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For our beloved town, the events of the last few months have been life changing. The fires and subsequent evacuations in December—spanning Ojai to Santa Barbara—were traumatic enough, but to then have Montecito evacuate again following the disastrous rains and mudslides on January 9 has put us all in a state of shock. So many lives and homes were lost; it’s all too painful and personal to write about in my editor’s letter. What I will say is this: I believe in our town and the spirit of rebirth and renewal, and that through these terrible tragedies we will prevail in a stronger, more unified way. I don’t want to relive every terrible moment and story, but I do want to pay homage to Santa Barbara and celebrate why we live here. We were to go to press with our annual Home + Garden issue a few weeks after the mudslides occurred but decided it wasn’t the right time to publish that special annual, so we pulled the plug. With many editorial meetings to follow on how to handle what had happened and how to move forward, the consensus was: Let’s show our town in the light we always do, highlighting the positive. If we are an ambassador for Santa Barbara, we want everyone to look to us and see what we have always spotlighted—a Garden of Eden, a mecca of sorts, which every once in a while has to deal with Mother Nature’s wrath. Lessons learned and forever changed, we forge ahead knowing that what grounds us, or at the very least, grounds me, is this place we call home. During the evacuations—and still ready at a moment’s notice to head south with bag (and kids and dog) in hand when new storms were expected—the biggest moral of the story for me has been that it isn’t my house that makes me feel at home, it is the actual town that gives me my peace. The idea that the jasmine-scented air, long walks around the hedge-lined neighborhoods, and the breathtaking vistas are still there (as they have been for so many generations) is comforting. It is these bits (and so many more) that add up to a sense of home for me, and without it in my life, I would feel lost in many ways. So with that understanding, I (along with the editorial team) chose to celebrate life in our hallowed surroundings—the good and the bad. And, with this issue, usually dedicated to Mother Earth (as Earth Day started in Santa Barbara in 1970), we highlight life in our environs. Our cover image of the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club by photographer Gray Malin honors the long legacy of Montecito, with a portion of profits going to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade. And all sales of the prints of photographer Beau Grealy’s stunning landscapes taken post-mudslides (“Stealing Beauty,” page 104) go to relief efforts as well. These striking images remind us of the sheer physical beauty in our midst. It is now part of me. I am forever changed for having lived here, and forever grateful.
P.S. This issue is dedicated to all the first responders, who are our true heroes, along with the 25 friends and neighbors we’ve lost since the Thomas Fire started.
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There have been so many contradictory emotions. December began with a holiday atmosphere that quickly, unbelievably, turned to disbelief, fear, and disruption as what would become Californiaâ€™s largest wildfire darkened the skies and filled the air with ash. Thousands of area residents had to leave their homes as unprecedented numbers of firefighters battled flames and winds and eventually beat back Natureâ€™s fury. Yet, if there was a pall over the season, there was sense of awe at the way first responders from around the state and nation came to help, and then relief as the winds died, the skies cleared, and people returned to their homes. But the fire had denuded the hills and canyons, and once again Nature wreaked havoc, this time with a torrent of hard, unrelenting rain. In minutes, boulders rattled down canyon slopes and water filled, then overfilled usually minuscule creeks, unleashing a devastating flow of mud and debris. In the process, homes were destroyed, the landscape reshaped, and, tragically, lives were lost. As we mourn neighbors and friends, however, we also recognize the heroic efforts of first responders and local residents who rescued so many others and then worked to restore utilities, roads, and some semblance of order in our communities. The effects of these events will ripple through all of our lives for a long timeâ€”with great sadness, with lessons about nature learned (or relearned), and with awe at the ability of people to join together in times of need.
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“AS I STOOD ON THE OVERPASS AT OLIVE MILL ROAD, I NOTICED A RAINBOW OVER MONTECITO. AT THAT MOMENT, I THOUGHT THE POWER OF A RAINBOW IS THE “THE THOMAS FIRE SYMBOL OF HOPE. OUR AND SUBSEQUENT COMMUNITY NOW JANUARY FLOOD NEEDS TO HEAL. IT WAS THE MOST STAYED THERE MOST OF CHALLENGING THE DAY.” EXPERIENCE —JODIE WILLARD, PHOTOJOURNALIST THE MANY FIRST “WHEN YOUR PEOPLE ARE RESPONDERS WILL DOWN, YOU PICK THEM UP, EVER FACE. THE LOSS HUG THEM, AND ASK HOW YOU Tribute CAN HELP. WITNESSING THAT TO OUR COMMUNITY HAPPEN FROM LITERALLY IS INCALCULABLE. THOUSANDS OF BUCKET BUT THE PEOPLE OF BRIGADE VOLUNTEERS HAS SANTA BARBARA ARE BEEN MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN RESILIENT AND NO THE TOWN WE SET OUT TO REBUILD. THE SANTA BARBARA MATTER HOW LONG BUCKET BRIGADE IS A LOVE OR CHALLENGING, SONG TO THIS COMMUNITY— WE WILL RESTORE HELPING PEOPLE HEALS THE WHAT WE LOVE HELPERS AND THE HELPED.” SO MUCH ABOUT —ABRAHAM POWELL, LINDA COLE, JOSIAH HAMILTON, JESSICA POWELL, LIVING HERE.” AND THOMAS COLE, FOUNDERS OF THE SANTA BARBARA BUCKET BRIGADE
—PAT MCELROY, FIRE CHIEF, CITY OF SANTA BARBARA
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“Growing up in Santa Barbara, I’ve always had an undeniable appreciation for my roots,” says our editorial assistant. “I was pleased to be able write about all the happenings for ‘City Guide’ (page 56)—it allowed me to explore our town in a new and exciting way.” S.B. MUST DOs Getting lost in The Blue Door—there are so many vintage treasures to find. • The uni dish on the menu at Bibi Ji—the vibrant ambiance makes you feel like you’re in New York. • We The Beat concerts at SOhO and big-name artists at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
“I love exploring the California coast and its communities. I think the coastline and surroundings are so raw, diverse, and magical,” says the Los Angeles-based photographer who captured the landscapes of our battered environs for “Stealing Beauty” (page 104). “This shoot was an opportunity to showcase this as a reminder of why we live in these areas.” S.B. MUST DOs Fishing with my son off Stearns Wharf. • The rich red sunrises over the islands. • An afternoon beverage on the deck at The Endless Summer.
“I am a sucker for thoughtful design, and this project exemplifies it,” says the local photographer who shot our house feature, “Shape Shifter” (page 122). “Each moment in the day created a new vignette, and there were endless angles from which the house looked incredible. The depth of the space and the simplicity of the layout translate incredibly well in person and on camera.” S.B. MUST DOs Surfing Santa Barbara’s nooks and crannies. • Exploring the Channel Islands by boat and scuba. • Pitching a tent off season at one of our local campgrounds.
“I have been reading Santa Barbara Magazine since I was a little girl, and so to now have the opportunity to be a part of the team and write pieces that I am passionate about has been a dream,” says our editorial intern, who contributed to this issue, including writing “Around the World” (page 114). S.B. MUST DOs Eating anything at Los Arroyos. • Playing volleyball at East Beach. • Meditating at the Vedanta temple—the quietest, calmest place in Santa Barbara. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and at ease.
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Photographer GRAY MALIN is making a splash with his latest series, Gray Malin at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. He dove head ﬁrst into a 1960s resort-inspired shoot, capturing the charm of the Coral Casino while aquatic group the Aqualillies playfully posed, danced, and swam across the oceanfront pool. Other shots show the ladies in brightly colored sunnies and fun striped suits that exemplify the quintessential style of the midcentury era. “The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club is eﬀortlessly inspiring and timelessly chic,” says Malin. “Upon ﬁrst experiencing it, I envisioned a series that would be simultaneously reminiscent of yesteryear’s resort lifestyle, yet irresistibly current and engaging. I feel that this collection of images celebrates design and history, coupled with the splendor of a timeless day spent poolside at the historic landmark along the beloved California coast.” Malin is also donating a portion of the proceeds to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, santabarbarabucketbrigade.org, in support of the victims aﬀected by the Thomas Fire and recent mudslides. Says Malin: “I want to help give back to the beautiﬁcation of the community as Montecito and Santa Barbara have given me such beauty and inspiration to work with in my photography series.” K A R A P E A R S O N
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Singer KATY PERRY is belting it out for the Thomas Fire, Montecito mudslides, and ﬁrst responders at her special concert “Witness: Coming Home” on May 19 at the Santa Barbara Bowl, 805-962-7411, sbbowl.com. Presale tickets were oﬀered to local residents and sold out immediately. G . T .
