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CA 101 california 101 Travel ers Guide LIVE • STAY • PLAY • GETAWAY VENTURA • SANTA BARBARA • SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES SPRING 2024 ® CA 101 107 I BIG FUN – IN THE LITTLE VILLAGE Exploring the Village of Arroyo Grande 12 I SEAFOOD ON THE CENTRAL COAST From Malibu to Cambria 5 YEARS ANNIVERSARY
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Editor’s Note

It’s a big issue for us here at the California 101 Travelers Guide: We’re celebrating five years on the Central Coast! As longtime locals, we take pride in sharing the best this region has to offer — the best things to see, do, taste, and experience.

Maybe we’re a little biased, but we think it’s tough to beat Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. (If you’ve been a reader for a while, you probably know I’ve said that before — but hey, some things are worth repeating!) Around here, you can find the excitement of a bustling college town, the calm of bucolic wine country, the thrill of world-class theater productions and cuisine, the significance and complexity of our rich history, and the inspiration of our numerous county, state, and national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas. And, best of all, you’ll find that the people keeping it all going are uniquely community-minded. We might be located within an easy drive to the big cities, but we’re small-town folks at heart.

That’s what really keeps us going here at the CA-101 Travelers Guide: the people. Their dedication to our communities inspires our commitment to sharing, and preserving, the things we love about the place we call home.

With that in mind, here’s a taste of Central Coast springtime:

CA 101 The Village of Arroyo Grande (page 107). This little slice-within-a-slice of paradise may be small in size, but you won’t find yourself

bored here. Awesome craft brews, whimsical antiques, sports memorabilia, and great food — you’ll find it all in The Village.

CA 101 Old Town Orcutt (page 92). LikeThe Village of Arroyo Grande, it’s tiny but mighty. The surprising diversity of eateries, wineries, and breweries here complement its wide array of shops and fun things to do. You’ll also find some gorgeous places to stay!

CA 101 Old Santa Ynez Days (page 76). This celebration tips its cowboy hat to the region’s ranching and agricultural history. Tortilla toss, pig roast, parade, rodeo, shopping, trucks, line dancing, and more make Santa Ynez the place to be June 21 through 23.

CA 101 Granada Theatre (page 64). Also steeped in history is the Granada Theatre, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as the matriarch of State Street. Santa Barbara was put on the cinematic and theatric map thanks in large part to this Santa Barbara landmark.

CA 101 Seaside Gems at Ventura (page 28). We’re rockin’ it old school (way old school) at this massive multi-day event May 24 to 26. Find internationally renowned speakers, freebies for kids, and treasures for all ages at this gem, mineral, and geology extravaganza.

CA 101 The Ojai Wine Festival (page 46). With Lake Casitas nearly full after years of drought, this year’s event promises incredible views — which pair perfectly with the Festival’s huge selection of wines, beers, spirits, and fun!

CA 101 Seafood on the Central Coast (page 12). Writer Don Sonderling takes us on a culinary journey through the best ocean eats in our region. Clam chowder with a panoramic view of the Pacific? Yes, please!

CA 101 Randy’s Recipes (page 124). Chef Randy is back, and this time he’s highlighting another of Central Coast foodie favorite: citrus! Randy’s farm-to-table recipes will have you itching to hit the local farmers’ markets — and then your kitchen.

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6 Spring 2024 76 107 92 124 28 12 64 46 12 Seafood on the Central Coast Take a road trip between Malibu and Cambria By Don Sonderling 28 A different kind of rock show Rocks, gems, and fossils take over the VC Fairgrounds By Misty Hall 46 Ojai Wine Festival pours out the fun at Lake Casitas June event serves up local wine, beer, and spirits By Clarissa Fishman 64 The Grand Dame of State Street Turns 100 Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre celebrates its centennial year By Misty Hall 76 Yeehaw! Get ready for a good old time at Old Santa Ynez Days By Misty Hall 92 ‘OrCutt’ Above the Rest A Guide to Old Town Orcutt By Nicole Leonetti 107 Big fun - in the little Village Find the best of the Central Coast in The Village of Arroyo Grande By Mike Miller 124 Randy’s Recipes Central Coast Citrus A bounty of fresh oranges, tangerines, and lemons By Randy Graham CONTENTS CA 101 california 101 Travelers Guide LIVE • STAY • PLAY • GETAWAY VENTURA SANTA BARBARA • SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES WINTER 2024 ®

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We’re spoiled by many things here along the Central Coast — weather, views, people, and food among them. One of our favorites, which have not yet been fully explored in these pages, is the wealth of seafood restaurants in this area. Take a road trip between Malibu and Cambria and you’ll discover a variety of them, from casual eateries to elegant upscale restaurants, many with knock-out views. Following are just a few delicious choices to consider.

Malibu/Ventura County Line

Neptune’s Net

Described as “an iconic Malibu beach shack,” Neptune’s Net (featured in several films and TV series) has been serving up a wide assortment of seafood, burgers, and their “world-famous New England Clam Chowder” since 1956.

Located across from County Line Beach in Malibu, come here to people-watch while savoring the seafood with the scenic Malibu Coast in front of you. On any given day, tourists, locals, celebrities, surfers, beach lovers, and bikers will be gathering at The Net.

Of course, the emphasis is on seafood. I always order the New England clam chowder (you’ll recognize a pattern in this piece), and their crispy coated, tasty fish ‘n chips. But, whether it’s scallops, clams, mahi-mahi, ceviche, a seafood sampler, or picking up live lobster, Dungeness crab, or shellfish as available, The Net is the place to immerse yourself in Malibu’s unique California coastal scene.

Neptune’s Net is located at 42505 CA-1, Malibu. For more:

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Photos by Dennis DeLano First step, find a table, and there are plenty. A view from most tables on the deck. A few steps across the street and you are here. Second, order, pick up, and enjoy. There is a dedicated motorcyclye parking area out front to admire your ride while enjoying the food and view.

Ventura and Santa Barbara

Brophy Brothers

This family-owned restaurant has two killer locations. As you drive up the coast, stop in at the Ventura or Santa Barbara Brophy Brothers for some calamari, chowder, and fresh catch as available. During the season, the Dungeness crab salad is chock full of fresh, sweet Dungeness meat.

The food may bring you into the restaurants, but the location will bring you back again and again. Both locations are harbor-side, with the docks and bay right outside the windows. Come for lunch, happy hour, or dinner. Brophy Brothers has been a staple go-to destination for almost four decades, for locals and visitors alike. Friendly with an energetic vibe, experience “the Brophy effect” as you seafood your way along the coast.

The Ventura location of Brophy Brothers is at 1559 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura. For more: The Santa Barbara location is at 119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara. For more:

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Brophy’s famed chowder bowl. Brophy’s delicious garlic baked clams. Views from Brophy’s Ventura location extend across the Ventura Harbor to the mountains and beyond. Photos by KCRUTS Photography Grab a fresh Bloody Mary from the Brophy’s bar in Ventura. A selection of mixed drinks at Brophy’s. Brophy’s does the classic fish and chip combo right. Views of the harbor, from Brophy’s Santa Barbara location.

Brad’s Restaurant

Pismo Beach

Back in the middle of the last century, Pismo Beach was known as the clam capital of the world. Even though commercial and recreational clamming is gone, Pismo still celebrates its past with an annual Clam Festival that began in 1946.

Brad’s Restaurant is an iconic coastal restaurant with roots deep in that Pismo history. Opened in 1956, it is under the ownership of the original founder’s family. Named after Brad Phillips, the current owners (Brad’s daughters and grandchildren) still own and operate the restaurant.

Brad’s is famous for its seafood, barbecue, and clam chowder made from scratch daily. If you are a chowder fan, you must try Brad’s. It’s just the right consistency — not too many potatoes, plenty of delicious clams, and perfect flavoring. Come for a cup but take home a quart!

Order the fish and chips, made from the highest quality wild-caught cod from Alaska. And, when available, the fresh, locally caught halibut and salmon are among the best. You may not actually see the sea from this iconic restaurant, but you can still feel the vibe of the ’50s and ’60s surf scene. Aside from a great menu, servers are super fun and friendly, and echo the decor with surf-themed shirts. Eat at Brad’s and experience this three-generation restaurant!

Brad’s Restaurant is located at 209 Pomeroy Avenue, Pismo Beach. For more:

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The beer battered fish and chips is a customer favorite. The clam chowder bread bowl is Brad’s top-selling item. Brad’s award-winning clam chowder by the cup. Photos courtesy Brad’s Brad’s has the largest patio dining area in Pismo Beach. Looking for a healthy option? Try the broiled cod with steamed vegetables.

Windows on the Water

Morro Bay

When dining at Windows on the Water, you will be treated to a changing artist’s palate of beauty every time. This white tablecloth restaurant is elegant, inviting, comfortable, and laid back. When you combine the view, atmosphere, food, and wine, you will appreciate the bounty of life.

Overlooking Morro Bay and Morro Rock, you will be mesmerized as you watch Mother Nature’s sunset display. Combine that with Chef Neil Smith’s creations, and you will create memories.

As executive chef for 17 years, Chef Smith tries to source most ingredients locally, from neighboring areas or the West Coast. Fruits and vegetables are sourced mainly from local farmers’ markets, and halibut and sanddabs are from local waters.

The menu changes to match seasonal availability, and the catchwords are always “fresh and creative.” Try the halibut and chowder, award-winners in several cooking challenges. Come for happy hour and choose from a selection of craft cocktails or sip a glass of wine from the extensive California-represented wine list.

Enjoy creative California coastal cuisine, with an epic view of the magnificent Pacific at Windows on the Water.

Windows on the Water is located at 699 Embarcadero #7, Morro Bay. For more:

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Sumptuous scallops at Windows. Cocktails and appetizers overlooking Morro Rock. Softshell crab at Windows on the Water. Photos courtesy Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill Watch the sun set on Morro Rock at Windows on the Water. Happy hour during the golden hour at Windows.


You know there’s something special when you have two seafood specialty restaurants located less than half a mile from each other, each with magnificent Moonstone Beach oceanfront views. When you go to Cambria, try to plan two nights so you can eat more great California coastal seafood.

Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill

is the “newer” of this duo, owned by John MacKinnon and family since opening 31 years ago, in 1993. The menu is expansive with burgers, salads, pasta, and beef, but let’s focus on seafood, which they proudly describe as “Fine American Seafood Dining.”

Seafood is sourced as locally as possible, and you will always find fresh, locally caught fish of the day on the menu. Oysters are flown in fresh from the East Coast, with an eye on quality and size. You’ll find many specials to choose from, but my favorite (especially when it’s crab season), is the Cioppino! It’s zesty, tasty, and full of seafood, shellfish, and lots of sweet Dungeness crab as available. Produce is also sourced from purveyors that focus on locally grown wares, and the hot, mouth-watering bread comes from a local bakery daily.

Sit inside or outside on the well-heated patio to enjoy a straight-on oceanfront view. Having a cocktail and cup of house-made clam chowder while enjoying the flaming sunset courtesy of Mother Nature is hard to beat!

Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill is located at 6550 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria. For more:

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Delectable steamers at Moonstone. Photos courtesy Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill Gorgeous sunset views at Moonstone. Moonstone makes your Cambria girls’ getaway Instagram-worthy. Pesto shrimp crostini at Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill.

The Sea Chest Oyster Bar

is another Cambria pearl. Originally opened almost 50 years ago, there is a loyal customer and employee base here. The original owners told Steve Kniffen — who started at The Sea Chest back in 1985 — that the restaurant would be his one day. That day happened in January of 2022, and today, Steve, his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and son are all involved in the business. Additionally, several staff members have been there for 15 to 25 years!

As to the bounty of the sea, The Sea Chest specialties include red snapper from Big Sur, wild-caught white sea bass, swordfish, mahimahi — the list goes on. Sit at the oyster bar for oysters sourced from British Columbia, the East Coast, Baja California, and Washington State. Fresh seafood, arriving daily, is what The Sea Chest is known for. And, if you love great calamari, this is the place to go!

The Sea Chest opens at 5:30 pm and does not take reservations. Feel free to bring your beach chair and a bottle of wine (only outside consumption), and get in line. Mingle with other seafood lovers enjoying the vista of the sea while waiting for great seafood along the coast.

