Budget Savvy Diva’s Budget Travel – Heading to Santa Barbara

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Budget Savvy Diva’s  – Budget Travel Series is back! This time Budget Savvy Diva is packing up and heading north to Santa Barbara and Cambria – I will been show you how to have a great trip without spending a ton on food and experiences and the benefits to splurge a bit on where you stay.

Please check out iloveinns.com – I want to thank them so much for putting this together for me 🙂

The hunt has already begun and continues through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011. You don’t have to be a mother or even a woman to win a free night at a bed and breakfast or country inn. Just search the individual inn listings at iloveinns.com to find an icon with a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers. Click on the bouquet and fill out the information to be eligible to receive a Free-Night Certificate. So start searching 🙂


Have you ever been to a Bed and Breakfast? How was the experience – what was your favorite part?

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  • Katie

    Some great suggestions for budget savvy things to do in Santa Barbara (besides the obvious free tanning at the beach!):

    1) Go on one of the amazing hikes – I suggest Tangerine Falls or Seven Falls
    2) Check out The Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com) – this local secret offers unbeatable prices and is a really quaint hotel, with two pools!
    3) Go to La Super Rica Taqueria – it’s Oprah and Julia Child’s favorite Mexican in Santa Barbara but most plates are less than $5! The portions are very small though.

  • Caroline Gelson

    Wow Katie, great tips! My family and I love the Sandman Inn. We thought it was our little secret haha but I guess others have discovered what a great property it is. Another suggestion is to go to Palazzio if you want a nice dinner that will fill you up. The plates range from 12-16 but a half size portion can EASILY fill up two or three. Plenty of leftovers! Don’t even think of ordering the full portion, that is made for a family of six. Plus, they just keep passing out these amazing bread rolls. Last time I must have had eight before we even got our food! Yummy

  • Monica

    SO glad I stumbled across this blog, I’ve been looking into going to Santa Barbara for some time now and little tips and pointers are always essential when traveling, even to a place you’ve been to several times! I want to make a spring break trip out of it, and I cannot be more excited. Downtown and of course some hikes! I’m planning on staying at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). So affordable and downtown, the rooms look nice too!

  • Raquel

    Why is that everyone and there mother loves to travel to Santa Barbara? Because it’s incredibly beautiful and entertaining, thats why! I try and go each and every year for solstice, the most expensive time of the year I’m aware but it is so worth it. Beautiful clear skies and everyone is just happy. The festival is a good time too. I love to stay at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com) for some obvious reasons. It’s affordable for one and its close to just about everything. I might not be paying a lot to stay there but I get a lot for my buck when I do!