A few months ago, the Mister and I spent the weekend in Santa Barbara. It was our first trip actually staying there in the 7 years we’ve been traveling together and that is probably because I always thought the town was a little commercial and “old people-ish”, meaning if I wanted to go shopping at Anthropologie or Chico’s, I could do that at home with my mom. To be perfectly honest, the real reason we went up for the weekend was to go see Ali Wong’s stand-up show (which was amazing!), but the city has really changed and some great boutiques and one-off shops have popped up and I’m glad we spent the weekend checking it out! Of course if you visit Santa Barbara, you have to go visit the Santa Barbara Mission. It’s one of the prettiest of the missions in California and even if you don’t have time to go inside for a self-tour, at least stop by and check out a bit of history on the outside. And then head over to one of the newer parts of town – the Funk Zone! This is exactly what Santa Barbara needed! An area of mom-and-pop shops, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants to mix it from the stale and corporate State Street (that’s where you’ll find the Anthro and Chico’s). We had a delicious pizza lunch at Lucky Penny before doing a little antiquing at The Blue Door (I picked up an awesome vintage unicorn stapler for my desk), were disappointed that the Surfing Museum has permanently closed, and then stopping for a wine tasting at Municipal Winemakers. You can also rent a surrey or a bike at Wheel Fun Rentals and take a ride up the beach! We didn’t do this, but it looked fun, so maybe next time. And at the end of the day, we retreated to our Airstream hotel at AutoCamp. We LOVED staying in the converted Airstream trailer. We’ve always wanted to go camping with an Airstream, so this is a little different since it’s converted, but it was still fun! It was surprisingly comfortable and we had plenty of room! There was a Trader Joe’s just up the street if we wanted to cook anything in the kitchen or on the the ourdoor electric grill, but we instead opted for dinner at Yellow Belly just a few steps down the street. Would you stay in an Airstream hotel?We hope to spend another weekend in Santa Barbara sometime soon! I’d love to check out a few other hotels in the area, grab some lunch at the Public Market, check out the architecture at the Santa Barbara courthouse, and a whole list of other places! I guess I’ve really changed my mind about Santa Barbara. Hopefully, in the next few months, we’ll spend another weekend there and I’ll update this post with more to do and see!
Thursday 14th of September 2017
Do us all a favor and don't come back to our little city if all you're going to do is trash what makes Santa Barbara beautiful and unique. The irony of brushing off State Street as "stale and corporate" but planning a return trip to visit the very pretentious and failing Public Market (with more abandoned and empty storefronts than ones that are actually open) is completely laughable.
Friday 22nd of September 2017
1. It's obvious you did NOT read my entire blog post or even consider the fact that since I even wrote a blog post about visiting Santa Barbara, I was NOT trashing it. 2. My opinion about State Street has not changed. I don't think State Street is what makes SB beautiful or unique. I can go to several other little California towns, some much closer to me such as Pasadena, and have the same experience as I would have along State Street. 3. Perhaps the Public Market wouldn't be failing if SB locals would visit it more and stop bashing it in blog comments about how it is pretentious with abandoned and empty storefronts. I haven't visited it, so I did not know this about Public Market, which is why I stated I wanted to go back and visit it. 4. If you don't like what other people put up on their blogs, start your own! You can start with ILoveStateStreetSB.com. Let me know when you do! I can tell you that I will not visit your blog with any nasty comments about how State Street is "stale and corporate" because I understand how much hard works it takes to put up a blog post and I'm not an Internet Troll.
Thursday 24th of August 2017
Ahhh that penny-covered building is amazing! And I would definitely stay in an Airstream - what a great idea for a "hotel."
Thursday 24th of August 2017
I know! I love when people tile a floor in pennies and a penny wall is just so cool!