Travel Blogs from Santa Barbara
... view right over Monterey Bay, and the Pacific Ocean, it cost more than I've ever paid for a room, and I've stayed at some very high end places before. But anyway, it was nice, and the room was literally over the water. I needed a smoke to get over the bill, so went out onto the balcony, and I hear something that sounded like clapping, I look down, and looking back up at me is the most gorgeous Sea Otter! I swear it was "barking" and clapping its flippers at me. To be ...
... the price.
Tomorrow morning, we are off on our travels again but we will definitely come back to Santa Barbara. We loved the slower pace of life the friendliness of everyone we met, the fabulous food and the beautiful buildings. The beach is lovely too, but there are some very special small coves just out of the centre that would be perfect for a day at the beach.
The "Big Sur" here we come.................we are getting closer!!!!
... food. It turns out the place in the next block was a favorite of Julia Child, who spent her retirement years in Santa Barbara.
We walked in, grabbed a menu, and decided what we wanted to eat. The next step was to order it at the register, get a number, then find a table. At this point the smells and the atmosphere was making me hungry, but I needed to try the food to be sold. Once it came out, I was sold. I ordered ...
... there's a really long pier, lots of young drop outs everywhere in groups on the grass, people playing football there too, volleyball on the beach - it's all going on. Have a beer then back to shower and head out again, find a nice wine bar then another brewery jurst opposite which is packed out, there's a quiz night going on! Obviously mostly all American questions but it's fun & we chat to a really nice boy, eventually leave at 10.30 quite ...
We then ventured down Highway 1 which has spectacular views and sea wildlife to boot, we spotted some whales out at sea and followed them down the coast for a while down through Big Sur we were hoping to see a sunset over the ocean, unfortunately the cloud moved in about an hour before sunset.
Arriving at Santa Barbara it was late and dark so did not get to see much, tomorrow it is of to ...
Other places to stay in Santa Barbara
1601 State Street, Santa Barbara | 2 star innfrom $166
433 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $188
18 Bath Street, Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $187
1188 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara | 2 star innfrom $100
15 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $217
- DO NOT STAY AT THIS PLACE!
- Not the gem that it advertises!!
- Fooled me once
122 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara | Innfrom $65
104 Bath St, Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $173
- We LOVED our getaway!
- A Perfect 10!
- Room was great!!!
206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $216
63 Humphrey Rd, Santa Barbara | Innfrom $160
36 W. Valerio St., Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $232
- A relaxing, cozy retreat
- Loved the Cheshire Cat Inn
- Loved the Cheshire Cat
121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara | 5 star innfrom $363
- The Gold Standard for B&Bs
- A Secluded Retreat With Exceptional Service
- A Beautiful Inn
1327 Bath Street, Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $194
- Excellent Stay
- Delicious Breakfast, Friendly Management/Service
- Great getaway
1908 Bath Street, Santa Barbara | 3 star innfrom $182