Suite Peas Luxury Vacation Apartment

An Architectural Masterpiece

 

Reviews From Our Guests

Here are excerpts from a few of our reviews on VRBO and AirBnB... or click here & here to see the full reviews.

Don't stay anywhere else :)

I genuinely can't imagine staying anywhere else in Santa Barbara. Equally, I genuinely can't imagine more welcoming, thoughtful hosts than Mindy and Evelyn

I can't say enough good things. I enjoyed my stay so much I'm trying to plan a sneaky work trip back to San Francisco so I can squeeze a mini vacation in Santa Barbara at Suite Peas :)
~Rob L

Beautiful, magical garden apartment complete with all the amenities and finishing touches

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Suite Peas garden apartment with Mindy and Evelyn. They are very gracious and kind hostesses. We were more than impressed with the apartment, the layout, the included amenities and the quiet. There were several things that surpassed our expectations, we enjoyed the massage table every day we were there, the coffee bar was great, the bed is very comfortable. We also enjoyed the fireplace and the music with surround sound. We could not have asked for anything more, everything was included in our stay. They even invited us to eat from their beautiful and delicious hydroponic garden, what a treat. Personally enjoyed sitting by the koi pond and waterfall. Every square inch of their place was well thought out, very Zen, artistic , whimsical. Would go back there again and again. Oh, and don't forget… The coffee pod art is not to be missed! :-)
~ Sonya and Jay

Private, spacious, and cozy luxury apartment

Stunning apartment and patio overlooks beautiful gardens, koi pond, and bird sanctuary on property in desirable Mission Canyon location. And it offers a peak at Inspiration Point! We enjoyed our stay immensely and found it difficult to leave this lovely retreat. Our hosts Mindy and Evelyn were gracious and treated us like good friends. They provided a detailed handbook and a guided tour of their wonderfully unique property. The apartment kitchen was fully stocked with coffee, cereals, breads, and slices of bundt cake from a local baker. We can't wait to stay here again soon.
~ Ann and Ken

Luxury accommodations, botanical gardens, and art gallery rolled into one

Suite Peas was a wonderful, unique place to stay. The suite is spacious, comfortable and private. Mindy and Evelyn have thought of everything a visitor might from snacks, beverages, coffee, bathrooms amenities, and entertainment options. The extremely comfortable bed is better than beds in high-end hotels.

Mindy and Evelyn add to the charm. They have created a yard that is both botanical garden and art gallery filled with joyful, fun objects they have created together. We look forward to our next visit.
~ John and Charis

Perfect Place to Stay In Santa Barbara

Everything you could possibly want! The suite has every luxury, including different kinds of coffee, tea, snacks, fresh local bread, robes etc. The location is great - a 5 minute drive to downtown and the beach. We had intended to do lots of hiking and sightseeing but the suite and gardens were so relaxing that we spent a lot of time reading and hanging out. The owners, Evelyn and Mindy, are amazing. This is a special place.
~ Shawna and Chris

Both Beauty and Heart

We loved everything about Suite Peas! First of all, every detail is thoughtfully designed for your comfort. The bed, the linens, the lighting, the array of breakfast treats and beverages are all extraordinary. There are enormous comfy chairs, a fireplace, a big screen TV, and they have assembled a helpful guide book to make experiencing Santa Barbara easy and fun. The comfort of the room together with the soothing sounds from the Koi pond waterfall and the beautiful garden chimes make the experience of Suite Peas spa like. A major attraction, the garden, is beyond my descriptive powers. Truly a magical delight of art and botanical wonder like no other. But, what really made our stay were Evelyn and Mindy themselves. The joy in their home and their life was inspirational and made our visit especially memorable. We loved our stay at Suite Peas and recommend it highly and without reservation.
~Bob & Paul

Suite Peas, a Luxurious Mini-retreat

Although I'm back home in Buffalo, NY, my heart and soul are still in Santa Barbara, CA! I was treated to a 3 - day stay at a place called Suite Peas. Two lovely, creative ladies have opened their studio apartment to visitors, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I was warmly greeted by Mindy and Evelyn and given a tour of their gardens before settling in. The gardens were beautifully planted with indigenous plants, artistically placed and interspersed with creative sculptures and mosaics made by the two of them. On the grounds is also a wonderful koi pond with a waterfall and an aviary. There was also an extensive hydroponic set-up for vegetables and flowers.

Then on to my room. Large windows showing the mountains on one side and the terrace and gardens on the other. Beautiful decor and a welcoming feel met me, as well as a snack basket, bottle of wine and a counter of cereal choices and any kind of coffee (or tea) that I might want.

A fireplace and massage table, a bed with sheet warmer and a bathroom with a floor heater! What more comfort could I ask for? Great music system, two luxurious chairs that could hold two people (but I curled up and took over the space for myself) and a little table and chairs if I chose to dine or write inside. I mostly used the terrace table and comfy chairs to eat outside, listening to the gentle wind chimes and the music of the waterfall. I loved every minute there....to relax and re-energize...with reading, painting a little, napping and feeding and talking to the fish. (I had learned all their names).

When I travel, I usually rearrange and redecorate in my mind. There was NOTHING I would change!! I can't wait to go back!! Although I never left the grounds, Suite Peas is in the middle of Santa Barbara and close to everything. A perfect place for a quiet getaway or a more exciting adventure!!
~ Susan V

Beautiful Haven in Santa Barbara

The suite, setting, and the attention to detail that Evelyn and Mindy gave made our stay the best of the best—anywhere in the world. An awesome sense of privacy, beauty and comfort surrounded us yet we were minutes from the heart of Santa Barbara.

With their warm hearts, they were dedicated to make sure our needs were accommodated—even ensuring that our sensitivities to cleaning products, etc. posed no problem. When we casually mentioned that we planned to check out the clothing boutiques, Evelyn immediately prepared a list for us!

The suite exudes beauty and comfort—we spent more time than usual simply enjoying the amenities which included the huge comfy chairs, kitchen, and the NIR/massage bed. The gardens exude peace and quiet with the exotic birds, koi, a hydroponic growing system and Evelyn’s artistic creations.

Thank you Mindy & Evelyn for our awesome experience … we really enjoyed our stay in your suite.
~ Lesely & Carole

Shangri-La in the heart of Santa Barbara!

We have stayed at a few vacation rentals in SB throughout the years. This rental has to be our favorite inland location by far!

From the time the gates sprawled open, we knew we were in for a wonderful getaway. We made our way, passing the enchanted gardens to which Evelyn and Mindy have made so very unique and interesting, the wind chimes singing with every step.

