Day Trip to Santa Barbara

One of the things I love the most about living in Los Angeles?  Quick weekend getaways.  One of the things I hate the most?  The traffic driving there/back.  I'm really not one who likes to stay out late, so I wake up daily - even on Saturday/Sunday - around 6:30 to 7am.  And THAT is the perfect time to make a day trip to Santa Barbara.

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Park easily at the Four Seasons Hotel (above) and take the most glorious bathroom break.  Heck, snack on one of their free apples in the lobby.  Then walk along the beautiful beach...

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...amongst the ridonculous homes.

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Drive to the Santa Barbara Public Market... ...where you can do everything from shop for produce at Forager's Pantry...

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...to organic meat at Belcampo...

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...and Crazy Good Bread.

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We arrived at Julia Child's favorite Mexican Restaurant, La Super-Rica Taqueria, just as it was opening. Lines can get longer later in the day; we didn't have to wait too long for our food.

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Pork Taco...

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...Perfect Guacamole...

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...and a heavenly Cheese Quesadilla....

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...all on freshly-made, soft corn tortillas.

After we were done, we walked up/down State Street, and headed back home with very little traffic - just enough time to catch the tail end of the Larchmont Farmer's Market, take a nap, see a matinee at The Arclight, and read the paper.  Such a perfect Sunday.