U.S. TRAVEL WEEK! Why Santa Barbara Is the Perfect Weekend Getaway — Even If You Live on the East Coast!By Delaina Dixon | June 24, 2019 | Travel
Hi Divas! It’s summer travel time. This week, we revisit some of our favorite getaways in the U.S. No need for your passport! First up: Santa Barbara!
Santa Barbara is the perfect getaway for busy Angelenos who are in need of a beachy weekend retreat, especially for a weekend! But TV DivaGal learned it’s worth a plane ride from anywhere in the country to check out the “America Rivera” city shores and sites as I took in the town with California locals.
The first night, we stayed in one of Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (formerly known as the Fess-Parker) two-room suites, boasting two garden patios, a wet bar, a ridiculous sized bathroom with shower and jacuzzi tub and an inviting king-sized bed. Our second night, we moved into a standard king, which still offered a seating area and a great view of the ocean from our third story balcony.
Santa Barbara isn’t just a beach town. State Street is this city’s Fifth Avenue, lined with shopping, salt and sundaes!
We scored gluten-free treats at Lilac Patisserie and a scoop at McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream. State St. also has Salt, where you can sit for 45 minutes in its Himalayan Salt Cave Hideaway, crafted from 45 tons of the ancient mineral. It’s the best cat nap we’ve taken in a while.
Speaking of healthy mind and body, we took a killa conditioning class with Jenny Schatzle. This powerhouse dynamo redefines fitness, mixing workouts on treadmills, rowing machines, step benches and medicine balls and declaring her movement is about a positive attitude and conditioning our bodies to be strong and beautiful. We felt the force.
We dined at Convivo, located across from the Santa Barbara shoreline. This new restaurant scene offers Italian-inspired modern cuisine with a modern twist. Order the “Polpette,” lamb meatballs, with shishito peppers and chickpea passato. You will NOT be disappointed.
There’s so much more to do in Santa Barbara. During our short stay, we visited museums and wine tastings and took a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara to experience the city’s Spanish beginnings. Truly, a weekend is just the start to uncovering all the beauty this quaint cosmopolitan has to offer!
Why not start this summer? You can actually take an intensive 12-week training course towards professional certification in Panchakarma, a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease, poor nutrition and environmental toxins, at The Maharani Academy, and spend the whole summer in Santa Barbara!