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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.