So. Much. Sparkle.
For lunch, we stopped in Santa Maria. We had read that they have awesome regional barbecue, and stopped here for lunch. It was sort of a mexicany-barbecue.
Having sufficiently stuffed our faces, we drove the rest of the way to our little motel and checked in. This one was a Christina find. It was little, but super cute.
We settled in and then went exploring. And by exploring, I mean, we walked around the bits of the city near the water between awesome wine tastings.
There are lots of gorgeous little courtyards just steps from the main roads in downtown Santa Barbara.
By the time we had finished at our last winery, it was dark out and of course Ryan wanted to fish.
So we headed a few blocks over to Stern’s Wharf.
The city is lovely at night
I found us some hole-in-the-wall Mexican for dinner. We went here. As soon as I had read it was a favorite of Julia Child’s, I knew we had to go. Even when there was a huge line that took forever.
I am always a sucker for homemade tortillas. And it was cool to watch the cooks make all the food.
We ordered a ton of stuff.
It was good, not great. I’d imagine things have probably changed a bit since Julia’s time. Still, not a bad dinner.
The next day we did a bit more exploring.
Then we made the sad trek home from our vacation back to LA