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Archways and columns lead the way to Allegretto’s expansive 12,000 sq. ft. piazza. Exploration of the property is encouraged.
Ah, Paso Robles. Dubbed by some as the “new Napa,” Paso has exploded onto the wine scene in recent years. But despite its growing fame, Paso has managed to keep its rural cowboy charm and laid-back California vibe. Here are three Paso winers - and a few others from across the Central Coast, too - that have caught our eye.
of himself, from the grapes he grows to the expansive art collection he displays, even down to the exact height of each archway and the angle of each stone in the walkways. Allegretto is a musical term describing a cheerful tempo of 112 to 120 beats per minute, and for Ayres, there is music in every aspect of the resort — including the building itself.
Allegretto Vineyard Resort
“I look at this as sacred geometry infused through the music of the architecture,” he said. Exploration of the property is encouraged, so feel free to roam and discover the exquisite artwork and antiques (my favorite: the massive slice of Sequoia which is thousands of years old). Head out to the pool or the Abbey, or take a meditative walk in the sonic labyrinth and the 20-acre vineyards. There’s also a top-notch spa, and a restaurant, Cello, featuring Northern Italian cuisine.
Allegretto is conveniently located near downtown Paso just off CA-46, but is masterfully crafted to feel miles away from the rest of the world. There is so much to do and experience at Allegretto, it’s easy to fill your days immersed in its many offerings — and the wines are a perfect complement to it all. Allegretto is the passion project of Doug Ayres, of the Ayres hotel family. It has become a soulful extension
The 171 rooms surround a 12,000 sq. ft. piazza, which invites guests to hang with friends around the fountain, fire pits, and cozy nooks. Book a Prelude Terrazza room that overlooks the piazza, and plan to watch the sun set from your private patio — with a bottle of wine or two, of course. Oh yes, the wine! Like everything else at Allegretto, it is crafted with intention and harmony. “My philosophy of wine here is that it’s a qualitative component of love and balance, infused with the characteristics of all the body of the wine,” said Ayres. Our favorite was the Tannat. It is bold, with flavors of dark cherries and cinnamon, and an anise finish. The grapes for all Allegretto’s wines are sourced not only from the onsite vineyard, but also from Willow
Creek and a small selection of other Paso vineyards. Be sure to check out the Viognier, Vermintino, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec — all grown at the resort. All are on offer in the mellow, peaceful tasting room just off the main lobby. Allegretto Vineyard Resort is at 2700 Buena Vista Dr in Paso Robles. For more: allegrettowines.com, or (805) 369-2526.
Art and wine: it’s the classic pairing. They both have the power to provoke contemplation, to ignite excitement. Paso’s Sculpterra checks those boxes emphatically, with artfully crafted wines, a passionate staff, and dedicated owners. It doesn’t hurt that they also happen to have an incredible sculpture collection.
Interesting and beautiful artwork abounds at Allegretto, includings in the tasting room (above). Book a room with a terrazza (below) and watch the sun set over the piazza.
Scattered amongst the gorgeous landscaping, you’ll find massive flying fish, dragonflies, jaguars, mammoths, eagles, and more. The level of detail and artistry is incredible — the wrought-iron gates, the light fixtures, the door handles, the embellishments in the tasting room’s exposed beams. The longer you look, the more you’ll discover. Be sure to check out one of the newest installations — a wall detailing the winemaking history of the Paso Robles region — while enjoying the regular live music acts that grace their outdoor stage. But hey, we all know why you’re really here: the wine. The Frankel family’s sprawling estate includes a bit of everything, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Primitivo, Mouvedre, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Pinot Noir. Winemaker Paul Frankel literally grew up amongst the grapes, roaming the vineyards with his dad, Sculpterra founder Dr. Warren Frankel. When Paul joined the family business, he realized there was an area in the vineyards where the cool air settled at night, creating a microclimate that could
support the Pinot Noir grape. “Nobody knows this land better than Paul,” Dale Morris, the Frankels’ neighbor who also works in the tasting room (and has her own wines, Jade Moon). “He is so invested in this place!” The result of this family affair? Sublime. The 2016 Pinot Noir offers
flavors of black tea leaves, cherry, clove, and mint, lingering on the finish. Our favorite was the ’15 Cab dubbed Bentley Ironworks, so named in honor of Sculpterra’s master blacksmith/sculptor Bob Bentley. Well structured with an oaky nose, it is enticingly balanced, with a tart berry taste and velvety oak-infused tannins. We also got a taste of the ’14, which was even more refined
Sculpterra’s outdoor art is larger than life — from a giant kaleidoscope to John Jagger’s metal and stone sculptures.
and blissful. “This is what a Paso Cab should be,” said tasting room assistant manager, Darren Brown. (Side note for newbies: Don’t be afraid to reveal your novice. Darren, like all the Sculpterra gang, is a super patient and enthusiastic educator.)
Another favorite: The Héroe. The hard-working vineyard and production team are the inspiration behind Héroe. The faces of these “heroes” of the land grace the bottles of this offshoot of Sculpterra, and proceeds help operate free medical clinics in Baja California through The Flying Samaritans.
Don’t forget to grab a bag of pistachios before you leave the tasting room. They represent the starting point for Sculpterra four decades ago, and still reign over 30 acres of the estate. Sculpterra is at 5015 Linne Rd in Paso Robles. For more: sculpterra.com, or (805) 226-8881
Perched on top of a hill up the winding Peachy Canyon Road lies a winery with some of the most stunning views to be had in the region: Calcareous Vineyard. From its tasting room, you can see 60 miles across the Salinas Valley. The views are inspiring, but it was the soil that originally inspired the father-daughter team of Lloyd Messer and Dana Brown to plant roots here. The limestone plateau is what gave the winery its name, and what prompted Lloyd and Dana to leave their native Iowa to create wines that “let the soil speak.” With its many artful details, you’ll want to linger in Sculpterra’s tasting room.
Planted at Calcareous are 38 acres of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre,
At 1,700 ft above sea level, the views from Calareous are among the best to be had in the region.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, along with one acre of Chardonnay, Dana’s favorite. Calcareous also sources from York Mountain and the nearby Kate’s Vineyard (from which they source all of their Zinfandel).
walking the land. He passed away in 2006, the first year of production. Calcareous honors him in numerous ways; look for the preserved set of his boots outside the tasting room, and the red blends bearing his name.
We loved the 2018 Vin Gris Cuvée, with its watermelon-honeydew nose and clean, cherry peach favor. With our long, hot summers that often overlap into fall, this super refreshing wine is a happy, easy-drinking wine. The ’17 Tres Violet was another winner, with its blend of 36 percent Grenache, 34 percent Mourvedre and 30 percent Syrah. Rich with supple tannins, this Rhone blend has intense flavors of cherry and chocolate.
Do yourself a favor and schedule a wine and artisan cheese pairing. As we gazed out over the valley, glass in hand, we had a cheerful de-
You’ll enjoy your tasting in the stunning Lloyd’s Lookout, which boasts 180-degree views — even from inside — and a large, grassy seating area on the edge of the hillside. The tasting room is, appropriately, named after founder Lloyd “Moose” Messer, who loved to spend long hours
bate over which we liked best: the Drunken Goat (Spanish goat cheese bathed in red wine), Ewenique (Paso sheep’s milk) or Beecher’s (cow milk from Vermont). Come on a weekend from noon to 3pm for food and wine pairings, and live music on most Sundays. Calcareous Vineyard is at 3430 Peachy Canyon Rd, Paso Robles. For more: calcareous.com or (805) 239-0289
The wine and artisan cheese pairing at Calcareous.
Herzog Wine Cellars
Oxnard Based in Oxnard, Herzog Wine Cellars sources grapes from a huge swath of California. “Our vineyards stretch from Napa, to Lake County, to the Central Coast because we want to grow the right grapes in the right places so that they will express themselves perfectly,” said Herzog’s David Whittemore. Herzog now creates more than 50 different wines a year. New to the Herzog lineup this year are two sparkling wines (one red, one white). The Herzog family has been producing kosher wines in California since 1985, but the family traces its wine-making roots to Europe in 1775. Their tasting room offers flights of six to eight wines, spacious lounges (indoor and outdoor), and the option of taking a self-guided tour of their 77,000 sq. ft. facility. Bonus: They’ve got their own restaurant inside the winery! Tierra Sur is critically ac-
claimed and utilizes locally-sourced ingredients; thus, the menu changes with the seasons. Herzog Wine Cellars is at 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. For more: herzogwine.com or (805) 983-1560
Old Creek Ranch Winery
Ventura A historic property that lies just inside the boundaries of the Ojai Valley, Old Creek Ranch Winery is enjoying a new life thanks to the Holguin family and winemaker Jeremy Leffert (also of Tooth & Nail). They’ve added a plethora of delectable outdoor seating areas, and “Much of the furniture is constructed from reclaimed wood from an old barn that was on the property,” said Jane Holguin. They’ve also begun replanting vineyards of Pinot Gris, Viognier, Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, with plans for Petite Sirah, Grenache, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, and Syrah. For now, they source grapes from locations like Edna Valley, Los
Olivos District, and Alisos Canyon. This rural winery is ideal for an afternoon of wine tasting and lounging with friends, your kids, and your leashed dog, too! Old Creek Ranch is at 10024 E Old Creek Rd, Ventura. For more: oldcreekranch.com or (805) 649-4132.
Jamie Slone Winery
Santa Barbara Jamie Slone is a Renaissance man. He’s run radio stations, worked in real estate, raced cars in Sonoma, and now, owns Jamie Slone Winery with his wife, Kym. This “micro boutique” winery in the Historic El Paseo only makes about 50 to 100 cases of each varietal with winemaker in Steve Clifton (of Brewer-Clifton Winery). “Our wine is not esoteric,” Jamie said. “It’s representative of Kym and myself.” The word has gotten out about this winery — in July, they were named “Best Winery” and “Best Tasting
Room” in the Santa Barbara NewsPress Readers Choice Awards. New to the downtown Santa Barbara tasting room: an outdoor terrazza seating area. Jamie Slone is at 23 E De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara. For more: jamieslonewines.com or (805) 560-6555
Grassini Family Vineyards
Santa Barbara There’s a reason Grassini Family Vineyards includes the word “family” in their name. Founders Larry and Sharon Grassini, with support from their four daughters, operate their Santa Ynez vineyard. But it wasn’t until vineyard experts informed them that their 104-acre parcel had huge potential to grow Bordeaux varietals that they decided to plant grapes. Today, their Historic El Paseo tasting rooms spotlight their Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, among others. They’ve won a slew of awards — most recently (2018) Best Urban Tasting Room, Best Winery, and Best Tasting Room by the Santa Barbara News-Press and Santa Barbara Independent. They also operate sustainably: the vineyard and winery on solar power, the winery is built from reclaimed wood, and uses reclaimed water to irrigate their landscaping. Grassini Family Vineyards is at 24 El Paseo, Santa Barbara. For more: grassinifamilyvineyards.com or (805) 897-3366
Au Bon Climat
Santa Barbara A trip to France in the mid ‘70s changed the course of Jim Clendenen’s life. Rather than continue on his path to becoming an attorney, he decided to pursue winemaking. Since the early ‘80s, he has built Au Bon Climat into a winery with an international reputation. Perhaps best known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and
Pinot Gris, Au Bon Climat sources fruit from Clendenen’s Le Bon Climat Vineyard, as well as from Bien Nacido Vineyard, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Los Alamos Vineyard, and Talley Vineyard, among others. Visitors to his Historic El Paseo tasting room can sample Au Bon Climat and several of Clendenen’s other projects, such as Clendenen Family Vineyard, Ici/La-Bas, Barham Mendelsohn, and Vita Nova. Au Bon Climat is at 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara. For more: aubonclimat.com or (805) 963-7999
Santa Barbara Sandra Newman wears lots of hats: owner of Cebada Wine and Forbidden Fruit Orchards, horticulturist, and winemaker. Her 100-acre farm came first in 2002, followed four years later by seven and a half acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. A horticulturist with two degrees in plant science, Newman said, “My style is old-world style winemaking — very much French style.” Her wines are gaining momentum; the French Laundry just purchased a case of her Sparkling Rosé, and her wines are being featured in tastings at both Belmond El Encanto and the Ritz Carlton Bacara. She’ll also be featured in a forthcoming book about female winemakers in Santa Barbara County. New at Cebada’s downtown Santa Barbara tasting room: a blueberry dessert wine made from organic berries grown at Newman’s farm. Stop in on Saturdays, when she’s almost always in the tasting room. Cebada is at 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara. For more: cebadawine.com or (805) 451-2570
Brick Barn Wine Estate
Buellton Brick Barn’s 35-acre estate is situated on a pocket of land that benefits from its proximity to the ocean (just
10 miles away) and the long, sunny days of the Central Coast. Their name comes from an early 1970s brick horse barn on the property, which now serves as the tasting room. Opening their doors seven years ago, Brick Barn is helmed by Norman and Kathleen Williams and winemaker Rob DaFoe. Brick Barn’s tasting room features indoor seating as well as sprawling outdoor patios, with fireplaces and plenty of space to take in the expansive views. While there, be sure to check out the Albariño, which has won awards in Sonoma County and San Francisco. But with a slew of wines from Syrah to Vermentino, Pinot Noir to Grenache Blanc and more, you’ll find something to suit every tastebud. Brick Barn is at 795 W Hwy 246, Buellton. For more: brickbarnwine estate.com or (805) 686-1208
Niven Family Wines
San Luis Obispo Why have one winery when you can have four? Baileyana, Tangent, True Muth and Zocker make up the Niven Family Wines. Together, they offer more than 30 wines. “(W)e really can find a wine that suits every palate – from crisp and vibrant Albariño and butter Chardonnay, to elegant Pinot Noirs and big, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon!” said Niven’s Karl Boone. Niven grows 11 grape varieties that showcase their property’s cool climate. At the historic tasting room (located in a schoolhouse built in 1909), you can taste across all four Niven brands. Then, play some bocce ball, rent a picnic table, and book a cheese and charcuterie platter before taking in the amazing views. Niven Family Wines is at 5828 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo. For more: nivenfamilywines.com or (805) 269-8200 This is the first in a series about Central Coast wines. Which should we cover next? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Exhibition title: “Sentenced to Death” Friday 9/27 at 7:30 pm, Free Admission This one night pop-up performance art event by conceptual artist Miss Art World presents a disturbing and obsessive struggle to obtain the unrealistic “perfected” physical body. Performance art pushes the audience to actively experience live unpredictable and spontaneous art unfolding before them. Miss Art World’s performances toy with glamour and disgust, taken to the extremes and pushed to death. Exhibition title: Magical Realism | 10/5 - 11/16 | 7:30 pm Free Admission Omar D'Leon & Andrea Yomtob - Magical Realism is chiefly a Latin-American narrative strategy that is characterized by the matter-of-fact inclusion of fantastic or mythical elements into seemingly realistic fiction. Omar and Andrea use vibrantly rich, bold color in their work. Omar D'León is a Nicaraguan painter and poet whose work is collected in national institutions of fine art across the Americas. D'León studied nine years at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Nicaragua under its director Rodrigo Peñalba. He moved to Camarillo a quarter of a century ago. Omar D'Leon and Andrea Yomtob artists use painting technique that incorporates oil and wax on canvas. Each layer of paint is scratched through to reveal the color beneath, creating a style very reminiscent of Impressionism. The technique was developed by Omar d’ León and later taught to his pupil, Andrea Yomtob. Omar and Andrea have been painting together at Omar's studio in Camarillo for almost 25 years. Fall 2019
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Fall is a great time for... Edward Albee’s Seascape
August 30 - October 6
Surprise, Laughter, and History
Enjoy the surprise in Edward Albee’s SEASCAPE and the laughter in Neil Simon’s, LOST IN YONKERS during our final two offerings for Season 2019. Both won Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1975 and the second in 1991.
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MUERTE BROTHERS CIRCUS The Greatest Show NOT on Earth
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Halloween in Heritage Valley By Rachael Quisel
For many travelers, CA-Highway 126 serves as little more than a conduit between U.S. Route 101 on the coast, and Interstate 5 in Los Angeles County. But do yourself a favor: next time you’re on the 126, stop and do a little exploring. Collectively known as the Heritage Valley, the communities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru will surprise you with the number of activities, events, museums, restaurants, and culture they offer. If it’s spooky fall fun you seek, look no further — the Heritage Valley has you covered with its Ghostwalk and the Zombie Hunter Train. Now in its 25th year, the family-friendly Ghostwalk spotlights some of the area’s creepiest bits of folklore. Adult audiences, meanwhile, can hop on a historic train car at the Fillmore & Western Railway to battle zombies — with a paintball gun in one hand and a drink in the other. • Defend your train from zombies!
• Hear ghost stories straight from the source!
Halloween: The night when the dead come back to life. Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Hone your survival skills on Fillmore’s Zombie Hunter Train, and you’ll be prepared when grassy graves break open and bony hands pop through!
As the season of trick-or-treat draws near, Ghostwalk 2019 provides an immersive theatrical experience sure to delight the whole family. While you stroll, the phantoms, specters, and spooks of all sorts that lived (or might have lived) in the Santa Clara River Valley take corporeal form to share their tales. There’s no shortage of creatively batty stories, all inspired by real — or really-well imagined — events. This year, your ghoulish guide will take you deep into the confines of a circa-1920s circus, where tiger trainer Mabel Stark leads you around to each doomed act.
