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ROLLIN’ HWY 33 Exploring Maricopa Highway

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• Bibliophiles will delight in Bart’s Books (PAGE 21). Writer Tiobe Barron explains why you absolutely cannot leave Ojai without visiting this historic outdoor book shop. Literary treasures abound around every corner of this sun-drenched landmark in the “Valley of the Moon.”



Misty Hall Editor California 101 Travelers Guide

Dear Readers, Lately, I’ve been reflecting on what “these uncertain times” have yielded that could be construed as positive. For me personally, it’s been things like learning to make sourdough bread from scratch, fishing with my husband, and finding the best local fruit stands. The connection between all those things? They require patience. Slowing down. Because the best things just cannot be rushed. Here at the California 101 Travelers Guide, our mission has always been to encourage our readers to slow down and explore the communities of the Central Coast. There’s so much to do and see and taste in this region, but you’ve got to take your time to get the true flavor of it all. Sure, things are a little different now, and you can’t go anywhere without your mask. But there’s still a surprisingly large number of activities we can safely do, and that list is growing all the time. Maybe now, after the year we’ve all had, we’ll remember the value of savoring the experiences we do get to enjoy, especially here in our little chunk of paradise. In this issue, we’ve got plenty for you to savor — both literally and figuratively. So take your foot off the gas pedal and read on. • Writer Zachary Rosen returns in Pandemic Pastimes (PAGE 11) to give us a slew of fun things to do up and down the Central Coast. Explore a sea of lights at Bruce Munro’s Sensorio, or pack up the family and take in a movie or concert at Goleta’s West Wind Drive-In or Ventura’s Concerts in Your Car. For those who want a few sea-side thrills, check out the Channel Islands Kayak Center or Santa Barbara Parasail. Staying home? Take in a super innovative concert experience with EJI, or pick up an Innovation Workshop Maker Kit from the MOXI Museum in Santa Barbara.

• Bill Warner’s Rolling 33 (PAGE 27) examines the 60 miles of Highway 33 that run from the Ventura beaches north to Cuyama, through some of the most rural — and staggeringly beautiful — national forests our area has to offer. • From our resident scientist, Michele Roest, comes a story about one of the Central Coast’s biggest, boldest, and loudest residents: elephant seals (PAGE 36). These portly pinnipeds are endlessly fascinating, and San Simeon is one of the few places in the world where you can pull into a parking lot and watch their antics on the beach just below. • The next time you find yourself on Highway 126, take a look around, because the communities that make up the Heritage Valley — Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru — have a lot to offer. Check out (PAGE 51) as Tiobe Barron explores this historic and beautiful valley. • The Unknown Golfer (PAGE 57) is back with another set of links to share: Cypress Ridge (Arroyo Grande), Chalk Mountain (Atascadero), and Morro Bay Golf Course. • Feel like getting away? Writer Donna Wolfe CA suggests Morro Bay! Turn to page 68 for a 101 deep dive into this amazing beach town. Nosh on amazing seafood with spectacular views, cruise around on an electric bike, peruse the multitude of galleries and more in this San Luis Obispo County community. • In Fabulous Fermentations (PAGE 78) Zachary Rosen shares some his favorite locally-made non-alcoholic beverages: Whalebird and Revel kombuchas, as well as Broken Clock, and Sideyard Shrubs. Chances are, you’ve heard of kombuchas, but what are shrubs? We’ll let you find out, but we promise you’re going to want to try them. • And finally, Chef Randy Graham gets us ready for the holiday season with another installment of Randy’s recipes (PAGE 84). This time, he celebrates the flavors of fall and winter, guaranteeing that no matter which holiday you’re celebrating, you’ll have the perfect meal to set the tone.


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Pandemic Pastimes

Central Coast fun, from fields of light to concerts in your car

By Zachary Rosen


Bart’s Books

A bibliophile’s bliss

By Tiobe Barron


27 Rolling 33



Exploring rural, rugged Maricopa Highway

By Bill Warner


Signed, Seal-ed, Delivered

San Simeon’s elephant CA seals provide101 some of the Central Coast’s best (free!) entertainment

By Michele Roest


History Lives in the Heritage Valley

Discover the charms of Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru

By Tiobe Barron


California Golf Trail

Get swinging at these Central Coast hidden gems

By The Unknown Golfer


Dive in to Morro Bay

Waterfront adventures abound in this SLO County gem

By Donna Wolfe


Fabulous Fermentations

local hand-crafted drinks for the whole family

By Zachary Rosen



84 Randy’s Recipes Celebrate the Holidays with

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Take the path less traveled

Wide open, close by. Channel Islands National Park.


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PANDEMIC PASTIMES It’s not business as usual, but businesses are still finding ways to offer a wide (and awesome!) variety of activities on the Central Coast

By Zachary Rosen

How do you stay entertained in a pandemic? While many venues and activities remain closed, there are several new and reimagined experiences to be had along the Central Coast. Thanks to the creative communities along the 101, there’s still a ton of fun to be had in this region. Read on and discover some of our favorites that’ll have you walking through a field of lights, catching a movie or a concert from your car, tuning into a live-streamed concert, doing hands-on projects with the kids, or taking to the sea via kayak or parasail.

Photo by Serena Munro

Late afternoon light illuminates the Field of Light, but once the sun sets, the hills will be transformed into a rainbow landscape.

A different world at Sensorio Since opening in May 2019, Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio has drawn crowds and praise both locally and afar. And even during the pandemic, Sensorio remains a wildly popular spot for families, couples, and those just looking to get outdoors for an evening at its Paso Robles location. Nearly 60,000 solar powered, fiber optic lights are spread

throughout a 15-acre landscape, making Sensorio an otherworldly experience — especially after dark. The exhibit colorfully undulates across the gently rolling hills, merging the bucolic with the technologic. Paths move above and through the installation, giving visitors a different perspective with each step. At times it looks as if you are watching the neural

pathways of a brain. At other moments, it feels like you are gazing down into a galaxy, or strolling through an alien field of flowers. Designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, this dazzling display of lights makes for an enchanting date night or inspiring family activity. Naturally, Sensorio has made some safety adjustments since reopening during the Fall 2020


Photos by Serena Munro

At night, a sea of color awaits at Sensorio. Visitors can walk along pathways through the lights or have a picnic overlooking the installation.


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pandemic — think hand sanitizer stations, regular bathroom and picnic table cleanings, social distancing, and masks and Covid-19 screenings for all. The paths also follow a single direction, making it easier to socially distance while moving through the mesmerizing array of lights. Despite the changes, Sensorio remains one of the best places on the Central Coast to spend an evening in a different world. Order from one of the food trucks on site and sample local beer and wine (this is Paso Robles, after all!), and enjoy it all at one of the scenic dining areas overlooking the exhibit. But be prepared and plan ahead — tickets must be purchased online ahead of time. Sensorio is now open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday, with Thursday being family night (half-price tickets for children 12 and younger). After multiple extensions, Sensorio has now been extended through the rest of 2020 — but rest easy, it’s not going anywhere after that. There are big plans for the future of the property, including a hotel, conference center, and more, details for which are coming later this fall. Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio is at 4380 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles For tickets and more: Innovation at home Keeping the kids busy without the use of screens has become increasingly difficult in recent months. Recognizing that, a Santa Barbara museum has created athome experiences to keep young minds engaged in fun hands-on learning. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, has become one of the greatest additions to the Santa Barbara downtown scene. MOXI celebrated its third anniversary in February, just before having to close for the statewide shutdown, and remains temporarily closed (as of late September). However, the staff wanted to stay engaged with the community, so they’ve created a number of take-home kits and remote interactive programs. Typically, the Innovation Workshop on the first floor of the museum is one of

MOXI’s most popular areas, offering hands-on play that both educates and entertains. Families can now take home that experience with Innovation Workshop Maker Kits. The first one available is the Innovator Essentials Kit, which provides a range of base materials and tools like a cardboard saw and glue gun. The kits will come in both a junior edition (ages 3 to 5) and a more mature one for kids age 7 and older. Once a month, MOXI will release new add-on kits to expand upon the essentials and introduce new materials, tools, and creative projects for families to keep exploring in the comfort of their own home. Pick-up dates and delivery options can be found at In July, MOXI began to offer a range of community collaborative projects, such as cardboard engineering challenges. In one project, CurioCity, they challenged the community to craft a building out of cardboard for an imaginary city. They received dozens of entries, which will be assembled into a cardboard city display once the museum reopens. MOXI also recently hosted a take-home Backyard Summer BBQ kit for families that included lemonade from Kyle’s Kitchen and grill-it-yourself burgers, as well as a kit containing a series of handson projects, like ice cream in a bag and DIY rockets. Halloween is one of MOXI’s more prominent seasonal events and they are currently planning another fun kit experience to spice up what will be an unusual Halloween. Visit their website and follow their social media pages for more details

With Zoom events, there is not the normal overhead of rentals and other costs, so the artists are given more financial support through ticket sales. And, of course, there is a gratuity button for guests who want to give an artist a little something extra. While Elly has hosted several interactive Zoom events, her Pangea’s Playhouse has become the most popular series. Each Pangea’s Playhouse is a two-hour performance featuring eight artists that combines live art, dance, and music, among a few other creative treats. Attendees get to enjoy an evening that moves between performance, visual, and literary arts, bringing an enjoyable range of entertainment that has a little of everything for everyone. Many of the featured artists are local, though Elly usually adds a couple out-of-state or international guests to the lineup. The feedback from both the artists and attendees has been astounding. But as we are all aware by now, Zoom has its moments of technical difficulties with video quality and choppy streaming. Elly wanted to find a way to help smooth over some of the technological limitations on Zoom. She recently expanded the concept to Pangea’s Lobby. The performances are now being recorded beforehand on better equipment and then premiered on YouTube, which allows for smoother video playback. A Zoom room during the event acts as a lobby, where guests can interact with the artists and each other. Each Pangea’s Playhouse takes place about once a month. For tickets and more:

MOXI is at 125 State St, Santa Barbara For more: A Zoom playhouse Musicians, artists, and gig performers have been hit particularly hard during this time, with live shows and events being canceled worldwide. When the pandemic struck, event planner Ellyette “Elly” Iverson of EJI Experiences wanted to do something that helped support local creatives while also feeding the hunger for entertainment that the community was feeling. She began crafting interactive, multimedia events on Zoom that gave local businesses and creatives an outlet.

Drive-up entertainment For those missing the movie theaters, the West Wind Drive-In theater in Goleta is once again offering the theater experience from your car. After closing down last year, the quarantine gave new practicality to the drive-in format — and, thanks to widespread community support, West Wind Santa Barbara was reborn. New releases, beloved classics, and even double features can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your car. West Wind brings all the fun of a throwback experience (complete with snack bar!), while also providing state-of-the-art screen and sound technology. Tuesday Fall 2020


family discounts are available for those wanting a midweek escape. Tickets are available first-come, first-served, and gates open 90 minutes before showtime. Further south, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Concerts in Your Car is going beyond just the traditional drive-in experience. In the parking lot at Seaside Park, you’ll find live concerts and movies with 360 degrees of screens that provide an immersive event from the convenience of your car. Hosted by California Beer Festival (CBF) Productions, the lineups are eclectic, with a wide range of live and pre-recorded concerts (Cypress Hill, Chris Janson), movies (Despicable Me, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), and even a little theater (comedy from David Spade, and acrobatics by Zoppe). With most events taking place between Friday through Sunday, Concerts in Your Car is the perfect way to add some excitement to your weekend. The event has been met with such astounding response that the CBF crew is working on expanding the series at multiple locations around the West Coast. Of course, they will continue to expand the offerings in Ventura and are even working on a one-of-a-kind drive-thru holiday experience this winter. No concessions are available on-site, so plan to order from one of the nearby restaurants or bring your own snacks. 14

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Tickets are sold by the vehicle, and can only be purchased in advance. Both locations adhere to CDC health guidelines, so be prepared with masks and plans to socially distance. West Wind Drive-In is at 907 S. Kellogg Ave, Goleta For more information: or (805) 837-0380

Photo courtesy of CBF Productions

Picnics are encouraged at Concerts in Your Car.

Concerts in Your Car are at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura For tickets and more: Social distancing on the sea

Photo courtesy of CBF Productions

Bring a jacket to Concerts in Your Car. It gets chilly by the beach!

Photo by Mark Timberlake

Spend a day on the water with Channel Islands Kayak Center.