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Wine & Dine RUMFISH Y VINO, 805-667-9288, rumfishyvinoventura
.com, is one of our favorite places to dine outdoors in Ventura. The raw bar is a must try. BANZAI MARINA , 805-643-5200, banzaimarina.com, offers traditional and creative Japanese plates. Finish off the weekend right with an organic beer and live tunes at LEASHLESS BREWERY , 805-628-9474, leashlessbrewing.com. Transport yourself to an island paradise at VENTIKI TIKI LOUNGE & LANAI , 805-667-8887, ventikiloungeandlanai.com, and dine on Polynesian-inspired fare and festive cocktails.
THE REFILL SHOPPE , 805-765-9135, therefillshoppe.com, is an ecofriendly store that replenishes your bath, body, and home essentials for everyday use.
To Do Catch live music and events at the VENTURA FAIRGROUNDS,
805-648-3376, venturacountyfair.org, and the MAJESTIC VENTURA THEATER , 805-653-0721, venturatheater.net. Take in the vast and beautiful views that our coastline has to offer at the VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS , 805-232-3113, venturabotanicalgardens.com.
Catch waves at one of the most notorious surf spots in Southern California, RINCON BEACH , countyofsb.org/parks/day-use/rincon-beach.sbc, and spend a day soaking up the sun at MONDO’S , Pacific Coast Hwy., Ventura. Nothing says staycation like a weekend at the CLIFFHOUSE INN , 805-652-1381, cliffhouseinn.com. Lounging at the oceanside pool is the epitome of relaxation.
Hidden Gem You’re not going to want to miss out on the VENTURA
FLEA MARKET , 323-560-7469, rgcshows.com/Ventura.aspx, which houses more than
500 vendors selling everything from antiques to new wares. K . P .
top: Products at The Refill Shoppe; Rumfish y Vino; rendering of the new Merewether Welcome Center at the Ventura Botanical Gardens; a Leashless brew; spectators at Rincon Beach.
PHOTOGRAPHS: RINCON BEACH, MORGAN MAASSEN
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FARMER AND THE COOK , 805-6409608, farmerandcook.com, is an all-in-one dining destination that consists of a market, cafe, and farm. AZU RESTAURANT , 805640-7987, azuojai.com, is a twist on Californian cuisine, serving up Mediterranean-inspired dishes on the locally sourced menu. OLIVELLA , 805-646-1111, ojairesort.com, embraces the seasonal local produce of the region with a menu inspired by chef Andrea Rodella’s Italian heritage. Sip and savor signature vintages from THE OJAI VINEYARD , 805-798-3947, ojaivineyard .com. OJAI HARVEST , 805-633-9231, ojaiharvest.com, is a rustic bohemian bar and restaurant in downtown Ojai.
Shop Find eclectic pieces to spruce up your home at
DEKOR & CO. , 805-272-8675, dekorandco.com. Bianca and Channon Roe dreamed up IN THE FIELD , 310-403-4292,
inthefieldojai.com, a local boutique that emulates their bohemian lifestyle with home wares and clothing for the entire family. Step into the museum-quality framing shop SUMMER CAMP , 805-861-7109, shopsummercamp.com, to find vintage collectibles and adornments for the home. If you’re in the mood for DIY, CATTYWAMPUS CRAFTS , 805-633-9222, cattywampuscrafts.com, has all the natural materials you’ll need to spend a day crafting.
On June 30, the 15th annual LAVENDER FESTIVAL , ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org, celebrates all the
wonderful things the plant has to offer along with shopping, dancing, and delicious food. Unwind and enjoy the simplicities of Airstream living courtesy of CARAVAN OUTPOST , 805-8364891, caravanoutpostojai.com. Get cozy around the fire pit at night and listen to soothing sounds of the outdoors.
While away the day with lunch poolside followed by a Kuyam treatment at the OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA , 855-697-8780, ojairesort.com.
Hidden Gem TIPPLE + RAMBLE, 805-319-9496, tippleandramble.com, is the
perfect place to have a drink and bite on the back patio while shopping for home decor.
What’s New From the proprietor of the Ojai Rancho Inn comes the new CAPRI
HOTEL , 805-646-4305, hotelojai.com. PALOMAR FARM , 805-448-9344, palomarfarm.com, recently launched a line of potpourri. K . P . S A N TA B A R B A R A
PHOTOGRAPHS: CARAVAN OUTPOST, MATT ALBERTS; TIPPLE + RAMBLE, PAIGE KEYSER; OJAI HARVEST, NANCY NEIL
A quiet moment at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; Caravan Outpost; Ojai Pixie candles at deKor & Co.; Tipple + Ramble; Palomar Farms potpourri; Cattywampus; Ojai Harvest. Clockwise from top left:
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Clockwise from top left: Red Kettle Coffee; The Nugget; Heritage Goods & Supply; Whimsy Antiques; The Sacred Space; a daily addition from The Food Liaison; the newly renamed Rincon Bluffs Preserve.
Carpinteria + Summerland Wine & Dine
Dive into chef Nirasha Rodriguez’s delicious bowls or attend pop-up dinners and cooking classes at THE FOOD LIAISON , 805-200-3030, thefoodliaison.com. Polish off a signature pie and salad at NUTBELLY PIZZERIA & DELI , 805-684-3354, nutbelly.com. Sip a glass of Franciscan Cabernet or buy a bottle to go at CORKTREE CELLARS , 805-684-1400, corktreecellars.com. Fill up on comfort food at THE NUGGET , 805-969-6135, nuggetbarandgrill.com. Just down the street, SUMMERLAND BEACH CAFE , 805-969-1019, summerlandbeachcafe.com, is a dogfriendly eatery that serves up the best breakfast in town. Known for the blue plate specials, SLY’S , 805-684-6666, slysonline.com, serves up old-school American dishes. TINKER’S , 805-969-1970, is always flipping savory burgers (and don’t forget to order a side of the curly fries). Order up the mouthwatering pork chop with caramelized onion-bacon jam at the family-owned ZOOKERS , 805-684-8893, zookersrestaurant.com.
PHOTOGRAPHS: HERITAGE GOODS & SUPPLY, DONNIE HEDDEN; RINCON BLUFFS PRESERVE, BRUCE REITHERMAN
Shop Renew your closet with fresh
sundresses and beachwear with a stop at ROWAN , 805-684-6474, rowanboutique .com. Embrace your interior design side and visit PORCH , 805-684-0300, porchsb .com, to be inspired by the indoor and outdoor pieces. Get lost meandering the rows and rows of beautiful pots, plants, and statues at EYE OF THE DAY GARDEN DESIGN CENTER , 805566-6500, eyeofthedaygdc.com. Peruse the unique antiques and collectibles at WHIMSY ANTIQUES , 805-6847211, whimsyantiques.com. Vintage shopping becomes a fun treasure hunt at CLOTHESLINE , 805-769-6979. Plan the most charming celebration and shop for whimsical keepsakes at BON FORTUNE , 805-220-6600, bonfortune.com. Owner Peggy Puentes created the chic and contemporary boutique INDIAN SUMMERS , 805969-1162, indiansummersboutique.com, nestled in Summerland. Discover designer bohemian threads at BONITA , 805-565-3848, bonitasummerland .com—owner Rita Villa’s selection of clothing, accessories, and gifts are great buys while touring the area. Travel through time and shop the curated antiques at SUMMERLAND ANTIQUE COLLECTIVE , 805-565-3189, summerlandantiquecollective.com.
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Become a mixologist at the shrub and cocktail class at HERITAGE GOODS & SUPPLY , 805-566-7777, heritagegoodsandsupply.com, on May 4.
Hidden Gem Sip on locally
made brews at APIARY CIDERWORKS & MEADERY , 805-684-6216, theapiary
.co. Wine tastings take place every first Friday of the month at the CARP WINE CO. , 805-684-7440, carpinteriawineco .com. A community favorite, RED KETTLE COFFEE , redkettlecoffee.com, 805-565-1900, is the perfect spot to grab a delicious espresso drink and a homemade donut.
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You can sip tea and catch up on reading in the garden at THE SACRED SPACE , 805565-5535, thesacredspace.com. K . P .
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Wine & Dine
JEANNINE’S , 805-969-0088, jeannines.com, is the quintessential Sunday brunch spot for locals in Montecito. Down the street is BREE’OSH , 805-705-7415, breeosh.com, a French cafe that serves up easy breakfast and lunch options. Grab a table with friends and nosh on hefty martinis and steaks at LUCKY’S , 805-565-7540, luckys-steakhouse.com. Indulge on some Italian delights served up by chef Mollie Ahlstrand at TRATTORIA MOLLIE , 805-565-9381, tmollie .com. MONTECITO WINE BISTRO , 805-969-7520, pierrelafond.com, is the epitome of California cuisine with a comfortable atmosphere.
