On the Road Again: Santa Barbara Bound January 19, 2017 14:16

With a break in this crazy LA rain we are driving up the coast for a weekend of exploring and relaxing in Santa Barbara! With just a short two hours of seaside driving up the coast and out of the city you'll arrive in the cutest of beach towns that is what we like to call the American Riviera. Read on to see what we will be doing, eating, where we will be staying, and of course what we plan to pack!

What to See:

From beautiful coastal views to local landmarks and Santa Barbara's main street, there is no shortage of fun! The first on our list is our favorite local view.

Inspiration Point

Being along the beautiful central coast there is no shortage of stunning views and fun hikes! Inspiration point, just a short 10 minute drive from State St. is the perfect place to enjoy the Santa Barbara sunset. Starting at the end of Tunnel road, the hike is a not too strenuous 3.75 miles round trip ending at a gorgeous lookout of the whole coast line and Santa Cruz islands. We recommend starting just a couple hours before sunset to get the best view at the top and of course bring your camera!

Inspiration Point

The Santa Barbara Mission:

For a piece of Santa Barbara history we recommend taking a trip to the mission! Founded in 1786 the mission has been around for over 200 years and has beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. You can buy a ticket to take a tour of the inside or explore the gardens and outside of the historical building.

Santa Barbara Mission

Image Source: Santa Barbara Mission 

What to Do:

From walking around downtown to exploring the different districts, there are so many unique spots in Santa Barbara to explore when in town. These activities are a few of our musts while in Santa Barbara! 

Walk the Blocks of State Street

Whether you want to do some light shopping or grab a bite to eat, State Street is the place to go. State is the main street of Downtown Santa Barbara and has pretty much anything you would need in 10 character filled blocks of bustling locals and visitors. Park a few blocks away to avoid the parking garages and walk on over to enjoy this quintessential part of SB. 

State StreetImage Source: Visit Santa Barbara

Explore the Funk Zone

For live music, vintage stores, and some of the best local food, the Funk Zone is the place to go. This small area just a few blocks south of State Street is an up and coming spot for local art, breweries, and coffee shops you will not want to miss.

The Funk ZoneImage Source: New Horizons for SB Funk Zone

Where to Eat:

Get Coffee & Food at Lucky Penny

This popular little coffee spot in the center of the Funk Zone is the perfect place for an afternoon pick me up or casual lunch date. Best known for their penny covered walls and delicious java, Lucky Penny is one lucky find. Not to mention they do have great food! And be sure to snap a picture in front of their penny tiled walls.

Image Source: Santa Barbara Lucky Penny

Brunch at Jeannine's:

If you haven't been to Jeannine's for brunch you are just missing out! This bakery and restaurant in Santa Barbara and Montecito is a local family owned favorite. From wholesome breakfast classics to amazing fresh baked scones and cappuccinos, Jeannine's is a cozy Santa Barbara staple. And the downtown Santa Barbara location on Figueroa St. is just a block off State St. and walking distance from the shops!

JeanninesImage Source: Jeannine's

Where to Stay:

The Lotus House

The quaint tropical getaway is perfect for two with its beautiful garden, bright spacious room, and just walking distance from downtown. Just ask in advance and you can even get a ride from the trains station!

Lotus House

The Charming Cottage

Only blocks away from the mission and a twenty minute walk to downtown, this bright and private guest cottage makes for the perfect weekend escape. With picturesque bougainvillea growing over the French style garden and an ocean view deck you'll never want to check out!

Cottage House

What to Pack:

A casual weekend getaway up the coast calls for the perfect packing list! This is what we will be bringing for a weekend in SB.

The Dress: The Santorini Off the Shoulder Dress

This effortless boho off the shoulder dress is just right for strolling the streets of State or hanging by the beach. And it has little pom pom sleeve detailing!

Santorini DressThe Shoes:

We absolutely can't get enough of neutral lace up sandals. This pair of Jeffrey Campbell heels goes with pretty much any casual dress and your favorite boyfriend jeans!

Jeffrey Campbell heels

The Hat:

Any California staycation calls for a great hat. This wide-brimmed fedora from Lack of Color is just how we like to keep the sun off our face while adding a little extra drama to our casual look.

Lack of Color

Share your favorite Santa Barbara spots with us in the comments below and be sure to tag us in your adventures using the #baileyblueonyou!