Santa Barbara Weekend Guide

One of the best summer spots in California and arguably the U.S. has to be Santa Barbara! One of our Madison McKinley team members, Emily, is back from a weekend away and is sharing her favorite spots!

We’re just back from an amazing weekend in Santa Barbara! My husband and I live in Agoura Hills and love to zip up the coast to this beautiful city. Whether you have a week or a quick weekend, Santa Barbara is worth the visit!

We kicked off the weekend with dinner at the delicious Carlito’s Cafe y Cantina! If you’re seeing a show or a movie at the historic Arlington Theatre, like we were, this is a great option as it’s right across the street. We saw Lion King!

The Arlington Theatre is a historic theatre that hosts comedians, concerts, and even plays movies! It’s a huge theatre with Spanish style detail. Definitely worth a visit!


We woke up Saturday and quickly grabbed breakfast on the go and headed to the Wharf! We love the marina in Santa Barbara. It’s smaller and not as overwhelming as other ports. From there we headed out for a day of deep sea fishing! Don’t let the white on white fool you...I came ready to fish!

This fish is called a Chucklehead! Love the name!

We saw a pod of 50+ dolphins! Check out my Instagram @EmilyLanders for the full video. It was unforgettable!

I highly recommend ending the day at Belmond Hotel El Encanto! We had a delicious dinner there. It’s famous for its stunning views.

Sunday we enjoyed brunch at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, be sure to make a reservation. We then headed to shop at the Montecito Country Mart! There are so many cute shops there. Some of my favorites are Montecito Natural Foods, Poppy and Hudson Grace


These packaged pasta’s were straight from Italy! All you have to do with them is boil them in water! Amazing!

This birdcage is at the cutest store called Poppy!

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is how quickly we can get to amazing places like Santa Barbara! Traveling truly does open your eyes to inspiration like nothing else can! If you head to Santa Barbara and check out any of the above, please let us know! And enjoy every moment!


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