Since this was my first time visiting Santa Barbara I really didn’t have any expectations. I was happy to walk out the door and experience whatever came my way. Joel on the other hand, since this was his third time visiting and he knew a little bit more about what was going on out there, had a couple of “must do’s” on his list.
2. Visit City Hall/ Clock Tower
There are several tasting rooms scattered throughout the downtown and waterfront areas, so after our walk to the beach followed by a breakfast appropriately accompanied with mimosa’s, we were ready! Joel really wanted to revisit the tasting room where his cousin and wife had their wedding reception. It was called “Wine Cask” and since it was near City Hall we figured it was a good place to start. It was still a bit early in the day, so we were given the privilege of having the whole tasting room to ourselves. (We started our day with mimosa’s so it makes the rest of the day open for drinks! Right?!) While we relaxed and chatted on the leather couch, we sipped a delicious medley of wines that kept refilling our glasses. Once the wine stopped flowing, we happily made our way over to our next stop, Santa Barbara’s City Hall and Clock Tower.
We started our self guided tour by going up to the top of the clock tower where the views took our breath away. To the left we saw vast hills, to the right we saw the ocean, and orange tiled roofs filled in everything in between. Those views were just the beginning of beauty we would see during our time at the City Hall. The entire building boast beautiful tile work and historical murals. Everywhere you looked, the walls, the ceilings, the floors, and even on the stairs, amazing art work was there to be seen. It’s so unique and captivating that it takes the whole idea of a court house wedding to a whole different level! Joel’s cousin and wife made an awesome choice in having their wedding there, it’s just so neat!
The rest of our day was filled with more exploring, wine tasting, making new friends, and eating tasty food! Besides City Hall, our two favorites of the day were the Riverbench Tasting Room and Seven Bar and Kitchen. Both of these places are located in an area called “The Funk Zone.” I highly recommend the “Bubbles Flight” at Riverbench, and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with your fellow tasters! We ended up meeting a super nice couple and their pup Zeph while we were there, and spent the rest of the evening parading around town with them! Which included dinner and drinks and Seven Bar and Kitchen. This place had a plethora of house made yummies including a “garden menu” full of all things veggie, and some bar favorites like sliders and fries, but with a foodie lovers twist! My go to pick was the “Peño Bites” since I’m OBSESSED with everything that is a jalapeño popper! They were handmade in their kitchen with FRESH jalapeños and a unique bacon beer batter! If you stop by this joint, trust me, and give these guys a try, you’ll be glad you did!
Until Part Three…