In advance we had asked for specific requests and all were fulfilled graciously by these two extraordinary women. I must sound like a broken record but we have stayed at rentals all over the world and some people don't necessarily understand special requests or don't comply. Mindy and Evelyn exceeded our high expectations. Both my husband and I are allergic to perfumes, I have a sensitivity to many products and sounds. None of this was a bother to them. And if it was, they certainly didn't show it. Recycling, composting, Nespresso Machine, weight room, alfresco dining on the lanai - check, check and check.

We enjoyed cooking, using the automatic massage table and they even have a separate one to use for your neck and back! And with the case of whiplash I was recovering from, this came in handy. Not to mention the masseuse they recommended! Wow! She was incredible knocking out one knot after the next! If you have sensitivities, this is the place for you! They cater to them! If for no other reason, the gardens are magical. Truly you must see them. We are looking forward to our next stay already because we want to see what they are digging into next! It's an ever-changing menagerie of beauty, sustainability and art. Privacy is what we were after. This is what we were given along with a paradise to enjoy all on our own. They have all the amenities you can think of to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

We will certainly return and are looking forward to seeing our two new SB friends again soon! Thanks so much for going over and beyond, Mindy and Evelyn! We so appreciate it! ~ Janee & Colin

Magical, serene, beyond comfortable

We stayed at SuitePeas almost three weeks. We felt immediately at home - the bed was even more comfortable than ours! We love the space and volume and the super comfy chaise-lounges. The thoughtful attention to every detail in the apartment is exceptional. We also enjoyed all the explanatory notes.

The location is very quiet and with the gardens and pond it feels like a paradise. Every aspect of the apartment and grounds feels like an outgrowth of Evelyn and Mindy's warmth and creativity and care. It was a treat to be there and we hope to return. ~ Trudy & Bob

Best place in Santa Barbara

A friend asked me to send pics of 3 awesome things we saw in SB. I didn't even have to think. Number 1 was a photo of Evelyn and Mindy. Number 2 a photo of their garden. Number 3 a photo of the koi in the pond. Santa Barbara is delightful, but without the wonderful surrounds and energy created by our wonderful hosts, it would have been just another picturesque place in California...lovely in itself!


The apartment is gorgeous. There is nothing that has not been thoughtfully considered and offered to guests. Snacks, coffee...3 kinds, tea, refrigerated items, luxury towels and bedding, even wipes for cleaning feet after walking the beaches. The space is artfully decorated, open, light, airy, inviting, and even though a main road runs right in front of the property, one would never know it once through the gates. The back patio overlooks the garden where hummingbirds hover and sip nectar from the vines and feeder. The sound of the waterfall as we sip a glass of wine lulls us into peace and relaxation.

Thank you ladies for all your lovely touches of kindness and care. You made our week one to be remembered.
~ Barbara and Geoff

Truly Five Star Worthy

SuitePeas exceeded my already lofty expectations. Having stayed there over the past three days, leaving was actually difficult. Mindy and Evelyn have created a HomeAway that is simply beautiful and amazingly well appointed: the property is ideally located, close to town yet away from the hustle and bustle (the only "noise" is the water flowing in the koi pond and the relaxing wind chimes), the outdoor gardens are fanciful yet practical and welcoming, the suite itself is extremely large with high ceilings and high end fittings, the bed was more comfortable that a 5-star hotel, the Ceragem massage table soothed my aching back, the kitchen had everything that I needed and was even stocked with a few personalized items, my list goes on and on and on...take a moment to read the owners descriptions of amenities under the listing photos, they are extremely accurate, and you will get a clear sense of the "all" that awaits SuitePeas lucky guests.
~ Cathy

Luxury meets tranquility, meets artistry, meets nature

Mindy and Evelyn are such gracious and thoughtful hosts that have created a truly magical space. They went out of their way to make our trip an enjoyable one from start to finish, beginning with the beautiful 'welcome' basket filled with snacks and fresh fruit from their passion fruit tree, to giving us tours of their incredible garden and everything in between.

The loft itself is gorgeous and features a large bed with the most luxurious bedding and an incredible outdoor patio overlooking their spectacular garden where we sat and enjoyed our meals, a glass of wine and indulged in a nap or two. The location of the space itself is also ideal, as it is only a few minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and Montecito, yet it offers a peaceful, quiet and tranquil escape from city life.

On our journey back home we reflected on some of our favourite places; we had an incredible time discovering Santa Barbara for the first time and realized it was our stay at SuitePeas that really made it. The best way we can sum up this magical space is by describing it as 'luxury meets tranquility meets artistry meets nature'.

We cannot recommend SuitePeas enough and we look forward to our next visit!
~Kate and Kevin

Dream Vacation with 5 Star Hosts

We stumbled on Suite Peas by chance based on the gorgeous pictures of their spacious, modern vacation apartment and their gorgeous, artistic gardens but it was getting to know Evelyn and Mindy that made our week vacation in Santa Barbara truly magical. There are plenty of other reviews raving about the 5-star touches but I'd like to rave about the hosts, who are two of the most remarkable people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

From the moment we booked our stay we were treated like family by these wonderful women who truly are two peas in a pod and their unique property reflects their strong commitment to art, community and to living sustainably. We have two young daughters and weren't sure if their 1-bed guest apartment could accommodate the four of us. When we told them our girls are well-behaved and love gardening, the Pea Pods were kind enough to make an exception for us and our girls loved sleeping on the two oversized divan chairs. We shared a common interest in architecture, sustainable design and gardening but E & M still made a point to chat with us every day during our week stay which frequently turned into 30 minute conversations in the garden. They were in the middle of installing a high tech hydroponic system in their huge vegetable garden and they were both very eager to offer their tips on how to grow organic food with a tiny amount of water (California remains in a very serious drought). Ask these intelligent ladies anything and they will be happy to help you and probably teach you something as well (we were dying to find out what they did for a living but they only gave us clues which was fun but drove us nuts for 3 days!).

In addition to being very kind and generous hosts they also did a couple of incredibly kind things that left a huge impression on us. We were asking them about a nice restaurant we wanted to try and Evelyn offered to watch our girls for us so we could have a romantic date night. It blew my mind but we took them up on it and they told us they had a nice time doing a puzzle and watching the Olympics with our girls (we brought them a swanky dessert from the restaurant as a thank you...). A day or two later we were talking with E & M about volunteer work and Evelyn asked if our girls could help her at a church down the street where they were packing lunches for poor families and shut-in senior citizens. It was one more experience that made our trip super memorable. Thank you, Mindy and Evelyn!!!
~Kathyrn & Rick

Beautiful, enjoyable, and restful!