If you choose to accept this mission, you’ll be carted onto one of Fillmore & Western Railway’s historic trains and conveyed down a rural railway. Once you reach ground zero, you’ll battle with the army of the undead! But don’t worry. You’ll be surrounded by other fighters, and you’ll all be armed with Stryker Paintball & Airsoft zombie-destroying weapons. Each fighter has up to 250 paintballs, which is a lot considering these boogeymen haven’t got anything to shoot back with! Zombies will roam the fields as you and your teammates paint them up — it’s practically target practice. Children as young as 8 years old are recruited to the front lines against the zombies. Several hundred people, including many families, sign up for the hour-long event at the start of every spooky season, hosts say. They claim no railroad employees have fallen to the dread zombie disease, but past guests insist they’ve seen a decaying corpse shuffling through the train’s aisles. Zombie hunters have reported that “the zombie actors were great and would even fall to the ground and play dead.” Tickets are known to sell out, so don’t hesitate if you want a chance to go on this thrilling train ride! You can also simply watch the slaughter if you prefer. Whether you want to blast zombies, or sit back and enjoy some adult beverages and watch the ensuing slaughter, you’re sure to have a fun time! Starting Oct. 5 and continuing every weekend through Oct. 27, you’ll have the opportunity to prove yourself. Departure times are at 5:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Rumor has it, the late rides make for a good scare. Will you join in the fight? Prices are $55 for Zombie Hunters and $25 for spectator passengers.
One Ghostwalk performer said that the ghoulish production can be a “rollerghoster.” But, seriously, don’t worry too much: Since the tour began 25 years ago, the only bone that past patrons have complained of breaking has been their funny bone. Presented by the Santa Paula Theater Center, the production is quite an undertaking, and each year has brought new poltergeists to the stage. The current buzz is that magicians, clowns, and even trained animals have been added to the long list of undead entertainers. But whichever phantasm haunts the tent, remember that the stories are all dead-icated to you, dear guest. This year’s walk will be hosted in the old Fumigation Building, but don’t hold your breath waiting in line to buy tickets. Patrons are encouraged to reserve in advance. Performances take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from Oct. 11 to 27. The 1-hour tour starts every 30 minutes beginning at 6 pm, with the last one at 9 pm. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. While rumors abound that some ghosts are former patrons of the walk, you can trust that your tour won’t come to a dead end. All captive audience members inevitably make their way to their final resting place. After all, fortune favors the grave.
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MaKe cenTRaL coaST PRoDuce The STaR oF YouR neXT hoLiDaY PaRTY By Randy Graham When you think of fruit and vegetables from California, you may think about produce harvested in the Salinas or San Joaquin valleys. Me? I think about the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables grown on the farms of California’s Central Coast and valleys.
food. Zucchini is a nutritional, power-packed veggie high in vitamins A, B6, C, and folate.
Most fruits and vegetables are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Pistachio nuts, for example, are high in potassium; two ounces of pistachios contain more potassium than a large banana. Plums are rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals, helping to prevent heart diseases and stroke. Pumpkins have a low-calorie count, making them a weight loss-friendly
With the holidays coming up, so too will the holiday gatherings. Why not ditch the chips-and-dip routine and bring along a healthy, locally-grown dish instead?
Granita, Watermelon Cubes, and Pistachios
Bonus — all four are grown on the Central Coast!
Here are a few of my recipes that feature some of our region’s best fare. They’re sure to be the talk of your holiday potluck!
The key to good granita is to use the freshest of ingredients. In this recipe, the combination of fresh ginger, fresh jalapeño, and freshsqueezed lime juice explodes on your palate. The flavor of the watermelon is a bonus. The bold flavors in this granita linger a little too long on the palate to use it as a palate cleanser between courses, as is sometimes done. It does, however, make for a beautiful dessert! Visit the Santa Barbara Pistachio Company for farm-fresh pistachios. They are located at 3380 Highway 33, Ventucopa. See them also at the Ojai and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Markets. Ingredients:
Granita is a frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and assorted flavors. That’s all there is to it.
Savory Pumpkin Soup
1 cup sugar 3 1/2 cups water 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (peeled and chopped fine)
1 jalapeño (seeds removed, chopped fine) I got the herbs and spices just right, and before you could say “Bob’s your uncle,” my wife and I were enjoying this savory soup. It is the perfect fall/winter belly-warmer-upper. Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 white or yellow onion (chopped) 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced) 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 /2 teaspoon curry powder 1 /2 teaspoon rubbed sage 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped) 8 cups fresh pumpkin (peeled, seeded, and cut into cubes)
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2 cups vegetable broth 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 /2 cup heavy cream (plus extra for garnish) 1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 /2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Zest of 1 lime (chopped) 3 /4 cup fresh lime juice 4 cups watermelon (1-inch cubes) 4 teaspoons pistachio nuts (shelled, roasted, and chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped coarsely) Directions: Combine the sugar, water, ginger, and jalapeño in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer 5 minutes, remove from the heat. Cool then strain into a bowl. Stir in the lime zest and juice. Pour into a flat container that will hold the mixture 1 inch high and fit into your freezer. Freeze for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to form a slush. Place watermelon cubes in a large bowl and toss with the mint. To serve, put a half-cup of granita in a glass, add a cup of the watermelon, sprinkle with a teaspoon of pistachios and top with a small spoonful of granita. Garnish with a small sprig of mint and serve immediately. Directions: In a large soup pot, melt the butter over mediumhigh heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic, turmeric, ginger, curry, and parsley. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add the pumpkin and vegetable broth. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, or until the pumpkin has softened completely. Transfer the soup (you may need to do this in batches) to a blender and process until smooth. Return the soup to the pot and add the lime juice, cream, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and cook until warmed through. To serve, ladle into bowls and drizzle cream on top. I like to serve this with a fresh loaf of crusty rustic bread. Tip: This recipe makes enough soup for four adults. It can easily be doubled if you need more! california101guide.com
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Open Monday-Sunday 11am-7pm Closed on Tuesday Brittany Davis Gallery is a classical fine art gallery with a new exciting twist. Showcasing a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glassware and more by local and international artists. The gallery has monthly rotating exhibits with group and solo shows. Every time you visit, there are new works to enjoy with our monthly rotation. Also, you can find a few surprise installations in the gallery. One being the in the Sky room. Walking around the gallery is friendly to all that want to view and learn about who and how the work is made.
Dan Schultz Fine Art Gallery & Studio 106 N. Signal St., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 317-9634 www.danschultzfineart.com The gallery’s exclusive focus is artwork by American fine artist, Dan Schultz. Visitors will see the full range of his subject matter including his popular plein air Ojai landscapes, his award-winning paintings of figures outdoors and also his portrait work. “In fact, Dan has been named Best Artist in Ojai by the Ojai Valley News Best of Ojai competition.” When Dan isn’t outdoors painting the beautiful Ojai landscape, he is usually painting in his studio area inside the gallery. Please stop and visit next time you’re in the Ojai area!
canvas and paper 311 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023 www.canvasandpaper.org Hours: Thursday – Sunday, noon – 5pm A non-profit exhibition space showing paintings and drawings from the 20th century and earlier in thematic and single artist exhibits.
Mark Churchill: Caveman Chemistry By Amelia Fleetwood Mark Churchill has been making pottery for more than 25 years. Inspired by traditional Japanese and Korean craftsmanship, his collections feature handmade dinnerware, mugs, vessels, and sculptures. “I make everything, but creating really practical pieces is important because my life is very much based on function,” Mark said. “Those are the things that matter.” Drawn to pieces that have a quiet, uncomplicated presence, Mark has a unique style that mixes a MidCentury/Scandinavian feel with more traditional Asian influences. Each of his firings is completely unique; the subtle differences in every piece are regarded not as imperfections, but proof of life. Mark strives to create work that is soulful. He uses materials for clay and glazes that echo the natural
All photos by Mariana Schulze world, sourced from local mountains and ranches in Ojai, California, where he lives nearby with his wife Rebekah Miles, also a ceramic artist, and their baby girl. After taking to ceramics in high school, Mark continued to study with local Ojai master ceramist, Frank Massarella. “My mother is an artist and everyone in my family makes things with their hands, so I tested out of school and left to apprentice Frank.” For Mark, being part of a pottery lineage is important; he’s had the same apprentice for the last five years, Kiren Sahgal. Mark added, “My theory is that I will certainly die with a minimum of 5,000 things left unmade. That’s why we have apprentices: Because one, hopefully they will be better than
Mark, daughter Inez, and wife, Rebekah Miles.
you, and two, some part of what you teach them will keep going by passing along this vast amount of
Mark working a new piece.
knowledge as a legacy. Of course, it changes its manifestation and incarnation, but if you put Frank’s work, my work, and Kiren’s work all next to each other, anyone could see that they are all related and connected.” Mark chats with his apprentice, Kirin Sahgal. Southern Californian ceramics was because I had known him since I put on the map began on my own ceramic path,” with the help of acclaimed master Mark said. “I was Frank’s apprentice, ceramists Beatrice Wood, and Otto but Otto was always so helpful and Vivika Heino. These particular and generous with me. There are artists also famously made Ojai certain things that I learned from their home. When Otto Heino died, him that I use to this day.” On a Mark was brought in as an expert lighter note, he jokes, “Having that by The Thacher School to facilitate kiln also allowed me to use the the difficult job of moving and greatest pick-up line a potter could dismantling his heavy and fragile ask for when I was courting my wife, kilns. Rebekah. ‘I’ve got my own kiln if you “I was lucky enough to be given one ever need me to fire anything for of Otto’s kilns, which was incredible you!’ It worked like a charm.”
Feeling lucky to have (as Mark puts it) the most magical set up of all time, Mark credits his obsession and compulsion as his driving force. “It’s me watching stuff go around in circles most of the time, and my nemesis is that hammock over there.” (He pointed to a cozy hammock hanging in the yard nearby.) “It’s all I do and all I think about. At this point, my brain chemistry is such that if I don’t sit down and throw, it’s very easy to tell that something is off with me.” Part of the original ceramic process is to access materials from the natural world. In California we have red terra cotta, which contains iron that melts at a very
Mark’s daughter Inez gets busy with some clay. california101guide.com
Mark sitting in his studio explaing his art.
low temperature. Adding elements such as ash and sand, which have a higher melting temperature, is how the development of high-fired stoneware and porcelain originated. Mark elaborated, “Back in time, someone probably got a kiln too hot and the ash, which was a byproduct of a wood they were using, settled on the pots and melted into a glaze. They were probably like ‘OH MY GOD,’ and from there it’s just caveman chemistry. It’s all very basic, really. The ash comes from our trees at the ranch and is often a result of my family sitting around a fire pit, talking.” Most of Mark’s pieces survived the 2017 Thomas Fire, inspiring him to go forward making only pieces that have a timeless quality, as this type of artwork stays put once it’s fired. Mark added, “Aside from bronze sculptures, high fired ceramics, particularly porcelain, are the things that would withstand the world ending!
Because of this, I am really cautious and extra hard on myself as to what goes out into the world.” Mark also spends time teaching ceramics at The Clay School in Ojai, finding it inspiring watching his students take up this art form for the first time. “When I was young, pottery was not cool. I would have had a very different life growing up nowadays, where pottery is cool and marijuana is legal,” he joked. These days, Mark’s work is found at Ojai’s highly curated lifestyle store, In the Field, as well as in other stores worldwide that share his aesthetic and quest for elevated, thoughtful design. He will also be showing his sculptures in Ojai’s The Basic Premise Gallery in early 2020. For updates and more, see markchurchillceramics.com.
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The Day Spa of Ojai 209 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 640-1100 www. thedayspa.com Our mission is to offer a place of tranquility and rejuvenation. A place where one can come to mend … to rest their body and their mind. A quiet place to reconnect with the spirit within. We will do all we can to make you feel comfortable … to take care of you… to help bring you back to an energized feeling of well being. The therapists at The Day Spa of Ojai are highly trained to recognize and apply our various treatments and products to your specific needs. The professional and personalized skin analysis and recommendations you will receive at The Day Spa of Ojai are simply not available at your local department or drug store.
Bamboo Creek Spa 1002 E. Ojai Ave., Suite B, Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 299-5899 www.bamboocreekspa.com Open every day 10am - 10pm (except Tuesday 11am - 8 pm) Bamboo Creek Spa is a sanctuary located in downtown Ojai, California. Opened in 2012 by Alice Ramsay, a Chinese native now living in the USA, the spa is an outgrowth of Alice’s desire to bring massage to more people at modest prices. Hot oil massage - Allows for deep finger pressure and slow firm strokes, releasing chronic patterns of tension and stress. Reflexology - An ancient Chinese healing therapy that stimulates the entire body and brings on natural healing properties. Hot Stone Therapy - Hot stones bring heat to sore, stiff muscles, restoring energy and balance while melting away tension.
AA Relaxing Station 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, Ca 93023 (805) 640-1602 Wed - Mon: 10am - 10pm • Tues: 10am - 8pm Both men and women can find professional spa services to suit their needs at Ojai’s AA Relaxing Station. Reduce stress and unwanted knots with a full body massage. Seeking alternative remedies like physiotherapy? This spa can help you with all of your needs. Stop going to places that make you wait days or even weeks for an appointment. This spa lets you come in when you’re ready with their convenient walk-in policy. Customers at AA Relaxing Station will love the simple and nearby street parking options.
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Sleeping with the ghosts By Rachael Quisel
These chilling accommodations are a great place to rest your head. Just keep one eye open.
Bella Maggiore Inn Ventura
Lights flickering? Smell a rose-
scented perfume? Maybe it’s In Ventura, Sylvia Michaels, looking for her the Bella gentleman caller at the Bella Maggiore Inn … Maggiore Inn has been operating since 1926 with a full staff and a few extras. Guests note their paranormal encounters in a thick book in the inn’s front parlor.
Just how many poltergeists roam the Bella Maggiore’s halls is a mystery. It’s rumored that the ghosts were victims of an organized crime unit that purportedly ran its business from the inn. Within the dark past of the now-pleasant inn are the deaths of previous guests: Mark, who died of a drug overdose, and Elizabeth, a small child who was murdered on the first floor, to name a few. But the most frequent midnight visitor is Sylvia Michaels. Many who visit the Bella Maggiore have an encounter with what they can only describe as her specter. Around 1947, she was murdered — or died by suicide — in Room 17 where she lived for a period. Some say she was a writer, but most believe she was a lady of the night who rendezvoused with her clients at the inn. Perhaps the fact that she only knocks on a door if the room is occupied by a man is evidence of the latter. She also has a tendency to prank men by moving their wallets, though both men and women report smelling 40
her signature scent, a heady roseinfused perfume.
soul remains. The room is a hub for paranormal activity, guests say.
While you’re visiting, if you feel that the air has been sucked out of the room or notice flickering lights, it may be signs of an otherworldly encounter at the Bella Maggiore.
However, patrons have reported their belongings being moved and seeing the form of ghostly apparitions all over the inn. Even a piano appears to have been enchanted, as the instrument’s bell-like music can be heard intermittently during the day or night.
Bella Maggiore Inn is located at 67 S California St, Ventura
For more: bellamaggioreinn.com (805) 652-0277 or (800) 523-8479
Glen Tavern Inn Santa Paula
Be sure not to cheat at cards at the Glen Tavern Inn. You may just end up roommates with the specter in Room 307.
Constructed in 1911, the Glen Tavern Inn has a long and spirited history. The hotel’s motto, “Where the Past Comes to Life,” is dead-on, as ghosts allegedly haunt the rooms to this day. In fact, the hotel is so renowned for its uninvited guests that it was featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures in 2013 and “The Dead Files” in 2014.
Rumored to have been a speakeasy during prohibition, the Glen Tavern was no stranger to debauchery. Dark happenings beyond the standard gambling and drinking took place within its walls. It’s said that a man caught cheating at cards was murdered in Room 307, where his unsettled Why do I get the feeling someone is watching me?
Mediums who investigate the sightings are recurring guests of the Glen Tavern Inn. The chill of unnamed specters haunts its halls, so only book here if you’re prepared for a thrill! The Glen Tavern Inn is located at 134 N Mill St, Santa Paula
For more: glentavern.com (805) 933-5550
Santa Barbara You’ll want to sleep with the lights on at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara, which was once a WWII hospital. Both employees and guests have reported paranormal activity such as creaky bodiless footsteps that pace back and forth along the hallways, shadows that seem to move of their own volition, and airborne objects. It makes one wonder if perhaps some veterans decided to stay on long after the california101guide.com
of the Central Coast war ended. Even the wires connecting the electrical current seem to be penetrated by supernatural forces, as the lights flicker on and off without cause. I’d bring along a flashlight just in case you’re thrust into total darkness. Right around the witching hour at the Hyatt Centric, between three and four in the morning, it’s rumored that motion detectors sense activity when there is nothing around to be seen with the human eye. It would seem these particular ghosts have a knack when it comes to electricity. They certainly know how to turn on my sympathetic nervous system! Whether you take flight or fight, a late night encounter here is sure to get your heart pumping. The Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is located at 1111 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
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Historic Santa Maria Inn Santa Maria
Did silent film actor Rudolph Valentino return to the Historic Santa Maria Inn after his death?
This Historic Santa Maria Inn isn’t just a popular place for politicians and celebrities; according to local lore, it’s a favorite place for poltergeists.
Built in 1917, word got out about the inn’s quality accommodations, and famous folks journeying along El Camino Real regularly stopped in. Those who found refuge at the Santa Maria reportedly include President Herbert Hoover, Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, William Randolph Hearst, and Rudolph Valentino among others. california101guide.com
Rumor has it that Valentino — a heartthrob actor who starred in several well-known silent films — checked back in to the hotel after his untimely death at the age of 31. But he was missing one vital thing: his body! His room door, marked with a star and his name, is said to be knocked on at all hours of the day or night, though when guests open the door, there’s no one behind it. There have even been accounts of clientele finding the Latin lover sprawled out on the room’s bed. Another room, said to be haunted by a sea captain and his mistress, may not have the notoriety of Valentino, but that’s compensated by ghostly pranks such as cold spots, slamming doors, strobing lights, and a ghoulish surprise at the foot of the bed. But these occurrences aren’t restricted to the rooms; professionals found evidence of supernatural activity in the Santa Maria’s gardens and the cellar. There’s even mysterious piano music that serenades the patrons. But guests can rest assured: These ghosts are known to be friendly, if a bit mischievous. The Historic Santa Maria Inn is located at 801 S Broadway, Santa Maria
For more: santamariainn.com (805) 928-7777 or (800) 462-4276
Paso Robles Inn Paso Robles There’s unfinished business at the Paso Robles Inn.
