I was looking for a quiet place in Santa Barbara to relax for a few days with my mother and my daughter after my son's wedding in Santa Monica. My top priority was a place with a view of the ocean. Since the cottage's view begins before you even open the front door, I don't think that it would have been possible to make a better choice. Sitting and enjoying the ocean from either inside or outside would have been enough, but the frosting on the cake was seeing whales pass through the kelp bed right off the beach within an hour of our arrival. The cottage is adorable, cozy and well-stocked. I loved the big basket of fuzzy blankets in the corner; they really came in handy for keeping my 90-year-old mom warm while we watched sunsets. We didn't stray too much from the cottage since we just wanted to relax. We walked/ran in the neighborhood and down to the beach. We took one trip into town, but were otherwise happy to enjoy the natural beauty.