Most of us have been moving around a little less during these long days stuck at home. If you’re looking for physical activities more exciting than the normal home routines, a day of kayaking or paddleboarding is the perfect way to get some fresh air and enjoy the pristine Pacific Ocean. Channel Islands Kayak Center offers both kayaks and stand up paddleboards for day rentals. There are single kayaks or doubles if you’re looking to explore the harbor with your quarantine partner. CIKC also offers guided tours. Regularly sanitized equipment and the open waters make it safe and easy to keep your distance from others while getting to witness the range of marine life surrounding the harbor. With two locations — in

Photos courtesy of Santa Barbara Parasail

(Above and below) Make memories with your loved ones and take in stunning views of the Channel Islands with Santa Barbara Parasail.

Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor — it is easy to grab a kayak and paddle around for a few hours. If you’re looking for a different perspective, take to the sky with Santa Barbara Parasail. This experience promises picturesque views from exhilarating heights. Take a dip in the water or just stay in the sky and take in the scenery. When parasailing, you take off and land from a boat, and no

experience is required as you’re guided by the expert staff. Go up by yourself or with a friend! While social distancing is being enforced, the whole boat can be rented if you’d like a more private flight.

To book and for more information: or (805) 984-5995 Santa Barbara Parasail is at 237 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

Channel Islands Kayak Center is at 3600 S. Harbor Blvd. Ste 2-108, in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor; and 1691 Spinnaker Dr, in the Ventura Harbor

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Road Trippin’ the Coast to Seaside Ventura Harbor

On your travels along California’s Central Coast, a stop at Ventura Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village are an absolute must SEA. Come enjoy a host of activities and amenities available year-round: dine seaside, shop coastal boutiques, be inspired by local artisans, play on the waterfront, and explore the spectacular Channel Islands National Park. See below for some of the best Ventura Harbor has to offer. What to Eat Ventura Harbor has over a dozen waterfront restaurants with cuisines from around the world (Greek, Mexican, Cuban, American, and French just to name a few!) If it’s your very first time to the Ventura Harbor Village, don’t leave without indulging in famous fish n’ chips from Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market, try one of the 10 handcrafted clam chowder recipes offered by various eateries, and finish it off with ice cream from Coastal Cone. For best sunset dining views, Water’s Edge Restaurant & Bar.

Where to Explore Feeling adventurous? The Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary, commonly referred to as the American Galapagos, lie just off the Ventura coast and Island Packers offers daily departures from Ventura Harbor. There are a variety of excursions from camping, sea caves, kayaking, wildlife cruises, and whale watching around these 5 magnificent islands that are a quick boat ride away!

board. Take a dive lesson for a future Channel Islands excursion! Try a thrilling escape room experience and customize a chocolate bar with your name. Seaside pampering available with a modern nail studio, hair salon, hair extension services, as well as message therapy.

What to Buy Locally-owned boutiques & artisans offer one-of-a kind, ontrend merchandise featuring Ventura and California love wear, ocean-inspired art, nautical treasures, mermaid finds, beach/ coastal wear, jewelry, a fabulous selection of hats, socks, dive gear, gifts, and bath bombs to name a few, all in an outdoor Village setting overlooking the boats.

Where to Stay For an extended stay and holiday getaway, choose from two waterfront Ventura Harbor hotels - Four Points by Sheraton or their sister property, Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

What to Try

Ventura Harbor is truly a breath of fresh (salty sea) air!

When you visit a destination surrounded by the sea, make time to get on the water! Take an electric boat out for a spin and join a fitness class or yoga session on a stand-up paddle

Welcoming you to seaside & travel safely - for more information head to and or follow along on social media @VenturaHarbor

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SEAson’s Greetings from Ventura Harbor Ventura Harbor tops the list of magical, coastal destinations you’ll want to visit with your loved ones this holiday season. Not only are the seaside views stunning, but also there is an array of safe activities and SEAsonal experiences the whole family will enjoy. Dine along the waterfront on scenic covered patios and enjoy quality cuisine offerings from around the world. Meander the vibrant Ventura Harbor Village with unique shops and find one-of-a-kind art from Ventura’s local creatives. Take an electric boat across the calm waters of the marina and try to spot a barking sea lion. Cozy up to watch the sunset on one of three sprawling Ventura Harbor beaches. The already picturesque harbor will shine even brighter with its’ display of ocean-inspired holiday decorations decking the halls from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. See sparkling blue, aqua, and green beachy hues, spiraling sea pearls, whimsical colorful trees, bountiful wreaths, and other dazzling décor that bounces off the marina waters. After a fresh seafood dinner or a warm cup of handcrafted clam chowder, dusk is the prime time to stroll through Ventura Harbor Village’s twinkling courtyards. Spoil yourself with sweet treats, like chocolates, baked goods, and pastries - all hand-made from scratch daily! When the sugar rush hits, zoom around the Village to take care of shopping for everyone on your gift list. From creative socks, hats, soaps, mermaid merch, and winter sweaters, to gift certificates for dive lessons, handmade pottery, and escape room experiences – there is a little bit of everything for every personality. Tis’ the season to pamper yourself and loved ones with a modern nail studio, hair salon, hair extension services, as well as message therapy. Once you step foot in Ventura Harbor Village, the illuminated outdoor attraction will bring so much joy that you will not want to leave. The Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ventura Harbor are steps away from the water. Celebrate the SEAson seaside at Ventura Harbor! For more information Visit and follow along on social media @venturaharbor!


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1808 HILLCREST DRIVE, VENTURA - Hobson Heights Brand New Construction Single Level Contemporary Home, Ventura. Panoramic Ocean, Island & City Lights Views! Open concept floor plan w/10ft ceilings. 3 BR’s / 4.5 BA. Master Suite w/ panoramic ocean views. Drought tolerant landscaping. Additional storage area under the main level deck approx. 800 sq ft. w/potential for game room & wine cellar. Additional roof top deck. LISTED FOR $2,195,000 WWW.1808HILLCREST.COM

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PECK & FOOTHILL ROAD, SANTA PAULA - 32.5 Acre former avocado ranch. Located at the west end of Santa Paula, intersection of Foothill & Peck Road. Unmatched views of the Santa Clara River Valley and Channel Islands. Seven Membership Shares in Farmers Mutual water company. Potential for future subdivision development. Seller financing available for qualified buyer. LISTED FOR $1,800,000

2406 PALOMAR AVENUE, VENTURA - Ventura Ocean, Islands, Hillside & Views Pool Home. Beautifully designed home w/ 3 BR, 2 BA & approx. 2,300 sq. ft. Gourmet chef kitchen w/ high end appliances, granite counter tops, & large center island in white quartz. Hardwood & polished limestone travertine stone floors. Entertainers dream backyard w/ views, pool, spa & built in BBQ. Ocean views on both levels. Listed for $1,595,000

2360 HYLAND AVENUE, VENTURA - Desirable Ventura Heights. Panoramic ocean, island, city & hillside views. Private courtyard w/ views. Classic dream kitchen. Featuring 2 BR, 2 ½ BA & 2265 sq. ft. Hardwood floors. Open balcony which offers gorgeous views. Private beautifully landscaped backyard w/ spa. Listed for $1,595,000

4420 CHESAPEAKE DRIVE, OXNARD - Unobstructed water views & across sand dunes to the islands the southern exposure is ideal. Love the harbor & beach breezes. Steps off your terrace is your 60ft boat slip for your yacht, fishing boat, & paddle toys. This luxury home is custom ground-up rebuilt over two years by artisans finished in 2009. Spectacular 3-Bedroom en-suite, 6 bath home has an amazing ELEVATOR & circular staircase. Offered at $2,795,000

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Bart’s Books: a bibliophile’s bliss By Tiobe Barron

Photos by Misty Hall

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower, London has its titular tower, San Francisco has its Golden Gate Bridge; Ojai has the Post Office tower, and Bart’s Books. Ojai’s iconic secondhand bookstore is a wonder that weaves together outdoor and indoor spaces, bookstore browsing, and something naturally and effortlessly “Ojai.” Standing on the corner of Cañada and Matilija streets, Bart’s Books is lined on its outer walls with brick planters … and stocked bookshelves. Step through the front entrance into a beautiful, enclosed terrace that houses the checkout station, along with “room” after room formed from walls of bookshelves and live plants. The vibe is very much mid-century kitsch, like parts of Ventura (Pierpont, Midtown), only less beachy and more desert. Perhaps you walk to the right, traversing through biographies, and then turn to the right again to see the outdoors section, featuring books on recreation (Kayaking! Skiing! Mountaineering! Surfing!), farming, and wildlife. For those who care about drinkable water, breathable air, and biodiversity for future generations, adjacent to the outdoors section is a robust selection of environmental studies titles, featuring authors such as David Suzuki, Bill McKibben, and more. On a whim, you wheel left and enter the cooking section, appropriately lodged in what was once an actual kitchen (the Bart’s building was originally a house).

As you roam the aisles, take a trip down memory lane and make a stop in the children’s section.

Bart’s has a huge variety of books, from bargain paperbacks to rare first editions from the likes of Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and many more.

This selection is perfect for when you need a new recipe for pierogis, or know someone who has discovered a newfound passion for canning or bread-making, or simply on the hunt for the perfect marinara sauce but tired

of Pinterest fails. Popping back out, you could peruse the works of fiction, maybe selecting a tempting title or two to sample under the delicious shade of the resident trees. Some of these very same trees offered yours truly respite many moons ago, when I was an angsty teen pretending to do her homework whilst surreptitiously getting lost in yet another wonderful Noir story. You could then slip into the room housing the classics. Maybe on a freestanding spinner rack you find a vintage collection of mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe published in the 1960s with a B-movie-style cover (for under $10!) that is definitely going home with you. Established in 1964 by Richard Bartinsdale, Bart’s Books is the largest outdoor bookstore in the world, home to more than 130,000 volumes. Other categories available to browse include “California,” history, spirituality, science fiction, travel, kids’ books, geography, art, and many more.

Bart’s Books was once a private home. It makes sense, then, that the cookbooks are kept in the former kitchen.


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So many retail spaces claim to offer “something for everyone,” but

Bart’s is a maze of bookshelves peppered with whimsical succulents.

Bart’s actually delivers, and has been a go-to gift-finding source for those in the know for decades. From the old-fashioned candies by the register, to the vintage editions and tomes of poetry, to the perfect guide to hiking in California, Bart’s is truly a lifesaver for those in dire need of a last-minute gift, and a veritable smorgasbord for those simply in search of some new reading material. Not feeling particularly inspired? Ask the staff — selfprofessed book lovers, all — for suggestions, and they will steer you in the right direction, like an old-school, less privacy-violating search engine. Far more than a mere tick off a requisite roadside attraction checklist, Bart’s is a steadfast respite from an increasingly mad and frenetic world, a bastion of stories and solace. A resource for students of all ages, a local landmark and beloved hub of community, Bart’s has played host to numerous local authors’ readings (including local heroes, dynamic dadand-daughter-duo Lucy and Peter Bellwood) and other public events. The bookstore even offers a service by which bibliophiles can drop off boxes of their cast-off books for credit toward used book purchases in the shop.

Around every corner is a new topic to explore, and vintage finds abound — whether you’re looking for a timeless classic (above) or something a bit more random (below).

Browsing at Bart’s offers an experience all too rare these days: authenticity. The antithesis of the corporate, homogenous model of bookstores, Bart’s is truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you have never heard of Ojai and have no idea how to pronounce it (hint: “o-hi”), whether you make a regular pilgrimage or have been here for years, visiting Bart’s Books is a great way to experience the real Ojai. Bart’s Books is open 10 am to 6 pm daily, and is located at 302 W. Matilija St, Ojai. For more, visit or call (805) 646-3755.

The home’s original library was kept distinctly, well, library-ish, complete with floor-to-ceiling shelves, an antique globe, and plenty of encyclopedias, law books, and assorted reference guides.

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Sakura Ojai Japanese Restaurant 219 E. Matilija St., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 646-8777 Mon - Thur - 11:30 - 2:30/5 - 9:30 • Fri - 11:30 - 2:30/5 - 10 • Sat - 11:30 - 10 • Sun - 11:30 - 9:30 • Sushi, Roll • Vegetarian Dishes • Teppan Yaki (Salmon, Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Rib Eye Steak) • Soup and Noodles • Salad and More!

