Jeff and I were able to get away for a few days in February and go up the coast to Santa Barbara. We had a long weekend without kids … so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity.
We spent a day doing tastings — wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegars — in the wine country around Santa Barbara.
Los Olivos – a charming, victorian town (all of 2 blocks) was the perfect setting to spend an afternoon. There are numerous wineries, shops and cafes nestled in the two blocks.
Back in Santa Barbara, we stayed at The Canary Hotel. It’s a lovely hotel one block off the main downtown section of State Street. The rooms were adorable and the rooftop pool area was spectacular — especially at night!
We ate dinner in town at Opal Restaurant and enjoyed a great breakfast at Coast Restaurant at the Canary.
On our way home, we spent some time driving through Montecito. It’s a lovely old area with some spectacular homes on beautiful grounds. This is definitely an area I’d like to explore more!
Most of the homes are behind gates, so you only catch glimpses as you drive by. Here are some pictures to give you an idea just how grand some of these properties are ….
Aren’t they spectacular? I’m looking forward to our next trip. I’ll definitely remember to bring my camera (I used my phone on this trip). Maybe I’ll do a post on “The gates of Montecito.”