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Lodging suggestions & things to do around Santa Barbara, CA

Discussion in 'US - Western States Timesharing' started by dmharris, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. dmharris

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    My husband and I will check out of Newport Coast on March 25 and have four nights and days before we fly to Phoenix out of Santa Ana/John Wayne of Wednesday, March 29. He's never been to Santa Barbara and I've not been there in over 30 years (where does the time go?). We are renting a car and love to explore. I've got points with Hyatt, Marriott and American Express so we may use them for lodging. So do you have suggestions for where to stay, e.g. should we base in SB for 4 nights, or spend 2 nights there and 2 nights further north towards Pismo Beach/San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles? He drinks beer. I'm a wine snob. He will want to watch some of the NCAA Final Four games (it could be in a bar/restaurant).

    Also, suggestions on what to see and do? Should we head to Hearst Castle (again, I saw it over 30 years ago). We love quaint, charming, non-chain restaurants and things to see and do. Your advice is valued. Thanks!
     
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    There are some nice wineries in the area. Also Solvang is not far. Fun for a visit.
     
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    We've stayed at the Fess Parker Doubletree a few times. It's a large, sprawling property across the street from the beach.

    There is an urban wine trail in town. Some are awesome and others are crap.

    Hit Jaffurs and Margerum. Both have outstanding wines.
     
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    March/April is an excellent time to visit the Botanical Gardens in Mission Canyon.
     
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    All great suggestions, except we're not into casinos. :) Thanks!
     
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    Mission Santa Barbara
     
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    I'm not sure if it's worth the trip up and over the mountain behind Santa B (alternate route from 101) but if you like quaint, you might try the Cold Springs Tavern (hard to find). Maybe a day trip up 101 to Solvang (rent a bicycle while there and have an authentic danish pastry !)- I think March is one of their annual Danish event programs. Plenty of opportunity for a wine snob. Maybe with an early afternoon return and stop at CST. Not the best but a passable tri-tip sandwich or bison burger. If you go further north you can go to another quaint resturant in Orcutt called the Far Western Tavern. Used to be THE BEST Santa Maria tri-tip sandwich (Imho) in Central California. The back road into Santa B from CST is a twisty windy trip that requires you to limit your beer and wine consumption.
     
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    Thanks Night Nurse! What's a Tri-tip sandwich?? We love local joints and the locals themselves! My husband adores Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
     
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    Tri-tip is a cut of meat. I've really only seen it in that part of California.

    I had another suggestion. I took the Duck Tour of Santa Barbara some years back. It was fun and provided some interesting history and information of the area.
     
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    Thanks Luanne! I'll look into the Duck Tour.
     
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    Tri-tip is a roast that is pretty popular all over California though its origin was Oakland and became very popular in Santa Maria CA. I don't know about other states.

    It is one of my favorite cuts and I love tri-tip sandwiches. Our local supermarkets bbq it outside in the parking lot in the summer. It is very good.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-tip
     
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    If you head north a bit and go to SLO then the night to choose to be there would be Thursday night. That's when there's the farmer's market, which is a street party/fair thing that's not just veggies for sale. It's got live music and crafters and performers and all kinds of things. All the bars are open then (including a few wine bars) and it's a party.

    Here is info: http://downtownslo.com/farmers-market/
     
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    The best Tri-tip we've ever tasted is in SLO at the Firestone Grill in the center of town. It is so good that we found it by accident when looking for something to eat we ended up in a line that was out to the street. Since then we have changed the way we travel from Cupertino South. Anytime we are headed in that direction we now take 101 instead of 5 so we can get that sandwich. When we mentioned it to some friends kids that go to Santa Barbara they said everyone from their school go there for the Tri-tip sandwich too. Line goes fast and the sandwich melts in your mouth.
     
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    There is good tri-tip in the SF Bay area. Our local Safeway in Sunnyvale had bbq tri-tip sandwiches that they made and sold in their parking lot in the summer. There was also a bbq restaurant that had it but I don't remember the name of it.
     
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    Which of the Sunnyvale Safeways? Very interesting since I worked at Safeway for 43 years and in about 5 of the local cities and in each we couldn't do this. Didn't work in Sunnyvale though. Which of the 3 Sunnyvale stores?
     
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    Hey John, the restaurant wasn't Armidillio Willies or Saint Johnn's was it?
     
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    It was on El Camino Real. We rented a corporate apartment right behind it for a year in 2006.
     
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    It was Armidillo Willies. It is on El Camino Real just up from the Safeway. If you look at their menu, you will see tri-tip steak They had a special on it once a week ( Tuesday? ) that we ate several times.
     
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