Here you’ll find all my blog posts on how to spend the best weekend in Santa Barbara!
My Santa Barbara Blog Posts
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- Santa Barbara Day Trip Itineraryby Seizing Sunny Days
If you’re staying in Los Angeles and wanting to take a day trip up to Santa Barbara, here is the itinerary you need!
Just before you get into Santa Barbara, you drive through a town called Montecito. I think of it as a smaller version of Santa Barbara because it’s also a posh beach town with a main street for shopping and dining. Along that main street is an authentic French Bakery and Cafe called Bree’Osh. Here you can indulge in the most delicious almond croissant you’ll ever have in your life, coffee, and an entree. Sit on the patio to watch all the stunning Ferraris and Lamborghinis drive past while you eat, then take a walk down that shopping and dining strip.
After breakfast, head to The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. It’s a great place to learn about Southern California’s ocean-related history. You can read more about it in my next blog post.
Afterwords, head to State Street. State Street is the iconic place to shop and dine in Santa Barbara. Here, I bought two books at The Book Den, got ice cream at McConnell’s, and picked up a tank top in Free People. There’s an art museum located on State Street too, but it is currently closed due to the pandemic.
Lunch & Afternoon Activities
Santa Barbara has many wineries and breweries – even along State Street – so enjoy the afternoon sipping and eating at one of these cool places! I highly recommend Third Window Brewing even though it is not along State Street.
- 3 Budget-Friendly Places to Eat and Drink in Santa Barbara, Californiaby Seizing Sunny Days
Santa Barbara is home to an abundance of wineries, breweries, unique cafés, and more. Here are a few of my favorite places to get food and drinks that won’t break the bank.
Third Window Brewing Co.
A family-owned brewery that also serves wine and wagyu beef. Read my review about it here!
An authentic french cafe in Montecito which is just a 15 minute drive south of Santa Barbara. It’s a perfect pit stop on for the drive over from Los Angeles.
They have the BEST pastries! I highly recommend getting an almond croissant here.
McConnel’s Ice Cream
Located on the iconic State Street, this ice cream shop is the perfect treat to cool down with in the summer heat.
- Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Reviewby Seizing Sunny Days
This history museum is dedicated to the Santa Barbara oceans and covers so much than just conservation.
Topics Covered in This Museum
In the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, you will learn about the history of surfing, the U.S. Navy, Southern Californian Natives and The Colonizers, Sailboats and the Transpacific Yacht Race, Ocean Conservation, diving, and more.
Time Spent in Museum
I spent close to two hours in this small two-story museum. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but there were so many interesting and diverse topics covered that I spent much longer than anticipated here. If you’re planning a day trip to Santa Barbara, I would recommend getting an early start to your day so you can enjoy what this museum has to offer.
The museum is located along the beach and next to a restaurant, so after you’re done learning about Southern California’s Maritime History you can grab a bite to eat then take a nice stroll down the beach.
- Third Window Brewing Co. Reviewby Seizing Sunny Days
Located in Santa Barbara, California, this family-owned brewery ranks towards the top of all the breweries I’ve been to.
The Family Story
Out of all the numerous wineries and breweries in Santa Barbara, I picked this one to go to on my day trip because of the family story. Every member of the family is involved in agriculture in some way, and they all come together to share their products at this brewery. Therefore, you can find beer, wine, and wagyu beef served here that’s all produced by the family.
For my flight of five, I got (in order) The Light, The Darkish, Classic Saison, Oatey McOatface, and the June Gloom Hazy IPA.
Aside from the family story and refreshing beer, the design of the brewery was very cool. You walk straight into a courtyard that has an abundance of growing succulents, and on your left is the winery and on the right is the brewery.
- 5 Activities in Santa Barbara, Californiaby Seizing Sunny Days
Walk Down State Street
This iconic shopping and dining street is a great area to take a stroll. Due to the pandemic, the street was completely closed off from traffic to allow for outdoor dining and more social distancing.
Check out The Book Den
Right around the corner from State Street is The Book Den. This bookstore sells new and used books! I picked up In Five Years and Where the Crawdads Sing.
Stroll Down the Beach and Stearns Wharf
It’s always a good idea to explore the beach when in a beach town! A relaxing walk down the beach and across Stearns Wharf is a nice way to indulge in Santa Barbara’s warm sun and to feel the sand between your toes.
This history museum covers many different ocean-related topics such as surfing, natives, how Southern California became colonized, the U.S. Navy, sailing, and so much more! I spent nearly two hours here!
Check out Wineries and Breweries
There is an abundance of wineries and breweries in Santa Barbara, including on State Street. I went to Third Window Brewing Co. and I loved it!