Mindy & Evelyn have gone over and above in their anticipation of what we might want and/or need. Their hospitality is exceptional...something money can't purchase...it comes from the heart. We had as much privacy as we could want, yet their friendliness invited us to share in their current garden pursuits and interests. The Suitepea apartment exceeded our expectations; a perfect place to relax with a view of their beautiful garden as well as the Santa Ynez mountains. It was more than we could have asked for...Thank you - Mindy & Evelyn
~Richard & Janet

Simply spectacular! Our new favorite Santa Barbara getaway

Every word of the other reviews of Suite Peas is absolutely accurate--and then some! We've stayed in many places in Santa Barbara over the years, but this is where we'll return in the future. After several days traveling around southern California, we were happy we ended our road trip in this idyllic, not-so-little Xanadu. We left feeling restored, and wishing we could stay longer. It's rare for a place to exceed expectations or to actually be better than it is depicted online. But that is the case here. The picture doesn't adequately capture how spacious & light the apartment is. As others have remarked, the amenities are of superior quality, and no detail has been overlooked. Provisions are tailored to your personal tastes, and the owners have anticipated needs you didn't even know you had! Don't miss the remarkable heated massage table. The garden is a work of art you are free to enjoy. Mindy & Evelyn are a complete delight, but your privacy will never be compromised. The location is serene and beautiful, but close to everything. The care and attention reflected in every detail of this place is a reflection of uncommon hospitality. You won't regret a stay at Suite Peas.
~ Marilyn and Don

Creative/Beautiful/Fabulous/Caring

The studio: Large and beautiful and stocked with everything. I mean everything. Music hook up available to fabulous sound system (we didn't bother to even put in our phone, used their pre-programmed Pandora). We cooked 2 breakfasts with ease. Two good sized gas burners. Coffee of all varieties!! Ate on the veranda overlooking garden to the sound of the koi pond waterfall....fed the fish with food provided. I felt like I was on Maui actually. A very peaceful atmosphere. Private.

The Owners: Fabulous women, very responsive to any question, wish I'd had more time to talk to them. They are very respectful of privacy!

Can't wait to return!

~ Janet & Mark

Suite Peas surpasses them all

My wife and I cannot say enough good things about Suite Peas. I choose our vacation rentals based on reviews from other guests. Suite Peas has wonderful reviews and you can read them all to get a feel for what your stay will be like. We have stayed at many vrbo/HomeAway properties over the past few years, they have all been good, if not great. Suite Peas has surpassed them all. We will stay again, recommend them to everyone, and will always be thankful for being lucky enough to have met such wonderful, beautiful people. Mindy and Evelyn. ....you are the best!!!!!!!!!
~ Steve and Rachel

The ultimate in luxury, peacefulnes and zen-like experience

You would make a mistake in not renting this beautiful, serene oasis near downtown. Evelyn and Mindy provide for every comfort and need. It is impossible not to relax while enjoying the cool breeze and viewing the garden from the balcony. This is a beautifully-appointed apartment with top-of-the line everything (linens, towels, TV, sound system, lighting system, massage table, you name it). The only downside is they won't let you move in!
~ Regina and Jack

A Gem of a Place

My wife and I spent almost five days at Suite Peas, which we now affectionately call 'the pod', and we barely scratched the surface of the amenities it offers. We love the decor and design of the pod. It's one large room plus bath includes an efficient kitchen. We tended to stay in for breakfast to read and drink coffee (numerous Keuring and Nespresso varieties are provided) on the patio while listening to whatever music we could imagine from the wonderful sound system. Having the kitchen allowed us to make runs to Trader Joe's, which is nearby, for wine, cheese, fruit, pizza, and other foods conducive to watching NBA Finals and soccer tournament games on the very large screen HD television. Large chaises in the room were very comfortable and promoted napping under a cross breeze developed when windows and doors were opened on opposite sides of the room. The king-sized bed with a foam top allowed us to catch up on sleep especially after a red-eye flight into LAX.

Prior to our arrival, Mindy and Evelyn had created an abundant gift basket for us which we snacked from for the entire stay. The refrigerator was well stocked. Mindy met us upon our arrival and gave us a tour through their garden which is full of features including a raised bed vegetable garden, fruit trees (fruit from some had been placed in our room), an aviary, a koi pond (fish feeding is promoted), prehistoric cycads, and cacti. Evelyn's art work creations are interwoven throughout the garden. A walk through the garden is an adventure.

Mindy and Evelyn were excellent hosts. We would look forward to visiting with them more and staying at the pod on another trip to Santa Barbara.
~ Phil and Norma

Magical Getaway

It's hard to put into words how amazing Suite Peas, Mindy and Evelyn are! We were in Santa Barbara for Memorial Day Weekend. We got married and enjoyed our 'honeymoon' weekend at Suite Peas. There is a separate entrance and stairway into the suite. As you walk up, you find yourself standing on your own balcony and overlooking their amazingly peaceful garden. Mindy and Evelyn put so much work, but more impressively, so much LOVE into their garden. It truly is a magical oasis.

Mindy greeted us right away and showed us around. She showed us all of the amenities (massage table!, fireplace, ipod player, tv, heated bathroom, electric blinds, Keurig and Nespresso machines, etc.). There are more amenities here then you will find in any hotel in Santa Barbara and you don't even have to call room service to get it! The Suite was super clean and well maintained. The bed is super comfortable, but we actually found ourselves cuddled up and falling asleep on one of the oversized chairs in front of the fireplace! It truly was the most amazing part of our vacation.

We had so many plans to do wine tours and other things in Santa Barbara, but we found ourselves rushing home from dinner to enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne on the balcony overlooking the garden.

As divine as the Suite is, Mindy and Evelyn are just as incredible. They are two amazing, welcoming hosts and made sure that we were comfortable at all times. We can't stop thinking about Suite Peas and we are already planning our next trip back. Mindy and Evelyn - THANK YOU!
~Cory and Jenny

As Perfect as it gets!

My daughter and I just spent 3 days staying at Mindy and Evelyn's garden apartment and can honestly say this was as perfect as it gets! Mindy and Evelyn are the most warm and welcoming hosts. Due to an air travel snafu we didn't arrive until 3am and opened the door to soft music , ambient lighting, snacks, and the most comfortable bed imaginable! The interior is spacious and beautiful with every amenity you could want (and many you didn't even know you needed!). The garden is magical (love E & M's Nespresso Pod artwork!) and we loved being lulled to sleep by the waterfall and wind chimes. The location was perfect, a short drive to the beach, shopping, etc. I really hope to return some day!
~Marjorie & Sarah

Welcoming, Restful, Whimsical AND highly Recommended!

