Getaway: The Goodland Hotel

A couple weekends ago I had the perfect opportunity to leave San Francisco for a long weekend. I needed to take a buying trip for several of my design projects and having three days away gave me the chance to also relax and enjoy a little R&R.

The drive went quickly, despite the 330 miles between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. We left on Saturday morning so we didn’t encounter any heavy traffic. The first stop we made was to Raoul Textiles – one of the highlights of the trip. It was such an inspiration to find a business that is run by a mother and her children. The fabrics they create in their factory down the block from the store were stunning. I have used them on many projects and now I have even more finds to incorporate into my projects.

Our stay in Santa Barbara at The Goodland – a Kimpton Hotel, was the perfect fit for us. It was a retreat from the hustle and bustle I’ve had in my life lately. Rooms were simply appointed with excellent bedding that helped me have the perfect nights sleep. We got up the next morning ready to enjoy the entire day. We decided to have breakfast in their Outpost restaurant at the hotel and loved it. Not only was it delicious, but we were able to sit outside in the shade (its was almost 100 degrees that day). It was an oasis. We could see guests taking a yoga class by the pool and it felt like we were a million miles away from our lives at home.

After meeting a friend for a lovely breakfast and visiting Jenni Kayne for my fall essentials, we hit the road and headed back to San Francisco. We had lunch in Los Alamos at Bell Street Farm thanks to the advice of Samantha of Could I Have That. I had one of the best sandwiches ever! If you are ever on the road – this is the place to stop! All and all, it was the perfect getaway. I would stay at The Goodland again on my next trip to Santa Barbara.

Favorite Discoveries:

Raoul Textiles It’s pure heaven. If you love interiors, textiles and found objects, this is the perfect place. You’ll be in awe of the beauty that lies within the store.

Jenni Kayne One of my favorite shops for clothing. You’ll get an inside glimpse into this store next week. It is not to be missed!

La Super Rica TaqueriaThis place is worth every minute you wait in line. By no means is this place fancy, but the tacos are mouth watering. Get the Tacos de Bistec and the Queso con Chile.

Diani LivingThis small shop will inspire you to transform your entire house into a neutral oasis.

d’Angelos Bakery Get the Eggs Rose. You’ll be dreaming of making their artichoke spread. I certainly am!

Finch and Fork The perfect way to end a busy day is with a delicious meal at Finch & Fork. Their Kale salad is delicious!


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