You may or may not know, but Santa Barbara is a favorite staycation spot at just about 1 1/2 hours away from Los Angeles. It’s a beautiful drive and if you have good company, it’ll fly right by!

My last trip to Santa Barbara was relaxing and rejuvenating thanks to Mar Monte Hotel!

Bike rentals are permitted on a first come first serve basis for hotel guests.

I checked into my ocean front suite in the early afternoon and upon arrival I was greeted with local cheeses and fruits, as well as a local wine from a nearby winery!

I really enjoyed being right across from the beach and hearing the waves crash throughout the evening. It was the perfect lullaby.

The next morning, I woke up and decided to take a hot shower and head to the Café Lido for a poolside breakfast. It was a little gloomy but that can be a typical southern California morning, so I was still excited.

I ordered a whole spread. I wanted to make sure I tried as much as I could! My favorite was the Prosciutto and Burrata Sandwich. (I’m still dreaming of it.) All of the staff was incredibly friendly, attentive, and gracious. I felt like a star!

(Two Egg Breakfast, Prosciutto and Burrata Sandwich, Avo Toast, Sausage Links, Sourdough Toast, and Breakfast Potatoes)

Traveling during these times might seem stressful and confusing but you shouldn’t be afraid. If you are taking the necessary precautions (mask wearing, washing your hands, social distancing, etc.), then you shouldn’t be afraid! I was very impressed the way Mar Monte Hotel is handling the pandemic and the necessary adjustments. If you have any doubts, you can always give them a call and they’ll be happy to answer any questions!

The next time you are planning a trip to Santa Barbara, I suggest you book a room on the beach at the Mar Monte Hotel and have fun! Enjoy Santa Barbara and the hotel for all they have to offer!