I asked ChatGPT for a three-day itinerary to give visitors to Santa Barbara. Here ya go:
- Start the day with breakfast at the Shoreline Beach Cafe, which has a beautiful view of the ocean.
- After breakfast, head to Knapp’s Castle for a scenic hike and exploration of the ruins of a 20th century mansion. The hike offers stunning views of the Santa Ynez Valley.
- For lunch, grab some sandwiches or salads from the nearby Panino’s, a local favorite with fresh, high-quality ingredients.
- Spend the afternoon exploring downtown Santa Barbara, with its charming shops and cafes. Don’t miss a visit to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a stunning Spanish Colonial Revival building with a beautiful clock tower that offers a panoramic view of the city.
- For dinner, head to Tee-Off, a local institution that has been serving up classic American fare since 1949.
- Start the day with a hike up La Cumbre Peak, which offers stunning views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands.
- For lunch, grab some tacos from La Super-Rica Taqueria, a casual spot that was a favorite of Julia Child.
- Spend the afternoon exploring the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which showcases native plants and offers a peaceful escape from the city.
- For dinner, head to the Stagecoach Inn, a historic restaurant that serves up classic American fare in a cozy setting.
- Start the day with breakfast at Jeannine’s Bakery, a local favorite known for its delicious baked goods and breakfast items.
- Spend the morning at Hendry’s Beach, a local favorite with beautiful views and great walking trails.
- For lunch, grab some sandwiches or salads from South Coast Deli, a local favorite with fresh ingredients and creative flavor combinations.
- Spend the afternoon exploring the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which features a diverse collection of artwork from around the world.
- For dinner, head back to downtown Santa Barbara and choose from one of the many restaurants in the area, depending on your preference. Some options include Olio e Limone Ristorante, Los Agaves, and The Lark.
I wouldn’t disagree with any of it, except maybe to note that Hendry’s Beach at sunset (where and when I shot the photo above) is mighty fine.
Of course, the answer will vary with every regeneration, but what the hell. It’s very early in our co-evolution with whatever the hell we and AI are together becoming.