WHISTLE CLUB , 805-565-2800, whistleclub.com, is a one-stop shop that mixes East and West Coast styles for all your clothing needs. When you walk into ALLORA BY LAURA , 805-563-2425, allorabylaura .com, you’re greeted with a glass of champagne as you glance over the captivating silhouettes and exclusive European names. Browse one of-akind designer styles at JULIANNE BOUTIQUE , 805-969-7100, julianneny .com—this boutique makes you feel right at home with its cozy living space and closetlike atmosphere. Find earthy cashmere and cottons courtesy of JENNI KAYNE , 805-309-0550, jennikayne.com. Outfit yourself in comfortable layers at CHASEN , 805-845-6186, shopchasen.virb.com—the easygoing style provides perfect pairings for a day at Butterfly Beach. Santa Barbara’s doyenne of fashion, WENDY FOSTER , 805-565-1506, wendyfoster.com, has five boutiques that offer her signature style. There’s something for everyone—including your pup—at the MONTECITO COUNTRY MART , 805-969-9664, montecitocountrymart.com. ANTOINETTE , 805-969-1515, antoinetteboutique.com, is the best local destination for ready-to-wear European styles.
The SANTA BARBARA ZOO , 805-962-5339, sbzoo.com, is hosting the 50th anniversary of the beloved zoo train this year. Take a trip around the park to get a behind-the-scenes look at the animal exhibits. Come to enjoy rides, game booths, food, and musical performances at the annual carnival at MONTECITO UNION SCHOOL , 805-969-3249, montecitou.org, on June 2.
Be Seen Roaming the eclectically manicured grounds at GANNA WALSKA LOTUSLAND , 805-969-9990, lotusland.org.
Hidden Gem In need of a quick pick-me-up? Look no further Did You Know?
Every third Friday of the month at 7:30 pm, you can take a look through the Keck Telescope at the WESTMONT OBSERVATORY , 805-565-6272, westmont.edu/observatory. K . P .
Clockwise from top:
The Montecito Inn on Coast Village Road; Lucky’s; a scoop from Rori’s Artisanal Creamery at the Montecito Country Mart: wares at Wendy Foster; the observatory at Westmont College; a detail at Ganna Walska Lotusland.
PHOTOGRAPHS: COAST VILLAGE ROAD, MEGAN SOREL; LOTUSLAND, BLUE GABOR; WESTMONT OBSERVATORY, BRAD ELLIOTT; RORI’S, MORGAN OSTRANDER
than VILLAGE CHEESE & WINE STORE , 805-969-3815, for the best sandwiches around town.
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Wine & Dine If you can, nab a table at the newest hot spot in town,
BIBI JI , 805-560-6845, bibijisb.com, for modern Aussie/Indian bites paired with an impeccable wine list. Taste local vintages and inventive bites of seasonal fare anywhere in the FUNK ZONE , funkzone.net, and at the SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET , 805-770-7702, sbpublicmarket.com. From there, walk across the street for all things Italian at Alberto and Elaine Morello’s OLIO E LIMONE , 805-899-2699, olioelimone.com, as well as their crudo bar and pizzeria next door. Meander among the seven tasting rooms at the WINE COLLECTION OF EL PASEO , winecollectionofelpaseo.com—including the newest, Silver Wines— before heading to FINCH AND FORK , 805-879-9100, finchandforkrestaurant.com, for chef James Siao’s new-American dishes.
Shop Browse three stories of midcentury-chic furniture and accessories at THE BLUE DOOR , 805-364-5144, thebluedoorsb.com. Hidden away in the Funk Zone, SIRENA , 805-244-5215, sirenasantabarbara.com, is a curated boutique
with a contemporary selection of beachy clothing and accessories. If you are looking for designer pieces, MARIS COLLECTIVE , mariscollective.com, inside THE HOTEL CALIFORNIAN , 805-882-0100, thehotelcalifornian.com, offers up-andcoming brands for men and women. A local treasure, THE SHOPKEEPERS , 805-883-3122, theshopkeepers-sb.com, has a selection of art, clothing, and unique goods. Downtown Santa Barbara recently welcomed JAKE & JONES , 805770-7763, jakeandjones.com, a local boutique that embodies laid-back style for moms and kids alike. Breezy button-downs and tunics at AMERICAN COLORS , 805-962-1133, americancolorsclothing.com, are fitting for our seaside lifestyle. Swing by ARLINGTON PLAZA , arlingtonplazasb.com, for chic shopping, dining, pampering, and more.
Alameda Park once again hosts the annual EARTH DAY , sbearthday.org, on April 21 and 22 with live music, kid zones, eco-conscious demonstrations, food, and more. Admire local creatives’ whimsical chalk drawings at I MADONNARI , 805-964-4710 ext. 4411, imadonnarifestival.com, at the Old Mission Santa Barbara from May 26 to 28.
Created by chef Katie Belanger and located above Antioch University, THE HONEY B , 805-895-4248, thehoneybkitchen.com, offers a fresh and flavorful menu of wholesome, plant-powered ingredients made to order. Dine at LOUIE’S CALIFORNIA BISTRO AT THE UPHAM , 805-963-7003, louiessb.com, a cherished restaurant popular for its quality menu and wine list. SATELLITE , 805-364-3043, satellitesb.com, is known for uncommon flavors of chef Emma West’s dishes—think savory leek tart or chickpea beet toast. K . P .
PHOTOGRAPHS: BIBI JI, COLLIN DEWELL; SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET, KRIS ZACHARIAS; JAKE & JONES, KATE STRATMAN
Outdoor seating at the Santa Barbara Public Market; an Avocado Fix at Finch and Fork; the bar at Bibi Ji; a room at The Hotel Californian; I Madonnari; Jake & Jones.
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Clockwise from top left: A cocktail at The Imperial; Deckers showroom; The Goodland; M. Special brewery; Ca’Dario Pizzeria; The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara.
Wine & Dine
Grab a curated cocktail from Dawn O’Brien’s supercool watering holes THE IMPERIAL , 805-967-3001, and MERCURY LOUNGE , 805-967-0907. Known for its incredible pho, NOODLE CITY , 805-683-6818, noodlecitygoleta.com, is a quaint restaurant that provides a punch with delicious Asian dishes. Friday night brews, food trucks, and games for kids can be found at M. SPECIAL , 805-968-6500, mspecialbrewco.com. Stop by for early afternoon family-friendly barbecue dinners and line dance the night away during their country nights (adults only) at THE CREEKSIDE , 805-770-3200, thecreeksidesb.com.
Browse treasures at the ANTIQUE CENTER MALL , 805-967-5700, antiquecentermall.com, and FINDER’S KEEPERS , 805-770-7715, sbfinderskeepers.com. Each of the brands at DECKERS , 805-967-7611, deckers.com—Ugg, Koolaburra by Ugg, Hoka, Teva, and Sanuk—have individual storefronts carrying the latest styles.
Indulge in a plate of homemade pasta or a serving of the roasted chicken at CA’DARIO PIZZERIA , 805-884-9419, cadario .net—the Italian cuisine does not disappoint. Spend a memorable happy hour on the rooftop deck at the new HILTON GARDEN INN , 805-562-5996, hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com. K . P .
PHOTOGRAPHS: THE IMPERIAL, KILHO PARK; CA’ DARIO, KRIS ZACHARIAS
Chef/writer/raconteur Anthony Bourdain comes to town again for the upcoming fund-raiser for UCSB ARTS & LECTURES , 805-893-3535, artsandlectures .ucsb.edu, on May 9. Escape to the Mediterranean-esque paradise that is THE RITZCARLTON BACARA, SANTA BARBARA , 805-968-0100, ritzcarlton.com. Cozy up in the car for a double feature at the WEST WIND DRIVE-IN , 805-964-9050, westwinddi.com. Take a hip staycation, grab a drink, and check out some new vinyl at THE GOODLAND , 805-964-6241, thegoodland.com. Opt for a night of glamping in the safari tents at EL CAPITAN CANYON , 805-685-3887, elcapitancanyon.com. Bring the family out to interact with the TOUCH TANK at UC Santa Barbara, 805893-8000, ucsb.edu.
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Clockwise from upper left: Sweater, $1,600, Gucci South Coast Plaza; Joanna Laura Constantine earrings, $400, modaoperandi.com; Loeffler Randall sneakers, $325, Diani Shoes; Hayward Bobby bag, price upon request, Bergdorf Goodman; Solange for Ladurée macarons, price upon request, laduree.us.
