Day 320: Santa Barbara, Where Everything Old is New Again

Day 320: Santa Barbara, Where Everything Old is New Again

We shut down our 48 hour visit to Santa Barbara on day 320 of the Nowhere To Be Project. Our time here may have been brief, but the experience was enduring. From unique lodging and dining to the many vintage boutiques offering one-of-a-kind finds, Santa Barbara has it all.

We stayed in nearby Goleta at Kimpton’s Goodland hotel. We chose the Goodland for a few reasons. Mainly, we love the dog-friendly Kimpton chain and are loyal guests. The nightly rate of $159 was pretty appealing as well. We also loved the fact that the Goodland offers complimentary RV parking! For goodness sake, the cool and quirky hotel even has a vintage Airstream parked in the porte cochere of their entryway!

In an earlier life the Goodland was a Holiday Inn and its reincarnation retains that motor court feel. The property appears as if it was restored by an affluent 1960s surfer. Many of the guest rooms offer courtyards and open to the swimming pool. One really fun touch is the vinyl shop in the lobby where albums can be checked out for in-room play. We had a wonderful stay and really appreciated the fact that our use of Kimpton’s seasonal secret codeword wiped away our daily resort fee of $25 (“Chilled To Perfection” through February 2019).

A quick Uber ride took us to Stearn’s Wharf in Santa Barbara, a lovely spot for a walk and lunch with a view. After lunch we walked down State Street for a bit of shopping. The highlights of the day were our visit to an eclectic three story vintage boutique called “The Blue Door” (4 E Yanonali St.) and the delicious toasted coconut almond chocolate chip nice cream (dairy free and vegan) we indulged in at McConnell’s. Needless to say, Santa Barbara is a beautiful city that seems bent on giving new life to seasoned things. It is a very special place.


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