The Sea Chest Oyster Bar is located at 6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria. For more:

Don Sonderling is a freelance writer, covering wine, food, and travel lifestyle experiences from Southern California up through Northern California. He may be reached at:

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Photos courtesy Sea Chest Jaw-dropping views from The Sea Chest. The Sea Chest’s Oysters Rockefeller. A selection of entrees at The Sea Chest. The mouth-watering scampi and bay scallops combo.

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Ojai Valley Saddle Mountain Estates. Over 2-acres quiet cul-de-sac, w/ fabulous mountain view. Originally built in 1991 & has approx. 4,947 sf. A total of 5 BD, 5.5 BA’s. It includes a detached pool/guest house w/ 1 BD & 1.5 BA, plus office, game room, fireplace, & a wet bar for entertaining by the massive pool and spa. Offered at $2,999,000


Las Posas Estates Pool & Tennis Court Home, Camarillo. Private & gated 4 BR, plus office / den, 3.5 BA & approx. 3800 sq. ft. Wood beamed vaulted ceilings, & two fireplaces. One-acre lot w/ space to add ADU or guest house. Great location close to 3 golf course, shopping, parks, schools & freeway access. Tremendous potential! Listed for $1,750,990


Santa Paula Avocado lot. Almost 2 Acres of Hass Avocados. Build your dream home on this flat usable lot with frontage on a paved road. Adjacent to other multi-million-dollar homes. Electricity is available on the property. View of mountains. Only 10 minutes from Ventura. Listed for $975,000



Oxnard, Mandalay Shores. 10 houses from the beachfront via a private walkway, 4 BD, 4.5 BA w/ approx..3074 sf. Home built in 2022. Outdoor shower. Tankless water heater. Rooftop deck w/ mountain views & a slight ocean view, fitted for an outdoor kitchen. NOW LISTED FOR $2,395.000


Ventura Single Story Hobson Heights Hillside MidCentury Home. SPECTACULAR PANORAMIC VIEWS from every room. This home offers 3 BDs, 2 full BAs, & approx. 1827 sf. It includes a 1300 sf wrap-around deck as an outdoor living space. Initially built in 1951 as a 2+1. In 1980, a significant addition was added. LISTED FOR $1,745,000 www.1968HillcrestLane. com



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Rocks, gems, and fossils take over the VC Fairgrounds during Seaside Gems at Ventura Show May 24 to 26

It’s 1944. The U.S. is still very much in the midst of World War II, and a group of Ventura teenagers are looking for something to do. Gas rations restrict them to pedestrian activities, so they walk to the beaches and nearby hills to look for rocks.

They find some pretty cool stuff — turns out, Ventura’s a fascinating place, geologically speaking (check out the photo of brecciated jasper). So they keep it up, growing in numbers and eventually going on field trips, after the war ends.

Stunning jaspers from the beach in Ventura.

Thus began the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society. Eight decades after their first meeting in the rumpus room of a friend’s house, the group now has its own clubhouse, as well as monthly meetings and field trips, frequent educational events, annual shows, and members ranging in age from 4 to 90-plus.

This year, VGMS has been chosen to host the Annual Show & Convention of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, set for May 24 – 26 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. If that mouthful sounds like a big deal, that’s because it is. The Ventura club was chosen from more than 600 similar nonprofits to host the show, which only comes to California once every seven years. No surprise, then, that the organizers refer to it as “The Super Bowl of gem shows.” Aside from the famous Tucson and Denver shows, it’s among the biggest gem and mineral shows west of the Mississippi.

“Both of those big commercial shows are truly huge — spread out across their respective cities in multiple hotels and venues — and pretty much overwhelming and impossible to take in all at once,” said VGMS member Jim Brace-Thompson. “Our national show (in Ventura) takes place in one convenient venue, giving you a taste of Tucson in a way that’s much more manageable and fun.”

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Knock out your holiday shopping in May with the many vendors onsite.

So, what will you find at this near-largest show in the West? Dozens of vendors, over 100 museum-quality exhibits, demonstrations, renowned speakers, and plenty of chances to get hands-on. Because the VGMS takes seriously its role as a nonprofit educational group, you’ll find ample opportunities to learn, especially for kids. Seasoned rockhounds will find an awesome community of likeminded folks, but even rock novices will find row after row of pretty, shiny things to capture their attention.

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Bottom line: If you’ve ever picked up a rock and thought, “Oh that’s kinda cool,” plan to be at the Seaside Gems at Ventura show on May 24 to 26. You’ll be in good company, as the show is expected to draw 3,000-plus people over the weekend.

Among the featured displays will be the California Golden Bear nugget — discovered by a young girl in Placer County in 1871 — which is normally housed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Also on display will be samples of the California state gemstone (blue benitoite), the state rock (serpentine), and the state fossil (the saber-toothed cat). But there will also be dozens of other displays from private collections and crafters throughout California and the U.S., many of which will have entered the refereed competition for trophies offered at both the regional and national level. “And those displays will truly be of museum quality,” BraceThompson said.

Although he said he’d be “up to his ears” busy as one of the event organizers, Brace-Thompson said the displays are always one of his favorite parts of these shows. “They always include something you’ve never seen before. And I look forward to the lectures.”

The full lineup is still being finalized, but a few speakers have been locked in. Among the highlights: Luis de los

Santos, speaking on colorful Condor Agates from Patagonia, Argentina; Maxine Dearborn, speaking about amber; Dick Weber, speaking on the DeGrussa Gold & Copper Mine of Western Australia; and Keri Dearborn, who will speak on the geology of the Channel Islands. Talks at past shows have included such topics as gemstones, dinosaurs, petrified wood, meteorites, and agates, so keep an eye on the website as May 24 rolls nearer.

Brace-Thompson and his fellow VGMS organizers put

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Check out the California state rockhounding symbols, like the state gem and a saber-toothed cat skull. Enjoy great programs and speakers on a wide variety of topics throughout the weekend.

Because the show offers coveted prizes in its juried show, the displays are sure to be high-quality, varied, and beautiful!

considerable effort into the Kids Booth, with a vast number of educational, hands-on activities (which are either free or “priced to match a kid’s budget”). Among them: a dino dig, a spinning wheel where every spin wins a prize, grab bags filled with rocks and fossils, and a sand-sifting activity. Free teacher resources will also be available. “Plus,” said BraceThompson, “as they enter the show, each child gets to pick out a free polished stone right off the bat from a treasure chest, and each child can also pick up a Scavenger Hunt card to fill in and receive yet another free prize.”

Kids and adults will enjoy other activities, like the gold panning booth from The Valley Prospectors of San Bernardino. Yes, you’ll get to take home a bit of gold — and learn a few

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Kids and adults can learn gold panning techniques during the show. Hands on fun at the Kids Booth.

See world-class rock and mineral collections at Seaside Gems.

tricks of the trade from the experts if you decide to head out to the hills yourself.

Demonstrations abound, as well. You’ll get a chance to watch lapidary artists turn rough stones into stunning pieces of art, with specialized equipment for carving, polishing, jewelry making, and even fossil cleaning.

Strong, indeed, is the person who can check out all of this and not want to bring home some gems and minerals of their own. To that end, you’ll find 50-plus vendors selling

Get up close to stunning precious gemstone carvings.

Get a chance to see samples of benitoite, the California State Gem.

what the VGMS says is “All manner of rock-related materials: rough chunks and slabs of agate, jasper, marble, and onyx … gemstone rough (amethyst, opal, emerald, sapphire, ruby, tourmaline, jade) … cut, faceted, and polished gemstones ready to be mounted into jewelry settings; the lapidary tools and equipment with which to cut, carve, and polish; both

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common and rare mineral specimens, gemstone crystals, and meteorites for beginners through advanced collectors; fossils and petrified wood from around the world; gem-, mineral-, and fossil-related publications and fieldtrip guidebooks; beads of all sorts; stone carvings, spheres, and other sculpted works for home decor; and fine custom jewelry ready to wear.”

And as if that weren’t enough, VGMS has hourly silent auctions where you can score killer deals on really cool pieces, from local minerals to petrified wood to geodes just waiting for you to crack them open and discover what’s inside.

If you can’t make the May show but still want to learn all things geology, the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society is always looking for new members (yes, you can join even if you don’t live here). They host monthly meetings where you can come ask questions and learn from expert speakers. Pebble Pups — their kids’ group — is incredible for kids who always have pockets full of rocks.

If you decide to join, you can jump in on some amazing members-only field trips to find fossils in the Ventura foothills, agates in the Santa Monica Mountains, and to further away places, “particularly into the Mojave Desert and to the Clear Creek District in Central California, and Jade Cove up in the Big Sur region,” Brace-Thompson said. You can also get certified on their clubhouse’s lapidary machinery to cut and polish your finds. But you don’t have to join to learn. Students and educators (and anyone interested, really!) can schedule a time to come to their Ojai clubhouse museum and library. Or, you can be a guest at their regular workshop days on the third Saturday of the month.

The Seaside Gems at Ventura Show runs May 24 to 26 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $8 for adults, and free for kids 13 and under with a paid adult. For more on the show, visit To learn more about the VGMS or to join, see

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Another great VGMS field trip takes members to gorgeous Big Sur to collect jade. VGMS members, crafting in their Ojai workshop. The VGMS club museum welcomes visitors for educational purposes — even preschoolers! VGMS members can take advantage of great field trips, like this one to find tourmaline.
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Seaside State of Mind - Ventura Harbor Village

Imagine yourself in a seaside state of mind, where the warm sunshine greets you -summer is here!  This vibrant seaside attraction invites you to relax and immerse yourself in California’s scenic, coastal beauty! Whether it’s with boat rentals on the harbor waters, or a whale watching trip taking in the panoramic views of the Channel Islands National Park stretched out before you, the salty breeze carries a hint of adventure. Arrange for dive lessons or a dive trip out of Ventura Harbor Village to discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life.

Nestled along the waterfront, Ventura Harbor Village restaurants offer a variety of cuisines and favorite seafood dishes. While Ventura’s laid-back coastal culture is reflected in the many Village seaside boutiques, providing endless options to find the perfect memento of your seaside escape. As the day unfolds, you’ll find yourself drawn to the playful allure of the sandy beaches at Ventura Harbor, to create summertime memories that will linger.

In this seaside state of mind, sunshine, waterfront dining, coastal shopping, and play seamlessly blend.

In this seaside state of mind, sunshine, waterfront dining, coastal shopping, and play seamlessly blend. Visit Ventura Harbor Village to simply unwind and rediscover the simple joys of a seaside state of mind.

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Ventura Swimwear is a local favorite! You’re sure to find the right suit in their large selection of swimsuits, including board shorts, bikinis, and one-pieces! Ventura Swimwear also carries everything else you need for the beach: towels, apparel, hats, cover-ups, and cute jewelry, too. Stop by the shop and find out why people travel for miles to visit Ventura Swimwear.

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Bryan Brothers Named The Ojai Honorees

16-Time Grand Slam Champions

Mike and Bob Bryan to be celebrated where it all began.

Best Doubles Team in History featured at Special Event

Ojai Valley Museum • Fri, April 26 • 6pm

Music by the Bryan Bros. All-Star Band Delicious food, beer & wine

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Stunning Views! Welcome to this extraordinary property that combines breathtaking views with modern updates and versatile living spaces. As you step inside, you will be immediately captivated by the mountain views that greet you from every window. The living area was cleverly designed on one floor to maximize views. Light-filled and thoughtfully appointed, the house emanates an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. The open concept layout ensures a harmonious flow between the living room, dining area, and kitchen. The house boasts a unique feature with its spacious basement/ bonus area (approx. 1,100 Sq Ft), which offers endless possibilities as an open space for recreation, a home gym, a media room, or rental possibility. Centrally located next to the bike trail and downtown, a great opportunity to own your own slice of Ojai.