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Wife duo Ashe and Christin Brown have cultivated a unique environment that provides alternative healing methods and earth-based medicinal remedies. Their downtown space, PURA LUNA WOMEN’S APOTHECARY , includes a health-care boutique full of items such as scented room sprays, massage oils, steaming blends; a steam treatment room; a garden; and more—a sacred space for women to come together, learn, and grow. 2009 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, 805-450-2484. I S A B E L B A S S I
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Palo Santo conditioner ($17, boguemilksoap.com) is made with infused oils and herbs from Ojai. Unwind with UMA ’s Pure Calm wellness oil ($85, Allora by Laura, 805-5632425, allorabylaura.com) that’s full of powerful botanicals paired with Ayurvedic traditions.
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Shaking up the local workout scene is WHITNEY HOOVER , Los Angeles celebrity ﬁtness trainer and protégé of Tracy Anderson. Hoover started a few pop-up classes here last fall and is now making our town a regular routine on Tuesday and Saturday mornings at Santa Barbara Dance Arts, 805-966-5299, sbdancearts.com. The experience ($25) is a mix of cardio dance, weight training, and mat work that’s high on energy, focus, and sweat for a nonstop “mind-muscle connection.” While teaching, she keeps her smile wide and music loud, which is a happy distraction that keeps you going. “Nothing beats a new jam that literally makes you want to get out of your seat and dance,” Hoover says. “Moving to music is incredibly motivating.” J E N N I F E R B L A I S E K R A M E R WH ITNEYHOOV ER.COM
Gregg Renfrew continues her pledge to keep clean cosmetics paired with ecoconsciousness with her latest oﬀering of biodegradable One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes ($20, beautycounter .com). Renfrew recently joined forces with fellow Santa Barbarans Gwyneth Paltrow and Rob Lowe for an intimate fund-raiser for those impacted by the devastation in Montecito.
A Healthier You
A ﬁtting read in light of the recent disasters is UCSB grad Elizabeth Gould’s YOUR BEST HEALTH BY FRIDAY: HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, STRESS, TRAUMA, PTSD AND CHRONIC ILLNESS ($18, Rincon Star Press, Tecolote Book Shop, 805-969-4977, tecolotebookshop .com). Following years of being undiagnosed with ﬁbromyalgia, then taking medication that left her in even more pain, Gould sought out alternative health practices and learned that imbalances in the left and right hemispheres of the brain result in stress, immune and digestive problems, and more. In this book, she discusses the importance of ﬁnding ﬂow to improve well-being, pain, guided breathing to lessen stress, and other ways to strengthen both sides of the brain for optimal healing. G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N S A N TA B A R B A R A
PHOTOGRAPHS: WHITNEY HOOVER, JESSE DEYOUNG
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Montecito candle, $65, Hudson Grace; SB Strong shirt, minimum of $20 donation, The Shopkeepers; bag, $26, pedrodelacruz-artist.com; 93108 nail polish, $12.95, alexandtay.com.
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Known for its commitment to improving the world’s environment for nearly the last four decades, Patagonia is at it again with a new program, PATAGONIA ACTION WORKS . This latest chapter in founder Yvon Chouinard’s eco-conscious company serves as a link between passionate individuals and grassroots organizations that better the environment within the same community. With just one click, ﬁnd out about nonproﬁts that aim to preserve our land and ocean (Los Padres Forestwatch, Environmental Defense Center, and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper are a few), upcoming events such as beach cleanups and park restoration days, as well as other opportunities for volunteering. “The biggest question I get from our community and customers is, ‘What can I do to save the planet?’” says Patagonia president and CEO Rose Marcario. “This platform makes it easy to connect with organizations in your neighborhood who are working every day on local issues. We have decades of experience with these groups, and our collective grassroots actions can add up to the change we need to make a better world. With the threats we face, we need everyone in this ﬁght.” G . Z . T .
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Bridging the Gap
Much of Santa Barbara County is highly populated and vibrant, so we sometimes forget about the rural communities that lay deep in our environs. BLUE SKY CENTER is a nonproﬁt organization that strives to regenerate the economy, land, and neighborhoods in the Cuyama Valley. In 2012, the local Zannon family—with the help of UC Santa Barbara graduate and chief executive oﬃcer Philip Jankoski—decided to take their foundation and invest in establishing the center in order to address rural development in innovative ways. Since then, Blue Sky Center has cultivated numerous partnerships to evolve the Cuyama Valley’s community and businesses with rural entrepreneurship, their 250 acres of agricultural land, and aﬀordable housing. A few of their most unique programs involve artistic connections, such as one with The USC Roski School of Art and Design, where undergraduates discover rural-way ﬁnding and branding, as well as the 555 Rural Artist in Residency program in collaboration with citizen artist Mary Welcome. The Cuyama Valley aims to expand its close-knit community into a self-sustaining industry and town, and with the help of Blue Sky Center, New Cuyama will soon bridge the gap among the neighboring areas. 1000 Perkins Rd., New Cuyama, 661413-3005. I . B .
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Matteiâ€™s Tavern serves up steak house classics with Santa Ynez Valley flair
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Historic style in the BLUE ROOM .
Clockwise from top left: Invitations to linger; Mattei’s staff; a serving of LAMB CHOPS ; the WICKER ROOM ; a
side dish fresh from the farmer’s market.
It’s a recipe for memorable meals: Take an iconic piece of Santa Ynez Valley history; add fine meat, fish, and produce; and season with the extraordinary talent of a world-class chef with local roots. Serve to eager Santa Barbara County residents and visitors. MATTEI’S TAVERN in Los Olivos reopened in December under the sure hand of Maili Halme, who says she first longed to have the place when she glimpsed the interior of the Wicker Room at 11 years old. Halme went on to a culinary career that included restaurants, private chef posts, and most recently a catering business, but she never forgot that dream. And last August when Brian and Shamra Strange bought the historic property—which had been closed since January 2016—they tapped Halme as chef/owner of the restaurant. The two-story wooden building, with its venerable wisteria vine draping the front porch, dates back to 1886, when Felix Mattei built a stagecoach stop for those making the grueling over-the-mountain trip from Santa Barbara. He later served travelers on the narrow-gauge railway from Los Olivos to San Luis Obispo, and for decades after, this was a hotel and fabled dining room. It was named a historic landmark in 2010. “This was the place for birthdays, graduations, and prom dates,” says Halme. “It’s a meaningful place for me and for everyone. There’s so much history.” Honoring that legacy, she worked with designer Mary Wood to restore the interior to its longtime appearance—putting new wicker furniture in the Wicker Room, keeping the red wallpaper in the Red Room (there were extra rolls in a friend’s attic), rehanging the Mattei family portraits over the massive stone fireplace, and bringing
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Clockwise from top: The original BACK BAR in its rightful place; fresh libations at the bar; steak on the OAK GRILL .
back the gorgeous wooden back bar, which a friend had saved and kept in his barn after a previous renovation. Sepia-toned photos hang on the walls, and glass-front cabinets showcase treasured memorabilia. “The project was an attempt to bring Mattei’s back to the feel it had in the past,” says Wood, “using some new vintage-looking materials as well as gifts and mementoes from community members and the historical museum in Santa Ynez.” As for the food, “We’re doing traditional American steak house classics,” says Halme. “There’s a nostalgia to it.” The menu features the oak-pit cooking that originated in Santa Maria—dishes like grilled lobster tails, fish, steaks—as well as the corn fritters served by Gin Lung Gin, who was the Chinese cook here from the turn of the century to the 1930s. Fried chicken is a Sunday dinner specialty, served family style with sides of green beans, corn, collard greens, coleslaw, biscuits, and corn bread. For dessert “everyone wants mud pie!” says Halme. Beyond the restaurant, plans for the property include 64 cottages and bungalows, a spa, pool, and “barn” event center with a wine cellar, projected to be ready in a year or so. "We are so honored to be the custodians of Mattei’s Tavern and its incredible history,” say Brian and Shamra Strange. “We are excited about keeping the spirit of Mattei’s and the historic Los Olivos Hotel alive, while building a world-class boutique hotel. We look forward to many happy reunions and future celebrations.” Bringing the restaurant back to life is “like having a new baby,” says Halme. “It’s all-consuming, but I love it!”
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BLUEWATER GRILL has opened its latest restaurant in the historic lighthouse building on Cabrillo Boulevard in the Funk Zone. Santa Barbara-based chef Chanel Ducharme (her previous stints include helming the kitchen at the Hungry Cat) has been brought on to create dishes incorporating only the freshest sustainable seafood—think lunch and dinner standards such as oysters on the half shell and shrimp cocktail as well as sand dabs with harissa vinaigrette, mussels with chorizo, and more. The beachy-chic space now includes an oyster bar, an open kitchen, and a second-story indoor/outdoor patio and bar for savoring the seductive views of the Pacific. And to support the local community, cofounder and co-owner Jimmy Ulcickas has vowed to donate a portion of this year’s proceeds to The Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, vcunitedway. org. 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-845-5121. G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N
SEASONAL SEAFOOD ; an interior mural; FRUITS DE MER ; the historic light house building.
