Food / Travel

Santa Barbara + Goo Goo Dolls Concert


Okay, so is it just me or are the early 2000’s repeating themselves? People are obsessed with Pokemon, Tarzan is in theaters, and I’m sitting at the Santa Barbara Bowl waiting in anticipation for the Goo Goo Dolls to come on. Unfortunately it’s not 2001 and this is just another reminder that I’m getting old, but I had an awesome time spending the weekend up the California Coast. I am trying to put a vlog together for you guys, but I am still so new at this that it’s taking some time to figure out. For now, I will post some pictures and give you a little inside scoop to what we did and where we ate.


We left right after work on Friday night from Santa Monica so we decided to take the Pacific Coast Highway for a more scenic drive. It took us about 2 hours to get there but the drive was so pretty that I hardly noticed how long it took.




We stopped right at this sand dune to get out and take a couple pictures because I couldn’t resist. It was perfect weather so we drove with the windows down and enjoyed the salty air.


This is my “we made it, now let’s get some dinner” selfie. We stayed at the Fess Parker Resort and our room was beautiful with an amazing view of the ocean right off our balcony.

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It was cloudy when we arrived to the hotel on Friday night, so when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky on Saturday, I was really excited! We decided to go for a hike & have lunch at the Cold Spring Tavern. I had been here before, but it was my boyfriend’s first time here. They have a great menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. He ordered a tri-tip sandwich, while I got the veggie burger. We both left full and happy.


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They have indoor and outdoor seating available, but the weather was so nice that we opted for the back patio. Cold Spring Tavern is located in the San Marcos Pass which is where General John C. Fremont traveled through to the capture of the City of Santa Barbara in 1848, so you’ll get a small history lesson when eating here. The restaurant was established later in 1865 and earned the title “Most Romantic Getaway” in California. It’s become one of my favorite stops on the way to the Santa Ynez wineries and I absolutely recommend stopping by.

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You’ll also get to cross over (and then under) this beautiful bridge on your way to the restaurant, which is really a sight to see.

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After lunch we decided to head back to the hotel and lay by the pool before getting ready for the concert. The Fess Parker Resort is family friendly and has a lot of great daytime activities such as bicycle rentals, a fitness room, a pool and of course the beach is right across the way.


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The venue for the Goo Goo Dolls concert was at the Santa Barbara Bowl and it was absolutely stunning. We could see the ocean from where we were sitting and the acoustics were fantastic – not to mention that the Goo Goo Dolls still have it. They put on a spectacular show that took us right down memory lane.


People were singing and dancing along and I couldn’t help but do the same. They’re on tour still, so if seeing them is something you’re interested in, you can get tickets here.



Sunday morning came and it was time to check out and head home, but I couldn’t resist getting my feet wet first. The weather was of course the best on the day we were leaving, but we will be back!

Next time you’re in Santa Barbara, I definitely recommend staying at the Fess Parker and checking out what shows are playing at the Santa Barbara Bowl! I love hearing from you guys, so feel free to leave recommendations or comments below!


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