Santa Barbara

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After our weekend in Los Angeles, we headed north to Santa Barbara. Jeremy and I rented a lovely Ford Mustang convertible, which ended up being a breeze to drive. The drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes about 2 hours, depending on traffic. We stayed at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara during our visit. 

While in Santa Barbara we explored a few different towns, thanks to my best friend Tricia’s and her brother’s recommendations.


Our first stop was Solvang, an adorable Danish town located about 45 minutes from Santa Barbara in Santa Ynez Valley. It’s known for its Danish-style architecture and pastries. We spent about an hour or so walking around Solvang, shopping and enjoying the architecture. During our visit, we stopped at Olsen’s Bakery, and grabbed coffee and pastries before heading out to go wine tasting.

Santa Ynez Valley Wineries

After our visit to Solvang, we continued on to the wineries in Santa Ynez Valley. The first winery we stopped at was Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, an organic vineyard, where Lauren Conrad got married. The second winery we visited was Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard. Jeremy and I enjoyed the wine at Sunstone more than Fess Parker, but unfortunately Sunstone currently doesn’t ship to Georgia. Since we didn’t have any room in our suitcases for wine, we only purchased wine at wineries that would ship back home to us.

Los Olivos

The last stop of our day was Los Olivos, a quaint town. We stopped by Los Olivos Wine Merchant for a glass of wine and a snack before our later dinner at the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara. Los Olivos Wine Merchant was seen in the movie “Sideways,” so is quite a popular destination. I’ve personally never seen “Sideways,” but the selection of wine was expansive and they had fresh California cuisine.

Santa Barbara may have been one of our favorite places we visited.

Next Stop Big Sur!

On Wednesday August 9, we checked out of the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara and made our way up to Big Sur. Next stop… glamping at Treebones Resort.



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