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TOC Capturing the West BY WILLIAM REYNOLDS

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Heart + Soul

Home on the Range

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What’s Now

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Style … Supermodel Erin Wasson teams up with Lucchese and more …………

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Twenty-Four Blackbird’s chic chocolate factory, and more ………………………

Arts … Photographer Dewey Nicks brings out the Polaroids, Phoebe

Brunner’s landscapes, honors for Dane Goodman, and more ……………………

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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FROM THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

When fall rolls into our neck of the woods, it really isn’t that much different than the other three seasons. But, if you look closely, you can notice the subtle changes. The mornings are just a bit crisper, which amplifies the flora and fauna that much more. The way the sun hits the mountains as it starts to set has a slightly different tonal quality, or maybe that is just what it feels like to me. It makes me want to take time to explore the Santa Ynez Valley, as it is a stone’s throw away and another world completely. In fact, visiting the valley was the impetus for our feature well chock-full of all you would want to know about this viticultural horse-country paradise. Who better to welcome you into their home than the Firestone-Walker clan? With a sprawling compound situated in the middle of this mecca, their Hélène Aumont-designed abode is perfection in the details for “Wine Country Oasis” (page 92). Sophisticated yet casual, this modernized Spanish farmhouse and vineyard is the ideal locale for this productive wine and beer dynasty. Speaking of dynasties, if you are lucky enough to experience seventh-generation José de la Guerra descendant Elizabeth Poett’s authentic barbecue, you will know you are in for a treat. Poett, along with her husband and rancher Austin Campbell, invited us to savor her latest venture, The Ranch Table—food and wine gatherings on the grounds of her family’s historic Rancho San Julian—for “Home on the Range” (page 120). This is as farm to table as it gets. Carnivores, take note—it is one for the books! Continuing to celebrate the cowboy way of life, we are pleased to profile prolific Western artist Joe De Yong with an excerpt from author William Reynolds’s latest biographic tome, Joe De Yong: A Life in the West (“Capturing the West,” page 102). De Yong was a contemporary of Edward Borein and Will Rogers and lived in the valley for much of his life. His drawings have appeared on many an Old Hollywood Western movie poster, in advertisements, and in art galleries and private collections. His tooled leather designs—originally made for members of the Ranchero Visitadores—were also revered, and his turn later in life as a costume designer for cowboy movies made him quite the legend. No one was as legendary for their beauty in the 1970s as Bo Derek. Looking for a respite with her late husband, John Derek, Bo discovered the small-town feel of the valley and never looked back. Having made a life there for decades—now with her partner, actor John Corbett—she’s loving life surrounded by her dogs and horses. After being photographed by some of the best in the world, she stepped behind the lens to capture the magic of her hometown. Santa Barbara Magazine is thrilled to present a portfolio of her work, “Heart + Soul” (page 108)—a spotlight on her neighbors and friends coproduced with her sister Kerry Perez. And when it comes down to it, isn’t that what home is about? A place you love surrounded by people you love. That is what I get living here in Santa Barbara County...from the beaches to the mountains and the valleys, it is beyond comparison—at any time of year.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Adam Secore

“Shooting with Erin Wasson and the Lucchese family was a bucket list moment for me,” says the Los Angelesbased photographer who shot “Saddle Up” (page 55). “Erin and I are both native Texans who crossed paths later in life. It doesn’t get better than shooting with one of my closest friends in one of the most beautiful locations in the world for a heritage brand from my youth.” S.B. MUST DOs Flying up the coast at sunset. • La Super-Rica Taqueria. • The Santa Barbara Bowl.

Dawn Moore

“Interviewing Hélène Aumont always reminds me that life should be both joyous and beautiful,” says the Los Angeles-based writer who penned “Wine Country Oasis” (page 92). “Her passion for soulful interiors made me go home and move all my stuff around.” S.B. MUST DOs Petting other people’s dogs at the Douglas Family Preserve. • Basking in the Redwood Forest at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. • Picking up custom-blended rose tea at R&D in Los Olivos.

Dominique Vorillon

Contributors “My sister Kerry and I learned, I mean learned, photography from one of the best—John Derek. And although he arguably had one of the greatest eyes for capturing beauty, I was surprised to discover when I started shooting for myself, that my eye is my own,” says actress/photographer Bo Derek who, with her sister Kerry Perez, shot “Heart + Soul” (page 108). “Kerry and I always work together and joke that it takes our brains combined to get the shot we want.” S.Y. MUST DOs Ride horses up a mountain with your sisters. • Drink local wine. • Stay up all night to watch a rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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“It was wonderful—and delicious— photographing The Ranch Table,” says the Ventura-based photographer who captured the spirit of Rancho San Julian for “Home on the Range” (page 120). “The historic property is a truly special place.” S.B. MUST DOs Grabbing food to go from The Food Liaison. • Spending the day at the The Santa Barbara Zoo. • Browsing my collection at The ARTE Department. S A N TA B A R B A R A

“Joe De Yong is an important figure in the culture of the American West, but one who was almost forgotten. Having the opportunity to do this book was pretty glorious,” says the Santa Ynez Valley-based journalist/publisher who wrote the book Joe De Yong: A Life in the West that we excerpted for “Capturing the West” (page 102). S.Y. MUST DOs Hiking Figueroa Mountain and the Los Padres National Forest. • Horseback riding. • Indulging in barbecue— “The Valley of the Tri-Tip” has always been a favorite nickname.

PHOTOGRAPH: WILLIAM REYNOLDS, STEVE THORNTON

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“I felt magically transported to somewhere in Provence shooting Polly Firestone and David Walker’s residence designed by Hélène Aumont,” says the French-born photographer who captured the newly finished renovation of their property for “Wine Country Oasis” (page 92). “We had two gorgeous days working with a beautiful family in idyllic settings.” S.B. MUST DOs The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach. • The Old Mission Santa Barbara and Casa del Herrero for the Spanish-style architecture. • Chaplin’s Martini Bar.


