Santa Barbara


When I lived back east in Boston, we used to call this time of year the dead of winter. That time of bitter cold when we would be so over the slushy snow, the dreary skies, the smell of wet wool on the subway from our heavy winter coats, the overall dingy grey look of the city knowing there were four more months left to endure before the warm weather returned. It’s one of the main reasons I moved to Southern California. So, in honor of not having to endure those miserable months any longer, here are a couple of my favorite spots in Santa Barbara from our trip last summer. Hope this cheers up anyone on the east coast enough to come out west for a little bit of warmth.


This is State Street. There’s a great cafe called the French Press here. And lots of shops and restaurants. Pretty good people watching, too.


Tucked in the back of the Sullivan Goss Galleries is theArts and Letter Cafe, a romantic little spot.


The gallery had an exhibit of Wyeth paintings when we were there. Don’t you love when you wander into a place and it surprises you?


I always go into libraries when I visit a new city.  This one has a mural of Don Quixote by Channing Peake.


And these are the grounds of the unbelieveably beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse.



It looks more like a resort or private estate.



Some pretty architectural details…



I had the dogs with me so we couldn’t go inside, but I did manage to sneak in a peak of the gorgeous painted ceiling. You can climb up the tower for what i imagine is a great view and will have to try that next time without the dogs, of course.



Here is the pack taking a grassy break from their architectural tour.

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Hi! I'm Nuvea. I live in Southern California with my husband, three horses, four dogs and one cat, but can frequently be found restoring our tiny stone cottage and olive grove in Portugal.

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