Stormy evenings make ghosts nervous — especially J.H. Emsley. Rumor has it he likes to make calls to the front desk when the skies turn angry over the Paso Robles Inn.
A brick hotel was originally built here in 1890 by architect Stanford White, who also designed Madison
Square Garden and the Boston Public Library. The Paso Robles Inn was supposed to be everlasting. But, in 1940, careless guests started a fire that resulted in its destruction. J.H. Emsley, the night clerk, discovered the blaze and sounded the alarm. Everyone escaped alive, except him. He reportedly died of a heart attack before learning that all the guests had made it to safety. In 1945, some of the original bricks were used to rebuild the hotel, including the notorious Room 1007. Shortly thereafter, the phantom phone calls from that room began. The phone would ring and the hotel attendant would pick it up only to hear nothing on the other end. Perplexed, staff at the Paso Robles Inn sought the aid of the phone company, who reported no mechanical problems. The calls are usually made on stormy evenings. Once, instead of calling the front desk, the room dialed 911; even spookier, the call was placed at just about the same time the distress call was made in the 1940 fire. A few hotel employees have conjectured that Emsley’s spirit, infused into the walls of the new wing, continues to strive to protect the hotel guests to this day. Book 1007 early, as the room haunted by this heroic ghost is in high demand. The Paso Robles Inn is located at 1103 Spring St, Paso Robles
For more: pasoroblesinn.com (805) 238-2660 or (800) 676-1713
CALIFORNIA 101 Dining Guide
Sakura Ojai Japanese Restaurant 219 E. Matilija St., Ojai, CA 93023 www.sakuraojai.com (805) 646-8777 Mon - Thur - 11:30 - 2:30/5:00 - 9:30 • Fri - 11:30 - 2:30/5:00 - 10:00 • Sat - 11:30 - 10:00 • Sun - 11:30 - 9:30 • Sushi, Roll• Vegetarian Dishes • Teppan Yaki (Salmon, Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Rib Eye Steak) • Soup and Noodles • Salad and More!
Jim & Rob’s Fresh Grill 214 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 www.jimandrobsojai.com (805) 640-1301 Voted Best Burrito & Best Burger in town! Proudly serving locals & visitors for over 21 years! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Veggie, Vegan & G-free items available! Margaritas, Seasonal Cocktails, Craft Beers • Happy Hours 3-6 pm Mon-Fri, Sports on 5 HDTVs! Restaurant open @8am Daily Enjoy a drink on the patio! Cantina open @12pm M-F, 11am S-S
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Ojai Cafe Emporium 108 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023 www. ojaicafeemporium.com (805) 646-2723 Open 7 days a week from 7am till 3pm Serving the Ojai Valley since 1985. A favorite Breakfast and Lunch spot for locals and visitors. Voted Best Bakery, Breakfast and Lunch. Beautiful outdoor dining as well as indoors. Visit our Bakery located in the front of the building, featuring fresh baked goods and coffee bar. We are known for our fresh food and extensive menu, you’re sure to find something to please everyone. We look forward to serving you soon.
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Bonnie Lu’s Country Cafe 328 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 646-0207 Open Daily for Breakfast & Lunch 7am - 2:30pm • Closed Wednesdays We are a charming country cafe serving good fixin’s with a smile! An Ojai favorite classic American diner since 1995. Traditional comfort food including farm-fresh omelets, homemade soups, and hearty sandwiches made with ingredients from local distributors.
JJ’s Sports Zone 820 N. Ventura Ave, Oak View, CA 93022 (805) 649-4655 www.jjssportszone.com Where families, sports fans & local teams come together! Enjoy a casual environment dedicated to providing you with quality food & service. Certified Angus Beef • Free Range Chicken • Freshly Baked Bread •• 8 imported & domestic beers on tap as well as various bottled beers •••• Great selection of wines (bottles & by the glass) •• •• Great menu selections •• hot wings, salads, burgers, tacos, pasta, hand-cut fries, fried catfish, sandwiches •• We serve certified Angus beef, free-range chicken & nitrate-free bacon ••
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California 101 Golf Trail Santa Barbara County By The Unknown Golfer
f you are a golfer of any kind and you find yourself traveling along Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County, there’s an abundance of beautiful public golf courses awaiting your arrival. Along with my trusty golfing companion, Jason, we visited three alifornia is a playground for anyone lovesand the discovered outdoors. From highly-recommended Santa Barbara County who courses three hiking gems.
and fishing, to surfing and camping, it would take 100 lifetimes to explore
Jason every and I set offand to play Rancho San Golden Marcos, La Purisima, andyou thefactor Alisal River nook cranny of the State. When in theCourse. more Jason is golf a serious golfer(as with a three handicap. With aCalifornia flexible work schedule and a love than 900 courses estimated by Southern PGA), California is a for the game of golf, Jason gets in at least two rounds per week and had played all three golfer’s dream come true. courses previously. As for me, I just recently returned to playing golf after a long layoff so all three courseshills wereand newmountain to me. All views, challenged my advanced werethere’s also kind From the rolling to the cliffs andpartner, oceanbut vistas, no enough to offer me some thrills and highlights, despite my ever-changing golf shortage of fairways and greens for every level of linksman seeking to find game. some
new swinging grounds. All of these courses offer golf instruction, rentals, and Rancho San Marcos, La Purisima, and the Alisal River Course had a few things in common. First, dining that can cater to any group or individual’s specific needs. Let’s take a look for the quality of the courses, the green fees were kind to our wallets. Second, all three courses atwere a few courses in Santa Barbara County. in terrific condition. Last winter the area enjoyed some much-needed rain and the courses were beneficiaries of the water. Lastly, the staff at each venue provided world-class service and were helpful as we made our way around their courses. Side note: we walked each course, which was enjoyable and a good workout.
ancho San Marcos, Santa Barbara • Rancho is a short but beautiful drive from Santa Barbara and is only 15 minutes from wine country. As we pulled up to the clubhouse we were greeted by friendly staff, and within minutes I was hitting complimentary balls on the driving range. After a quick warm-up, Jason and I teed off. Despite playing during peak time the pace was great, and because of the rural setting it felt like we were miles away from civilization — a huge perk for those golfers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Rancho San Marcos
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As we worked our way through the course, we crossed paths with a pack of wild turkeys and all kinds of other wildlife. As for the course, at 6,939 yards, I was left with some long and challenging second shots, but Jason’s long and accurate drives kept him in position for a low score. Throughout the day, the course conditions remained stellar, and of the three courses it was clear that Rancho San Marcos benefitted the most from the recent rainy season. The fairways were nice and it paid to stay within their parameters, as I quickly discovered. The greens were challenging but true and fast; if I had one “gripe,” it was that they were hard. More than one of my approach shots landed on the green but ended up sliding off the backside; but as the round went on both Jason and I adjusted.
Regarding the round, Jason said, “Rancho San Marcos has always been a fun course and I’m excited to play that track every chance I get. Being that it is set back into the Santa Ynez Mountains, it makes for a peaceful day, and there is something spiritual about the surroundings.” When considering the course, pace of play, green fees, staff, and just the overall experience in general, we gave Rancho San Marcos two thumbs up. Rancho San Marcos is located at 4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara Book a tee time and learn more: rsm1804.com; (805) 683-6334
a Purisima, Lompoc • The second course on our list was La Purisima. Much like Rancho San Marcos, La Purisima is a short 30-mile drive from Santa Barbara. Once you get to the course, the views are breathtaking and the course is in terrific shape.
Despite the warnings of afternoon winds, Jason and I had a midday tee time, and the first tee box was open and awaiting our arrival. After teeing off we did not catch the group ahead of us for the better part of an hour, and even then the pace of play was excellent.
Photos by Aidan Bradley As a first-time golfer at La Purisima I wasn’t too sure what to expect, other than it had a reputation as one of the best courses on the Central Coast — and I quickly discovered why. The tree-lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers underscored the importance of being accurate off the tee, and I found myself laying up more than I normally would. Even for Jason, who has played the course for years, the layout was a challenge and he’d have to pause to think about a number of his shots throughout the day.
“La Purisima is a tough course, but if I can get into a groove and I’m smart off the tee, I tend to score pretty well. The best part of this course is that it tests all aspects of your game which is one of the reasons I like it so much. If you get careless you’ll rack up strokes in a hurry,” he said. A lot was made of the afternoon winds and while we did get some, it wasn’t enough to make a big difference on our round. After a solid first nine, my back nine got a little rocky; the challenging 12th hole — a par-5 — increased my overall score by nine strokes. I was able to right the ship but the damage was done. After having a blast on the course, we finished with a cold beverage in the clubhouse, where the staff was friendly and welcoming. Our La Purisima outing was stellar, and it was way more than I expected leading up to the round. I’ll definitely be returning in the near future for another crack at No. 12. We give La Purisima two big thumbs up! La Purisima is located at 3455 E Highway 246, Lompoc Book a tee time and learn more: lapurisimagolf.com; (805) 735-8395 50
he River Course at Alisal, Solvang • At 6,830 yards, the par-72 Alisal course was the one I knew the least about heading into this golf adventure. The course was described to me as challenging but forgiving, and I think that was a perfect description of my overall experience. The River Course is located in Solvang so it is easy to get to and is in close proximity to many great restaurants and wineries. Our day at the River Course started with an early tee time and we were treated to a brisk, clear day with no trace of wind whatsoever. There were a number of groups that got out ahead of us but the pace of play was ideal and we rarely had to wait at any point during our round.
The River Course at Alisal
Photos by Aidan Bradley
I found the fairways manageable and it was clear The River Course rewards players who hit the ball long and straight. Jason managed to go under par for the front nine — mostly due to great tee shots which left him with relatively simple approach shots. For a less accomplished golfer like me, when I stayed in the fairway I saw success but if I hit wide, my second shots were pretty challenging. Jason and I both putted well at The River Course because the greens were in magnificent condition and the ball rolled true throughout the day. “I’d say the greens here were the best of the three courses we played. I was striking the ball pretty well, but my putting was spot-on. It’s been a few years since I had a chance to go under par for the day but I nearly did it today,” said Jason. With the condition of the course, the stunning views of the Santa Ynez Valley and the overall experience of our round, we also gave The River Course two big thumbs up. After our round we enjoyed lunch at the River Grill, which proved to be an excellent choice. The food was stellar and the atmosphere was relaxing — just what we needed after a round of golf. The River Course at the Alisal is located at 150 Alisal Rd, Solvang Book a tee time and learn more: rivercourse.com; (805) 688-6042 california101guide.com
CALIFORNIA 101 Golf Trail
Simi Hills Golf Course 5031 Alamo St., Simi Valley, CA 93063 (805) 522-0803
Simi Hills Golf Course offers tree-lined rolling fairways and plush greens that will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Water hazards come into play on eight holes, and over 50 bunkers are strategically placed throughout the layout. The course is extremely fair and fun for all golfers - just pick one of the five sets of tees to match your game, and you’ll be on your way to a great day. Simi Hills is dedicated to providing an exceptional golf experience and one of the best values in the state. In addition to 18 great holes of golf, Simi Hills offers exceptional practice facilities, with a lighted driving range and practice putting green, as well as chipping and bunker practice areas.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course 1386 Chambersburg Rd., Fillmore, CA 93015 (805) 524-1121 www.elkinsranchgc.com Over time, Elkins Ranch golf course has evolved and today exhibits the care and thought that have taken full advantage of its unique location and natural landscape. Magnificently framed against the backdrop of the rugged Sespe and San Cayetano Mountain ranges, five lakes come into play on nine different holes. Several elevated tees offer breathtaking views, and the signature 17th hole (440-yard, par 4) offers an unforgettable vision of the entire Heritage Valley, with an accurate drive required to hit the fairway situated 110 feet below! This is the finest Ventura County golf course.
Soule Park Golf Course 1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 646-5633
Soule Park Golf Course is one of the Country’s most highly regarded municipal golf courses. Situated in the spectacular Ojai Valley, Soule Park was ranked the 48th best municipal golf course in the country by Golf Week magazine in 2014. The golf course at Soule Park was originally designed by renowned architect William F. Bell in 1962. Bell was responsible for many other iconic Southern California golf courses including Torrey Pines (North and South) in San Diego and Sandpiper in Santa Barbara. In 2005 Soule Park underwent a golf course renovation led by Gil Hanse who is one of the industry’s most highly regarded modern-day golf course architects.
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course 4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (877) RSM-1804 www.rsm1804.com From the moment we opened in January of 1998, Rancho San Marcos Golf Course has been a classic. Designed by legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., this course became the talk of the community by offering a world class golf course on 300 spectacular acres. This course is both a treasure to behold and a strategic challenge that no golfer can resist with a staff of individuals dedicated to ensuring your golf experience is the finest it can possibly be. Rancho San Marcos is conveniently located 15 minutes west of the Santa Barbara beaches, and 15 minutes east of the wine country community of Santa Ynez and Danish village town of Solvang.
Santa Barbara Golf Club 3500 McCaw Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 687-7087 www.playsantabarbara.com Santa Barbara Golf Club opened for play in 1958, and since that time has been challenging golfers of all skill levels with interesting golf course architecture and beautiful views of the surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains as its dramatic backdrop. With several local and traveling golf groups and clubs, Santa Barbara Golf Club is a wonderful place to meet new friends and socialize with family or business contacts. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, the golf club is open and welcome for public use 365 days a year. If you’re one of the thousands of touring visitors to the area, have no doubt that you’ll find Santa Barbara Golf Club to be the best golfing value in town!
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HOLIDAY SEASON ON THE CENTRAL COAST
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The holiday season is here! (Unless you’re a pumpkin spice fan, in which case you kicked things off in August at Starbucks.) The Central Coast plays host to hundreds of holiday events, from haunted houses to winter wine walks, so get out there and celebrate!
OCTOBER • Oct. 1 to 31 Cambria Scarecrow Festival Move over, Dorothy, the scarecrows are coming! Hundreds of them, in fact, all over the city of Cambria. Residents of all ages get in on the fun. How many can you spot? Where: Cambria For more: www.cambriascarecrows.com • Oct. 4 to 6 California Avocado Festival
• Oct. 4 to 30 Friday to Sunday) and Oct. 31 The Haunt in Atascadero The Haunt in Atascadero is ranked among the top haunted houses on the Central Coast! What makes it different: rather than a trail of people moving through the space, only small groups are allowed to move through the space at a time. The intimate experience is immersive, interactive, and wholly thrilling. With lights-on tours for kids, regular shows, and full-scale, in-the-dark “night terror” shows, there’s a scare for every age and taste. Where: 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero Tickets: $50 to $20; $40 four-packs For more: www.thehauntinatascadero.com • Oct. 5 to 6 Morro Bay Harbor Festival
It’s all about the avocado at the 33rd annual California Avocado Festival. Well, not JUST about the avocado — it’s also about music! Avofest is one of the state’s biggest free music festivals, with more than 74 musical acts on four stages, slated for 2019. Set in the beach town of Carpinteria, Avofest is home to the world’s largest vat of guacamole, as well as every kind of avocado food you can imagine (and plenty more you can’t!). Lots of activities, tastings, contests, learning opportunities, and more make this a great family event. Want to bring your pet? They’re not allowed iside the festival, but you can drop them in the free doggie daycare with Sandy Paws Carpinteria Canine Care. Where: 800 Linden Ave, Carpinteria For more: www.avofest.com • Oct. 4 to 6 Central Coast Railroad Festival Train lovers unite! Check out this festival spread all over San Luis 54
Obispo County Oct. 4 to 6. Private model train enthusiasts will open their doors to show off their model railways. Several other events, such talks at the SLO Railway Museum and the SLO Railroad Museum Train Fest (Oct. 6 at the museum) are on the lineup. There’s way too much to list here, so be sure to check out the website for tickets and full details! Where: Various locations in San Luis Obispo County For more: www. ccrrf.com
Head on down to the Morro Bay Embarcadero for two days of live music, family activities, contests, fresh fish & other food, and local spirits. Two stages of live music will continue rocking throughout the weekend. Need libations to get your groove on? Head to the Oktoberfest beer garden! Kids will have plenty to do, too, with a rock climbing wall, rides, face painting and lots more. Where: 1210 Embarcadero, Morro Bay Tickets: $6 to $10 For more: www.mbhf.com • Oct. 5 to Oct. 27 (weekends) Fillmore & Western Railway’s Pumpkinliner Why drive to the pumpkin patch when you can ride there in a historic train instead? Hop on the vintage “Pumpkinliner” and cruise to the patch, where you can do a lot more than just pick out the perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin! Enjoy Jolly Jumps, ride the antique carousel, get lost in the hay maze, get your face painted, explore the many vendors, brave the haunted house, and feast in goodies like tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, and roasted corn! Advanced booking is strongly recommended. Where: Fillmore & Western Railway, 364 Main St, Fillmore Tickets: $10-$22 (infants free) For more: www.fwry.com california101guide.com
• Oct. 5 to Oct. 27 (weekends) Fillmore & Western Railway’s Zombie Hunter Train
• Oct. 11, 6 to 9 pm Rocktoberfest at SLO Brew Rock Can’t make it to the real thing? Let SLO Brew bring Oktoberfest to you — Central Coast style! Biergarten games, live music, lederhosen, an all-you-can-eat German buffet, keg-bowling, and beer maids running out quality brews … what more could you ask for? Where: SLO Brew, 855 Aerovista Pl, San Luis Obispo Tickets: $60 or $450 (VIP table for 6) For more: www.slobrew.com
Think you’ve got what it takes to fend off the zombies? Find out on the Zombie Hunter Train! Blast the zombies lurking along the train route with a paintball gun, or enjoy the show with a cocktail in hand. In addition to being open every weekend in October, the Fillmore & Western Railway has added two Fridays — Oct. 18 and 25 — to their lineup. Still, be sure to book early. See our Heritage Valley Halloween story for more details. Where: Fillmore & Western Railway, 364 Main St, Fillmore Tickets: $55, or $25 (ride only) For more: www.fwry.xom
Brew up some fun with friends at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival! Held at the sprawling 230-acre Elings Park, the festival offers more than 40 beers, wines and ciders ‚ among them Angel City Brewery, Flying Embers, Firestone, Golden Road, Kona Brewing Co, Institution Ale Co, Island Brewing Co, Los Padres Brewing Co, Lagunitas, Poseidon, Rincon, Stone, SLO Brew, Sunshine Bottleworks Yerba Mate, Topa Topa Brewing Co, Truly, Tura, and tons more. Also on offer: plenty of local foods and live music from Wall of Tom, SolTree, Rent Party Blues Band, Kenny Nelson, and DJ Wizard. Get in an hour early with a VIP pass. The event benefits the Santa Barbara Rugby Association and the Elings Park Foundation. Where: Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd, Santa Barbara Tickets: $45 to $65 (both include souvenir glass) For more: www.sbbeerfestival.com
• Oct. 11 to 27 (weekends) Santa Paula Ghostwalk
• Oct. 12, 2 to 6 pm Arroyo Grande Beer Feast Festival
The Santa Paula Theater Center will presents its annual “theater in the streets” on three weekends in October. Head out on a walking tour led by the undead. See our article on Heritage Valley Halloween for more details.