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are assembling in downtown Santa Barbara’s microneighborhoods, providing oenophiles ample opportunities to swirl in varying urban settings. The Funk Zone now holds bicoastal (Virginia and California) wine brand PARADISE SPRINGS WINERY ’s new tasting room, and nearby, winemaker Lenny Germano greets guests in his SKYENNA WINE LOUNGE , housed in a historic building a block from the beach. Established in 1996—before Sta. Rita Hills received its AVA status—MELVILLE WINERY recently set up shop on State Street, offering winemaker Chad Melville’s estate-grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. In a former Castagnola seafood processing structure, LAPLACE WINE BAR & SHOP fulfills your Funk Zone retail fix—with a Mediterranean-esque patio to boot. In the Presidio neighborhood, newcomer FREQUENCY WINE COMPANY pours Zac Wasserman’s proprietary brand, an industrious side project to his assisting mentor, winemaker Joey Tensley. Benjamin Silver’s fondness for Sangiovese and Nebbiolo now shines from his El Paseo tasting room for SILVER WINES , the label he launched in 1996. Also on this historic stretch, GRASSINI FAMILY VINEYARDS showcases its estate wines in a fittingly rustic-chic indoor/outdoor location. At SAMSARA WINE CO. ’s new winery in Goleta, owners Dave and Joan Szkutak and winemaker Matt Brady produce cool-climate Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Chardonnay.

What’s Now Buellton and Solvang

The GRASSINI tasting room; the lineup at FREQUENCY WINE COMPANY ; sipping at D. VOLK WINES ; HITCHING POST WINES . Clockwise from top left:

Adjacent to the storied Hitching Post II restaurant, famed Buellton chef/restaurateur Frank Ostini and friend and partner-in-wine, Gray Hartley, have opened a dedicated tasting room for their HITCHING POST WINES —complete with picnic grounds and Ostini’s Santa Maria-style barbecue food pairings. Along Solvang’s Mission Drive, the Olive House’s new location is uncorking its TWENTY MILE WINES , while the three distinctive brands of the SANGER FAMILY OF WINES have taken up residence just a few steps away from female wine industry veteran Dana Volk’s beachy D. VOLK WINES tasting room and patio. Solvang chef David Cecchini’s Italian restaurant standby, Cecco Ristorante, has been accessorized with CECCHETTI WINE BAR . Santa Barbara County vineyard manager turned winemaker Felipe Hernandez is pouring his 17-year-old brand at FELIZ NOCHE CELLARS in a strip of stylish new storefronts at “the bend” on Copenhagen Drive. One of Solvang’s most Instagram-able windmills is home to Ryan and Jessica Carr’s CROSSHATCH WINERY , focused on cofermented blends from Santa Barbara County vineyards.

PHOTOGRAPHS: GRASSINI FAMILY VINEYARDS, BLAKE BRONSTAD; HITCHING POST WINES, ROB STARK; D.VOLK WINES, BOTTLE BRANDING; FREQUENCY WINE COMPANY, CHRIS RICKMAN

New spots for sampling Santa Barbara’s fluid bounty Santa Barbara Winemakers and wine purveyors


Where to FIND

BRAVE & MAIDEN ESTATE 805-693-2989, braveandmaiden.com. BREWER-CLIFTON 2367 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos,

805-866-6080, brewerclifton.com.

CARHARTT VINEYARD 2990 Grand Ave., Ste. A., Los Olivos,

805-693-5100, carharttvineyard.com.

CECCHETTI WINE BAR 475 First St., Solvang. CROSSHATCH WINERY 436 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805-691-9192,

The WAYLAN WINE CO. tasting room; CARHARTT VINEYARD ’s vintages; Liquid Farm owner JEFF NELSON and winemaker JAMES SPARKS . Top to bottom:

crosshatchwinery.com.

D. VOLK WINES 1588 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805-688-3488,

dvolkwines.com.

FELIZ NOCHE CELLARS 473 Atterdag Rd., Ste. 103, Solvang, 805-686-0001, feliznochecellars.com. FREQUENCY WINE COMPANY 831 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, 805-770-3069, frequencywines.com.

Santa Ynez and Los Olivos Posh tasting

experiences—and equally exclusive wines—await at Santa Ynez’s BRAVE & MAIDEN ESTATE , where the label’s vintages are produced under the watchful eye of consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs, with the cellar skill of former sommelier, now winemaker, Joshua Klapper. Never disappointing, a bevy of new beverage options has cropped up in Los Olivos, showcasing wines from Chenin Blanc to Viognier. At RIVAHIL WINERY , owner/winemaker Fredrick Williamson’s main focus is southern Rhône varietals, both red and white. Anna and David deLaski’s SOLMINER WINE CO. emphasizes sustainable growing practices, displaying Austrian-inspired, locally grown wines including Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, and Muskateller, plus Pinot Noir and Syrah. The father/mother/son vineyard and winemaking team of CARHARTT VINEYARD ditched their famously tiny tasting shack for new digs in a historic, circa 1908 house. BREWER-CLIFTON founder/winemaker—and industry legend—Greg Brewer brings his Sta. Rita Hills gems to a new tasting location, while winemaker and professional musician Luke Sundquist’s JALOPY WINE COMPANY features a repurposed bar from the nearby Ballard Inn. Hang in WAYLAN WINE CO. ’s homey setting, created by the label’s leading men—brothers Brad and Greg Saarloos (business and winemaking, respectively) and their tasting room-managing cousin, Zach.

GRASSINI FAMILY VINEYARDS 24 El Paseo, Santa Barbara, 805-897-3366, grassinifamilyvineyards.com. HANGAR 7 LOMPOC 107 Ocean Ave., Lompoc, 805-430-8328,

hangar7lompoc.com.

HITCHING POST WINES 420 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 805-6880676, hitchingpost2.com/hitchingpostwinery.html JALOPY WINE COMPANY 2933 Grand Ave., Ste. C, Los Olivos, 310-365-9907, jalopywineandmusic.com.

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PHOTOGRAPHS: WAYLAN WINE CO., RANDY WOODS

Los Alamos and Lompoc

On Los Alamos’s main thoroughfare of Bell Street, LO-FI WINES makers Mike Roth and Craig Winchester taste guests through their natural-leaning, “noninterventionist” wines. In midtown Lompoc, LIQUID FARM —Jeff Nelson’s notable Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (and now, Pinot Noir) project—features a winery-adjoined tasting room, where James Sparks also displays his own KINGS CAREY WINES . On Ocean Avenue, expect elaborate, aeronauticscentric decor at HANGAR 7 LOMPOC , which offers small plates, wine, and beer. ANNA FERGUSON-SPARKS

KINGS CAREY WINES/ LIQUID FARM 1225 W. Laurel Ave.,

Lompoc, 805-868-2426, liquidfarm.com.