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New York-style pizza in Ojai made from 200-year-old sourdough starter from Northern Italy - offering fresh salads and pizza by the pie and slice.
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Ca’ Marco has an inviting atmosphere and delicious authentic Italian dishes. Guests can enjoy the patio with views to the back nine of the Soule Park Golf Course, or cozy up inside near the fireplace. No matter where you sit, you bask in that sweet spot between fine dining and comfort food that Ca’ Marco has managed to master. The food is prepared to impress, from the fresh bread and dipping sauce brought to the table, to the thoughtfully constituted salads, to the homemade pizza and large, interesting wine list.

Ca’ Marco Ristorante

1002 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 640-1048

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Ojai Wine Festival pours out the f�n at Lake Casitas

June event serves up local wine, beer, and spirits in Rotary Club benefit

Wine has been around for a very, very long time. Current findings suggest that it originated in West Asia (modern-day Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, northern Iran, and eastern Turkey). It is said that as people migrated, it spread through the Mediterranean and then, to the rest of the world. The vitis vinifera, the vine that grows wine grapes, was produced and turned into wine for the first time somewhere around 6000 BC, or so they say. There are still debates about this because new archaeological discoveries are continuously being made, so really, there is still a bit of mystery around this beloved elixir of life.

For the wine lovers out there, there’s good news: the Ojai Wine Festival is coming back to beautiful Lake Casitas on June 15 from noon to 4 pm. This 36th annual event is sure to be another wonderful occasion to try out some delicious wines from all over California. This year, Lake Casitas is fuller than it’s been in a long time — 89 percent of capacity (and still rising as of press time). Combined with verdant hills from the abundant rains, it is bound to be a spectacularly beautiful event.

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Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Ojai-West Kick back in the shade or enjoy the sun (and live music)!

What is exceptional about this wine festival is that it is a fundraiser, and it raises a lot of money. Every year since 1987, the Rotary Club of Ojai-West has hosted this festival, growing it into a renowned regional fundraising event attracting over 3,000 people. In 2023, the Club donated over $80,000 towards charitable projects and community grants, and since its inception, the Ojai Wine Festival has raised over $1.5 million.

Some great examples of local projects that the Rotary Club of Ojai-West funds include sciencebased field trips for elementary students on the Rotary Floating Classroom.

This will be offered again this year for the attendees of the festival. “It’s a great way for patrons to see what we cover during our science-based field trips for area students,” says Angela May, the executive director of the Ojai Wine Festival. They also fund the Elementary School Dictionary project, educational scholarships for graduating seniors, free familyfriendly summer band concerts at Libbey Park, and The Girl’s Empowerment Workshop.

In addition, the Rotary of Ojai-West supports many international projects that help protect the environment and drinking water; implement literacy programs; improving

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Photo by Olivia Klein The Ojai Wine Festival is a great excuse to meet up with friends to kick off the summer. Photo by Olivia Klein Come for a sip, and stay and chat with the winemakers.

women’s and children’s health; combating poverty; fighting diseases and eradicating polio worldwide; and grants for peace projects throughout the world. The list of recipients is extensive!

The wines poured at the Ojai Wine Festival are not normally found at your local grocery store or wine shop. The opportunity to taste amazing wines produced by garagiste vintners – micro and boutique family-owned wineries – and highly respected wine producers from all over California makes the tasting experience a special chance for wine enthusiasts to try wines they have never had before. You will find a vast selection of award-winning wines, as well as craft beers, cider, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.

This year, Ojai Valley Brewing will be pouring along with many other craft breweries in the area. Local wineries include Majestic Oak Vineyard, Boccali Vineyards and Winery, Flying H Wines, Side Street Wine, Second Chance Ranch Vineyard, and Feros Ferio. Food trucks and food vendors will be serving some delectable options, Doc Lobsta’ and Passion Empanadas are just two of the eight food truck vendors signed up. New and exciting this year is the Stay Wild Cocktail cart that will be serving samples of cocktails from its super cute and fun cocktail cart using Cutler’s Artisan Spirits.

Admission includes unlimited tastes of wine, beer, and spirits, and a keepsake crystal wine glass. Ticket sales are capped at 2,500 and usually sell out.

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Photo by Olivia Klein Bring your sweetheart for a day of wine and views. Photo by Olivia Klein Wine aficionados boogie down, lakeside, at the Ojai Wine Festival.

Area 51, a Santa Barbara-based dance band that knows how to get people out on the lakeside dance floor to boogie. Yes, you read that right: There is a dance floor to get your groove on, with gorgeous views of the lake. Wine Festival goers can also participate in the silent auction and bid on items donated by wineries, sponsors, and craft vendors. Examples of items are fine wines, private tasting parties, VIP tours of wineries, artisan crafts, jewelry, and much more.

As usual, there will be an incredible selection of local artisans and craft vendors at the festival selling their wares. You can purchase handmade jewelry, hand-crafted wood products, wine themed products, clothing, candles, hats, olive oils and balsamic vinegars, leather goods, and wine barrel furniture.

Angela, the festival’s executive director, shared that the Ojai Wine Festival has been a labor of love for the last three-plus decades. “Shortly after the Rotary Club of Ojai-West was formed in 1985, the members, after trying fundraising with a golf

tournament and barbecuing for other groups, decided that they needed a better way to raise funds. Several members had attended the first Paso Robles Wine Festival the year before and thought that it might be worth a try.” The first event was held June 14, 1987. First held at Montessori School of Ojai, the festival then moved to Soule Park. It soon became apparent it needed a new (and larger) venue.

“After a thorough search of the valley, we finally approached Lake Casitas about using the 1984 Olympic Rowing Site as an event area,” Angela said. The site, at the eastern edge of the lake, has remained the home of the Ojai Wine Festival ever since — albeit with a few improvements courtesy of the Ojai Rotary Club of OjaiWest, such as grass, trees, sprinklers, electrical systems, and a phone line.

“We do a lot to help those in need in our community and have fun while we are lending a hand,” said Angela.

I have been a long time Ojai resident and I had no idea of the amazing

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Photo by Olivia Klein Enjoy regional wines, such as Pali Wine Co., based in Lompoc. Photo by Olivia Klein The Ojai Wine Festival — the perfect place for friends and summer dresses.

things that this festival supports, and the funds that it raises for important causes. This adds quite a bit of sweetness to the whole experience! I will raise my glass and toast to an event that is not only in a beautiful natural setting but does a lot of good for the community and beyond, cin cin!

Tickets are $85 when purchased by May 31, or $95 by June 14, and $105 on the day of the event. For those who will not be drinking alcohol, tickets are $25. Children ages 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. Discounted group ticket sales are also available. For tickets and more information, visit, or at Attitude Adjustment Shoppe: 1129 Maricopa Highway, Ojai.

To get involved in the Rotary Club of Ojai-West, call (805) 646-3794 or email

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Photo by Olivia Klein Bring old friends and make new ones at the Ojai Wine Festival. Photo by Alejandra Scott The Ojai Wine Festival also boasts a large number of breweries, including Elysian Brewing Co.
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An Equine Experience in Ojai, California

Equine Facilitated Learning is an opportunity to be with horses, without riding, to explore your intuitive nature, non-verbal communication and be your authentic self.

Explore spiritual wellness, mindfulness and embodied intuition with the horse as your mirror - with Equine Facilitated Learning teacher, Andrea Gaines

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These 2 adjoining legal lots in the heart of Ojai have amazing potential as an income property in their current state or as an ideal location for future development. One lot is the former location of the Love Café and the other is a vacant lot that currently serves as a parking lot. The existing buildings include a commercial kitchen, dining room, public restroom and ample porch space surrounded by mature trees and lush landscaping. Let this prime downtown opportunity just a block from the Ojai Arcade and the Ojai Playhouse be your canvas for a creative vision. Offered at $3,850,000

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This 3900sqft commercial building is in the heart of downtown Ojai. Fully remodeled in 2017, it includes 10 offices, lobby, conference room, kitchen, and 3 bathrooms. The light-filled interior has high ceilings and accents include tile, wood floors, glass walls, and exposed beams. Outside has ample onsite parking, a courtyard and a back yard. This unique building offers many possibilities: a large office, a business collective, a doctor’s office, a spa, a retail space, or a gallery. There is nothing else like this available anywhere in Ojai.

Offered at $4,100,000

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Join the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy for the first annual Rewild Ojai Native Garden Tour featuring 10 superb native plant gardens across the Ojai Valley. From formal gardens to wildflower meadows, see what your neighbors are planting and get inspired!



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4488 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 684-5085

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“Spring has sprung and you do not want to miss this hidden gem, located on the north end of Carpinteria Ave. off the beaten path!

“Spring has sprung and you do not want to miss this hidden gem, located on the north end of Carpinteria Ave. off the beaten path!

Susan Willis LTD, is a very classy and eclectic gift shop that has been here for 27 years, with it’s own parking lot, it is easy and convenient to access. Come browse through her many choices of perfectly selected seasonal items. Susan has a knack for picking just the right items to get us out of he winter blues and Into feeling our spring step again. From, “not your ordinary” little stuffed animals to yummy scented lotions and spring treats. Treasures, to many to mention. Great gift ideas for your Easter Baskets and your table!”

Susan Willis LTD, is a very classy and eclectic gift shop that has been here for 27 years, with it’s own parking lot, it is easy and convenient to access. Come browse through her many choices of perfectly selected seasonal items. Susan has a knack for picking just the right items to get us out of he winter blues and Into feeling our spring step again. From, “not your ordinary” little stuffed animals to yummy scented lotions and spring treats. Treasures, to many to mention. Great gift ideas for your Easter Baskets and your table!”

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e Santa Barbara Lavender Festival was originally known as e Ojai Valley Lavender Festival for about 15 years. Over time, the festival grew in popularity and attracted more visitors and vendors. However, the festival eventually outgrew its original location in Ojai and was moved to Santa Barbara, California.

is year, the festival will take place at Santa Barbara City College West Campus, Great Meadows Area, which o ers stunning views of the ocean and promises to be a fun- lled day for all attendees.

e festival will feature over 100 artisan vendors, many with lavender products, and four local lavender farms will be bringing a variety of fresh-cut lavender. A variety of food trucks and vendors, as well as live entertainment by the Irish Dance Fire Dance Academy, Hula Anyone, Alexandra King Dance Studio, and the popular Santa Barbara band Area 51.

e Santa Barbara Lavender Festival

Saturday, June 29th, 2024  from 10 am to 5 pm

is an arts and crafts festival that focuses and celebrates creativity through the artistic expression of lavender and/or lavender themes, by artisans, local lavender farms, and small business owners.

We would also like to extend a special thanks to our sponsor, Branch and Vine of Upland, for their generous donation. eir product is a must-have in all households.

e Santa Barbara Lavender Festival is held at the Great Meadow at Santa Barbara City College West Campus from 10 am to 5 pm. Make plans now to spend the day or long weekend enjoying the beauty of Santa Barbara.  If parking in the lower lots or any city parking lot, there will be a minimal fee for parking.

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Santa Barbara’s GRANADA THEATRE celebrates its centennial year

For much of early adulthood, State Street in Santa Barbara was THE place to go. This was back in the early 2000s, when we spent long nights dancing in very cool clubs (and very short dresses).

I remember that we almost always had to walk past the Granada Theatre to get back to the parking structure. It stood out to me because it was not only the tallest building in town, by far, but it also just felt … steeped in mystery, somehow. And history. What the heck went on in there? And would they ever actually reopen it?

At the time, the Granada was still deep in renovation mode, several years away from its grand reopening in March 2008. To restore and bring it to its current state took more than a quarter of a century of painstaking effort from passionate (not to mention creative, and patient, and innovative) locals and philanthropists. They were determined to bring this historic landmark back — not only to its former glory, but to modify it to fit the needs of several different performing arts groups, and to attract the world-class artists that now fill its rich, diverse calendar.

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The Marquee, today.
All photos courtesy Granada Theatre

This year, the Granada Theatre celebrates its 100th anniversary. The festivities kick off this spring and will celebrate the incredible part it has played, and will continue to play, in the history of Santa Barbara.

Interestingly enough, this stunning historic landmark wasn’t built by a famous architect. In fact, when builder Charles Urton took on the project, he’d never constructed anything taller than two stories before. But armed with the confidence his wife inspired in him — and a how-to book on building high rises — he made it happen.

