The world is a book and those who don’t travel only read one page. -St. Augustine Where to go: Santa Barbara, CA
Last summer my boyfriend and I went on a roadtrip to California. We are from Wisconsin, so this was quite the journey for us (you can check out my road trip page to see how we did this.) For 2 days of the trip we went to Santa Barbara and it was my favorite part of the trip. Santa Barbara is a more upscale city, with hundreds of beautiful homes and tiny, cute hotels. The scenery is second to none; with the Pacific breeze blowing in your face and mountains peaks behind your head. It is incredible. Though Santa Barbara is among the most expensive places to live; traveling there does not have to be.
How to get there
If it is possible you definitely should drive there because the flights are very expensive to the Santa Barbara airport from most places. If it is not possible to drive download the app Skyscanner and type in the dates you wish to travel and press “save” it will then send you notifications when prices have gone down so you can then book a flight at that time.
What to see
We stayed in a smaller inn, Mason Beach Inn which was a little pricy because we wanted to be right in town and by the beach. It was by far the most affordable place for the location we were at. The Inn was adorable and it had a free breakfast, pool, and hot tub.
For at least one night I recommend going and getting dinner on the pier. If you like seafood the Shell Fish Company is delicous and has a great atmosphere. You should go around sunset so you can watch the sun go down while sipping on a drink. The sun setting behind the mountains is one of my favorite memories.
I recommend going on a weekend night. There is the Santa Barbara College so all of the college kids come down to this street on the weekends and go out. There are a lot of super cool bars that you can go to and they are very lively. My boyfriend and I met some great people, played some pool, and tried some really good drinks. Our favorite bar we went to was Heroes bar and grill which had pool tables, a chill vibe, and huge barrels of peanuts that you could eat with a cold beer.
I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants a relaxing, gorgeous getaway and willing to spend a little more money. Comment below if you have been to Santa Barbara and have any suggestions or recommendations!