Mindy and Evelyn have creatively created a beautiful space that they graciously share with great pride. We arrived in the evening, and were welcomed by gentle music, chilling wine and a welcoming note. So wonderful. We felt like little children in a candy store as we walked about the space, discovering all it had to offer with guided detailed notes on care and use of all the equipment. My husband quickly tried out the massage table and the heated massager while I glanced out the private patio at the backyard garden space. Morning brought further awe of the space as we walked about the gardens which offer endless expressions of their creativity and obvious love of their home. We had fun feeding the Koi fish, used their bike for exploring along the ocean front and also tried out the exercise equipment available as it rained during our stay which did not matter as I was so content to relax and explore onsite! We were offered privacy yet they were both quickly available to answer our questions which arose and offered us their own rain ponchos and umbrellas when we asked. This excellent communication was also experienced prior to planning our trip and stay within their home. We have traveled and stayed at many places along the way; this by far exceeded all other places and our expectations! We definitely plan to return to their space in our next trip to Santa Barbara. Thank you!
~Dave & Roselee

A perfect little slice of Paradise located close to everything but with a serene air of seclusion

Mindy and Evelyn are perfect hosts: warm and attentive yet unobtrusive. The studio is wonderful. Good bed, good shower, comfy chairs, and all the extras like coffee, tea, and snacks. The garden is nothing short of amazing. We highly recommend this VRBO rental and hope to return for a longer stay next year!
~ Gregg

Relaxation in a beautiful garden paradise with close access to all Santa Barbara has to offer

Once you enter the gate at Suite Peas, you are in a different world. You will find a beautiful garden landscape which encompasses playful art. The owners, Mindy and Evelyn, are warm, friendly, creative, accommodating and knowledgeable about the area. They made me feel right at home with homemade goodies, snacks and a bottle of wine.The suite is comfortable, clean and updated. It has all the bells and whistles the owners could think of to make your stay a memorable one. From the private deck overlooking the gardens, I could hear the gentle chimes, the waterfall at the koi pond and birds singing. So relaxing! I stayed here for a month, and loved every minute of it. It is also very convenient to downtown and the beaches, however I would suggest a car (they even arranged for me to plug in my electric car). Would definitely stay here again.
~ PJ

A True Retreat

We had a delightful stay at Suite Peas and could have stayed forever and ever. Evelyn and Mindy are wonderful hosts and always quickly available. If you need to get away from everything this is the truly restful Zen place. Turn everything off except the beautiful sunshine. It's a delight for the senses. The chimes, the garden, the koi in the pond and the tropical birds add up to a complete relaxing experience. Just sit on the porch with the yummy heater, a glass of champagne and let your troubles fly away. You can't help but relax. To say we enjoyed ourselves is an understatement. We've stayed in Santa Barbara before and always felt bad when it was time to leave. This time it was much worse because we left Suite Peas.
~ June Ellen & Mike

Our Perfect Little Anniversary Trip

Everything was just perfect for us... You couldn't ask for nicer hosts, and the place was absolutely beautiful. This is one of the best rentals we have ever booked. It was tastefully decorated, and outfitted with just about everything you could possibly need for comfort. The gardens were amazing... the artwork stunning... it was peaceful, quiet, clean, and relaxing. This is my favorite new place... we hope to visit again soon!
~ Carrie & Paul

We felt like VIPs

It might be forever-difficult to top the wonderful getaway that my husband and I experienced at the Suite Peas apartment a few weeks ago. We arrived in the evening - happily discovering all the thoughtful touches that Mindy & Evelyn put in place for their guests (treat basket, preferred type of milk... wine and fruit) - immediately feeling like VIP's. In the morning we were completely charmed with the garden and the sculptures - the setting is truly magical and inspiring. The apartment is true to the pictures - soothing colors and wonderful light. As hosts, Mindy & Evelyn have considered everything you can imagine - and were seriously committed to helping us in any way. Privacy and calm abounds... with the lovely sound of the waterfall and wind chimes. We had a hard time leaving and will dream of returning!
~ Barbara and Mark

We feel so lucky to have found this

Mindy and Evelyn go out of their way to make their guests feel welcome. When we arrived soothing music was playing, the fireplace/heater was going and it felt like we had entered a room at a spa. They left us "spa water" in our fridge, our milk of choice to use with our coffee (almond milk and 1/2 and 1/2), yogurts, fruit and little chocolates were by our bed. The room is beautiful with views out the front to the hills of Santa Barbara and views out back to the lovely backyard with a koi pond, garden and lots of art made by the owners. There is a private entrance to the apartment so you can have as little or as much interaction with the owners as you want. We used the bikes they had available to go into downtown and we followed the bike trail along the beach. They gave great recommendations for restaurants and local spots which were perfect for getting to know the city. When we weren't out exploring the spacious room was perfect for reading and hanging out. The bed is very comfortable and the bedding is luxurious. We even had a lovely visit with Mindy and Evelyn before we headed out of town and they took us on a tour of the front and backyard and of all their art work. They are such lovely and welcoming people and we feel so lucky to have found this listing on short notice as a get away. We highly recommend staying here! It is better than most hotels we have been to and we are for sure coming back. PS - They have a Keurig, Nespresso and a French Press in the room so coffee lovers are fully taken care of!

~ Scott & Amy

Suite Peas is one to go out of your way for

My husband and I just returned from a week long trip on the California Coast and kicked it off with a 3 night stay at Suite Peas in Santa Barbara. The property is perfectly located to everything to do in Santa Barbara and the owners, apartment and yard are simply out of this world. They have set up a spa like experience like none other. They have a perfect mix of art, beauty and function throughout. We will build a trip around their place again in the near future!

~Lisa & Bruce

Sweet Peace

...is exactly what Suite Peas is...a peaceful, quiet, relaxing, idyllic place to release your mind and just enjoy being. Thanks Mindy and Evelyn so much for an absolutely perfect place to stay for our anniversary! The suite was spacious and graciously appointed. We enjoyed your gardens SOOOO much...they were inspiring and relaxing. AHHHHH!!! I still feel the peace! Or is that "peas"?

Travelers will have everything they need in suite to make their stay enjoyable and relaxing. No corner has been cut as to the cleanliness, beauty, and attention to detail put into Suite Peas. The bed was so comfortable and I appreciated the variety of bed pillows available. I usually need my own personal down pillows, but I found a perfectly suitable substitute there. The entertainment center was fantastic! A super-large flat screen television with cable TV, an iTouch with Pandora (or you can easily connect your own music playback device), and DVD/CD player. I loved the quality of the speakers flown into the ceiling. Music emanated from every corner of the room, creating a mood for every occasion. The kitchen is complete with everything you need except food - there was even a little snack basket along with a few condiments in the mini-refrigerator. Plenty of cooking pots, pans and utensils. Nothing was left out! A beautiful bathroom with a nice rain shower head. Gotta get one of those for myself! The balcony patio was large and the view of the magnificent, lush, peaceful gardens was matchless. Even though the owners live on site, you won't know that they're there. They are very respectful of your privacy and need to unwind with your companion. They will interact with you only if you engage them. Mindy and Evelyn are such a special couple that you will definitely want to get to know them! We adore them!