As it turned out, that confidence was well-placed. Just a year after the Granada’s grand opening in 1924, much of the town was destroyed in a 6.3 earthquake; but Urton’s eight-story

building stood tall.

Today, “it remains the tallest building in Santa Barbara,” said Caren Rager, the Chrisman executive director and president at The Granada Theatre. “That’s partly because they didn’t want Santa Barbara to become a New York.” Thus, the

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A premiere at the Granada circa 1929. A historic photo of the Granada during the Warner Brothers years. The 1954 premiere of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s The Long, Long Trailer featured the film’s third star — the trailer itself! The Granada stands sentinel over State Street.

building stands sentinel on State Street, between Victoria and Anapamu streets.

The building was named after Granada, Spain, the “city of dreams,” Rager said. It featured a dazzling 500-light marquee, a re-creation of which graces the building today. Its elaborate decor and 1,553 seat theater wowed visitors — and despite its size, its Spanish-Moorish-inspired architecture helped it fit into the character of State Street. The grand theater occupied the lower two floors, and office buildings took up the rest.

Within a short period of time, the Granada began making its mark on the Golden Age of film — even though it was a good 90 miles from Hollywood. Gone With the Wind was tested there before its

official opening. Same with Guys and Dolls. In the 1930s, the building was purchased by Warner Brothers, which continued attracting big premieres, and big stars, such as Fred Astaire, Doris Day, and Charlie Chaplin.

As the decades rolled by, the Granada was bought and sold a few times. As multiplex theaters became popular, the interior was chopped up into three theater spaces, dramatically changing the original layout.

In the mid-1980s, a new kind of star hit the main stage: the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. It brought in some big Broadway productions, including Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man, and many others.

Around that time, several performing arts companies came together to form one big nonprofit group: the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA). It was comprised of eight resident companies: Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara (CAMA), the Music Academy of the West (now the Music Academy), Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the State Street Ballet, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and the American Theatre Guild (ATG). All except the ATG are local to Santa Barbara.

“Their mission was to study how to create a worldclass performing arts center in Santa Barbara,

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Actress Doris Day speaks in front of the Granada during the premiere of My Dream is Yours in 1949. At the Granada, stunning details can be found everywhere, including the ceiling.

that they would then own and operate,” Rager said. Each company had different needs for their venue. And, as they would discover, no existing building had everything they needed. So, would they build from scratch? Or retrofit something existing?

More than a decade went by without much movement, other than some feasibility studies. But, in 1997, “Two women involved in performing arts in Santa Barbara — Joan Rutkowski and Susan Gulbransen — got together and said, ‘We HAVE to make this happen!’” The two local movers and shakers

recruited several friends, professionals, and philanthropists to help revive the SBCPA’s original efforts. More soon joined the mix.

The mission was back in action. But still, the challenge remained of the right location to fit all the companies’ needs. There would need to be just-right (yet flexible) acoustics, special flooring on the stage (which would need to be quite large), ample space to fit a large orchestra, exceptional lighting, up-to-date technology, the ability to show films, excellent dressing rooms, and myriad other things (not the least of which would be accessibility for artists and visitors with disabilities).

Ultimately, the group turned its eyes to the Granada Theatre. Yes, it needed work — a lot of work. Which would require a lot

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The Granada’s elegant interior. Inside the Granada features Spanish Moorish architecture. The Granada’s balcony. More ornate details inside the Granada. The stage, as seen from the balcony.

of money. But the bones were solid, and the location was ideal. This, coupled with the Granada’s history, were too good to pass up. It would take several years, a monumental effort, and a retrofitting to bring it up to earthquake codes, but in March 2008, it finally reopened its doors to the public.

“We had a grand reopening event, an open house for the community to come see the theatre,” recalled Rager. “Literally thousands of people came through, in lines and lines!”

“The Granada is undoubtedly the most spectacular building in the city of Santa Barbara for performing arts space,” said Celesta Billeci, the Miller McCune executive director at UCSB Arts & Lectures, in a mini-documentary on the building. “I mean, when we bring worldclass performers to this community and they walk into the building, their jaw drops, they look at it, and say, ‘wow!’”

Of course, having such a space helps tremendously in the attraction of those world-class performers. Over the years since its reopening, the Granada has hosted some of the biggest names in performing arts.

Musicians of all varieties have played here — think Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, Boz Skaggs, the Beach Boys, Itzhak Perlman, and the L.A. Philharmonic. UCSB Arts

& Lectures brought in author and humorist David Sedaris.

Comedian Nate Bargatze (who recently released a Netflix special) performed in 2022. The American Theatre Guild brought in The Book of Mormon (which, not surprisingly, sold out each of its three shows almost instantly). Last fall, they brought in Samara Joy, threetime Grammy winner for her jazz performances. And in a first, Opera Santa Barbara, the State Street Ballet, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society teamed up for Carmina Burana, which put more than 150 performers on the stage for the epic show.

Last season, the Granada’s 19 shows (some of which included multiple performances), were at least 90 percent sold out. “Many were 100 percent sold out!” said Rager. There’s more to come at the Granada — and thankfully, great backers behind it. “We have an amazing Board of Directors,” Rager said, “and an amazingly generous community that helps to support the financial needs of the theatre.”

This spring, the Granada comes full circle to celebrate its centennial. And, in true Granada style, it’s going to be a year-long bash. The kickoff begins in early April, but additional events will continue to be added throughout the year.

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The Granada’s large backstage area. The newly finished Granada, in the mid-1920s.

The Centennial anniversary weekend runs April 12 to 14. In the line-up:

• April 12: Double feature with Sherlock Jr. and Star Wars: A New Hope

• April 13: Special Guest (check the website for details, but this one is not to be missed!)

• April 14: A special night featuring Santa Barbara’s up-and-coming solo artists and talented high school performers

Additional events include:

• April 20-21: Mahler Meets Klezmer: Titans of Sound presented by the Santa Barbara Symphony

• April 30-May 1: Come From Away, presented by the American Theatre Guild

• May 18-19: Rhapsody in Blue, presented by The Santa Barbara Symphony

• May 24: Sérgio Mendes, Grammy award-winning

artist and international music legend

• Oct. 1: Momix Alice, presented by the American Theatre Guild

• Nov. 30: You Should be Dancing, presented by Bay Area Bee Gees

For a full list of events, visit

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The grandeur of the Granada. The balcony seats.
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Old Santa Ynez Days Street Festival & Parade

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We’ll be kicking off Old Santa Ynez Days with the biggest party of the weekend. Mosey on over to the Historical Museum for a traditional pig roast with all the fixings and kick up your heels to toe tapping sounds. Put on your fanciest cowboy/cowgirl duds and come join the party! Special musical guest.

Saturday-June 22nd

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Saturday-June 22nd

We’ll be kicking off Old Santa Ynez Days with the biggest party of the weekend. Mosey on over to the Historical Museum for a traditional pig roast with all the fixings and kick up your heels to toe tapping sounds. Put on your fanciest cowboy/cowgirl duds and come join the party! Special musical guest.

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Visit the Museum where the past comes alive through permanent and rotating exhibits and collections, Vaquero and Cowboy items, Silver adorned Saddles, Bridles and Western Art, while focusing on the life past and present of the Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast. Explore the finest collection of Historic Horse Drawn Carriages and Wagons West of the Mississippi at the Parks-Janeway Carriage House. Check out our current exhibit -




Visit the Museum where the past comes alive through permanent and rotating exhibits and collections, Vaquero and Cowboy items, Silver adorned Saddles, Bridles and Western Art, while focusing on the life past and present of the Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast. Explore the finest collection of Historic Horse Drawn Carriages and Wagons West of the Mississippi at the Parks-Janeway Carriage House. Check out our current exhibit -

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Each June in the heart of downtown Santa Ynez, Western culture and tradition is celebrated in the spirit of the Old West. On June 22nd, we’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of Old Santa Ynez Days! Dust off your spurs and join us for a Grande Parade honoring the Santa Ynez Valley Elks. Enjoy local-crafted beer and wines with delicious food and shop at local, artisan street merchants or kick up your heels to live music. The youngins will have a ball in the FREE Kid’s Corral with a petting zoo, face painter, bounce house, games and pony rides! Pick up your commemorative Old Santa Ynez Days leather badge so you don’t end up in the jail in the parade! We can’t wait to welcome you with our warm Western hospitality and have some fun!

Each June in the heart of downtown Santa Ynez, Western culture and tradition is celebrated in the spirit of the Old West. On June 22nd, we’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of Old Santa Ynez Days!

Each June in the heart of downtown Santa Ynez, Western culture and tradition is celebrated in the spirit of the Old West. On June 22nd, we’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of Old Santa Ynez Days!

Dust off your spurs and join us for a Grande Parade honoring the Santa Ynez Valley Elks. Enjoy local-crafted beer and wines with delicious food and shop at local, artisan street merchants or kick up your heels to live music. The youngins will have a ball in the FREE Kid’s Corral with a petting zoo, face painter, bounce house, games and pony rides! Pick up your commemorative Old Santa Ynez Days leather badge so you don’t end up in the jail in the parade! We can’t wait to welcome you with our warm Western hospitality and have some fun!

Dust off your spurs and join us for a Grande Parade honoring the Santa Ynez Valley Elks. Enjoy local-crafted beer and wines with delicious food and shop at local, artisan street merchants or kick up your heels to live music. The youngins will have a ball in the FREE Kid’s Corral with a petting zoo, face painter, bounce house, games and pony rides! Pick up your commemorative Old Santa Ynez Days leather badge so you don’t end up in the jail in the parade! We can’t wait to welcome you with our warm Western hospitality and have some fun!






5th Annual Old Santa Ynez Days Rodeo

5th Annual Old Santa Ynez Days Rodeo

5th Annual Old Santa Ynez Days Rodeo

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Sat-June 22nd &

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Sun-June 23rd

Sun-June 23rd

Sun-June 23rd




*Kids under 12 free with Adult Ticket

*Kids under 12 free with Adult Ticket

*Kids under 12 free with Adult Ticket

Put on your Cowboy Boots and come out and join us for an exciting 2 Day PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo in the heart of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley!

Put on your Cowboy Boots and come out and join us for an exciting 2 Day PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo in the heart of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley!

Put on your Cowboy Boots and come out and join us for an exciting 2 Day PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo in the heart of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley!

Check out the talented Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls as well as awesome Broncs and Bulls with up close seating! See the daring skills of the trick riding act! The Junior Cowboys and Cowgirls will have a chance to showcase their skills in the mutton bustin’ and stick horse races! With curated food and Western themed vendors as well as live music, there will be fun for the whole family!

Check out the talented Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls as well as awesome Broncs and Bulls with up close seating! See the daring skills of the trick riding act! The Junior Cowboys and Cowgirls will have a chance to showcase their skills in the mutton bustin’ and stick horse races! With curated food and Western themed vendors as well as live music, there will be fun for the whole family!

Check out the talented Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls as well as awesome Broncs and Bulls with up close seating! See the daring skills of the trick riding act! The Junior Cowboys and Cowgirls will have a chance to showcase their skills in the mutton bustin’ and stick horse races! With curated food and Western themed vendors as well as live music, there will be fun for the whole family!

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Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Mounted police in the parade. By Misty Hall

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Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography A beautiful, restored fire truck rolls through the parade. Photo by Andrea Kaus ready for a rip-roaring good time at the rodeo!

Old Santa Ynez Days returns to the Central Coast June 21 through 23. Along with the traditional favorite activities of the weekend, this year’s 60th annual celebration also includes several new events for 2024. Established in 1882, Old Santa Ynez Days is a nod to the community’s ranching and agricultural history.

“Old Santa Ynez Days was formerly called Tortilla Days from 1962 to 1974, and included a tortilla toss as one of the activities,” said Linda Small, executive director of the Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the weekend. “The tortilla toss is still one of the activities today. The name was changed in 1975 to Old Santa Ynez Days.”

Start the weekend off right at the Kick-Ass Kick-Off Party Friday night from 6 to 9 pm at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House. Boogie down to live music and enjoy a Central Coast pig roast barbecue. This museum-sponsored event will feature all the fixins that put this region on the culinary map.

