning wasn't operating, the cool ocean air kept the room at a perfect temperature. They has a small pool which was also a nice ammenity. If I went back I would stay closer into town because we ended up taking an Uber back-and-forth quite a bit which added to our overall costs.
WHAT WE DID
Since we were in town for a wedding we didn't do as many things as if you were on vacation but we did check a few really cool places off our list.
Santa Barbara Public Market - This cute little place looks relatively new and would be the perfect spot to stop in for a local lunch. We just loved wandering around and taking pictures of all of the cute baked goods and tasty-looking food items. Also, if you walk around the back there is a beautiful little garden and tiled stairs that make for a perfect photo opp.
Walk State Street - I was shocked at how many stores they have in Santa Barbara. I thought it was just a little town but boy do they have ALL of the things. If I wasn't trying to save a little money (ahem, new camera put a dent into the wallet) I would have totally been tempted to pick up a few souvenirs. It was also just as fun to walk the street. If you go to the Public Market first, you can walk the entire length of the street towards the water.
Visit Botanical Gardens - On Sunday, the day following the wedding, we woke up feeling a little bit like we needed to take things slow. We thought that I nice stroll in the gardens would be the perfect pace for recovering from the wedding. The gardens were beautiful, featuring only native California plants. Because of the ongoing drought the creek was dried up and the grasses looked like maybe they had better days but otherwise everything else was beautiful. I especially enjoyed the redwood section which had redwoods that were planted in the 20s.
WHAT WE ATE
We didn't eat out much because we arrived late Friday night, the wedding was on Saturday and we left Sunday. But there was one notable breakfast place I wanted to share.
Jeannie's Bakery - We actually found this place because the hotel restaurant was under construction and they gave us $5 vouchers to eat here. The line was always out the door but they had a very efficient system. We loved coming here because of the neighborhood feel and the yummy baked goods.
I hope you guys are enjoying these travel guides. My next one will be on Seattle then New York. Lot's of fun trips on the horizon.