Santa Barbara

I visited Santa Barbara as part of a road trip, we were on our way to Las Vegas and had just spent 4 nights in Los Angeles.

We got the Pacific Surfliner from Union Station and in just under 3 hours, we had arrived in the charming city of Santa Barbara.

The train takes you to the centre of town, and it was a short walk from our hotel – Hotel Milo. The hotel was right on the beach and walking distance to everything, which makes sense as the city is a small with a population of less than a 100,000. The hotel was perfect for what we were looking for, it was inexpensive and simple. If you’re looking to spend a bit more check out the following hotels: San Ysidro Ranch and the Belmond El Encanto 

There isn’t much to do in Santa Barbara apart from relax on the beach, eat and enjoy the beautiful Spanish Colonial style architecture.

One restaurant you should definitely try whilst you’re in town is Olio e Limone Ristoronte they serve the most delicious Italian food, I still dream about their angel hair pasta..

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MIAMI

I LOVE Miami, this was my fourth trip!

A friend and I took an impromptu 5 night trip to Miami in September for Labour Day weekend. She had never been before, so I felt as a Miami expert it was my job to take her there and show her the magic of Miami!

We checked into the SLS Hotel on the iconic Collins Avenue, which is where all the trendy hotels are based. The hotel was great, it’s got a really fun, young vibe, the pool area was always buzzing, and they have a pool party every Saturday. The food was nothing special, but that’s not really why you go to Miami, so it doesn’t matter!

There are loads of great restaurants to choose from in Miami, Cecconi’s at Soho House, Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau and Nobu at Eden Roc.

There isn’t much to do in terms of sightseeing in Miami, but again, that’s not why you go, you go for the nightlife. My favourites clubs are: LIV on Sunday and Story, but be aware that the music will vary in each club depending on the day of the week.

 

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