Vacation Rental By Owner is a great alternative to get tasteful accommodations with all the amenities, and at a reasonable price, for a couples getaway.
It was our 33rd Anniversary and we were looking to get away for a weekend celebration. We knew we wanted to take our bikes and we knew we didn’t want to drive too far so Santa Barbara seemed like a great choice. Known as the “America Riviera,” Santa Barbara has everything for a couples getaway: sandy beaches, superb restaurants, cultural sites, and plentiful shopping. Not to mention many hiking trails and bike paths to choose from.
Where to stay? Hotels are plentiful but we decided to use Vacation Rental By Owner, an online vacation rental marketplace. Specializing in “helping families and friends stay together in a vacation home,” we had used this service previously for large family gatherings with great success. Could it also work for a couples getaway?
We arrived on a late Friday afternoon, just before dusk. After we settled in the apartment, we took a drive to familiarize ourselves with the town. The next morning, we took our time getting ready, loaded up our bikes, and headed for the center of town.
After preparing our bikes for the day, we pedaled away to our first stop: lunch. Our VRBO owners suggested a lovely restaurant, Arts and Letters Cafe, across the street from the city’s museum.
It’s garden setting and locally farmed menu, was the perfect start for our day.
After lunch, we traveled down State Street to the pier and hooked up with the bike trail. Following the coastline south, we cycled past ocean waves, a bird reserve, several mansions, and came to a stop at the Four Seasons Hotel. We circled back to where we had begun and then headed north, by the boat slips, picnic areas, and even the seaside neighborhoods. Before finishing our ride, we came across an outdoor concert put on by the Santa Barbara Ukulele Club.
A romantic dinner on the sidewalk of State Street followed by a private movie in our VRBO retreat, ended this fun and full day of our couples getaway.
Sunday began with another slow morning, a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission, brunch at a nearby local favorite in Montecito, and it was time to go home.
We got everything we had hoped for on this couples getaway: comfortable and modern accommodations at a slow paced location where our bikes could take us on breathtaking rides. VRBO ended up being the right choice for this couples getaway. Our next decision? Where to go on our next couples getaway, using VRBO as our vacation home, of course.
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