We are going to be able to allow 10-14 days for the entire trip and in my head now it breaks down to SD-4 nights, LA-2 night, SB-the remainder of our time.
We have never been to any of these areas so trying to allow decent amounts of time to cover what we want to see/do as well as relax. I see the SB portion as more of the relaxation area especially since we will spend the most time there.
We want to see Santa Barbara itself - beaches, Mission, shopping, dinners, etc. But we also want to do some exploring in wine areas away from SB (I believe that means further north).
Is there a location that I should be looking that will allow for easy access to both SB downtown area and beaches as well as access toward wine touring.
We will have a car and don't mind driving and exploring but I'm unable to decipher a most central point.
I would also consider spliiting time between SB and location X, although that would mean 4 moves for us. I don't love that idea but would consider it if I knew what location X was.
One more ? Is there advantage to planning the route SB to SD vs. SD to SB?