Last weekend while B was in Toronto,
I decided to go on a romantic getaway with my boyfriend to Santa Barbara.
Only 75 miles from LA, this gorgeous destination has been on my to-do list since B & I moved here over a year ago, and it was worth the wait! After collecting some restaurant recommendations from two friends who went to university in the beautiful city, we were ready to hit the road.
We stayed at The Fess Parker, a beautiful beachfront hotel owned by Hilton Double Tree. For those that don’t know, Double Tree properties give every guest a warm cookie upon arrival – added bonus!
Lunch was served at Los Agaves, which came highly recommended by the locals and had an amazing salsa bar. The rest of the afternoon was spent watching the waves roll in on the beach, which was right across the street from our hotel. After sunset, we called a taxi to take us to dinner at The Brewhouse, and a limousine arrived instead (for the same price). Seriously a once-in-a-lifetime surprise.
Sunday was spent eating the best breakfast burrito I’ve ever had at Crushcakes & Cafe (fresh tortilla, eggs, soyrizo, potatoes, and goat cheese as a substitute for jack) and walking along State Street, the city’s restaurant and shop hub with seven miles of cute boutiques, mainstream stores, and the prettiest McDonald’s and Chipotle that I’ve ever seen. Pianos are set up on almost every street corner, so you can hear musicians playing concertos or the coolest 10-year olds playing jazz within a five-minute span.
At only an hour-and-a-half drive from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is not only the site of my dream home when I’m older, but it’s a destination I’m sure I’ll be going back to shortly. It’s so beautiful and serene, with almost no traffic – all I could ever want in a weekend getaway.
If you’re planning a trip to Santa Barbara, consider some of these other eateries and activities that we didn’t have time for:
・For a quick & delicious sandwich: South Coast Deli
・For ice cream: McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
・For Sunday brunch: Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach
・For a $25 sunset sail: Santa Barbara Sailing Center
・For a romantic night of stargazing: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
What are some of your favorite things to do in Santa Barbara (aka the American Riviera)?