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The Perfect Day Date at Santa Barbara Polo Club

I’m sure many of you have driven by the Santa Barbara Polo Club just north of Carpinteria, but have never stopped – thinking it either wasn’t open to the public or too expensive to attend, just like I originally thought.  Well, turns out we’re all wrong. And guys, attending a polo match is SO MUCH fun, especially on a beautiful sunny day in the 805! Not to mention, it’s such a good excuse to dress up (and wear that big hat in true polo fashion).

My husband and I were lucky enough to sneak away, sans kids, for a little day date and we wanted to …

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Our Favorite Local Brunch Spots

Not to sound too basic, but…

we LOVE brunch.

Like, borderline obsessed. And what’s not to love? Delicious, insta-worthy food. Acceptable day drinking, in public. Catching up with good friends. Beautiful, outdoor patios [our favorite, and — thanks to the 805 — it’s almost always patio-sitting weather :)]!

Today we’re sharing some of our fave brunch spots in the 805.  But friends, this is a two-way street — so if you have a fave brunch spot or two that we haven’t listed, please share in the comments below 🙂

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3 Must Do’s When Hosting Visitors in the 805

Living in Southern California, you get a LOT of visitors. And living in Southern California, there’s a LOT to see and do. When you have visitors in town, it can be difficult to narrow it all down to just a few “must see” spots. We recently had Luke’s mom and sister in town from Wisconsin, and of course, high on their list of to-do’s was beach, wine tasting and shop.

So difficult to do in the 805, right?! HAHA not at all 🙂

Here’s a look at a few of our fave “go-to/must-see” local spots for out-of-towner guests:

First on the to-do list, beach.

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Your Guide to Local Farmers Markets

Spring time means longer days, beautiful flowers, sitting on porches and eating farm fresh foods. Don’t you agree!?

And luck for all of us, the Conejo Valley and surrounding 805 area are home to an abundance of farmers markets. We didn’t even realize how many there really were until we started researching – which just adds to the ever-growing reasons of why we love living in the 805. We’re so fortunate to have access to numerous farms who provide their locally grown produce, honey & jams, eggs, meats, nuts, flowers and more to our local farmers markets. Pretty amazing, right!?

So now to the important questions, when and where can you find your nearest farmers market? Well, …

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Mother’s Day Ideas {10 things}

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, but don’t worry — you still have time to plan something special for that mom or mother-figure in your life!  Plus we’ve got some great ideas on how to wow your mom this Mother’s Day 😉

Here are 10 things in the 805 that will make a mama in your life VERY happy {you’re welcome}.

 

1.  Unwind with a Spa Package at the Four Seasons Westlake Village {You can choose between a 50 minute facial, or 50 minute tranquility massage for only $145}

BONUS: It comes with a glass of sparkling wine or a smoothie served poolside, as well …

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The Club Everyone’s Been Waiting For {& how you can JOIN NOW}

True story: 98{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} of the time I buy wine, I look for the prettiest label.

Sure, I’d love to actually know what I’m buying, where it’s from, and hey, if I’d actually even like how it tastes.  But, as I peruse the wine aisle for the 437th time, I can’t help but go back to my old habits.

But, what if — just what if — there was a wine club that only sourced local wines from the Santa Barbara/Paso Robles area, delivered specialty-curated shipments directly to your door, promising ultra-premium, limited-production wines that you can’t find in grocery stores, at the lowest winery-direct pricing, that also …

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7 Reasons Why Brunch is a MUST at Outpost {The Goodland in Goleta}

As soon as we drove up to The Goodland Hotel located in beautiful Goleta, just miles north of downtown Santa Barbara, we were instantly obsessed. And I mean, instantly. Everything from the font used on their signage, the dreamy airstream trailers and green grass lawn out front, the eclectic decor and vibrant colors all throughout, the laid-back Southern California facade that transports you to a swank yet breezy Palm Springs hotel in the 70’s — yeah, I’d say The Goodland had me at hello. 

Brunch date at Outpost at The Goodland Hotel - LocalLove805

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Searching for places to take out of town guests? Well look no further than Hayley’s post on must see local spots for visitors.  She has some great ideas and now even we can’t wait to hit up some of those wine tasting places in Santa Barbara!

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2. Not only are we planning out next trip to Santa Barbara, but after seeing Nicole’s pics from her quick local getaway to Avila Beach, we can’t wait …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Summer is starting to wrap up — but, as any 805-native knows, that hardly means the end of amazing weather, warm days, backyard barbecues, and balmy evenings.  Cram in some more summer fun before pumpkin-flavored-EVERYTHING starts rolling out!

1. MadeWest Brewing Company :: joining the ranks of my faaavorite breweries in the 805, MadeWest is hot on the scene.  Grab a generous 4oz sample size of any beer for only $2 [seriously!] with most full-size beers coming in at $3 and $4.

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Surf Rodeo [Ventura] :: What do cowboys and surfers have in common?  Well… not much.  But, watch as Ventura makes this a reality!

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Where else can you participate in a greased pig contest, while watching a surf competition, and later competing in a Cornhole championship?? Here, that’s where!  Don’t forget to buy tickets online to save some cash!

2. Santa Barbara French Festival [Bastille Day] :: we love all things Français [we’re looking at you, crêpes and wine!] …

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