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The Western US hiker’s paradise. You have the wine country in Santa Ynez, and you have lovely coastal and mountain drives. Additionally, Santa Barbara is one of Hollywood’s bedroom communities, so you never know who you may bump into while having your morning coffee at one of the local spots or while shopping at the many unique stores Santa Barbara offers.” He says that the best months weatherwise for your Santa Barbara destination weekend range from late June to mid-October, but he quickly adds that February and May are delightful too. Basically, the sky is almost always sunny in Santa Barbara, making America’s Riviera your ideal destination all year long.

Susan Hart Hellman is a freelance writer based in California.

Sample Menu


This Santa Barbara-inspired menu was created by Creative Services owner, Chef John Eric Savage

Starters Bruschetta Tapenade with Olive Oil, Garlic, Basil, Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Parmesan Cheese Served on Toasted Rounds

Lamb Empanadas with Roasted Vegetables served with Garlic Aioli Stationary Gourmet Cheese Display

Second Course Organic Wild Field of Greens Dried Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola Cheese tossed in a Blood Orange Vinaigrette Dressing Main Free Range Grilled Herbed Crusted Lemon Chicken

Sliced, Cubed, and Softened Cheeses served with Assorted Nuts, Fresh Fruits and Crackers

With Corn Fed Organic Grilled Filet Topped with a Port Demi Glaze

Organic Farmers Market Fresh Seasonal Fruits

Portobello Mushroom Risotto

First Course Gazpacho

Organic Farmers Market Marinated, Grilled and Roasted Vegetables

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Volume 5, Issue 1  

The 2010 Planning Resource Guide.

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