7 Hours in Santa Barbara County
Destinations / 08 Aug 2014

As one of the Golden State’s most coveted destinations, Santa Barbara sets the bar high. Pulling into the seaside town, you instantly shift into vacation mode. Ideally located on the Central Coast, it’s an easy day trip for nearly all Californians. Here are some musts for your itinerary:

10 a.m. // Dine
Start the morning off right on the patio of Renaud’s in Arlington Plaza with an almond milk latte and the perfect croissant.

11 a.m. // Shop
Before you get sandy, make your way to Montecito to do a little boutique shopping at Wendy Foster’s Angel on Coast Village Road. For home goods and gifts, stop by Pierre Lafond Upstairs in the Montecito Upper Village. You’ll find classically beautiful Santa Barbara essentials to accent your home’s interior space. Stroll on over to Jenni Kayne Home across the street to visit the fashion designer’s first lifestyle store and just try to hold yourself back from buying out the entire store.

Noon // Hike
Go for a low-key hike on the McMenemy Overlook Trail overlooking the “American Riviera” with views of the mountains, gorgeous estates, and the Channel Islands. The terrain in Montecito is beautiful no matter how high you hike so approach at your leisure!

1:15 p.m. // Sip
Quickly becoming one of the most compelling areas in Santa Barbara, the Funk Zone always has something going on at the urban wineries, breweries, art galleries, restaurants, etc. If you’re a wine aficionado, we love Municipal Winemakers and if you prefer craft beer, try Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company.

2:00 p.m. // Picnic
Swing by Metropulos on your way to the beach to grab a picnic lunch. If you’re lucky, they’ll have their gyros {they have them every Thursday-Friday 11-4 and Saturday 11-3) – they are simply amazing.

2:30 p.m. // Beach
Grab your sunglasses, towel, and sunscreen and it’s time to hit the beach! You have a plethora of local beaches to choose from but our personal favorite is Hammonds Beach. From the 101, take the San Ysidro Road exit heading towards the ocean. San Ysidro Road turns into Eucalyptus Lane and you’ll want to look for parking either in the lot at the end of the road or on the surrounding streets. There are steps down to the water there and to the right you’ll see a sign that says “Hammonds Meadow Trail” which will lead you to this exclusive spot.

5:00 p.m. // Drive
On your way out of town, grab a juice or a coffee in the Montecito Country Mart and throw on your favorite music for the drive home. Until next time…