Santa Barbara and the towns that surround it are a unique part of California. The area sits on the intersection of the Central California Coast and Southern California. It contains elements of both regions and is probably as close to the stereotypical image of California as you can get. A mild climate, palm trees, beaches, surfers, hippies, scantily clad tan youth, extravagant homes, rolling hills spotted with cows and wine abound.
Many places were closed because of the holidays, but it gave us the opportunity to have a relaxing weekend full of long drives and casual strolls. We also made a little side trip to Solvang, a former Danish settlement and tourist trap about an hour away from Santa Barbara. Check out some of my pictures:
A lovely Christmas Eve sunset.
Our makeshift Christmas tree in our hotel room.
A fountain at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.
Another courthouse view.
State Street, Santa Barbara’s main drag, lit up for the holidays.
Storefront window display on State Street.
A windmill on Solvang’s main street.
A display at the Elverhøj Museum in Solvang depicts what a kitchen might have looked like when Solvang was first settled by the Danish.
Christmas tree decorations at the Elverhøj Museum.
Persimmon tree outside of the Buttonwood Winery in Solvang.