The oddest time that I have ever become "verklempt" was in Montecito, California. I was on a Mother-Daughter trip and I had decided to go out for an early morning run.
When I stepped outside of the hotel, the weather was an ideal 65 degrees, with LOW humidity, and beautiful flowers and scenery all around me. I thought this must be what Heaven is like and I said out loud, "Thank you Lord for this PERFECT day!" As I ran, the tears began to flow. I attribute this to being totally overwhelmed by all of the "cuteness".
|Butterfly Beach, Montecito, California|
|We ate breakfast at the bustling Jeannine's Bakery (feels just like the movie, "It's Complicated")|
I am a very visual person and this town sent me into sensory overload!!!! I now know why Oprah decided to build her 23,000-sq.-ft. Georgian-style house in beautiful Montecito, California.
|Oprah's 42-acre estate in Montecito|
I discovered many places on my run that day. It was almost like I was on a covert-op because I was sneaking a peak thru many a fence. Oh, the treasures that waited behind those "pearly gates"!
|My favorite home on my run|
|Love the garage doors and that planter is fabulous!|
|great driveway detail|
|Succulent gardening...love it!|
|This mansion overlooks the Pacific. See the wall in front? I told you I like to look over walls.|
|I got so close to this house, I'm surprised an alarm didn't go off.|
|Love this driveway and look how lush the grass is!|
|Another beautiful Montecito mansion overlooking the Pacific|
|Look at that baby...looks like a miniature version of my babies|
|Farmer's market on State Street in neighboring Santa Barbara|
The charming village of Montecito is one of my top 5 favorite places that I have ever visited. It definitely left it's mark on my design style. I only hope, that I can bring a little bit of that California magic to our new home in Hollywood (Alabama).
|My sister, Goody, at our magical hotel, The Biltmore|
|the beautiful Biltmore Hotel|