This week I (Kelsey, Elizabeth’s daughter) have taken over my mom’s blog post, while she has been crazy busy getting the new East Coast abode together. She’s been kind (and crazy?) enough to trust me and a few girlfriends to take a little weekend getaway to The Little Glass House. Santa Barbara is the perfect place to go and recharge. It’s a short drive from Los Angeles (about an hour and a half) but feels like planets away. An hour and a half in LA gets you about two miles on the 405 during rush hour. Driving up the 101 is a beautiful trip in itself and every time I step foot in The Little Glass House, it’s like a breath of fresh air. It has quickly become one of my favorite destinations.
Anyway, I’ve decided to share a brief little compilation of some of my favorite parts about The Little Glass House.
The fire pit
The fire pit, while beautiful to look at, has also become a place of community and fun. Whether it’s chatting over it with a glass of wine, rounding everyone up after a dinner party to eat dessert around it, or listening to my dad play guitar and my mom sing, so many special and memorable moments happen here.
The hot tub
I, for one, was extremely excited when my parents decided to put a hot tub in the plans when they bought the Little Glass House. I had never even heard of a Redwood hot tub before. I’d been in hot tubs made of plastic and stone, but never wood. Everything from the smell and the feel of it is wonderful. The only downside is it’s so difficult to bring yourself to get out, I always end up a wrinkly prune.
The nearby hikes & Botanical Garden
One of the best parts of The Little Glass House is you don’t have to drive to get to the mountains or explore in nature. There’s a fantastic hike that’s in walking distance (should you feel ambitious enough to walk the extra mile to get to the trailhead) along with the Botanical Gardens which are just up the road.
EDB Designs’ decorating
If you haven’t noticed by now, my mom’s decorating is impeccable. From the vignettes, to the orchids, to the outdoor space. I lived in Santa Barbara for a little while and I remember we got a great deal on a studio to rent through a family friend. Upon seeing it for the first time, I started crying. It was dark and dismal and sort of looked like a crack den. However, my mom assured me that she could make it cool. And she did. She turned it into the most lovely little apartment. She really has a magic touch.
Santa Barbara in general
Lastly, the Little Glass House is located in one of the most beautiful little corners of California, and maybe even the United States. Santa Barbara needs no explanation. This house is as special as where it lives. I can’t wait to be there.