The gym equipment was great also. A fantastic Schwinn Airdyne bike that did just about everything including cool you down with its integrated fan. Try it and you'll know what I mean. The elliptical machine was high quality and never creaked or shook like so many cheap models can. Free weights, resistance bands, so much in a small yet uncluttered space. You can even open the garage door on warm mornings to stay cool AND see the gardens. The gym is directly downstairs from the suite, so there's really no excuse to not use it.

Bottom line: If you can't relax and unwind here, you've got real problems which can only be cured by a trained professional!

~ Greg & Rebecca, Rancho Cucamonga

Just Wonderful

I just spent 3 wonderful nights at Suite Peas in Santa Barbara, CA with my significant other and I cannot say enough great things about it.

The apartment is spectacular. The view from the front is beautiful and the view in the back is stunning. There is a beautiful koi pond; the vegetable garden is huge but understated, you must ask for the property tour to fully enjoy all that it has to offer.

The apartment is set up with a welcome basket based on your tastes/preferences and from information that you provide to them prior to your arrival. There is not a single detail not thought of – from surround sound with Pandora and the ability to use your own MP3, USB ports for your electronics, heated mattress pads, your choice of keurig or nespresso for your coffee, a fully stocked kitchenette for light cooking, motion sensors for lighting at night, a massage bed, use of their personal exercise equipment, Wi-Fi access, the private outdoor heated porch with very comfortable chairs and the list just goes on and on...

The hosts, Mindy and Evelyn are amazing. If you want to spend time with them you are more than welcome. But if you want your time on the property in solitude you have that as well.

My only issue is that we didn't stay long enough. I am going to have to find a way to book another trip to Suite Peas and stay at least a week.

~Virginia

Suite Peas Mini Vacation

We spent the weekend in Santa Barbara for our anniversary. Typically we stay elsewhere when we are in town, but based in other reviews, we decided to give this place a try. Best decision ever! Suite Peas luxury garden apartment was absolutely perfect. Our stay was so peaceful and pleasant and the property is amazing. We had the pleasure of meeting the owners, who were extremely kind. After we booked the suite, they clearly communicated all the information we needed regarding our stay. Before we came we took a short questionnaire sent by the owners providing preferences such as we like chocolate, I eat gluten free, we use half and half, etc. We were pleasantly surprised by a personalized basket with snacks based in our preferences. It was extremely thoughtful and the owners went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. We hope to visit again soon.

~ Diana & Reed, San Diego

Fell in love with this enchanting getaway!

My boyfriend and I spent our Labor day weekend here. There are not enough words to describe how perfect every inch of this property is inside and out. The hosts and the property both have an unbelievable energy filled with comfort and peace. We cancelled our dinner reservations two nights in a row as we could not pull ourselves from this beautiful oasis. Not a single detail has been overlooked by the wonderful owners everything we needed was right there. We felt part of the community staying here and we can't wait to visit again and recommend to our family and friends. Truly an amazing experience we will never forget!!

~ Kelly, St. Louis

Five-star!

My boyfriend and I recently visited Santa Barbara for a wedding. The property itself is beautiful and the studio itself is spectacular. It feels like such a private retreat and has everything you could want! Nice linens, bathrobes and towels and the biggest, comfiest chairs to relax in. The bed was super comfortable and the fireplace in the corner made the whole place feel so cozy! The grounds are beautiful and Mindy and Evelyn are the most gracious hosts that really make you feel at home. I would absolutely recommend to a friend and I look forward to staying there again in the future!

~ Amelia, LA, CA

Magical Place

Our experience at Suite Peas went way beyond our already high expectations. i agree with another reviewer, that as wonderful as the pictures are of this magical setting, they don't give the full impact. We felt enveloped by beauty, artistic inspiration and peace. Evelyn and Mindy are the consummate hosts and have thought of EVERYTHING you would want at a get away. The studio is spacious, beautifully painted and decorated, with high end sheets on the bed, comfortable oversized lounging chairs an excellent sound system (with Pandora) and utensils to cook your own meals and enjoy them inside or out on the lovely private patio. Their attention to each and every detail was so evident. We each used the amazing massage bed almost everyday. We flew into Santa Barbara and decided to just UBER it and forego a car rental. This worked out perfectly for us. We were able to walk to town and we knew that when we had enough of that we just called UBER for a ride back or to wherever we wanted to go. When (not if) we return we would consider renting a car for a few days to get up to wine country or other outlying areas. Evelyn and Mindy's restaurant recommendations were spot on. As an example, the Mexican restaurant they recommended had the best fish tacos we've ever eaten and we're from Arizona! Evelyn and Mindy's creations in the garden are awesome! I don't think I could explain and do it justice so you'll just have to see for yourself! I could go on and on about this place and the wonderful time we had there. This is a place you won't want to miss!

~ Joyce & Jim, Arizona

Memorable Visit

Perfect 1st experience with airbnb! Mindy and Evelyn managed to exceed our expectations in every way! Their luxurious accommodations were "over the top". It provided a quiet. relaxing retreat for my husband and me to celebrate our anniversary. Not only did they welcome us with a bottle of wine and cake to share but provided a delicious basket of goodies too. One day they even provided us with sun hats, water bottles and sunscreen for our hike. Having breakfast outside overlooking their beautiful pond was a wonderful way to start each day. Every aspect of our stay underscored their commitment to making their guests feel welcome. Thank you Mindy and Evelyn for making our anniversary a memorable one--we will definitely visit you again!

~ Debbie & Rick, Nebraska

Decadent!

I never write reviews. Actually, this is the first review I have ever written and my only hesitation in starting now is my fear that Mindy and Evelyn's garden studio will not be available for my next stay. The pictures do not do this little slice of heaven justice. The gardens are majestic and the studio has everything you need, and then some, to be comfortable no matter how long your stay. And! Mindy and Evelyn are hospitable and gracious hosts who go out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. I can't wait to stay here again!

~ Catherine, Texas

The Best Rental in Santa Barbara

We come to Santa Barbara often, and have stayed in many rentals as well as over-priced hotel rooms over the last several years... this is absolutely the nicest place we've stayed in Santa Barbara, bar none. For the cost of a bad hotel room, you have a room that is like a mini spa-- huge, comfortable, tastefully decorated. Mindy and Evelyn were wonderful hosts, down to the welcoming basket of goodies and wine upon our arrival (which was perfect after a tough drive!) We will definitely plan on staying here again...can't recommend more highly.

