Instagramming Santa Barbara


Gaviota Peak

County of Santa Barbara. Very nice weather, cool beach areas, downtown has awesome nightlife, high-rated wines …


But to me, what I really love about Santa Barbara is how they preserve the old-style architecture. Victorian houses, faux adobe construction, Spanish-Colonial and related Mission Revival style. Don’t worry. Once you’re there, you’ll notice it easily. πŸ˜‰


Do check 3 out of the 21 Missions in California…all in Santa Barbara County.


Mission Santa Barbara


Mission Santa Ynes

Solvang is a “Little Denmark”. A place to go for some European travel in California. πŸ˜‰


If you do plan to go to Solvang, take Chumash Highway instead of the main road. It’s a shorter route and the views are better with some vista points along the way.


Hiking? Try Gaviota Peak and Nojoqui Falls.


Nojoqui Falls


Gaviota Peak

Have you heard of Santa Barbara Funk Zone? Across the beach stretch, you can explore Santa Barbara funky side. Just places to find artists, artisans, wine makers and chefs.


See also: Santa Barbara of Natural History Museum (a life-size Blue Whale skeleton at the entrance), Santa Barbra Historical Museum, and Stearns Wharf.

Stearn Wharf

Stearn Wharf

Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History

Last Call…

Taken somewhere in Chumash Highway where you can have an overlook of the city and the ocean.


Didn’t like the grainy pictures here? How about…

Featured Blog

Elisa Ruland’s clear and crispy professional-istic photography. Here’s one of her shorts … Shorts? … Just click … The Sunset Goodbye Rituals.

The Sophomore Slump Recommends:

Book: Varsity Blues by Jon Baker. Bias it is. But this movie turned into a book is one of the few first favorites I’ve read growing up as a teen.
Music: O by Damien Rice – This will never leave my top ten albums of all time.
Movies: Amelie – Two hours of quirky, odd, cutesy, funny, dewey-eyed, eccentric scenes. Two hours that are not enough to get enough of Amelie.


See more of my Instagram pictures: Filthered. My Instagram handle is rommeldb.


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40 replies »

  1. I really do like the Instagram effect! Very cool photos, Rommel. And of some of my very favorite spots…I do love every square inch of Santa Barbara County! It’s just about time for us to take Zena to Hendry’s Beach again! πŸ™‚

    • I know you do love the entire Santa Barbara. Glad you found this post.
      Sux. I lose some of my images of Santa Barbara esp. the museums. Oh well, glad I was still able to make a decent post for Santa Barbara. I’ve been collecting many Santa Barbara experiences. πŸ™‚

  2. The Mediterranean-like climate… the wines…the resemblance to the Southern coast of France… and its amazing history…all contribute to what make SB a fantastic location. Good photos, Rommel. Need more. πŸ™‚

  3. Great shot -and my husband loves Santa Brabara- he went to school int at area for one year in the late 80’s and he sometimes will note how nice it is there… expensive too – and as you note – lots of old-style arch.

    • My hike to Gaviota Peak was my most recent trip, hence making this thread. It’s so awesome, but I only get few decent shots. I’m glad those few pictures are good enough for showing.

  4. Ahhh, beautiful Santa Barbara….wait a minute, I’ve never been, but feel as though I have through your photographs. You’ve picked out the most interesting and scenic spots, especially the Funk Zone…I HAVE TO GO THERE!!!! *****And thank you so very much for mentioning my blog******* I’m honored by the mention. You’re the best!! πŸ™‚

    • Really? The very digitalized pic? I don’t know why I still put that image up. Sometimes, it really is the essence of the picture that counts more than the quality. πŸ˜‰

  5. Very cool photos Rommel. I particularly love that final shot. I am going to have to find me some places to hike once we get out to So. Cal. πŸ™‚

  6. The pictures are amazing! I was never in Santa Barbara until now but will visit it may next year! What I love abou it as well is how they protect the architecture. Its this special old charme!

    Greetings from a German traveller πŸ™‚

  7. Thank you for liking my post on the photographer Carleton Watkins. You have great stuff here–wonderful shots of 2 exciting places, Greece and California. Particularly like the views of Santa Barbara.

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