Life has been pretty busy here lately; apart from the regular day-to-day and city life, we've also had some exciting things happening that kept us going - I'll be opening about that at the right time. To say that all these things have overwhelmed us, is a bit of an understatement. We were in desperate need of a getaway. Partly because we needed some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and daily life, and also, because of the fact that we love to travel, even if we don’t get to do it much these days.
While we had many places in mind, I think we ended up in the perfect place - the charming city of Santa Barbara, which doesn't really feel like a city.
We haven’t had a chance, prior to this to visit this beautiful place, and we were pleasantly surprised to find a quiet town, “shoved” between mountains on one side, and the ocean on the other. I have said several times in my Instagram profile that I fell in love with it, and, well, if it wasn’t this expensive, we’d move there in a heartbeat.
We went out of our comfort zone and for the first time, we decided on a place to stay via HomeAway (same concept as Airbnb), versus going for a hotel. We’re extremely happy to report that our stay there was very comfortable and even fun. Our host was very friendly and helpful, and she had a husky dog that I got to play around with, whenever we were "home".
But back to the town of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a very quaint town, with beautiful architecture and gorgeous views. We ended up spending a lot of time downtown, exploring the surrounding streets and enjoying the yummy food it has to offer. However, we managed to visit places located in all corners of the city.
So what did we see?
Now, something that I've been dying to share are the food places that we were impressed with. Please note that many cafes close early (that was something very surprising to us), and many places have a break for the time between lunch and dinner, so be mindful and plan accordingly.
First and foremost, make your way to Olio Pizzeria, for some great pizza, meats, cheeses and the list goes on - all delicious - we kept going back.
Another restaurant I wish we tried sooner and went more often is Lure Fish House - delicious food, pleasant ambiance and beautiful interior - definitely a must-try.
We try to eat clean and Mexican food doesn't necessarily fall into that category, but tried and we were impressed with the vegetarian options at Viva.
We also tried the fresh juices at Natural Cafe and they were yum, so try them if you're looking for something refreshing.
Speaking of refreshments - you must try the smoothies at Blenders In The Grass, apparently it's a locals favorite. We had the Acai Energy and Blue Pomegranate and they were pretty great.
That's what I have for you from Santa Barbara. I most certainly recommend visiting this city, for a short (or longer) getaway and I hope you're as impressed with it as we were.
I hope you enjoyed this post.
Until next time.