Travel: The Wayfarer Hotel Santa Barbara Experience

It’s been about 2 weeks since I got back from my Getaway in Santa Barbara, CA at The Wayfarer Hotel and I can’t stop recommending it! It was such a fun experience. The hotel is covered in fun and unexpected little gems in their decor like the rainbow colored book wall, the giant sized Jenga blocks in the leisure area and the old fashioned telephones in the rooms which I totally used as prop! It’s a fun and unique concept for a city that has so much to offer, I left inspired and with many plans to go back. I got to enjoy this stay with my Blogger friend Vicky from @fashionbyvicky, keep reading to find out all the cool spots we discovered together.

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This is my first time staying at one of the many locations Pacifica Hotels has in their collection, which is over 25 hotels in California and I just found out they even have some in Kona, Hawaii —Is this a sign I should head back already?? I think so! But honestly though from the moment we arrived, everyone at The Wayfarer Hotel was beyond accommodating and on top of every little detail, which I really appreciated because its always the little things that make your stay that much more relaxing and memorable.

The room was so nice that we kind of slept in the first morning! The day before I had traveled back from Mexico just in time for this new getaway and these comfy beds just wouldn’t let me leave them! But you know I love my food, so eventually we made it into the communal kitchen for complimentary breakfast and enjoyed it vacay style!

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Prior to this tip I had done my research (like the control freak that I am) to learn the best restaurants to visit and best way to get around. I had heard that The Wayfarer Hotel had an amazing location, but it wasn’t until I was there that I realized there was so much to cover by foot, you wouldn’t believe but everything is literally so close by! They do offer complimentary bikes to take around the area but the weather was so nice that we decided to put on comfy shoes and enjoy the Funk Zone this way. And if you haven’t been let me tell you it is so entertaining! From distinct wineries and restaurants that draw you in by the decor alone! To fun little boutiques, beautiful landmarks, the farmers market in main street on a sunny week day stroll but again, all at a walking distance from The Wayfarer Hotel. Sounds nice doesn’t it?? Keep reading to make the most out of your next trip.

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This hotel has an agreement with a local winery that is literally around the corner which is called Paradise Springs Winery that when you mention you’re saying at the hotel, they will give you a complimentary wine tasting. So of course we made sure to stop by! We were greeted by the kindest woman who let us take our time enjoying each glass of wine while we marvelled at the modern design this winery has and of course take the oppounity to capture some photos —-Two bloggers traveling together remember?? Of course we were clicking away every 2 seconds— I love a girls trip!! So anyways, don’t forget to stop by this little gem because it was really fun part of our day, I fully recommend it.

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Of course our trip wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t actually enjoy the hotel’s amenities and that calls for a Pool day or in our case two pool days…

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The hotel has a lovely view so it was such a joy to come back from lunch and layout for a few hours until dinner time and then it was off to more exploring! We came across this beautiful little Spanish looking restaurant with bugamvillea flowers all over called Loquita which was SO DELICIOUS! We had dinner here and ordered way too many appetizers plus the Paella which is a good size for two people. Out of all the restaurants we tried in the area, I would say this was my favorite one so I’m definitely going back.

Overall I had a really fun time! I had only been to Santa Barbara once before on a day trip, but there is nothing like being able to stay at a comfortable Hotel to fully enjoy your surroundings! Pacifica Hotels offers the small hotel experience for a good reason, the service will always be a personalized one that will ensure a highly pleasant experience like the one I had but always at an affordable price, it’s a win-win. I encourage you to look into their many locations for your next trip! I hope you found this helpful. There is much more traveling I have scheduled for the rest of this year so check back for my next adventure!

