Hey friends, I’m officially back from my unofficial month of “sabbatical” away from the blog! It was very unintentional to disappear for the past 5 weeks, but I spent the better part of March in Wisconsin visiting lots of family, followed by my Mom coming out for a visit where we spent a few days relaxing at the Autocamp in Santa Barbara and then Sean having spring break. It all just felt like I needed to step away and really enjoy each of those experiences.
If you remember back at the beginning of the year, we took a road trip up north to wine country and stayed at the Autocamp location in the Russian River. We loved the experience so much, that I wanted to take my Mom (and Dexie) to the Santa Barbara location for a little getaway while she was in town. It was only 35 minutes from me, which made it the perfect staycation!
There are a handful of Airstreams available complete with your own little area decked out in turf with adirondack chairs, pretty succulents and access to beach cruisers. As you know, our beloved pets are always welcome and there’s plenty of comfortable space inside the trailers.
Just note, the SB location doesn’t have nearly all the amenities and campground like feel that the northern location has. It’s just off upper State Street, in the city and doesn’t have the clubhouse or firepit features. What is nice though is that there are plenty of cool cafes, restaurants and shops within walking distance that are great to pop into. The beach is just a few miles away & there is so much to do in Santa Barbara that you’ll never get bored.
One morning we ate breakfast across the street at Our Daily Bread where they have LOTS of fresh bakery items, piping hot coffee and a casual vibe.
Another morning we drove over to have fresh açai bowls at Backyard Bowls just off State Street. If this was in my neighborhood, I’d been in some serious trouble!
I really wanted to spend as much time outside as possible, especially with my Mom in tow because she’s still experiencing random winter weather back in Wisconsin and could really use the sunshine!
We spent a few hours enjoying the outside patio at the Boathouse on Hendry’s Beach with a front row view of the ocean. It’s tucked away from the main tourist areas of SB and is situated right next to a off-leash dog beach. Although they don’t allow dogs on the patio which is unfortunate, they do provide a cute little tiki hut area for your pups to enjoy while you sip on Bloody Mary’s and shrimp appetizers!
On the second day we stuck a little closer to camp and explored the nearby shops and restaurants. You absolutely must stop into the saddlery shop, Jedlicka’s. The sweet, sweet owner who has been working there since 1946 tended to us and chatted with us all about the boots, the hats and the famous celebrities who stop in time to time. We ended up staying for almost an hour listening to stories!
…. and right next store is Yellow Belly which was the perfect pit stop for a happy hour glass of wine, a German soft pretzel with mustard and an order of the lemon garlic wings (which were insanely good I might add).
I think what I loved most about this trip was spending time in new places that were off the beaten path. I’ve been to Santa Barbara probably 100 times, but it was fun eating, drinking, shopping and enjoying the area like a local. We’ll definitely be back!
Keep Living a Stylized Life.