Travel | Santa Barbara, CA / by Zac Simmons

This past week we spent in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California. We had a day or so of work to do and the rest was play, much needed play. We shot video and photo for a corporate shoot (soon to come!) but afterwards we went on our beach-getaway-second-honeymoon-adventure! I wanted to share our travel on the blog today!  


The funny thing is when Zac & I travel, we put down our equipment and simply explore - leaving the majority of our pictures to be taken on our most convienent camera - our phone. So here is a look at the West Coast through the lens of an iPhone...

After the 3:40 AM plane ride was over - we reached the beautiful sunshiny California. The temperature was a stunning 63 degrees when we landed. After our work was over... we literally ran to the beach. The staff at our corporate shoot was so fun to work with and handed over a prepared list of the BEST things to do in Southern Cali, and there we had it - our guide to the week made by locals. How awesome!? 



We explored down State Street which is the main street in Santa Barbara, loaded with shopping, cute coffee shops, and the best food. Zac ate sea food almost every place we went, and I had a burger alongside him - literally the best burger I have ever eaten was in CA. I don't know what they feed their cows there, but it was so yummy. 




We also went to the beach that day, and as you can imagine we were the palest people there :). And as you can also imagine, we left being the most sunburn people there. We walked to CVS where they were OUT of aloe. #fail BUT we made a pretty cool sand castle and took a dip in the COLD ocean.  


The next day, we drove down to the valley - filled with vineyards and beautiful mountains. We got to go to a lavender farm....literally one of my dreams. It was BEAUTIFUL and smelt like heaven.

We drove back up to Santa Barbara after our scenic tour and went to a public showing of North by Northwest in the Sunkin Gardens. A local had invited us the day before, and we sat with her and her boyfriend. They were as sweet as pie. 

Eva Marie Saint (she plays the sassy detective) was there, a few rows in front of us, and she gave an exclusive interview about working with Hitchcock. She gave us a inside look into the filming of North by Northwest and where to look for little "easter eggs". It was amazing. 

The next day....


We made the short drive to LA, to tour Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It was so much fun, a little overwhelming, lots of traffic, but worth it. We walked down Sunset Blvd. & Hollywood Blvd. to see the iconic TCL Chinese Theater, Dolby Theater, and the Walk of Fame! We went to SWEET! - the candy store that Willy Wonka based their set off of. We hopped on a tour bus to see the Hollywood sign, some star's homes, and Rodeo drive. We also got to eat at one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants.... I almost fainted I was so excited. I don't cook much besides chicken, BUT I LOVE Chef Ramsey, and secretly aspire to be the best-home-cook-slash-foodie-blogger-slash-food-photographer. The food was awesome, slightly on the pricey side, but good! Lastly, we drove to Santa Monica to the infamous pier and back to Santa Barbara on the beautiful Hwy 1. 


On our last day there we went back to the beach and then did some more exploring around the beautiful city and then went on a sail boat tour! It was pretty cold - which was okay with me - but I had to load up on my good 'ol friend, Dramamine to make it through. It was our first time on a sail boat and it was neat to watch them put up the sail and direct the boat! 


And then

back to


the state

we love