A Day-Cation In Santa Barbara

Little Black Shell - Santa Barbara beach boardwalk

I have lived in California for about 14 years now, yet had never set foot in Santa Barbara. Sometimes when you live somewhere for long all you want to do is escape it. This has been the main reason why I never made the 3 hour trek from home to explore this area. Now that I am back in California I have been doing little trips in-state. This weekend was full of day trips and I was deeply inspired by Santa Barbara’s beauty. The town is gorgeous and has a Spanish feel. It’s because of this that I loved it so much. I’ve been planning a trip to Spain and being in here made me all the more excited to pack and go! Check out the my photo diary and recommendations below!

Little Black Shell - Red Kettle Coffee, Summerland, California

Little Black Shell - Summerland coffee shop inside Red Kettle Coffee

Little Black Shell - Summerland coffee shop

Red Kettle Coffee

Summerland

Before making it to Santa Barbara, we stopped at a nearby town called Summerland. I am obsessed with the name and everything about the town. It is very picturesque, has a winery, and it is where I found this cute coffee shop. The coffee here is great and so is the ambiance/decor.

Little Black Shell - Santa Barbara Old Town

Little Black Shell - Old Town Santa Barbara

Little Black Shell - Fountain in Santa Barbara Old Town


Little Black Shell - Mosaic Fountain in Santa Barbara, California

Old Town

Santa Barbara

After grabbing coffee in Summerland we headed to our actual destination. We stopped at Old Town and walked around, took photos, and had lunch at Pascucci. The whole area is amazing for photos so I was happy as could be!

 

Little Black Shell - Santa Barbara sunset wearing Band Of Gypsies dress



Little Black Shell - Santa Barbara sunset

 

Pier for Sunset

 

Once we were done exploring and having lunch we headed down to the pier to catch sunset. Here we were joined by many other locals and tourists all taking in the gorgeous colors of the sky. This was probably the most beautiful sunset I had ever witnessed in California. It actually reminded me a little of Greece! You can’t miss this.

Little Black Shell - Santa Barbara sunset from pier

Be sure to save this post for your next trip to Santa Barbara! You won’t regret exploring this area 🙂

Have you ever been to Santa Barbara? What did you love most about it? Let me know in the comments below!

xx, Karen

Shop the post:

Dress: Band Of Gypsies (shop here)

Boots: Rag & Bone (old, similar here)

Jacket: River Island (shop it here)

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Little Black Shell - Santa Barbara Old Town Band Of Gypsies dress

All photos taken with my Olympus Pen E-PL8.

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