~ Lisa B, Los Angeles

Can not wait to go back! VERY highly recommend a visit to this gorgeous space!

Mindy and Evelyn have created a sublime space and have left no detail out. It is a truly blissful, healing, romantic, healing guest space- the gardens, amenities, massage table (!), surround sound, balcony, koi pond... the list goes on.... but the hosts are the topping on the cake- I miss them already! Planning my next visit- with hubby or girlfriend or sisters... hmmmm. Walking distance to downtown, but easily can cook a nice dinner and eat on the balcony overlooking the vegetable garden and art! And save your Nespresso pods- Evelyn will create more jewels.

~Tracy

Truly Exceptional!

Suite Peas is truly an idyllic retreat within SB, close to downtown. The apartment itself is a very large, beautifully-appointed, tastefully-designed, room with all the amenities. It also has a wonderful sound system, a massage bed!, and natural light throughout. An inviting porch looks out over one section of the garden. The grounds (including a large koi pond) and gardens are amazing. Your hosts Evelyn and Mindy are artists/architects/designers/builders and they have created a horticultural wonder - multiple gardens, each with a particular theme, integrated together as an artistic whole, that impart a sense of serenity. Evelyn and Mindy are warm and highly talented individuals; we felt connected to them immediately, and getting to know them was a highlight of our stay. They were very helpful with information, yet fully respectful of our privacy. As soon as we entered the front gates we knew we had made the right choice. We happened to be in SB for this year's summer solstice parade, and watching, with Mindy, Evelyn steer the float that she and Mindy made down State Street was a special treat.

~Laura and Dave, MO

Leave your Worries Behind!

My husband and I were treated to a wonderfully relaxing couple of days in this luxury apartment. Upon entering, you literally start to feel your worries disappear. One couldn't ask for more. Mindy and Evelyn have thought of everything to make sure that you have a restful away-from-home experience. The apartment is unique and beautiful with its high ceiling and lots of cool lighting. All you need is to turn on the fireplace, read a great book and relax on those wonderful, cushy big white sofas for two (and there are two of them, if you don't want to share). The bed was very comfortable, with heated mattress. Cheese and fruit, and a baskets full of goodies are provided, along with beverages. We brought a little extra and didn't need to go out for breakfast for two days. We took the mandatory tour of the gardens and koi pool and took many photos, and met Mindy. She is such a warm and delightful person. The amenities in this apartment are wonderful, including two types of gourmet coffee machines. There's also a massage table and a neck/back massager in the apartment. It was serenely quite here, almost like being in a monastery (in a good way). Unfortunately, we did not meet Evelyn this time, but hope to on another trip.

Great Alternative to Hotels!

We had a very pleasant stay at Mindy and Evelyn's place. Very well appointed unit. -- every little detail has been thought through, from the fresh flowers to the booklet of FAQs to the pineapple infused spa water -- there's even an iphone charger! And all the amenities are good to premium. The unit is set apart from the house, so no shared walls which is nice if you are sensitive to noise as we are. The grounds are lovely and it's evident that the garden is their labor of love. I really appreciate their organic and no-waste approach lifestyle -- for instance, they recycle the little colorful Nespresso pods for their garden art. The best part of the experience, however, is having Mindy and Evelyn as our hosts. From the moment I made contact with Mindy, it was clear that she was committed to ensuring that we would have a pleasant and comfortable experience. Thank you both! What was in that spa water besides pineapple? What is the brand of the mattress? So comfortable!

~ Rita C.

Hidden Treasure!

From the moment you enter the Suite Pea you are over taken by the calmness and beauty of the entire layout!! It has been designed to perfection and detailed with a special human touch... As we entered the suite words did not describe the beauty of the place. You are transported to another world of peace and tranquility. It is in a great location. Great place for cycling routes and hikes. Evelyn and Mindy are great! They were kind and thoughtful. The massage bed was exquisite, great after a hike a ride or just to pamper yourself.
We have found our little spot in Santa Barbara, we cannot wait to be back!! The view from our window was delightful. The grounds are stunning and great for a morning stroll. Thank you Mindy and Evelyn for a memorable visit!! We are still talking about how much we loved staying there. Can't wait to be back!!

~ Lety M

Magical oasis with wonderful hosts

The moment you enter Suite Peas and the surrounding property, the rest of the world simply drops away. This private, magical oasis near downtown Santa Barbara is one of the best properties I have ever rented. Period. It's easy to see where the magic comes from when you meet Evelyn and Mindy. They could not have been better, kinder, or more thoughtful hosts. Great activity and dining recommendations, and thoughtfully collected magazines and lists are on hand in the apartment. Every single thing you can imagine needing, from the small but well stocked kitchen to the massage bed and heated mattress, are there before you even know you want them. Their well kept grounds are stunning, and the love and creativity that went into every single square foot of indoor and outdoor space makes it a peaceful yet energizing place to spend a weekend. I'll be back, and thank the two of you so much for a memorable and relaxing visit!

~ Leslie Z, San Francisco

Enchanted Oasis!

The magic of the Suite Pea Garden Apartment, grounds, and owners can not be understated. Mindy & Evelyn have taken every care to guarantee a one-of-a-kind stay for their guests. Although they had not previously had a child stay in the apartment, they welcomed our 5 year old daughter with personal touches and delights she continues to recall with joy and happiness. Mindy & Evelyn are both incredibly knowledgeable of the area and recommended fantastic restaurants and activities - although some of our favorite times were spent visiting with them in their enchanted oasis. We look forward to staying there again on our next visit!

~ Bena & Levi & Ocean, Ketchum, Idaho

Charming Modern Flat

My wife and I recently stayed in "Suite Peas" for a weekend birthday get-away, and I must say, it was the PERFECT place for our visit. The owners gave us an incredibly warm 'birthday' welcome, and made us feel right at home. The flat was very comfortable, with all of the required amenities. Modern design and a large window facing the mountains, made for a lovely setting. And the small kitchen had everything we needed to prepare simple breakfast...oh and the coffee machine....what a treat!

~ Scott & Cathy, San Diego

A Truly Magical Experience! I wish we never had to leave!!!

I don't know where to start! 5 stars is not enough. Suite Peas may be one of the nicest and most relaxing places I have ever stayed and for way less than a weekend at a pricey, packed resort. I almost don't want to leave a review because I will be sadden if Suite Peas is booked up the next time we plan on staying. We will for sure be back and I think everyone who stays at Suite Peas probably feels the same way.

