California, my home state & one true love. Sunshine all year round, warm sandy beaches, healthy food & amazing positive vibes. Nothing is better than a California Road Trip & that is exactly what I did recently with InStyle Magazine, from Big Sur to Los Angeles. We stopped at all the MUST HAVE spots & I want to share my favorites with you all! I get a lot of questions about California since I am a native, I grew up in Sunny San Diego & went to college in Cosmopolitan San Francisco. The best of both worlds. I adore the sunny side of Southern California, where a bikini & surf board are all you need but having the buzzing culinary city life of San Francisco was also a blessing. California has so much to offer to so many people, I want to share my favorites & must visits with all of you!

Welcome to Santa Barbara—The American Riviera! Located on the California Coast line & only 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is one of the most visited cities in the US framed by the pacific ocean & a background of the gorgeous San Ynez Mountain range. This is where wine country and lush gardens welcome you, festivals and music dance through the streets, and living is easy…

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Around every corner and through each paseo, treat your eyes to a visual feast when traveling to Santa Barbara. With sparkling shorelines, Spanish-infused architecture, opulent gardens and sunsets that are worthy of being branded #nofilter, this is a destination that was made for Instagram.

Speaking of Instagram, here is a list of Must Shoot Instagram Spots in Santa Barbara:

Ganna Walska Lotusland

  

Casa Del Herrero

  

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

  

Old Mission Santa Barbara

  

Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants

  

Funk Zone

  

Chromatic Gate

  

FOOD & DRINKS

Santa Barbara’s culinary experiences reach in every direction. Classic, contemporary, fresh, fusion, inventive, and vibrant are all words used to describe the vast food & drink scene in Santa Barbara. With six weekly farmers markets, sustainably harvested seafood that comes ashore every day, nearby ranchland, and local winemakers, brewers, and distillers, Santa Barbara is a truly flavorful place…

Here is a list of Must Eats in Santa Barbara:

 

BROPHY BROS. CLAM BAR & RESTAURANT •  BOUCHON SANTA BARBARA

  

OLIO E LIMONE RISTORANTE •  THE LARK

  

 ARIGATO •  SAMA SAMA KITCHEN

  

 BARBAREÑO  • LUCKY’S

  

ROSÉ ALL DAY

What better place to drink pink than in The American Riviera?! It’s a match made in wine pairing heaven. Santa Barbara is here to satisfy your rosé cravings and cultivate your pink palate. Area winemakers have been producing rosés for decades and now that it’s risen to star status, more producers have added it to their line-up of annual releases…with playful gusto! This is just a sampling of hot pink spots to taste the many shades of Santa Barbara County rosé available at our local tasting rooms. Here is a list of the Wineries with the best Rose in town!

Margerum Wine Company’s • Jamie Slone Wines • Grassini Family Vineyards • Sanford Winery Santa Barbara Wine Collective • Santa Barbara Winery

 

 BELMOND EL ENCANTO

Experience timeless Californian glamour at the chic Belmond El Encanto.  Rooms & Bungalows alike  invite coastal-style serenity with a blend of light, airy textures that fit in perfect with the Santa Barbara coastline. A welcome bottle of personalized Rosé in my bungalow was the perfect welcome to paradise! As you walk through the hotel, you can throw open your ocean-facing patio doors and drink in the breeze from the privacy of your terrace.

Gaze out across the Pacific while soaking up the sun from the edge infinity swimming pool. It’s the perfect setting to unwind and acclimatize to Belmond El Encanto’s easygoing lifestyle…

Thank You to Visit California & Hotel Belmond for an amazing time in Santa Barbara! I hope this helps you plan a fun trip to Santa Barbara w/ my favorites to eat & drink at!

Leave a comment below if you have any special places to add! xx