(During covid with a 1 year old!)
We booked our trip on Thursday for the following day. We lucked out and Hotel Milo (highly recommend) had an ocean view king available the next 3 nights! We booked ASAP! Hotel Milo is located 2 blocks from the pier and State Street with ocean front views! It’s got 2 pools, bocce ball, rooms with bunk beds and a long narrow park in the middle of it! My FAVORITE part and the reason a friend suggested it, is because they have several fire pits and lounge areas right outside the rooms. Perfect for parents to put the kids down and sit within feet of the hotel door sipping on some local wine!
The first night we sat in the park popped Je T’aime Brut Rose and let Rocco play! We then went to Mergerum wine tasting room at Hotel Californian on State street. I chose this wine tasting room because I’ve drank their canned Rosè in Los Angeles and it is amazing! Plus, the building is gorgeous!
We headed back to our hotel put Rocco down and enjoyed some time next to a fire pit right outside our room! Felt safe with a monitor we brought from home and our hotel door insight!
Day 2 we went on a long walk and ended at Light House coffee! Cute building and good coffee! We then swam at our hotel! With covid they asked you to sign up by the hour but we had no issues with staying longer and extending our time. That night we went to state street for dinner. State street is sort of the place to be in Santa Barbara, it’s walking distance from our hotel and had several restaurants, tasting rooms and shops! All seating was outdoor due to covid.
Day 3 we woke up and got coffee at State Street coffee, about a 2 minute walk from our hotel! We played with Rocco in our cute hote room until about 11am. It’s Sunday so the wine shops mainly all open at 12. We walked to Grassini Family Vineyards on El Paseo. We did a wine tasting outside on a cute patio. Shoutout to Avery, who was the best wine tasting expert! They were totally fine with us having a baby and we enjoyed the wines! We then walked to topa Topa Brewing company! They had turned their parking lot into a shared Brewery, winery and food space! Mick tried the beer, I had a glass of wine and we both ate! We scopes out the funk zone and headed back to our cute hotel!
Santa Barbara has so much more to see but a relaxing weekend never having to get in a car was exactly what we needed.
If we stayed longer we would have gone to vineyards and surrounding towns los Olivios, Montecito, Pisano and Solvang!
Places I’d stay on the next trip: If we were doing it big we’d stay at Hotel Californian or the Ritz Carlton Bacara. I’d stay at Hotel Milo again in a heart beat or Kimpton Goodland. Kimpton Goodland is soo cool but not walking distance to as much – I’d stay here if we were going to more vineyards.
Let us know if you’re heading to Santa Barbara or what places you think we should check out next time!?