Ojai native Kiona Wachter opened THE NEST last fall as a revamped, revitalized version of her father’s original restaurant, which thrived in Ojai in the 1980s. With a focus on local and organic ingredients, the menu offers a plethora of tasty dishes ranging from ahi bowls and artisan pizzas to citrus salads, Korean wings, and loaded fries—not to mention the wide variety of fresh flavored cocktails and juices, including charcoal lavender lemonade, Ojai “orange road” margaritas, the beet and ginger Bloody Mary, and more.
401 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-798-9035. I S A B E L
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Designer Steve Hermann’s latest gig is his newest restaurant concept, SMITHY KITCHEN + BAR , which opened downtown in place of his former restaurant, Somerset. Under the culinary expertise of chef Lauren Herman, Smithy incorporates local and fresh ingredients into mouthwatering dishes such as fried delicata squash with cauliflower, Calabrian chili, crispy pork belly, and bok choy as well as squid ink casarecce, lobster bisque, uni, and nori bread crumbs. Along with encompassing a strong savory menu, Smithy also serves up delectable desserts—from brioche doughnuts to caramelized crepes with quince and pomegranate—at the hands of pastry chef Christina Olufson. With hopes to serve a wider audience, “I wanted to create an approachable and casual dining experience that encompasses everything that is great about Santa Barbara,” says Hermann. “This is the perfect place to meet with family and friends to share food and drinks, and have a great time in a relaxed setting.” 7 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, 805-845-7112. I . B . S M I TH YS B.C O M
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RSVP’D Book signing and dinner to
celebrate A Man & His Watch—the stylish book by Matt Hranek, arbiter of all things luxury. WHERE Millworks, The Mill, 805-965-9555,
WHAT An intimate evening kicked oﬀ with
Negroni cocktails, perusing vintage watches with curator Ken Jacobs, and featuring chef Justin West of Wildwood Kitchen. Event styled by Becker Studios and table settings by Wildheart Events, Sophia Loves Letters, Party Pleasers, and Idlewild Florals. GUEST WHO Hosts Darrell and Kirsten Becker along with Kirk Miller and Alice Ryan, Dewey and Stephanie Nicks, Samantha and Todd Wennerstrom, Hollye Jacobs, Kendall Conrad, Paul Fortune, Chris Brock, Catherine Gee and Chris Lancashire. GINA TOLLESON
Clockwise from top right: Negroni bar; hosts Darrell and Kirsten Becker; author Matt Hranek’s timely toast; Idlewild Florals mixed with setting details; table styled by Becker Studios at Millworks.
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Local mussels, smoked tomato, and fennel 2015 Mormann Vineyard Chardonnay
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Beef short ribs with roasted root vegetables, Parisian gnocchi, and smoky bone broth 2013 Kimsey Syrah D E S S E RT
Bacon maple bar with pecan-praline ice cream 2013 Blanco de Noir Sparkling Pinot Noir
PHOTOGRAPHS: A MAN & HIS WATCH, NANCY NEIL
The talent behind the popular restaurant The Lark has brought their festive dishes to home cooks with the self-published cookbook AROUND THE TABLE: RECIPES & STORIES FROM THE LARK IN SANTA BARBARA ($35, The Lark, 805-284-0370, thelarksb.com), which pulls the vibrant personality of the Funk Zone together with the organic, fresh foods of Santa Barbara. The book features some of chef Jason Paluska’s ﬁnest ﬂavors and wine pairings with stories of Santa Barbara’s unique history, all illustrated by local photographer Macduﬀ Everton’s luscious imagery. With the carefully instructed recipes of the book, gourmet dishes such as pomegranate-glazed double-cut pork chops are simple to make in your own kitchen. I . B .
Tuscan kale, quinoa, crispy onions, goat cheese, dried cherry, almonds, and mustard vinaigrette 2014 Rancho La Viña Pinot Noir
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Reaching theTop Talented locals who amaze and inspire us
Decorative painter/ gallery owner COLETTE COSENTINO embellishes a clientâ€™s ceiling.
Clockwise from top left: A portion of the 400-foot wall mural Cosentino created for last summer’s LOTUSLAND GALA ; painting samples she created for a Santa Ynez Valley client; the artist in her element.
Because her mother let her loose to scribble all over the kitchen walls, when she was young COLETTE COSENTINO knew at a very early age she would be an artist. “I was 3 or 4 and using the kitchen walls as mural space,” she says. “It was such a foretelling of what I would do for a living.” Cosentino paints walls for a living. She’s been doing what’s known as decorative painting—including trompe l’oeil—on Santa Barbara home interiors for 20 years. She specializes in Spanish colonial and classical touches, but, like most talented creatives, Cosentino comes armed with a wide variety of painting styles; she’s currently working on an abstract application for a contemporary home. And she’s been tapped by the renowned house of Schumacher (established in 1889) to design a wallpaper collection. Her downtown studio, Maison Cosentino, located at 11 West Anapamu Street, serves as both an art gallery and studio workshop offering a variety of services from on-site decorative painting, murals on canvas, hand-painted vintage headboards, theatrical backdrops, and paintings. Maison Cosentino’s first art exhibition (May 18 through June 30) features large-scale paintings by internationally acclaimed designer John Saladino. (Cosentino’s own oil paintings are on view at The Mill, themillsb.com, through June.) 805-570-9863. L . D . P O R T E R
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RUTH PASTINE ’s Gray Light Series, 2018, pastel on paper.
“Ruth Pastine in Residence” at the CAROLYN GLASOE BAILEY FOUNDATION in Ojai until May 14. A single minimalist colorfield painting is on view along with a selection of Pastine’s most recent works on paper created during her residency. 248 S. Montgomery St., Unit A, Ojai, 805-633-9188. C H A R L O T T E B R Y A N T CAROLYNGLAS OEBAILEY F O U N D AT IO N . O R G S A N TA B A R B A R A
To further commemorate Earth Day, “ENTANGLED WATERS” —a temporary video installation created
by locals including environmental steward Lamara Heartwell, director Robin Bisio, and artist Ethan Turpin that displays the tangled web of humanity and sea life in our oceans—is being shown at the archway of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on April 13 and 14 from 8 to 10:30 pm. 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara. I S A B E L B A S S I
PHOTOGRAPHS: COLETTE COSENTINO MURAL, BLUE GABOR, PORTRAIT, CHRIS ORWIG
The BIG PICTURE
Barbara Kasten, Construct PC-VI, 1982 (detail), polacolor. SBMA, Gift of Arthur and Yolanda Steinman, 1983.69.73.
Brought to Light Revelatory Photographs in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collection JANUARY 28 — APRIL 22, 2018
SBMA The Brought to Light exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Dana and Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Foundation, Frances E. Kent, the SBMA Women’s Board, SBMA PhotoFutures, Gwendolyn and Henry Baker, Patricia and Richard Blake,
Also on View January 28—May 27:
Roxana and Fred Anson, Susan Bower, Lorna S. Hedges,
Crosscurrents: The Painted Portrait in America, Britain, and France, 1750–1850
Priscilla and Jason Gaines, and Barbara and Owen Patotzka.
Crosscurrents: American and European Portrait Photographs, 1840–1900
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For “ART OF THE TABLE,” designers are choosing work from SBMA’s permanent collection (clockwise from top right): Yinka Shonibare
MBE, THE SLEEP OF
MONSTERS (Asia), 2008, chromogenic print mounted on aluminum; Aaron Morse’s THE KINGDOM OF NATURE , 2008, watercolor, graphite and collage on paper; ZUN-SHAPED VASE , 17th century CE, porcelain painted with underglaze cobalt blue.
A Man for All Mediums
Clockwise from top:
Platform #3, 2018, steel; Figure #10, 2016, plaster; Wall Work #57, 2017, canvas and acrylic.
