Sama Sama, Santa Barbara

We really didn’t know what to expect in Santa Barbara. It was simply a mid-way point between San Diego and Monterey, our two bike shows on the West Coast. We were only there for a night, but scored a cheap renovated motel and a delicious Indonesian dinner at Sama Sama Kitchen.

Indonesian food inspired by local farms. We loved it.

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Our little motel was perfect for a quick over-night in Santa Barbara. The Agave Inn is simple and fresh. The owner was so sweet and helpful.

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We explored Santa Barbara quickly in the morning, and found some history opposite a coffee shop run by ex-pro cyclists – Handlebar. I’m sure the owners have spent a decent amount of time in Italy, because their croissants (or were they cornettos?) were really, really good.

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This (old!) little town sitting beneath a mountain and beside the ocean has a few great coffee shops (we went to most of them) and a big retirement community. It feels safe, clean, and a little bit boring. There were nice waves rolling in off the coast, and not much else to keep us hanging around too long.

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http://samasamakitchen.com/

http://agaveinnsb.com/

http://www.handlebarcoffee.com/

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