My beautiful friend Jessi, who lives in Calabasas and just had her first baby days ago, had a baby shower to welcome her little man back in April. Since Calabasas isn’t exactly close enough for a day trip, Geoff and I decided to make a weekend of it! I’d go to the shower, he’d golf, then afterwards we’d keep driving north an hour more to one of our favorite spots, Santa Barbara! My mom agreed to watch Jack for the two nights we would be away so these parents could get a much needed “Parents Only” weekend away. We loved staying at the Goodland Hotel the last trip we had for Geoff’s birthday last August, so we thought we’d try their sister Hotel, the Canary. We loved the decor, the service, and the location especially since it was walking distance to literally everything we planned on doing.
When we arrived it was dinner time so Geoff made reservations at the hotel’s restaurant Finch and Fork. By the time we got dressed and ready for dinner, it was still a little early so we took a seat at the bar (because it was just us! No baby! Parents take advantage when you can, haha!). We ended up eating dinner at the bar, met a British couple on their honeymoon…and of course we gave them as many recommendations on places to eat and stay along the Cali Coast as we could. And the food here was to die for! I think Geoff is still dreaming of his pork dinner. The cocktails were really good, too. My new pearl necklace Geoff gifted me “just because”.
The next morning we woke up early and headed downstairs to the lobby for complementary coffee and teas before eating breakfast at Fork and Finch, again. It’s nice to stay at a hotel that also has a restaurant connected to it, or near by, not only for the convenience, but it saves the hassle of trying to decide where to eat for breakfast. I ended up ordering a light breakfast of Greek yogurt and granola (it was a HUGE portion and I did not finish it) and Geoff ordered a traditional American breakfast of bacon and eggs. After breakfast, we went back to the room to change into our swim suits and made our way up to the gorgeous rooftop pool to lounge around for a couple hours. The rooftop at the Canary has such gorgeous views of the town, hills, and ocean…you don’t want to miss the opportunity to check it out if you’re staying here.
Biscotti and a cuppa joe on our patio’s balcony in our cute little room.
After lounging, we headed back to the room to clean up a little bit, and walk to get pedicures at a local nail salon and grab lunch on the pier. Between our getting our feet done and lunch, I spotted a really sweet coffee shop with such an easy, coastal vibe, Breakfast. Okay, the name “Breakfast” sold me, because, c’mon. Breakfast is my favorite meal. I ordered a black and tan and off we went to the pier.
Folks, we don’t recommend the pier just because it’s covered with tourists. Pretty views of the ocean, but not recommended for lunch when you’re really hungry. We decided to stick with what we knew was good and go to our favorite find from our last trip, Les Merchands, in the Funk Zone. We ended up signing up as wine club members back in August, we loved it that much. They greeted us with champagne and we had a lovely spread of cheese, meat, and bread…and a pretty decadent raspberry pistachio donut that neither one of us could finish there (we took it back and Geoff finished it later that night, ha!).
After lunch we walked back to the hotel and decided we need to take advantage of the rooftop once more.
On our way out to dinner, we stopped by a really fun bar that had fabulous Yelp review, The Good Lion. We loved the decor and vibe of this place. Lots of travel themed objects, and the coolest wall paper. A great mix of retro-modern meets speak easy lighting. My only complaint is I didn’t care for the greyhound cocktail I had ordered…it was too sweet and more like a slushy for my taste, but I ended up really enjoying the Manhattan Geoff ordered ( I exchanged the greyhound for a Manhattan free of charge).
Geoff surprised me for dinner. We both love French food, wine, the whole culture. So he made reservations for the most lovely French restaurant in town, Bouchon. What a beautiful little gem this place is. If you’re visiting and wanting a fancy dinner out with your love, this is absolutely a place to indulge in. Brought me back to our honeymoon in Paris and dinner at Verjus.
The morning we were leaving to make our way back home, we had breakfast at The Shop Cafe, I unique walk-up and order joint connected to an auto shop! LARGE portions, so best to share with someone. They even serve bullet proof coffee, which I ordered, but I hear their chai tea lattes are fabulous. Geoff ordered an English breakfast tea and their tugboat (a favorite around these parts) and I ordered a breakfast burrito. SO. MUCH. FOOD. But delicious. And we even had a little snail friend join us for breakfast 🙂
We headed back to our room one last time, made our rounds, hung our on the rooftop patio one last time, and headed back south to home and our little buddy. It’s really important to us to fit in some quality time together, just the two of us. It’s been tough lately to make it away for a night or two, but this weekend was just what we needed. Relaxing, calm, perfect weather, laid back…and fun.