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Curvy Girl Travels: Santa Barbara

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.

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Belmond El Encanto

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!

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Rachel Pally dress, Sam Edelman sandals, and hat via Nordstrom.
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Clairmont Lavender Farm
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Clairmont Lavender Farm
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Clairmont Lavender Farm

 

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Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
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With the 2015 Lincoln MKC

Disclosure: This trip was courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company. Any and all opinions expressed in this post are true and my own.

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  • pearmama

    It was such a great trip! I have to go back with my husband. El Encanto was UH-mazing!

    • CURVESandCHAOS

      @pearmama:disqus It was such an amazing trip!! Thanks for coming with me!

  • thirties girl

    I grew up in SB. It’s definitely a beautiful place. If you don’t have money, though (as my family didn’t), it can be tough to live there. True, you can catch the bus or ride your bike almost everywhere you want to go. But if you want to do stuff like eat at a nice restaurant, visit a nice resort like El Encanto, or even catch a movie at more expensive non-matinee prices, it can be tough to do those things and pay rent at the same time. And as a fat girl growing up in SB, my plus size clothing options were VERY limited. The only “big box” type store SB ever allowed to set down roots was K-mart, being opposed to big business at it is (one of the things that keeps the town pretty). However, that meant Target never found a foothold in SB, or other large retail stores like Mervyn’s or Kohls. These were my go-to stores for plus size style when I moved to Los Angeles. Same with Old Navy. SB finally got an ON store only about 6 or 7 years ago. When I was a teen and plus sized young adult, the only stores I had to rely on were Lane Bryant (tent-like neon Ts and acid-wash mom jeans – late ’80s/early ’90s), Ross (plus size Stevie Nicks-type dresses), the “women’s department” in the basement of Robinsons-May (matronly styles, everything with rhinestones or sparkly thread), and Sears (more matronly styles). It wasn’t until I moved to L.A. in 1997 that I finally discovered more plus size shopping options and developed my personal style. I don’t regret leaving SB… well, that has more to do with my dysfunctional family than plus size shopping, but SB’s small town attitude often got to me and kept this fat girl from discovering her personal style in her young adult years. I love to go back and visit, but I like the fact that I now live in a city with a little more to offer.

  • http://emikosweridunexplained.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Sawyer

    love this post!! i need the cat, your dress the car and the lounge chair lol