Ojai Cafe Emporium 108 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 646-2723 www. Open 7 days a week from 7am till 3pm Serving the Ojai Valley since 1985. A favorite Breakfast and Lunch spot for locals and visitors. Voted Best Bakery, Breakfast and Lunch. Beautiful outdoor dining as well as indoors. Visit our Bakery located in the front of the building, featuring fresh baked goods and coffee bar. We are known for our fresh food and extensive menu, you’re sure to find something to please everyone. We look forward to serving you soon.

Ca’ Marco Ristorante 1002 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 640-1048 www. New Hours - Monday-CLOSED, Tue-Sun 11 – 3 & 5 – 9 Ca’ Marco has become a hit in Ojai with its inviting atmosphere and delicious authentic Italian dishes. On warm days, guests enjoy the patio with views to the back nine of the Soule Park Golf Course. When it chills up they 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.

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Izakaya Menu • Unique Appetizers • Bento Gozen • Bento Omakase Top Sushi Chef with over 30 years experience “We treat our fish with care from the heart” • Locally Owned Patio Dining • Pet Friendly Patio • Wine & Beer • Variety of Cold Sake, Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials • Vegetarian Menu • Seasonal Hot Soups Available Check out our Fish Art Gallery

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Ventura River - Start of SR-33.

Mira Monte.

Heading Out

active oil and gas wells that stretch for miles.

If you’re traveling either direction on the 101, take the exit reading “33 North” in Ventura. That’ll put you onto the Ojai Freeway, which is how the 33 is known at its southern end. It’s along here, if you look far ahead, that you’ll get some first impressions of the wild country to come.

After about 6 miles, the freeway ends, narrowing down to two lanes as the 33 enters the eucalyptus-lined community of Casitas Springs. Next comes the Lake Casitas reservoir, where swimming is prohibited — but there’s great bass fishing, bald eagle viewing, a disc golf course, and camping. For the next 12 miles, the road follows the steeper gorge of the Ventura River as it cuts through the coastal hills, passing through the small communities of Oak View and Mira Monte, and arriving at the western end of the Ojai Valley after an elevation gain of about 450 feet.

The Ojai Freeway follows the lower reaches of the Ventura River (when you get off the 101, at seaside, you’re actually above the river’s estuary). To the east you’ll see the hills and downtown streets of Ventura, followed by the neighborhood along Ventura Avenue where some fantastic Mexican food can be found.

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Matilija Creek, near the start of the Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail.

Off to the west, an old river terrace stands out between the flood plain and the coastal hills. Some of the hillsides show cultivation. Others, a little farther on, will be scattered with 28

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If you’ve got time, take the SR-150 turn and head into downtown Ojai, or take a left a mile further up the road and check out the fun and funky Meiners Oaks community. The Ojai Valley as a

whole is a good base for exploring the lower 60 miles of SR-33. Long renowned as a center for the arts, culture, and spiritual studies, the town is the setting for the annual Ojai Music Festival as well as the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, known as “The Ojai.”

three impressive tunnels cut through hard bedrock. After about 4 miles and an elevation gain of 1,000 feet, you’ll pass through the Wheeler Gorge Campground. There is also a visitors center, including a ranger station and a wildlife museum, but these may be closed due to the pandemic. If you’d like to visit, check first with the Forest Service before you head out.

Motels, spas, and B&Bs provide lodging throughout the valley, and restaurants offer a wide range of cuisine. In recent years, wineries and craft breweries have entered the local economy. It’s a great walking town, too, for anyone inclined to stroll. And for travelers simply in need of a break, the trees and walkways of downtown Libbey Park always hold tranquility in store.

Wheeler Gorge Campground itself sits on the North Fork of Matilija Creek, 8 miles north of Ojai. This campground has sites containing fire rings, barbecue grills and picnic tables, and is shaded by oaks and other trees. The grounds have public toilets but no potable water. A creek curves through the campground and typically runs from winter to early summer.

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Wheeler Gorge Campground.

Wheeler Gorge At Ojai, follow the road signs north toward Maricopa — or the Maricopa Highway as SR-33 is known from here to Kern County. This will take you farther up the Ventura River Valley, through cultivated spreads of citrus and avocado, the terrain all the while growing steeper and craggier on every side. As you leave the Ojai Valley, shortly after entering the Los Padres National Forest, the road becomes a designated National Forest Scenic Byway until it reaches the Lockwood Valley Road, about 30 miles ahead. And it’s an official California State Scenic Byway from there to the Santa Barbara County line. That means it’s going to be stunningly beautiful, as you might expect, so bring along a good camera or two because you’ll to be tempted to pull off around just about every bend. It also means there are practically no services or amenities to speak of until you get into the next county, and cell phone coverage back there is nil. It’s a good idea to bring along some extra water, some sandwiches, and maybe an apple or two. From the upper edge of the Ojai Valley, SR-33 climbs along the gorge of the North Fork of Matilija Creek, one of the Ventura River’s two main tributaries. This part of the journey includes

The next 6 or 7 miles take you up another 1,000 feet along the flanks of Wheeler Gorge proper, and you’ll know it when you see it: it’s awesome in the truest sense of the word. The grade up the gorge is wide and smoothly paved, and there are plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the view. It is steep and full of curves, though — and it is a favored climb for cyclists — so be sure to slow down and drive defensively. Wheeler Gorge roughly divides the Santa Ynez from the Topa Topa Mountains, with the highway taking you mainly up along the Santa Ynez side. At the top of the gorge, maybe a quarter mile before the intersection of SR-33 and Rose Valley Road, three turnouts offer striking views of the landscape below — including the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands if the weather agrees. Rose Valley is yet another great side trip from SR-33. Rose Valley Road runs east off SR-33, the intersection being about 14 miles north of Ojai, or just past the top of Wheeler Gorge. Scenic in its own right, the drive down this valley includes access to two notable destinations: Rose Valley Falls and the Piedra Blanca Rocks. About 3 miles down Rose Valley Road, you’ll turn right to the Fall 2020


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Above and below are Piedra Blanca rock formations. (Upper right) Elephant Rock.

nine-site public campground in which the Rose Valley Falls trailhead is located. The trail itself is only about a quarter mile long and an easy hike. The falls descend over two tiers comprising about 300 feet. You don’t see the upper tier if

you’re standing at the bottom; however, it would be best to resist any temptation to climb — the slopes alongside the falls can be dangerous. The Piedra Blanca trailhead is at the end of Rose Valley Road, about 5 miles from the intersection with SR-33. The trail to the rocks is a little over a mile and a moderate hike. The destination is a remarkable formation of massive white sandstone, smoothed and shaped by the elements. Hours can be spent clambering around on this feature. Or you can sit and enjoy the pervasive qualities of stillness and peace. This is a semi-arid environment, so be sure to bring along plenty of water if you opt for this outing. Into the Wild

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Rose Valley Lake and Falls in the distance.


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For the next 17 miles, SR-33 crosses a rugged massif formed by the range of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The Santa Ynez, in turn, are one in a larger series of fault-block uplands known collectively as the Transverse Ranges. These ranges are distinctive, in part, because they tend to run east-west, as does most of the coastline they face. That orientation, in turn, is attributable to the evident fact of the ranges all being situated on a sort of tectonic mini-plate, a chunk of the earth’s crust that broke off from the North American plate some 20 million years ago — since which time it’s managed to rotate about 90

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Sespe Wall.

degrees. (Hence, if you drive from Malibu to Point Conception, you’re mainly traveling from east to west.) And not only are the Transverse Ranges being ground and rotated between the tectonic plates of the continent and Pacific Ocean, but they’re also being squeezed gradually upward: the whole region is rising. Much of the route across the Santa Ynez follows the course of Sespe Creek, a designated National Wild and Scenic River, which means it is free of any dams or channelization. Trailheads for hiking and mountain biking can be found along the way, and opportunities for rock-climbing and bouldering abound. The road continues to ascend along this stretch, reaching an elevation of 5,160 feet at Pine Mountain Crest (near the intersection with Pine Mountain Ridge Road), the highest Photo by Bill Warner elevation found Sespe wilderness.

anywhere on SR-33. From there the road descends to the Lockwood Valley, about 4 miles driving distance and an elevation loss of around 1,700 feet. Take a right onto Lockwood Valley Road, then a right onto Camp Scheideck Road; like the drive up Wheeler Gorge, this grade is curvy and steep, so check your speed. But at the end, you’ll find a hidden little community, the Camp Scheideck Bar & Grill, and the Reyes Creek Campground.

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Sespe wilderness.

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Reyes Creek Campground

Back to Civilization At the bottom of the grade below Pine Mountain Crest, SR-33 picks up the westward-trending course of the Cuyama River, the mountain Photo by Misty Hall curves giving over to Pine Mountain at sunset. broader straightaways as it goes. The overall landscape is largely arid and desolate, although cultivated acreage begins soon to appear near the highway, notably livestock, vineyards, and pistachios. In this stretch, you’ll find yourself crossing into a corner of Santa Barbara County, and then into San Luis Obispo County shortly after that. In the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it community of Ventucopa, you can find The Place (have a slice of pie!) and the Santa Barbara Pistachio Company (whose tasty wares are grown in the surrounding valley). You’ll find the dirtbikers’ haven of Ballinger 4 miles past Ventucopa.

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Overlooking Lockwood Valley.


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Past Ballinger, 3 miles farther brings you to a T-intersection with California State Route 166, which is effectively the end of this outing on SR-33. By turning left on

SR-166, however, you’ll have a little under 10 miles of good, straight highway to the community of New Cuyama, where you can find food, lodging, groceries, and gasoline — still far from the madding crowd, Ventucopa. for sure, but with just enough creature comforts for taking a break and kicking back.

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Among the favorites in the Cuyama Valley is the Buckhorn Restaurant. Part of the newly refurbished Cuyama Buckhorn Inn, the restaurant and bar are open 11 am to 3 pm daily, with patio dining only at present. The menu includes salads, nachos, and house chili, as well as a variety of sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and tri-tip. The Cuyama Buckhorn Inn itself is a longtime fixture in New Cuyama. It got a complete makeover in 2019 and has reopened under new management. Its 21 rooms are outfitted with rustic décor, and a new swimming pool is in the works for 2021. The feel of rural seclusion goes along with lodging at the Buckhorn, but civilization is not far — it’s an easy 20-minute drive to San Luis Obispo on the SR-166. The Inn and Restaurant are at 4923 Primero St, New Cuyama For reservations and more: or (661) 766-2825 Whatever your heart’s desire, from bouldering to camping, dining to shopping, or just taking in the breathtaking views, you’ll find it somewhere along SR-33. Come on out and enjoy the ride!

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Dan Schultz Fine Art Gallery & Studio 106 N. Signal St., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 317-9634 The gallery’s exclusive focus is artwork by American fine artist, Dan Schultz. Visitors will see the full range of his subject matter including his popular plein air Ojai landscapes, his award-winning paintings of figures outdoors and also his portrait work. “In fact, Dan has been named Best Artist in Ojai by the Ojai Valley News Best of Ojai competition.” When Dan isn’t outdoors painting the beautiful Ojai landscape, he is usually painting in his studio area inside the gallery. Please stop and visit next time you’re in the Ojai area!

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Signed, Seal-ed, Delivered San Simeon’s elephant seals provide some of the Central Coast’s best (free!) entertainment By Michele Roest Elephant seals are creatures of extremes. From their massive size to the depths of their dives, these mammals live to go big. Most elephant seals haul out on islands, but there are some spots where they come to the mainland in substantial numbers. One such spot is the Piedras Blancas Rookery, located in northern San Luis Obispo County just 5 miles north of Hearst Castle State Historical Monument©. Late fall to early spring is the perfect time to view these nautical beasts who mate, pup, and fight for territory (by the thousands!) on the beach in San Simeon. But no matter when you visit, you’ve got an excellent chance at a seal sighting.


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Meet the Pinnipeds Pinniped is a term that refers to marine mammals with webbed feet. Pinnipeds have five fingers, so to speak, that are connected by skin, or webbing. All pinnipeds spend most of their time swimming in the ocean, but they can and do haul out on rocks and land. In California, the most commonly seen pinnipeds are harbor seals, sea lions, and elephant seals.

They have one of the longest migrations of any mammal

They’re really big

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Largest of all (but not necessarily the fairest), northern elephant seals are the biggest pinnipeds in the northern hemisphere. They range along the Pacific Coast from the northern tip of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands to the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California. Fully grown males can reach lengths of more than 13 feet and can weigh 4,500 pounds. Females are smaller than males, but still impressive, reaching lengths up to 10 feet and weighing up to 1,300 pounds. Even their pups are big — newborn pups weigh an average of 65 pounds at birth. Within a month, they have grown to 250 pounds, nourished by mother’s rich milk. At around 3 years of age, the nose of a male elephant seal begins to develop into a large, fleshy proboscis, which continues to grow until the animal reaches sexual maturity around 7 years. 36

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When they’re not resting on the beach, elephant seals are perennial travelers, swimming far from shore along the entire west coast of North America. Elephant seals have even been spotted off the coast of Japan, more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific. Satellite-tagged elephant seals have been recorded traveling more than 13,000 miles in a single year.

