Falling for “The American Riviera”

“Inspiration Point rewards hikers with stunning views of the greater Santa Barbara area, including the northern Channel Islands.”

Escape to Santa Barbara Along California’s Central Coast.
The focal point of any trip to Santa Barbara is the downtown area, characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture.

Santa Barbara, on California’s Central Coast Region, lies between the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the beaches on the Pacific Ocean.

As a reminder of the city’s founding in 1786 Mission Santa Barbara sits on a hill as a home to Franciscan friars and a museum.

Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs

“Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs” keep the Spanish colonial heritage alive.

And, then there is State Street.

Home to one-of-a-kind boutiques. World class restaurants. Intimate wine tasting rooms. “And local seasonal fare.”

Highlights and Headlines: November 2017

Escape

Not just for college seniors and senior citizens

“If Santa Barbara makes you think of retirees and college kids, you’re not technically wrong: those contingents still thrive here. But thanks to a few new boutique hotels and a budding restaurant scene, the city is now an ultra-chill and just-hip-enough place to hang by the beach for a few days. Here’s your game plan.” Santa Barbara Is the LA Road Trip You Need to Be Taking – gq.com

Polo

Fancy Sports, Fancy Places

“Unlike other areas of the US and the world, sporting events with dress codes and signature cocktails aren’t really a thing in California. But the people behind the SB Polo and Wine fest are here to change that, and not just for the sake of getting fancy for a night.” Interview: Grab your Fancy Hat for The Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Fest – culturecollide.com

Wharf

Historic Stearn’s Wharf

“When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a quarter century.” Stearn’s Wharf – Visit Santa Barbara

Funk

Artistic Millennials with Boutique Ambitions

““Over the past few decades, this district, which spans the area between the ocean and Highway 101 and is adjacent to the Amtrak station, has enjoyed an upswell of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops that cater to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side.” The Funk Zone – Visit Santa Barbara

Hiking

Inspiration Point by way of the Tunnel Trail

““For a usually warm, usually busy, always beautiful half-day hike in Santa Barbara, Inspiration Point by way of the Tunnel Trail, is a great bet. Not to be confused with the Inspiration Point offshore on Anacapa Island or the hike to Inspiration Point in the San Gabriel Mountains by way of Echo Mountain, this Inspiration Point rewards hikers with stunning views of the greater Santa Barbara area, including the northern Channel Islands.” Inspiration Point – outdoorproject.com

Downtown

Santa Barbara, Shops on State Street in the city of Santa Barbara in southern California

““The focal point of any trip to Santa Barbara is the downtown area, characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture. Whether it’s your first visit or your fifth, you’re sure to find something you’ll love here.” Downtown Santa Barbara – Visit Santa Barbara

 

Sovereignty

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

“The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R.1491, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act, at a markup session last month. The bill ratifies a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to place the land, known as Camp 4, in trust.” Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county –  indianz.com

Luxury

Ritzy Bacara Santa Barbara

“It appears that Bacara Santa Barbara will soon become a Ritz-Carlton as the hotel is currently going through some ownership changes and with the new buyer comes a new management contract for the resort. Currently Bacara Santa Barbara is part of the Meritage Collection.  Is Bacara Santa Barbara Becoming a Ritz-Carlton? – Points Miles & Martinis

Mansions

Hidden Hillside Montecito Mansions

“Hillside homes in this Santa Barbara, California, area have to-die-for views and lots of space for running around” Montecito: A Celebrity Paradise That’s Surprisingly Under the Radar – Mansion Global

Ellen Degeneres in Carpinteria

Carpinteria, a beach town situated in-between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the central coast of California. The stylish beachfront property sits right on the sand and has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms with floor to ceiling windows providing breathtaking ocean views. Sold! Ellen Degeneres snaps up a stylish beachfront property – dailymail.co.uk

 

Wine

Babcock Winery & Vineyards

“His offerings include an entire portfolio of stunning “Terroir Extraordinaire” Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. At the winery, one can also find beautiful estate grown renderings of Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, along with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that are selected from some of Santa Barbara County’s most stunning vineyards.” Babcock Winery & Vineyards – Visit Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Wine Collective

“Adjacent to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective is sister property, and newly opened Helena Avenue Bakery. This artisan bakery offers rustic, wholesome breads and handmade seasonal pastries. Helena Avenue Bakery also specializes in hand-crafted, made from scratch, baked sweet and savory treats.” Santa Barbara Wine Collective – Visit Santa Barbara

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