Santa Barbara Day Trip - Part I

My mom recently came for a visit and she and Alex and I drove up the coast to Santa Barbara for the day, one of our favorite places to go for shopping, sightseeing and just a change of pace.  

On a sunny day, it's a beautiful drive along the ocean and since it's on our way, we stopped in Malibu at John's Garden for our traditional to-go treat:  a deliciously decadent date shake.  (See end of post for location.)

Just prior to reaching Santa Barbara, you will see the signs for Santa Claus Lane.  I recalled an antique store located there so, on a whim, I exited to check out their latest inventory.  Unfortunately, it was no longer in business, but we were happy to discover a charming boutique called "Hummingbird."

Mona Satchel in Herringbone by Hemptress

Hummingbird carries a beautiful selection of handbags and jewelry.

A sampling of the Love Heals Jewelry Collection

Handbags from Hammett, 49 square miles, David Galan and Hemptress.

More pieces by Love Heals Jewelry
(The company plants 10 trees for each piece sold.
Over 700,000 trees to-date.)

jewelry, gifts, accessories
3823 Santa Claus Lane
Carpinteria, California
(South of Santa Barbara)

John's Garden, Malibu      Great casual place for sandwiches, salads, smoothies and my favorite treat: the date shake.  A good place to get picnic provisions for a day at the beach or hiking in the canyon.  It's also a fun place to spend an afternoon.  You can eat at the picnic tables or on the lawn in the charming outdoor area and then shop at the surrounding clothing and home boutiques.
(child friendly, dog friendly)
3835 Cross Creek Road #1, Malibu, California 90265

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Our route:
A - Santa Monica
B - John's Garden, Malibu
C - Hummingbird Boutique, Carpinteria
D - Santa Barbara


images via:   lb - 2 &3;  Hummingbird - 4,9,10;  Love Heals Jewelry - 8;  SB Digs -  (1,5,6,7) John's Garden - 11,12; Google Maps: 13
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