View from our room.
Two weekends ago Victor and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary by taking a mini vacation to the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta. This was our first overnight trip away from the kid who was lovingly cared for by my mom, aunt, and cousin. I have to admit that it was difficult to leave him at first, however the stream of pictures and videos I received on my iPhone made the vacation away from baby Nicholas much easier to handle.
Anyhoo, we arrived at the resort an hour later than we expected due to the insane traffic caused by the last day of Santa Barbara’s Fiesta and the forever road construction on the 101. We had originally scheduled a 5pm tee time at the Sandpiper Golf Course, which is located on a cliff overlooking the ocean next to the resort, but had to move it back an hour since we arrived late.
Victor and I first bonded through our love of golf. In between our work shifts at Hiro Sushi, we would head to the River Ridge Golf Course and hit some balls at the driving range. That was like 11 years ago and we haven’t played since, which clearly explains why our game at the Sandpiper was so horrific. Needless to say, we did not finish all 18 holes, not even close. So before it got dark, we decided to end our game early and take a joyride through the whole course to enjoy the sunset.
When we returned to our comfortably appointed room at the Bacara, we were surprisingly welcomed by a nicely chilled bottle of champagne (accompanied by a sweet thank you we saw you on twitter card), which we indulged in before our late dinner at the Bistro.
Here are some pics of our room with a view. Note that we had a fireplace, free wifi, as well as, a Sony HDTV with a full line up of cable channels!
For the remainder of our stay, we enjoyed eating at the Spa Cafe (they have awesome smoothies!), dining at the Bistro (unfortunately Miro was closed while we were there), walking the grounds, and strolling on the beach. We did not partake in any spa activities or pool time, but we did check out both and they looked dreamy. Definitely will have to put in some pool and spa time the next time we stay at the Bacara.
Overall, we truly enjoyed our mini vacation at the Bacara and have plans to come back again, this time bringing little Nic and Sami since the resort is very family and pet friendly. Oh, and for those of you that are celeb obsessed, the Bacara hosts a slew of celebrity guests at their resort. The day we arrived, Michael Jordan and his crew had just checked out and the a couple weekends after our trip many of Kim Kardashian’s wedding guests were staying at the hotel. Ooh la la.
The most famous celebrities of them all.