Beer lovers, rejoice! Come “feast” on 33 craft beers and food from 15 restaurants while enjoying live music in Arroyo Grande’s beautiful Heritage Square Park. Proceeds go to 5 Cities Meals on Wheels and the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association. Where: 201 Nelson Street, Arroyo Grande Tickets: $65/$75; $25 for designated drivers (food only) For more: www.arroyograndevillage.org/beerfeast
Where: Former Fumigation Building , 822 E. Santa Barbara St, Santa Paula Tickets: $10 to $15 For more: www.ghostwalk.com • Oct. 12, 11 am to 6 pm ART Santa Barbara Festival The Santa Barbara Art District is hosting the ART Santa Barbara Festival celebrating the talented artists and growing number of galleries in the neighborhood and community as a whole. This festival of fine art designed as a self-guided walking tour of the Santa Barbara Art District. More than 15 galleries are participating featuring live painting, live music, live artist talks and of course, original artwork. Downtown’s Art District galleries exhibit the works of Santa Barbara and regional artists as well as internationally known, collectible works. More than 100 artists are represented. Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m, a kick-off reception is planned at State Gallery (1219 State St.), featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and art by Santa Barbara’s Abstract Art Collective. An after-hours Print Fair is free and open to the public at Glenn Dallas Gallery, 927 State St, Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 pm Where: Various locations in Santa Barbara Tickets: varies; see website For more: www.santabarbaraartdistrict.com california101guide.com
• Oct. 17 to 20 Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley
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• Oct. 12, 12:30 to 4:30 pm Santa Barbara Beer Festival
The Santa Ynez Valley, home to one of the California Central Coast’s renowned wine regions, will host its inaugural four-day food, wine and experiential event, Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley: The First Course in Food, Wine, and Experiences, Oct. 17 to 20. The new signature event will take place in the six Santa Ynez Valley wine country towns of Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang, Ballard, and Buellton, with immersive experiences meant to serve as an introductory course to the edible and imbibe-able bounty of the burgeoning food, wine and beer destination. More than 100 restaurants, wineries, wine tasting rooms, breweries, distilleries, and entertainment venues will welcome Santa Ynez Valley visitors and locals during the four days of foodie adventure, with other many associated events on the lineup. “Santa Ynez Valley is quietly rising to the top of wine and food lovers’ lists as a must-visit wine region, and our offering of not one, but six towns to explore and consume, means there’s something here for nearly every ‘taste’,” said Shelby Sim, President / CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, the destination marketing organization overseeing the event’s production. Fall 2019
Where: Various locations in Santa Ynez Valley Tickets: varies; see website For more: www.visitsyv.com/taste-of-the-santa-ynez-valley
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• Oct. 18 to 20 Sideways Fest
• Oct. 27, noon to 3 pm Día de los Muertos Santa Barbara With its Spanish architecture, the beautiful courtyard of the Casa de le Guerra is the perfect place for a Dia de los Muertos celebration. The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing this event back for the whole family Oct. 27. Celebrate the “Day of the Dead” by making traditional decorations like tissue paper flowers tin art, sugar skulls and block prints, then feasting on Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto. Where: Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De la Guerra St, Santa Barbara For more: www.sbthp.org/dia-de-los-muertos • Oct. 27 SYV Museum movie screening SYV Museum movie screening of “Townspeople” presented by John Copeland, Producer and Board member www.santaynezmuseum.org
The cult hit Sideways put the Santa Ynez Valley on the wine map. Now, the region is paying tribute to the movie with a festival in its honor. Screenings, panels, tastings (especially of Pinot Noirs!) … this festival promises to be a blast for Sideways fans and the uninitiated alike! See our article in the Santa Ynez section for more information. Where: Various locations in Santa Ynez Valley Tickets: varies; see website For more: www.sidewaysfest.com • Oct. 18 to 20, 4:30 to 7:30 pm Complimentary workshop at Lucky Hen Larder with artist Chelsea Ward. Treat yourself to gourmet/artisan baked goods, salads and sandwiches or a charcuterie platter- photo attached • Oct. 18 Boo at the Zoo at Santa Barbara Zoo Come out and trick-or-treat in a safe, fun, and educational environment. Hop aboard the Boo-Choo-Choo train, get up close with creepy crawly zoo residents, play games, and more! Where: Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara Tickets: $12 to $20 For more: s www.bzoo.org • Oct. 18-20 Paso Robles Wine Country Harvest Wine Weekend Love vino? Then get yourself out to Paso Robles Wine Country for the Harvest Wine Weekend! With more than 140 activities all over the region — from exclusive winemaker dinners to ceremonial grape stomps to special releases — you’re sure to find your way to a perfect, wine-drenched adventure. And if 140 events sounds like a lot, hop over to pasowine.com, where all the events are listed. Where: Paso Robles Wine Country Tickets: varies For more: www.pasowine.com • Oct. 26, 5 to 8:30 pm Zoo Boo at the Charles Paddock Zoo The Central Coast’s only zoo does it right for Halloween! Enjoy a
night suitable for all ages featuring a costume contest, games, a haunted house, and of course, more than 200 incredible animals! Where: Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero Tickets: $13 (ages 2 and under are free) For more: www.charlespaddockzoo.org
• Oct. 27, 2 to 5:30 pm Taste of Ojai Come have a taste — or two, or three — of the Ojai Valley! This Rotary Club of Ojai event features fantastic local wines, beers, and spirits, along with food from a diverse range of local restaurants. From Home Kitchen’s famous grilled cheese to Mandala’s unmatched Tibetan cuisine; Boccali’s pizza to Lark Ellen Farms grain-free granola; The Artesian’s meatballs to Ojai Pub’s gastropub fare to Wild at Heart’s strawberry mint bio-soda, there really will be something for every palate. On tap: Ojai Valley Brewery’s craft beers, which use local chaparral herbs to tell the tale of Ojai through brews; Topa Mountain Winery’s lovely selection of wines sourced from the Santa Barbara region; and Alquimia Organic Tequila, voted No. 1 by GQ and produced by Ojai’s Murillo family. More is on the horizon, so check the website for updates. This 19th annual event has moved from the Ojai Valley Inn to the Topa Mountain Winery. This relatively new tasting room sits on a beautiful property just west of downtown with what is arguably the area’s best view of Ojai’s famous Topa Topa mountains. The bright and airy indoor tasting room has plenty of seating faces east toward the Topas. Take in the “Pink Moment” indoors or out in the expansive backyard, which has a small vineyard, plenty of intimate seating areas, a music stage, and lawn games like giant Jenga and bocce ball. Live music will be provided by the Danny McGaw Band throughout the afternoon. Proceeds from this event go to the Rotary Club of Ojai, which gives out almost $70,000 in college scholarships to local students annually. Where: Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W. Ojai Ave, Ojai Tickets: $75 to $85 For more: www.tasteofojai.com • Oct. 31 Halloween Street Faire Halloween Street Faire 5-8 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez will feature music by the Agin Brothers Territorial Law Band, bounce houses, small tractor riding course for the kids, candy, prizes and a Halloween Costume Contest. Besides the typical age group categories, two new categories have been added this year; Best Family Themed Costume and Best Homemade Costume. The movie california101guide.com
“Young Frankenstein” will be showing outdoors at the Santa Ynez Historical Museum. The Santa Ynez Elks will be barbequing their delicious tri tip sandwiches and most restaurants will be open. The event is sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation, The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Village Properties, El Rancho Market and the members of the Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce. • Oct. 31 to Nov. 10 Ojai Film Festival
NOVEMBER • Nov. 9, 10 Vaquero Show and Sale Vaquero Show and Sale at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez A special event featuring Vaquero horsemanship demonstrations as well as western art, home décor, horse bits, spurs, chaps and more • Nov. 11, 10 am to 3 pm Veterans Day Commemoration at Reagan Library
Also taking place the same weekend is the Holiday Marketplace with its new location in Ojai’s Libbey Park. The companion event will feature lifestyle and fashion items from more than 40 vendors. Admission to the Marketplace is free. The weekend benefits the Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO education and community program, which offers free music workshops to the Ojai Valley public schools and the community. Where: various Ojai Valley locations Tickets: $40 For more: www.ojaifestival.org/2019-ojai-holiday-home-tour-marketplace • Nov. 25, 10 am to 3 pm Carpinteria Valley Museum of History Holiday Faire Peruse through more than 85 artisans at the 39th annual Carpinteria Valley Museum of History’s Holiday Faire. From ceramics, to succulent dish gardens, exotic wooden bowls to fresh, home-baked treats, there will be something for every taste and budget. Live bluegrass and Irish folk music help set the tone — as do the face-painting booth and visits to Santa Claus! Where: 956 Maple Ave, Carpinteria For more: www.carpinteriahistoricalmuseum.org • Nov. 29 to Dec. 23, 5 to 9 pm Cambria Christmas Market
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will host a Veterans Day event to honor those who serve in the United States Armed Forces. Activities include live music, a Civil War encampment military vehicle display, and a special program to honor all branches of the military. Speaking will be Captain Dan Pedersen, who served in Vietnam and was among the men who formed the Navy’s legendary “Topgun” graduate program. There is no cost for military vets with ID (but reservations are recommended). Where: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley Tickets: $29.95 (includes library entry) For more: www.reaganfoundation.org
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Celebrating 20 years, the Ojai Film Festival returns to the bucolic Ojai Valley Oct. 31 to Nov. 10. Featuring free Halloween films the first evening, the week swells with screenings ranging from environmental documentaries to animated shorts. See our article in the Ojai Valley section for more information. Where: Various locations in the Ojai Valley Tickets: varies; see website For more: www.ojaifilmfestival.com
to the various holiday themes. Self-guided tours runs 10 am to 4 pm. each day. This year, a tour highlight is the acclaimed modern country home of architect Scott Johnson, of Johnson Fain.
• Nov. 16 and 17 Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace
Enter a winter wonderland and find yourself immersed in a world of twinkling lights, music and merriment this holiday season in Cambria. Shop in the huge (and adorable!) vendor market, take photos with Santa, enjoy live music, taste traditional German foods, sip warm glühwein, and more at this charming outdoor festival. With a biergarten. live music, train rides, and more, this is one NOT to be missed! The 23rd annual Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace invites guests to tour four Ojai Valley residences, highlighting the distinctive architectural and historical styles while giving glimpses california101guide.com
Where: Cambria (park at Coast Union High School, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Rd, or The Brambles, 4005 Burton Dr, and catch a free shuttle to the location) Tickets: varies Fall 2019
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• Nov. 30 to Dec. 22 (weekends) Fillmore & Western Railway’s Sugar Plum Express
• Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 4:30 to 7:30 pm Christmas at the Ranch with Santa Celebrate the season at the Historic Camarillo Ranch Dec. 10! Get a tour of this beautiful and historic estate, which dates back to 1892 and was owned by the city’s namesake, Adolfo Camarillo. The property’s barn has been transformed into Santa’s workshop, where you can get a photo with Santa, feast on festive food and drinks, explore the holiday market, and enjoy the Victorian Carolers! In the giving spirit? Donate to the Camarillo Ranch Foundation’s toy drive! Where: Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd, Camarillo Tickets: $6, or $20 for a family four-pack For more: www.camarilloranchfoundation.org • Dec. 6 to 7 Solvang Julefest Tree Lighting and Parade
Picking out a Christmas tree is a special family tradition. Why not add to it with a ride on a vintage train? Pick out a beautiful pre-cut Christmas tree, take photos with Santa Claus, take a ride on the antique carousel, jump in the Jolly Jump, peruse the Holiday Village and its wide selection of gifts and holiday-themed wares, and lots more! As with all Fillmore & Western Railway holiday events, booking in advance is strongly recommended. Where: Fillmore & Western Railway Santa Paula Depot, 200 N. 10th St, Santa Paula Tickets: $10-$20 (infants free) For more: www.fwry.xom • Nov. 30 to Dec. 30 Christmas at Hearst Castle As if Hearst Castle wasn’t grand enough, just wait till you see it during the holidays! Mr. Hearst went all out in the ’20s and ‘30s, and this unique state park carries on the tradition, with huge Christmas trees and elaborate decorations indoors and out. Where: Hearst Castle, 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon Tickets: varies For more: www.hearstcastle.org DECEMBER • Dec. 1, 5 pm Santa Ynez Community Christmas Tree Lighting Santa Ynez Community Christmas Tree Lighting 4-6. A delightful small town event with caroling, dance performances, hot cider, holiday sweets, crafts for the kids all culminating at the end of the evening by lighting the largest living tree in the SY Valley. Please check the event calendar on our website for more event information. https://santaynezchamber.org/member-directory/ • Dec. 1, 5 pm Arroyo Grande Christmas Parade This 17th annual Christmas Parade winds through the Arroyo Grande Village, and features dozens of local entries that highlight the
heart and soul of this sweet Central Coast community. Where: Arroyo Grande Village For more: www.agchristmasparade.com
Ring in the season in Solvang! Dec. 6 at 5 pm, watch as the tree is lit in Solvang Park, then enjoy free live entertainment from ballerinas, bands carolers, and Santa Claus! The next day, more than 400 participants will join in the Julefest Parade. Some of the best viewing points lie along Mission Drive and Copenhagen Drive and surrounding streets. Where: Mission Drive, Solvang For more: s www.olvangusa.com • Dec. 7, noon to 8 pm Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair Ventura’s favorite holiday wine event is back and it’s bigger than ever! Wine your way through the city’s historic downtown tasting beer, wine, and champagne all along the way. Tastings are set up in and around shops, so you’ll get the chance to explore just how amazing this shopping district really is! Come early and check out the Holoday Street Fair from noon to 8 pm Bring your holiday shopping list — you’re going to be able to find something for everyone Dec. 7! (And hey, if you just happen to do it all with a drink in your hand, we’re not here to judge.) As you go between wine tasting, you’ll get to enjoy live entertainment, beautiful holiday lighting, and snowfall from 6:45 to 8 p.m! Where: Downtown Ventura Tickets: $55 to $99 For more: www.venturawinterwinewalk.com • Dec. 7, 8 pm Granda Theatre Holiday Pops The Santa Barbara Symphony is descending on the beautiful Granada Theatre Dec. 7 for the Holiday Pops concert. Join conductor Andy Einhorn and Broadway star vocalist Christiane Noll as they lead you through an evening of holiday favorites at this historic location. Where: Granada Threatre, 1214 State St, Santa Barbara Tickets: $34 to $137 For more: www.granadasb.org • Dec. 7, 9 am to 6:30 pm Oxnard Tamale Festival Nothing says Christmas in Southern California like fresh, homemade tamales! Come celebrate this local specialty at the 12th annual Oxnard Tamales Festival. Music, fun for the kids, and of course, some truly amazing food! Bring the family for a day of holiday fun. Where: Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard california101guide.com
For more: www.oxnardtamalefestival.com • Dec. 7, 10 to 11 am. South County Holiday Parade Head out to Grover Beach for a morning of fun with the kids! After winding its way through town, the parade ends at the Ramona Garden Park Center. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy as admission to the event, which will be donated to local charities. Where: City of Grover Beach For more: www.groverbeach.org • Dec. 7, 6 to 8 pm Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade
• Dec. 14, 9 am to 4 pm Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Vintage Market Love animals? Shop for your holiday gifts and help support the Humane Society of Ventura County at the same time at the Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Vintage Market! Where: Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai For more: www.hsvs.org • Dec. 14 (noon) Orcutt Christmas Parade
• Dec. 8, 5:30 pm Santa Barbara Parade of Lights
The annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights kicks off at 3 pm on the City Pier with the opportunity to play in a whopping 10 tons (tons!) of snow. Get a picture with Santa and a goody bag (first 200 kids) and explore the harbor before settling in for the parade at 5:30 pm. About 30 boats year year — of all sizes — participate. The evening is capped off with a fireworks display! Get to Stearns Wharf for the best viewing opportunities. It’s also the location of the judging. Where: Santa Barbara Harbor For more: www.santabarbaraca.gov • Dec. 13, 5 to 9 pm Atascadero Winter Wonderland Come see Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens & Downtown transform into a winter paradise! Yes — snow, in Atascadero, and lots of it! Bring the kids to enjoy the giant snow slide, snow play area, rock climbing wall, bouncy houses, food, booths, and tons more. You might even spot Santa Claus! Where: Sunken Gardens, 6500 Palma, Atascadero For more: www.visitatascadero.com • Dec. 13 to 14, 6:30 pm (parade) Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights The Ventura Harbor is great any time of year, with a multitude of excellent shops and restaurants and fun family events. During the california101guide.com
More than 50 years old and with dozens of entries, this charming small-town affair is a true throwback. Expect marching bands, youth and veterans groups, community clubs, and — of course — a visit from Kris Kringle himself! Where: Downtown Orcutt For more: www.oldtownorcutt.org • Dec. 14, 10 am to 8 pm Channel Islands Harbor Parade of Lights The 54th annual Channel Islands Harbor Parade of Lights returns to Oxnard with a full day of fun Dec. 14. Enjoy a snow park during the day near Marine Emporium Landing (3600 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard), get your photo taken with Santa Claus, and explore the many food, gift and craft vendors — as well as the area’s fun and diverse shops. The main event kicks off at 7 pm with the Parade of Lights, which begins in front of Peninsula Park and loops around the main channel toward the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and back. Reserve a table at one of the harbor restaurants for front-row seats (and great food to boot). Where: Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard For more: www.channelislandsharbor.org
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Morro Bay does the holidays in true California beach style, with its Lighted Boat Parade. More than 40 boats decorate themselves from bow to stern with Christmas lights that would make Tim “The Toolman” Taylor jealous. The evening includes many other activities, including photos with Santa, hot cocoa stations, and live music. Where: Embarcadero Morro Bay For more: www.slocal.com
holidays they really kick it up a notch, and the annual Parade of Lights is the main event. Watch as boats decked out in holiday lights ring the harbor, with plenty of cheerful passengers and music. Be sure to get there early — this is one of Ventura’s most popular events! Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the holiday marketplace (complete with games and rides for the kids!) before the sun sets and the big show begins. Where: Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura For more: www.venturaharborvillage.com
• Dec. 14 to 5, 11 am to 4 pm Julefest Wine & Beer Walk Sip your way through Solvang at this “spirited” two day event! More than 15 local wineries and breweries are participating this year, and you get to be the judge of whose brews are best. Be sure to save room for the uncorking of the traditional “gløgg!” Buy your tickets early; they often sell out! Where: Various locations in Solvang Tickets: $45 For more: www.solvangusa.com Fall 2019
High School Open House: Monday, Oct. 14, 1-3 p.m. â€˘ PK-8th grade Open House: Saturday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m.