They’re deep divers Elephant seals regularly dive to 1,000 to 3,000 feet. No light reaches these dark depths, where they feed on fish, squid, eels, rays, and sharks. Elephant seals have adaptations that allow them to survive the pressure of the deep sea, including specialized blood that holds much more oxygen than humans, as well as collapsible lungs. They can dive without taking a breath for as long as two hours.

They nearly went extinct

They’re loud

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In the 1800s, elephant seals were aggressively hunted for their blubber, which was rendered down into oil used for lighting lamps and as lubrication for machinery and leather. By 1900, the surviving elephant seal population was estimated at less than 100 individuals. Laws to protect marine mammals from overhunting were successful, and 100 years later, the population has recovered.

When they come to shore, they don’t eat

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Elephant seal males vocalize to let other males know of their presence. The enlarged snout enhances the volume of their calls, which can be heard from half a mile away. The sound of a bull’s vocalization has been compared to the sound of starting up a poorly-tuned motorcycle in an empty garage. Mothers and pups bond through vocalization, which helps them stay connected in the crowded rookery. During the pupping season, the air is filled with raucous sounds.

They’re protected

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Elephant seals spend eight to 10 months at sea, coming ashore twice a year. When on the beach, they fast, living off the prodigious blubber acquired when foraging in the ocean. During the annual pupping and mating season, male elephant seals fast for up to three months, losing as much as a third of their body weight. Nursing mothers fast for at least a month, conferring 25 percent of their body weight to their growing pups.

Photo by Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

Due to overhunting in the past, all marine mammals are protected by law from any sort of harassment. Violations can carry a hefty fine. Enjoy watching elephant seals and other marine mammals from a safe distance.

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They have their own interpreters

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At the Piedras Blancas Rookery in San Simeon, volunteers from the nonprofit organization Friends of the Elephant Seal are available to answer questions and point out interesting behaviors. Their website provides information and hosts a webcam for real-time viewing:

Something is happening year-round November: Starting in November, adult male elephant seals begin to arrive in large numbers at pupping and breeding beaches. December: Pregnant females arrive, and birthing begins. The first pup is born in early to mid-December. January: The peak of pupping occurs mid-January. Mothers nurse their pups for about a month. February: By mid-February, females have weaned their pups and are ready to mate. The peak of mating season is in mid-February. March: By the first of March, adults have left the beach to feed far from shore, leaving the newly weaned pups (called weaners) to survive on their own. The pups live off the body fat they acquired when nursing, gradually gaining swimming and social skills.

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April and May: In April, adult females return to the breeding beaches to rest and molt their fur. The molt lasts for about a month, then they return to the sea. Most weaners also depart at this time. June to August: Males return to their breeding beaches to molt and rest. Again, the molt lasts for about a month, then they return to the sea to forage and feed. August to October: Most adult elephant seals are feeding at sea, although juvenile males and females do show up on the beaches (fall’s juvenile haul out season). 38

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Photo by Phil Adams/Friends of the Elephant Seal

Where to see elephant seals During their twice-annual stays on the beach, most elephant seals haul out at the Channel Islands National Park and at islands off Baja California. In northern California, elephant seals are viewable at Año Nuevo Island and the Farallon Islands. As island colonies became overcrowded, elephant seals began using coastal beaches for pupping, breeding, and molting. Point Reyes National Seashore and Año Nuevo State Park both have mainland rookeries and offer elephant seal viewing opportunities.

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But if you’re looking for a quick stop-off with a big payoff, San Simeon is tops. Its Piedras Blancas Rookery is the largest and southernmost of the mainland hauling areas. During January and February, as many as 7,000 seals occupy a 10-mile stretch of coastline. Two convenient viewing areas provide parking and easy access to boardwalks positioned on the bluffs above the breeding beaches. It is free, and no reservations are necessary. Learn more about the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery at Fall 2020


Getting There The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery is located on Highway 1, just 12 miles north of Cambria. From the South: At San Luis Obispo, exit US 101 and take the Highway 1 exit (Morro Bay/Hearst Castle). Proceed north for 40 miles, passing through the towns of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, and San Simeon. Follow the signs for the

Piedras Blancas elephant seal viewing areas. From the North: Proceed south on the 101 to Paso Robles. Take the exit to Highway 1 (Highway 46 West: Cambria/Hearst Castle). At the Highway 1 juncture, turn north and proceed through Cambria and San Simeon. Follow the signs for the Piedras Blancas elephant seal viewing areas or type Piedras Blancas elephant seals into your GPS.

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Photo by Tim Postiff

OTHER THINGS TO DO ON THE SLO COAST San Luis Obispo’s North Coast is a haven for “getting away from it all.” There are no big-box stores, no movie theaters, and plenty of peace and quiet. Hearst Castle State Historical Monument©: William Randolph Hearst’s greatest pride and joy, Hearst Castle offers various types of tours. Check the website for current tours and special events. Look for the Hearst Ranch Zebras: William Randolph Hearst was famous for his private zoo. Legend has it that some of the zebras escaped and are breeding in the open spaces south of Hearst Castle. The zebras are viewable year-round; spring is the best time to look for foals. W.R. Hearst San Simeon State Beach: A delightful park with public restrooms, picnic areas, and plenty of open space and parking. The recreational pier offers opportunities for fishing and wildlife viewing. The beach is a great place for boogie boarding, kayaking, and body surfing. The Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay, located at W.R. Hearst San Simeon State Beach, offers exhibits and information about local wildlife viewing, including elephant seals.


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Piedras Blancas Light Station: Built in 1875, the light station serves as an aid to navigation for ships and private vessels of all kinds traveling up and down the coast of California. Tours include a history of the lighthouse and surrounding area, as well as stunning views of the Piedras Blancas (White Rocks) for which the lighthouse is named. Friends of the Elephant Seal: Docents from the Friends of the Elephant Seal have their base at the Cavalier Plaza in San Simeon. Visit their office and gift shop for one-of-a-kind elephant seal-inspired gifts. Wine tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery: Visit the tasting room in Old San Simeon to see historic artifacts and sit outside overlooking San Simeon Cove, which hasn’t changed much in a hundred years. Visit Cambria: During the month of October, enjoy the whimsical efforts of the Cambria Scarecrow Festival. Check the Chamber of Commerce website for upcoming events and activities.

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Bamboo Creek Spa 1002 E. Ojai Ave., Suite B, Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 299-5899 Open every day 10am - 10pm (except Tuesday 11am - 8 pm) Bamboo Creek Spa is a sanctuary located in downtown Ojai, California. Opened in 2012 by Alice Ramsay, a Chinese native now living in the USA, the spa is an outgrowth of Alice’s desire to bring massage to more people at modest prices. Hot oil massage - Allows for deep finger pressure and slow firm strokes, releasing chronic patterns of tension and stress. Reflexology - An ancient Chinese healing therapy that stimulates the entire body and brings on natural healing properties. Hot Stone Therapy - Hot stones bring heat to sore, stiff muscles, restoring energy and balance while melting away tension.

AA Relaxing Station 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, Ca 93023 (805) 640-1602 Wed - Mon: 10am - 10pm • Tues: 10am - 8pm Both men and women can find professional spa services to suit their needs at Ojai’s AA Relaxing Station. Reduce stress and unwanted knots with a full body massage. Seeking alternative remedies like physiotherapy? This spa can help you with all of your needs. Stop going to places that make you wait days or even weeks for an appointment. This spa lets you come in when you’re ready with their convenient walk-in policy. Customers at AA Relaxing Station will love the simple and nearby street parking options.

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Established in 2011, Rabalais’ Bistro was founded as a tribute to my grandmother, Anesia Lois Rabalais. She relied on the resourceful roots of her Cajun upbringing to feed her family of eight. Our menu is inspired by the simple , honest comfor t foods her and her family shared together. Our goal is to bring people and culture together over great food, drinks, and comfor table atmosphere . We seek to be a gathering place rooted in traditional Southern values bringing together friends, family, and community. We ser ve the Cajun classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, made from scratch, the old fashioned way. We make all of our baked goods here in house , from the french bread, to cakes, to cookies. We ser ve Prospect Coffee Roasters coffee in a specialty setting, plus some New Orleans inspired chicor y drinks. Come and see why we are one of the highest rated restaurants, baker y, and coffee shops in Santa Paula and Ventura County. Open Baker y & Coffee - 7AM Bistro - 8AM Dinner - 5PM

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Get your kicks on Highway 126 – drive between Ventura and Valencia.

Discover the quaint towns of Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru, and the Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark. Together, this rural area is known as the Heritage Valley. Experience the valley’s treasures, including: vintage train, planes and balloon adventures, cycling, Lake Piru water sports, camping, seven museums, antique shops, fresh produce stands, working ranches, boutique hotels, unique restaurants and wineries. Explore Heritage Valley! 50

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History lives in the Heritage Valley

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that now houses the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. Downtown Santa Paula is also home to a burgeoning corridor of murals featuring established and up-and-coming artists.

Aviation Museum of Santa Paula Founded by Ralph Dickenson’s grandchildren, the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula preserves Dickenson’s contribution to the area and features several models of planes that were en vogue back when the airport was built. Multiple hangars display vintage cars, motorcycles, one-of-a-kind aircraft, photos, and memorabilia; a gift shop and restaurant are handily located onsite. Located at the Santa Paula Airport For more: (805) 525-1109 or

Santa Paula Airport

Nestled in the hills south of Ventura lies Heritage Valley, a pastoral community including Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula. Home to historic train stations and Victorian homes, murals and museums, one-of-a-kind shops and recreation opportunities, this peaceful corner of the Central Coast has something for everyone.

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Photo by Judy Phelps/CP Aviation

The Heritage Valley’s rugged landscape south of the Santa Clara River is perhaps best viewed from the air. Aviation fans in search of these views can head to the Santa Paula Airport for lessons.

This privately-owned airport took flight in 1927 when rancher Ralph Dickenson built a hangar and dirt airstrip on his property. Locals began using Dickenson’s property as airplanes became more popular, so he and 20 other ranchers pitched in and purchased a plot of land just to the south of the city to build a community airport. Photo by Melgar Photo Studio

The Santa Paula Train Depot has a rich history — not only agricultural and industrial history, but cinematic history, as well. Hundreds of movies have been filmed in the Heritage Valley, and the depot can be found in many of them. It is now home to the Chamber of Commerce, a gift shop, and serves as a stop on the Fillmore & Western Railway.

Incorporated in 1902, Santa Paula sits on Chumash land, and was settled primarily by those in oil extraction, film production, and citrus growing. Santa Paula featured the first train depot in Ventura County, a beautiful iconic red building built in 1887

Santa Paula Airport also houses CP Aviation, a fun and accessible flight school owned by Judy Phelps, where one can take lessons and log hours to obtain their private pilot license. “Learning to fly is a life-changing experience that opens many doors to things one never thought about. Flying gives you a different perspective in the world,” says Phelps. “Santa Paula Airport is unique, and like no other airport I’ve visited.” Santa Paula Airport is at 800 E. Santa Maria St, Santa Paula For more: (805) 933-1155 or Fall 2020


National Disaster Search Dog Foundation This nonprofit, started in 1996, takes “high-energy” shelter dogs and transforms them from rescued to rescuer. Its home base in the hills of Santa Paula trains them for over approximately a year with first responders to become search and rescue dogs, saving lives in the wake of natural disasters or infrastructure failures. This program is free for firemen and first responders. Of the dogs trained, the Foundation has an 85 percent success rate; dogs who don’t complete training are placed in lifetime homes. Search Dog Foundation is the only national organization using rescue pups for this work, and so far, has trained 229 teams that have been deployed in 193 disasters. While the training facility is typically closed to the public, they do occasionally offer exhibitions. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is at 6800 Wheeler Canyon Rd, in Santa Paula For more: (888) 459-4376 or

Murals In downtown Santa Paula there is a hidden gem, an art alley featuring nine original and eight new murals from both established and up-and-coming local artists. The older artists turned the rights for the murals over to the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, which now plans to build on this momentum.

