Last weekend Doug and I woke up and decided it might be fun to take little trip to Santa Barbara. About 1.5-2 hours north of Los Angeles its not an awful drive, so we just grabbed some coffee and hopped into the car.
Our first stop was just a few miles south of Santa Barbara in a little town called Summerland. We stopped into the wine tasting room of Summerland Winery, and then popped into a few antique shops before we headed up to Santa Barbara. And the lovely ladies that worked at Summerland were nice enough to give us some lunch and winery recommendations for the rest of our day so we didn’t even need to plan our trip!
We stopped at a few tasting rooms and had an amazing lunch at Seven Bar & Kitchen. I definitely think that Santa Barbara would be a really amazing weekend trip — we were so preoccupied with the tasting rooms in town that we didn’t really get to spend any time next to the ocean. I’ve been doing a little Air BnB research for some places that will let us bring Zinnie along — hopefully there will be another Santa Barbara trip soon!
My weekends since moving to California have become so much more active. We’re either going to brunch with friends, biking along the coast, or shopping at the local farmer’s market. My style has also adapted to the low-key and laid-back lifestyle here — everyone is in t-shirts and jeans! Here’s a look at this past weekend…
Saturday we hit up the Farmer’s Market — I love buying fresh flowers (the selection is amazing) and fruits/vegetables for the week. Every weekend I try to pick a new market to visit and so far we’ve been to the markets in Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and Playa Vista.
For an easy look for heading to the market, I wore my Banana Republic Boyfriend Chino Crops with an old jean jacket and some leather sandals. Its gorgeous and sunny here almost every single day, but still sometimes in the low 60s in the morning, so the cropped length was perfect.
Sundays in California were totally meant for brunch with huevos rancheros (or breakfast burritos!), mimosas, and great friends. After brunch we took a walk down the pier at Hermosa Beach to watch the surfers and then biked to Venice Beach for a post-brunch nap.
Sometimes I’m disappointed when its Sunday night at 9pm and I realize that I didn’t take any pictures throughout the entire weekend! But usually a weekend with no pictures means that the weekend was really great.
Friday I went stand up paddle boarding (SUP for all your cool kids) at Lake Gardner with my mother in law and Plum Island Kayak. The water was so calm and smooth — we had a great time paddling through the entire lake and watching all of the wildlife, including a blue crane and a really cute family of ducks. The lake was so still that at times it looked like glass. Once we were back towards the drop in area, we all practiced some SUP yoga and did some downward dogs on the boards. None of us fell in and it was really pretty neat! We finished off the night with some pink rosé and oysters at Brine.
Sunday I still had the SUP bug so we rented some at Summer Sessions at Jenness Beach in New Hampshire. I won’t lie — it was SO difficult! The only boards they had available were huge and super heavy, so getting them out through the breaking waves and into the water was no easy feat. Then just balancing on the board in the waves was pretty tough too! Doug and I both fell in multiple times!
But we had so much fun we’ve decided to sell our kayaks for some SUPs instead. I love to kayak, but they are just too heavy for me to lift that we never seem to make it out with them. I’m doing some serious research on my SUP and I’ll probably be paying a few extra bucks for one that is lighter and easier for me to carry and load onto my car. Anyone out there have a recommendation? So far I’ve got my eye on a really nice Angulo Hawaii board.
Hope you have a great week! I promise to take some pictures soon!
There are some weekends where I really do have good intentions of taking lots of photos and documenting my experiences here on the blog, but sometimes I just get caught up in real life and forget. I like to think of this as a good thing sometimes. First and foremost, I am a person! I live to blog, and not blog to live. So this past weekend, although I lugged along my big camera and had plans to take lots of 4th of July weekend photos, I took none. None! Luckily, I did capture a few moments on my iPhone and can share them with you….
Last week I had enough of the heat and broke down and bought a fan at CVS.
I escaped to the Cape house (with real AC) and got to see Chatham’s amazing 4th of July parade!
Loved these guys! Pirates from Connecticut!
The girls from In The Pink rode through town in the cutest Lilly Pulitzer Jeep!
Can’t have a parade without a local high school marching band!
Had a little power outage commotion thanks to Hurricane Arthur!
Of course, the sky looked amazing after the storm!
I finally got to visit Mahi Gold and buy one of their amazing dresses! Or maybe two….!
Finished off the weekend with 2 bike rides, and a trip to Maine for some more kayaking gear!
On Saturday, I dragged my sniffly self out of bed to head up to Sage Hill Farm to check out their antiques. Sage Hill Farm is only open the 1st weekend of every month, either at their home location in Exeter, NH or at a nearby antiques show. My husband and I have a list of things we’re looking for to help decorate our new house and since the house is over 100 years old, only an antique item will do. We’re on the hunt for a pair of nightstands, a 2-person desk, small cabinet to hold our cable box/entertainment stuff, and a few other items. We struck out on some of the big things this past weekend, but we will be back at it next week visiting Consignment Corner in Chelmsford.
I found these pins at Oldies Marketplace in Newburyport, MA. I’ve been going to the Oyster Festival since I was very young — and it was so neat to find these old pins 200+ miles away from home!
Display of tin watering cans at Sage Hill Farm.
An antique baby buggy filled with dried hydrangeas.