College Preparatory Boarding & Day School, Grades PK-12 Ojai Valley School offers a challenging academic program led by dedicated teachers who encourage critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, creativity, and collaboration. Across the grade levels, students enjoy an educational experience that extends beyond the classroom. Campus life is enriched by participating on sports teams, camping trips, community service projects, robotics, performing arts, equestrian, and more. OVS enrolls day students in grades PK-12 and resident students in grades 3-12.
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Summer Camp is a home, lifestyle and custom frame shop, located in a 1950’s gas station along highway 150, in Ojai. We carry handmade objects and gifts, with a focus on small batch, local and sustainable work. We love working with local artists and makers to bring one of a kind goods to you. We also specialize in custom picture framing. Preserving and showcasing your artwork, paintings and photography, with a wide range of options to choose from. We will match any written framing quote, including online framing websites. Open Tues-Saturday 11am - 5pm & Sunday 12pm-4pm
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Ojai’s must-see art scene
By Amelia Fleetwood
The Ojai Valley has long been known as an inspiring place for artists of all genres to settle and work. It’s not surprising that with the artists comes a multitude of diverse gallery styles. In Ojai you’ll find galleries hosting collectives, monthly shows, and even artistowned galleries. Each gives local and out-of-town artists a platform to show their work and interact with the community at large.
1. Porch Gallery
310 E. Matilija Avenue The curators and owners of the Porch Gallery, Lisa Casoni and Heather Stobo, are L.A. transplants who came to Ojai — like so many others — to find a more balanced lifestyle. Ojai resonated with the pair; they were especially attracted by the town’s commitment to the environment, the arts, and the community. Lisa shares, “Heather and I define the success of the gallery not just by our exhibitions, but also by the way that the community interacts with those exhibitions.” The Porch Gallery, with its openings that inspire Ojai residents and visitors alike, is known for its tasteful contemporary work, providing a unique, high-quality exhibition space that helps promote and place Located in a historic building, Porch Gallery sits just one block behind downtown Ojai. artists’s work. “We were voted ‘best art gallery’ in Ojai,” Lisa adds. “I would venture to say that happened not only because of the quality of our exhibitions, but because of our inclusive nature. We strive to give back to our town and have hosted many events and fundraisers since the beginning.” Located in a historic home built in 1874, the Porch Gallery and its owners are adding to its legacy. Exhibitions coming to the Porch Gallery: - Sept. 5 to Dec. 1: Beatrice Wood, Bed Stories and More - Dec. 5 to 22: Ojai Studio Artists, Small Works For more: porchgalleryojai.com; (805) 620-7589 Contemporary art adorns the walls of Porch Gallery, blending with echoes of its past life as a home built in the 19th century. california101guide.com
2. Basic Premise 918 E. Ojai Avenue
Basic Premise is the brain child of Ojai locals Matt Henriksen and Ted Nava. Their goal is to keep young artists showing locally by giving them a place to call home. Matt explains: “Selling art is the best way to support the artists, so even though we are moving away from a more established type of environment, we give the younger generation an exceptional opportunity to express themselves and also maintain a career, without having to look further afield.” Focusing on installations and residencies, Matt and Ted draw on their deep Ojai roots to make this gallery an exciting and vibrant place to experience bold and strong art. Exhibitions coming to Basic Premise: - September: The Oxnard Plain a collaboration with Oxnard Collective - October: Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales For more: thebasicpremisegallery.com
3. Brittany Davis Gallery 214 E. Ojai Avenue
Brittany Davis began her eponymous, self-described “classical fine art gallery with a twist” in the spring of 2019. She cites the need for a change of pace, after a stint running several popular galleries in Los Angeles. Her motto: “Fall in love with art.” Brittany’s Ojai Gallery showcases monthly, rotating solo shows as well as group-curated exhibitions by artists from all over the world, including Ojai. Her gallery consists of dedicated areas and The poster for Basic Premise’s next exhibit, “The installation rooms, where she hosts a wide variety of contemporary Oxnard Plain.” painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry. “I love meeting new artists. Each individual artist has so much to offer the world,” Brittany says. “I am constantly inspired by the artists I show, and really enjoy watching their craft change and evolve over the years.” Exhibitions coming to Brittany Davis Gallery: - Sept. 21: Interlace ~ Art Exhibit, featuring artists Glenn Wagner, Rhonda Burton, Eris Sharon, and Dave Reeser. For more: brittanydavisgallery.com; (714) 369-9869
The Brittany Davis Gallery is located in Ojai’s downtown Arcade, in the space past Ojai visitors will remember as the Primavera Gallery.
4. OVA Arts
238 E. Ojai Avenue “We try to keep it local,” explains OVA Arts gallery co-owner Julie Wellings. She began the OVA Arts collective with six fellow artists in 2013 as a way to support local artists from neighboring Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Their collective now includes about 45 artists who participate regularly in the gallery space. Look out for their live music celebrations every third Friday of the month, when they feature a new artist as part of the downtown area’s monthly Third Friday events. OVA also uses their space for special events as well as classes. They feature an eclectic mixture of wall art, pedestal art, and often include jewelry in their exhibitions. For more: ojaivalleyartists.com; (805) 646-5682
5. Firestick Pottery 1804 E. Ojai Avenue
Come and play with clay. Robin Nahan, owner of Firestick Pottery, takes pride in the fact that her studio is the primary ceramic studio in the city of Ojai, and where many of the town’s master potters and ceramic artists come to do their firing. “It all revolves around my OVA Arts is a collective featuring works by local artists, high-fire studio, including jewelry maker Patty McFall. our seven kilns, and the 50 different glazes that we offer,” Robin explains. Firestick Studio isn’t just for professionals; it’s also for members and visitors alike. Every day of the week, workshops are offered for anyone to drop in. Firestick Pottery is home to more than 30 members, whose artwork is also on display — making this a great spot to both look and learn. For more: (805) 272-8760
6. Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation 248 S. Montgomery St, Unit A
The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation was founded in 2015 as A place for professionals and novices alike, Firestick a way to commemorate the legacy of Carolyn Glasoe Bailey, an Pottery combines gallery space with ceramics studio. esteemed art dealer, after her death. The Foundation is committed to supporting the arts, and inaugurated a series of artist residencies which culminate in in-depth shows. These residencies always include collaborations with the community to maintain an inclusiveness with the town. Run by executive director Frederik Janka, previously the director of development at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, artists develop new bodies of work during their stay in Ojai. Frederik, whose extensive experience in the arts ensures museum-quality exhibitions, has championed many under-recognized artists from California and beyond. This gallery will not disappoint. Exhibitions coming to the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Photo by Two Fish Digital Foundation: Natural light drenches the gallery space at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey - Sept. 23: Kelly Akashi, L.A.-based artist and Foundation. california101guide.com
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This mixed media piece by Kelly Akashi is among the offerings at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation.
recipient of the 2019 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize. - Oct. 5 to Nov. 2: Annual exhibition of works by student artists throughout the Ojai Valley. The exhibition marks the beginning of a year long program called the Student Artist Mentorship for New Art Leaders, a professional development and leadership program that offers students hands-on learning in a museum gallery environment. - Nov. 16 through February 2020: Cole M James For more: carolynglasoebaileyfoundation.org; (805) 633-9188
7. canvas and paper 311 N. Montgomery Street
canvas and paper takes simplicity seriously. It is a small museum in a gallery setting. The art is not for sale, there are no openings or fanfare, just new art every three months. Located in a small, California-style bungalow with a pared-down style, canvas and paper is an appealingly neutral space in which the art is easy to absorb. This peaceful and calm gallery was founded by owner and longtime art collector, Neil Kreitman. His deep love of art prompted him to create this gift to Ojai. canvas and paper shows paintings and drawings from Neil’s personal collection of modern 20th century and earlier art, in both thematic and single artist exhibits. Exhibitions coming to canvas and paper: - December: paintings by William Scott (British, 1913-1989) For more: canvasandpaper.org; canvas and paper isn’t your average gallery. More museum than shop, it doesn’t have show openings — and the art isn’t for sale —but its exhibits are no less compelling. (805) 798-9301 66
8. Dan Schultz Fine Art 106 N. Signal Street
Dan Schultz opened the doors to his exclusive, one-man gallery and work space in 2011, after a lengthy, statewide search for the perfect place to call his own. “My wife and I picked Ojai,” Dan shares. “It is such an incredible place to paint because of the natural landscapes.” Dan focuses on impressionistic realism. “I love painting the Ojai Meadows Preserve, as well as the orchards on the East End of town.” Dan’s award-winning paintings of the bucolic countryside sum up the feeling of Ojai. You can find him painting in his studio area inside the gallery, located in the heart of Ojai. In the heart of downtown lies Dan Schultz’s one-man gallery, where he exhibits For more: danschultzfineart.com; one Dan Schultz originals — like this one, titled “Mountain View.” (805) 317-9634
9. Poppies Art and Gifts 323 E. Matilija Street
Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Peggie Williamson moved to Ojai 11 years ago. An artist herself, known for her traditional weavings, Peggie opened the doors to Poppies Art and Gifts this spring to give local artists and artisans a platform to show and sell their work. Peggie was one of the original owners at OVA Arts, and she used the idea of their collective to inspire her own endeavor. Poppies Art and Gifts houses cutting boards, paintings, pastels, story boxes as well as many other hand-crafted items. Peggie shares, “We’ve become a real community hang-out, with our opening receptions and art markets every third Friday and second Sunday. We even have a book club and a home-grown vegetable exchange!” When asked if she shows her weavings, Peggie laughs, “I can’t — there’s no room left on the walls!” The gallery/store is located just behind Ojai’s downtown Arcade, where they also offer monthly art classes. For more: poppiesartandgifts.com; (805) 798-0033 Among the many artists featured in Poppies Art & Gifts: Sespe Pottery, handmade by local artisan and teacher Crystal Eckels Davis. california101guide.com
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October 31 - November 10 • Narrative Shorts & Features • Documentaries & Animation • Susan Kucera & Jeff Bridges’ “Living in The Future’s Past” (Screening+Q&A with director) • Lifetime Achievement Honorees (Pat Boone & Eva Marie Saint) • Sergio Aragones Award for Best Animation (presented by Sergio Aragones) • Screenplay Competition & Live Table Read • Hawk Koch presents “The Way We Were” (Screening/Q&A/Book Signing) • Women in Film Legacy Series: Penny Marshall • Industry Insiders, Parties, Seminars, Workshops, Student/Teacher Programs • Opening Night Carnivale!
Free Halloween Movie in Libbey Bowl & Live Music Pre-Show! Featuring The Ojai Mardi Gras Quartet with Patricia Avis, plus Tequila Mockingbird, Rain Perry, Doug Knott, Iris Berry, Hamsa & Paulina Belly Dance. Costume Contest, surprise guests.
Free Halloween Fun Faire for All Ages! Arts & Crafts, Prizes, Face Painting, Fortune Telling, Ojai Library Table, Wheel of Fortune and more in Libbey Park! (Children 10 & under meet at Pixie’s General Store for Children’s Costume Contest & Trick or Treat Ojai).
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Ojai Film Festival Celebrates Two Decades Barbra Streisand, at 4 pm with a Q&A and signing for Koch’s new book after the movie.
This fall the Ojai Film Festival celebrates 20 years of bringing film to Ojai, and pays tribute to classic Hollywood with Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring actors Pat Boone and Eva Marie Saint. For directors, screenwriters, producers, animators, actors, students, Hollywood veterans, Academy members, and industry insiders alike, the Ojai Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world Oct. 31 through Nov. 10. Ranked one of the top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals by FilmFreeway, the Ojai Film Festival’s past roster of participants comprises films that went on to win Academy Awards, nominations, and other prestigious prizes. Continuing a longstanding tradition, the 20th annual festival spotlights ecology with Focus Earth, a full day dedicated to environmental films and eco-shorts. Headlining the event is the film Living In The Future’s Past, a beautifully photographed environmental documentary directed by Susan Kucera and narrated/produced by Jeff Bridges. A question-andanswer session and reception are planned to follow the film, slated for Nov. 10 at 4 pm.
Capping off this retro Hollywood weekend: Boone’s fellow Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Saint, will screen her classic film, North by Northwest, on Nov. 3 at 7 pm, followed a reception in the Ojai Art Center Gallery.
Ojai resident Sergio Aragonés will present the Ojai Film Festival’s Sergio Aragonés Award for Best Animation at the Nov. 3 Awards Brunch.
Susan Kucera directed Living In The Future’s Past, an environmental film narrated and produced by Jeff Bridges.
The opening weekend will feature a throwback tribute to the olden days of big studios and contract players. Boone will attend the screening of his 1945 movie, State Fair, on Nov. 2 at 7 pm, followed by a reception at 9 pm. The next day, Nov. 3, veteran director/producer Hawk Koch will screen The Way We Were, starring Robert Redford and
Sunday morning’s Awards Brunch (Nov. 3 at 10 am) further recognizes Boone and Saint, and also announces the winners of the top films screened at the festival, the Gold Coast Award, and the Screenplay Competition prize. Local Ojai artist and legendary Mad Magazine illustrator Sergio Aragonés will present the Sergio Aragonés Award for Best Animation. After the brunch, professional actors will perform a live table-read of the winning screenplay at 1 pm. This year’s winner is a quirky journey of discovery: A Place Called Knock, written by Colleen Craig of Los Osos, CA. It’s the dramatic/comedic story of a young widow who accompanies her dying Mexican half-brother — a Buddhist monk — on a trip to their ancestral homeland of Ireland, where they uncover family secrets long hidden. Actor-director Will Wallace will helm the live read. “We added a screenplay competition to the festival in order to celebrate the very starting point of the creative process: the story,” said Bruce Novotny, screenplay competition Chairman. “The quality of the screenplays submitted, from all over the world, has been outstanding, and the live read of our most recent winning script was a big crowd favorite.”
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Starting this year, the festival has added an award for best Gold Coast film to honor local filmmakers. The Gold Coast Film Series runs Nov. 4 from 1 to 10 pm and features films and shorts from local filmmakers in the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.
of “Carnivale!” The faire is free and includes fun for all ages with face painting, pumpkin art, fortune telling, and a wheel-of-fortune to win prizes and free tickets to the film festival. An additional free film, The Red Turtle, is slated to be screened on Nov. 6.
Women in Film (womeninfilm.org) presents their Legacy Series on Nov. 9 at 4 pm. It highlights the careers and legacy of women in film. This year they will present a retrospective on the career of the late great Penny Marshall. Other festival highlights include seminars on film distribution, business and legal aspects of film, cinematography, and a program tailored to high school student filmmakers.
Doug Knott will be among the performers at the Ojai Film Festival’s kickoff event Oct. 31.
A nonprofit labor of love run by film veterans and local volunteers, this international film festival continues its tradition of gifting Ojai with a free film on opening night in Ojai’s Libbey Bowl. As the kickoff of the 20th annual festival falls on Halloween this year, the festival will screen Tim Burton’s cult classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. A Halloween fun fair and pre-show, dubbed “Carnivale!” precedes the movie. This masquerade-themed event features live music from the Ojai Mardi Gras Quartet led by Ojai’s Patricia Avis, with special performances by Radio Tequila’s Tequila Mockingbird, Ojai folk musician Rain Perry, and surprise guests. Local poet and “Carma Bum” Doug Knott will perform spoken word joined by Punk Princess Iris Berry, co-founder of Punk Hostage Press. Paulina Productions and Hamsa Dance bring out their professional belly dancing troupes in full costume to mesmerize and illuminate the Masquerade Halloween experience
Past entries have represented more than 46 countries, and categories include short or long narrative films, short or long documentary films, animations, and screenplays. Winning filmmakers accept several prizes, trophies, best-of category honors, and a Panavision camera rental package prize worth $60,000 for Best Student Film.
The Ojai Mardi Gras Quartet, led by Patricia Avis, will be among the highlights at the festival’s free Carnivale! party on Oct. 31.