Photo courtesy Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce

Part of the fun of downtown Santa Paula is discovering its many amazing murals — like this one honoring late Santa Paula resident Steve McQueen, who lived in a a hangar at the Santa Paula airport before building a house in the hills.

The murals are located throughout the downtown Santa Paula area; see for a list and their locations.

Loose Caboose This is not your average retail experience! Loose Caboose sells a variety of live birds, a colorful cornucopia of koi in ponds scattered throughout the property, garden and aquatic supplies and décor, more jams and preserves and types of honey than one could imagine, nuts and dried fruit, gifts, and memorabilia. And, in autumn, they have this writer’s favorite pumpkin patch and corn maze in Ventura County, available to the public around Halloween. The Loose Caboose is at 18492 E. Telegraph Rd (Hwy. 126), Santa Paula

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For decades, the city of Santa Paula was considered the citrus capital of the world. This mural, on the corner of Main and Davis streets, documents those years, and the people who made it possible. It is one of many murals scattered across the community.

“We’re going to start a foundation for the arts by the end of the year,” says John Marquez, director of the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. “We’re starting a consortium of a mix of young and older artists to give a new perspective to the rich art in our community. I actually coached one of the artists in Little League when he was 8 or 9, and now he’s 33 and doing these murals.” 52

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F illmore When the Southern Pacific Transportation Company built a line through the Santa Clara River Valley in 1887, the downtown corridor of Fillmore sprang up. A bucolic, old-fashioned small town, railways are still an integral part of life in Fillmore. The downtown area features many historic homes, and the town is bordered to the north by the Topa Topa Mountains — home to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, where this endangered California icon is being brought back from the brink of extinction.

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Historical Museum. This district is also home to a historic onescreen movie house, the Fillmore Towne Theatre, where Mary Pickford once performed and silent films were shown. Though it no longer shows movies, it’s thought to have been one of the oldest continually operated movie theaters in the U.S. Visitors will want to spend time discovering the wide variety of hidden gems sprinkled through the area — from nearby Bennett’s Honey Farm (3176 Honey Lane), to the curiosity/housewares shop ReGEN Haüs (444 Santa Clara St), to Giessinger Winery (365 Santa Clara St) and Mexican-seafood restaurant El Pescador (1305 W. Ventura St).

P iru Photos courtesy Fillmore & Western Railway

The Fillmore & Western Railway runs from Fillmore to Santa Paula. Its vintage restored trains host several events throughout the year, including holiday rides aboard the “North Pole Express.” See for updated schedules.

Few things evoke the picturesque parts of our Western past more than vintage trains and railways, especially in a community birthed by them. Fillmore & Western Railway started as a resource for film production, but now also offers murder mystery dinner train rides and special tours throughout the year. October’s Pumpkin Liner tour takes you to either the Loose Caboose, or to Prancer’s Pumpkin Patch, with 10 acres of pumpkins, a hay pyramid, farm animals, and more. For all rides, reservations, face masks and social distancing are required. Fillmore & Western Railway is at 364 Main St, Fillmore. For more: (805) 524-2546 or

Technically an unincorporated area and not an official city, Piru lies about 7 miles east of Fillmore, and takes its name from an indigenous Tataviam word for the tule reeds with which they crafted baskets. Unfortunately, missionary life did anything but “save” the Tataviam tribe, and the last self-identifying member, Juan Jose Fustero, died in 1921. A slice of early colonial life in the region is preserved in the form of Rancho Camulos, a National Historic Landmark, and one of the original ranchos in the area.

Lake P iru In the Los Padres National Forest sits a man-made reservoir formed in 1955 when the Santa Felicia Dam blocked off a tributary of the Santa Clara River. Home to roughly 60 acres of recreation area, Lake Piru now features 238 campsites, 66 boat slips, and nearly endless opportunities for wilderness experience, adventure, and memories to last a lifetime. Boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking, wildlife spotting, and more await you and your family at this beautiful natural preserve. Lake Piru is at 4780 Piru Canyon Rd, Piru. For more: (805) 521-1500 or

Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark

Fillmore & Western Railway is at 364 Main St, Fillmore. For more: (805) 524-2546 or

Old Town F illmore Many of the original Victorian homes built around 1887 when Southern Pacific built its line — along with farmhouses and historical Craftsman-style homes built relatively later — still stand in the downtown corridor of Fillmore, forming Old Town Fillmore. This slice of preserved history has served as the backdrop for film and television scenes, and some of the original railway buildings have been preserved at the Fillmore

In 1839, the Mexican government deeded 48,000 acres (land, it should be noted, already inhabited by centuries-old indigenous villages) to Antonio de Valle. Antonio’s son, Ygnacio, developed the land and turned it into a Californio Rancho. Sitting on the original mission trail — the El Camino Real — the ranch is believed to have inspired the 1884 Helen Hunt Jackson novel, Ramona, which is still in print today. Now visitors can experience a 40-acre landmark within the 1800s-era functioning ranch, and still get a glance of California’s colonial past. Rancho Camulos is at 5164 E Telegraph Rd, Fillmore. For more: (805) 521-1501 or *Due to Covid-19, some events may be canceled or rescheduled, and locales may be closed or have specific restrictions. Please call ahead to verify current conditions. Fall 2020



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CALIFORNIA 101 Wineries of the Presidio Neighborhood

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Jamie Slone Wines Tasting Room 23 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 560-6555 Voted best tasting room and best winery in the 2019 Santa Barbara News-Press Readers’ Choice Awards. Our mission is to provide our guests an outstanding Santa Barbara wine experience. In our cozy tasting room, you’ll discover our passion for family, entertaining, and delicious handcrafted 90+ point wines from the best local vineyards. We’re sipping on Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Red Blends and Cabernet Sauvignon. We are living the wine lifestyle. A Yelp and TripAdvisor favorite...join us! Mon-Thur 12 - 6pm • Fri 12pm - 7 pm • Sat 11am - 7 pm • Sun 11am - 6 pm

Cebada Tasting Room 8 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 451-2570 Cebada Wine’s tasting room is located just off State Street in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. We feature Estate Grown, Burgundian style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You can even taste our Estate Blueberry Dessert Wine. Enjoy delicious treats from fruits grown on our farm, chocolate and honey parings and unique gift items. Our friendly atmosphere and beautiful view of the mountains create the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon sipping on our Sparkling wine or a romantic sunset Pinot, all served by our knowledgeable staff. Tasting Hours: Monday-Wednesday open by appointment. Thursday 2-6 • Friday 1-6 • Saturday 12-6 • Sunday 12-5

Grassini Family Vineyards 24 El Paseo - in the Center Courtyard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 897-3366 At Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery, our extended family’s passion for beauty, the commitment to hard work, and a special place all come together to make the wine in bottles bearing our family’s label something special… and it is our hope that you will enjoy the poetry of the wine and its sense of place and tradition with your friends and family. Open Daily 12 - 6pm (last tasting at 5:30pm)

Au Bon Climat 813 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 963-7999 Our tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara offers current releases and select library wines in a warm, casual setting. The wines of Au Bon Climat, Clendenen Family, Barham Mendelsohn, Vita Nova and Jim Clendenen’s other creative endeavors are featured, representing an array of varietals beyond his acclaimed Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. With Over 100 different wines stocked, the selection is amazing. Seated tastings by appt. See reservation app on homepage. Walk-in tasters welcome if space allows

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Westlake Golf Course 4812 Lakeview Canyon Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91361 (818) 889-0770 Westlake Golf Course is centrally located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara in the beautiful city of Westlake Village. Famed architect Ted Robinson built Westlake Golf Course in 1967. The course is tree lined and has lakes that come into play to challenge golfers. At 5005 yards from the tips, Westlake Golf Course allows a wide range of players to enjoy a great golf outing. Westlake Golf Course is an easy course to walk for exercise or take carts for a day of leisure. Westlake Golf Course offers an assortment of amenities including a 40-stall night lighted driving range, pro-shop, snack bar, a friendly fully stocked bar, nine teaching professionals, and a practice putting and chipping green. We can provide rental clubs for play on the course or driving range. Our courteous staff is always here to help in anyway that they can.

Soule Park Golf Course 1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 646-5633

Soule Park Golf Course is one of the Country’s most highly regarded municipal golf courses. Situated in the spectacular Ojai Valley, Soule Park was ranked the 48th best municipal golf course in the country by Golf Week magazine in 2014. The golf course at Soule Park was originally designed by renowned architect William F. Bell in 1962. Bell was responsible for many other iconic Southern California golf courses including Torrey Pines (North and South) in San Diego and Sandpiper in Santa Barbara. In 2005 Soule Park underwent a golf course renovation led by Gil Hanse who is one of the industry’s most highly regarded modern-day golf course architects.

Sterling Hills Golf Club 901 Sterling Hills Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010 (805) 604-1234 Great Greens for Not Much Green Rates include fee, cart, range, and meal or drink. Sterling Hills Golf Club is a hidden jewel, tucked in among Ventura County’s fertile fields of Camarillo, California, just halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Lush avocado and citrus groves give way to the 18-hole championship golf course. The course architects took advantage of the strong natural features of the area, with the sculpture of the course mirroring the beautiful topography. Boasting the best year round weather on the California Coast, Sterling Hills offers a fun filled golf experience for players of all skill levels. Come and experience our exceptional golf value with your friends! Golfers of all abilities will appreciate the four sets of tees and the finely manicured features of our course.

Monarch Dunes 1606 Trilogy Parkway, Nipomo, CA 93444 (805) 343-9459 Monarch Dunes is located along the Central California Coast, just south of San Luis Obispo in Nipomo, CA. Monarch Dunes features two award-winning golf courses. The first 18-hole championship “Old Course” as well as the acclaimed 12-hole, Par3 Challenge Course, both designed by architect Damian Pascuzzo & PGA Tour Pro Steve Pate. Both courses were uniquely created to test your skills and tempt your senses. Monarch Dunes is part of The Woodlands, a master-planned resort and Trilogy residential community which is surrounded by windswept dunes, eucalyptus trees, coastal vistas and amber-colored hillsides. Collared shirts are required on the Old Course, Challenge Course and driving range.

Simi Hills Golf Course 5031 Alamo St., Simi Valley, CA 93063 (805) 522-0803

Simi Hills Golf Course offers tree-lined rolling fairways and plush greens that will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Water hazards come into play on eight holes, and over 50 bunkers are strategically placed throughout the layout. The course is extremely fair and fun for all golfers - just pick one of the five sets of tees to match your game, and you’ll be on your way to a great day. Simi Hills is dedicated to providing an exceptional golf experience and one of the best values in the state. In addition to 18 great holes of golf, Simi Hills offers exceptional practice facilities, with a lighted driving range and practice putting green, as well as chipping and bunker practice areas.


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Get swinging at these Central Coast hidden gems By The Unknown Golfer



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ypress Ridge, Arroyo Grande - The Cypress Ridge Golf Couse in Arroyo Grande is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. This Peter Jacobsen Signature Course is known for its tricky, yet fun, course layout. Cypress Ridge also boasts about its elevation changes, ocean views, and — appropriately — cypress trees.



From the black tees, Cypress Ridge plays 6,803 yards and is a par-72 course. According to recent reviews, the course is currently in excellent condition and is a great value. The public rates for weekdays are $49 for walkers and $59 for those golfers who choose to ride. On weekends, the rates are $64 and $79, respectively. Cypress Ridge also has special offers for those bargain hunters. A recent visitor to Cypress Ridge said, “I played the course for the first time recently and have to say, I really enjoyed the course. It was a challenge, but I thought the course played fair and it was in pretty good shape overall. Since COVID-19, I have been playing a lot more golf and have visited some new courses in the area. I’ll be back to play Cypress Ridge again soon.” Cypress Ridge is at 780 Cypress Ridge Parkway, Arroyo Grande For tee times and more: or (805) 474-7979


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halk Mountain, Atascadero - The Chalk Mountain Golf Course is ideally situated amongst lush, ancient oak groves in Atascadero. Wildlife abounds throughout the rolling fairways and meandering creeks, which adds to the enchantment and character of this Robert Muir Graves championship golf course. The large greens are perfect for beginners, while daring enough to urge experienced players to press their luck.


