Every traveler's dream is to have a job that pays for your excursions. So, in this case, I got sent to Santa Barbara for the weekend, why not.
The hardest part of getting there was getting there. I was in Philadelphia a few days prior and left from Philly to go the Newark to catch my flight. I know leaving from Philadelphia would have been the easier thing but the flight as booked prior to me even thinking about visiting the city of brotherly love. I got my good friend to make the journey with me and repaid him by stopping at Cracker Barrel to fill up on their Old-timers breakfast.
Checking my flight details and saw Delta 1185 from Newark to Salt Lake City then Delta 882 to LAX. Then the destination manager organized that I would be driven from LAX to the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. So 4 cities 2 long drives and 2 flights later I was finally in Santa Barbara. I got to the hotel at roughly 1 am and at that point the only thing I wanted to do is rest.
The highlight of my days was having both lunch and dinner at TYDES, a restaurant that was specifically dedicated to the guests at the Four Seasons. The only other time I ate outside of the hotel was when I had dinner at the Belmond El Encanto. The food was amazing. They have one of the best wine selections I’ve seen since France.
If you ever make it out to the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara, The Freemont Bungalow is the way to go. My favorite was the outdoor fireplace, hot tub, and pool.
Due to my demanding schedule and non-stop work, I wasn’t able to do as much as I had hoped but it gives me a reason to return in the future. Now onto this long ride back to LAX and back to reality.
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