As most of you know we take an anniversary trip every year – typically in January though when the holiday craziness slows down and we’re in desperate need of some solid rest and relaxation. But with baby #2 on the way, we need to either 1) push our trip up to December or 2) skip it. And well the latter didn’t sound all that appealing.
We were both thinking of a CA trip since we knew staying in the US this time would be a wise decision. I threw out Santa Barbara since I knew it had a lot to offer and wasn’t too far from LA. After going back and forth we ended up partnering with the Biltmore Four Seasons in Santa Barbara for our combined anniversary/baby moon trip.
First of all, what a lovely property! I mean the Spanish architecture is stunning and the grounds (extremely green and tropical – I swear had it’s own mirco climate) were insanely well manicured. Plus, being right across from the Pacific Ocean was dreamy. The resort it tucked back in/around residential homes which was nice and quiet. Plus, walking the paths and neighboring homes were a sight to see!
We were greeted with sparkling cider, chocolate covered strawberries and baby gifts! Our jungle room suite was the perfect size, had lovely pool views and a fireplace which was so charming. I turned it on every chance I got.
A few highlights from our stay at the Biltmore Four Seasons would definitely be our early (east coast time!) breakfasts by an outdoor fire pit watching the Pacific Ocean. Waves were stellar that week so surfers came out in droves! The food was soo good – I got their Acai bowl every morning with a decaf coffee and either bacon or sausage. Nick had Huevos Rancheros every morning, too because it was that good. We took walks afterward and just explored it was a really nice way to start the day.
Another stand out moment was the Spa. I had a complimentary prenatal massage (my very first!) and to be honest I was excited but also nervous. I don’t get massages often, the last real massage I got was on our 2nd anniversary in St. Lucia three years ago. The Spa was beautiful, the staff was friendly and the extra pampering was just the ticket!
Lastly, we made our way over to the Coral Casino (a private club that is part of the Biltmore Four Seasons) and it’s a relic! A total gem on the California coast that embodies old school charm and class. From the coral colors, retro vibe and amazing views of Butterfly Beach it was a must see! We dined at the Tydes Restaurant our last night there and ate on the balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The bar inside had a top that was an aquarium and they had original black and white photography depicting it’s coolness back in the 1930s-40s.
Overall, we loved it and would absolutely go back. Those looking for a different California stay but full of charm, character and less hustle, go here. And make your way to downtown Montecito and Santa Barbara because there is so much to explore!