I make a point to plan trips once a year with girlfriends and my mom and sister, mostly because… it’s amazing. Hanging out, sleeping in, sweating, laughing, catching up with no distractions. Sign. Me. Up. Why not plan your girls trip around a race in a location that fosters fun?!

Are you coming to She.is.beautiful’s 5k and 10k September 20th 2015 with some girlfriends or mom/sister? Check out our tips to a killer weekend in one of our favorite places!

1. Where to stay?

Really love the Goodland Hotel ( newly updated hotel with a fun 50’s Palm Springs/ Retro California vibe. * we will be posting a code for room discounts on our website and social media pages in the next week or so, so don’t book just yet!)

Another really great option if you have a group? AirBnB! There’s some GREAT deals (cheaper than a hotel when split a few ways) plus then you get the added bonus of a little more space and kitchen if you feel like cooking.

 Where to eat?

Breakfast: Insanely delicious and tons of variety of acai bowls you can find at Backyard Bowls (multiple locations in town). Are you looking for the Sex in the City breakfast brunch vibe? You gotta hit up Jeannines Bakery for beautiful lattes and delicious scrambles or pastries. Their Montecito location is especially our favorite. Great family place? Mesa Cafe is a big hit for brunch and everyone will find something they love.

Lunch: My favorite lunch place in town for lunch ( or dinner) is Natural Cafe ( I’m also biased because I worked here in college). Salads galore, hearty soups, healthy sandwiches, healthy spin on mexican food, pasta…everyone’s happy. ( a few locations in town) Looking to lunch on the water? We love Boathouse of Henry’s Beach. Grab some food then stroll on the beach! Craving a lighter more refreshing option?  Pop into any of the many Blenders smoothie locations all over town.

DInner: Great family style Italian? Palazzio’s – don’t say I didn’t warn you about the garlic balls served at each table. Looking for a hip place to eat with amazing food? Make your reservation now at The Lark ( but seriously, make a reservation you’ll need one!) Seafood lovers must go to Enterprise Fish Company. Great atmosphere, tasty and light dishes. Love fresh mexican food? Los Agaves  and Carlitos (on state street) won’t do you wrong.

What to do? Calling all foodies, check out Santa Barbara Public Market. Handcrafted and sustainable food shops, coffee, cheese, ice cream, cupcakes, and more! Gorgeous hikes! Santa Barbara is known for it’s wine ocean, but the hills are beautiful! Check out the best length for you with a plethora of hike options here. Shop.Go to State Street! You can stroll up and down the outdoor mall street and check out local shops as well as Lole, Nordstroms, Lululemon, Anthropology, Old Navy, and lots more! Wine and Beer. Check out the Funk Zone; an area now designated for all these great local places in one area. Easy to walk from winery to winery on the Urban Wine Trail. Rent Bikes, run, walk, stroll along the ocean front bike path on Cabrillo Start your day with some great sweat and positive energy! Check out a Jenny Schatzle Program work out! Drive inland to wine country. There’s so many options here, this is a good place to start. Stand Up Paddle boarding! Santa Barbara’s water is so beautiful. Cruise the coast on water. Beaches (Butterfly beach), beaches ( Miramar beach), beaches ( Henry’s Beach)… We hope this gets you started on some ideas to plan your weekend! Looking forward to seeing you all on race morning!

girlfriends Santa Barbara

( photo credit: UCSB)

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