The main eatery at the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara is called The Dining Room (so original). Since our getaway was a last minute decision, the earliest we were able to get reservations for dinner was 8:30. Being the granny status eaters that we are, we decided to stop in earlier at the lounge for a drink and some snacks to tide us over.
How pretty is this place? Swoon.
The Dining Room is on the veranda of the main building, which houses the hotel lobby, bar/lounge, and spa.
They had a Frank Sinatra clone serenading the place with live music, which was a cutesy touch.
We grabbed a table off the bar…
…and got our drink on. Chardonnay for me, girlie rosé for him.
A hummus, baba ganoush, and bulgar wheat mix held us over until dinner.
And the views were just a cherry on top.