Sagunto Street is the place to be on Saturday morning. Get there early to claim your spot along the sidewalk for the Old Santa Ynez Days Street Faire and Hometown Parade. Once you drop your chairs, stop in at one of the local restaurants for breakfast,

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Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography It wouldn’t be Old Santa Ynez Days without excellent barbecue! Photo courtesy Old Santa Ynez Days Buy yourself a $1 badge and stay out of “jail!”

or grab a bite to eat from one of the many food trucks in town for the festivities. Be sure to buy yourself a $1 commemorative leather badge, or risk getting put in the “jail” float in the parade! Get back to your seats by 10 am to enjoy the parade of horses, wagons, floats, dogs, the jail, and more. This year’s parade honors the Santa Ynez Valley Elks as the Grand Marshal.

Stick around after the parade ends for some great shopping at the downtown boutiques as well as from popup vendors. There’s plenty to do throughout the day: Grab a drink at the beer garden, taste

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Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Tiny cowboys and cowgirls ride through the parade. Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Don’t forget to buy your leather badge to stay out of the jail!

local wines and olive oils, visit the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House, check out the historic Santa Ynez Library, join the giant line dance party in the street, and participate in the traditional Santa Ynez Tortilla Toss. Don’t feel like walking? Hop on a free carriage ride to go from place to place.

There’s plenty of fun for the kids, too, at the Kids’ Corral. Expanded for 2024, it will include booths with games and face

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Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant or one of the many food trucks. Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Local vendors offer a wide variety of goods before and after the parade, from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday. Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Last year the parade honored the Santa Barbara County Cattlewomen. Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Live music is part of the entire weekend! Photo by Andrea Kaus More than just buckin’ broncos, you’ll also find trick riders at the rodeo.

painters, as well as a bounce house, pony rides and even a farm animal petting zoo. Also larger than last year, the “Touch a Truck” area promises all the big trucks that kids (and, let’s face it, adults too!) love: tractors, tow trucks and even a few specialty vehicles from law enforcement agencies. You’ll find it in the Red Barn parking lot on Edison Street.

Grab lunch downtown then head on over to the Rodeo. It starts at 1 pm Saturday and runs through 5 pm Sunday, and is hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Western Heritage Foundation. It is a PRCA qualifying event, so you’ll find some of the area’s best riders in the arena. Events include bull riding, saddle

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Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Get to Sagunto Street early to claim your spot on the parade route. Photo by Michael Troxler Be sure to bring your best cowboy hat! Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Join the giant line dance in the middle of the street on Saturday. Photo by Shelby Caitlin Photography Be sure to stop in at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House.

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“Nestled in the heart of Old Town Orcutt, El Viñero’s charming tasting room invites both locals and visitors discovering what Old Orcutt has to offer. El Viñero welcomes you to learn about and savor world class wines crafted by winemaker and Orcutt native, Jordan Crabtree. Doubling as the winegrower for El Viñero, Jordan tends to vineyards throughout the Central Coast, from West Paso Robles and Cambria, to the scenic Santa Maria Valley. Discover the essence of Old Orcutt through these meticulously farmed and curated wines while enjoying the tasting room ambiance.”

El Viñero 130-A North Broadway Orcutt, CA 93455 (805) 354-0260 IG: @elvinerowine
Open: Thursday - Sunday as well as by appointment outside of normal hours.

‘OrCutt’ Above the Rest

A Guide to Old Town Orcutt

As a first-time visitor to Old Town Orcutt, I had no idea just how much was truly packed into the five blocks of Clark Avenue. Tasting rooms, breweries, shops, and restaurants — it’s got a little of everything that makes this region so outstanding! The Old Town Orcutt Revitalization Association has worked hard to make the community feel intentional to visitors and locals alike.

Founded in 1904, this small Santa Maria Valley town is a super convenient destination right off Hwy 101. And, ideally, it’s situated in the heart of my personal favorite wine region! Perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway, Old Town Orcutt is a must-see stop along the Central Coast.

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Keep an eye out for cute details around Old Town Orcutt. Welcome to Old Town Orcutt!


Kicking off your morning in Old Town Orcutt, you will find plenty of breakfast options. I recommend Jack’s in Old Orcutt. An Orcutt landmark for over 50 years, it’s open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their breakfast items are available all day, and the Chorizo Scramble is amazing. They also have a mouthwatering selection of pies. Don’t miss it for dinner either — I enjoyed one of the best patty melts of my life at Jack’s!

Another tasty option is Kay’s Orcutt Country Kitchen. This family-owned restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch. If you are ravenous, try their Orcutt Hash with ham, pork belly, sausage, home-fried potatoes, and melted cheese topped off with bacon and sausage gravy! They also have Mimosas and Bloody Marys if you want to get the party started a little early. And don’t forget dessert, like the decadent Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich. When the sun goes down on Friday and Saturday nights, Kay’s converts to R Bar, which is open for drinks and dinner.

A tempting breakfast or lunch option is Cubanissamo Coffee House & Café. Situated right off the 101 on your way to Old Town Orcutt, it is absolutely worth a stop. It’s authentic Cuban cuisine, right in Orcutt! Jumpstart your morning with a Café Cubano or a Cortadito alongside one of their delicious breakfast items. For lunch, they serve favorites such as Cubano and Medianoche sandwiches, as well as Tostones and Yuca fries. I’m a big fan of their Cuban Chorizo served over yellow rice.

Two things I adore are burgers and falafel, so naturally I love Charlies King Falafel Restaurant for lunch. My plan going in was to order the Falafel appetizer, followed by the Super King Burger. That proved a tad ambitious, and I ended up with the Junior Burger with a side of their signature crinkle fries. They also offer a variety of sandwiches, but don’t forget to try a milkshake!

If you’re looking for baseball and beer, catch a game at Blast 825 Brewery, where you can try house brews such as Bohemian Pilsner and Hazy IPA. Add in favorite dishes like the 825 Nachos and Cowboy Mac & Cheese with tri-tip if you’re hungry.

For sweet treats throughout your Orcutt visit, I recommend stopping at Gina’s Piece of Cake While they specialize in cakes, I love it for a mid-day coffee and cookie break. They have a cozy little

Get a slice, or a cupcake, or any number of amazing treats, at Gina’s Piece of Cake.

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The patty melt at Jack’s in Old Orcutt. Delicious eats and drinks at Cubanissimo. Sinfully good dessert at Jack’s in Old Orcutt.

seating nook inside where you can enjoy your selection. Orcutt Bakery is another special place for cakes, cookies, brownies and more. They make custom cakes for special occasions, but the pro move is stopping in for one of their mini cheesecakes!

While exploring Old Town Orcutt, nearly every person I met suggested Pizzeria Bello Forno. I’m happy to report that they were all correct! Originally from Los Angeles, chef/owner Bob Spallino moved to Orcutt 37 ago. Bob has been catering in the area for 16 years and opened the pizzeria in 2017. Pizzeria Bello Forno is all about wood-fired pizza — and they have the perfect oven for the job, direct from Naples (technically, it was shipped to New York in pieces before making its way to Orcutt). While the pizza is obviously the star, other popular items include their Bello Forno six-layer Lasagna, their Famous Angus Beef Meatballs, and the Garlic & Brandy Mushrooms.

During my visit, their Italian Chopped Salad was the perfect

USA.” He has very loyal customers, he said, and he loves the size of Old Town where he can get to know everyone. He shared, “it’s close to the ocean, close to Santa Barbara. Not to mention … wineries galore!”

I must say that I was thrilled by all the phenomenal Italian options in Old Town Orcutt! Trattoria Uliveto, a lovely, sit-down establishment, is open for lunch and dinner. I recommend starting with the Crostino alla Romana, toasted bread topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and sage. There are a multitude of pizzas and pastas to choose from, including the Orecchiette alla Pugliese with sausage, broccolini, garlic, and chili flakes. They also have nice patio seating to enjoy the beautiful Orcutt weather.

If you are searching for a taste of that famous Santa Maria Style Barbecue, you must have dinner at the Far Western Tavern Established in the 1950s by the Minetti family, today the tavern attracts locals and visitors alike with its legendary barbecue and welcoming atmosphere. Santa Maria Style Barbecue is rooted in native ingredients and methods first popularized by 19th century rancheros. Far Western Tavern’s menu blends that local barbecue style with other dishes that reflect their family’s heritage in the Santa Maria Valley’s SwissItalian ranching community. The menus include fresh flavors from local farms, ranches, and
Trattoria Uliveto, on a beautiful spring day. Far Western Tavern is picturesque, and delicious!

vineyards. You can enjoy craft cocktails, draft beer, and a wine list featuring local gems. Menu highlights include the World-Famous Bullseye Steak, Oak Grilled Tri-Tip, and the 1958 Steak Sandwich. By now it’s time to work off all that incredible wine and delicious food at a few select walking trails in Orcutt. Orcutt Hills Trail and Rice Ranch Trail are great options. Both are a little over three miles long with fabulous views and are suitable for all skill levels — perfect for a novice like me! Bonus: they’re dog-friendly (on leash)!


Take advantage of the Santa Maria Wine Trolley, which runs every weekend from late spring to early fall. The trolley stops at a few wineries and includes two convenient stops in Old Orcutt. You can book your tickets in advance or at one of the trolley stops. The round trip is approximately 70 minutes.

Looking to unleash your creative side? Wine & Design is the perfect place to unwind and have fun. They offer a range of affordable public and private paint-and-sip parties for all ages and talent-levels, excellent for a girls’ night out, birthday party, date night, and more. Bring your friends or come by yourself and meet new friends while you enjoy a glass of wine during one of their two-hour classes. They provide the canvases and paintbrushes while a local artist guides you through the evening. You can also bring your own snacks to the classes. Their themed classes include opportunities to paint all kinds of items, from jean jackets to pint glasses!

If your visit falls during the week, the Old Town Orcutt Farmers Market starts in June and falls every third Wednesday of the month through October. These fun events offer fresh local produce, vendors, live music, food trucks, and kid-friendly activities.

Now on to my favorite part of the trip: Enjoying the local beverage options! During my Orcutt adventure, I fell in love with Steller’s Cellar, a wine and beer shop and bar that will celebrate its 2-year anniversary this June. Grab a seat at the bar, relax in their lounge area, or enjoy their dog-friendly patio — all while munching on light snacks including a lovely charcuterie board. Owner Mark Steller is an Orcutt native and shares that his hometown “is like walking into the past.”

If you’re planning a trip a little further along into the year, mark your calendar for the Taste of Old Town Orcutt in mid-September. I am looking forward to this event, which includes small bites, beer and wine tastings, shop discounts, and more. It is a perfect way to experience what Old Town Orcutt has to offer.

Steller’s Cellar carries about 40 California beers, including beer on tap, and over 600 wine labels (mostly local). They even have their own wine label! I was lucky enough to try a flight of their Old Town White (Chardonnay), Old Town Red (Pinot Noir), and Sangiovese, which were all exceptional. For beer people, the Liquid Gravity West Coast IPA from San Luis Obispo is a popular choice. They also offer nonalcoholic options including NA spirits by Lyre’s. Visit all week long to experience their winery tastings on Thursdays, local live music on Fridays, and bottomless mimosas on Sundays. They also host special events throughout the year (I’m especially looking forward to their Pinot Party in November). When I asked Andi Keblesh from Steller’s Cellar what she loves about Old Orcutt, she shared, “Knowing I can walk into any of the businesses here and catch up with an old friend.” That community spirit was palpable in Old Town Orcutt!

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Old Town Market’s exterior.

I am a huge wine nerd, so I was excited to check out El Viñero Tasting Room. Owner/winemaker/grower Jordan Crabtree, a first-generation wine maker, was born and raised in Santa Maria. He studied viticulture at Cal Poly, then attained his Master’s in viticulture in Switzerland. He works mostly with organically farmed vineyards and believes in being a good steward of the land. El Viñero started in 2018 and their tasting room opened in 2022. I recommend their cool climate Syrah or the 2019 Super G, which is named for not only the unique Graciano/Grenache blend, but also in honor of the family nickname for Jordan’s grandmother. While enjoying a wine flight, you can order from Pizzeria Bello Forno to be delivered to the tasting room. Pizza and wine — heaven!

