Monday, June 17, 2013

Santa Barbara

We had such a great trip driving south! Boyfriend and I left Saturday morning pretty early and started on the 1 highway. The views were insane. Easily the most beautiful beaches I've seen in California. Plus, they are all secluded and difficult to get to. I wish we would have prepared better and hiked down to see time!

I love the patterns the seaweed makes :)

We pulled over to see this adorable lighthouse. Angelo and I were planning out our big Europe trip most of the drive down, so it was nice to have a break. Choosing cities is a pretty stressful thing! #firstworldproblems
It was awesome after driving along the coast for so long to go through the Big Sur. Who doesn't love redwoods? (speaking of- we're planning a big camping trip for July 4th weekend in the Redwood forest!).

Once we arrived in San Luis Obisbo, we found a couple of breweries to check-out. First one was a no-go but Creekside was amazing!

They had blueberry habanero ribs...ri-diculous. The slaw was perfect and the beer was excellent. They brew just 3 or 4 beers in-house. Plus the restaurant was adorable with a little creek and wooden patio. Perfect snack before we went to check out Pismo beach.

At Steamers, we had a window seat with a beautiful sunset view. I think the bar was our favorite part though because a funny man was playing oldies music country style, hockey was on, and we had drinks :) I think Angelo's cioppino needed a bit more seasoning...but overall, great atmosphere and a fun experience. I was really sad I couldn't take leftovers! Don't worry though, I ate all my scallops.

After a quick drive to Santa Barbara, we stopped for lobster rolls at Arch Rock Fish. And Bloody Mary's! And some other yummy appetizers (Calamari & Salmon Deviled Eggs). Spent all day shopping and hanging out on State Street (so fun!). I found out I love Tilly's and we bought some stuff from Sur la Table. Santa Barbara has an Aerie. I haven't seen that store since Tulsa like 10 years ago. They have awesome, soft, perfect work-out undies and are really reasonably priced for bras (although probably not as quality as VS -- I'm a believer). We stopped at the beach before heading over for burgers at the Habit. I can't get enough of the ocean...warm sand, sun on my skin, and that water that just goes on forever. Sometimes it's really nice to feel small. 
We had planned to go out dancing but were all relaxed so we ended up seeing a movie! Now You See Me - not at all what I expected but very good! Perfect redbox-er :)

Before heading home Sunday, we went to check out the Santa Barbara Mission. There was some kind of neat school project going on, so the pavement in front of the buildings was covered in very impressive chalk drawings. We had a great time criticizing and raving over each of the drawings. That mission had the most striking colors and contrasts in the old bricks. It was really inspiring. Afterwards we ate at Hendry's Boat Crab Cake Eggs Benedict: so good! Thanks to Angelo's friend Trevor for the great recommendations.

Overall, such a lovely weekend trip! I'd love to go again to Santa Barbara, maybe check out the nightlife and beach it up some more. The drive was really easy from the city. Thanks, as always, to my handsome man for making every little weekend trip seem like a week long vacation xo