The Wayfarer Hotel: https://www.wayfarersb.com                                                                        Phone: 805-845-1000 | Address: 12 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

As always thank you for reading,

xo Erika

 

 

 

Mexico Bound For The Holidays

It’s been a week since I  returned from sunny Punta Mita, Mexico and I’m already missing it! I traveled there for my friend’s wedding and this time I took my boyfriend Tom with me <3  It was such a fun trip! We stayed at a private Resort Villa right by a golf course and the had the beautiful beach steps away. I had been wanting to take my boyfriend to Mexico fro a while now and this was the perfect occasion! It was 5 days of just relaxing at the beach clubs with spicy margaritas, all the while enjoying the view of the Sierra Madre palm tree-lined mountains that frame the bay. Really the best vacation ever!

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Photo by: @lizdvegaphotography  <3

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I am happy to say that it was beautiful this time of year! While it’s true that this part of Mexico is year round beach weather, it’s the months of November through April that are the best to visit. You get the warm sunny days without the excessive humidity or the threat of heavy rain (which are months July to early September). Just perfect to enjoy some paddle boarding, surfing or snorkelling if you wish. But I must confess I did none of the above, guilty I know! Tom and some of the other guys in the group did give it a try, maybe next time I’ll put down the margaritas and be more adventurous, but for this trip all I wanted was to enjoy the company and relax with a good book.. side note! I’ve been reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes lately and I’ve been loving it, but anyways back to my travels…

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Photo by: @lizdvegaphotograhy (Check her account, she’s amazing!)

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The entire trip I wore nothing but comfy summer-like dresses and bikinis, who does that in November, right?? This is why I’ve always loved the weather back home.

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This is the view of my charming seaside little hometown, Puerto Vallarta.

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This is St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, it is such a relaxing and luxurious hotel. I loved everything about this place and let me tell you the food here as amazing!! *Order the Octopus Tostadas, they are to die for! I enjoyed mine under the palm trees while laying in the lounge area. But the best part? I got to enjoy it with him. Out of all the good things that have happened to me in the last year, the thing I am most grateful for is this guy right here. His patience, love and support mean so much to me:) I am the happiest and my only wish is that we get to go back soon!

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All in all, one of my favorite trips ever. Until next year when we go back for more adventures, I will keep the memories of this trip very close to me and feel grateful for everything I got to enjoy! Hope your holidays are filled with fun and loving moments like this one, best wishes!

What I wore:

Ale by Alessandra Mother Earth Bikini | Merrilees Swimwear |

Round Metal Green Classic Raybans |

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

 

 

Travel Diaries No. 4

 

Hi there!

                   As some of you might have seen on Snapchat or Instagram, I’ve been traveling for the past month and it has been so much fun! I was able to relax and visit some of my favorite places, so of course the weeks flew by. But its back to reality! So now that I’ve gone through all the photos I took, I want to share some with you <3

While I was down there,  I stayed mostly in Puerto Vallarta. The weather right now is perfect so of course I lived in nothing but my favorite bikinis and enjoyed a margarita.. or two. And one of the brands I love wearing the most is Triangl. I love the fabric, its the perfect fit and they recently launched a new and more cheeky design for their bottoms!! I’ve been waiting for them to do this forever so of course I had to have it! It was the perfect swimwear for our gorgeous bungalow hotel called Hotelito Mio.  If you are ever in Puerto Vallarta you have to stop by! Its about an hour from the city but sooo worth it! Like I mentioned on my last post, I feel very lucky to be able to travel as much as I do so I never take it for granted. Every trip inspires me in different ways and right now I need all the inspiration I can get to keep pursuing my goals for this year <3 So I’ll be taking a special trip very soon again.. but more of that later;) For now I’ll leave you with these photos, hope you like them!

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Look at how beautiful and tropical this hotel was! I will definitely be coming back here..

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Hotelito Mio has the most beautiful and relaxing area where of course I took a nap and enjoyed the beach view.. So much fun!

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You can shop what I wore here:

The Ruby ‘Tokyo Lights’ Bikini from Triangl

It was the perfect little getaway! I will be posting more about my trip in the next few days;) Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! And as always thank you for reading.

xo Erika