Hi! I hope everyone is doing well & enjoying their summer so far.
We went on our first summer vacation last week & we had so much fun ! We stayed 4 nights in Santa Barbara, CA & we visited the cities around as well. We stayed at the Best Western Inn Santa Barbara, the room was very nice & staff was accommodating. The pool & jacuzzi were okay in size, when we arrived it looked very busy and crowded but overall it was fine. They even had washer and dryer to wash clothing if you needed too. Our suite had a fully stocked kitchen so you could cook and a fridge , coffee maker, microwave, & table to eat at. We did make breakfast every morning so we could save some money and we brought a lot of snacks which worked really well.
Traffic was a little heavy so we ended up going to downtown Santa Barbara the first day we arrived & just ate dinner and stayed local. We walked around , they have a lot of shops and food places to check out. We tried this gelato place that was so delicious😋 it was called Tondi Gelato and I highly recommend it!!
The next day we ended up driving to Solvang which was about 1 hour or so away , and this place is so cute! The small downside was it was extremely hot , lol it was 97 degrees! It did get a bit cooler through out the day but we made it and I loved it and my boys really liked it as well. It is much bigger than I thought… you can definitely spend the whole day there. They have these pancakes that we were told were so good but we ended up forgetting to go back and getting those so we bought their famous butter cookies which are 👌🏽 We also rented these Moke electric cars to drive around the town and they were so much fun! Its $49 an hour and seats 4 people and has blue tooth to play your music while your driving around town. If you go you definitely have to rent these😉
The following day we visited San Luis Obispo. I found they had so many shops , food and even bars. I think they have a lot of spots for college kids, but I still enjoyed it and my kids did as well. We checked out the bubblegum alley which was gross but also cool, lol. Its always nice to check out new places and have those memories. I always remind my kids that the memories and experience are so important and if you dont try or go new places you wont know if you like it. We shopped this super cute boutique and I found the cutest romper and the prices weren’t too bad. I love to go into these shops because they have items that you don’t find in the bigger more popular stores. We also ate at this Italian restaurant that was AMAZING it was called Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica I definitely would recommend this place 100%! We were going to go to Pismo Beach but it was super foggy that day so we headed home.
The rest of the trip we hung out by the pool & jacuzzi & had so much fun. We also ended our last night going to dinner at this seafood place called The Drunken Crab ( similar to The Boiling Crab) in downtown Santa Barbara and it was so yummy! Another place I would recommend 😁👍🏽
I feel blessed and happy I was able to take my boys on this trip & that we were able to get a way for a bit and enjoy time together. We have more plans for this summer so hopefully I will be posting more on my blog.
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