Let’s say that you find yourself with a child free labor day weekend to spend with your husband, but you’ve put off booking a hotel reservation until the last minute, only to find that most everything is booked or overpriced due to the holiday. What’s a gal to do? Well, that was my situation quite recently, and I suggested to my husband that we go a different route and take a look at the offerings of Airbnb.
If you haven’t used Airbnb before, it’s a website where you can rent a single room or an entire home from hosts in 190 countries around the world. There are some amazing offerings on their site. We knew that we didn’t want to stray too far from our home in Ventura, as L.A. holiday weekend traffic didn’t seem particularly relaxing, so we looked north in the Santa Barbara area and found an adorable little place in walking distance of downtown Summerland. For less than we would have paid for a standard hotel room in Santa Barbara, we got this adorably decorated, straight out of Anthropologie triplex with an ocean view.
You park on a residential street, and walk down some steps through a thick hedge of oleander to arrive at the home. I loved all of the little details like potted orchids throughout and a pair of binoculars for dolphin and whale watching from the balcony.
Summerland is a tiny town just north of Carpinteria and south of Santa Barbara. It is darling and full of small town charm. The best part about our little rental, is that it was in walking distance to downtown.
We had dinner our first night in town at Cafe Luna. When you walk up to the cafe, you will notice hydroponic towers where they grow their own greens and veggies right there on the restaurant property. The ambiance is casual and the dinner crowd was mostly couples with a few larger parties with small children sprinkled in. My husband and I ordered a pizza and the gnocchi with chicken and tomato cream sauce, which was the highlight of our meal.
We loved our meal there so much that we went back for breakfast several times over our weekend stay. The coffee drinks and breakfast were just as good as dinner, and after a long breakfast we strolled down the main street and admired the home goods in Botanik and the baby gifts and decor in Amelia Jane.
We did a lot of relaxing and reading on the porch, but we also hit the beach and went hiking on the Romero Canyon Trail where we saw wonderful views of the Pacific. We had a wonderful and refreshing time in Summerland and we will definitely be going back when we are in need of a relaxing getaway that isn’t too far from home.