Pacific Coast Highway Stop 4: Santa Barbara

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Pacific Coast Highway Stop 4: Santa Barbara

Both my mum and I had been to Santa Barbara before, she had loved it me not so much so we were both curious to see how we felt about it second time around.

On the way down from Pismo along another beautiful stretch of the PCH we stopped off at Solvang a random Danish village right in the heart of California, that had been originally created by some Danish pioneers in the 1700s,  It was pretty touristy, but had some cutesy souvenir shops and we had a nice traditional Danish lunch in one of the restaurants. Definitely worth stopping at in you’re in the area.

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We arrived in Santa Barbara to beautiful Southern California sunshine,late afternoon on what happened to be the Summer Solstice.  We decided to have dinner at our hotel as the restaurant overlooked the water so we could see the sunset over the pacific on the longest day of the year.  It was so worth it (see picture above) mother nature put on an amazing display.

The next day we decided to have a wonder along the pier and the waterfront, it had changed a lot in the 4 years since I’d been there and in the 20 years since my mum had been it was a lot different. There was a Sunday market which had some cool artsy nick nacs which is how my mum remember Santa Barbara being like very arsty (think all those artsy types are now in Venice) it’s pretty up market these days.

Our second day we decided it was time to hit the shops and see if State street had changed much, it hadn’t apart from a few different shops, it was still as Spanishy and beautiful as we both remembered.  It’s not very often these days that you get reminded that California was once a Spanish colony but parts of Santa Barbara and State Street especially make you feel like you could be in Spain.

Day three was a beach day to make sure we perfectly tanned ready for the last stop on our road trip Santa Monica.

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Pacific Coast Highway Stop 3: Pismo Beach

On our way down from Monterey we stopped off briefly at Mckensie Falls part of the Big Sur national park.  It was stunning and so cool, this being California in the aftermath of an earthquake the debris were pushed into to sea eventually creating a beach.  Meaning the falls stopped falling into the sea and onto a beach, Mother Nature is pretty damn impressive!

This was the view from our hotel room… Walked into the room after another stunning drive along the PCH and I decided that I was never leaving a place with views like this.

Our only full day in Pismo we walked along the beach from our hotel to little Pismo town, it was fairly similar to Monterey but on a smaller scale, lots of cute little shops. 

We had dinner that night at the Ventana Grill which had the most incredible view, we got a table by the window which over looked the water and it was like a shelf of water that went on for mile and miles. Beautiful we were lucky enough to arrive just as the sun was setting which made the view even more incredible. The food was pretty god as well.

All in all Pismo was a lovely chilled middle point to our trip.  Next stop Santa Barbara.