Santa Barbara, CA

You know how when you go somewhere for a weekend you’re totally romanced by the destination and you want to pack your bags and move there immediately? Well, that totally happened last weekend. Thomas and I scooted up to Santa Barbara for a little weekend getaway and it was g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.

I mean, I can’t even being to describe how much we loved Santa Barbara and especially our hotel. We stayed at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara and it was phenomenal. The property was gorgeous. Brunch was extraordinary. And let’s not forget the spa. I wanted to move in immediately.

Before we checked into the hotel, we met up with some friends for lunch at Scarlett Begonia.

scarlett begonia

It was complete with several rounds of blood orange mimosas and some really amazing burgers. Super cute restaurant. You should totally go. All the food was amazing, well thought out and it was all organic to boot! #score

blood orange mimosas

Bacon, Onion Ring Burger

Post lunch, we drove down to the beach and headed to the Four Seasons to check in and get cozy! Our room was gorgeous, overlooking the ocean. I think I stared at the sail boats passing by for a solid 30 minutes before Thomas convinced me it was time to go have a glass of bubbly and wander the property. Stunning.

This was literally what we stepped out the door to every morning…

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

ย Our room was so cute! Complete with a fresh fruit basket and some bubbly!! Four Seasons knows how to make a girl happy ๐Ÿ™‚

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

We hit up the pool and the spa which was crazy nice because the weather in Santa Barbara was perfect. It’s been a little questionable in LA, and freezing around the rest of the country, so it was nice to chill out by the pool and soak up some rays in 70 degree heat!! I think I even got a little bit of a tan!!

And how gorgeous is the pool/jacuzzi area?

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

We camped out on the deck for an hour or so. It’s so easy to relax here it’s not even funny!

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

On the Road: Four Seasons Santa Barbara from www.whatsgabycooking.com

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We went for a late brunch on Sunday at the Four Seasons complete with some delicious Huevos Rancheros and more mimosas. I mean we were on vacation? Mimosas are mandatory at all times, right?

huevos rancheros

ย And then we strolled around the city and beach before heading back to LA!

sunset

I want to go back tomorrow! Or today ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the info on where we stayed and ate:

Scarlett Begonia

Four Seasons Santa Barbara

Bella Vista at the Four Seasons

Oh, and although it’s not pictured here, we stopped at La Super Rica for tacos on the way out of town. You guys. These are the BEST tacos in the history of California. You have to go. It’s a must.

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25 comments

  1. Maria

    We just stayed at the Four Seasons Maui! Four Seasons are the BEST!!! Adding Santa Barbara to our list!

    • Gaby

      yes you must!! It’s so gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚ You’d love it!

  2. monika

    You have made me want to move to Santa Barbara right now!! I love the Four Seasons!

    • Gaby

      well if you move to the FS Santa Barbara, I can come visit you more often!!

  3. Jenny Flake

    What a fabulous trip! I think I need a road trip out there with the family soon!

  4. Kris T.

    I believe the name of the Scarlet Begonia is taken from the name of a FANTASTIC Grateful Dead song.

    • Gaby

      well in that case, the food was just as wonderful as the inspiration for the name!

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Wow, these pictures are absolutely beautiful. I wish I was in Santa Barbara right now.

  6. naomi

    So beautiful, Gaby! Can you believe I have never been to Santa Barbara being that I’m a California resident. But I am planning on it in the future, so these recommendations are great!

  7. Catherine McCord

    My grandparents got married at the Biltmore (Four Seasons). Ahh…

  8. Marian (Sweetopia)

    Oh how heavenly does that look! You make me want to get up and go right *now*!

  9. marla

    Oh girl!! I have always heard such wonderful things about the FS Santa Barbara ~ beautiful post ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Susan

    Omgsh-my favorite place too! We were in Santa Barbara in October and stayed at the Four Season’s for the second time. We’ve stayed in the hotel and in one of the cottages…so romantic! The shopping, the locally grown food and of course the ocean-who wouldn’t want to live there!!!

  11. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Just DREAMY. I had to go back and have a look at that burger. It’s pretty serious.

    And I could camp out for a week at that pool. Hmm, all-girl getaway??

  12. Brooke

    Other than Superica, this is a version of Santa Barbara I’ve never experienced. Thank you so much for this round up. What a beautiful resort!

  13. aida mollenkamp

    Wow, that property really looks phenomenal. I may have to copy your weekend up there someday soon!

  14. [email protected] pineapple and coconut

    I grew up in Santa Barbara, about 3 min from the Biltmore – now 4 seasons – where you stayed. That is “my” beach too. I grew up on that beach, took my dog running there every day when I was in college too. Isn’t it a gorgeous town? Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I miss my home town

  15. ginny ashton

    We moved back east from Pasadena three years ago. This post almost made me cry with envy! We would go to Santa Barbara a couple of times a month and OMG do I miss it!!!! Another real treat in nearby Montecito is San Ysidro Ranch – HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!! Ok, I’m going to look out of my window and cry into the over cast 30 degree weather….

    • Gaby

      omg I want to go to San Ysidro Ranch so badly!!! And don’t cry!! Just come visit us ๐Ÿ™‚