The festival strives to embody its theme, “Enriching the Human Spirit through Film,” and features two free community screenings, Lifetime Achievement Awards, filmmaker and screening seminars, Focus Earth screenings, Gold Coast screenings and an award for films created in and around Ventura County, a student filmmakers program with workshops and special events, and special surprise guests. For tickets to the 20th Ojai Film Festival and additional information, visit ojaifilmfestival.com or call (805) 640-1947.
“Our festival provides a valuable service to filmmakers,” Steve Grumette, Artistic Director for the festival, said. “We give them access to a highly appreciative audience that includes film industry professionals who can help guide their careers. We’re particularly proud of the fact that over a dozen films first shown at the Ojai Film Festival went on to win great honors elsewhere, including Academy Awards and Nominations.”
See about Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Cambria International Film Festivals on page 91. Fall 2019
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✺ Treasures of Ojai Ojai
Carefully curated spaces make Treasures of Ojai a delight to explore.
Treasures of Ojai has been a fixture on Signal Street in downtown Ojai for 26 years. Owner Katrina Sexton has 35 years of experience working with licensed appraisers and fine art and antique professionals. At 7,000 square feet and chock full of the unexpected, it’s the largest antique store in the Ojai Valley. Treasures is a long-time favorite spot for locals to take their out-oftown visitors for a bit of eclectic retail therapy. 15 vendors and more than 200 consigners supply the items for sale, and the professional presentation and curation by Treasures staff make an Aladdin’s Cave of the place. Children and california101guide.com
adults alike love poking around in vintage toys and Depressionera glassware. There is always some curiosity to be found and conversations to be sparked with children about what that funny object was actually used for. A recent visit yielded some gleeful surprises, including an armchair decorated in its entirety in tiny Native American beadwork, with a dazzling design of fantastical animals. Treasures, naturally, has a fair amount of Ojai memorabilia for purchase but there is also a good deal of Native American jewelry, antique and mid-century furniture and décor, plenty of vintage farm pieces, and some excellent vintage clothing. Ojai is a pretty eccentric place, and eccentric artifacts show up often at Treasures. For women, especially, the vintage clothing finds can be really special. At the back of the store is an extensive collection of vinyl, and they often have quality musical instruments for sale. This long-time family business continues to thrive as Katrina’s son, Mason, now manages the store day-to-day. As locals and visitors will attest, no thrifting or antique expedition in Ojai is complete without a visit to Treasures. Hours of operation are Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Learn more at treasuresofojai.com where you
will also find a link to their Etsy site. Treasures of Ojai: 110 N Signal St, Ojai; (805) 646-2852
✺ American Barn & Wood Paso Robles
The Olshefski family might have been swindled, but you could argue it was a blessing in disguise. Today, they run American Barn and Wood, a thriving business selling gorgeous pieces of oldgrowth wood sourced from Midwestern barns constructed in the 19th century.
About a decade ago, John and Kira Olshefski were in the market for an 18th Century Midwestern barn to refurbish for their California property. They found what they thought was an honest broker but were swindled painfully, and ended up with only half a barn. In the course of selling the timbers Fall 2019
of that barn, they discovered an underserved market for antique barns in California. People loved the quality old-growth wood from the past and wanted to incorporate it into their own homes. Now, nine years later, the Olshefskis run American Barn and Wood, a thriving family-owned reclaimed wood and lumber yard located in Paso Robles. Their inventory comes from 1800s Midwestern barns. And yes, it is actually possible to deconstruct, then ship, an entire barn to California, then reconstruct and repurpose the wood for anything you like — even a home. The bulk of Olshefski’s business is supplying reclaimed barn wood to contractors, decorators, homeowners, furniture and cabinetmakers, and anyone with a yearning to work with quality, old-growth wood from the past. They carry a selection of handhewn or rough-sawn beams, planks, weathered siding, and antique barn hardware. Reclaimed barn wood can be repurposed to make flooring, furniture, paneling, doors, wainscoting, and much more. Your imagination is really the only limit and the Olshefskis have the knowledge, enthusiasm, and excellent reputation for customer service to help you choose and purchase your piece of the past. Chestnut, for example, is a species that was wiped out in North America by an imported Asian fungus. The only way to obtain this hardy staple of the old Midwest now is to buy it as reclaimed wood. To keep prices affordable, the business doesn’t use a wood broker but deals directly with Midwest dismantling teams and barn-salvage crews, including an Amish team from Indiana. They also buy barns from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. Each barn’s history is researched and each piece of wood comes with its own provenance and photographs 74
whenever possible, so you will always have a story to tell about it. When you visit, look out for Woody, Mama Cat, and Splinter, the three resident cats, once stray and now the inspiration behind the “Woody Calendar” — the sales from which raise money for North Country Paws Cause. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm. (closed Sunday). To learn more, visit americanbarnandwood.com American Barn & Wood: 3460 La Cruz Way #D, Paso Robles; (805) 6107838 The Central Coast is full of places to score awesome antiques of all kinds. Other stops to make on your treasure-hunting trail include:
✺ Remnants on Main Santa Paula
high-quality vintage items, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. It is a popular place for couples to buy engagement and wedding rings. Remnants Main also hosts various workshops with classes in things like restoring family heirlooms and getting creative with home décor. “Create, Inspire, Restore” is the shop’s motto and, of these, inspiration is the one you first experience. With just a brief browse of the store, you will emerge full of ideas and possibilities for your home. Hours of operation are 11 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays). For more, visit remnantsonmain.com. Remnants on Main: 944 E Main St, Santa Paula; (805) 204-6292
✺ Contrast Ventura
Located in downtown Ventura, Contrast is a breezy, well-lit establishment specializing in midcentury furniture, home décor, vintage clothing, and accessories. Items are carefully curated and arranged in imaginative ways. Be sure to check out their collection of specialty surfboards! Open all week 11 am to 6 pm. Contrast: 418 E Main St, Ventura; (805) 256-5026
✺ The Summerland Nestled in rustic downtown Santa Paula, Remnants on Main is a delicious find for any antique-lover or collector. Owner Raquel Taylor has a particular and quirky eye for detail, and her imagination inspires unique home décor items out of vintage pieces, each one infused with history, soul, and individuality. The store is a delight to enter and explore. With many vendors, Remnants has a comprehensive collection of
The Summerland Antique Collective has been in continuous operation at the same location for 25 years. Its success has been garnered from designer-curated collections of highquality vintage and antique items, and a staff willing to work with you to find the perfect piece for your own collection. New merchandise appears daily and the flair with california101guide.com
which it is displayed sparks ideas and invites the casual browser, as well as the collector, to explore deeper. Chances are you will spend far longer in the Summerland Antique Collective than you’d have thought. Visit their website at summerlandantiquecollective. com. The showroom is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
The store also has a lively eBay presence which may be accessed via antiquecentermall.com. The Antique Center Mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Antique Center Mall: 4434 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara; (805) 967-5700
✺ A Piece of the Past
Antique and Vintage Mall Solvang
The Summerland Antique Collective: 2192 Ortega Hill Rd, Summerland; (805) 565-3189
✺ Antique Center Mall Santa Barbara
A Piece of the Past offers a “controlled chaos” antiquing experience in the sweet town of Solvang.
Now in its 14th year of operation, but comprising a team with over 35-years’ experience, The Antique Center Mall is recognized as Santa Barbara’s premier antiques and collectibles showroom, settling more estates than all of the other local companies combined. As Certified Personal Property Appraisers, their specialty is performing appraisals of both single items and entire estates, and conducting estate sales for clients throughout the region. Verbal on-site appraisals of pieces are available on a walk-in basis but if you suspect you have something of great value on your hands, a certified appraiser will guide you through the process and find trustworthy collectors and auction houses to handle the sale. The showroom itself hosts 20 different dealers and a wonderland of items running the gamut from antique through retro. california101guide.com
On the western end of Solvang, A Piece of the Past is a lively antique and vintage mall in the traditional “controlled chaos” style, which is a wonderful thing when treasure hunting! Who knows what you will stumble upon, or where! With over 4,000 sq. ft. of space and 28 different dealers, patrons will find fun shabby chic and vintage items galore, each piece tagged with its own description and whatever history of it is known. The prices are reasonable and the ladies on the shop floor are an informed but not pushy crew. The atmosphere is one of relaxed browsing with all sorts of curiosities to snoop out. Find out more and plan your visit at apieceofthepastsolvang.com. Hours of operation are 7 days a week, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. A Piece of the Past: 1430 Mission Dr, Solvang; (805) 688-5533
✺ Los Alamos Depot Mall
Los Alamos The name “Los Alamos Depot Mall” is rooted in the fact that Los Alamos was, between 1882 and 1938, the end-of-the-line depot of the Narrow Gauge Pacific Coast Railway, which chiefly carried lumber to many Central Coast communities. A singular feature of the Depot Mall is its pub! Should you get thirsty hunting among the three rooms of antiques and vintage finds, you might find yourself wanting refreshment, and the pub has you covered! Rumored to be haunted, the Depot contains worlds of curiosities. One day you might stumble across an antique diving helmet, the next a fully operational vintage Coca Cola vending machine with a collection of original Coke bottles. Amongst many other things, the store has a large number of collectible items and dishes, vintage tool sets, and vintage jewelry and clothing. Hours of operation are 10 am to 5 pm daily. Check out this unique store/pub online at thedepotmall. com. Los Alamos Depot Mall: 515 Bell St, Los Alamos; (805) 344-3315
Something Arroyo Grande
As well as being an extensive antique mall, Something Different also handles estate sales for businesses and homes. Owneroperators Jim and Carolyn Rivaldi have run the Central Coast’s oldest and largest professional liquidation Fall 2019
company since 1987. The stores themselves — one in downtown Arroyo Grande and the other in Nipomo — are vast with a lot of variety from old to new: furniture of all sorts, hats, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and even products to use to care for your wood antiques. If glassware is your thing, Something Different might be your Eden as it carries a bunch from all eras. Jewelry is also strongly featured.
✺ Rich Man Poor Man Cambria
Check out their website at 4somethingdifferent.com. Something Different: 102 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande; (805) 481-8191, and 551 W Tefft St, Nipomo; (805) 929-5743
✺ The Junk Girls San Luis Obispo
Set up to feel more like an upscale home decor store, Junk Girls pairs old with new, the reimagined and repurposed at their shop in San Luis Obispo.
The Junk Girls are Jenny and Melissa. After 18 years of working for Netflix and eBay and others, they founded The Junk Girls in 2009. The Junk Girls was borne out of Art Therapy for Jenny, and Melissa’s love for all things handmade. They focus on creating art, lighting, furniture, jewelry and home décor, and as much as possible create everything using recycled, repurposed, vintage, antique, and found items in the USA. The women’s passion for giving found, vintage, and forgotten objects a new life and purpose is evident in their brightly lit store located in San Luis Obispo’s Historic Muzio’s Building. Hand-stamped jewelry made from repurposed cutlery and other metals is Jenny’s specialty. Hours are Monday to Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Fridays 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. Visit their website at junkgirls.com. The Junk Girls: 870 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo; (805) 439-0123
Rich Man Poor Man is actually two stores located very close to each other amidst the Cambria pines. Joanna and Myles, the owners, bring a sense of fun to their vast premises, which feature countless different dealers and treasures of every sort. Dogs are welcome too! Within the store, look for the original Big John’s Man Cave. The self-styled home of “man-tiques,” it is filled with vintage oil cans, sports memorabilia, signs — both vintage metal and those made to look so — big belt buckles, toys, Coke pieces, an authentic Bob’s Big Boy restaurant display, and a lot more. Some dealers seek out and bring in antique musical instruments, and the store often has much intrigue there. Best described as a vintage jungle, patrons can roam for hours, stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant, and resume browsing afterwards. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily. Check them out online at richmanpoormanantiques.com. Rich Man Poor Man: 2110 and 2084 Main St, Cambria; (805) 203-5350
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A dog-friendly boutique winery dedicated to producing ﬁne wines from California’s Central Coast. Join us in our tasting room nestled just blocks from the beach in the charming town of Summerland, California.
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CARPINTERIA — OFF THE BEATEN PATH
quilting • Knitting needleworK • arts and gifts
Hours: M-s • 10 to 5 sun. • 11 to 4
Roxanne’s 919 Maple St., Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 566-1250 www.roxannequilts.com
Robitaille’s Fine Candies 900 Linden Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 684-9340 www.robitaillescandies.com
Hours: M-S • 10 to 5 Sun. • 11 to 4
Located in the heart of Carpinteria, Robitaille’s Fine Candies is home of the famous Presidential mints and Santa Barbara County’s largest retail candy store.
A colorful and whimsical shop with everything you need for quilting, knitting, embroidery, special gifts and so much more! Not only will you find great fabrics, beautiful yarns, supplies, books and classes but you will have an experience in artful living.
Our unique selection of handmade candies, sugar free candies, and gigantic selection of packaged candy have been pleasing Santa Barbara County for over 40 years!
Come in and be inspired!
…simply fine wines at great prices!
Soap 910 A. Linden Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 684-6695
Carpinteria Wine Company 4193 Carpinteria Ave. #1, Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 684-7440 www.carpinteriawineco.com Wines for all occasions
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CARPINTERIA — OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Murphy’s Vinyl Shack 5285 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 318-5506 Vintage LP records and current new releases. Vinyl Art and Nostalgic Posters....more than just a record store... A BLAST FROM THE PAST ! Worthy of a trip to Carpinteria.....stop in and say “Hi”.
Zookers Restaurant 5404 Carpinteria Ave., CA 93013 (805) 684-8893 www.zookersrestaurant.com At Zookers Restaurant, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a creative seasonal menu. We put an emphasis on carrying local organic produce, the freshest fish, sustainably raised meats and chicken, as well as locally pasture raised beef. Our “FARM TO TABLE” approach ensures that we have the freshest food in town. We are conveniently located off Highway 101, up the the road from Ventura and down the road from Santa Barbara. We are located at the corner of Carpinteria Avenue and Casitas Pass Road.
brewLAB 4191 #8 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (507) 319-5665 www.brewlabcraft.com
Susan Willis Ltd. 4488 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 684-5085 www.susanwillisltd.com
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We have summer all year long in Carpinteria, but we are getting ready for the holiday season. Decorating begins at the end of October in preparation for our annual Holiday Open House the first Saturday and Sunday of November. Make plans to come see us during our open house and all season long for wonderful holiday decorations and so many great gifts for your friends and loved ones.
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CALIFORNIA 101 Montecito Upper Village
Pane e Vino 1482 E. Valley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (805) 969-9274 www.panevinosb.com Under original ownership since 1988, Pane e Vino was the first authentic Italian restaurant to open its doors in Montecito. It has always been, and continues to be, a favorite for many local residents, sourcing most of its food products locally. Naturally grown beef and poultry are served, in addition to a great selection of the freshest seafood. Furthermore, Pane e Vino offers homemade pasta, gnocchi, risotto, and veal ravioli topped with butter and sage. As for olive oil, the award winning cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from Sicily is the norm. Daily Specials change frequently based on season and quality, and desserts are all made on the premises. A fantastic variety of Californian and Italian wines are provided in order to complement your meal.Welcoming and ready to serve! Open : Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-9pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
Montecito Coffee Shop 1498 E. Valley Rd. Montecito, CA 93108 (805) 969-6250 montecitocoffeeshop.com More Than Just A Coffee Shop Nestled in the heart of Montecito’s iconic Upper Village, the Montecito Coffee Shop has been serving breakfast and lunch, indoors or on the patio to locals and visitors since 1984. Located at the intersection of East Valley and San Ysidro Roads, The Montecito Coffee shop is just up the street from Miramar Beach. Within walking distance you will find Gift Boutiques, Antique Stores and clothing stores. We use only the freshest ingredients. Our turkey is fresh roasted and hand carved daily to use in our salads and sandwiches. Take the US 101 Freeway to San Ysidro Rd., head north one mile towards the mountains. Won’t You Join Us • Mon - Sat 7 to 2:30PM • Sun 8 to 2PM Brunch All Day
Tecolote Book Shop 1470 E. Valley Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (805) 969-4977 www.tecolotebookshop.com Visit our Book Shop - We have an extensive inventory of new books, best-sellers, magazines, audio books, stationary, journals, calendars, games and puzzles. We special order or attempt to locate any new, used or out-of-print books for you. Gift Certificates: Tecolote offers gift certificates in any amount for any event. We Offer Complimentary Gift Wrapping Shipping any purchase through our store, by mail, or by phone can be shipped anywhere in the United States or around the world. Open Mon - Fri 10:00am to 5:30pm Open Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm Closed Sun To schedule a special event, function, book fair or author signing, please email us with detailed information or contact: Mary Sheldon at Tecolote (805) 969-4977
Via Vai 1483 East Valley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (805) 565-9393 www.viavaisb.com.com Via Vai is a family favorite pizzeria and trattoria that opened up in 1994. Ever since then, Via Vai has offered, and continues to offer, a great variety of food, ranging from pizza and pasta to natural beef, lamb chops, poultry and the freshest seafood. The thin crust pizza and homemade bread are baked in a wood burning oven daily. As for vegetables, most are local and fully organic products, which is why our specials are seasonal. Via Vai’s top priority is to ensure that all their food is the highest quality. In addition to pastas and pizzas, desserts are homemade as well. The wine selection is diverse and extensive to ensure that there is always something each customer enjoys. On the patio, a lovely view overlooking the old fire station and beautiful mountains creates a casual and relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Mon - Fri 11:30am -2:30 pm 5pm -9pm • Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 9pm
Montecito Upper Village SANTA BARBARA 10 West Gallery 10westgallery.com
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ART Santa Barbara!
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Faulkner Gallery Santa Barbara Public Library
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Mary Neville, Goal Oriented, mixed media on canvas. Fall 2019
WE GOT THE FUNK - THE FUNK ZONE IS SANTA BARBARA
Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 845-5121 www.bluewatergrill.com Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara combines locally caught sustainable seafood and shellfish with the latest releases from Santa Barbara County wineries in a landmark lighthouse at the foot of Stearns Wharf. The destination beachfront restaurant offers lunch, dinner, and small plates daily on two floors featuring an oyster bar, dining counter overlooking an open kitchen, and an upstairs dining patio and bar offering beach views, local wine flights and locally caught fish. Chef Chanel Ducharme offers up to 40 varieties of seafood and shellfish annually, either simply grilled or in gourmet presentations like Chipotle Blackened Swordfish and San Francisco Cioppino with Hope Ranch Black Mussels.
