Knapps Castle: Hiking Santa Barbara’s Famous Mansion Ruins

Knapp’s Castle is a very popular hike in the hills above Santa Barbara both because it has fantastic views and because it is less than a mile round trip. The area is technically on private property so there is always the chance that the owner will revoke access to this popular spot but that has not […]

Point Castillo Walk in the Santa Barbara Harbor

Point Carrillo is a fantastic viewpoint on the harbor in Santa Barbara. It is accessed via an easy half-mile trail that is used by visitors and locals alike. If you are looking for a nice way to be active while staying in the city or a great viewpoint for sunrise then read on for all […]

Los Agaves: Santa Barbara’s Best Mexican Restaurant

Over the last few years, Los Agaves has become a go-to spot for many travelers along Pacific Coast Highway, creating a raving fan club of which I am a part of. The restaurant shot to a whole new level though when it was #16 on the Yelp 100 best restaurants in 2016. Now, stopping by […]

Maritime Museum in the Santa Barbara Harbor

The harbor of Santa Barbara is one of my favorite parts of the city to explore. It has the pleasant walk to Point Castillo, Stearns Wharf, and the Maritime Museum. The latter of which is one of the better ocean history-based museums I have seen. Here is all the information so you can check out […]

One Thousand Steps Beach: Santa Barbara’s Best Sunset Spot

It’s hard to pick a favorite beach in the Santa Barbara area, but if you really pushed me, I would probably say One Thousand Steps Beach. Located close to Shoreline Park but with no real parking area, this beach is almost never busy and it has some of the best coastal views in the entire […]

Kimpton Goodland in Goleta / Santa Barbara Hotel Review

Located 15 minutes from Santa Barbara in the town of Goleta, the Kimpton Goodland is one of the most fun boutique hotels I have stayed at on the central coast. The property retains that retro vibe while having the fresh, modern amenities you have come to expect from destination hotels. I had a hard time […]

Solvang Attractions: Where to Eat, Stay & Explore in this Danish Town

California really does have everything, in the same state that has the tallest mountain in the US, Hollywood and some of the oldest living trees in the world also sits the strange and awesome fully Danish town known as Solvang. Only a short distance off Highway 101, Solvang is a fantastic place to visit and a […]

Original Lompoc Mission Ruins

Recently, I set out to visit all of the California missions on one long road trip. It was an amazing experience that gave me a great appreciation for California’s preservation of these relics of our past. They are some of the oldest buildings in the United States as they date back to when Spain controlled […]

Mission Santa Inés: Exploring Solvang’s Mission

Mission Santa Ines was the 19th of the 21 California missions to be created, and it resides in the small Danish town of Solvang only a few miles off Highway 101. The mission was founded by Father Estévan Tapís in 1804, and it is most famous for being the start of one of the largest […]

Mission Santa Barbara: The Queen of the California Missions

Mission Santa Barbara is second only to San Juan Capistrano in beauty and popularity for the California Missions. It was the tenth mission established by the Spanish Franciscans and it was planned to be established by Father Serra but he passed away before he was able to. Father Lasuen ended up founding it in 1786. […]