My fiancé really wants to spend a portion of our honeymoon around Santa Barbara (we spent one night there in Feb and walked state street but that's it)
The only problem is finances. Hotels are a bit expensive. Even the $150 a night look mediocre. Unfortunately, $150 per night is about the top of our budget. I think we lucked out at Castillo in Feb for around $100 a night.
Any ideas for nicer hotels? It is our honeymoon after all.
I'm thinking we're better off staying somewhere NOT Santa Barbara and driving to the beach/wharf/whatever we want for that specific day. Any suggestions for a city/town that is drivable from Santa Barbara. On that note, any suggestions for stuff to do around the area? We'll probably make it north as far as Lompoc and we'll be driving out of CA to Phoenix so anything that direction is good too!
Lastly, we're looking for activities like waterfalls, trails/hiking, beaches, good food, nature, serenity! Bonus points for music and art ideas!
Thank you all very much for ideas!