Jules by the Sea, SB Seaside Makers Collective
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Lama Dog Tap Room & Bottle Shop 116 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 880-3364 www.lamadog.com At Lama Dog Tap Room & Bottle Shop we do craft beer a little differently in Santa Barbara. We offer a revolving tap that changes every day and we also offer local wines. Whether you are located in Goleta, Santa Barbara or the surrounding communities, Lama Dog Tap Room & Bottle Shop is the place to go for wine and beer. We are the craft beer bottle shop that actively seeks out the finest craft beer in California to serve in our beer bar. We have 20 different tap beers that change every day to ensure that you always have the best selections. We keep our bottle shop full of different craft beers from around the world! Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-10pm Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-12am
Segway of Santa Barbara 122 Gray Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 963-7672 www.segwayofsb.com Professionally guided Segway tours, Segway rentals, and Polaris Slingshot roadster rentals. You won’t find a better way to experience Santa Barbara! Make the most out of your day... Get on a Segway and glide away! Looking for an adrenaline rush? Get behind the wheel of a new Polaris Slingshot. Our 3-wheel, open cockpit roadsters are guaranteed to make you smile. Take a journey along the coast or through the hills in style! Conveniently located in the Funk Zone, only 1 minute from the visitor center and Stearns Wharf. Gift cards are always available and make great Christmas / Birthday presents. Come check us out!
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WINERIES OF THE PRESIDIO NEIGHBORHOOD SANTA BARBARA’S PREMIER WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE
Grassini Family Vineyards 24 El Paseo - in the Center Courtyard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 897-3366 www.grassinifamilyvineyards.com At Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery, our extended family’s passion for beauty, the commitment to hard work, and a special place all come together to make the wine in bottles bearing our family’s label something special… and it is our hope that you will enjoy the poetry of the wine and its sense of place and tradition with your friends and family. Open Daily 12 - 6pm (last tasting at 5:30pm)
Au Bon Climat 813 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 963-7999 www.aubonclimat.com Open since 2011, our tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara offers current releases and select library wines in a warm and casual setting. The wines of Au Bon Climat, Clendenen Family Vineyard, Ici/La-Bas, Barham Mendelsohn, Vita Nova, and Jim Clendenen’s other creative endeavors are featured, representing an array of varietals beyond Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With over 100 different wines stocked, the selection is amazing. We are open 7 days a week. Noon - 6:00pm on weekdays & 11:00 - 6:00pm on weekends. Drop in any time to taste our wine.
Cebada Tasting Room 8 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 451-2570 www.cebadawine.com Cebada Wine’s tasting room is located just off State Street in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. We feature Estate Grown, Burgundian style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You can even taste our Estate Blueberry Dessert Wine. Enjoy delicious treats from fruits grown on our farm, chocolate and honey parings and unique gift items. Our friendly atmosphere and beautiful view of the mountains create the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon sipping on our Sparkling wine or a romantic sunset Pinot, all served by our knowledgeable staff. Tasting Hours: Monday-Wednesday open by appointment. Thursday 2-6 • Friday 1-6 • Saturday 12-6. Sunday 12-5
Jamie Slone Wines Tasting Room 23 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 560-6555 www.jamieslonewines.com Voted best tasting room and best winery in the 2019 Santa Barbara News-Press Readers’ Choice Awards. Our mission is to provide our guests an outstanding Santa Barbara wine experience. In our cozy tasting room, you’ll discover our passion for family, entertaining, and delicious handcrafted 90+ point wines from the best local vineyards. We’re sipping on Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Red Blends and Cabernet Sauvignon. We are living the wine lifestyle. A Yelp and TripAdvisor favorite...join us! Mon-Thur 12 - 6pm • Fri 12pm - 7 pm • Sat 11am - 7 pm • Sun 11am - 6 pm
Hollister Brewing Company - Goleta Voted best boutique in Santa Barbara
Hollister Brewing Company (HBC) was established in May 2007 with a vision of creating a fun, relaxing establishment offering handcrafted beer to complement handcrafted food. We are a locally owned and operated brewpub and our goal is to provide and maintain a comfortable, unpretentious environment that appeals to our local clientele as well as beer and food aficionados from around the country. We’re here to exceed expectations, to introduce people to things they may not have had before, and to do it in a fun and educational way.
Clothing•Jewelry•Shoes•Gifts 7 E. De La Guerra Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 568-3800
6980 Marketplace Dr., (Camino Real Marketplace) Goleta, CA 93117 (805) 968-2810 hollisterbrewco.com
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Ideal Downtown Location Located in the heart of downtown, next to the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center and a block from State St. where you can walk to cafés, restaurants and wine tasting venues.
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Why Visit the Santa Ynez Valley? In the Santa Ynez Valley, there are six picturesque, pedestrian-friendly towns, farmland as far as the eye can see, and welcoming locals. Pair that with grown-there world-class wines and dining, why are you at home reading this? It’s about two hours from the L.A. metro area and four from the Bay Area. There are other reasons to visit the heart of Santa Barbara County’s wine country. There’s a craft beer scene, as well as hiking, cycling, horseback riding, spas, shopping, gallery hopping, and lounging (as in lay around and do nothing). Ever wonder why the Santa Ynez Valley produces such wonderful wine? The secret ingredient is the Transverse Mountain ranges. They run east to west, allowing for more sunlight but cooler temperatures as the cool ocean breezes easily travel to the valley. Schedule ample time for wine tasting, because, guaranteed, it won’t be long enough.
Ballard’s pioneering spirit is alive and its charm well intact. Established in 1881, this hamlet is the smallest and oldest town in the Santa Ynez Valley. The population was 467 at the last census. - Stay: Ballard Inn offers romance, luxury, and fireplaces. Breakfast is included. See www.ballardinn.com or (805) 688-7770. - Eat: Gathering Table serves Wednesday through Sunday, 5 to 9 pm. The menu is Asian and French fusion. Visit www.ballardinn.com/restaurant. - Play: You may be on vacation, but check out the little red schoolhouse, Ballard Elementary School. It was founded in 1883 and is still in use. 2425 School St, Solvang.
Long a well-known stop for weary travelers, Buellton sits at the intersection of U.S. Route 101 86
But back to those six towns. Though individual in personality, they share a love of wine, farm-totable dining, community spirit, and deep respect for the land. Their menu of getaways is as fruitful as their grapevines, with lodging and restaurant options to fit a variety of budgets.
and Highway 246. The roughly 4,000-person town is easily identifiable by the windmill motel, or the Sideways Inn, made famous by the movie Sideways, on the west side of the freeway.
- Play: OstrichLand USA is a 33-acre wildlife refuge for the ostriches and emus. Get up close and feed them. They are located at 610 E Hwy 246, Solvang, or see ostrichlandusa.com.
- Stay: At the Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, you can go glamping or rent an Airstream trailer; see www.highwaywestvacations. com/properties/flyingflags. Also in town, Hampton Inn & Suites has welcoming, peaceful grounds with an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, bocce ball court, fire pits, and seating areas with hillside views. See www.bit.ly/HamptonInnBuellton.
• Los Alamos
- Eat: Industrial Eats is dedicated to quality food at prices for the masses situated in a re-purposed warehouse; see www.industrialeats.com or (805) 688-8807. The Hitching Post II Restaurant offers great steak and barbecue. Be sure to order a glass of the Highliner pinot, just like in Sideways. See hitchingpost2.com or (805) 688-0676.
Seven blocks long and known for its foodie explosion along the main drag, Bell Street, Los Alamos’ dusty streets remain true to their Old West heritage despite the proliferation of galleries and antique stores. - Stay: The Victorian Mansion is an 1864 stately home with six suites that feature hot tubs, fireplaces, and special themes, among other delights. See www.thevick.com. The Alamo Motel, meanwhile, is a true vintage style stopover in the middle of town. Fun! See www. rememberthealamomotel.com. - Eat: There’s plenty to eat at Bell Street. No fuss, no muss; classic, simply delicious food. See www.plentyonbell.com or (805) california101guide.com
344-3020. Think you love bread? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! At Bob’s Well Bread, you’ll find sandwiches, salads, pastries, and more. See www. bobswellbread.com or (805) 344-3000. - Play: Window shopping, wine tasting, bakery sampling, plain ol’ relaxing is the name of the Los Alamos game. See www.visitsyv.com.
• Los Olivos
Rich in “Californio” history, Los Olivos dates back to stagecoach days, and today maintains its rustic appeal. Fun fact: There are 30 tasting rooms in the downtown’s five-block area. - Stay: Fess Parker Wine Country Inn captures the charm of the Santa Ynez Valley and is a stone’s throw from the flagpole, the town’s main intersection. See www.FessParkerInn.com. - Eat: Sides Hardware & Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant is all about a creative made-from-scratch menu with top-notch service in a comfy atmosphere. It takes its quirky name from the 1901 business the building originally housed. See www.sidesrestaurant.com or (805) 688-4820 x 103. Wine-lovers will love Los Olivos Wine Merchant Café. It was voted “Top 100 Wine Lists in the Country” by Open Table and has been awarded the “Best Restaurants for Wine” by Wine Spectator since 2007. See
www.winemerchantcafe.com or (805) 688-7265. - Play: Art galleries. Begin at Gallery Los Olivos for a look at the works of more than 50 regional artists. Visit 2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, or see www.gallerylosolivos.com.
• Santa Ynez
A high-end cowboy-style community with an emphasis on fancy eats. See www.visitsyv.com.
- Stay: ForFriends Inn. Located in downtown Santa Ynez, their threecourse breakfast is part of the stay. See www.forfriendsinn.com. - Eat: Trattoria Grappolo. This Italian bistro supports local agriculture, and its patio serves as a community hub. See www.trattoriagrappolo.com or (805) 688-6899. There’s also Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn. Always from scratch and always innovative, this American food is Central Coast in flavor. See www.brothersredbarn.com or (805) 688-4142. - Play: Cycling. Given the mountains and flat valley floor, Santa Ynez is a world-class training center. Plus, the scenery can’t be beat. • Solvang The Danish Capital of America was founded in 1911, and its cultural roots are evidenced by the Scandinavian architecture, bakeries, and specialty shops.
The first taste is always the sweetest Need a special reason for an indulgent weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley? Here’s one: The inaugural “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley,” scheduled for Oct. 17 to 20. Harvest is one of the best times to visit the wine country. Especially when there are four days dedicated to food and drink with a stunning backdrop. “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley” encompasses the area’s six towns, Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang with each onehighlighting its “gastro” and “oeno” gifts to palates california101guide.com
- Stay: Wine Valley Inn & Cottages offers Danish hygge and wine country flavor. See www.winevalleyinn.com. Svendsgaard’s Lodge is close to bakeries, restaurants, and more than 50 gift shops. See www.visitsyv.com. - Eat: Root 246. Experience local, seasonal, sensational cuisine. See www.Root-246.com or (805) 686-8681. - Play: Soak up the Danish charm strolling through town and a ride on the horse-drawn Solvang trolley. Or, see the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) perform at the 700-seat, outdoor Solvang Festival Theater. See www. pcpa.org. Your best bet is to use the above as inspiration. Maybe you’d prefer packing a picnic to sitting in a restaurant? Check out The Lucky Hen Larder at 1095 Meadowvale Rd, Santa Ynez www.theluckyhenlarder.com. Or if you’re visiting to check out real estate, look up the Santa Ynez Valley Association of Realtors® at www.syvaor.com. For more ideas see www.visitsyv. com, where you’ll find a complete smorgasbord of restaurants, shops, wineries, tasting rooms, events, wedding venues, and more. Now, get moving. Those six towns are waiting to welcome you!
around the globe. Planned events include community-wide progressive meals, winemaker dinners, Sideways Fest, vineyard tours, and plenty of outdoor activities. “Santa Ynez Valley is quietly rising to the top of wine and food lovers’ lists as a must-visit wine region, and our offering of not one, but six towns to explore and consume, means there’s something here for nearly every ‘taste,’” said Shelby Sim, President and CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information and tickets, visit www.tastesyv.com, and find them on Instagram and Twitter at @TasteSYV. Fall 2019
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Oct. 3. As its name suggests, Call to Action aims to bring people together for meaningful dialogue through film — and, hopefully, to inspire change.
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Just when you thought Cambria couldn’t get any more charming, in swoops the Cambria Film Festival. Its theme is love - appropriate, given that it runs the week before Valentine’s Day. Hosted by the nonprofit Cambria Allied Arts Association, it promises a delightful and delightfully complex - look at love, with awards for Best in Fest, Best Feature, and Best Short, as well as audience choice awards. Early-bird ticket go on sale in October; check the website for updates.
This six-day event takes over the region with screenings in several locations around San Luis Obispo and beyond. Featuring both new and classic films, student and professional productions, SLOIFF’s aim is to offer a lilt.le something for everyone. It also hosts fun theme events throughout its run, like Hollywood & Vines, where local wines are paired with classic films. Want to send In an entry? They’re being accepted through Dec. 2, 2019.
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Fifteen years ago, the sleeper hit Sideways catapulted the Santa Ynez Valley wine country into international fame. Today, not so much an aged-toperfection film, Sideways is a cult classic that never goes out of style. To toast the movie’s anniversary and the wines it made famous, the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance will hold Sideways Fest from Oct. 18 through 20. “We are excited to produce an event that embraces the energy of and celebrates everything Sideways. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the wines and locations of the movie, and still have time to visit our tasting rooms and explore our backroads,” notes Barbara Satterfield, Executive Director for the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance and long-time employee of the Hitching Post II Restaurant. 94
Sideways Fest kicks off with a Friday night Sideways screening at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater, a panel discussion with individuals involved in the film’s production, and a de rigueur wine tasting. Viewing the film isn’t necessary to enjoy the weekend fully. But it will, however, enhance the experience. Just in case you haven’t seen the movie, or it has been a while, here’s a synopsis: Debuting in 2004 and filmed on location, Sideways is the adaption of Rex Pickett’s novel of the same title. The story focuses on two men in their 40s, Miles Raymond and Jack Cole, who visit the Santa Ynez Valley wine country for a week-long, two-man bachelor party in honor of Jack’s upcoming nuptials. They meet two local women, taste a lot of wine, and … The movie stars Paul california101guide.com
Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh. First-time viewers will want to pay close attention to location shots, as Saturday’s morning bus tour will retrace Jack’s and Miles’ trek. For example, the hotel where they stayed (the one with the big windmill off Highway 101), the then-Sanford Tasting Room, and the Hitching Post II Restaurant with its famous in-house Highliner Pinot Noir. Saturday’s schedule includes time for a self-guided tour of Solvang, the Danish Capital of America. Frank Ostini, owner of the Hitching Post II Restaurant, recalls, “Sideways brought well-deserved international attention to the wines and the beauty of Santa Barbara Wine Country. We said Sideways would come and go, and we’d be here for the next 50 years. Turns out Sideways will outlive all of us and be viewed by wine lovers forever. Now we say with pleasure, ‘Sideways forever!’” The festival will hit fever pitch on Sunday at Buellton’s River View Park where a gathering of Sta. Rita Hills wineries will pour their Pinot Noirs, and other Santa Ynez Valley wine producers will join them. There will also be a special Merlot tasting. (The currently muchmaligned Merlot is thanks to a scene from the movie california101guide.com
depicting the varietal in an unflattering light, which caused sales to plummet.) Other activities are a Sideways Saab photo booth, a Food Truck court, and live music, among other celebratory happenings. “No one had any idea the impact Sideways would have on the Santa Ynez Valley. Not a night goes by at the restaurant that someone doesn’t ask about the movie or come in to get their picture taken in the bar, even after 15 years! People come from all over the world to experience the Sideways adventure and drink Pinot Noir,” explains Satterfield. “More importantly, it alerted Southern Californians that there is a beautiful wine region just a few hours away. People come to visit two or three times a year to enjoy.” Coinciding with harvest, Sideways Fest is the perfect time and place to visit and enjoy the Santa Ynez Valley wine region. Well, any time is a perfect time in the region, just as any time is the right time for a fine glass of wine from the Santa Ynez Valley, whether it be Pinot Noir or Merlot. For details and tickets to all the Sideways Fest events, visit www.idewaysfest.com. To learn more about the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance, visit www.staritahills.com or email email@example.com. Fall 2019
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Cambria Pines Nursery is fun to explore all year, but is completely transformed during their Christmas Market.
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If you grew up in the diverse state of California, you have likely been on many road trips. What makes California so great for road trips is that, although it is undoubtedly associated with the beach, you can go from desert, to mountain, to forest, to beach all in the span of a day. And sometimes, in certain magical places, these very different landscapes merge. The beach and palm trees go hand in hand, of course, but what about the beach and pine trees? It’s something you may imagine in cooler climates like those in the Pacific Northwest; however, on California’s Central Coast, there is a special little seaside town in the middle of a pine forest, one that seems to spring up out of nowhere. The
town of Cambria doesn’t just sit in any forest, either; it inhabits one of only three native Monterey Pine Forests in California. Coming from the south, you’ll pass through cute beach towns like Morro Bay and Pismo Beach before hitting Cambria. When I think of Cambria, I divide it into three distinct areas even though it is a fairly small town, at 8.5 square miles. On one side of Highway 1, you’ll find the famous Moonstone Beach Drive, where all the ocean-view hotels are located, along with a boardwalk and some great restaurants. There are also sleepy neighborhoods — a few of which still have unpaved roads — scattered with wooded trails. On the opposite side of the highway you’ll find downtown Cambria, which is divided into two villages: the historic East Village and the West Village. The fall season is the best time to visit Cambria, according to locals. The summer fog has lifted, and the days are still warm.
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During the holidays Cambria Pines Lodge and Nursery explodes in Christmas lights.
