Photo Essay: Santa Barbara for the Holidays

by Ekua on January 4, 2010 in California,captured on memory card

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.

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Lauren Quinn January 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Dude, you’re a really good photographer. You know, that’s a very marketable skill for the modern travel writer… 😉

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Ekua January 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Thanks! Photography is something I’ve just become interested in the last couple years. Finally bought a new camera this summer and always working on taking better pics!

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Fly Girl January 5, 2010 at 7:17 am

What vivid and gorgeous pix! I love that sunset. I almost moved to Santa Barbara years ago, its beauty really tempted me.

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Ekua January 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Thanks 🙂 Santa Barbara feels so mellow and laid back. That along with the decent weather make it a pretty appealing place 😉

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Lola January 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Beautiful shots!

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Ekua January 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Lola!

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Mary R January 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

It looks like a great time… I’m a fan of holidays on the run! Also, I love your little makeshift Xmas tree out of a plant in your hotel room. I’ve done the same thing many a times in my life!

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Ekua January 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I think before when we’ve been away for the holidays, gifts were small or opened beforehand. But since SB was within driving distance, we brought our gifts and that plant looked like the right place to put them 😉

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Stacie January 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Yep…I am loving the photos too…have fun!

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Ekua January 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Thanks 🙂

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