Chalk Mountain plays 6,299 yards from the tips with par being 35 on the front and 37 on the back nine. This course is priced well with a $30 rate during the week and $40 on the weekend for walkers. Carts can be rented for $20 any day. Discounts are provided on both green fees and cart rentals for seniors and active military. This course is known as a good value, and the staff are described as helpful and friendly. The course itself can be a good test for walkers, due to some steep hills. Chalk Mountain now has Golf Boards for rent, which allow golfers to ride in style while maintaining a safe social distance at all times. Chalk Mountain is at 10000 El Bordo Ave, Atascadero For information on the boards, tee times, and more: or (805) 466-8848

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orro Bay Golf Course, Morro Bay - The Morro Bay Golf Course is a player-friendly course that offers a gracious layout. It features stunning panoramic ocean views from every hole. The scenic property overlooks the quaint beach town of Morro Bay, while the Pacific Ocean provides the backdrop. The course is great for golfers of all abilities, but don’t let that fool you. There are plenty of technical aspects to the Morro Bay Course, including the trees that line the fairways and greens, which can quickly add to your stroke count if you’re not careful. If you choose to play this course, count on the ball breaking toward the ocean a bit more than what meets the eye.



Morro Bay plays 6,360 yards from the blue tees, and par for the course is 71. Known for its value, golfers can expect to pay the public rate of $45 on weekdays and $54 on the weekends. Carts are available for $20 and discounts are offered to seniors, active military, and others; see the website for details. Golfers rave about the views at the Morro Bay Golf Course, as well as the attentive staff. Recent reviews also applaud the staff for their COVID-19 precautions and the cleanliness of carts and other common areas. Morro Bay Golf Course is at 201 State Park Rd, Morro Bay For tee times and more: or (805) 772-1923


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CALIFORNIA 101 Carpinteria — off the beaten path

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

Robitaille’s Fine Candies 900 Linden Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 684-9340

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 26 years, with it’s own parking lot, it is easy and convenient to access.

Located in the heart of Carpinteria, Robitaille’s Fine Candies is home of the famous Presidential mints and Santa Barbara County’s largest retail candy store.

Come browse through many choices of summer must haves, like Turkish Towels, sun glasses and sun readers, to body lotions and summer treats to tuck into your picnic basket. Treasures, too many to mention. Great gift ideas for your summer Pet and House sitters.

Our unique selection of handmade candies, sugar free candies, and gigantic selection of packaged candy have been pleasing Santa Barbara County for over 40 years!

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…simply fine wines at great prices!

Murphy’s Vinyl Shack 5285 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 318-5506 Vintage LP records and current new releases.

Carpinteria Wine Company 4193 Carpinteria Ave. #1, Carpinteria CA 93013 (805) 684-7440 Wines for all occasions

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Stop in and shop our tremendous selection!

Worthy of a trip to Carpinteria.....stop in and say “Hi”.

M-F 10-6pm Sat 10-5pm Take the Carpinteria Avenue exit from 101 South - 4th building on the right

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The Township of Santa Ynez sprang up in 1882 to provide needed services to a growing community. With 100 year old buildings, wide open spaces, and small town charm, you can still feel the entrepreneurial spirit of the old west. Santa Ynez has a thriving design sector, a small town that’s truly big on style. Are you looking for an interior decorator or want to find a special new piece for your home? Come and explore our shops many offer design services for both interior and exterior. You’ll find unique furnishings, lighting and home décor for added vision and inspiration. Beautiful, unique pieces, from exquisite tabletop to vintage and repurposed items can be found all around town. Santa Ynez is home to Valley Oak Industries, a custom cabinet and door shop, Newton Gallery, lighting design, plus Brent and Jeff ’s flooring showroom to help update your nesting place. Many shops also take private appointments. Oh did we mention the boutiques, coffee, food, wine, florists and charcuterie around town? You’ll love the variety! Take a drive to Santa Ynez then take a walk around town. Go to for our walking map and to connect with the business community. Call 805-350-8517 for more information.

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Whether you are just having a roadside rest for a couple of hours or plan to visit for a week, you’ll find Arroyo Grande a delightful community to explore. The historic village area is an adventure in itself as you explore the turn of the century old downtown area. There are an abundance of gift and specialty shops along with wonderful places to dine. The Village also prides itself on several annual festivals that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors as well as residents. Arroyo Grande is located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the heart of the Central Coast of California. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal foothills, Arroyo Grande enjoys a pleasant year-round climate with beautiful scenic views. The city is home to fine schools, a rich agricultural and tourism based economy, as well as many cultural facilities and events. The warmth of the community is abundant with its friendly residents and small-town charm.




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Dive in to Morro Bay Waterfront adventures abound in this SLO County gem By Donna Wolfe

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Morro Rock.

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If you’re looking for the quintessential California beach town, look no further than Morro Bay. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County, it embraces its role as a tourist destination while celebrating its past and maintaining a hometown feel. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s plenty to do in Morro Bay — golfing ocean-side, kayaking, sailing, hiking, bird watching, shopping, dining, wine and beer tasting — plus miles of beautiful, pristine beaches that offer picture-perfect vistas. Morro Rock, visible from Highway 1, is the city’s unmistakable landmark. The rock is actually the plug of an underground volcano, the result of pressurized lava flow reaching the surface. It is part of a coastal chain of volcanic peaks known as the Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. The Salinan and Chumash 68

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Native American tribes have lived near Morro Rock for thousands of years. More recently, the city of Morro Bay has largely been shaped by the U.S. Navy, which built a base there during WWII; the bay’s size allowed it to be accessed by big ships. Thus, two distinct areas of the town were formed: the waterfront, and the historic downtown. The Embarcadero is a bustling hub right on the waterfront. It’s a pleasant place to take in the sights and get some exercise — walk down the Embarcadero from the boat launch to the boardwalk, and out to Morro Rock and back. Along the same stretch are inns and motels, places to enjoy local seafood, outfitters for boating on the bay, cruise boats, museums, fishing charters, art galleries, and overlooks for viewing the birds and wildlife.

Nosh on the bay There are wonderful choices of food in Morro Bay and among them is Windows on the Water. The restaurant’s architecture was designed to capture an unbeatable view of the bay and Morro Rock, famous for showing spectacular colors at sunset. Its picturesque location, coupled with exquisitely prepared dishes, make for a unique and elegant dining experience. Make sure you get a seat at the bar so you can watch the chefs preparing your meal in their open kitchen.

the Morro Bay Oyster Company. Neal has increased the production of oysters each year, and now produces nearly a million oysters annually! Harvested by hand, the Pacific Gold Oysters spend 6 to 8 months in a closely monitored nursery to prepare them for the harsher waters of the bay. Once of age, the oysters are then transferred to the bay in large mesh bags to allow plankton to freely swim through the farm. After 12 to 18 months, the oysters are harvested and allocated to some of the best seafood restaurants in Morro Bay as well as local farmers’ markets. Come see this remarkable place where you can taste the best oysters right from Maloney’s farm! Morro Bay Oyster Company 1287 Embarcadero, Morro Bay For reservations and more: (805) 234-7102 or Another not-to-be-missed eatery is Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, located right next to the water about as close to Morro Rock as you can get. Many of the window tables overlook the T-pier, with Morro Rock in the background. If your timing is right, you may see fish being brought ashore on the adjacent dock, which is used to offload catches.

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Fresh-caught salmon at Windows on the Water.

With the Central Coast’s rich farming and fishing heritage, Windows on the Water has a great backyard when it comes to ultra-fresh foods. The kitchen serves free-range and grassfed meats (including from nearby Hearst Ranch), while the seafood is wild-caught or farmed according to sustainable practices. Windows on the Water is situated in the heart of the Embarcadero, just a short walk from many of the local hotels. Windows on the Water 699 Embarcadero (second level, upstairs), Morro Bay For reservations and more: (805) 772-0677 or Among the Embarcadero’s other highlights is the Morro Bay Oyster Company. Owner Neal Maloney started oyster farming in Morro Bay in 2004, when he was hired to oversee the local production for northern California’s Tomales Bay Oyster Company. He took over the farm in 2009 and started

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Mark Tognazzini and his dog, Dakota, at their waterfront restaurant.

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commercial fishing fleet; whenever possible, Dockside’s daily specials feature locally caught seafood. Wanting to offer a casual outdoor dining experience, more options for take-out, and fresh seafood for home use, the Tognazzini family opened Dockside Too Fish Market and Patio Dining in April 2006. Located directly behind Dockside Restaurant, adjacent to the T-pier, Dockside Too’s dining is all outdoors. Although their seafood items are wildly popular, you will also find a wide variety of other menu items for dining onsite or take-out. Simply place your order at the counter and listen for your name to be called. It’s a casual and fun place to have the best food from the coast of Morro Bay! Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant 1245 Embarcadero, Morro Bay For reservations and more: (805) 772-8100 (Dockside), (805) 772-8120 (Dockside Too), or

“I love the expressions of my customers’ faces when they see what they can do on the water,” says Mary. “Seeing people overjoyed with succeeding can be empowering and healing.” Morro Bay Paddlesports is open every day, but reservations are required. Morro Bay Paddlesports 551 Embarcadero, Morro Bay For reservations and more: (805) 225-1497 or If you’d rather pedal than paddle, check out Cal Coast Adventures. Discover the Embarcadero and trails across Morro Bay on a guided electric bike tour. Owner Nathan Weber gives private and group tours and knows all the great bike paths to see the city, the State Park, the downtown, and the Sea Otter sanctuary.

Paddle and pedal If you love water, you will love Morro Bay Paddlesports. Mary and Jim Robinson opened their business July 4, 2015. “It was nuts that day, and we did great,” says Mary.

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Nathan Weber of Cal Coast Adventures shows off one of the electric bikes currently available for rent in Morro Bay.

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Mary and Jim Robinson.

With a background as a competitive stand up paddleboard surfer and a degree in Ecology from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Mary combines her love of watersports with her passion for sharing her knowledge of local marine life. Paddleboarding is one of the most popular classes on offer at Morro Bay Paddlesports. You can paddleboard right up to the otters or get a glimpse of the harbor seals. They also teach surfing, kayaking, and give nature tours. Already know the ropes? Great! Morro Bay Paddlesports also offers rentals and sales. 70

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What better way to spend an afternoon than exploring Morro Bay by electric bike?

Cal Coast Adventures also rents a variety of different bikes by the hour for those who would prefer to explore on their own.

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This year’s Morro Bay Triathlon must be socially distanced — competitors will send in their data virtually — but the epic views that make it such a fun event remain unchanged.

Feeling beachy? Cal Coast can help there too, with private or group surf lessons. As with bike tours or rentals, surf lessons come with everything you need to get out and adventure. “You will only find me indoors when I need to sleep, and the outdoors when it’s time to be explored,” says Nathan. Cal Coast Adventures 575 Embarcadero, Morro Bay For reservations and more: (805) 242-2029 or Those who want to take the outdoor adventures to another level should visit Morro Bay in October or November for the Morro Bay Triathlon. The 10th annual event might not be going on as usual, but it is indeed returning to the Central Coast this fall. “We wanted a way for the athletes to race and not miss the triathlon, so we decided to do a solo triathlon,” says Kristin Horowitz, who runs the triathlon with her husband, Yishai. Participants can elect to do a new format called “the solo triathlon.” Using an app, participants will do all three legs of the race, on the actual course, between October 14 and November 14. Triathlons are historically three disciplines — run, bike, and swim. Participants will swim (or paddle, if they prefer) in Morro Bay’s protected harbor, bike Highway 1, and run beach and boardwalk to a finish at Morro Rock. Participants will send in their completed leg data, and the Morro Bay Triathlon will ship out

shirts, medals, and bibs to commemorate their efforts. They’ll also offer a virtual version that can be completed at home, but the idea is to support Morro Bay’s safe hospitality industry as much as possible through the pandemic. If you’re looking for your next great endurance adventure, give the Morro Bay Triathlon a try! For more and to register, call (805) 720-1245 or visit

Nurture in nature Designated as a Globally Important Bird Area, Morro Bay is a hot spot for birders. Its bay and marshes are ideal habitats for both land and water birds, and in the winter, migrating flocks make it one of the rare spots where it’s possible to see dozens (or even hundreds!) of bird species in one place. It’s no wonder, then, that Morro Bay is the site of the annual Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival and Self-Guided Tours. Though the festival has been canceled this year, organizers are still offering plenty of resources for birders of all skill levels. Their Self-Guided Nature Adventures site ( has all the places to bird watch at your own pace — from wetland to woodland, bluff to butterfly grove. Visitors can also check out their Facebook page ( for continually updated information about the bird life in Morro Bay. Another good resource: the Morro Coast Audubon Society ( Fall 2020


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Morro Bay is a great place to see a huge variety of birds (like these white pelicans), particularly during the winter migration season.

Art by the Rock Feeling artistic? Morro Bay’s got you covered with spots like By the Bay Gallery, David J. Rogers Gallery, and Art Center Morro Bay. By the Bay Gallery is a treasure trove of the unique and exquisite. Located on the Embarcadero, By the Bay Gallery features one-of-a-kind art pieces, jewelry, blown glass, and woodwork by a variety of artists — many of whom have been with them since the beginning. Photo courtesy of By the Bay Gallery

Find unique jewelry at By the Bay Gallery.

“Local handcrafted artists have always interested me. When I was younger, I would save all my money to buy handcrafted work by wonderful artists,” says Karen Rohach, whose family opened the gallery in 1988. It is family owned and operated by Ray and Becky Knox and their daughters, Karen and Kathy. Ray is an exceptional woodcarver who also sells his work at the gallery.

In the heart of downtown, you will find beautiful watercolor scenes of Morro Bay and the Central Coast at the David J. Rogers Gallery. David J. Rogers finds inspiration in his hometown. Though David and Peggy Rogers opened their gallery a little over two years ago, David has been a professional artist for more than 25 years. He’s sold millions of dollars of his artwork over the years, was selected by as one of the top 10 watercolor artists in the world in 2018.

As David states on his website, “I’m drawn to peaceful and serene places, and I believe that comes through in my paintings and has ultimately become the signature of my work. Since I live in the center of California, I’m within a couple of hours of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable.”

Every carefully-selected piece at the shop embodies the unique spirit and character of the artist who created it.

This fall 2020, David is expanding his gallery by offering art classes. He conducts step-by-step courses that give each learner confidence during the process. Workshops are taught in the gallery, online, and on location. Signups are available on the gallery website.

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To view many artists from the Central Coast, visit Art Center Morro Bay, where you can enjoy one of the largest California Central Coast venues for exhibiting original fine art by local artists, plus classes and special events.

San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Barbara counties. As Absolution says, “The wines are a unique portrait of place and time — an honest expression of where and when the grapes were grown.”

The Art Center Morro Bay is one of the largest contemporary galleries located on the Central Coast of California. The Art Center has two galleries that feature several exhibits throughout the year. Art events are typically wide-ranging year-round, as are online art workshops and craft classes. They are preparing for some in-person classes with mask wearing and safe social distancing this fall.

Dirk’s labels are as vibrant as what’s inside the bottle, featuring the bright and colorful artwork of Aja Trier. Among Absolution’s specialties is its Taste of the California Central Coast 4-Pack. It includes an albariño from the San Antonio Valley, a pinot noir from Edna Valley, a malbec from Paso Robles, and a Hermitage-clone syrah from Chalone, the oldest producing vineyard in Monterey County.

Looking forward to 2021, Art Center Morro Bay will again host the Morro Bay Art in the Park three times per year. They’re also planning another great outdoor event, The Morro Bay Plein Air Festival, in September 2021.

Most days you will find Dirk pouring his wines and chatting about the grapes and his process of making wine. Dirk’s wine lounge is open every day by appointment.

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“As a board member, then president The beauty of Art Center Morro Bay is that its pieces are incredibly diverse — ranging from landscape paintings to of MBAA since 2016, there’s been mixed media, like these heels by Larry Le Brane. no greater joy than to watch the growth and aspirations of artists unfold,” says Patricia Newton, president of the Morro Bay Art Association (MBAA). “It’s a privilege to provide internships and Stay right on the bay scholarships so students may continue their art education. Even during a pandemic, the Art Center and its mission continues to There are many hotels and inns for all visitors to choose from be a valuable asset to the entire community.” when visiting Morro Bay. One of the special places to rest and Morro Bay Art Center 835 Main St, Morro Bay For more: (805) 772-2504 or

Sip by the sea California’s Central Coast is a dream destination for wine lovers, with more than a dozen American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs, producing some of California’s most popular wines. One of those wineries is Absolution Cellars. Owner Dirk Neumann is the winemaker, and planted his tasting room on the Embarcadero. “This charming city is the perfect place to drink red and white wine all year round!” says Dirk. Absolution Cellars specializes in handcrafted small-batch, single vineyard wines from carefully chosen vineyards in

take in the view is at the Anderson Inn. It is a family-owned boutique hotel, right on the water. It’s so close to the sea that the friendly innkeepers have earplugs for guests when the sea lions start making a racket out on the harbor! This hotel pays close attention to their guests and they offer parking right on the Embarcadero. You can step onto your private deck overlooking the sailboats in the harbor. Breathe in the fresh ocean air and watch the gorgeous colors of the sunset from your room. The Anderson Inn 897 Embarcadero, Morro Bay For reservations and more: (805) 772-3434, toll free (866) 950-3434 or As we always like to say, this is just a taste of what Morro Bay has to offer! Learn more at Fall 2020








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FABULOUS FERMENTATIONS Kombuchas and shrubs: local hand-crafted drinks for the whole family By Zachary Rosen

The long nights at home during the quarantine have certainly made it easier to have an extra drink here and there. While many of us still want to enjoy an evening round or two, you might be looking for something that is still tasty yet gentler on the liver. Fortunately, there are many craft beverages being made along the 101 that have no alcohol, but plenty of flavor which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

A Tale Of Two Kombuchas Kombucha has become a wildly popular drink choice for people of all ages, the health conscious, and those looking to go alcohol-free. The tart, sparkling tea-based brew contains probiotics and features a range of exciting flavors. Whalebird Kombucha in San Luis Obispo has been a trendsetter for years in the area. When founder Mike Durighello first tried kombucha in 2006, he did not initially like its flavors, but after a couple years of tasting different kombuchas he was able to find some that he enjoyed. Soon he “loved Photo courtesy Whalebird everything about kombucha” and it changed his life, introducing him to all kinds of fermented foods. Mike and his roommates had the idea of starting their own kombucha company and in 2012 began to experiment in their garage. At the time there weren’t many resources on kombucha, but they were able to find one YouTube video of a Russian guy going through his grandma’s recipes and process. Mike noticed that no one was producing the kind of flavors of kombucha that he enjoyed. This led him to explore the many botanics and exotic flavors that Whalebird Kombucha has become known for. 78

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Their many fun flavors can be found at their San Luis Obispo store or all throughout the 101.

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Mike wants to stay true to the healthy nature of kombucha, and today all Whalebird kombuchas are made from only organic, fair-trade farms using bioregenerative practices. They have direct trade relationships with their sugarcane growers in Brazil and tea farmers in Bangladesh, making sure that each one uses growing practices healthy for the soil. In addition, their fusion of exotic flavors was a pioneering concept when Whalebird Kombucha first opened. Each flavor has an imaginative set of ingredients that liven up the character of regular kombucha. The Dry Hopped Pamplemousse blends the citrus Photo courtesy Whalebird notes of seasonal hops and edible grapefruit essential oil into a bright and refreshing kombucha. Manguava fuses the lush flavors of guava and mango with just a highlight of hibiscus and lemon myrtle.

Jun is a close cousin to kombucha and is becoming more well-known throughout the area. Jun kombucha differs from regular kombucha in that it is brewed with green tea and honey, rather than black tea and sugar. This gives it a drier, less acidic character, with the green tea often adding an herbal, earthy flavor. Both can sometimes contain small amounts of alcohol (usually less than 0.5% ABV) and have similar brewing processes to that of beer. Adam Gallegos of Revel Kombucha Brewery and Acai actually began in the beer industry;

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Fill a growler of your favorite jun kombucha at Revel in Ojai.

for these ailments. Adam had always dreamed of opening a craft brewery but noticed that no one was making jun in the area. He took all of his ideas and passion for a craft brewery concept and adapted it to opening a jun kombucha brewery. He and his wife found a cozy rental space in downtown Ojai and started making small batches of jun in the back. Today they have grown into a popular tasting room that serves these healthy tonics alongside acai bowls and other vegan treats.

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however, he immediately fell in love with jun after first trying it. He also quickly noticed the health benefits associated with the beverage. Within weeks of drinking jun, some of his chronic health problems, like acid reflux and migraines, began to subside, and he was even able to stop taking his prescription medicines

Revel offers two flavors of jun year-round. Pink Moment is a lively blend of hibiscus, ginger, and orange zest. Eclipse features a spicier character of coconut chai green tea and activated charcoal. They also have four seasonal flavors; these smaller batches come from Adam walking the nearby Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market, looking for inspiration in the seasonal produce. They can range from juicy watermelon to the more soothing flavors of orange and vanilla. There is a strong focus on local, organic ingredients, and Adam avoids any syrups or fruit concentrates, producing all juices onsite from fresh fruit. In addition to their range of jun flavors, Revel offers a probiotic matcha and probiotic cold brew coffee served on nitro. Both are sourced locally and have probiotics blended in to give them an extra health boost, with the nitrogen pour giving them a silky finish. Their juns are available on tap along the 101; however, the best way to experience them is at their Ojai brewery. Their outdoor seating area and service window make it easy to grab a glass of kombucha during these times.

The Season Of Shrubs Various vinegars have long been touted for their health benefits, and the fruitinfused fermented vinegar — known as shrubs — is a rising star between both cocktail bars and health advocates. These healthy, tart tonics can refresh sparkling water or your favorite cocktail. CT and Jody Williams of Broken Clock Vinegar Works first discovered shrubs when visiting a local cocktail bar. They were fascinated by the flavors and began to explore the process at home, having always had their own fruit and vegetable garden. They experimented first with a pomegranate and lemon shrub and loved the result. They then obtained a cottage license but soon grew out of their kitchen, moving operations to the industrial kitchen of the wine bar they owned before quickly growing out of that space as well. They realized they needed a dedicated space for the company, opening up a full-scale shrubbery in Solvang in 2017. As Broken Clock Vinegar Works grew, they have remained dedicated to the whole fruit-to-vinegar process. All the fruit is sourced from local farmers, or just word of mouth. Their newly released Plum and Cardamom Shrub came from a friend who had a plum tree that needed harvesting. The vinegar takes about six months to produce from the whole fruit and “mother” that contains all of the active cultures. From there, fresh fruit and other seasonings are cold macerated for

Whalebird Kombucha 3576 Empleo St. Ste #1, San Luis Obispo For more: (805) 316-1631 or Revel Kombucha Brewery and Acai 307 E. Matilija St. Ste C, Ojai For more: (805) 272-0028 or

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several private residences after verifying their farming practices. All of the fruit is harvested by hand and macerated with an organic apple cider vinegar base.

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about 30 days with sugar and vinegar. Many of their popular flavors, like Jalapeño and Peach Shrub or Raspberry and Mint Shrub, are available most of the year; however, their seasonal approach means that they often release small batches of specialty flavors. Anyone who doesn’t want to miss out on their special releases can join their Shrub Club that features six bottles per year, along with product discounts and other perks. Certainly, shrubs are a great addition to any cocktail. Jody feels that their Jalapeño and Peach Shrub is a natural fit for a margarita. But if you’re looking to cut down on your alcohol intake, then a dash of shrubs in sparkling water makes for an invigorating drink to be enjoyed at any point of the day. Jody also notes how well shrubs go with cooking, suggesting them in everything from marinades and salad dressings, to baked goods (try the Blueberry and Vanilla Shrub in a batch of brownies). In addition, they offer a line of award-winning culinary vinegars for any other kitchen escapades. Their range of products can be ordered online, or the website’s store locator can direct you to the closest place to find their unique line of shrubs and vinegars. Sarah Bourke of Sideyard Shrubs had a similar epiphany about shrubs around a year ago after trying them in a cocktail. The process and flavors really spoke to her deep passion for food systems and sustainable farming practices. 80

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Working for the Patagonia food division, Patagonia Provisions, closely connected her to these principles and the many interesting people that help produce our food. She began experimenting with shrubs and received a lot of positive feedback from family and friends. Since having more free time during the pandemic, she decided it was the right moment to make something more out of her hobby and launched Sideyard Shrubs this past June. She is working under a cottage license, producing small half to one-gallon batches of shrubs in her home. Sarah focuses on harvesting fruit from certified organic non-profit farms, like Fairview Gardens in Goleta, and

Sarah has been offering about five different flavors at a time that capture the produce and flavors of that season. Her newest batches feature flavors like passion fruit, strawberry, and a fascinating tomato shrub. Of course, Sarah is always experimenting with different exotic ingredients such as tomatillos and sugar pie pumpkins to see what exciting flavors she can discover with the seasonal produce. She is planning to release a persimmon and turmeric shrub that she feels is the most beautiful expression of fall. Currently, Sarah is selling directly to the public at places like The Farmstand at Fairview Gardens or the local Farmer’s Markets. Sideyard Shrubs can now be found at several spots in the area including Satellite in Santa Barbara or Bettina in Montecito. While Sideyard Shrubs is still blossoming, they promise to be a flavorful new addition to the area. Broken Clock Vinegar Works 1210 Mission Dr. Ste 103, Solvang For more: Sideyard Shrubs can be found at a variety of locations across the Central Coast For more, visit her Instagram page @sideyardshrubs, or

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Celebrate the Holidays with Comfort Food Story and photos by Randy Graham The year 2020 has been tough for many of us. For those of us with a passion for cooking (and eating), it has been particularly tough, with restaurants closing their doors, not to reopen for the foreseeable future if at all. I place orders every few days at my favorite Ojai and Ventura restaurants because I believe in supporting them. But the food doesn’t taste as good when I get it home and plate it. Don’t tell anyone, but I often eat it out of the box with plastic knives and forks. That’s just not right.

