Trip Guide: Santa Barbara, CA

My bestie, Jesse, recently asked me to tag along on a quick trip to Santa Barbara a couple weekends ago to which I responded with an emphatic “YES!” In all reality it was an emphatic “yes” followed by a less confident ” I just need someone to watch Margot…”, but the excitement was definitely there. Julian agreed to single-dad-it for the weekend so I agreed to a girls weekend of zero agenda and lots of Justin Bieber music.

Friday afternoon we pulled up to the Goodland Hotel and tiny heart eyes appeared on all of our faces immediately. It filled every nook and cranny in my boho-mid-century-modern loving heart and I quickly wished I could call this place home for longer than 48 hours. We check in, dropped our luggage off in our room, and sauntered off to their restaurant happy hour with a side of guacamole. For the next hour or so we sat in the corner of their cozy patio as Chelsea caught us up on her recent travels.

We roamed around the hotel grounds a bit with a lot of “ooh”s and “ahh”s happeneing and then headed to our room for a bit before heading out to dinner. Abouuuuut an hour into chatting on the bed on our room we decided to forego our dinner reservations and order room service instead to preserve maximal relaxation…


Saturday morning Chelsea and I had breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant.

NOTE: Throughout this post I’m going to mention all the yummy places we ate but full disclosure: I was a) way to impatient to photograph it and b) forgot to photograph it. So you can just trust me that it was all super tasty 🙂

I had the Brioche French Toast and Chelsea had the Fritter Benedict. It was everything we wanted it to be and filled our bellies well. Our friend Kati joined us towards the end of our meal and I took full advantage of not having a little one to tend to as we sat and chatted for the next 45 minutes (things that don’t happen at home…).

One of my favorite things about staying at the Goodland was that each room comes with a cute little record player and you can rent records out in the lobby. We rented Postal Service because that’s what felt right and it totally made me want to get a record player for my home. It seems so much more quaint and cozy than listening to music on a speaker system, right?

After breakfast Kati showed us some of her favorite spots around town. She went to college near SB and currently lives there so she really knows all the best places. First stop was Backyard Bowls, an acai place I have heard so much about. Everyone I know who went to school around the area LOVES backyard bowls, and now I know why. I claim it as the best acai bowl I’ve ever had – easily. I got the one named “Backyard Bowl” (imagine that…) the base was a mixture of acai, banana, strawberry and hemp milk – topped with banana, strawberry, blueberry, goji berries, bee pollen(?!) , granola & honey.


I never wanted it to end.

After that Kati took us to the SB Mission. As someone who is not a west coast native I needed a bit of explaining about what a mission was exactly, so heres the low down. There are 21 historic california missions, the Santa Barbara Mission is apparently regarded as the most beautiful and they were originally built by the Spanish as “religious outposts” as an attempt to expand christianity to the Native Americans.

Didn’t know you’d be getting a history lesson today did ya?

You’re welcome.

Kati also brought us two eggs from the SB fiestas that happen every August. Get this: one weekend in August the entire city turns into a massive fiesta and you run round cracking confetti eggs over everyones head, strangers and friends alike… what could possibly be more fun?! She was telling me that the floors of streets and stores are just completely covered with confetti all weekend! SIGN ME UP. We got a little taste of the action sitting on the mission’s lawn and now I’m determined to go back in August and really partake in this confetti dream fiesta situation.

Next stop was the Court House. Seriously, this place is a court house. It almost makes me want jury duty!


Take the elevator to the top for a beautiful view of the city. (Stairs are also an option but lets get real…) After marveling over the view we strolled around the building for a bit in disbelief over how a court house could be so beautiful.

After, we went to Olio Pizza for lunch- suuuuper yummy, extremely recommended, you should go.

OK so this place…it’s called the Lizard’s Mouth. When you first turn on the road to get there it feels more like your heading into Narnia… or kind of like a little troll might pop at any moment. A very winding road took us to a quarter mile rocky hiking path that opened up to the most gorgeous view.

If you find yourself in Santa Barbara I highly advise you to make time for this. (but maybe not with small kids, that would make me nervous) Its definitely a top-of-the-world type situation when you realize how tiny you actually are.

See hiking trail info here.

Sunday we headed over to State Street for a little shopping and had some Mcconnell’s Ice Cream. Chelsea and I bought the same shoes and wore them out of the store because we are kind of ridiculous I guess.

All-in-all, we had a blast and I’m seriously trying to get back there for the fiestas.

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  • Reply Jen

    Looks like an amazing and beautiful trip! I’ve always wanted to go to Santa Barbara and now that we moved back to CA hopefully I will!

    April 7, 2017 at 10:54 pm
    • Reply Abby

      You should! It’s such a cute little town 🙂

      April 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

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