Summerland/Santa Barbara, CA – 2019.07.20
Our Surprise Breakfasts are always a lot of fun, and this one did not disappoint!
We gathered on a perfect So-Cal Saturday morning at the Copperhill Walmart for coffee and chatter before the drivers’ meeting where we were promised to be taken west along Highway 126 towards the coast. There, we would be given additional instructions.
The Corvette caravan made its way to Ventura, where we were instructed to take a right at the Pacific Ocean, and head north on the 101 freeway.
Twenty miles or so up the coast we were told to take the Evans Ave. exit, and BOOM, there it was–the always refreshing Summerland Beach Café! There was much rejoicing.
Having the outdoor patio reserved exclusively for our group was nice, and we could not have asked for a more perfect coastal morning to dine alfresco. The food, as always was very good. From the Crabby Bill’s Benedict and Wonder Wa-Full, to the Marvelous Mary and the Bikini Factory, the funky beach menu has something for everyone. Of course, the chilled water and fresh squeezed O.J. are nice added offerings.
With breakfast done, we were told about the second leg of our surprise adventure- the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse.
Normally a trip to any courthouse comes with an expected level of anxiety in anticipation of the bureaucratic experience that awaits us, but not for this trip.
This magnificent, ninety-year-old facility is steeped in Santa Barbara history, and contains a treasure-trove of art and craftsmanship that has to be seen to be believed.
Surrounded by its extraordinarily beautiful architecture, the facility is awash in original art and murals that include the incredible wrap-around mural in the appropriately named, Mural Room.
The highlight of the tour is the clock tower that not only houses the intricate clock mechanism, but offers an amazing, 360-degree view from the top of the tower itself.
Although as beautiful as the courthouse is, it would not have been presented in its true historical lime-light without the amazing staff and docents who went out of their way to provide the best experience possible for our club.
All in all, our Secret Saturday was another excellent adventure. If you missed it, be sure to watch the club calendar for your next chance to participate – you’ll be glad you did!