About Suzanne R
Lives in Brooklyn, New York
Since Jul 2010
25-34 year old female
I'm a bicoastal gal, with parts of my heart (and life) in both New York and San Francisco. I travel to connect, to explore, and to be amazed. To me, the best trips include: places with a fascinating history, natural beauty that leaves me speechless, off-the-beaten-path gems, local food/designers/vendors, and a handful of accidental adventures. (I also adore a good ghost hunt or historical reenactment.
Piers & Boardwalks
Other Food & Drink
Other Food & Drink
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Whether you sit down to enjoy perfectly poached eggs in this cheery space, or pick up a coffee and buttery croissant to take to the beach, D'Angely Bakery will get your day started off right.
Broad Cabrillo Boulevard hugs the coastline, with its biking and walking paths affording stunning views of the Pacific. While it is perfectly lovely to stroll along the path (or on the beach), there is something iconic in traversing the area by beach cruiser as part of the Santa Barbara experience.
Built in 1872 to handle the transfer of cargo (and people) onto the shore, Stearns Wharf is California's oldest working wood wharf. It changed the course of the history of Santa Barbara, previously very isolated due to natural barriers, and despite fires and other calamities, the wharf has endured as the pulsing heart of the city. It is home to heritage, tourist shops, and a few great restaurants.
Situated just off of the wharf and State Street, the Funk Zone channels the grit of the area's industrial past into edgy arts and wine spaces. On this urban wine trail, you'll find more than 20 tasting rooms, plus a smattering of microbreweries, one distillery, and a whole lot of art. Go ahead, taste away.
Santa Barbara Public Market offers myriad options to suit every palate, making it a great spot for lunch. Featuring both traditional groceries and a 'foodie court' of freshly-made prepared foods, this place is both a foodie hub and a neighborhood gathering place, showcasing regionally and sustainably made foods.
Meandering through the picturesque streets of downtown, this self-guided walking tour is a great way to take in the iconic architecture that makes Santa Barbara stunning. Passing 22 historic adobe buildings in approximately 12 blocks, the Red Tile Tour features 17 important stops, including the stunning Presidio and Courthouse.
Arguably one of the most beautiful structures on California's mission trail, Mission Santa Barbara sits atop a hill with the stately Santa Ynez Mountains as its backdrop. The stone facade and twin bell towers are unique among the missions, and the museum contains a variety of fascinating colonial artifacts.
A Santa Barbara mainstay, The Palace has been turning out Louisiana-style dishes (some with an Italian twist) to happy locals for years. The popular place flies in fresh seafood daily, but it's known as much for its convivial atmosphere as it is for its incredible eats. Here, the dining room is always abuzz, especially during sporadic sing-a-longs (you'll know it's coming when the scrolls come out!), and the folks are always happy.
It may seem strange to catch a movie while traveling, but it's worth seeing whatever is showing at the Arlington, if just for a glimpse at the stunning interiors, all done up to look like a Spanish courtyard.
Having dominated State Street since 1928, Joe's is a classic spot to begin or end any night. While the steaks are great and the nostalgic atmosphere lovely, this spot is best known for its (very) stiff drinks.