The room (it's more than a room... it's a sanctuary). We've come home and rearranged our room to make it feel more like Suite Peas!!! When you pull up to the front gate you will relax in knowing that you have chosen the best possible stay for a weekend away. From the cactus garden and art work in the front yard to the koi pond and lush vegetable garden in the backyard... you find yourself in a place of peace and comfort. I am a highly stressful person and for the first time in a long time, I could relax and just be which was the best birthday gift.

Evelyn and Mindy were the sweetest, kindest hosts. They will make you feel right at home and they pride themselves on making your stay as perfect as possible. The fridge was stocked, snacks were in abundance, overheard speakers filled the room with lovely music of your choice, chimes in the garden lull you into a sate of bliss, a heated over sized bed with the best mattress I have EVER slept on, the most amazing massage table, a romantic fireplace, and a lovely balcony overlooking the garden and the hills. The best beach Cali has to offer is a 5 minute drive and well worth it. We thought we'd be spending more time venturing out into Santa Barbara (State St. is also just down the street), but found ourselves rarely leaving our sanctuary.

Trust me when I say, you will truly be inspired and reinvigorated after a stay at Suite Peas. Can't wait to be back! Miss everything about it. Truly not one negative thing to say. Thank you again Mindy and Evelyn for the best birthday weekend!

~ Jason & David, Los Angeles

I Found My Paradise In Santa Barbara !

Now that I personally experienced Suite Peas and wholeheartedly agree with all the 5 star reviews I can confidently say that this will be my first choice when visiting Santa Barbara.

I'm an avid tennis player and Evelyn and Mindy were so gracious in connecting me to the most wonderful tennis club (Santa Barbara Tennis Club) within walking distance of their home. I came for 2 days only and got lucky to extend it by one more day .. I wish I could have stayed longer... Thank you so much Evelyn and Mindy for a most wonderful stay !

~ Eliana, Sonoma County

Couldn't Be More Lovely!

Beauty and comfort - Suite Peas has both in abundance. Quite possibly the nicest place we've ever stayed. Mindy and Evelyn have seen to their guests' every possible need, and beyond. Truly exceptional hosts, and fun to visit with. Loved the fruit and snacks basket, the stocked fridge, the massage bed, the fireplace, the comfy king bed and oversized loungers, the peaceful garden space and the hosts' creative artwork throughout the property. It really couldn't have been more lovely.

~ Rick and Michelle, Utah

Tranquil Paradise

After 7 amazing days at Suite Peas, I can honestly say that this was the most relaxing & peaceful stay that I have ever experienced in a VRBO property of this size. Mindy and Evelyn have created a very special place, with every detail addressed. This is truly a 5 star experience.

Lovely beverages, cheese, fruit and an array of snacks to suit even the most discerning guest, not one but two espresso/coffee machines (complete with all of the necessary condiments if need be) a super comfy bed with high quality linens, high tech entertainment systems, and the most enchanting gardens.

Most importantly though are the hosts, Mindy and Evelyn. They make you feel welcome, but not intrusive and go above and beyond to make your stay a memorable one. I am so looking forward to my next stay.

~ Lois P.

Perfect in Every Detail

The short version: stay here; don't even think of staying anywhere else in the Santa Barbara area; Suite Peas is truly exceptional; period.

The longer version. If you need more, there is lots more to tell. We initially had reservations because Suite Peas only had a few reviews, all of which were over the top. Best friends doing a favor to the owners? But we went for it, and are so incredibly glad we did.

First, some words about the property. Suite Peas is a comfortable, cool, hip studio apartment above a garage that is attached to owner's house. The unit has a king bed, a fireplace, is impeccably furnished, and has a covered outdoor porch overlooking the exquisite gardens on the property. Other than a shared driveway, the Suite Peas studio is completely private and sound proof. As a nice treat, the owners provided welcoming snacks and drink.

Now, a few words about the owners. Mindy and Evelyn are the consummate property owners. Their attention to details, large, small, and super small is unmatched. The studio was extremely clean, and all items you might need for a few days stay (and then some) are provided. Like waiters in a great restaurant, Mindy and Evelyn were available when needed, but respected our privacy. A real bonus is the gardens surrounding the house: they are so beautiful, original and well-tended. If you stay here, be prepared to be transported to a beautiful world of luxury and creativity.

~ Larry & Nancy, Burlington, Vermont

Sanctuary

I would highly recommend this rental.

The great energy that emanates from the apartment grounds and owners is an amazing experience. It's far enough away from downtown to not feel that vibe, but close enough to drive or walk to.

The grounds have great gardens to walk about, an aviary and relaxing koi pond.

The apartment is very spacious and quiet with comfortable lighting and furniture.

Mindy and Evelyn go out of their way to make your stay something which you will remember and talk about to your friends for years.

What other property has an in-house massage bed? Fresh vegetables and fruit at your doorstep?

Thumbs up and high five to this property!

~ Steve & Arlete, San Francisco, CA

WOW

From the moment I arrived at this exquisite property, my shoulders relaxed and I was excited. The photos were gorgeous, yet the experience of walking in to the spacious beauty that Evelyn and Mindy have created was a WOW!

My morning ritual on the patio included sipping my cappuccino made from the nespresso machine provided, overlooking the waterfall with koi pond, enjoying the fresh smells of the garden, while finishing my book project. I totally appreciated the quiet privacy this magical gem offers. I could get still inside and be totally alone with my creation.

Attention to detail? They got that in the bag. From the heated mattress, ambient lighting, snacks, fireplace, robes, big TV and ceragym massage table I felt I was in a 5 star hotel, and yet personally taken care of at the same time. I even picked my own lunch from the huge garden they provide.

This sweet abode is more than fabulous for a private retreat or a romantic get away. Having a Pod experience is being steeped in luxury and given space and respect for privacy too.

This guest house is undoubtedly the best place I've ever stayed in Santa Barbara. I'll be back over and over again and a big thank you to my hosts. You rock!

~ Victoria, Los Angeles, CA

Exceeded Our Expectations

We just returned from a visit to the Santa Barbara area and had the great pleasure of spending time at the incredible Suite Peas.

Hosts Evelyn and Mindy could not have been more pleasant, accommodating, and genuinely interested in making sure we had all we needed to be comfortable, relaxed, and make the best of our time in their rental unit and in the surrounding area. They truly went above and beyond to make the experience so pleasant.

Suite Peas is in a private and peaceful residential location heading into the hills of Santa Barbara, but still within easy reach of downtown. The grounds of the property are fascinating & fun; featuring a koi pond, creative artwork, private spaces to sit or walk through, and colorful and lively sections with vibrant flowers, and even vegetables.

