There really are not very many places like Santa Barbara, CA. Although, I am biased, since Santa Barbara was where I grew up. I would go to the beach one day and hike in the mountains the next. During the busy, summer months, Santa Barbara was flooded with people from everywhere around the world. State Street, our main downtown street, would be so packed, you could barely see the ground. The summers are always great and full, but my favorite time of year in Santa Barbara is the fall, and into our winter as well.
Fall and winter are misnomers for this town, because it doesn’t really go below 69 degrees (maybe just at night), so it’s not a frost or snowy season that makes this time so great. It’s also not the changing colors of leaves in trees, although there are some. It also isn’t the rain, although that’s not so bad. What makes this season so great, are the sunsets. The reason the sunsets are so great has to do with the clouds that make a regular appearance in the sky. When the sun starts to touch the horizon, the colors shoot out and change the landscape of the sky. Pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, and blues create this performance right before your very eyes. Then, you look down, if you’re at Butterfly Beach right across from the Biltmore Hotel, and you’re greeted by this metallic sea of greens and blues. Or, if you’re up on the Riviera, you look away from the ocean and get to see the warmth of it all being absorbed into the hills.
It’s a great scene and one that should be stored in your heart.