For our summer trip this year, my husband and I decided to take a few days and go on a road trip through central and southern California.
Now, before I go any further, I must tell you that I’ve never been on a road trip like this before. Of course, I’ve traveled by car to a vacation destination, but nothing like this where we took a few days, spent the night in a different town each night and really had no plans in between. I’m a super expert planner, so leading up to this trip, I was a bit anxious about not really having a plan as we set out on our adventure. Yes, we had a place to stay each night, thanks to my BFF Hotwire (seriously, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hotwire), but had no plans other than that…well maybe, except for our first day.
We set out Sunday morning, to meet up with my husband’s aunt, uncle and cousin in Anaheim. They were all in town from Austin for a conference, so we met up with them at their hotel for a quick visit. After that, we had another scheduled stop to make in Thousand Oaks to meet up with more friends who were in town from Dallas. After a lovely visit with them, we headed up to our final destination of the night – Montecito.
Montecito is a small town just outside of Santa Barbara. Folks like Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Drew Barrymore, among many others, are said to own homes there. Our home for the evening was the Montecito Inn. The Inn was a cute, little boutique hotel with a ton of history. Built in the late 1920s, by Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin and friends as a place for them to escape the limelight of show business, the walls are lined with movie posters from Chaplin’s films and his likeness is even on one of the hotel signs. The hotel has lots of charm and is on the main street in Montecito and super close to Butterfly Beach.
We stayed in a regular King room (and not a suite) and it was pretty tiny, but had a cozy bed with about a bajillion pillows on it. The bathroom was nice, but a bit on the tiny side as well. There was a large window in the bathroom that was a bit odd because people would walk right by it from the hallway right outside our room. You certainly couldn’t see anything by shapes, but it was still a little weird for me. We were beat from the long day, so we ordered room service for dinner. It was typical room service fare, but the customer service was really great from the folks at room service as well as everyone else at the hotel.
After our continental breakfast the next morning, we checked out and headed to near by Santa Barbara. Our first stop was the Santa Barbara Public Market. The market is right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara near State Street. It’s a super clean, gorgeous building with fantastic food offerings inside. Hands down one of the best things I ate on this trip was this RIDICULOUS cookie sandwich from Enjoy Cupcakes.
Seriously. If I could get these delivered to me everyday, I’d be on happy gal. The cookies were so soft, gooey and tasty and the vanilla frosting was perfect – light, delicious and really just the right amount for the cookies. Ugh. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
At the market we also had a breakfast quiche at Flagstone Pantry (yum) and hubby (the iced coffee snob) has some cold brew from Green Star Coffee. After a great walk up and down State Street, we headed back to our car and headed off to our next destination.
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