El Viñero hosts special events throughout the year and has a wine club, so you can be among the first to try their fantastic wines. When asked about his favorite thing about Orcutt, Jordan said, “There is a great sense of community here and the community is working together to make it even better.”

A short walk around the corner, Lark + Sparrow is a vibe! Owner Micaela Buchanan, a seventh generation Santa Maria native, vows to “protect that vibe at all costs.” She shared that she traveled around for a while but found herself back in Orcutt, enjoying the “lack of weather” and that it is in the “best wine region in the U.S.” You will find diverse wine and beer options from all over the world on their menu, alongside unique small-production local wine options. They have great non-alcoholic options too (it is important for them to create an inclusive experience).

Opened in December 2022, Micaela’s goal was to create a place where she would want to hang out. Popular events at Lark + Sparrow include trivia on Mondays and live music on Fridays. On April 20, they will hold a Dolly Parton LookAlike and Lip Sync contest. The (rather risqué) artwork and furniture in the bar are all for sale, so you may walk away with more than just wine when you leave! They do not have any TVs/screens in the bar and discourage the use of devices; they want your experience at Lark + Sparrow to be about communication.

Our next stop is Old Town Wine & Brew. Owners Aimee Snyder and David Alvarado bought the place in mid-2022 and then opened and rebranded as Old Town Wine & Brew in December 2022. It is a bar and bottle shop featuring local wine from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. You can find rotating beer options focusing on micro and craft breweries and highly sought-after beers that you will not find at the grocery store. They have snacks, too, including their popular charcuterie board.

Special events abound here. They host events throughout the week, including live music on Friday nights, karaoke on Saturdays, and Sunday Funday Happy Hours. They offer both wine and beer clubs, and hold monthly beer tastings the third Thursday of every month, as well as “Meet the Maker” events for wines and beers. And I can’t neglect to mention their dog-friendly outdoor patio!

Aimee is an Orcutt native who shared that in the past 5-10 years, she has seen it just get better and better. “It has been great to see the growth and it is awesome to see where it is going,” she said.

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Lark + Sparrow’s sensual decor. Enjoy a tasty beverage — alcoholic or nonalcoholic — at Lark + Sparrow. Old Town Wine and Brew sits next door to Naughty Oak.

Another fantastic Old Town Orcutt beer joint is the Naughty Oak Brewing Company. It’s a great place to enjoy beer flights or pints. They have 12 beers on tap, all brewed on-site. I’m a fan of the Chela, their Mexican Lager. They have trivia nights on Wednesdays and food trucks throughout the week.

Yarn comes in a range of price points, and they have local hand-dyed yarn that you cannot find anywhere else. They even carry yarn from Feederbrook Farm, which is high quality, hand-dyed yarn from Maryland. You can join their “Wool Gatherings” on Fridays and Sundays, which are informal sessions where you can bring your latest project and meet new people. They also offer private lessons, group lessons, and classes — including sweater classes in the colder months. You’ll find people of all ages joining these events, from 11 to 90 and everywhere in between.

While in the crafting mood, you can head over to the Old Town Quilt Shop


In between your food, wine, and beer stops, make sure to check out the shopping scene in Old Town Orcutt. I have not crocheted since I was a child but was inspired to take it up again after visiting Old Orcutt Yarnery. I had the opportunity to meet the owner, Lisa Long, who moved to Orcutt in 1988 and “never looked back.” Old Orcutt Yarnery opened in early 2022 and now sees a steady mix of locals and visitors who come to get everything they need for their knitting, crocheting, or weaving projects. In addition to yarn, they have a wide variety of books, patterns, hooks, and needles. The store sells gift cards for the yarn lover in your life and ships their yarn, so you can order directly from their website.

The Yarnery has become a favorite for knitting and crocheting enthusiasts visiting the Central Coast. Lisa has honed the inventory of the store to exceed customers’ expectations with popular items including yarn from brands such as Berroco and Malabrigo.

Fun fact: I was super cool in high school and took a quilting class. While my quilting career sadly came to an end after only making a few squares, Old Town Quilt shop makes me want to give it another try! You can find anything you would ever need for quilting – fabrics, patterns, batting, and quilting kits, and they also have classes and retreats. Old Town Quilt Shop is even a stop on the Central Coast Quilt Shop Trail.

If antiquing is more your speed, be sure to check out Déjà Vu Antiques. It is owned by Wendy Steller (yes, her husband, Mark, is the owner of Steller’s Cellar) and is truly a piece of Orcutt history. Déjà Vu Antiques is located on “The Loading Dock” that was built in 1906 as the original oil dock for Orcutt. Antique dealers from all around the Central Coast are here, and you can browse the clothing, furniture, jewelry, décor and more. You are sure to find a few treasures! Need to find a gift for a friend, a host, or maybe for yourself?

Take your time at Déjà Vu Antique Mall and discover endless must-haves.

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Naughty Oak Brewing Co.’s outdoor seating area. Find countless colors, textures, and patterns to explore at Old Orcutt Yarnery. The quaint Old Town Quilt Shop. Find treasures of all kinds, inside and out, at Déjà Vu Antique Mall.

Head over to Company’s Coming, which has something for everyone. You can also check out

Wildflower Women & Sandbox

Kids, a women and children’s boutique, or Deasee’s

Boutique, which carries stylish clothing as well as pajamas, shoes, accessories, and handbags. You can buy your whole wardrobe for your next Orcutt trip right in Old Town.

I’m the kind of person who must find the crystal shop in any town I visit — and I found it in Living Energy Crystals & Metaphysical Shop. They have crystals, jewelry, and divination tools. They also offer classes and readings to satisfy all of your mystical needs.

Vintage Room is their bar, with a delightful selection of local wine and beer along with light bites. When staying at Wine Stone Inn, you are within walking distance of everything in Old Town Orcutt. They have a private event space in their wine cellar, and guests can enjoy their outdoor terrace. I spoke with the general manager of Wine Stone Inn, Jason Gentry, and he shared that his favorite thing about Old Town Orcutt is “the quaint nature of the people in the community and history of Old Orcutt.”


If staying in Old Town Orcutt for a few days (which I highly suggest), then Wine Stone Inn is your spot. Opened in 2019, the Wine Stone Inn is a boutique hotel with 12 well-appointed king and double queen rooms. Hotel amenities include complimentary WiFi, Comphy Co. linens, free parking, afternoon wine tastings for hotel guests, and live music.

Outside of Old Town Orcutt, there are a few other lodging options, such as the historic Santa Maria Inn (which is rumored to be haunted!) and the Skyview Los Alamos, a boutique luxury, dog-friendly property that is less than 20 minutes away.

What struck me during my visit to Old Town Orcutt was how much everyone I spoke with genuinely loves their community! Many of the businesses I visited highlighted their exciting future expansion plans. I am confident you will want to visit Orcutt again and again and will find more to discover with every visit.

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Fun abounds in Company’s Coming. A room at the Wine Stone Inn. Watch the light play across the hills at the Wine Stone Inn. The craftsman-style Wine Stone Inn exterior. Find great souvenirs at Company’s Coming.

Discover the History and charm of Old Town Orcutt

Old Orcutt in The Santa Maria Valley

Just south of Santa Maria is Old Orcutt – a historical gem of the valley. You’ll find friendly faces as you dine, shop, and mingle in our authentic, vibrant, little town that’s been bustling since 1904. We think you’ll love our town as much as we do. Come visit!

Members of the Old Town Orcutt Merchants Association (OOMA) invite you to visit our charming little western town founded in 1904 complete with dozens of shops and restaurants, pubs and wine and beer bars, amazing salons (even for your puppy), business professionals and even a quaint Bed and Breakfast at the end of town.

You can also visit the local Lions Club, American Legion and the OASIS Senior Center. This small eight block long by six block wide town is great for walking and shopping with great weather and Old Town hospitality. Conveniently located between the US 101, CA 1 and CA 135 freeways. The business community of OOMA invites you to spend a day in Old Town Orcutt.

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One of the most unique shopping experiences on the Central Coast can be discovered at The Village of Arroyo Grande.

The collection of diverse shops and food options draw local residents and tourists alike looking to soak in some Central Coast culture.

The city is located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, in an agriculture-rich region that has an ideal balance of city and small-town vibes. Arroyo Grande is surrounded by coastal foothills, which can look like an oil painting after the spring rains and wildflower blooms. The Village itself is made up of buildings dating back to the early 1900s, which adds a historic, nostalgic flavor to the area. Arroyo Grande also offers golf, various forms of outdoor recreation, community events, music, art shows and much, much more. Essentially, there is something for everyone in Arroyo Grande — especially at The Village.

In talking with visitors, one thing is clear: It takes more than one visit to take in all it has to offer. “We were looking for a place to stretch our legs and grab a quick bite to eat,” said Shelly Halverson of Salem, Oregon. “My husband and I read about The Village and decided to stop. We have been here for more than three hours now and could literally spend all weekend exploring the shops. I

told him that we are definitely going to come back and stay. It has everything we enjoy, like great food, wine, and kind people. We hit the jackpot today.”

The City of Arroyo Grande boasts its core values as “Truth, Excellence, Teamwork, Community, and Impact.” In talking with several business owners in The Village, those same values are quite evident.

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Photo by Vivian Krug Cotton The Village, tucked between the rolling hillsides. Photo by Vivian Krug Cotton A gorgeous sunset above the bridge in Arroyo Grande.

June Gonzales, owner of The Sports Dugout, points to the close-knit community of friends and colleagues as something that makes The Village such a special place. Gonzales also noted many other highlights — the troupe of free-ranging roosters that strut around town, the last swinging bridge of its kind in California, and Heritage Square Park, which contains five historic buildings.

Another store owner, Tracy Sonny, displays a passion which makes The Village a true destination for tourists and locals alike. When asked about The Village, the Hive Supply Co. owner said, “We love being located right in the heart of The Village. I mean, what’s not to love?! We have a little bit of everything, like a bakery, guitar shop, dive bar, retail, restaurants, and lots of roosters. I grew up watching the Andy Griffith Show, so I feel like Arroyo Grande is the new Mayberry!”

Hive Supply and Hive Annex

Hive owner Tracy has created a memorable experience for those who enter either one of her stores. “We’ve created a boutique feel from the minute you hit the front door that looks, sounds, feels, and smells so good. Both men, women, and kids love our store,” she said. The Hive Annex is a muststop for men looking to grab some new clothes or rugged wear. According to the store’s website, “The Annex is here for all your rugged needs; dedicated to men’s apparel and lifestyle goods with the same quality and originality that Hive Supply Co. is known for.”

Find Hive Supply at 116 E. Branch St. For more, visit

The Arroyo Grande Swinging Bridge is a must-see piece of California history. The bridge was designed back in 1875 as a way to cross the Arroyo Grande Creek. In 1995, a tree fell on the bridge. It was rebuilt but remains the only bridge of its kind in the state of California. At 171 feet in length, the bridge hovers 40 feet above Arroyo Grande Creek.

If you are in the area on a Saturday, you have to stop by the Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market. It is located in the Olohan Alley between Short and Mason Streets, in the heart of The Village, and runs from noon to 2:30 pm. Fresh fruits and vegetables are front and center for all to enjoy as are a variety of other vendors. You can also enjoy some live music and get to know the locals. There is also a Wednesday farmers’ market, located a short distance away in the Smart & Final parking lot (1464 E. Grand Ave.) from 8:30 to 11 am.

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Photo by Vivian Krug Cotton The famous swinging bridge. Photo by Vivian Krug Cotton Fresh corn at the Farmers’ Market. Photo by Vivian Krug Cotton The roosters stop for a snack.



