Ladies Trip…3 day adventure to beautiful Santa Barbara

This past Sunday my mom got the idea that she needed to go for a quick relaxing few days away so we packed our bags and headed out for beautiful Santa Barbara. I chose Santa Barbara since it had been some time since I had seen the city and I have never stayed for longer than a few hours. As far as relaxing destinations go, Santa Barbara was a spot on choice for our 3 day, 2 night adventure.

It started off with my mom accidentally draining the life out of her car battery while I was sending out some mail at the local UPS store…fortunately her friend was nearby and came to our rescue!

How many Korean ladies does it take to charge a car battery...trick questions none. If you're lucky a nice young guy will stop by and do all the work for you!

How many Korean ladies does it take to charge a car battery…trick question, none. If you’re lucky a nice young guy will stop by and do all the work for you!

After the car battery was up and running we then headed off to have a nice sushi lunch (woohoo for Sushi Mondays!!!) at Sake Sushi and Grill in Placentia.

So....since it was Sushi Monday...I went a bit crazy and ordered 1 or 2 of anything that sounded good...

So….since it was Sushi Monday…I went a bit crazy and ordered 1 or 2 of anything that sounded good…

After this we stopped by our local Lush store in the Brea Mall and picked up some bath bombs to ensure this would be a relaxing ladies trip.

Lush bath bombs...a sure fire way to a relaxing evening

Lush bath bombs…a sure fire way to a relaxing evening

Although we had originally intended on heading out around 11 am, we finally hit the road around 3 pm….but our theme for the trip was not to make any plans and just go with the flow. It has been quite some time since my mom took some time away from work and family to just relax so I wanted these few days away to have no plans. We checked into our home for the next 2 nights, the Harbor House Inn which was a 5 minute walk from the docks and a little ways off of the main road which meant it was really quiet.

Since we had booked our room the night before, we weren’t really expecting too much from our accommodations but we were pretty impressed with our the Harbor House Inn. My mom had booked the king size bed with a jetted tub. The room came with a small kitchenette, sitting area with a decent sized eating table, large bathroom and a small patio. Apparently if you book at least 2 nights at the Harbor House Inn then they will provide you with a breakfast welcome basket that includes water, various juices, granola bars, amazing banana bread, a whole packet of biscotti and some fresh fruit. I have never seen such a large welcome basket…I’m used to cookies or maybe some toiletries. This came in handy since we ended up sleeping in on both mornings and instead of being rushed to leave and find breakfast we would have some banana bread, fruit and juice in the morning.

Office of the Harbor House Inn, it's quite a small establishment but has such a comfortable, homey feeling

Office of the Harbor House Inn, it’s quite a small establishment but has such a comfortable, homey feeling

Check in desk....while you're waiting you can snack on some delicious locally made biscotti...

Check in desk….while you’re waiting you can snack on some delicious locally made biscotti…

Entrance way in the King room....right when you enter the door you will find the kitchenette

Entrance way in the King room….right when you enter the door you will find the kitchenette

Kitchenette....various teas and coffee were provided

Kitchenette….various teas and coffee were provided

View of the bed and sitting/eating area

View of the bed and sitting/eating area

Bathroom in the king room comes with a jetted, 2 person tub

Bathroom in the king room comes with a jetted, 2 person tub

Separate shower and toilet room....I think these are called water closets or something funny like that

Separate shower and toilet room….I think these are called water closets or something funny like that

Welcome basket!! Juices, water, banana bread, granola bars, biscotti and fruit!!

Welcome basket!! Juices, water, banana bread, granola bars, biscotti and fruit!!

Just chilling on the patio

Just chilling on the patio

The first night in Santa Barbara we ate at a restaurant on the docks called Brophy Bros on the recommendation of our inn concierge (he gave us some great eating recommendations). We had heard that the clam chowder was amazing and while waiting for a table we saw that almost every table had at least one order of the fish and chips so we ordered both and split them.

View from the restaurant

View from the restaurant

Amazing sourdough bread that comes as a starter

Amazing sourdough bread that comes as a starter

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Clam chowder and house salad

Clam chowder and house salad

Oyster shooter packed some heat!! They were great but a little too strong for my mom's palette

Oyster shooter packed some heat!! They were great but a little too strong for my mom’s palette

All the food we ate at Brophy Bro’s was great. The clam chowder had quite a bit of potato in it so it was quite filling and a great comfort food. We also split the fish and chips which came out super hot and fresh. The batter wasn’t too thick on the fish and the fish was was pretty flaky and tender. The coleslaw wasn’t that great but I’m not a fan of coleslaw to begin with. The oyster shooters were pretty tasty and had a nice spicy kick, not for everyone though they were a bit too spicy¬†for my mom’s liking.

