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. […]

Cold Spring Tavern in the Mountains Above Santa Barbara

Cold Spring Tavern is one of those historic and beautiful places that has an amazing atmosphere, great food and a fantastic location to add to it. From the moment you walk into the quiet little log cabin and see the fire roaring you will wish you had more time to just sit and listen to […]

Chumash Painted Cave State Park in Santa Barbara

Chumash Painted Cave State Park on the mountains that overlook Santa Barbara is a cool stop that will literally take you 15 minutes to see. It probably takes longer to drive up the hill from Santa Barbara then it does to see the state park. That being said, it was really great to see how well-preserved […]

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park

California Missions are one of the more interesting aspects of the state’s history. Regardless of your personal opinion on them, they are an amazing way to go back in time and see what life was like as California was developing. While I was cruising down PCH I pulled off to check out the La Purisima Mission […]

Freebirds: UCSB’s 24 Hour Burrito as Big as Your Head Spot

As with most big colleges there are usually one or two main places that all of the college students love to go to. Much like Diddy Riese for UCLA students, Freebirds is the go to place for UC Santa Barbara and rightly so as the food is great and the portions are massive. Details $8-$12 for a […]

Historic Murals in Downtown Lompoc

On Pacific Coast Highway, South of the Vandenberg Air Force base is the town of Lompoc, CA. Most well-known for its wineries and the Wine Ghetto, the downtown area has a historic vibe that makes it fun to walk around in. One of the main attractions for the visitor is the collection of over 30 […]

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams in Santa Barbara

Who doesn’t like ice cream? From the store-bought stuff to 31 Flavors, most people can appreciate a good scoop . When you get a hold of an ice cream that is really good though, like McConnell’s it is hard to go back. This was the case for me when I stumbled into the downtown shop […]