Santa Barbara, March 24-28
Santa Barbara is a gorgeous coastal town located on the central California coast. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place than this. With a stunning mountain backdrop, a wide variety of flowers in full bloom everywhere, a vibrant town filled with arts, cultural happenings, and set along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, it’s definitely on my list of faves so far. Highlights for us included an incredibly moving Good Friday and Easter Mass at the historic Santa Barbara Mission, walks along the waterfront, Saturday morning farmer’s market, dog friendly restaurant dining with Maysea, and walking the downtown. Looking back, we would have stayed a little longer to take in what we later learned were numerous hikes around the area that we missed. Next time!
Not far from Santa Barbara is a small town of Solvang, with a strong Dutch influence. We spent a nice day there taking in more stunning views and checking out the sights. Nice short stop.