Can I just close my eyes and go back to Santa Barbara please? No offense guys, but I can see myself living the life in this beautiful city without a phone in my hand or a laptop in sight. Sadly, I was there for blogger duties only and didn’t get to enjoy it as I would have wanted to, but I did get to visit a few places courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company. And I did get to snap a few photos.
Let me repeat…I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would’ve liked…especially of the resort—Belmond El Encanto. Bad blogger! This amazingly stunning and relaxing resort is unlike any other I’ve stayed at before. It’s a home away from home, with every ounce of luxury you could imagine, without being too fancy.
First of all, you have to check out this resort. I stayed in their Bungalow, which is like your own little bright and airy home. You have everything from hardwood floors, heated bathroom floor, deep bath tub, walk-in closet, comfy king size bed, an awesome rain shower head, a separate living room, two televisions, a patio…I could go on and on.
And when I talk about the little touches, El Encanto has this down. From an embroidered pillow on the bed monogrammed with the letter of my last name, bath salts, turn-down service with tomorrow’s weather forecast and slippers by the bed, complimentary post cards and note cards…once again…I could go on and on. And it’s all surrounded by a beautiful green and lush landscape.
I even got a chance to experience The Spa at El Encanto, which is amazing (am I using that word too much?)! I received a Signature 50-minute massage one day and Signature 50-minute facial the next. I have never felt so pampered in my life. Never.
Even though I was there for blogger business, I was lucky that this included a road trip in the new Lincoln MKC to three really cool spots—Clairmont Lavender Farm (yes a lavender farm). Then we headed to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, where we took in a Polo match. We even snuck in an olive oil tasting at Olive Hill Farm Tasting Room and a bakery in Solvang (yum!). I definitely recommend renting a car and exploring ALL that Santa Barbara and it’s surrounding cities have to offer. Don’t forget to check out Los Olivos either. There’s a row of wine tasting rooms that you’ll love. I’d suggest a designated driver if you do the wine tasting (or any drinking). That way you can enjoy yourself!
I really felt like this trip to Santa Barbara was a teaser. I’m definitely heading back when I have more time to explore and enjoy on my own time. Hopefully that will be soon!
Disclosure: This trip was courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company. Any and all opinions expressed in this post are true and my own.