I love the My Hometown feature at Real Simple and I immediately wanted to weigh in with my own hometown favorites. Unfortunately, my current town is not much of a destination stop. Instead, I decided to post about my former hometown, Santa Barbara, California. I lived in Santa Barbara during college and visit several times a year for my anniversary, with family, and for day shopping trips. Soon enough I'll be able to post about my new, absolutely fabulous hometown, but until then...
My Santa Barbara: Janet Wallace
I lived there for: Two years
I lived there because: I was a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara
My neighborhood: Isla Vista
My favorite restaurant: The Palace Grill. There's always a line, but it's worth it.
If you go to this restaurant, be sure to order: The Palace Swan
My favorite museum: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
My favorite tourist destination: The Courthouse
Best insider spot: State Street during Fiesta!
My favorite area: Downtown
Best place to go shopping: State Street and the Sunday Arts and Crafts Show
When you visit, don’t forget to pack: A bathing suit
But leave room in your suitcase for: Local wine
The best way to get around: Your feet and a kayak
If I had to describe this city in one word, it would be: Paradise
I tell my friends to stay at: The Cheshire Cat, Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, or Bacara
The one thing most outsiders don’t know about this city is: The first Motel 6 was opened in Santa Barbara in 1962.
They say “Virginia is for lovers.” So fill in the blank: Santa Barbara is for "the almost wed and the almost dead." But, really, it's for everyone else, too.
Tell us about your hometown and leave a link, please! If we get enough, I'll put together a permanent page with links to all of our local favorites. Unless there is some copyright issue or something. I better get lawyery and look into that.
That was fun. Maybe I will do My Lancaster. And maybe My DC since I lived there, too.