One Saturday this summer Jordan and I took off on a spontaneous road trip to Santa Barbara, just a couple hours north of LA. We started with a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission, established in the 1700s and full of old Spanish California charm.
For lunch, we visited Cold Spring Tavern, housed in an 1860s stagecoach stop in the hills above the city. I've heard about this place for years, and it was well worth the windy, narrow drive.
Next we visited City Hall, mostly to climb to the top of its tower for the stunning views of the city and ocean.
^Blankets set up for an outdoor movie behind City Hall.
^Bringing twirling back if it's the last thing I do.
After City Hall, it was off to the tire shop for a new tire (we picked up a nail somewhere along the way), and a stop for the city's famous McConnell's ice cream and the most giant double scoop I've ever been served, and then back down the Pacific Coast Highway to LA!