The Santa Barbara storm had cleared, the sun began slowly peaking out of the clouds and my curiously was certainly there. The Mission Santa Barbara is set on the most pristine grassy space surrounded by rose gardens, beautiful homes and desert succulent plants. Although I have spent many days in the sunshine on the large hill in front of the Mission, I had never been beyond the doors until this last trip,. The historic building was built in 1789 by Padre Fermin Lasuen in attempt to convert the Indigenous local Chumash tribe of this area. The church within the Mission is spectacular, painted with vibrant colors and vigil candles throughout, while in the back you can discover the Mission's cemetery. While visiting Mission Santa Barbara, be sure to enjoy a beautiful self-guided tour!
Sometimes, spontaneous trips are the best ones! 4:30 pm on a Thursday, want go to Santa Barbara? After throwing sweaters, boots, an umbrella and long pants (an unusual packing list for a trip south) we jumped in the car and hit the road. Five and half hours later, through a huge storm and dark skies we arrived in not so sunny Santa Barbara. I didn't mind, in fact, the weather made the trip even more adventurous. From huge waves almost hitting Boathouse (a gorgeous restaurant at Hendry's Beach), to nights sitting around a fire pit with my man, to reuniting with old friends, it was an all around great trip. Although I wasn't focused too much on capturing scenic Santa Barbara through a lens this time around, here are some snapshots taken all around town. You won't be seein' beach photos though...I'll save that for next month when I catch the sun rays and waves for spring break! Check back for my own photo diary created to capture the historic Mission Santa Barbara we visited the last day of our short trip in a few days!
In the heart of the Mission district of San Francisco holds (quite possibly) the cutest chocolate factory there ever was! Once you walk through the doors into Dandelion Chocolate, scents of fresh cocoa and sugar cane fill the air. And that's just the beginning. During a tour of the small batch chocolate making process, be prepared to get handed spoonfuls of warm chocolate as you learn about the heart and soul that this small company encompasses. After the tour, enjoy a soft, nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookie (that I am still dreaming about) and a gourmet latte. But that's not all they offer! The cafe has everything from frozen hot chocolate to homemade s'mores. What a lovely space with the nicest employees, it was a treat!