LAPLACE WINE BAR & SHOP 205 Santa Barbara St., Unit B, Santa Barbara, 805-880-9463, laplacewinebar.com. LO-FI WINES 448 Bell St., Ste. B., Los Alamos, 805-344-0179, lofi-

wines.com.

MELVILLE 120 State St. Suite C, Santa Barbara, 805-770-7952,

melvillewinery.com.

PARADISE SPRINGS WINERY 210 State St., Santa Barbara,

805-690-3650, paradisespringswinery.com.

RIVAHIL WINERY 2901 Grand Ave., Ste. C, Los Olivos, 805-6919951, rivahilwinery.com. SAMSARA WINE CO. 6485 Calle Real, Ste E., Goleta, 805-729-

8159, samsarawine.com.

THE SANGER FAMILY OF WINES 2923 Grand Ave., Los Olivos,

805-691-1020, sangerwines.com.

SILVER WINES El Paseo, 813 Anacapa St., Ste. 31, Santa Barbara,

805-770-8121, silverwines.com.

SKYENNA WINE LOUNGE 12 Helena Ave., Santa Barbara,

805-403-8085, skyenna.com.

SOLMINER WINE CO. 2890 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-691-

9195, solminer.com.

TWENTY MILE WINERY 1603 Copenhagen Dr., Unit 1, Solvang, 805-451-1473, olivehouse.com.

WINE CO. 2963 Grand Ave., Ste. A, Los Olivos, S A N T A B A R B A RWAYLAN A

805-693-2193, waylanwineco.com.


Giddy Up

With KAP LAND & CATTLE , 805-325-3658, kaplandandcattle.com, a trot through the Fess Parker Ranch is a rare glimpse at one of the most famous properties along Foxen Canyon. It’s led by Katie Parker, granddaughter to the late Fess Parker, who bought this 714-acre property in the late 1980s. She matches riders with one of her 30-plus equines and then leads the way, leisurely, across a sprawling, rugged landscape with valley views as far as the eye can see. Riders canter between the vines of Rodney’s Vineyard and past speckled herds of Wagyu cattle, which Parker and husband (and bull-riding pro) Rocky McDonald rear for the sustainable food program at the family’s Bear and Star restaurant a few miles away. Rides ($135/90 minutes) can be customized to include wine tasting and even lunch at the foot of an ancient oak. City slickers can also tap their inner cowboy with VINO VAQUEROS , 805-944-0493, vinovaqueros.com, in Santa Ynez—post-ride sipping can be part of these vineyard tours (from $115/90 minutes) too—as well as CIRCLE BAR B , 805-9683901, circlebarb.com, in Goleta, whose trail rides ($65/90 minutes) include ocean views. G A B E S A G L I E

A ride with KAP LAND AND CATTLE .

Santa Ynez Staycation Now OPEN What’s Now

Founded 12 years ago by Leanne Schlinger, the locally renowned SANTA YNEZ VACATION RENTALS has added the bungalows at Mattei’s Tavern,

matteistavern.com, to its roster of luxe properties. The seven century-old cottages are available for travelers looking for romantic heritage, natural beauty, and classic luxury renovated with modern comforts. Situated a short stroll from downtown Los Olivos, the bungalows serve as an easy home base for a weekend of roaming the valley. “Special properties like Mattei’s offer a one-of-a-kind guest experience,” says Schlinger, ”and this is what Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals is passionate about.” Each stay with SYVR comes with sample itineraries of things to do— think breakfast at The Bear and Star before hiking to Nojoqui Falls, then lunch at Mad & Vin at The Landsby in Solvang, happy hour at Root 246, and dinner at S.Y. Kitchen. Of course, a trip to the valley wouldn’t be complete without wine tasting; Roblar Winery is a popular destination, and Saarloos and Sons’ tasting room is a quick jaunt from Mattei’s. 805-770-7100.

Los Olivos Lemons owners Jenifer and Grant Sanregret are now expanding their mission with HAPPY PROVISIONS CO. , a brick-andmortar gift boutique in Buellton. Thirsty shoppers can now find LOL’s bottles of their signature flavors of fresh lemonade—rose, lavender, and jalapeño—as well as books, vases from Global Eye Art Collective, cards from Los Olivos-based Honey Paper, and handmade collections all geared toward spreading good vibes. 201 Industrial Way, Ste. C, Buellton, 805-350-9839. T . S . H A PPYPRO V I S I O N S CO .CO M

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SANTAYNEZVACATIONRENTALS.COM Left to right: A porch ready for lingering; new interiors of the renovated cottages; the quaint bungalows at MATTIE’S TAVERN .

PHOTOGRAPHS: KAP LAND & CATTLE, BLAKE BRONSTAD; MATTIE’S TAVERN, LINDSEY DREWES PHOTOGRAPHY

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Jewelry designer Diane Dorsey and acclaimed jazz musician Ron Helman partnered to open R&D LOS OLIVOS , an artisanal concept gallery located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. The charming cottage boutique offers ever-changing collections of art, fine jewelry, and gifts unique to the Santa Ynez Valley. “To be able to create my jewels and present them in a space completely crafted of my own design—down to the music, scents, and textures—is truly a dream come true,” says Dorsey. The gallery features pieces by award-winning Native American potter Glen Nipshank, fine art photography by Robert Stivers, Dorsey’s own jewelry collection, and more. 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 505-999-7752. K A R A P E A R S O N

Clockwise from top left:

ANOUK STEINKE ; interiors and details at HÛS .

Interior designer/home decor storeowner Anouk Steinke moved from Malibu to Los Olivos a year and a half ago. “It has always been my dream place to live,” she says. “I got to know the area because I would come to Los Olivos to sell my grapes when I had a vineyard in Cuyama years ago.” Upon arriving, Steinke immediately launched her newest creation, HÛS (“house” in Friesian—an homage to where was raised in the north of Holland). “This store is a complete blend of all my favorite things that I have used in my fashion and home designs. The result is a global lifestyle store—clothing, gifts, and homeware goods both new and vintage,” she says. “I use my store as a workshop and design studio as well.” Describing her style as bohemian modern with a rustic twist, Steinke is known for her handmade bags and hats and is inspired by sharing her own free-spirited Western lifestyle—“why I named my hat line Hippie-Hi-Yay.” 2928 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos, 805-693-2961.

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Turquoise, gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, coral, and more one of-akind pieces of wearable art are the draw at CHARLOTTE’S VINTAGE SILVER & WESTERN TREASURES . Owner Charlotte Becerra’s eclectic collection includes bolo ties, squash blossom necklaces, turquoise and silver cuffs, and rings of all shapes, stones, and sizes, each telling its own unique story. 3551 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805-688-0016. T . S . CH A RL O TTE S S Y.C O M S A N TA B A R B A R A

PHOTOGRAPHS: HÛS, LUCA TROVATO

AMELIA FLEETWOOD

Los Olivos-based designer Carisa Brambles’s new label GONE WTH THE WEST . Check out the line of flirty Westerninspired blouses and sweaters at Wendy Foster Los Olivos, 805-6860110, wendyfoster .com. G . Z . T .


Back to Basics

Jon and Jenn Hooten launched CALIFORNIA FOLK SCHOOL

a year ago at their Los Alamos kitchen table while dreaming about how to raise their daughter, Nelle. “As parents, we want her to be around a community of interesting people from a variety of backgrounds who are curious and inventive—plus good food, conversation, and music,” says Jon. With backgrounds in education, they looked to the national Folk School Alliance for a starting point and then launched into everything from “birds and breakfast” to wine and pizza making, adding classes around the Santa Ynez Valley as they evolve. “The more we thought about it, the more we wondered, Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that sort of community?,” Jon says. “Cal-Folk was born out of that hunch, and we’re finding that through the classes we offer, a community is starting to take root and grow.” Check out their website for upcoming fall classes, which include baking sourdough bread at home, winter gardening, and cooking on coals with cast iron. 805-6357315. J E N N I F E R B L A I S E K R A M E R

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Wild & Free

Wild horses have long captured our imagination as symbols of American freedom and the frontier spirit of the West. RETURN TO FREEDOM is an American wild horse sanctuary that spans 1,500 acres and provides a home to almost 400 horses, including 29 burros. The Lompoc-based nonprofit is dedicated to the preservation of vast areas of Western landscape for wild horses to roam free. RTF founder and president Neda DeMayo grew up riding horses and was deeply pained to see their mistreatment as a child while watching a wild horse roundup on TV. “While harmful catch-and-capture practices continue today, we offer an alternative model to the removal of wild horses from their native ranges and family herds,” says DeMayo. Before founding Return to Freedom in 1997, DeMayo pursued healing arts. She was working in Hollywood when two major automobile accidents changed her life. At that point, DeMayo began to see clearly that what she really wanted to do was create a safe space for horses. In addition to providing sanctuary, RTF works to conserve the bloodlines of species dating back hundreds of years and carrying with them the history of the American West. Her dream continues through on-site education; members of the public are welcome to take part in volunteer days, sanctuary tours, photo safaris, and more. 805-737-9246. T . S . R E TUR N TO F R E E D O M .O R G

PHOTOGRAPH: RICH SLADICK

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Members of the Hart Mountain herd at RETURN TO FREEDOM ’s San Luis

Obispo satellite sanctuary.

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Saddle Up Supermodel and designer Erin Wasson leads the luxury cowboy reboot with Lucchese, fall fashion trends, and more

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Clockwise from top left: Nili Lotan leopard-print maxi dress, $695,

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ALLORA BY LAURA ; Alexandra

booties, $2,495; Jacqueline boots, $1,595. Opposite: Laurelie boots, $295, slip dress, Wasson’s own. All boots available at LUCCHESE.COM .

WHO Erin Wasson, 37, supermodel, designer WHAT Known for her provocative rock and roll meets surfer meets Lone Star style, Wasson never thought she’d have the opportunity to work with the grande dame of the cowboy boots—Lucchese, which is based in her home state of Texas and an ever present brand/ sponsor at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. It’s a true soles-up design partnership between Wasson and Lucchese, not just a trendy collaboration. “When you understand the Western world, it’s a luxury beyond,” says Wasson. “This is their first ‘fashion’ project and the most important thing is the quality, materials, process, and knowledge of how this is being made.”

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WEAR “I wanted to create a collection that incorporates Western silhouettes with fashion-

forward subtleties—the gold zipper, patent leather detail. I had this sort of ‘Ranch Tropez’ concept when I started designing—a little grit and a little glam. Perhaps a way to live life!”

MUST-HAVES The patent leather bootie, a 17-inch-high midnight blue ostrich boot, a black-and-white crocodile boot, and a 1960s mod boot with a rounded toe. G I N A T O L L E S O N

Erin’s

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pieces and my Wasson Fine jewelry collection.

A drive and hike to KNAPP’S CASTLE and a swim at ARROYO BURRO COUNTY BEACH . I love to browse CHAUCER’S BOOKSTORE , 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com. Great tapas and cocktails at LOQUITA , 805-880-3380, loquitasb .com, and THE NUGGET, 805-969-6135, nuggetbarandgrill.com, reminds me of Texas—cowboys and stiff drinks. Vintage finds at THE BLUE DOOR , 805-364-5144, thebluedoorsb .com, housewares at UPSTAIRS AT PIERRE LAFOND, 805-565-1503, upstairsatpierrelafond.com, and cool furniture at GARDE , 805-845-8384, gardeshop.com. S A N TA B A R B A R A

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TEX-CALI “Being from Texas but living in California for 15 years has certainly become a part of everything I do design wise. Mostly I wanted to make boots that felt timeless wherever you are.”


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“I wanted to create a collection that incorporates Western silhouettes with fashion-forward subtleties. I had this sort of ‘Ranch Tropez’ concept when I started designing—a little grit and a little glam. Perhaps a way to live life!”

