Miramar Beach – Rosewood Hotel
If we timed it right (with low tide this is a beautiful walk from Butterfly Beach). This charming stretch of beach is tucked into a cove, lined with on-the-sand beach houses and a old school vibe. The resort has an old world European feel with yellow and white striped awnings, a resident falcon and a designated gatekeeper that leads guests safely across the Pacific Coast train tracks. The Miramar Beach Bar is a perfect spot to enjoy for an afternoon glass of Rosé. Caruso’s, right off the beach is a perfect destination for a mid morning cappuccino.
1759 South Jameson Lane, Montecito, CA 93108 | 805 900 8388
San Ysidro Ranch – Lunch
Throw on a flowy dress and head to the San Ysidro Ranch. My go-to shop sells a beautiful lace dress for prom. This in an ideal setting for lunch on the upper terrace with ocean views, beautiful gardens, and towering mountains. After lunch stroll through the gardens winding along the Ranch’s hillside creek and tree-lined paths. 41 seculded bungalos are tucked between the olive and lavender tree studded estate that was originally built as a citrus farm in the 19th century.
900 San Ysidro Ln., Montecito | 805.565.1700
www.sanysidroranch.comOlivers – Dinner
Oliver’s is an upscale vegetarian restaurant with an exquisite indoor/ outdoor setting. The interior opens out onto a cozy patio covered with lights, and the long French doors are always open. Everything is excellent, but be sure to order the Kung Pao Cauliflower.
1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito | 805.969.0834
Grab coffee and a pastry at Bree’osh and walk over to the beach. Owned and operated by a cute French couple. This café brings a little slice of France to this California town.
1150 Coast Village Road E
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 | (805) 969-2500
Everyday 7am to 2pm
I spent a very special birthday with my Mom at my friends beautiful bungalow on the Mesa in Santa Barbara. Her home is an oasis that sits on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. It was a magical spot to celebrate.
Loquita - Funk Zone
Beautiful simple elegant interior. Cool, fun, classy scene. Love the bar, great Spanish tapas.
202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.loquitasb.com | 805 880 3380
Sushi A Go Go - On the Pier
Very casual great spot for lunch or and early dinner. Inexpensive, delicious and located on the docks in the marina. Order at the tiny counter inside and vie for a spot on the boardwalk. Enjoy your sushi while watching the boats come in. Closes at 7.
119 Harbor Way B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Longboards - On the Pier
Located in the middle of Santa Barbara's pier is Longboards situated on the second floor. The view is fantastic, excellent simple seafood fare. Be prepared you will have to wait for a reservation, but plenty to do walking around pier.
210 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA | 805-963-3311
Les Marchand - Funk Zone
We loved french bistro mixed with Calafornia winery vibe. A bit less trendy and crowded then its sister restaurant The Lark. Best seats in the house are at the bar, be sure to order a cheese plate.
131 Anacapa St B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.lesmarchandswine.com | 805 284 0380
Hendry's Boat House - The Mesa
Lucky for us we could walk to this gem from our house (only at low tide). This place is amazing. This beach bar and restaurant is trendy and fun with a great happy hour and surprisingly good food. I celebrated my Birthday here!
2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
www.boathousesb.com | 805 898 2628
Lilac Patiserie - Downtown
Hard to believe this place is gluten free. Adorable interior and yummy hearty portions. Great lunch spot.
1017 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Lazy Acres Market - The Mesa
Grab your lunch or dinner and take it home for a delicious and healthy meal.
302 Meigs Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Oat Bakery - Downtown
This darling bakery is owned and operated by husband and wife duo. They use all organic and local ingredients and everything is handmade and baked fresh daily. Currently with Covid all the breads are displayed in the windows for you to choose from and take with.
Handlebar Coffee Roasters - Downtown
Popular bicycle themed coffee shop brewing its own roasted beans. The coffee culture is booming here, don't come for a quick cup of coffee, there is always a line. The Presidio is located ac cross the street and it is the oldest part of Santa Barbara the Spanish settled back in 1782. Be sure to check out their new location at 2720 De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara
128 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
7am - 5pm | www.handlebarcoffee.com
Breakfast Culture Club - between downtown and Funk Zone
Great, modern, hip vibe. Lots of young people working in the fun vibe with garage doors that open up to the outside, love the huge black & white photographs and love how they are displayed. Try the avocado toast. Convenient parking out front.
711 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101
www.breakfastcultureclub.com | >805 453 5954
Dart - Funk Zone (short walk from the beach)
Bright and cheery spot. Great coffee, they are serious about their roasting here! Across the street they have a community garden you can enjoy your coffee at or its just a few blocks walk down to the beach.
121 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 | 7am - 4pm Dailywww.dartcoffeeco.com
This stylish cafe is a great spot for breakfast and lunch, sit outside on their covered terrace. Make sure you check out the adjacent boutique. Take one of there juices with you for later in the day.
Hours 7 – 3
Located 460 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach
Anastasia Cafe Website
This is a fun and trendy outside eatery. Find a table and then wait in line to order your.
Hours 7-4 open for dinner in July and August
Located 350 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach
Zinc Cafe Website
Horse back riding in Malibu, followed by lunch at the beautiful Moon Shadows with the Hoffs and Nobu for dinner in LA.
The winter season has come to an end in Aspen. Time for a little trip to California before heading to North Carolina. First stop is Newport Beach to visit my dear friend Kelly.