Road Trip Queen
I recently fell in love with driving up and down the California coast. We rarely flew, or vacationed at all, when I was a kid and I think being stuck in a car with my siblings for hours on end made me hate the idea of road trips. Driving the painfully boring expanse of the 5 freeway during my time at Berkeley didn’t help either. But over the last month, I’ve enjoyed several incredible drives from San Diego to Sacramento, and now I’m addicted. I’ve got a ton of trips planned already and I don’t anticipate slowing my role any time soon! 😅
One of my favorite destinations along the coast is Santa Barbara. It feels like a beach town that is stuck in another era. Time moves slower, people are more relaxed, and the architecture of the whole place is beyond charming. I recently spent a couple days shooting on the beach, coffee crawling, and cocktail sippin’ my way through the cutest neighborhoods. I’m sharing some of my favorite shots and spots from my trip.
The French Press
The French Press is a minimalist coffee shop near Downtown Santa Barbara featuring Dune Roasters and uber attractive baristas. If you’ve been following along for a while, then you know that I’m an unapologetic coffee snob – this place does not disappoint! Coincidentally, it’s run by Collin, the former manager of my favorite shop back home.
Seven Bar and Kitchen
Seven Bar and Kitchen is a funky American style bar in Downtown with a dog-friendly patio and a piano in the bathroom. They play great music, attract a cool crowd, and (most importantly) pour damn good drinks. It can get a little rowdy, but you’ll have a great time.
Diets aren’t a thing on vacation right?? Ok, good. Because I definitely blew mine while eating at Los Agaves, but their food was so worth it! Whether you order a fat burrito, a plate of tacos, or one of their specials you can’t go wrong. You might not even make it past their chips and salsa to be honest. So good!
If you want to be bougie AF, then shop ’til you drop at Paseo Nuevo. They have so many of my favorite stores, including the fanciest Nordstrom I’ve ever seen. Plus, there are plenty of yummy food joints to fuel your card swiping. No judgement.
Ok, technically Campus Point is in Goleta, but the drive isn’t bad and the views are too good to pass up. It’s a popular surf spot with easy parking right across the street from UC Santa Barbara. There’s a great trail for running or hiking, awesome tide pools and a nice little area for tanning.
Happy travels, friends!