When asked if jumping on a train and riding it to Santa Barbara to stay at a trailer park sounded fun, I thought "No, not especially." Then was told the trailer park had refurbished airstreams..... "now we're talking!!!"
And so the adventure began.
Santa Barbara Auto Camp
We took a very slow 5 hour train ride from Oceanside to Santa Barbara with about 30 stops in-between. The plan of having a party stocked with snacks and adult beverages was reassuring until the conductor made a special trip to visit us and inform us that passengers on all trains in Northern America were not allowed to drink private alcohol. If we would like to visit the bar car, he would be more than happy to let us drink the very same cocktails we had just poured.
Who made him the party police??? Thinking of getting kicked off the train would be bad (Would have been my second time. Bachelorette party gone bad) We decided to support the Amtrak economy instead.
We arrived at the trailer park to find out that it was an actual RV park. Don't know why I thought it would be something different.
There are 5 very nicely refurbished airstreams on the front part of the property. Our group occupied 3 of them.
Ours was a 1984 airstream 310 motorhome. All sustainable design concepts and real bamboo floors. The others were a 1973 sovereign with a claw foot tub and a 26' 1959 overlander. The boys were happy that they got their air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs.
One of the most clever and appreciated things about these airstreams was that each of them came with two beach cruisers. This cut down on the cost of taxis to State Street and the guilt level of our food and alcohol consumption went way down.
Our afternoons were spent cruising around downtown Santa Barbara, bar hopping, wine tasting at Corks and Crowns and taking a sunset cruise with Santa Barbara Sailing Company.