The Petite Wayfarer goes to.....The Wayfarer. On a quick weekend trip to Santa Barbara in March to celebrate my best friend's engagement, we stayed at the hotel/hostel The Wayfarer. It was conveniently located in SB's Funk Zone and just blocks from the beach and pier. We really enjoyed our stay here as the hotel was modern, cute, and had a great pool area with inflatable couches that we had a blast playing with. The hotel was reasonably priced and we loved that we were able to get a room to share with 2 bunk beds so that we could all stay together in the same room.
My favorite places that we ate were After Dark and The Santa Barbara Shellfish Company on the pier. After Dark, as you would guess by the name, is only open late night (10pm - 3am) and has a seriously awesome mac and cheese, tater tot, bacon, bbq chicken, tomato, jalapeño, bread crumb dish. Our biggest regret was falling asleep too early on the second night and not getting this a second time! The SB Shellfish Co. is at the very end of the pier, and is the perfect spot to enjoy some sunshine, views of the water, and some maine lobster, lobster bisque, oysters, crab claws, and beer.
I really love how as you get older and revisit places, you experience and learn to love each place differently. I remember going to Santa Barbara in college and having a terrible experience, which left me with a bad taste in my mouth and without the slightest bit of temptation to ever come back. I'm glad I got to see a different side this time and would enjoy another weekend getaway wine tasting and enjoying some sunshine and seafood soon.