Since 2009, Cambria has been home to the annual Scarecrow Festival. Visit any time in October, and you will find hundreds of scarecrows created by locals, children, and shop owners, lining the streets of both villages. It will definitely put you in the mood for the fall season! For more info, visit www.cambriascarecrows.com. california101guide.com
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Moonstone Beach at sunset — does it get any better than this?
My favorite winter event in Cambria is the Holiday Christmas Market hosted by the Cambria Pines Lodge and Nursery. Every year from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23 you can come see the beautiful light displays, listen to music, shop in the vendor market, and eat some traditional German fare. They outdo themselves every year, and are even being featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” this season. I love walking through the light tunnel, and the kids love it even more! For more info and tickets visit www.cambriachristmasmarket.com.
walks. Visit www.ffrpcambria.org. Perhaps the best place in Cambria to take a seaside stroll is on Moonstone Beach’s boardwalk. You can access the 1.25-mile boardwalk anywhere from Moonstone Beach Drive. The beach below is beautiful any time of day, but especially at sunset! I love walking Moonstone Beach in search of moonstones, rocks, and sea glass. Fun fact: Cambria is known for its moonstones, but they are
In January, Cambria hosts its annual Art and Wine Festival. Winery and artist participants are all San Luis Obispo County locals. You can read more about it in our festivals feature, or check out their website www.ambriaartwine.org.
Other things to do in Cambria • Take a stroll Local artist Patrick Dennis says the best things to see in Cambria and the surrounding areas are outdoors. San Simeon Cove and San Simeon Pier, across from Hearst Castle, is a local favorite. My husband and I love to fish the pier, and have seen several whales there. Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is one of those places that cannot be missed when visiting Cambria. The Preserve offers spectacular views from a mile-long ridge of ocean bluffs — a perfect spot for catching glimpses of wildlife including whales, birds, and sea otters. For a more informative walk through the preserve, join one of their weekly docent-led california101guide.com
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Even though you’ll probably have to wait for a table (no reservations taken here), the drinks, food, and views make a visit to the Sea Chest more than worth it. Fall 2019
not what you would typically classify as moonstones. They are actually a type of clear quartz.
• Feast! If you’re anything like me, the best part of any trip is the food, and luckily, Cambria has some great restaurants. I’ve been to quite a few, but still have a couple on my list I’d like to try. Here are some of my favorites (so far).
source much of their food from local ranches and farms, including their own farm on Santa Rosa Creek Road, which you can also visit! • Wander around Downtown There are so many great shops, galleries, and antique stores in each village that you could spend the entire day just wandering downtown.
Robin’s, located on Burton Drive in the East Village, has a lovely covered outdoor dining area. You feel like you’re sitting in a little garden. Sometimes I come here just for a cup of their salmon bisque.
If you’re into antiquing, check out Rich Man Poor Man Antique Mall in the East Village. My husband and I have spent so much time in this shop that we get what we like to call “junk drunk!”
Another favorite is Sea Chest Restaurant located on Moonstone Beach Drive. If you decide on dining here, note that they do not take reservations. Without fail, there will be a line in the parking lot 30 minutes before the doors open for dinner, so arrive early. Fortunately, if you do have to wait, you can grab a glass of wine at the bar, sit by the fire pit, and enjoy a spectacular ocean view. Everything I’ve ordered here is delicious, but my favorite thing on the menu has to be their calamari strips.
Looking for some jewelry? Stop into Bronze, Silver & Gold Gallery. At one time they were located in the East Village, but they now reside in the West. They are always very nice, and I even received a hug last time I was there! I purchased a Cambria moonstone pendant from Bronze, Silver & Gold that reminds me of Cambria every time I wear it. Also, check out Casa De Oro on Burton Drive. They specialize in unique stones and custom, one-of a-kind jewelry.
You cannot visit Cambria without visiting one of Linn’s shops or restaurants. Linn’s is known for its baked goods and the Olallieberry. If you find something that you really love at Linn’s, you can order it from their gourmet catalogue. I am especially fond of their jams, jammy muffins, and pies! They
The Garden Shed has been around for 20 years, and carries products for the home, garden, bath, and body. But more than a shop, it is the entrance to a beautiful and eclectic garden courtyard that houses several other shops linked by gardens, fountains, and birdhouses. Owner of the Garden Shed, Ashley Gracey, says the goal of the
Keep an eye out for whales off San Simeon Pier.
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Patrick Gallery serves as both gallery and work studio for local artist Patrick Dennis.
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I love art so much that when my husband and I went to Italy, we visited 27 museums in a 12-day period. Now that is probably a bit much for most people, but local art really does tell a story about a place, so if you have a
chance to visit even one gallery while you’re in Cambria, you should! I recommend checking out Patrick Gallery, in particular, which functions both as gallery and studio for Patrick Dennis’ art. His oil paintings are mostly local landscapes, but not your typical landscapes. Patrick’s work begins with a sketch of an identifiable location, but evolves through a process of what he describes as excavation with paint to intentionally remove details, creating beautifully abstract and colorful landscapes. If that isn’t enough to convince you, he has an extremely sweet and fluffy dog who hangs out in the gallery. You can read more about Patrick Dennis, his gallery, and upcoming shows on his website, www.patrickgallery.com.
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Linn’s has more than one Cambria location to pick up locallygrown treats, but their farm on Santa Rosa Creek Road is a must for any Cambria trip.
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One of my favorite things to do in a new place is take a scenic drive. I recommend taking Santa Rosa Creek Road from downtown Cambria to Old Creek Road to Whale Rock Reservoir in Cayucos, and then work your way back. You’ll find Linn’s Farmstore on the way, where you can peruse the aisles for jams and snacks before getting back on the road. I usually end up with a bag of their decadent and crunchy churro bites! If you want a more lengthy drive and don’t mind the windy road, you can take a day trip up the coast. I almost never visit Cambria without taking a drive up Highway 1 to marvel at Big Sur’s rocky and breathtaking coastline. • Fish If the conditions are right, and you enjoy some casual 102
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Renaissance Italian and Spanish art collection. A painted portrait hangs beside a clerical vestment, a white marble neoclassical sculpture stands next to a Roman mosaic floor, and a frosted Lalique bottle shares the room with an ancient Egyptian carving. Through the talents and efforts of Morgan and Hearst, dramatically different elements came together to produce a unified whole. The abundance of household items including chairs, chests, lamps, and rugs reminds visitors that this was once a home, where the objects, although antique, were actually meant to be used. Architectural elements such as fireplace mantels, choirstalls, and carved stone window frames were installed in the buildings, reassembled to create a setting where art was incorporated into the very fabric of the rooms. It was in those rooms – 165 in all – as well as in Hearst Castle’s® gardens, grounds, pools, and riding paths, that Mr. Hearst
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The ﬁrst chapter begins by meeting the Downtown merchants for the Holidays. They will be offering open house, refreshments, entertainment, drawings, and more on Elegant Evening Downtown November 16, 2019, from 5 to 8 pm. The second chapter occurs by tradition on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2019, when Mrs. Claus arrives to approve the town’s preparations for Santa. Accompanied by Santa’s Elves, she walks to the City Park bandstand and throws the giant light switch as the clock tower tolls 6 p.m. All at once, festive lights illuminate the park trees, shop windows and buildings downtown! Naturally, the event is accompanied by speeches from local dignitaries, by candlelight caroling, hot chocolate. Free admission. If Mrs. Claus ﬁnds the town is suitably decorated for her spouse (which, it seems, she does without fail), she delivers a favorable report to the Jolly Old Santa himself. In the next chapter of the Paso Robles Main Street storybook (about one week later) during the spectacular Christmas Light Parade, Santa makes
his ofﬁcial entrance into the city in his beautiful sleigh with all the elves. This year, if all goes well at the North Pole, we hope to welcome St. Nick on Dec. 7th. The Light Parade starts at 7 p.m. Beginning on Sunday, Dec. 15th, Santa will be in residence at the Holiday House in the afternoons until Christmas Eve. Many downtown shops begin their holiday hours that day and stay open until 7 p.m. through Christmas. Children can bring St. Nick their Christmas wishes (Santa’s Hours posted on the Holiday House). Main Street has a hotline to Santa, so parents can always call the ofﬁce (238-4103) or check the Holiday House to learn his schedule. The town’s storybook characters turn out en masse the Saturday after the parade for a big reunion on Vine Street. On Dec. 14th, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase offers everyone the chance to step back in time. We start the holidays with Elegant Evening Downtown and the Downtown Lighting Ceremony (See attached Calendar). December: Christmas Light Parade, Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase, and ﬁnally, the Victorian Teddy Bear Tea (see calendar).
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If you’re looking to ﬁnd out more about Paso Robles ﬁrsthand, the city hosts a variety of community events and traditions held throughout the calendar year including the annual Paso Robles Olive Festival, Pioneer Day, Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles Wine Festival, Vine Street Victorian Showcase and much more! Getting to know Paso Robles could take more than just one day, so be sure to come back on your next visit to ﬁnd out what you can discover in paradise!
Paso Robles is ideally situated midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and there’s reason that visitors return time and time again to experience more of what Paso Robles has to offer. Paso Robles is also within close proximity to a number of area attractions, with Highway 46 West acting as a gateway to the cool blue waters of the Paciﬁc Ocean and whose coastline is home to the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., as well as other notable area attractions. 106
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The SLO County Music Scene By Donna Wolfe San Luis Obispo County has it all — from sunshine to surf, endless recreational opportunities, a world-class wine region, fabulous breweries, great shopping and dining, respected places of learning and, not surprisingly, a thriving local music scene. The county is bordered to the west by coastal ocean views and lined with the gentle rolling mountains heading east. Located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along U.S. Highway 101, “SLO County” is home to a musical community that covers all genres and features a variety of fun venues. Here are some of the area’s most well-known and favorite spots:
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• SLO Brew Rock Event Center
San Luis Obispo SLO Brew has offered music lovers authentic and intimate performances from local bands to famous musicians since 1988. The likes of Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, and Sublime, among countless others have graced their stages. SLO Brew takes pride in hosting communitydriven events, and they continue to step toward growing their venue. The space shares SLO music - by Nick Pavlakis. a home with the SLO Brew’s SLO Brew Rock Event Center has taproom, 30-barrel brewhouse, the largest LED screen wall in the restaurant, and soon-to-be distillery. county, concert style lighting, and The new SLO Brew Rock Event Center opened its doors in September 2018 to locals and musicians alike. “We wanted to purposefully build a state-of-the-art, multipurpose music venue,” said SLO Brew co-founder Hamish Marshall. “The pub downtown (SLO Brew) was always intended to be a transitional space while we waited to get approval for the event center.” california101guide.com
exceptional acoustics that separate the room from others in the county. They hold more than ten concerts a month featuring nationally touring artists and local acts. You can find local musicians performing every weekend in the brewery’s beer garden. Featured local artists include Resination, Bear Market Riot, Word Sauce, Dante Marsh, B & The Hive, and Miss Leo & Her Bluegrass
SLO Brew Rock Event Center is located at 835 Aerovista Pl, Ste 230, San Luis Obispo. For more: slobrew.com/therock or (805) 5431843
• The Pour House Paso Robles Paso Robles is conveniently situated just off the 101, and features some great local talent in the land of amazing wines, craft beers, and distilleries. The Pour House venue embraces homegrown musical talent. Located on Pine Street near downtown Paso Robles, The Pour House has been a favorite local hangout since opening in 2009, and has been at its current location since 2012. The bar has 25 beers on tap, including a wide variety of ales, IPAs, porters and stouts, ciders, and sour and fruit beers. It is nestled in the outskirts of downtown Paso Robles, where you can find the heart of the music scene. The owner of The Pour House, Shawn Copen, offers a hometown Fall 2019
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feel of great wines, craft beers, and talented local musicians. “The most amazing local musicians are right here in our area,’’ says Shawn. He hosts local musicians from across SLO County, as well as from San Francisco and Los Angeles. It “blew his mind” with all the talent that was performing in his venue. Shawn says that the beer scene in this area is not leaving, so The Pour House has a great menu of fine beers, wines, and great food. His friendly staff make you feel like you’re on the show Cheers. But it’s the music scene at Shawn’s place that has become central — there is music going on almost every night of the week! Local musicians love to play on Sundays where you will find bi-weekly Blues Jams with Rick Pittman, and on a special night, check out Truth About Seafood, a longtime favorite of the Central Coast. Another one to check out: the Carbon City Lights, a new upcoming alternative indie rock band based in San Luis Obispo. The local talent is pouring right into The Pour House! The Pour House is located at 525 Pine St, Paso Robles. For more: pasobrewing.com or (805) 239-1000
• Puffers of Pismo Pismo Beach
The popular beach town of Pismo Beach is known for its wineries, beaches, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Dinosaur Caves Park, and a great musical venue called Puffers of Pismo. Owner Charlie Puffer is an 110
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engaging Chicago native who has created a venue that’s become the talk of the town. Don’t be mistaken by this modest venue, because it showcases a high caliber of music, and it just keeps getting better. And there’s live music five nights a week! You can hear great local musicians such as Miss Leo, Jeremy Best, and Jill Knight; there’s also an open mic night. If you are lucky, you can hear Charlie Puffer talk about his life in Chicago, being a teacher in Watts, and how he landed in the wonderful place in Pismo Beach that features the best talent on the Central Coast. Puffers of Pismo is located at 781 Price St, Pismo Beach. For more: puffersofpismo.com or (805) 773-6563
• The Siren Morro Bay
Nestled on the Central Coast of California, Morro Bay is the “gateway to the north coast.” Just 12 miles north of the city of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay has a uniquely wild setting. It sits along a natural estuary making it an amazing spot for animal aficionados, from bird watchers to sea mammal lovers. Surfers find awesome waves along Morro Rock, an extinct volcano jutting 500 feet into the sky. In this inviting coastal town you will find the newest musical venue called The Siren. Interestingly, it has the oldest liquor license in the county (1927). It was called Happy Jacks in the 1960s and then the Fuel Dock in california101guide.com
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the 2000s. Owners Paul and Kelly Boisclair bought The Siren in 2015. Extensively remodeled with exposed ceilings and the original brick, this place has a cool vibe — and a friendly staff ready to make you feel at home. The music stage is impressive and it is what every musician desires when playing. The Siren has its own sound engineer who works with the musicians and the highend equipment. Performers get a professional sound system, including lights and stage smoke! Monte Schaller, the general manager, has a reputation for booking some of the finest talent. “It is fresh and exciting with the music,” says Monte. “There is a great energy and great feel to this place, and we have a mix of local performers along with bigger name touring acts.”
places to hear music in the middle of this beach town. The Siren is located at 900 Main St, Morro Bay. For more: thesirenmorrobay.com or (805) 225-1312
• Branch Street Deli Arroyo Grande Step back in time and see what life was like in the late 19th century with a visit to the historic Village of Arroyo Grande. Branch Street is the main road, and you can find a gem of a place called Branch Street Deli. Owner Beth deLaney took over her
There are free shows on Tuesday night with Ted Waterhouse hosting the Blues from 7 to 10 pm. Michelle Morrow hosts “Corked the MIc” every Wednesday night 7 to 10 pm. Sundays is open mic Jazz Session with Tracy Morgan, from 4 to 7 pm. Check out popular local bands like Arthur Watership, Jasper & Jade (Sept. 27) and Ragged Jubilee (Oct. 19) to X, the Blasters, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and other nationally known acts. There is a delightful patio, as well as upscale pub food and a tap selection of fine craft beers. The Siren is open 7 days a week from 11:30 am to closing. Enjoy one of the best Branch Branch Street Street Deli Deli owner owner Beth Beth deLaney. deLaney. Fall 2019
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sister’s deli two years ago. Beth is a Central Coast local, and found herself booking musicians from her home region. Her brother-in-law created a stage outside with lights and comfortable seating where customers can enjoy a wide range of musicians. “Music was a surprise,” says Beth. She found support from her community and other area music venues. Beth felt the generosity from her town that encouraged and supported her with her business — and the musical talent. Beth is planning on a new look for her deli and adding more to the outdoor stage in the coming year. There is music every Wednesday and Friday night from 5:30 to 8 pm. Old Time Jams are every other Monday, and Bluegrass Jams happen the first Thursday of the month. Here is some of the great talent featured: Stereo Chicken, Cliff Notes, Joy Polloi, Open Mic Night, and Pagan! Check out the website to see the scheduled shows. Enjoy live music and food on the patio at Branch Street Deli.
Branch Street Deli is located at 203 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande.
and Megan Steinke, an acoustic jazzy singer on the Central Coast.
For more: branchstreetdeli.com or (805) 489-9099
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• Songwriters At Play, Sculpterra Winery Various locations Songwriters At Play presents top talent from California’s Central Coast region and touring professional musicians. Steve Key is the arranger, host, musician, and founder of Songwriters At Play. He produces live singer/songwriter showcases throughout the Central Coast, from Arroyo Grande to Morro Bay. The platform gives musicians a place to play their original works throughout San Luis Obispo County. Venues include Monterey St. Market in San Luis Obispo (first and third Saturdays), Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles (every Sunday), and Morro Bay Wine Seller in Morro Bay (every Monday). Featured talent at Songwriters At Play is Hannah Cooper, winner of the 2019 Songwriters At Play contest,
• Seed & Soul Cambria
Teleri Williams, owner of Seed & Soul, opened her coffee house in a beautiful craftsman style home in the tiny oceanside town of Cambria. The inside has local art displayed, and the outside is landscaped for a relaxing break in the day. Teleri is hosting music called “Pints on the Porch” every other Friday from 5 to 7 pm. Stop in at Seed & Soul and you’ll find a relaxing place to have wonderful coffees, beers, food, and local music. If you’re lucky, you can find Cassi Nicholls, an indie singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist, singing her deep soulful music. Seed & Soul is located at 1663 Main St, Cambria. For more: seedandsoul.com or (805) 395-7090 Donna Wolfe is a local musician and writer on the Central Coast.
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