On our way back up the coast, we decided to stop in Santa Barbara for a couple of nights. Not really knowing what to expect, we fell hook line and sinker for this city with a small town vibe. We really didn’t have long here, so I don’t have much to share. I just couldn’t leave out Santa B, as we really did love it. I can imagine that for some people, the fact that there really isn’t that much to do may be a little deterring. But for us doing a road trip, we were packing so much into our days, so arriving somewhere that doesn’t have a load of major ‘must see’s’ and ‘must do’s’ to cram in was actually a bit of a relief. Having plenty of time to drift from bar to bar, drinking beautiful wine, listening to live funk music, was such a respite. For any other road trippers on a schedule, you won’t regret booking a night or two in Santa Barbara to unwind.
Here’s the very short list of what we got up to:
The Urban Wine Tour is great to do in Santa Barbara, although you don’t need a leaflet to spot the best wineries to go to. They’ll be the ones with a funk band and a crowd. Most do great value wine tastings where you get a small glass of 5 or 6 different wines for in the region of $20. We only hit up a few wineries that were in downtown, or within easy cycling distance, and we had the best day. Our favourites were Santa Barbara Wine Collective and Municipal Winemakers.
We borrowed bikes from our Airbnb host and rode along Shoreline Park at sunset. We did this after the Urban Wine Trail, so although it’s a little hazy in my memory, I won’t forget the golden glow through the palm trees.
We had the most delicious pizza and Kombucha from Lucky Penny. Seriously one of the best meals of our trip and if you’re in Santa Barbara, make sure you go and order The O.G. “oven roasted tomatoes, fennel sausage, calabrian chile, smoked mozzarella, arugula”.
And now for some visuals..
Check out the little YouTube video of our time in Santa Barbara: