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A RO U N D T OW N a day by the sea SHOPPING AND DINING ALONG SANTA CLAUS LANE From 1950 to 1999 , a larger-than-life-size statue of Saint Nick over-

looked Santa Claus Lane—the half mile-long road between Summerland and Carpinteria that runs parallel to the popular beach of the same name. Now, the Hamptons-esque stretch that’s favored among locals is home to a number of mom-n-pop shops that are fitting summertime stops. >



The Artful Angler

Beach Club Athletics

Longtime Santa Barbara resident

surf…. You can’t get much more


Robin Baron’s Salt, 3717 Santa

inspiring than that.

a full-service event facility and

Claus Ln., Carpinteria, 805-684-

The Garden Market

culents and garden accessories.

multiday excursion (from $185 per, offers an exten-

person) to the Channel Islands

sive selection of residential and

catering company—makes for a

Eric Rangel’s fly-fishing outfit-

for an adventure such as a cruise

commercial hardwood, carpets, rugs, and wall coverings.

1655, is a treasure trove of

For 11 years, brothers Sam and

lovely venue for a private celebra-

ter the Artful Angler, 3817 Santa

along the volcanic rock cliffs

women’s beach-chic clothing

Rob Holcombe’s A-Frame Surf

tion under the sun or stars.

Claus Ln., Carpinteria, 805-566-

and dozens of sea caves around

and accessories—Indian-inspired

Shop, 3785 Santa Claus Ln.,

5900,, gets you

Scorpion Anchorage on the north

Take your tots to the recently

Raj tunics, requisite Havaianas

Carpinteria, 805-684-8803,

The Garden Market, 3811 Santa

geared up with all the clothing

side of Santa Cruz Island.

remodeled Padaro Beach Grill,

flip-flops, Minnie Rose cashmere, has been outfit-

Claus Ln., Carpinteria, 805-745-

and tackle you’d need for a day of

sweaters for breezy nights, bead-

ting men, women, and kids with

5505,, is

catching barrel perch and halibut

One of the newest home decor

Here, parents can nosh on gour-

ed Chan Luu jewelry, and more.

all the necessary clothing and

known for its selection of local

off of Santa Claus Beach. In ad-

shops on the street is Porch, 3823

met burgers and salads while

gear for hitting the waves. A

wines, gourmet food items, and

dition to five-hour surf fly-fishing

Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria, 805-

kids keep busy outside.

Get your body bikini ready at the

must-do for kids: Ocean Adven-

cafe featuring homemade soups,

trips ($200 per person), Rangel’s

684-0300, Having

Beach Club Athletics, 3749 Santa

tures summer camp ($330)—

salads, sandwiches, quiches,

record-holding guides lead regular

recently relocated to its new digs,

There’s nothing more summery

Claus Ln., Ste. C, Carpinteria, 805-

surfing, kayaking, stand-up

and more. Relax with a glass of

seminars and classes as well.

owners Diana Dolan and Christie

than all-American cookout fare.

570-5665, beachclubathletics

paddle boarding, body boarding,

Babcock Sauvignon Blanc ($8)

Boyd’s spacious store and back

The Barbecue Co., 3807 Santa

.com. Owner Lori Pearson has as-

and skim boarding—offered each

and the delicious Lorie’s Salad

Further down the street, Paddle

garden offer furniture, succu-

Claus Ln., Carpinteria, 805-684-

sembled a team of four instructors

week through August 28.

(from $8, a fresh mix of romaine,

Sports of Santa Barbara, 3825

lents, art, and accessories with an


cranberries, almonds, cucum-

Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria, 805-

organic, natural aesthetic.

is known for its homemade sauc-

to train individuals on weight and

3765 Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria.

cardio machines, reformers, and

The lush flagstone patio at Rincon

bers, tomatoes, and avocado) on

899-4925,, has every

exercise balls. All in front of a pan-

Beach Club & Catering, 3805

the back patio, which also serves

kayaking and paddle-related item

Reed Floors, 3821 Santa Claus

everything else you could think

oramic view of the Santa Barbara

Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria, 805-

as an outdoor boutique for suc-

you could need. Take a single or

Ln., Carpinteria, 805-684-7583,

of grilling. –Gina



A-Frame Surf Shop

es covering tri-tip, beef ribs, and Z. Terl inden


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