Beachfront and beer, too. And when the local beer is a tasty potable called Sands, so much the better.
It’s nice to get a chance to visit a new place and experience the geography firsthand. I’d heard that Santa Barbara was pretty, but I had no idea the coastline was so rugged. It reminds me a bit of Maine, but it offers its own rocky charms — and a few offshore platforms to boot. After a flight seated next to a screaming kid and a two-hour taste of LA-area traffic, the charms of Santa Barbara beachfront were much appreciated.