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Above, left to right: The Office of Angela Scott Miss Scott Chelsea boots, $550, c-stateofmind.com; ATP Atelier Nila 55 leather boots, $444, Farfetch; yellow embossed boots, $1,190, Fendi South Coast Plaza; patent-trimmed leather boots, $995 Tibi; Begonia boots, $498, Tory Burch South Coast Plaza; Isabel Marant Lafsten boots, $2,190, Diani Shoes.

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Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, Kara Thoms grew up by the sea with a mother who hand-sewed all of her children’s clothes. Later, as a model traveling the globe on photo shoots, Thoms always found time to search local markets for interesting or vintage pieces she would tweak to make her own—turning a dress into a skirt or blouse, or an oversized top into a dress with the help of her tailor. Excited to start her own brand, she began creating designs a year before traveling to Bali in 2015 to visit her brother. There, she searched for a manufacturer where she could produce small quantities. She was lucky enough to find a Balinese woman (now her production manager) who helped source tailors that were all small, family-run businesses. A year later, Thoms and husband, Jeff Johnson (the highly accomplished climber, filmmaker, photographer, writer, and subject of the Patagonia film 180 Degrees South) were remodeling their 1970s A-frame in the Santa Barbara mountains, and amid it all a clothing brand was born. Utilizing the sense of style cultivated from her travels and the ease of her California lifestyle, Thoms created KARA THOMS BOUTIQUE , a sophisticated line of ethically produced pieces for women. Thoms’s clothes move with ease from the beach to lunch with friends to dinner in the city. The care that goes into each item and the feeling that this clothing is meant to be lived-in and loved is apparent the moment you try it on. J I L L N E L S E N

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After years of prodding, famed interior designer PAUL FORTUNE has published a book documenting his 40-year career (thus far) in design. Humbly titled Notes on Decor, Etc. ($55, Rizzoli, available at Tecolote Book Shop, 805-969-4977, tecolotebookshop.com), it is the “etcetera” that especially fascinates. Packed with personal anecdotes and pithy asides worthy of Oscar Wilde, the tome reveals Fortune’s affinity for art deco, his aversion to place mats (“intolerable”), and his nostalgia for elegant dining establishments. There’s an ode to the touch-tone telephone (“the heft of the handset is perfect”), a meditation on the glory and infamy of bathing (“poor Marat”), and a concise history of the drinks party. Even the table of contents is poetic: Ablutions, Inner Sanctum, Libations, Lost Fabrics, The End. But what’s significant is also what’s absent: the total lack of paeans to celebrity clients, despite the fact Fortune has plenty of them; the book’s enticing images are identified only by location and date. (Even so, a bit of online sleuthing unearths fashion superstar Marc Jacobs as the client behind “Paris 2003” and “Greenwich Village 2010”). Readers will enjoy the designer’s deft prose and stunning interiors, but the book’s vital core is Fortune’s heartrending account of taking flowers to an isolated friend dying of AIDS when the illness was still a complete mystery. Born in England after World War II, Fortune landed in the States in the early 1970s. Following various stints as a house painter, a cook, a nightclub owner, and a music video production designer, he segued into interior design. Known for his sophisticated residential and commercial work, Fortune lives in the hills of Ojai with his husband, ceramicist Chris Brock. L . D . P O R T E R PAULFORTUNEDES IGN.CO M

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Left to right: Notes on Decor, Etc.; MONTECITO 2015

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dining room. Opposite, top to bottom: Chair with modern painting; CARPINTERIA 2009

living room.

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WIT + WISDOM “It’s well-known that I love to sleep around... that is, I like to sleep and take naps in various locations around the house.” “I do love a bar trolley, but they need to remain stationary. There is something a little Stepford Wives about wheeling one around the living room and bunny dipping cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to one’s guests.” “I love to collect interesting and rare spirits and liqueurs, especially if they have wonderful labels and bottles. I’m a sucker for a good label!”

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Communal Feast New places to savor local flavors

Sunday Suppers Sobremesa dinner tablescape at BODEGA LOS ALAMOS .


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When the team behind BODEGA LOS ALAMOS sought a spot for their new venture, the sleepy town that’s now on the map for being a food and wine destination was an instant fit. “You just feel right when you drive into this town, like a weight’s been lifted,” says Arroyo Grande-based Cory O’Keefe, who runs the breezy outpost with his wife, Lauren, and two other couples. “And that’s what we wanted to create—a place for people to escape the busyness of life and relax and connect with others,” he adds. “To bring people together and create true community.” The result is a seductive space along Bell Street that appeals to a wide range of tastes. There’s a wine bar with an organic slant and a selection of craft beers that includes the owners’ own Little LA IPA brewed in San Luis Obispo. Grub options brought up from Bell’s down the street include sandwiches, salads, and cheese and charcuterie plates. Ice cream from Negranti Creamery (made with sheep’s milk from Paso Robles) is scooped all day. There’s also a bocce ball court, a courtyard, and a rustic whitewashed greenhouse with pottery and plants for sale. The transformation of Bodega was swift. Doors opened in June just three months after an extensive landscape overhaul got underway. Existing structures—almost 100 years old—remained mostly untouched. The rural charm and the airy flow of the new, multifaceted space was the collaboration of all six partners, most of whom are designers by trade. “The history here, all these tall mature trees—they give this place a natural charm,” says O’Keefe. This fall and beyond, Bodega is planning a regular lineup of weekly, monthly, and seasonal events. A Sobremesa Sunday Supper in July—an

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intimate communal feast for 20 that spotlighted market-fresh local fare—was a sellout. Bodega is also available for private parties, including rental of the entire property. And guests who want to linger here can rent out the dolledup 1920s farmhouse, a quaint two-bedroom bungalow that’s available on Airbnb. 273 Bell St.,

Los Alamos, 323-790-4194. G A B E BO D E G A L O S A L A M O S .CO M

Clockwise from top: Bodega WINE OFFERINGS in the greenhouse—LAND OF SAINTS Chardonnay, STOLPMAN

Sauvignon Blanc, JOLIE-LAIDE rosé of Valdiguie, PESSOA DA VINHA Vinho Verde; a predinner toast; partner LAUREN O’KEEFE serving chocolateavocado pudding. Opposite, clockwise from top right: SOBREMESA dinner menu; squid ink tortillas; grapefruit and watermelon AGUA FRESCA ; cheese boards; Bodega GREENHOUSE and BOCCE COURT ; the wine and beer lineup; goods available at the shop— ILA olive oil and salt, SQIRL jam, and CLARY COLLECTION body oil.

