New Video: Bike Ride Guide In Venice, California

Venice, California is such a beautiful and fun area to explore, I recently did a little bike ride around the area and of course turned it into a video! I uploaded it to my new YouTube channel but I wanted to leave it here too in case anyone is looking into visiting Venice this Summer.

The video is more detailed but these are the Key Spots:

  • Start at Abbot Kinney Blvd on the south side. It’s a beautiful street with so many cute Shops which I recommend exploring if you’re looking for unique jewelry or little home decor pieces! Abbot Kinney is my favorite for those little hidden gems. There’s also lots of fun Restaurants, Cafés and plenty of Art Work all around to make this bike ride more than entertaining. But I would just grab a juice or coffee and save the meal for after the bike ride 🙂
  • Then ride down Westminster Ave to the Venice Boardwalk for a perfect bike ride by the beach! There is a ton of activity happening around you in this area and of course it’s a mandatory visit if you’re in California.
  • Once you get to the end of Venice Boardwalk Park head up to the Venice Canals through Winward Ave, turn right on Venice Way and another right on Dell Ave and you’ll hit the Venice Canals. This part of the bike ride is way more relaxing and quiet but equally fun and so worth the visit! Honestly it’s my personal favorite area to take photos.
  • Once you’ve explored the canals and crossed the bridges you can head back through Venice Way and ride up through Andalusia Ave until you hit Abbot Kinney. And that’s it, we’re back where we first started! Great time to grab some food and chill.

I had a lot of fun making this Video and hope it helps you on your next Venice visit!!

Thanks for stopping by,

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