The Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Hike


On our second day, we decided to adventure into the botanical gardens next door (alright, but they were only a 5-minute drive away. That still counts!)

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Matt showing off his dorky camera hat!

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There were wild roosters everywhere!

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And we even saw a peacock!

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Beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara is officially one of my favorite places in California! It was pretty tough leaving after just a day and a half…

Our Airbnb hosts made and hung this homey Santa Barbara guide in our bedroom!

Our Airbnb hosts made and hung this homey Santa Barbara guide in our bedroom!

La Arcada, a sweet spot smack dab in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara full of great restaurants and brunch spots

La Arcada, a sweet spot smack dab in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara full of great restaurants and brunch spots

First thing you see down this charming alley way is a fountain full of fish

First thing you see down this charming alley way is a fountain full of fish

State and Fig came so highly recommended we had to stop there for brunch our 1st morning, and I can't rave about it enough! Click on this pic for my Yelp review

State and Fig came so highly recommended we had to stop there for brunch our 1st morning, and I can’t rave about it enough! Click on this pic for my Yelp review

It's a little corny, but one of the cutest things about La Arcada and downtown Santa Barbara were all the statues of little critters

It’s a little corny, but one of the cutest things about La Arcada and downtown Santa Barbara were all the statues of little critters

We saw these sweet electric buses driving around downtown!

We saw these sweet electric buses driving around downtown!

We found this little house used for Japanese tea ceremonies in the heart of the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

We found this little house used for Japanese tea ceremonies in the heart of the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens

Can you see the goldfish?

Can you see the goldfish?

We decided to wander around downtown and look for dinner when our Airbnb hosts' recommendations ended up being too busy, and ended up trying Brazilian food for the 1st time. In short: big success! This pic is linked to my Yelp review too.

We decided to wander around downtown and look for dinner when our Airbnb hosts’ recommendations ended up being too busy, and ended up trying Brazilian food for the 1st time. In short: big success! This pic is linked to my Yelp review too.