Almost Paradise: Santa Barbara Road Trip Part II

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Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Post DC I feel a little bit like my Cinderella moment has ended but I can’t wait to relive it with you all tomorrow. As I catch up on sleep here in New York, a look back at part two of my Santa Barbara excursion…

A girls’ trip wouldn’t be complete without a little shopping so day two started on State Street. The architecture in Santa Barbara has a really Spanish and old school vibe so new buildings and old buildings blend together. From the H&M to the mid-19th century courthouse, you see lots of clay roofs and white stone. The weather was so nice we happily found ourselves wandering instead of purchasing.

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For the afternoon we headed to the ‘Funk Zone.’ Apparently this is the trendy neighborhood but honestly, I would have to check our anywhere with that name. We hit up this one place called Lucky Penny that has a façade entirely made of its namesake. I was the lucky one here because they had amazing coffee and chocolate ice cream pops. Not a bad way to cruise around and check out the cool art galleries and wine shops. I grabbed a few bottles of chardonnay to take back to the homestead. You can never have too much California chardonnay.

For dinner we went to The Lark which had such a hip vibe and amazingly fresh food. Try the spiced zucchini and farmers market pappardelle, because there’s nothing I love more than bread crumbs on pasta.

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On that note, we said goodbye to Abby, loaded up the car, and cruised along the 1 back to Santa Monica. I found myself so relaxed from our two-day excursion to the coast that I switched out my former Coachella playlist for Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne, and Stevie Nicks.

As much as I love the hustle and bustle of NYC and LA, it’s always nice to get away and smell the California roses.

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