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Santa Barbara | Travel Diary

Since moving to California, I've been itching to travel all over the state and explore the West Coast. Before moving, I had only been to the West Coast three times (two were spent in Orange County and one trip was to LA to find our new home). I've acquired a long bucket list of cities and destinations to work through while living in LA. This weekend Kevin, his mother Susan, and I checked Santa Barbara off the list. Santa Barbara is a central California coastal town that sits just north of Ventura.

We drove up the Pacific Highway on Saturday morning and arrived in Santa Barbara around noon. Our first stop was lunch at Flor De Maiz where we ate delicious, fresh Mexican food and drank the most creative margaritas. I ordered the Margarita Sayulita which was a mango- pineapple margarita with Hawaiian black lava salt. I'm a huge fan of margs, and this one might possibly be my favorite to date.

After lunch we took a walk along Stearns Harbor Wharf where we enjoyed the beautiful views of the ocean, watched sailboats coming and going from the harbor, and sipped afternoon cappuccinos. I had a true Marilyn Monroe moment when a huge gust of wind blew my dress up and flashed everyone on the pier!

If you are looking for fun things to do in Santa Barbara try out some of the many wine tasting rooms around town. We stopped by the Melville wine tasting room. Just 45 minutes away from the city is the Santa Barbara wine country. We didn't have time to go since we were in town for the day, but I would definitely like to go back and visit.

That night we dined at Jane, a local restaurant with a warm, friendly atmosphere (located on the main drag of State Street).

The next day we stopped by the Old Mission Santa Barbara on our way home. The mission was truly so stunning, and the grounds boasted of fruiting olive trees and vibrant native flowers. It was the perfect place to explore on a peaceful Sunday morning. The mission sat on top of a hill overlooking the city. We decided to get a tour of the grounds so we could take in the full experience, but the church and front portion of the mission is open to the general public. I would definitely recommend a stop at the Old Mission for anyone looking to explore Santa Barbara.

I hope you enjoy your future trip to Santa Barbara and get to visit some of my stops along the way!



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