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Sweet Factory

After being in business for eight years, Mike Orlando’s TWENTY-FOUR BLACKBIRDS has opened its doors to the public, becoming one of Santa Barbara’s latest storefront additions near The Mill. Orlando was a career scientist who began experimenting with new creative outlets such as cheese making, baking, and coffee-roaster restoration when he eventually discovered his love of chocolate. His dream was to bring Santa Barbara a one-stop shop to educate and interact with the

community about the bean-to-bar process. The new space connects the chocolate kitchen to the uniquely designed store, which allows an up-close and personal view of all the chocolate happenings going on in-house. After touring the factory, you can shop their prized flavors—using Handlebar Coffee Roasters’ Gibraltar blend, the new espresso dark chocolate bar is the first in their “mash-up” series of collaborations with other artisans—and peruse their assortment of hand-painted truffles for purchase. 428 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara, 831-566-

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More than 25 years of living in Europe—London mostly, and Monaco—shaped Rick Grimm and his wife, Aurora’s, wine predilections. So when they set out to make their own on their Happy Canyon ranch and vineyard, they knew they’d seek an old-world style. “The wines are custom-made for our palates, and we’re glad that others like them, too,” says Rick, who released their first GRIMM’S BLUFF vintage in 2014. Focused on Bordeaux-inspired Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernets, the wines are farmed biodynamically on a rippled vineyard 300 feet above the Santa Ynez River. “It’s really just oldfashioned farming,” Rick says, with attention to lunar cycles mixed in. Tapping into local talent, winemaker phenom Paul Lato produced current releases, Etienne Terlinden made the rosé, and South African native Ernst Storm produced Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. G . S .

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“If you look up the definition of middle child, it really explains what we want our guests to feel,” explains Taylor Melonuk, chef and managing partner of the newly opened THE MIDDLE CHILD downtown. “We try a little harder, we work well as a team, we are great problem solvers, we need to do better to be noticed, and so on. All great things for a restaurant concept and local eatery.” Melonuk (himself a middle child)—along with general manager Ivo Peshev—have built their cafe-style menu around local ingredients that will change seasonally. A colorful mural and fresh interiors compliment the straight-fromthe-source produce purchased weekly from the two downtown farmers markets the restaurant is conveniently nestled between. 18 E. Cota St.,

Santa Barbara, 805-770-5626. C . B .

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CRUSH IT WINE EDUCATION is the brainchild of two Santa Barbara

women passionate about wine and education. Julie Cox and Allie Grant have set up shop with personally designed class offerings such as The Art of Tasting (prices and locations vary) created to teach the basics of winemaking and wine tasting to the curious beginner. Crush It also offers Sunday School from 1 to 6 pm on Sundays at Villa Wine Bar, 805-770-5283, villawinebar.com, where $15 buys a themed flight with food pairings and an info sheet on the selected wines. Both Cox and Grant have extensive experience in wine, filling roles across every facet of the industry—from cellar to sommelier, wine manager to blogger (screwitblog.com). Says Cox: “We noticed that people were intimidated by wine and realized people could learn at their own pace without breaking the bank.” T I F F A N Y S T E W A R T

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coconut grits, honey dipping sauce, and spicy chili.

Santa Ynez-based Rebecca Firth, author of the popular blog Displaced Housewife, has come out with THE COOKIE BOOK: DECADENT BITES FOR EVERY OCCASION ($21.99, Page Street Publishing, available at Global Eye Art Collective, 805-259-6390, geartco .com). Inside, 192 pages contain more than 75 recipes that are as funny as they are delicious (Get Stuffed is not an insult but an invitation to learn the art of the cookie sandwich). Holiday cookies, drop cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and more are celebrated with wit and wisdom. The Cookie Book reads like more than a cookbook, it’s a respite from the stresses of daily life with a good friend who wants to share the cathartic joy of baking with you. T . S . S A N TA B A R B A R A


Santa Maria Spread This fall and winter, mosey over to the ALISAL GUEST RANCH & RESORT 's River Grill for a taste of traditional Santa Maria-style barbecue crafted by executive chef/seasoned grill master/Santa Ynez Valley native Anthony Endy. Every Monday night from 5 to 7 pm, a buďŹ&#x20AC;et ($8.95/kids, from $20/ adults) of oak-grilled tri-tip and chicken, linguiça sausage, pinquito beans, home-style mac-and-cheese, grilled garlic bread, cooked-to-order hot dogs, and more are served alongside cocktails whipped up at the fully stocked bar. What began in the 19th century as a celebratory, all-day cook-out by vaqueros to mark the end of a cattle roundup, this regional barbecue involves seasoning meat with black pepper, salt, and garlic, then meticulously grilling it over native red oak. The result is an iconic meal that's been enjoyed on these landscapes for centuries. 1054 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805-6886411. K A T R I N M C C A B E

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Famed lensman Dewey Nicks recently uncovered a stash of his 1990s Polaroids and smartly transformed it into a new book, DEWEY NICKS: POLAROIDS OF WOMEN ($40, T. Adler Books, amazon.com) for all to see. Featuring a “who’s who” of modern female beauty—including Leilani Bishop, Patricia Arquette, and Michele Hicks (to name a few)—it’s a must-have tome for the visually minded. Always on the move and in demand, Nicks—a frequent Santa Barbara Magazine contributor—is renowned for capturing iconic moments and for his tastemaker status. He also directs images that move: television commercials and films. L . D . P O R T E R D EW E YN I CK S .CO M

Clockwise from top right: Model KRISTINA SEMENOVSKAIA

in Bel Air; the WEXLER STEEL HOUSE in Palm Springs;

DEWEY NICKS: POLAROIDS OF WOMEN ; STEPHANIE AND DEWEY NICKS in Hollywood.