Rhonda’s Relics

The self-described home of fun vintage, eclectic, and whimsical stuff can keep you busy for hours as you browse for unique collectibles. When you make a purchase, not only will you be taking home a fun, decorative item, but you will also be supporting rescue animals. The owner does her part by adopting a number of animals, and she helps others care for their rescues, as well. Find Rhonda’s Relics at 148 W. Branch St. For more, see

Remember When Storybook Photography

The talents of photographer Robin Barnes are on full display at Remember

When Storybook Photography. Barnes is well known for her portraits of pregnancy,

The Mayan Collective

When looking for the perfect gift for the candle lover in your life, consider visiting The Mayan Collective Candle Bar. Owner Karla Wenger uses 100 percent natural soy wax, 100 percent cotton wicks, and fragrances free of carcinogens, chemicals, and phthalates to create something truly special. Karla also has a higher calling in life as she donates 20 percent of all proceeds to San Francisco de Sales, a small village in Guatemala. Not only are you purchasing an epic candle, you are also supporting a terrific cause, too.

Find The Mayan Collective Candle Bar at 101 W. Branch St., Suite A. For more:

babies, children, couples, seniors, and more. She offers a plethora of costumes and homemade props to enhance the experience and end product. With more than three decades of experience and a keen eye for design, she is an expert both in the studio and in the field.

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Branch Street Antiques

Arroyo Grande is a wonderful place for antique shoppers, and Branch Street Antiques should be on your list of stops to find a wide variety of treasures. You never know what awaits you at this shop! Jewelry, coins, furniture, old books, collectibles from around the world, seasonal goodies, handcrafted gifts, and lots more are available downstairs at Branch Street Antiques.

Find Branch Street Antiques at 126 E. Branch St., Suite B. For more:

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Lady Di’s Boutique

Modern women’s fashion is on full display at Lady Di’s Boutique. Search for something to freshen up your spring wardrobe at this boutique that couples modern fashion with comfort and your perfect fit. Whether you’re looking for shoes, accessories, gifts, or clothes, whether it be casual, formal, whimsical, or professional, it’s all here at Lady Di’s.

Find Lady Di’s Boutique at 121 E. Branch St. For more:

Posies in the Village

Posies in the Village is 6,000 square feet of everything you could ever want to create the ultimate shabby-chic/ cottage-core/romanticcountry aesthetic. Whichever term you prefer, you can find the perfect clothing, accessories, furniture, crafting supplies, garden decor, knick-knacks, antiques, gifts and so much more across its two stories. From one-off repurposed antiques to Baby Ganz goodies, you’ll find row after row of items that are sure to please at Posies in the Village.

Find Posies in the Village at 106 W. Branch St. For more:

Chic Interiors

Feeling like your home needs a facelift? Look no further than Chic Interiors. This design firm is a one-stop-shop, whether you need a color consultation (fresh paint can work wonders!) or a wholehouse remodel. They work with you to define your personal style, and create spaces that fit your needs, wants, and budget. Chic Interiors has also been featured in multiple publications, including Architectural Digest and Living Lavishly

Find Chic Interiors at 122 E. Branch St. For more:

The Sports Dugout

This is the ultimate stop if you are a sports fan. They offer an array of memorabilia for sports lovers of all levels. From signed helmets to rare baseball cards, it’s all here! You can even find Pokemon cards, too. The Sports Dugout is owned by June and Lance Gonzales, who are fan favorites themselves. Customers of all ages and various teams enjoy the terrific service, and lots of robust sports talk, when visiting.

Find The Sports Dugout at 109 E. Branch St. For more:


Hubbalicious Sweet Shoppe

Have a sweet tooth? If so, look no further than the Hubbalicious Sweet Shoppe. This familyowned business is a popular destination for those seeking a sweet treat. Think cotton candy, ice cream, fudge, taffy, caramel apples, and more. This shop is known for its huge inventory of sweet (and sour) goodness, friendly staff, and of course, loads of family fun. To see a full menu of ice cream and candy available for purchase, visit their website.

Find Hubbalicious Sweet Shoppe at 110 E. Branch St. For more:

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Klondike Pizza

If you are craving pizza and fun times with friends and family, consider a visit to Klondike Pizza. Established in 1988, Klondike Pizza is in the basement of a building, which gives it a hustle and bustle feel. This restaurant offers an extensive menu with many different pizza options. Some fan favorites include the Roadkill Pizza and the Denali. They also offer an assorted variety of beer and wine. There is even an arcade to keep your video game aficionados busy. Also, grab some peanuts — and don’t worry about the shells ending up on the floor. It’s all part of the family-friendly vibe.

Find Klondike Pizza at 104 Bridge St. For more:

Verdad and Lindquist Family Wines

The Central Coast is the home of some of the best wineries on the planet. If you are cruising through The Village and suddenly have a craving for a great glass of wine, look no further than the Verdad and Lindquist Family Wines tasting room. For $25, you get to sample five different wines, which are organic and certified sustainable. You can also indulge in a cheese plate or charcuterie platter. Drop-ins are more than welcome, however, parties of five or more should pursue a reservation which can be made by calling (805) 270-4900.

Find Verdad and Lindquist Family Wines at 211 E. Branch St. For more:

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Village Café

If you are going to put in a full day exploring The Village, you’d better fuel up with a hearty breakfast or lunch. One fine option is the Village Café, where you can enjoy a great old-fashioned country breakfast, or explore the delicious lunch menu. In town on a Sunday? Be sure to snap up their legendary Eggs Benedict! The Village Café has been in business since 1927 — so you know they must be doing something right.

Find Village Cafe at 112 W. Branch St. For more:

Humdinger Brewing

Craving a craft beer and a bite to eat? Look no further than Humdinger Brewing. They have a number of beers to choose

from including IPAs, blondes, reds, stouts, and more. You will also find a lunch and brunch menu to go along with your delicious brew. Heading north to San Luis Obispo? They’ve got a second location there as well!

Find Humdinger Brewing at 116 W. Branch St. For more:

Sidewalk Cafe

For a hearty, delicious breakfast, lunch, or early dinner, the Sidewalk Cafe has what you’re craving. Their breakfast menu features a variety of breakfast burritos and traditional morning fare, but you’ll also find unique creations like the chorizo tots. For lunch or early dinner, choose from hot and cold sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups, and more. Eat inside, on their tree-shaded patio outside, or pick it up to go.

Find Sidewalk Cafe at 130 W. Branch St. For more:

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The Agrarian Hotel

For visitors hoping to make a weekend out of their visit to Arroyo Grande, consider staying at the Agrarian Hotel, which sits in the center of The Village. The Agrarian is walking distance to shops, eateries, and wineries, making it the perfect home base for exploring Arroyo Grande. You’ll appreciate the well-appointed rooms, pool, hot tub, fitness center, and complimentary breakfast. According to their website, the craftsman-style hotel is proud to be the first LEED-certified hotel in Arroyo Grande — meaning it’s not only a beautiful place to stay, but also environmentally-friendly, as well.

Find Agrarian Hotel at 325 E. Branch St. For more, visit

Other popular stops in The Village include:

Mason Bar and Kitchen (307 E. Branch St.)

Gina’s Italian Cuisine (138 E. Branch St.)

Villa Cantina (106 E. Branch St.)

Rooster Creek Tavern (200 E. Branch St.)

Branch Street Deli

and Pizzeria (203 E. Branch St.)

Jaffa Café (206 E. Branch St.)

Palo Mesa Wood Fired Pizza (150 W. Branch St.)

Cafe Andreini (131 E. Branch St.)

Mule Bakery (117 E. Branch St.)

There’s truly too much to list — so get out to The Village of Arroyo Grande and discover them for yourself! For more information on the City of Arroyo Grande, The Village, and a calendar of events, see

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Photo by Vivian Krug Cotton Arroyo Grande Village during a dramatic sunset. Photos by Vivian Krug Cotton Arroyo Grande’s famous freerange roosters.


Cobbo’s in downtown Avila Beach, CA is a luxurious 6,484 SF indoor/outdoor custom coastal contemporary vacation rental. It is located steps to the beach and boasts spectacular ocean, mountain and golf course views. Cobbo’s is sure to surpass all expectations offering an unforgettable “WOW” experience for a multi-generational family getaway, a gathering of good friends, or a destination for a corporate retreat. It offers the comforts of a home and the features and amenities equal to or better than a 5-star resort. Many have expressed Cobbo’s to be the best vacation rental the central coast has to offer.

“Best vacation home we’ve stayed in.”
“Can’t Get Much Better than This!!”
“I could not imagine a better experience.”
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115 Spring 2024 855-4-COBBOS Find us on Social Media @cobbosbeachhouse Jay Cobb Features Include... • 2 Hot Tubs • AC & Heat • 13 Fire-pit/Fireplace/ Recessed Heaters • 3 Washer/Dryer Sets • Elevator from Basement to Rooftop Deck • Bar • Underground Wine & Whiskey Tasting Room • 3 Electric Car Charging Systems • Gym
Pool and Ping Pong Table
Corn Hole Arena
Golf Cart
2 Kayaks
2 Paddle Boards
4 Boogie Boards
Sleeps up to 18 • 3 Master Suites
Blazing Fast WIFI
30 Speakers Throughout the House and MUCH MORE
116 Spring 2024 A hidden gem packed with vintage, antiques, home decor, clothing, jewelry, fishing gear, coins, sports cards and lots of vinyl Located right off 101 in Pismo Coast Shopping Plaza next To the Outlets open Daily Mon - Sat 10:30- 5 Sun 11-5 lots of Free parking 537 Five Cities Drive, Pismo Beach 805 773-3777 Place an order anytime with one of our customer service representatives 877-SLO-BIRK Enhance your life with comfort footwear at our shoe store! See the new summer colors! Great selection of dance shoes Huge sale shoe selection We also carry kids shoes Open 7 days a week downtown

Mama’s Meatball is the neighborhood’s favorite cozy Italian restaurant, located conveniently inside the Creamery Marketplace, a retail destination in downtown San Luis Obispo. We offer authentic, homemade Italian dining and catering with slow-simmered sauces and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. As part of our authentic Italian dining experience, we prepare some of our signature dishes such as our famous Fettuccine Alfredo at your table. It can’t get any fresher than that! 570

About Mama!

“Mama,” Chef Nico’s Mom, is our pastry chef. She started baking when she was a little girl in Italy, the traditional way—by hand. She continues whipping up baked goods by hand for nearly 53 years. Because for her, there is no other way!


The word Mistura brings together the essence of Peru, a vision of its people and cuisine, a wondrous blend of cultures of priceless heritage. Our Mistura is a modern Peruvian restaurant that is as lively as the country and biodiversity it celebrates. Mistura captures the multicultural spirit of Peru, combining its native Incan and Pre-Columbian culinary heritage with the Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese influences that embody the country’s flavorful cuisine. Mistura is an authentic tribute to the diversity of Peruvian food, proposing familiar yet unexpected and adventurous flavors.

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Higuera Street, Ste 130, San Luis Obispo | (805) 544-0861 | Open Tues-Sun 11am to 9pm · Closed Mondays
Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo | 805-439-3292
11am–9pm · Monday Closed · Tuesday–Thursday 11am–9pm Friday & Saturday 11am–10pm
Chef Nicola Allegretta
118 149 Cayucos Dr. Cayucos, CA 93430 805.995.3669 pastries quiche espresso ] ] ] Your Central Coast Gem

Golf and More is the only Golf Shop in north San Luis Obispo County. We are prepared to find the perfect set of clubs for you either new or used, to provide expert repair, re-gripping, or adjustment of your existing clubs and we offer a great selection of golf equipment, apparel and accessories.

9965 El Camino Real, Suite E

Atascadero, CA 93422

(805) 460-6900


Serving locally roasted organic coffee, wide selection of teas, breakfast & lunch sandwiches, fresh baked goods including bagels made daily, and locally made ice creams. We also offer vegan and gluten free options.

Open 7 days a week!


2320 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428

(805) 927-0077

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Main Street – Cambria, • 805-927-4634
in the heart of Cambria
Enjoy a relaxing retreat at Bluebird Inn on Main St. in beautiful Cambria, CA. Our Inn is conveniently located within walking distance of a wealth of delicious restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and wine tasting! We are a stunning Mid-Century Modern Inn built around the historic 1880 Lull House. Enjoy beautiful gardens, creekside walks, cozy sitting nooks, and a warm fireside outdoor space. Bluebird Inn has something for everyone, from budget-friendly Standard style rooms to Deluxe and Suite accommodations boasting fireplaces and creekside views. We hope to welcome you soon! Bluebird
CA 93428

Maisons de Cambria Vacation Rentals

Deborah Berk, Proprietor


Welcome to Maisons de Cambria Vacation Rentals

We offer a variety of lovely vacation rental homes located in a beautiful environment.

