Over the weekend, I drove 4.5 hours down to Santa Barbara to surprise my cousins' for their birthday. I've never been to Santa Barbara before so I was thrilled! The drive wasn't that bad, but I was terribly distracted by the beautiful green hills and blue skies. My boyfriend was DJ the entire trip while my sister, her fiancé and their dog chilled in the back seat. After getting cleaned up at the hotel, we pulled up at Leadbetter Beach. It wasn't much of a surprise because they suspected us to roll through after my parent's and brother got there.
The four of us were starving after the drive! But I gravitated towards the beer, obviously, before grubbing on BBQ and calamari. The weather was exceptional that day. Hazy skies with a slight overcast, but we were able to catch some sun and see the sunset. Also, the water was not dreadfully freezing like up in Santa Cruz. I dipped my feet into the ocean while my boyfriend and my sister's fiancé skipped rocks like 12 year olds. We ended the party with rounds of beer pong and football.
Later that night, we went out for drinks and appetizers with everyone at the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. I enjoyed the chill bar vibe with pool tables in the back, dart board and vintage arcade games, and the fact that it wasn't crowded was the best part. The old lady that I am (along with my old man boyfriend) left the group early to catch up on some sleep. My cousin gave me shit for dipping early; joking about missing out on cool "vsco" spots. Lol. Although I would've loved to snap more pictures, sleep sounded so much better.
We woke up the next morning to some showers. I watched the rain fall down from our balcony. After eating some sweet breakfast and before heading back to the bay area, we stopped in Solvang. It's this quiet little town that has the cutest tourist spot where everything is Danish! From the buildings, to the food, to even all the signs. I wanted to get myself a beer stein and my boyfriend wanted to get a neat Danish lego build, but the prices were ridiculous. We left empty handed, but got some cheesy tourist photos.
We didn't get much time to explore Santa Barbara or Solvang, but I definitely want to go back for sure! My cousin told me that I'd like some of the gastropubs downtown. Ha ha. Also, I didn't get to spend enough time at the beach. I didn't even get to adventure around some of the hiking trails. Going to try and coordinate another weekend trip to SoCal soon, before it gets too hot to function outside.
Heading off to work xx