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!