Many artists tend to stick to one medium, but sculptor RICHARD ABER can—and does—make art out of almost anything. The often-exhibited Carpinteria-based artist has worked with wax, canvas, rock, steel, bronze, plaster, wood, and found objects (to name a few). Inspired by architectural images and guided by Zen meditation (his naval architect father introduced him to Eastern philosophy), Aber’s art practice reﬂects his concern for humanity and the desire to contribute to the vast history of art. He’s known for his Wall Works, pieces composed of heavy canvas sewn together in panels, often impregnated with intense pigment that lends an ambiguity to the material: it can appear malleable, like painter’s drop cloth, or, in another incarnation, stiﬀ and heavy, like a steel curtain. Recent works include large plaster female ﬁgures that pay tribute to the feminine condition. “These are heroic ﬁgures in that they reveal their psychic wounds on their surface,” says Aber. “Their arrested stance also suggests a steadfastness and resolve to an inner power to withstand anything that comes their way.” L . D . P .
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PHOTOGRAPHS: ART OF THE TABLE, COURTESY OF SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART
The SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART ’s secret weapon—the creatively chic Woman’s Board—is known for its standout, sold-out fund-raisers. This year’s event, “Art of the Table” (April 27 through 29) features a dozen fantastical tablescapes designed by a group of carefully curated professional tastemakers, each of whom was tasked with choosing an artwork from the museum’s permanent collection as an inspirational starting point. World-renowned design genius John Saladino tops the list as Signature Designer. Joining him are Caroline Thompson and Steve Thompson (Cabana Home); Jerry Peddicord (Hogue & Co.); Diana Dolan (Porch); Gina Andrews (Bon Fortune); Eric Berg (Early California Antiques); Jack and Rose Herschorn (The Sacred Space); decorative painter Colette Cosentino; Marc Normand Gelinas; Margaret Matson; Cynthia Belliveau; and Victoria Imperioli with Starr Siegele. The powerhouse Woman’s Board has provided signiﬁcant support for SBMA for nearly seven decades, including underwriting exhibitions and educational programs for families and youth, and enabling the acquisition of more than 60 works of art for the museum’s permanent collection. Given its impressive provenance, “Art of the Table” is a masterpiece in the making, promising to entertain and inspire, “providing an extraordinary evening while raising funds for the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs,” says Women’s Board president Fran Morrow. Bravo! 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-4364. L . D . P .
The engaging heroine of Barbara Wood’s 30th novel, THE FAR RIVER ($29.90, Turner Publishing, amazon.com), happens to be a UC Santa Barbara grad who inherits a debt-ridden California winery, a bitter family feud, and a murder investigation that threatens to derail her future. In LITERATURE AS HISTORY: AUTOBIOGRAPHY, TESTIMONIO, AND THE NOVEL IN THE CHICANO AND LATINO EXPERIENCE ($55, University of Arizona Press, amazon.com) UCSB professor Mario T. García demonstrates that examining literary narratives—ﬁction, nonﬁction, autobiography, and testimonio (a ﬁrst-person account transcribed and written by another)—can reveal important aspects of Chicano/Latino history. MATERNITY ($90, Mercatorfonds, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com) is a lavishly illustrated examination of the history and cultural meanings underlying the iconic image of mother and child in African art. Penned by renowned UCSB professor emeritus Herbert M. Cole, it’s a coﬀee table-sized tome with a distinctively erudite heft.
UCSB professor Kate McDonald’s book PLACING EMPIRE: TRAVEL AND THE SOCIAL
IMAGINATION IN IMPERIAL JAPAN (free e-book, University of California Press, luminosoa.org), reveals how Japanese tourism in Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan in the early 1900s (and the resulting guidebooks, postcards, travel magazines, and personal accounts) shaped Japanese peoples’ identities as members of an imperial nation.
Even longtime locals will get a kick out of SANTA BARBARA KNOW-IT-ALL ($20.95, Reedy Press, amazon.com), a witty take on our town by Michael Cervin, the former Santa Barbara NewsPress travel writer and restaurant critic who personally vetted each restaurant, hotel, beach, and experience in the book. A THIRST FOR EMPIRE: HOW TEA SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD ($39.50, Princeton University Press, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com) traces how Chinese tea culture became an integral part of European— especially British—culture and its global economy. Author/ UCSB professor Erika Rappaport lifts the lid on a pot of tea and explains the history of its contents in sumptuous detail.
Take a peek behind Hollywood’s glamorous facade with VOICES OF LABOR: CREATIVITY, CRAFT, AND CONFLICT IN GLOBAL HOLLYWOOD (free e-book, University of California Press, luminosoa.org)—a collection of interviews with essential Hollywood insiders (sound recorders, art directors, and more) edited by UCSB professor Michael Curtin and Queensland University of Technology lecturer Kevin Sansong. L . D . P .
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Poolside at THE BILTMORE ; with its SPANISH COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE , the resort has long doubled as Montecito’s unofficial living room.
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famed turret, an ICON OF ROMANCE ;
actor JACK LEMMON with his wife, Felicia, ROSALIND RUSSELL ,
and his beloved Rolls Royce; beautiful TENNIS COURTS sit at the back of the resort.
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In the early days, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bing Crosby, and Lana Turner could be seen lounging by the pool at the Santa Barbara Biltmore. That was in the roaring ’20s and dapper ’30s, around the time the Odell family added the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club to its stable of properties, which included the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. In the 1950s, the resort hosted the most glamorous parties of the season, including a fashion show by Louis Vuitton, where ladies in white gloves and Jacques Fath evening gowns consorted with the kinds of people who wanted to keep their names out of the papers. “There was a rumor that Jack Lemmon was having an affair in Santa Barbara,” recalls Beverley Jackson, the longtime guardian and chronicler of Santa Barbara society. “He was a big star at the time. So one day at the hotel I ran into him and said, ‘I have to ask you, Jack,
In the 1950s, the resort hosted the most glamorous parties of the season, including a fashion show by Louis Vuitton.
“We are entering our 90th year with a whole new perspective—keeping luxury at the forefront, sharing anecdotes from our past, welcoming the future - and Biltmore with new and exciting endeavors.” —KAREN EARP
The property’s grand ballrooms, lido decks, and moonlight-filled courtyards have long served as settings for Santa Barbara’s most important social events and celebrations. Merryl Brown, creative director of the Montecito-based Merryl Brown Events, chose the resort as the site for the Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball and United Way Red Feather Ball. “It is my absolute favorite venue for event design and production in Santa Barbara,” she says. “It is consistently excellent. Their service and catering are top-notch. It is a beautiful representation of all that our city has to offer.” The Biltmore has always taken its position in the community seriously. After the Thomas Fire and subsequent debris slide, it played a key role in the recovery efforts, providing a staging area for fire fighters and Continued on page 137
PHOTOGRAPHS: TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT, SANTA BARBARA VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY; BOTTOM RIGHT, COURTESY OF BEVERLEY JACKSON. OPPOSITE: HAL BOUCHER, COURTESY OF THE FOUR SEASONS BILTMORE
is this rumor true?’ He said, “It is true, I am having a love affair. I love my Rolls Royce more than anything in the world! And the only person I allow to touch it is a mechanic in Santa Barbara. So that’s why I’m here once a month!’” Jackson smiles at the memory. “Of course,” she adds, “Red Skelton was having an affair in Santa Barbara. I ran into them at the Biltmore, too.” But there were rules, after all, and they were not to be flouted. Men with hair longer than an inch above the collar were refused entry into the restaurant. “One day Grace Dreyfus, who was the wife of Louis Dreyfus, the ambassador to Afghanistan, happened to have the heir apparent to the throne of Afghanistan with her,” says Jackson. “He was the son of the king, and she wanted to take him to lunch. And he wasn’t allowed in because his hair fell a half inch afoul of the rule.” The resort continued to play a vital role in the ceremonial life of the city. The parties here have always produced stories retold long after the guests go home. “The night before Christmas, they organized a posada, where you do a procession and knock on the doors and ask for room at the inn,” Jackson says. “Back then, the dining room kind of looked like Maxim’s in Paris in the old days: beaux arts decor with red velvet banquettes. The dinner guests were given candles, and a man who worked at the hotel led the procession. We ended in the lobby, where we were entertained by professional flamenco dancers, and there was a giant piñata with long sticks for the kids. It was great fun, and they did it every year.” The big names have all stayed here, but the hotel will never tell you who they are. Here, at least, they take security seriously. Still, we know that Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges have graced the property’s 22 acres of landscaped pathways. And when Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen stayed at the resort in anticipation of a joint appearance at the Arlington Theatre, they crashed a wedding party, posing for poolside photos with the bride and groomsmen.
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The high jump and diving boards at the CORAL CASINO BEACH AND CABANA CLUB taken by resort photographer HAL BOUCHER . Opposite, top to bottom: OLD SPANISH DAYS FIESTA
mariachis; BEVERLEY JACKSON with RED SKELTON ; The Biltmore has panoramic views of the Pacific coast along BUTTERFLY BEACH .
