No one knows Santa Barbara better than Hotel Milo’s Director of Sales, Heather Suminski. While guests can easily speak to a concierge for restaurant suggestions and local activities, Suminksi has offered her year of local knowhow to help inspire guests. This property expert’s suggestions serve as our inaugural Staff Picks post, and range from al fresco dining to decadent, chocolate-dipped fruits. Whether you’re in town for a quick business trip or looking to pass a number of lazy days sipping cocktails poolside, no one knows better than Hotel Milo team.

The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

After almost one full year with Hotel Milo, Suminksi already knows two of Santa Barbara’s most appealing assets—the outdoors, and the seafood. The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach serves up both ocean views and a fish-focused menu featuring everything from pistachio encrusted local yellowtail to mesquite grilled Hawaiian ahi tuna. On cool nights, the elegant dining room is just as appealing as the outdoor patio.

2981 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Le Cafe Stella

Suminski loves the quaint, low-key atmosphere at Le Cafe Stella. Here, locals sip happily on their early morning coffee, and return later for happy hour cocktails on the chic leather sofas. Le Cafe Stella is diverse enough to return to for breakfast (peaches and creme anglaise brioche French toast), lunch (an underrated lamb burger with harissa aioli), and a classy, no-fuss dinner (beer-steamed mussels) throughout your trip to Santa Barbara.

3302 McCaw Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Conclude a night out with Suminski’s favorite sweets proprietor.  Crushcakes is the premier cupcakery, bakery, and cafe in Santa Barbara. Hedonistic treats like the signature red velvet crushcake cupcakes, red velvet brownies, and homemade whoopie pies can be enjoyed daily. Meanwhile at the expansive cafe, patrons can take their time with classic egg breakfasts and pancakes. Gluten-free and vegan cupcake orders can also be accomodated, with notice.

1315 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101