3 DAYS IN SANTA BARBARA

March 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Santa Barbara is named the American Riviera, and it really does live up to that name. You feel like you're roaming the streets of Italy. My mom and I only spent a few days in Santa Barbara, and we loved every second of it! Here are a few of the beautiful places we explored. 

 

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First we walked around the center of town. We started at the Paseo Nuevo Shops and Restaurants. This outdoor mall really feels like you transported to Italy! 

 

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We wandered through here and up State Street, where there are a lot of shops and restaurants. 

 

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After getting a bite to eat, we went to explore the STUNNING Santa Barbara County Courthouse. You can go to the top of the clock tower for free and get a panoramic view of the city!

 

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The next day we went to explore some vineyards in the mountains. The drive up the steep mountain road was so beautiful! 

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Our first stop was Solvang, CA. A small Danish town that feels so random for California! There are Danish bakeries, shops and delicious restaurants. This place is definitely worth the drive! 

 

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Our next stop was Sunstone Winery. This is a boutique vineyard with a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. We could have stayed here all day and taken a nap! There was actually people napping after their wine tastings haha! We also stopped at Gainey Vineyard, which is larger and has a more corporate feel. Sunstone was definitely my favorite!

 

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For our last day we got some history in and explored the Old MIssion Santa Barbara. It was so peaceful and stunning! You can do a self guided tour and leisurely explore the lush grounds. 

 

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Before heading back to Los Angeles, we did one final stop in Ventura, CA. WHALE WATCHING! I was so excited to do this because I have never seen a whale in the wild. We went through Island Packers Cruises and did a 3 hour tour to the Channel Islands. We saw HUNDREDS of dolphins, 3 grey whales, sea lions and a shark! It was so unbelievable! I highly recommend doing this tour!

 

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So if you're going to Santa Barbara, try to fit these sites into your trip! You won't regret it! 

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