Stealing Beauty Photographer Beau Grealy’s Vista series captures the raw beauty of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Feature area—from the scarred hills of the
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“The beautiful moments of connection with nature are what kept me going through the voyage’s constant challenges,” says Clark, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. Opposite, top to bottom: “Sailing to windward in the Marquesas Islands, 2011”; “Seek and you shall find! Mexico, 2006.”
AROUND THE whose hope is to inspire others to live out WORLD their passions while Liz Clark is a surfer and environmentalist Captain
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Liz Clark grew up in San Diego, California, with an itch to be the captain of her own boat and embrace the beautiful freedom that comes with being at sea. A former UC Santa Barbara student who majored in Environmental Studies and a fierce competitor on the school’s surf team, Clark had a deep interest in promoting environmentally sustainable living. Her recent book, Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening (Patagonia), tells of her remarkable adventure as the 21-year-old captain of Swell, her 40-foot sailboat, and how the rough seas, travel, and great outdoor experiences allowed her to delve into deeper selfawareness and live her ultimate dream. It’s in reading her book that we learn about her great emphasis on embracing the natural world and pursuing whatever it is that internally drives us as individuals. For
PHOTOGRAPHS: TOP, JIANCA LAZARUS; MIDDLE, SHANNON SWITZER SWANSON; BOTTOM, JIANCA LAZARUS; OPPOSITE PAGE, CHRIS MCGEOUGH; PREVIOUS PAGES, LEFT, S. CORNELGIO; TOP RIGHT, MCKENZIE CLARK; BOTTOM RIGHT, SHANNON SWITZER SWANSON
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Top to bottom: “Three days at the helm—no autopilot, broken wind vane, and big seas following made for a fast but intensely exhausting passage. 2017”; “Charting a course south as we head down Baja. 2006”; “Daily anchor checks keep my floating home safe and my lungs fit.” Opposite: “After months of envying the locals’ ability to climb for their own refreshments, I finally figured it out. 2008.”
“Living out my sailing dream has led me through great highs and deep lows, but the process itself— the repairs, the search for surf, dark scary nights, uncertainty, failure, and challenges— has helped me feel a connection with all life, with the great mysteries of the universe, and with our precious planet that sustains us daily.” Feature - Patagonia
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â€œBig nature, small me...just how I like it.â€?
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PHOTOGRAPHS: TOP LEFT, LÉA BRASSY; TOP RIGHT, LIZ CLARK; MIDDLE, LIZ CLARK COLLECTION; BOTTOM, JIANCA LAZARUS; OPPOSITE: TOP, JODY MACDONALD; BOTTOM, JIANCA LAZARUS
Clockwise from top right: “South Pacific atoll beauty. The road less traveled has led me to nature’s beauty, and also on a journey of mind and heart”; “Cleaning the hull. Maintaining Swell is a never-ending task”; “Bananas for days! I gathered 300 pounds of fruit to share with the locals before leaving”; “Heading ashore for some afternoon adventures with my cat soul mate, Amelia the Tropicat.”
â€œAdorable, welcoming faces to this tiny South Pacific atoll. They are also the faces of climate change. Impossible not to feel guilty in these places knowing that people live with such minimal impact stand to lose their islands to rising seas.â€?
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Shape Shift How one collaboration created a modern house on the Mesa WRITTEN BY
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Homeowner HEATHER GREENE and DAN WEBER of ANACAPA ARCHITECTURE
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Inside the OPEN KITCHEN , white marble mixes with walnut accents, including a rectangular dining table built locally by NATE MODISETTE .
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First-time home buyer Heather Greene had a few ideas going into purchasing her house. Primarily, the location had to be the lower Mesa. She’d narrowed it down to a small rectangle of streets near the ocean and finally—about five offers later—scored a serious fixer-upper. The dark ranch-style house had a cramped layout with only one small door to the backyard. And though it would have to be stripped to the foundation, you could smell the salt air from the site, and she was sold. While in the early stages of remodel dreaming, she happened to visit Neil Dipaola’s moody, masculine, boxy abode on the Riviera. “It was the sexiest house I’d ever seen,” Greene recalls. Dan Weber, principal of Anacapa Architecture, had collaborated with the environmentally conscious developer on his home and Greene was instantly on board, adding, “We have such a similar aesthetic.” Greene, founder of Sprout Concepts public relations, quickly hired Weber for the job, and he later hired her for PR work, beginning a long-term collaboration and friendship. Their first conversation on style stemmed from a detailed Pinterest exploration, which proved she preferred sleek minimalism over traditional Spanish— something that surprised her and thrilled Weber, a champion in the local modern architecture world. To pull off Greene’s vision of a brighter, whiter, more feminine take on Dipaola’s residence, their final plan entailed doubling the square footage to about 2,500 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom open floor plan that would be incredibly low maintenance and low energy. Radiant concrete floors give Hudson, her golden retriev-
of look, feel, materiality, and even landscaping.” er, an indestructible hardscape inside while lending an efficient alternative to forced air—the flooring is the only heat source in the house aside from two fireplaces, and Greene loves the “luxurious” quality that doesn’t lead to dry air. Equally important was an open-air sensation for the ultimate indoor/outdoor living, so operable glass doors were used in lieu of a wall and are almost always open to let in the ocean breeze. “The huge movable glass wall was a substantial engineering feat!” Weber says. The “wall” of doors was built using very thin eaves and no support columns—something Greene was adamant about to keep the sight lines minimal. Above, a deep overhang from the flat white roof keeps the house cool and shaded, so no air conditioning is needed. The architect and client were constantly altering the lines to keep the shape both efficient and exciting. In the entry, the 11-foot ipe front door is another feat—at four inches thick, it weighs 1,000 pounds and opens with a slow marvel to the wide expanse of the living area and marble and brass-clad kitchen. “Heather had a clear vision of look, feel, materiality, and even landscaping,” Weber says, calling her his most
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Top to bottom: The MASTER BATH sports a cantilevered vanity by LOTUS CABINETRY , black wall tile from TILECO , and brass pendants and hardware from RH MODERN ; a large IPE SCREEN in front of the house bounces linear shapes and light into the OFFICE .
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The GREAT ROOM opens up to a PRIVATE BACKYARD via oversized doors that the architect calls “a huge movable glass wall.”
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dedicated client. Together, they envisioned cantilevered walnut desks and vanities, hung individual brass lights at perfect yet various heights, and finished the job down to the very last gate and hinge. The final installation is the front yard’s linear ipe screens, which lend privacy and an architectural element that also bounces striking shadows around the interior. Weber laughs that most clients would have skipped this at the last point in the project. “Here I thought, Maybe they’ll get done, maybe they won’t,” he says. “There’s a reason you don’t see features like that all the time—they often get cut.” “Oh, they got done!” Heather laughs.
The two joke that it took five different plans and “extensive” conversations to get it right, but collectively they did. Weber admits this specific slice of architecture might not necessarily be pushing the limits elsewhere in size and scope, but it’s a wow factor for Santa Barbara, adding “anytime you drive by and see a modern house being built, you know it took a lot to pull it off.” And Greene, a practitioner of patience, waited for the right real estate, the right architect, and the right floor plan. Now says she couldn’t be happier in her “therapeutic” house by the sea that she calls a “bright, expansive welcome to everyone who walks through the front door.” ●
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Undulating subway tiles from BUENA TILE add some movement in the guest shower where the white and wood palette is carried through. Opposite: ISA BIRD LANDSCAPE and ALLSCAPE DESIGN + INSTALLATION
continued the minimal aesthetic outside, with small, easy-to-care-for plants such as this agave potatorum, which designer ISA HENDRY EATON loves for its “supermodelperfect form.”
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Clockwise from top left: Santa Barbara Police Department reverend Charles Reed and Ashley Iverson; Don Johnson; the stage; Alan Parsons; Kenny Loggins performs; David Foster; Lauren Cantin sings the national anthem; Katy Perry gives retiring fire chief Pat McElroy a kiss; Perry with Pat and Ursula Nesbitt; Chynna Phillips; emcee Dennis Miller; Richard Marx; Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres; Michael Keaton; David Crosby.