Cambria itself is a charming village that offers galleries, shops, a playhouse, local music & a variety of dining options. It’s also a gateway to the Paso Robles Wine Region & to the Big Sur Wilderness area. We hope you will visit soon… come discover the magic of the Central Coast.

Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm – Closed Sunday


A quaint seaside village, is located on the Central Coast, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, just six miles south of Hearst Castle. We are nestled in a forest of Monterey pines at the foot of the scenic Highway One/Big Sur Coast. The climate is a cool Mediterranean with clear blue skies, light seasonal fog and temperatures averaging 50 to 70 degrees F.

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784 Main St., Suite A Cambria CA 93428
(800)545-5079 or (805)927-8200

April 27th 9-3

Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous & Comic Book Expo

May 11th 10-5

Paso Robles Olive & Lavender Fesitival May

Tuesdays 9:30-12 and Saturdays 9:00-1:00

Downtown Farmer’s Market, City Park

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Where Everybody Comes Together Explore and Experience Downtown Paso Robles! DOWNTOWN TOURS ~ EATERIES ~ BARS ~ ART ~ MUSEUMS ~ WINE TASTING ~ SHOPPING ~ LODGING
122 Spring 2024 Outdoor Courtyard Seating Open Thurs–Mon 11am–8pm Closed Tuesday & Wednesday 805.369.2132 819 12th St. (In The Alley) · Paso Robles @jeffryswinecountrybbq • Box Lunches • Meetings • Party Platters • Wedding Packages • Wine Tours • Breakfast, Lunch & More • Patio Seating • Dog Friendly • Kids Menu • Gluten-Free • Vegan Options 1102 Pine St., Paso Robles (Next to Park Cinemas Theatre) (805) 237-1780 Order Online Open 7 days a week We Deliver
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With the change from winter to spring comes a bounty of fresh oranges, tangerines, and lemons. In Ventura County, you can buy fresh citrus fruits at farmers’ markets in Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Camarillo, and Westlake Village. I like to buy my citrus from vendors at the Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market and at Friend’s Ranch on Highway 33, northwest of Ojai. In Santa Barbara County, farmers’ markets are held in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Carpinteria, and Montecito. In San Luis Obispo County, look for fresh citrus at farmers’ markets in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Los Olivos, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, and Templeton.

My Portobello-Orange Salad features fresh Valencia orange sections and grated orange zest. My Tomatillo Salsa Verde recipe is easy to make, refrigerates well, and features fresh lime juice. The Farro, Feta, and Meyer Lemon Salad is my unique combination of chewy farro whole-wheat grain, Meyer lemon juice, feta cheese, and Castelvetrano olives.

My Pixie Tangerine Cupcakes recipe features a delicious carrot cupcake topped with cream cheese and buttercream frosting made with Pixie tangerine zest and juice. And if you wonder what to sip while you cook, I’ve also included my favorite springtime cocktail, Pisco Sour, made with Peruvian brandy and fresh lime juice and garnished with a slice of lime.

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This recipe is a refreshingly different vegan salad. Why, you ask, is it different? Combining juicy-sweet Valencia oranges and earthy portobello mushrooms makes it different and oh-so-tasty.

Makes 2 to 3 servings.


4 large portobello mushrooms (stems and gills removed)

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)

Salt and pepper to taste

2 large Valencia oranges

½ teaspoon grated orange zest

2 teaspoons capers (mashed)

2 teaspoons shallot (chopped fine)

Mixed greens (optional)


Place four salad plates in the refrigerator to chill.

Brush mushrooms with two teaspoons of olive oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a grill or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Brush or rub pan lightly with oil and sauté mushrooms — three minutes per side. Set aside to cool.

While the mushrooms are cooling, trim the ends of one orange and place one end on a cutting board cut side down. Angle a knife to cut between the pith and the pulp to remove the peel. Cut along the inside of the membrane walls to remove sections. Repeat with the remaining orange. Roughly chop both and place in a medium bowl. Add orange zest, capers, the balance of the olive oil, and shallots to the oranges. Set aside.

Slice mushrooms on a bias and cut the slices into 1-inch pieces. Add mushrooms to the orange mixture and gently stir to coat the mushrooms. Take chilled plates out of the refrigerator and place a handful of mixed greens on each plate. Spoon one-fourth of the mushroom mixture on top of each plate of greens. Serve while plates are still cold.

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Tomatillos are a hard, small fruit that is a bit tart, yet slightly sweet; earthy, but with a hint of citrus. In other words, they are like nothing else. You may have seen them in the store with green husks and thought they were weird green tomatoes. They are used to make mole, spicy soup, and several other Mexican dishes. I like to use them to make this vegan salsa. Use on enchiladas or as a condiment for any dish that needs a little extra zip!

Makes about 4 cups of salsa.


16 ounces fresh tomatillos (husked and washed)

1 large yellow onion (cut into large chunks)

3 cloves garlic (peeled)

½ packed cup of cilantro leaves (chopped)

½ jalapeño (de-seed and de-vein if you don’t like the heat)

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Salt (to taste)


Cut the tomatillos into quarters and put them into the bowl of a food processor. Add the onion and garlic and process

until smooth. Add the cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice and process until the jalapeño is finely chopped.

Scrape the mixture into a saucepan. Season lightly with salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is boiled off and the salsa looks like a fine relish — about 15 minutes. Cool before using.

Note: This sauce can be refrigerated for up to one week. If chilled, you may want to add a little salt and lime juice before serving.

½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon Aleppo pepper

Farro is a nutty-tasting ancient grain eaten for thousands of years worldwide. It is a staple in many Mediterranean, Ethiopian, and Middle Eastern recipes. It was once called pharaoh’s wheat because it was popular in Egypt before reaching Italy.

Farro is an excellent source of protein, fiber, and nutrients like magnesium and iron. It’s a big nutritional step up from using white rice or other refined grains in your cooking. But beware: If you are sensitive to gluten, this may not be the dish for you. Farro contains gluten protein and is most definitely not gluten-free.

Makes 2 to 3 servings.


1 cup farro wheat grain

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely chopped Meyer lemon zest (from about 4 lemons)

½ cup fresh parsley leaves (chopped)

½ cup feta cheese (crumbled)

2/3 cup

Castelvetrano olives (pitted)

Salt to taste (if desired)

Butter lettuce


Bring four cups of salted water to a boil and stir in farro. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and spread out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Allow to cool and dry a bit, about five minutes.

While farro is cooling, whisk oil, lemon juice and zest, black pepper, Aleppo pepper, and parsley in a medium bowl. Stir in feta, olives, and cooled farro. Serve on a bed of butter lettuce.

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These delicious cupcakes are easy to make and have a fresh carrot cake taste. The freshness of Ojai Pixie tangerines from Friend’s Ranch gives the frosting an orange creamsicle flavor. What could be better?

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Cupcake ingredients:

1¼ cups granulated sugar

¾ cup canola oil

1/3 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup grated carrots (about 2 medium carrots)

½ cup golden raisins

Frosting ingredients:

½ cup butter (room temp)

4 ounces cream cheese (room temp)

1 tablespoon Pixie tangerine zest

16 ounces powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons fresh Pixie tangerine juice

Cupcake directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

Combine the sugar, oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder, allspice, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture to the oil mixture and stir until smooth. Fold in the carrots and raisins.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and the cupcakes are slightly springy to the touch. After removing them from the oven, cool the cupcakes in the pan for five minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting directions:

While the cupcakes are cooling, beat the butter, cream cheese, and zest with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, milk, and tangerine juice, beating slowly until blended. Cover and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to get it firm enough to spread. Now for the fun part. Frost the cupcakes and chow down. Be sure to share with friends and family. There should be plenty to go around!

Pisco is a type of South American brandy, and the pisco from Peru has a complex, earthy flavor. The Pisco Sour is the most popular way of drinking pisco, and for decades, it has been the signature mixed drink of Peru. This is the recipe for a Pisco Sour cocktail I enjoyed at a restaurant in the Miraflores neighborhood in Lima, Peru.

Makes 1 cocktail.


3 ounces Peruvian pisco (Campo de Encanto is a good brand)

1 ounce of fresh lime juice

½ ounce simple syrup


1 egg white

Cracked ice

1 to 2 dashes Peruvian Amargo Chuncho Bitters


Combine pisco, lime, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker without ice and seal. Shake vigorously until egg white is foamy, about 10 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and shake hard until wellchilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and put a dash of bitters atop the egg-white foam.

If you can’t find Peruvian bitters, substitute Angostura Bitters.

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128 Spring 2024 805.438.3120 Experience the Biggest Thrill in Wine Country! At the historic Santa Margarita Ranch ZIPLINES, NATURE TOURS & ESCAPE ROOM Locally grown and produced Olive oil and artisan food tasting Gi s and unique olive wood serving pieces 2989 B Limestone Way Paso Robles, CA 93446 805-227-4223 — Book a Tasting Appointment MYSTIC HILLS VINEYARD Paso Robles, California Meet Oscar-winning film editor and winemaker Joel Cox at Mystic Hills Vineyard Monterey County Winery of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 San Luis Obispo County Winery of the Year 2021 Member Pleasant Valley Wine Trail By Appointment: 805-610-1099 You Are Loved!
129 Spring 2024 “There’s no place like home – Let me find yours.” RE / MAX Gold Coast Realtors® (805) 798-0516 • Located on one of Ojai’s most desirable streets, Foothill Road, and sitting perfectly on over half an acre, this wonderful family home is just waiting for you. This home features a spacious open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, Travertine stone floors throughout and light filled rooms. There are two large living areas, both with their own fireplace, so you can enjoy the warmth of a cozy fire. Top of the line appliances in the large kitchen which looks out to the beautiful pool and backyard. The dining room opens to a large deck with lovely mountain views, a great place for entertaining. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms with plenty of room for family and guests. The outdoor space is charming with meandering pebble pathways, lush landscape and mature trees. You will love splashing in the pool on warm summer days or soaking in the hot tub under the star-studded night’s sky. With this ideal location you are close to hiking trails, shops, and restaurants. There is an oversized three car garage with plenty of parking. Private and gated. Don’t miss this one! ELEGANT, LIGHT AND BRIGHT 1270 FOOTHILL ROAD, OJAI, CA 93023
130 Spring 2024 “There’s no place like home – Let me find yours.” RE / MAX Gold Coast Realtors® (805) 798-0516 • Located within walking distance to downtown Ojai, this elegant family home has it all. Light and bright, you will love the open spacious floor plan. The beautifully detailed kitchen and den open to a sunroom, with a massive rock fireplace, which overlooks the private backyard and swimming pool. There are four fireplaces, a large office, downstairs primary bedroom with a ‘spa-like’ bath, formal living room and formal dining room - all with incredible details, balconies and patios to bring the outside in. This property, just over an acre, has an art studio, garden sheds, meandering pathways, a bridge leading to a five star chicken coop, orchards, vegetable and rose gardens, wonderful mature trees, views of the mountains and yes a Tree House. Plenty of room for your family and friends! There is a one bedroom attached guest quarters. Completely private and quiet and yet so close to shops, restaurants, and the Ojai Arcade. Don’t miss this lovely, detailed home ELEGANT, LIGHT AND BRIGHT 828 FOOTHILL LANE, OJAI, CA 93023 lic.#01488460
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but simple lifestyle. With the polished concrete floors downstairs and Brazilian Cherry wood floors upstairs you will feel the warmth of this home. The cozy living room opens to the kitchen and dining room and is perfect for entertaining. There are Venetian plaster walls throughout, granite counter tops, top of the line kitchen appliances, and Smart Home’’ technology. The
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El Viaje was inspired by the architectural design of an Italian Luxury Villa where Old World Charm and the modern conveniences of every day life come together perfectly. As you enter through the gates to a private, secluded yard you will love the mix of mature trees, the flower lined barranca, and the romantic dining area. Once inside, you will appreciate the elegant
brilliant finishing touches
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