Two architectural cites by the sea go head to head on shopping, drinking, tours, and more. Cast your vote for your favorite coastal enclave by clicking the link on each slide!
Photo: Courtesy of Shore Diner; Macduff Everton
Santa Barbara (left): The hottest seat going is at The Lark, which occupies Santa Barbara’s historic Fish Market building and features innovative, fresh seafood.
Sarasota (right): On boutique-lined St. Armands Circle, the Shore Diner is both sophisticated and laid-back, and does elevated beach bites just right.
Illustrations: Julia Ludlam
Santa Barbara (left): The Blue Door has three floors of amazing vintage and modern finds for the home, all housed in a 1922 former car dealership.
Sarasota (right): Canned Ham Vintage’s tiny blue cottage and 1963 Shasta trailer have cooly retro furniture, lighting, and clothing.
Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto; Brian Hofer
Photos: Greg Dupree; prop styling: Claire Spollen; food styling: Emily Nabors Hall