ONE805 ’s much-anticipated Kick Ash Bash gratitude event and after-party honored first responders of the recent Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides and raised more than $2 million for much-needed emergency equipment and relief efforts in light of the disaster that claimed 25 lives and destroyed hundreds of homes in Santa Barbara County. At the Bella Vista Polo Club, there was a phenomenal lineup of musical performances, including surprise guest Katy Perry, Kenny Loggins, David Foster, Iration, Robby Krieger of The Doors, and many more. “Our goal was to thank our first responders and their families with a well-deserved day of fun,” says cohost Ursula Nesbitt. “I was so touched by our community coming together with their hearts all in the right direction and giving wherever or however they could to make One805 such a success.” PHOTOGRAPHS: CHRISTIAN TIERNEY AND MARK WEBB
F OL L OW @SA NTA BA RBA RA MAG.RSVP F O R COVERAGE OF MORE L OCA L EVENT S
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On with the show...the 33rd annual SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL came together during the first
two weeks of February, welcoming some of Tinseltown’s top actors, directors, and writers to Santa Barbara. This year’s event kicked off with a speech by festival executive director Roger Durling addressing the debris flow before a showing of Emilio Estevez’s The Public. The next 12 days welcomed actors and award winners such as Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, and Saoirse Ronan as well as director panelists Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Christopher Nolan, and Jordan Peele. Each year, the festival features more than 200 films as well as documentary shorts, student competitions, and weekend discussions at the Lobero Theatre. P H O T O G R A P H S : M I C H A E L K O VA C / G E T T Y I M A G E S F O R DOM PÉRIGNON
Clockwise from top left: Virtuoso Award winners Timothée Chalamet, John Boyega, Mary J. Blige, Hong Chau, Daniel Kaluuya, and Kumail Nanjiani; Margot Robbie and Allison Janney; Jena Malone; Paul Thomas Anderson and Guillermo del Toro; each of this year’s winners also received a personalized magnum of Dom Pérignon; Belvedere served signature cocktails during afterparties at the Festival Pavilion in the Lobero Theatre; Christopher Lloyd and Leonard Maltin; Cinema Vanguard Award honoree Willem Dafoe; Krista Smith and Lynda Weinman; Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele.
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RSVP Clockwise from top left: The marquee announces the opening night film; Saoirse Ronan and costar TimothĂŠe Chalamet; the opening night festivities at Paseo Nuevo; Gary Oldman and Ben Mendelsohn; Mary J. Blige and Daniel Kaluuya; Outstanding Director honorees Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo del Toro, and Jordan Peele; SBIFF director Roger Durling and Emilio Estevez; Sam Rockwell; Alec and Hilaria Baldwin; John Boyega.
CRANE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL is a
EL MONTECITO SCHOOL SAN ROQUE This is that rare school. A
place that unites wisdom
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California. Founded in 1928, Crane delivers an experiential education characterized by a thoughtful balance of academic challenge and creative expression. Our time-tested tradition of active and collaborative learning challenges students to think critically, fi nd their voices, and care for one another and the world around them. At Crane, we understand that how we teach is just as important as what we teach. 1795 San Leandro Ln., Montecito, 805-969-7732, craneschool.org
shapes children with joy, integrity, and compassion. At El Montecito School San Roque, children are nurtured in their
THE KNOX SCHOOL OF SANTA BARBARA Established in 1912,
THE HOWARD SCHOOL has proudly been providing a meaningful education for over 100 years. Using the Carden curriculum, our goal of achieving success for every child in the pre-K through 8th grade remains our primary focus. Class sizes are small and teachers provide the tools necessary to gain real comprehension, understanding, and confidence. Emotional and physical developments go hand in hand with the intellectual pursuit of excellence in academics. We are committed to daily enrichment through art, music, theatre, French, Latin, computers and physical education. 5315 Foothill Rd., Carpinteria, 805-745-8448, thehowardschool.org
pivotal childhood years, building an unwavering foundation from which
to launch into junior high school. Santa Barbara schools seek out ELMO graduates: known for their academic preparation, leadership skills, and caliber of character. Serving children from two years old through Sixth Grade on an enclosed, secure campus in the heart of San Roque. 3225 Calle Piñon, Santa Barbara, 805-962-3091, elmoschool.org
for Gifted and Talented Children serves children in grades Kindergarten-8th. Our highly individualized curriculum meets students at their ability level to optimize their intellectual and academic development. Small class size, high teacher to student ratios, hands-on learning, and differentiated, meaningful instruction all ensure students thrive. Valuing the children’s deep intellectual curiosity, high ethical standards, and emotional sensitivities, the School provides a receptive, nurturing, student-centered environment encouraging inquiry and independence. Core classes are supplemented by a comprehensive STEAM program, Fine Art, World Language, Performing Arts, Phys Ed, and Mindfulness. Located in downtown Santa Barbara. 1525 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, 805-991-9681, knoxschoolsb.org
PROVIDENCE is an accredited preschool-12 independent school with the mission to provide students an environment in which they can flourish academically, socially, and spiritually. Providence teachers are gifted and credentialed in their academic disciplines, models of deeply held faith and exemplary character, who encourage and support students in critical developmental years. A liberal arts curriculum, Bible and Christian worldview courses, competitive athletics, outdoor education, and service and leadership opportunities prepare students for success in college and life. Providence was named the top private school in Santa Barbara for four consecutive years. Lower School: 3723 Modoc Rd., 805-563-4770; Upper School: 630 E. Canon Perdido St., 805-962-4400, providencesb.org
SCHOOLS LAGUNA BLANCA — for today’s modern student. Laguna Blanca School is an EK-12 co-educational, college preparatory day school. Building upon its 80-year tradition of academic excellence with new and innovative teaching methods and programs, Laguna Blanca provides students with a supportive community that promotes deeper learning, and values student balance and well-being. With its thriving experiential learning, LEGO, STEM, and art programs, competitive athletics, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities, the school offers a variety of ways that students can succeed. Grades Early Kindergarten through Gr. 4: 260 SanYsidro Rd., Montecito; Grades 5 through 12: 4125 Paloma Dr., Santa Barbara, 805-687-2461, lagunablanca.org
MARYMOUNT Marymount of Santa Barbara is an independent school for children from age 4 to Grade 8 that places equal value on the intellectual, social and emotional, and ethical dimensions of learning to prepare bright, confident, and caring young people for the next adventures of their lives. Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” We agree. A Marymount education is about knowledge and skills and experiences, about what it means to be a good person, and about putting in place the foundation for a life of purpose and fulfillment. 2130 Mission Ridge Road, Santa Barbara, 805-569-1811, ext. 131, marymountsb.org; Junior Kindergarten-8th grade * Independent * Coeducational
MONTESSORI CENTER SCHOOL has been providing an excellent Montessori education to children in the Santa Barbara area for 52 years. At MCS, children 18 months through 6th grade experience the joy that a Montessori education affords. With an exceptional and well-trained faculty, low ratios, enriched facilities, and numerous specialist programs, MCS is able to serve the needs of 21st century learners. Take a tour and see the lovely campus and classrooms, hands-on materials, and the dynamic and personalized instruction for yourself. MCS offers onsite after-school care, foreign language, music, PE, art and multiple after-school enrichment programs. 18 months to 6th grade. 401 N. Fairview Ave., #1, Goleta, 805-683-9383, mcssb.org
OJAI VALLEY SCHOOL is an independent boarding & day school for 290 students — Pre-K through 12th grade — on two campuses in Ojai. Our dedicated staff provide a balanced program of collegepreparatory academics, fine & performing arts, sports, outdoor education, environmental studies, equestrian & character development. Students are encouraged to explore their interests, seek new ways to learn, & discover the complexity of the world around them. By the time they graduate, they will have developed the academic strength & intellectual curiosity to succeed in college and beyond. More importantly, they will have gained the confidence & character to meet life’s future challenges.723 El Paseo Rd., Ojai, 805-646-1423, ovs.org
Founded in 1976, SANTA BARBARA MIDDLE SCHOOL is an independent, coeducational day school for grades 6–9. Through our students’ immersion in stimulating Academics, Creative Arts and Sports, Community Service, Career Studies and Outdoor Education, we prepare students for their future by providing a defining educational experience. Our school is based on mutual respect, teamwork, and a unique understanding of the adolescent years. SBMS graduates are admired for their intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, creativity, and “can-do” confidence. Our motivated graduates excel in the Honors and AP programs in high school and go on to attend the finest universities across the country and abroad. 1321 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, 805-682-2989, sbms.org
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other first responders. More than 45 employees within the Four Seasons company volunteered to serve as members of a task force, participating in cleanup efforts and fund-raising and working with the United Way of Santa Barbara and The American Red Cross Central California. The property, which reopens this summer, is commemorating its 90th anniversary with some unique partnerships, including Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, which is producing two varietals blended by the resort team; the award-winning photographer Gray Malin, who created a series of photographs at the Coral Casino with a 1960s resort vibe (a portion of which is being donated to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade); and OPI Nail Polish, which is creating a resort-themed collection of colors. “We are so proud and excited to celebrate our 90th year,” says general manager Karen Earp. “We are keeping luxury at the forefront, sharing anecdotes from our past, and welcoming the future with new and exciting endeavors.” ●
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