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DANE GOODMAN ’s recent exhibition “Consorts” at UC

Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies showcased the artist’s prodigious output over a 40-year period. Comprising nearly 200 works, the show provided a rare opportunity, as the artist says, “to see these groups of work in a space and stand back.... Also it’s a way of letting go so I can move on to new work.” Goodman is comfortable using a wide variety of formats—from the classical (painting, drawing, sculpture) to contemporary conceptual installations featuring renegade materials such as foam, soap, aluminum foil, and cereal bags. But behind the artist’s seemingly casual juxtaposition of various media (and frequent use of humor) is an earnest commentary on the human condition. In recognition of his oeuvre, Goodman is being honored by the Ventura-based nonprofit Focus on the Masters, focusonthemasters.com, which annually commemorates the lives and work of contemporary artists through oral histories, documentation, and visual presentations. Don’t miss a live interview with the artist at Levity Live performance venue in Oxnard on October 28 at 3 pm. L . D . P .

Top to bottom: Installation view of Goodman’s “Consorts” show at UCSB; MACKINAW QUINTET , acrylic/paper, each 43 1/4 x 35 1/2 in. and UNTITLED , copper on wood with oilbased stains, 72 x 11 in.

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Montecito artist CARIN GERARD ’s new exhibit—“Resplendence” at the SCAPE Gallery, 949-723-3406, scapesite.com, in Corona del Mar through November 3—takes ordinary subjects such as butterflies or gardenias and renders them extraordinary. Yes, some of that is because of size: At 60by-60 inches or larger, the images become monumental and majestic. But there’s also an attention to detail that takes these paintings into another, almost abstract, realm. Says Gerard, “I started with butterflies and the idea of connectivity.” Sculptural, sensual gardenias came next. The show also includes subtle skyscapes, which are smaller and worked in pastels. “They’re more tactile, more free,” she says. All the works rivet one’s attention. She adds, “They capture a moment in time.” J O A N T A P P E R

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A selection of paintings from Pamela Zwehl-Burke, Holli Harmon, Connie Connally, Nina Warner, Nicole Strasburg, and Libby Smith.

A Talent for Texture

PHOTOGRAPH: CARIN GERARD, CHRISTY GUTZEIT

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Santa Barbara artist KAREN LEHRER loves to challenge herself. In 2017, she decided to abandon her paintbrush for an entire year— while continuing to paint. The experience changed her art-making process and prompted her to explore other mediums. Always fascinated by texture, she’s drawn to surfaces that have been eroded by nature, and her paintings possess a depth that is particularly striking. Her obvious facility with color harkens back to Lehrer’s days as a textile designer. The artist was recently approached by McGaw Graphics, Inc. (a Vermont-based printer of fine art posters) to join its stable of artists, and Lehrer readily agreed, fully supporting the concept of making her art accessible at affordable prices. But Lehrer also works at the other end of the spectrum, taking commissions from collectors for custom pieces. Working in her studio in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone has enabled Lehrer to connect with the local arts community, and she has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the popular “100 Grand Show” at Sullivan Goss— An American Gallery. L . D . P .

K AR EN L EH R E R.C O M TREASURE II , acrylic and mixed media on wood panel, 40 x 40 in.

Pointing the Way

For centuries, the compass rose has served as a directional tool. ROSE COMPASS , a group of six women artists from Santa Barbara County (Connie Connally, Holli Harmon, Libby Smith, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner, and Pamela Zwehl-Burke), is charting a path to increase environmental awareness through art. “The River’s Journey”—the artists’ individual interpretations of the Santa Ynez River and watershed—highlights the waterway’s astounding beauty while emphasizing our collective responsibility to protect and preserve its existence. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the visual power of this ambitious project. The group’s larger oil paintings are featured at Sullivan Goss—An American Gallery through December 2; 65 paintings are on view at Santa Barbara’s City Hall Gallery through March, 30, 2019; and the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showcasing the artists’ recent project-related work from January 10 through June 22. The catalog from the inaugural show at Solvang’s Wildling Museum is available at Chaucer’s Bookstore. L . D . P . R O S E - C O M PA S S .C O M

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AROUND the World If you happen to travel to Africa, specifically to Equatorial Guinea or the Republic of Namibia, and visit their respective American embassies, you will see, prominently displayed, the work of Santa Barbara landscape artist PHOEBE BRUNNER , courtesy of the Art in Embassies Program. Initiated in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the program promotes cultural diplomacy through art exhibitions in more than 200 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. (The total value of art on loan to the program is estimated at $200 million.) Brunner, a third-generation Californian and graduate of UCSB’s College of Creative Studies, is well-known in Santa Barbara, having exhibited her vibrantly hued paintings locally and throughout California since the mid 1970s. Her “re-conceived” landscapes are based on childhood memories living on a coastal cattle ranch and roaming alone on horseback observing the natural world. Brunner’s work resides in both public and private collections, and she is represented by Sullivan Goss— An American Gallery. L . D . P . P HOEBEBRUNNER.C O M BIG LOVE , oil on canvas, 44 x 66 in.

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Left to right: A minimalist bath at NOBU RYOKAN MALIBU ; JAPANESE-INSPIRED GARDENS ; rooms overlooking CARBON BEACH .

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Left to right: Hues of the sand and sea at the MALIBU BEACH INN ;

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Coastal Chic

There’s a glamorous beachy feel to the boutique accommodations at the MALIBU BEACH INN . The waves of private Carbon Beach lap the sands just beyond the glass doors of the 47 luxe guestrooms, all elegantly appointed in soothing blues and grays by designer Waldo Fernandez. Meanwhile, the town’s lively pier is just steps away. At the Carbon Beach Club, the menu highlights the bounty of the seas; you might even start your meal with an ocean-themed cocktail, like the vodka-strawberry libation called Pray for Surf. Then, the next morning, wake up with guided yoga practice on the sand, a perfect way to deeply breathe in the coastal atmosphere. Rates: From $549/night. 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu,

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The Japanese art of hospitality shines at NOBU RYOKAN MALIBU , which opened in April 2017 after a major renovation of a midcentury California oceanside hotel. Overlooking Carbon Beach, the intimate boutique property has 16 individually designed guest rooms that share a neutral palette and natural materials like teak, bronze, and limestone. Indoors, the aesthetic reflects Japanese minimalism with tatami mats and shoji screens that enhance the feeling of tranquility. Outdoors, a courtyard opens to a lush garden with meandering paths that lead to a secluded spot with an outdoor fireplace or to the deck with view that stretches from the Malibu pier to the Palos Verdes peninsula. A recent guest celebrating an anniversary with a stay at the ryokan was thrilled with the ambiance. “Every finish was done so thoughtfully and executed with perfection,” she noted. “I loved the sun beds perched over Carbon Beach, but the Japanese soaking tub was the pièce de résistance! I didn’t want to leave!” Rates: From