The piece de resistance is the suite. This is a large, loft like open space with at least 13' ceilings. One significant wall is almost all window, with a beautiful northward view of the hills. The kitchen area is stocked with a greatly appreciated range of both healthy and indulgent treats.

A dining table with two chairs makes it super easy to enjoy a meal right inside, and a large and shaded outdoor terrace with a big table is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee (Nespresso and Keurig machines in the unit!) or to sit around the table with friends, for a meal.

The unit offers a king size bed that you seem to melt into as soon as you lie on it. There are also a couple of extra large and incredibly comfortable mini sofa/seats where two can cozy up easily. A huge flat panel TV with a full range of viewing options is available. A large and comfortable bathroom round out the physical space. And for those seeking further relaxation you can enjoy the Ceragem massage bed which delivers a sensational automated massage to your back.

Evelyn and Mindy clearly understand and take great pride in delivering quality, comfort, and convenience. They have have paid exacting attention to the details of this space. This unit is all about quality touches and furnishings, and it's whistle clean.

We got a kick out of the manual that the hosts have written to help you make the best of your stay. We usually don't read these in detail, but we really enjoyed this one as it thoughtfully communicated the basics and beyond and really showed how much these folks cared that the guests had a great experience. Instructions on how to use technology/media tools are exceptionally well documented and much appreciated!

Staying at this property was a joy and a pleasure and exceeded our expectations. We'd like to extend a huge thanks to Evelyn and Mindy for obviously putting forth the effort to create and share something so enjoyable. We would love to plan a return visit and offer it the highest possible recommendation for an exceptional place to stay.

~ Brett & Ryan, Boston, MA

Heavenly Oasis

What a magnificent place, just magnificent. I have so much to say that I can hardly contain myself.

I felt a bit like I had landed on a wondrous, private island as soon as I went through the wave gates. I never wanted to leave this place even to explore the famous Santa Barbara

There was so much to explore on this lovely 1 acre property. It was like being in a candy store and wanting to try everything. There's a Koi pond, Aviary, gardens of every kind and shape including decorative bowling pins and bowling balls as accents with cactus and flowers and veggies and fruit trees.

We even had exercise equipment and bikes for our use.

This completely private, modern, tasteful architectural wonder of a cottage with beautiful views, was only surpassed by our hosts, Evelyn and Mindy. They treated us like old friends so much so that we wanted to take part in their garden projects, that I suspect is an ever changing enchanted garden of rare and exotic plants nurtured by these 2 creative artists.

It even contained an elephant structure built and mosaic'ed by our hosts, soon to be joined by several handmade snake forms all tastefully and uniquely made out of Nespresso pods of various color. Book your stay just to see this in the gardens.

Now down to the basics: It was well appointed. There was not a thing I needed that wasn't there. I needed a pen and paper and it was there, a sewing kit and it was there, a basket of goodies on the counter, the mini fridge with coffee and milk and cereal just in case. I felt an itchy throat at one point and rather than run into town for vitamin C, I asked out hosts and an emerge nC was on it's way. They gave us our complete space but were there if needed.

There is also a romantic fireplace with a cozy 2 person oversized chair just in front of it and to top it off there was the magic massage table that rolled and punched out every tight muscle and kink I didn't know I had. I wanted to sleep on that thing but it does get warm and since the bed mattress was so comfy I happily rolled into bed and melted into a deep undisturbed sleep with my honey. It was Soooo Quiet quiet quiet.

Folks, it's worth the trip and the price so do not let this one pass you by. I have never been this happy with a hotel room anywhere or for any price. I am coming back as soon as I can plan it. I know I've blathered on but this place deserves the applause I am giving it.

Thanks for a great stay Evelyn and Mindy.

~ Rita and Gary

What a Great Spot

We had a wonderful stay at Suite Peas. Mindy and Evelyn are fantastic hosts and have thought of all the useful amenities to make a long weekend getaway perfectly relaxing. Everything has been considered from the welcome snacks and preparations for your morning coffee to the comfy bed and detailed welcome book.

Of course, we really didn't need to refer to the welcome book for information as Mindy and Evelyn were happy to share their local knowledge and expertise (not to mention chocolate!) first hand.

This neighborhood may not be on the radar of everyone who visits Santa Barbara, but it might be my favorite. Suite Peas is nestled against the foothills so it sits above the fog. It's a short walk to the Mission and Rocky Nook Park, and a bit longer walk to the restaurants and shopping of downtown-- you might prefer to drive. But when you're done at the beach and the hustle of State Street, this is the perfect spot to relax and unwind and enjoy the Santa Barbara skies.

We will be back!

~ Kendall & Paul, San Francisco, CA

Just What We Needed

We drove through the beautiful custom carved gates and were immediately impressed by the exquisite cactus gardens and creative spirit that is apparent everywhere you look. And this was just the front yard! We walked to the backyard where the entrance to the guesthouse is, to find a tropical paradise with lush, organic, raised vegetable beds, brilliantly colored flowers, a magnificent koi pond with a waterfall, an aviary and fruit trees. (We thought people only lived like this in the movies!!!)

When we opened the door to the guest apartment my husband and I, in unison, both said, “WOW!” This is one spectacular find! The attention to detail is off the charts. The suite has floor-to-ceiling gorgeous bamboo and mahogany woodwork with a super comfortable bed, a kitchen that lacks nothing, delicious snacks and little surprises - all to make our stay more comfortable. Evelyn and Mindy gave us the royal welcome. It was my birthday and they had a birthday balloon and gift waiting for me ~ I was very moved by this.

The guesthouse has absolutely everything you could ever need, from a clothes steamer to reading glasses (in case you forget them at home.) There’s a full back massage system that you lie down on for a 40-minute session that is just magical! It not only worked out all the tension in my back but it brought me to a state of deep, deep relaxation which I normally have a hard time getting to on my own. I used this full body machine 4 times in 3 days! My husband enjoyed it too. The location is very quiet, and the sounds of the waterfall very soothing. The view from inside the guesthouse looking out over the porch is spectacular! We felt like we were in Costa Rica or Tahiti. It’s very tropical looking and with the occasional parrots chirping, we felt like we were 1000’s of miles away from home, not 100’s.

The weather was perfect, it’s far enough from the beach, so there was no morning fog, and we found some beautiful areas to walk and hike very close by. Thanks Evelyn and Mindy for the detailed Guide Book, which set us out in the right direction. We also rented bikes, enjoyed a few good restaurants, went to the beach, and explored State Street. Santa Barbara has it all!

Our long weekend at Suite Peas was just what we needed to unwind and reboot. We left feeling relaxed, refreshed and inspired. We will definitely be back ~ next time for a longer stay. Ten stars for Suite Peas! Thank you Evelyn and Mindy!

~ Jacqueline & Derek

 

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