The next day we walked down to State St and went shopping in some of the shops before hitting up another inn recommendation, South Coast Deli. This was a small sandwich shop which offered pretty large portions. Although my mom and I ordered our own dishes, we ended up sharing her Cobb Salad and I took my Italian 3-way sandwich to go…for a midnight snack and breakfast.

Heading out for a nice day of shopping and eating!

Heading out for a nice day of shopping and eating!

Of course we had to stop for a quick selfie by the beach

Of course we had to stop for a quick selfie by the beach

How pretty are the palm trees, the weather was perfect

How pretty are the palm trees, the weather was perfect

Walking under the tunnel to get to the shops and restaurants

Walking under the tunnel to get to the shops and restaurants

State Street is quite beautiful with older buildings and trees, making it perfect to shop and dine on

State Street is quite beautiful with older buildings and trees, making it perfect to shop and dine on

A little ways off of State Street you can find this nice sandwich shop

A little ways off of State Street you can find this nice sandwich shop

Inside South Coast Deli...quirky little sandwich place

Inside South Coast Deli…quirky little sandwich place

We ate at the awkward time between lunch but before dinner so the restaurant was pretty empty but still quite a few people running in and out with takeout orders

We ate at the awkward time between lunch but before dinner so the restaurant was pretty empty but still quite a few people running in and out with takeout orders

The Cobb salad...pretty standard and delicious

The Cobb salad…pretty standard and delicious

The Italian 3-way...very yummy, but quite a mouthful. Definitely a sandwich my dad would LOVE.

The Italian 3-way…very yummy, but quite a mouthful. Definitely a sandwich my dad would LOVE.

On the way back to the inn for a nap and to rest our feet we came across the farmer’s market which offered various fresh fruits, veg, honey and cheeses.

santa barbara farmers market

Santa Barbara Farmers Market

After a brief nap and bubble bath…haha you have to love vacations…when else is it ok to take a mid-day bubble bath? We headed out for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant/bar we had spotted earlier in the day on State Street. On the way, we walked along the pier and enjoyed the setting sun and the nice views of the ocean and beach. The restaurant, Sandbar, was absolutely packed with people who came to watch the basketball game. As neither my mom or I was particularly hungry we settled on sharing an appetizer which was still way too much food but tasty.

View of the beach from the pier

View of the beach from the pier

View of the palm trees on the beach

View of the palm trees on the beach

Inside Sandbar, the whole restaurant/bar was opened up to enjoy the ocean breeze

Inside Sandbar, the whole restaurant/bar was opened up to enjoy the ocean breeze

Uh oh...did someone have too much of their margarita?

Uh oh…did someone have too much of their margarita?

Appetizer we ended up splitting, everything was good, even though the chicken strips did kind of throw me off

Appetizer we ended up splitting, everything was good, even though the chicken strips did kind of throw me off

After a nice day of eating and shopping, we slept in the next morning before heading out back home. Before leaving we decided to stop by the Santa Barbara Courthouse and the Old Mission. The Courthouse was amazing!! The architecture and detail were so unexpected and definitely worth a visit. The Old Mission was kind of small and as my mom put it “depressing” but definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen any of the California Missions. My favorite and one closer to home is the San Juan Capistrano Mission.

Exterior of the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Exterior of the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Interior of the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Interior of the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Another great view of the architecture inside the courthouse

Another great view of the architecture inside the courthouse

Inside a courtroom...so ornate!!!

Inside a courtroom…so ornate!!!

Under the archway of the courthouse

Under the archway of the courthouse

Inside the chapel of the Santa Barbara Old Mission

Inside the chapel of the Santa Barbara Old Mission

Another view of the chapel

Another view of the chapel

After seeing the sights we hit the road for home. We stopped by so my mom could visit a friend who lives on the way home and ate at a small restaurant in Ventura called Jinky’s. Although the atmosphere was like that of a cafe, the menu definitely had a diner feel to it. I ordered the chili sampler which was ok.

On the road

On the road

Chili sampler

Chili sampler

I then picked up my happy puppy from my parent’s house which ended a great little getaway Mother Daughter trip! I would definitely recommend Santa Barbara as a nice weekend trip to anyone looking to get out of Orange County for a few days.

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