Thursday, January 29, 2009

Get Away


We stayed at a marvelous little place called, Inn of the Spanish Garden. We loved it. We got a great deal here, which caused us to change from our original plan of staying at the Canary Hotel. We don't regret staying at this Inn at all.
It was wonderful!
We forgot to take pictures of our room. But, it was a gorgeous mission style - Spanish tile floors, dark wood doors, great stucco work...


Me & My love

Mission Santa Barbara was lovely.


The Courthouse is incredible! The tiles inside were beautiful.
Our first night here, we ate at a great place called Elements.
We both had some of the best fish ever. I had Sea Bass & he had Halibut.
The view is the courtyard, all lit up. It was so pretty.


We got a great view of the city from the top of the clock tower.




Santa Barbara Historic Park



Stearn's Wharf


The sand was so soft here. I loved that.



Our second night we ate at a very busy place next door to the theater - Opal Restaurant.
Scott said the pasta he had was the best ever. I had a tasty pizza.
(I had a lot leftover, but then dropped half of that on our walk back to the hotel. Ah!)

All the food was a success. We lunched at Paradise Cafe. I had a perfect burger. I got it & was amazed how big it was - a 1/2 pounder. But, then I ate it in about 4 minutes.
Scott ate his Ahi Tuna salad almost as quickly.

We had breakfast at Tupelo Junction. Scott loved his scramble & we were both very impressed with my french toast. They made it from baguettes!

We happened to be in town for the Farmer's Market. It was a really good one. Scott was especially glad to get to buy some Cherimoyas & Sapotes. We didn't buy any of the artichokes, but, they were cool looking.


We had a great time of rest & fun, but we were so glad to get home to our kids.

They were apparently pretty good from their grandma. But, we missed them a lot!


Addition: I forgot to tell you of the things we did, that we didn't take pictures of...

We also went to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens. It was a very pretty walk/hike, but not what Scott was hoping for as far as the garden. It was very wild & wooded - not a whole lot of manicured grounds. He has now decided to open the kind of Botanic garden he has been looking for himself. We are presently looking for investors...

On the last day, we drove a little more south, before our trip home, to visit the Reagan Library & Museum. Scott went with his company last year, and has been wanting me to be able to go. It was very neat. What an amazing man Reagan was!

12 comments:

raya said...

Yay, I'm so glad you had such a great trip! And you ate at all the good places. You've inspired me to try & go on a little get away soon too.

Erin said...

Yes! Thank you for your food recommendations. We LOVED everything. And DO take a get away. I bet Baker's grandparents would like that, too. Happy birthday to him, by the way!

Anonymous said...

These photos look great, Erin.

So you love **** restaurants too?

Culinary genius loves company!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, last comment from PAS!

Krista said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! The weather looks amazing, as do all the pictures. See you soon!

Nicola S. said...

It sounds like you both had a wonderful time. The food sounds amazingly good. You look wonderful as well!!
love you

Team Garaway said...

what gorgeous artichokes!

Amber said...

That place where you stayed looks really nice. Don't you just love Santa Barbara! We spend so much of our summer there and in the next town over Carpenteria. It's only about a 1-1/2 hours away. And we just developed pictures from the Santa Barabra mission for a project Madison is doing in class.

Team Garaway said...

what gorgeous artichokes!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, last comment from PAS!

raya said...

Yay, I'm so glad you had such a great trip! And you ate at all the good places. You've inspired me to try & go on a little get away soon too.

Erin said...

Yes! Thank you for your food recommendations. We LOVED everything. And DO take a get away. I bet Baker's grandparents would like that, too. Happy birthday to him, by the way!