day trip: santa barbara.
one of our favorite day trips from LA is santa barbara! we like to take amtrak's pacific surfliner up in the morning, and then catch the last train back. the ride is about two hours, depending on where exactly you leave from. we were in ventura for our last dive adventure, so before heading back to LA, we decided to spend the day in santa barbara.
as usual, the first thing we want is a good cup of coffee, and the french press / dune coffee roasters is an excellent place to get one. the pastries are great too!
we discovered municipal winemakers (or muni for short) on our first day trip to santa barbara several years ago and it's the one place we always make a stop at! and no, this isn't a sponsored post or anything - we just genuinely love them, their wines, and their cute tasting room.
and last but not least, dinner! since the last southbound train is around 7pm, we usually have an early dinner. luckily, loquita is literally across the street from the train station and serves up some super tasty spanish tapas.
each dish of the night kept getting better and better - with the pulpo and secreto definitely stealing the show.
after dinner we walked across the street to the train station for the two hour ride back to LA (it's also a great opportunity to sober up if you've been wine tasting all day!). i always wish there was a later train, but when we get home, i'm usually pretty glad it's still early and i won't be completely useless the next day.