June 29, 2013
A Whirlwind Weekend in Santa Barbara
1. I'd take you out for lunch at La Super-Rica Taqueria, a tiny place where you can get some truly authentic and delicious Mexican food. Even Julia Child threw her weight behind it, saying it was the best in Santa Barbara. You can order whatever you want, but the Super-Rica Especial comes highly suggested. If you want some amazing pasta for dinner, we can go downtown to Palazzio where the servings are so huge you could easily split a half plate 3 ways!
2. It's famous for a reason! You shouldn't miss the gorgeous Catholic Mission. It's known as the "Queen" of the 21 original Spanish missions built along the California Coastline. I love the beautiful Sacred Gardens inside, as well as the rose garden out front. If you are interested, you can even attend a Mass.
3. Calories don't count on vacation, so we'll stop in and grab a treat at the I.V. Drip. They have an assortment of cookies and ice cream flavors so that you can build your own Cookiewich. Or, if you just feel like loading up on ice cream, we could stop at McConnell's (we went a little over board once when we found out you can have as many flavors as you want in your bowl at no extra charge, and consequently our bowl was bursting with way too much ice cream).
4. The weather is perfect (I mean it when I say it's the most perfect weather on earth) and getting outdoors is a must. We'll take advantage of the gorgeous day at the beach where you can try your hand at surfing, boogie boarding and paddle boarding, or just enjoy the sunshine and tide pools (or all the cute surfers, if that's what you're into). If you aren't feeling like the beach, then it's a good thing we also have great mountains where we can hike and catch some excellent views below. It's also lovely to wander down State Street on a nice day and check out all the shops- great shopping for those who love to shop!
5. You're so fortunate to have a Santa Barbara insider showing you around. The locals would stone me if I didn't show you the Ellwood Butterfly Preserve. Every winter thousands of Monarch Butterflies migrate to the Eucalyptus grove. And if it's not butterfly season, we can still enjoy a walk or a bike ride through the trees and along the bluffs where you get an amazing view of the ocean, the mountains, and the Channel Islands.
6. You didn't ask, but I'll tell you anyway that a trip to Santa Barbara wouldn't be complete without visiting the farmer's market. Everyone is so friendly and they have all the food you can imagine, mouth-watering samples, and street performers to add to the fun.