Spotlight: Eat This, Shoot That

 Guest Blogger Alert! Mrs. Archer from Weddingbee shares her Eat This, Shoot That experience exclusively with Wanderable!

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Mr. & Mrs. Archer from Weddingbee.com

We Archers were lucky enough to experience first hand that the best things in life are not things, but adventures with the one you love! (Duh).  Through Wanderable, (our new obsession, where was this when we were getting married?!) we were able to go on an amazing date night in beautiful Santa Barbara. We ultimately decided to go with Eat This, Shoot That for our experience, which combines mini photo lessons and a food tour,  starting near the beach and moving to different restaurants, wine bars, brew houses and distilleries. We were able to sample some of Santa Barbara’s best seafood (ceviche!), gourmet fried chicken, and local wines.  We spent the most of our time in the hip Funk Zone area (more on this later) and got to savor some great food while picking up a lot of tips for how to take better photographs (but I still can’t take a selfie). 

Wanderable also made booking a breeze. Once my booking was confirmed, my  tickets arrived in my email along with parking and meet-up instructions- so easy! Now, onto the fun part…

It was a gorgeous day in Santa Barbara!

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We met up with our ETST guide and headed straight to Deep Sea Winery to begin the afternoon with a little wine-tasting.   We enjoyed wine, sunshine, and a new friend on the balcony. We then strolled along the water; headed to munch on fresh rockfish ceviche at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. I’m ceviche-obsessed, and this batch was deliciously prepared and super fresh, so I was a happy girl.

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And with a view like that, I know y’all can’t blame me for conning Mr. Archer into an awkward selfie session.  Too bad I cropped out the view- I’m terrible at selfies.

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Selfie Attempt #1

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Selfie Attempt #2

Next, we headed into the Funk Zone area, Santa Barbara’s hip and quickly gentrifying area.  We visited the courtyard at Lucky Penny and enjoyed a lovely alfresco pizza with chorizo and potatoes and a runny egg…Yum. 

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing welcomed us for beer tasting next. I’m not a big beer girl, but found a Wheat I enjoyed, and Mr. Archer loved tasting the different varieties. They had an awesome bluegrass band performing that afternoon, and I couldn’t help dancing along.

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We kept the party going at Cutlers Artisan Spirits, where an onsite still helps them distill a variety of small batch spirits. Normally no fan of gin, I was impressed by the floral/herbal blend, and the apple pie moonshine based off the owner’s family recipe was so amazing, I had seconds! 

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We extended cocktail hour at  Riverbench winery to taste an assortment of sparkling wines. Bubbly is my favorite, and once they sweetened the deal, literally, with delish treats from  Koval confections, it was game on. and I couldn’t help cracking up when i discovered an upright piano in the ladies room. 

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Seven bar+kitchen, inspired by the seven deadly sins, was the last stop.  Gluttony will always be my vice, including the scrumptious chicken and waffle we indulged in. As a southern girl, I hold my fried chicken to a high standard, and this one made the grade.

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With our tummies full and tour complete, we walked back along the water to the car, and snapped a few pics before starting the drive back to Los Angeles.  

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Though we typically are off-the-beaten-path rather than tour kind of people, but we really enjoyed this. A cool guide and only one other couple made for a fun and friendly experience. We’re obsessed with Eat This, Shoot That and would recommend it to any of our other friends looking for a fun and cool date night experience. And honestly, it was the best thing ever to just be able to go and have fun and have all of the organizing and planning be someone else’s problem for once. With Wanderable curating from their experience network, you just have to click and add.  I can totally see this making honeymoon planning super easy-  extra nice when there’s already enough to deal with wedding planning.

 

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 Are you considering a honeymoon registry? What Wanderable experience would you be most excited for?

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Secret Retreats: Ancient Kingdoms in Indonesia, Cambodia & Laos

Where luxury meets tradition: 7 unique hotels that will evoke a sense of wonder

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Like a strong espresso on an early morning walk, reading about Secret Retreats has us awakened the dreamer and doer in us. We have never encountered such a luxurious approach to traveling in Asia, so we had to partner with these guys so you could reap the benefits! Secret Retreats prides itself on being fuller than full service, offering melt-worthy accommodations, off-beat activities, rejuvenating spa services, and idyllic excursions.  Here are seven exclusive properties for our Wanderable couples where incredible luxury meets tradition. You can thank us later.

1. TUGU BALI(Indonesia): Following the coast of Bali along Canggu Beach, this resort is a dream for the still at heart. Get lost on the walkways of a wild garden, where winds are rumored to whisper of Balinese spirits.

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2. TUGU LOMBOK (Indonesia): Periwinkle waters mirror the sunrise over Mount Rinjani, fixed with plunge pools, tropical gardens, and bamboo bungalows. This hotel evokes ancient Hindu times, an honest oasis from the daily grind.

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3. MISOOL ECO RESORT (Indonesia): A sustainable paradise for the urban treehugger, this exclusive hotel and conservation center is located on a private island just south of the equator and holds only a maximum of 32 guests. Suffice it to say, what happens in Misool stays in Misool.

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4. THE SAMAR VILLAS & SPA RESORT (Cambodia): A haven of well-being, the Samar Villas envelop you in a cloud of peacefulness and offer the richness of fantastic archeological ruins and ancient temples for the culturally curious daytripper.

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5. BALI JIWA VILLA(Indonesia): These lavish modern villas offer the royal treatment. In true Balinese style, politeness and minimalism are paired with indulgence and luxury in nonchalant conversation.

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6. JEEVA BELOAM BEACH CAMP (Indonesia): A beachfront “glamping” experience on a secluded cove with white sand beaches, this is an untouched gem that can center and stun even the most jaded traveler.

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7. SATRI HOUSE (Laos): Here you’ll taste sumptuous homemade dinners and soak in the gorgeous colonial Laotian architecture. Immersed in the city’s heart, you can enjoy quiet moments with your lover and unwind while observing the everyday life of locals from your balcony. People-watching is our favorite sport.

Secret Retreats quotes the Buddha on their website, saying “when the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”  So clear your mind while you experience ultimate relaxation, grab a drink with the one you love and sit back while all your needs are met.  We promise, your joy will never, ever want to leave. Secret Retreats: you deserve it.

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