My sister, Alice and I both had time off before heading back to the clinic for her and a new job for me. We took a 36 hour roadtrip to Santa Barbara and enjoyed the beauty of the American Rivera. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive from OC with sweeping views of the coastline. On an aside, kimbap is the perfect road food, don’t you think? Satisfying, portable, and cheap 🙂
On the first day, we drove to 2 different wineries in Santa Maria (about an hour northeast of SB) including Rancho Sisquoc and Kenneth Volk. KV had some incredibly lush and smooth reds. Generally, tasting room fees are about $10 a person and include about 6-8 different types of wines (glass included) and can be shared so you can visit a few more vineyards. We went took in the beauty of the vineyards and all the lush grapes on the vine right before harvest.
We had dinner at this cute Italian restaurant Trattoria Grappolo near Solvang (so busy on a Tuesday night!) and had some delicious gnocchi. We stayed in quaint Solvang downtown area. It’s so touristy but cute.
The second day, we headed down to SB and visited the historic mission since we hadn’t been there since we were kiddos. We had lunch at Los Agaves, a Mexican restaurant a block away from La Super Rica taqueria. We were so sad that the taqueria closes on Wednesdays (seriously, who closes in the middle of the week?) but Los Agaves hit the spot. We were so hungry we didn’t get a picture of our food (handmade corn tortillas, tender carne asada meat, and a flavorful green sauce). The picture below is a bit blurry but our neighbor’s ceviche looked so good (check out the birthday cakes in the background. It was the manager’s birthday (es muy guapo))!
With full bellies, we headed down to Ventura for our surfing lesson (yay for LivingSocial deals) with Pike Surf School. Within 2 hours, Alice and I were able to stand and ride some waves. So fun!!! Alice even spotted some dolphins in the water. If you’re interested in learning how to surf, you’re in good hands with Pike who has 15 years of experience (and such a nice guy). Proof is in the pudding.
We capped off our trip with shopping at the Camarillo Premium Outlets and Japanese ramen in Little Tokyo. Woohoo!