Springtime Spa Escape to BACARA

If you're looking for a luxurious beach vacation to take you away from the hustle and bustle of LA, look no further than Bacara Resort & Spa, near Santa Barbara. Perched high on a coastal hillside in lovely Goleta, Bacara Resort & Spa is the type of retreat you never want to leave once you drive through the gate. This Mediterranean-style resort boasts luxe guest rooms, spread out … [Read more...]

Polo and Pampering in SANTA BARBARA

What's the perfect way to escape the Monday blues? Wake up at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara after experiencing their Sunday Night Polo Package. Santa Barbara boasts not only the third oldest polo facility in the United States, but also one of the most beautiful settings to watch the game, cradled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. El Encanto Santa Barbara, with a coastal … [Read more...]

Explore SANTA BARBARA’S Bountiful Food and Wine this Autumn

Fall is the perfect time to visit Santa Barbara and experience a cornucopia of seasonal produce and, with the grape harvest in and crush on, a bounty of complementary wines for exciting food and wine pairings. Linger over the vibrant produce and culinary offerings at the Farmer’s Market on State Street and then take a walk along the Urban Wine Trail, sipping and sampling a variety of wines and … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Stands In The Sand

The tragedy still unfolding along the Gulf Coast following the BP Oil Spill has spawned an event in Santa Barbara to show solidarity with the people and environment impacted by the spill. In a case of history unfortunately repeating itself, the tragedy still unfolding along the Gulf Coast following the BP oil spill has mobilized another community almost a continent away, Santa Barbara, Calif., … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Turns 25

In the trailer for this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival, currently running now through this Sunday, February 14, founder Phyllis de Picciotto admits that the whole idea was totally contrived—a ploy to get some tourist dollars into the city during a traditionally slow time of year. For years, the festival coasted, and, by the time Roger Durling took the reins as Executive Director … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara’s Moveable Feast

While some associate Santa Barbara with summer, for me, autumn is the time when Santa Barbara really shines.  The shorter days and cool evenings signal the season when most visitors are back home, returning to work and school, meaning beach parking and reservations come easier. This makes it the ideal time for insiders to visit what many refer to as America’s Riviera. Making the analogy all the … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Bounces Back

Dramatic images of flames racing up coastal canyons and the unfortunate loss of some 80 homes fixated the nation following the outbreak of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara's Cathedral Peak area on May 5. Courageous firefighters and a heaven-sent low pressure system finally contained the blazes over a week later on May 13. The good news is that although thousands of acres were burned in … [Read more...]

Sail Away in Santa Barbara

If the idea of billowing sails, a stiff breeze and setting a course for the sun inspire you, then maybe it’s time to learn how to sail. Whether you plan on plying local waters or dream about doing a bareboat charter the next time you are traveling, Santa Barbara provides optimum conditions to learn with its reliable wind, offshore islands and substantial sailing community. The Santa Barbara … [Read more...]

El Capitan Canyon: Camp Out in Style

There are lots of fancy places to stay in Santa Barbara, but we prefer to head out of town to the more rustic El Capitan Canyon – a nature reserve that was once home to the Chumash Indians – with simple cedar log cabins and traditional tents, all beautifully appointed and set in a quiet, picturesque valley beside a running creek surrounded by oaks and sycamores. Local activities range from biking, … [Read more...]