Santa Barbara: The American Riviera


Greetings everyone. This weekend getaway involves a drive up the coast to the town of Santa Barbara. Lush hills, wineries and the sparkling ocean are a few things you will find in this quint town. Beautiful Bougainvillea and Ivy decorate this Spanish Style town. I started the day off by renting a SB Buggie to cruise around town. Located at 120 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, this ride gives you an opportunity see the town from a different angle! They have Groupon’s online, and they are friendly as can be!


I first stopped at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. This classic structure was established in 1796 and over looks the city of Santa Barbara. You will have the opportunity to view the mission outside for free, or you can pay $9 to go inside the cathedral. There are guided tours and pamphlets for you to learn more about the in depth history of the Mission.

Across from the Mission, is a beautiful park and rose garden.

After seeing the historic mission, I took a stroll on State Street and looked around at the Paseo Nuevo Shops and Restaurants. This  gorgeous outdoor space is  a popular area for great shopping and dining.

Since I am German, I found a delicious German restaurant, right on State Street. They have bratwurst, beers and yummy waffles.

For happy hour, you can make your way over to “The Funk Zone”, for endless amounts of wine. The “Funk Zone” is an area between Highway 101 and the beach. The unique nature of Santa Barbara County, with its multitudes of micro-climates and soils, provides winemakers with grapes of the highest quality and widest , which has recently seen an upsurge of wine tasting rooms, as well as restaurants and breweries. I started at Santa Barbara Winery. A flight of wine is $12 and they have a large area where you can view the wine barrels.

My favorite winery is not far from the Funk Zone, on the Stearns Warf. It is possible to walk there, or take the SB trolley. Deep Sea Tasting Room is on the pier, right next to the aquarium. It has a fantastic view, as you float over the ocean and look out of the city.  They are open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, while other wineries close around 5 or 6 pm. For the evening, catch the gorgeous sunset on Santa Barbara’s coastline.

Santa Barbara has so much to offer,I recommend staying for the whole weekend. It is the perfect self-care escape for a fun and peaceful time.


Until next time! Happy Adventuring


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