Eating fresh and tasty food is not easy during the quarantine unless you are a very good home cook. To make it easier for you to enjoy tasty meals at home, I’ve chosen some of my favorite recipes to prepare on the seven major holidays celebrated this fall and winter. It is my hope these recipes will help you put 2020 in the rearview mirror and get a proper start in the new year, which can’t come quickly enough for me.

Halloween: Spooky Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, carved pumpkins, and trick-or-treats. Why not celebrate it with my bowl and dip recipe? Not a trick, but a comfort food treat for sure!

Ingredients: 20 ounces frozen spinach (chopped) 2 bunches green onion (chopped) 1 package Knorr’s Minestrone dry soup mix ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts (drained) ¼ teaspoon garlic salt 1 medium round loaf French bread Tortilla chips

Directions: Cook spinach according to package directions. When cooked, drain thoroughly by pressing spinach in a colander until you’ve squeezed out all excess moisture. Mix the spinach with green onions, dry soup mix, sour cream, mayonnaise, water chestnuts, and garlic salt. Set aside for approximately two hours 84

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(overnight is better) to allow dry soup to re-hydrate and for flavors to blend. When ready to serve, spray paint the outside of the bread with edible food-coloring spray until it looks like a black cauldron (optional). Let dry completely, then cut the top off of bread and discard — hollow out bread, making a bowl. Fill bread bowl with spinach mixture. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

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Thanksgiving: Jim’s Mom’s Southern Yams In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the fledgling colonies. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Why not prepare this recipe for your Thanksgiving celebration? Ingredients:

3 medium garnet yams 8 tablespoons butter ½ cup crushed pineapple 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground clove ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

cold water (to stop the cooking process). Set aside. Place the butter into a medium saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and

1 cup cane sugar

sugars. Remove from heat and mix thoroughly.

¼ cup brown sugar

Overlap half of the yam slices in the baking dish. Evenly sprinkle

2 ounces bourbon (Jim’s mom liked Knob Creek Bourbon)

this layer. Overlap the balance of the yams on top that. Pour in

¼ cup walnuts (chopped)

the balance of the butter mixture and spread it evenly over the


balance of the walnuts.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

half the walnuts on top. Pour half of the butter mixture on top of

top. Pour the bourbon over the top of this and sprinkle with the

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the yams from the oven and remove foil. Put yams back in the oven

Peel and cut yams into ¼-inch slices. Parboil in a large

and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool for five

saucepan over high heat for five minutes. Drain, and rinse with

minutes before serving.

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Hanukkah: Brisket Chanukah is the Jewish wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and fried foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and jelly-filled donuts. It is celebrated for eight days, beginning December 10 this year. Although brisket is not fried food, it is enjoyed during many Jewish holidays, including Hanukkah. Here is my recipe for brisket.

Ingredients: 5 to 7 pound brisket (do not trim the fat) Salt and pepper (divided) ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (divided) 28 ounce can diced tomatoes 10 whole garlic cloves (peeled) ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups chicken broth (divided) 2 large yellow onions (peeled and sliced) 1 pound carrots (peeled and sliced) 1 pound celery (sliced)

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Rinse the brisket and pat dry. Rub both sides of the meat with salt and black pepper. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Drizzle two tablespoons of the olive oil into the pan. Brown the brisket on both sides — it will take four to five minutes per side. While brisket is browning, pour canned tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and 1½ cups broth into a blender or food processor. Add two teaspoons of salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. Pulse until garlic is chopped small, and all ingredients are combined. Remove the browned brisket from the skillet and set aside. Drizzle two more tablespoons of the olive oil in the same skillet and add the onions. Sauté over medium-high heat for four to five minutes or until they begin to soften. Add the carrots and celery. Sauté for another five minutes. Pour the vegetables out of the skillet and onto a plate. Set aside. 86

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Add the remaining ½ cup broth to the same skillet and let it heat on medium-high heat. Use a spatula to scrape up any browned bits and pan juices clinging to the skillet. Set aside. Pour half of the tomato mixture into a large roasting pan. Place brisket on top of the tomato sauce, fat cap facing up. Pour the sautéed vegetables across the top of the brisket, along with the broth and browned bits. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the top of the vegetables and brisket. Cover the roasting pan tightly with a layer of parchment paper followed by a layer of foil (the parchment forms a protective layer between the meat and sauce, which is acidic, and the foil). Place the brisket in the oven. Let it roast undisturbed for five to seven hours. It will take about one hour per pound of meat (leaner cuts of meat like grass-fed may take longer; test for doneness). When fully cooked, the brisket will have shrunk in size. It is ready if it flakes when pierced with a fork. Remove brisket from the pan and let it rest on the cutting board fat-side up for 20-30 minutes. While the brisket is resting, pour the sauce and veggies from the roasting pan into a smaller saucepan. Skim fat from the surface of the sauce, then reheat the sauce until hot, but not boiling. Set aside. Cut the fat cap off the brisket, then cut the brisket in thin slices against the grain. Arrange slices of brisket on a serving platter. Top with hot tomato sauce and veggies and serve with a smile!

CALIFORNIA 101 Randy’s Recipes Winter Solstice: Grits with Grilled Poblano Peppers The winter solstice is the longest night of the year and celebrates the first day of winter. It occurs on or about December 21 every year. One of the most famous celebrations of the winter solstice takes place in the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, England. Thousands of Druids and Pagans gather there to chant, dance, and sing. Want to wake up to something warm on the first day of winter? No, I’m not talking about your partner or spouse. I mean something warm for your belly and for your palate. Even Emeril Lagasse would like these grits. Bam!

Ingredients: 3 cups whole milk ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground pepper ¾ cup stone-ground grits (yellow or white) 2 garden fresh Poblano peppers 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ large red onion (sliced thin)

¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

Directions: Preheat grill to high heat (about 500 degrees). Bring milk, salt, and pepper to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour in grits and whisk vigorously to blend. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, frequently stirring until thickened, about 25 to 30 minutes. Add more liquid (water or milk) as needed. The grits should be done and still hot as you finish preparing the peppers and onion mixtures. Place the peppers directly on the grill (leave the cover open), occasionally turning, until blistered and blackened on all surfaces, about three to five minutes for each exposed surface. Remove from grill and set aside to cool. Once cooled, run the peppers under a stream of cool water and pull off the blackened skin. Remove seeds and stems. Stack the roasted peppers and cut them into ¼-inch-wide, 2-inch-long strips. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and salt, and cook, occasionally stirring, until softened and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Set aside. Gently fold the horseradish into the grits along with the roasted peppers and sautéed onions. Serve immediately.

Christmas: Pecan Pie


The celebration of Christmas started in Rome about 336, but it did not become a major Christian festival until sometime in the 9th century. Many Christmas traditions, such as decorating trees, started in Germany and later spread to other parts of the world, including the United States. One of the traditions in our household is to make a generations-old pecan pie recipe. If you have a sweet tooth as I do, this is the ultimate comfort food.

1 1/3 cup dark Karo syrup

New Year’s Day: Wake Up to Champagne and Strawberries I like to celebrate the new year in style. By “in style,” I mean breakfast in bed. Here’s how to do it.

Ingredients: 1 bottle of champagne

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4 large eggs

1 cup brown sugar 1½ teaspoons rum extract 2½ cups broken or chopped pecans 1 ten-inch unbaked pie crust

Directions: Break eggs in a bowl and beat well. Add syrup, sugar, and rum extract. Mix well. Add pecans and stir to incorporate. Pour mixture into the unbaked pie crust and cook at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake for another 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 15 minutes before serving. 1 small bowl brown sugar 1 small bowl fresh sour cream

Directions: It is important to start with good quality champagne and fresh strawberries. Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial is my go-to bubbly. Pour a flute of champagne. Then, dip a strawberry in a small bowl of sour cream and twirl it in a little bit of brown sugar. Take a bite and take a sip of champagne. Then, sit back, put all thoughts of 2020 out of your mind, and think positive thoughts for the new year. Fall 2020


CALIFORNIA 101 Randy’s Recipes Fat Tuesday: King Cake In 2021, Fat Tuesday will be celebrated on February 16. It is called Fat Tuesday because, on this last day of Mardi-Gras, folks stuff themselves with rich foods before beginning 40 days of fasting for Lent. It is a Fat Tuesday tradition to eat King Cake (with a tiny plastic baby Jesus baked in, as a prize) on the last day of Mardi-Gras. So, what is King Cake? King cake is an oval or ring-shaped sweet yeast bread, sometimes containing a filling and typically decorated with vibrant purple, green, and gold sugar or icing. Here is my riff on this traditional, laborintensive cake. My version does not have a filling (or a tiny plastic baby), but I think you will like it just the same. Dough Ingredients: 1 packet active dry yeast (¼-ounce) ¼ cup warm water ¼ cup granulated sugar (divided) ½ cup warm milk ¼ cup unsalted butter (softened) 1 large egg ¾ teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (chopped) 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (chopped) 2¼ cups bread flour ½ cup golden raisins Egg wash (1 large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water)

Dough Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in one teaspoon sugar and let stand until foamy (about five to ten minutes). In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, warm milk, balance of sugar, butter, egg, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond extract, lemon zest, and orange zest. Blend in 1½ cups of the flour. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft workable dough. Knead the dough until smooth and springy, about five minutes. Add raisins and knead for one minute more. Place dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about two hours. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a 24-inch-long rope. Braid the two ropes together. As you braid, be sure that you are pulling the strands gently taut to make a neat and even braid; otherwise, your cake may bulge in some areas. Bring the ends together to form an oval, pinching the ends to seal. 88

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Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, seam side down. Cover with a towel and let rise at room temperature until nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Brush the dough with the egg wash and bake until golden brown (about 25 to 30 minutes). Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Icing Ingredients: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened) ¼ teaspoon almond extract 1 tablespoon milk 4 tablespoons yellow-colored sugar 4 tablespoons green-colored sugar 4 tablespoons purple-colored sugar Icing Directions: In a medium bowl, stir the confectioners’ sugar, optional butter or cream cheese, vanilla, and enough milk until smooth and of pouring consistency. Drizzle or spread the icing over the cake. Add colored sugar. Tip: To make colored sugar, in a jar shake ¼ cup granulated sugar with four drops yellow, green, or purple food coloring. Additional tip: Decorating a King Cake can be tricky and messy. I use a pastry brush to apply icing to one section, then sprinkle with sugar, let dry, and move on to the next section.

Ojai Valley Quarantine Cookbook I have been going stir-crazy during the COVID-19 quarantine. So, I looked for something to keep me busy. Something to provide a creative outlet for my overactive mind. I began creating new vegetarian and vegan recipes at an alarming pace. Alarming because the refrigerator was overflowing with leftovers (good leftovers to be sure). The results of my stir-crazy efforts are included in this cookbook. Most of the recipes are comfort food, plain and simple, and seem fitting for the times. You can find Ojai Valley Quarantine Cookbook on

Author Bio: Randy Graham has been a vegetarian since August 1975 and eats fresh and local as much as possible. He enjoys cooking for friends and family using ingredients from backyard vegetable and herb gardens. He is known regionally as the “Healthy Chef,” and his food is often called vegetarian comfort food. He teaches at the Ojai Culinary School and his recipe column, Chef Randy, is syndicated in coastal California newspapers and magazines. He, his wife Robin, and their dog Cooper, live in Ojai, California. Robin and Cooper are not vegetarians.

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