Christmas Part 2: Santa Barbara

On our way from Pismo to Santa Barbara, we stopped in at the famous Madonna Inn.  Ryan was not impressed because kitsch doesn’t do it for him.  I was in love.



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.

ImageImageThe pulled pork was good, not the best I’ve had, but I’m super picky about pulled pork.  The tri-tip may have been the best I’ve ever had.  Ryan agreed.  It was stupid good.

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.


Hooray wine!


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.


I loved the buoys on the roofline of this restaurantImage

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.  Image

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.


IMG_7041 IMG_7043 IMG_7044   There were so many pretty buildings and plants and gorgeous spots around the city.

IMG_7047 IMG_7049 IMG_7051 We hit one of the seafood places off the wharf for lunch.  We had clam chowder and fish and chips and these bizarre stuffed clams.  IMG_7063 IMG_7066 IMG_7069


Then we made the sad trek home from our vacation back to LA


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  1. Pingback: Christmas Part 3: back in Los Angeles | Ramblings of a Twenty-Something Writer

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