$2,000/night at peak periods with a two-night minimum. 22752 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. J . T . NOBURYOKANMALUBU.COM

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At the MALIBU COUNTRY MART , malibucountrymart .com—home to dozens of upscale boutiques for chic seaside shopping—TRA DI NOI , 310-456-0169, is a great Italian spot with a nice patio by the playground, and TAVERNA TONY , 310-317-9667, tavernatony.com, is a delicious Greek restaurant that’s been around for years. Pack a picnic and head to MALIBU FAMILY WINES tasting room, malibuwines.com, up on Mulholland Highway for a leisurely afternoon of sipping and savoring with friends. Indulge in an organic, farm-to-table breakfast or lunch with a view at MALIBU FARM , malibu-farm.com, on the pier. Sunday Funday at MOONSHADOWS MALIBU , 310-456-

3010, moonshadowsmalibu.com.

Famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s NOBU MALIBU , 310-3179140, noburestaurants.com/malibu/home, serves up superior

Japanese food.

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Have sweet dreams at the recently redesigned 1950s-era SURFRIDER MALIBU , 310-526-6158, thesurfrider malibu.com. The NATIVE hotel, 424-644-0517, thenativehotel.com, is also a hip respite for wanderers on the go.

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Hike CHARMLEE WILDERNESS PARK , hikespeak.com/ trails/charmlee-wilderness-park-malibu-hike—eight miles of interwoven trails filled with wildflowers and scenic views. Surf COUNTY LINE BEACH then grab a bite at NEPTUNE’S NET , 310-457-3-95, neptunesnet.com—a great seafood dive with great peel-and-eat shrimp where bikers go on the weekend. Pick up a new board at DRILL SURF & SKATE , 310457-7715, drillsurfskate.com, at the TRANCAS COUNTRY MARKET , trancascountrymarket.com. A visit to the 200,000-acre SADDLEROCK RANCH , saddlerockranch.com—part of Semler Malibu Estate Vineyards—is a special experience. Animals such as buffalo, llamas, zebras, Scottish Highland cows, emus, miniature horses, and peacocks call this property home. By Zuma Beach, go to WESTWARD BEACH COVE for a nice walk before drinks and nibbles at THE SUNSET MALIBU , 310-589-1007, thesunsetrestaurant.com. G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N


Cynthia James

Seaflower II, 42”h x 24”w, oil on copper

Cynthia James The Secret Life of Flowers Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery  Aug. 6th–Nov. 26th  805.682.4726  www.sbbg.org

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Wine Country Oasis

Designer Hélène Aumont conjures a new-world marriage of stone and steel in Santa Ynez

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“Surrounded by vineyards, the Santa Ynez hillsides, and facing the pond, it was imperative to make the most of the views,” says POLLY FIRESTONE WALKER . Native and drought-tolerant plants curated by CÉLADON DESIGNS ’ HOPE NOËL FIDZIURA .


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David, Polly, Tamsyn, Ella, and Georgina with pups Tallulah Blue and Kuume sip wine from the family vineyards outside. Santa Barbara-stone clad exterior by stone mason MICHELE BANDINU at CUSTOM HARDSCAPES . Opposite, top to bottom: The teak safari chairs from the HÉLÈNE AUMONT COLLECTION had to accommodate the 6’3” David and be easy to care for; LATE-AFTERNOON LIGHT streams through the barn, which was built for entertaining.


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Unwinding with a glass of wine or beer is a pretty classic way to destress. But when you’re Polly Firestone Walker and David Walker, your choices are exponentially greater and, honestly, substantially more enticing. “We grow grapes for winemakers and brew beer for a living; we needed a bar that was part of the house but separate enough to create a publike nook,” says Polly. But that’s not how this project started. Let’s back up. Sited on a soft knoll with a view of a pond, the

“Imagine an 1800s stone house on the island of Corsica, that with the ensuing generations, had a contemporary wing added.” —HÉLÈNE AUMONT

3,900-square-foot home has been the full-time residence to the Walkers since 1995. Their daughters Ella, Georgina, and Tamsyn experienced most of their “firsts” there, and the ever-growing menagerie that now includes four dogs, four horses, two barn cats,


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Designer HÉLÈNE AUMONT on the

stairs crafted from local SANTA BARBARA STONE ; the custom steel and glass entry with its cubist modernism acts as portal to the CORSICAN-STYLE ARCHITECTURE by general contractor CHRIS URQUIDEZ of URQUIDEZ BUILDING CORPORATION .

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and another cross-eyed cat have room to roam. But the house was ready for an update. “It was time to have a more grown-up bathroom,” notes Polly. Then there was talk of adding a long-desired entry. Then a more functional kitchen. At this point, David lobbied to bulldoze the whole thing, but the memories of family moments and sentimental touchstones prevailed, so compromise was struck with a down-to-the-studs remodel, positive vibes still intact. “One of the most important—if not the most important—points for me


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Terra-cotta floors with old walnut inlay welcome muddy boots and dogs, adding to the home’s SOULFUL PATINA . Inherited midcentury chairs mix with English antiques. Stone work by MICHELE BANDINU of CUSTOM HARDSCAPES , tiles by JEFF RUPPERT CONSTRUCTION , hardwood flooring by CHRIS JOHNSON of FINE WOOD INTERIORS , and flowers by BON FORTUNE STYLE & EVENTS .

was to maintain the sense of warmth and welcome the house always had,” adds Polly. So they turned to their longtime collaborator, Santa Ynez-based interior designer Hélène Aumont. Aumont had worked with the Walkers on a refresh of the girls’ bathroom 10 years ago and then again six years ago, expanding the property’s footprint with an additional living room, bar area, and library. “David wanted something with integrity,” says Aumont, “and the house—over the course of 23 years and

several remodels—had become a bit of a mongrel.” But Aumont knew it could be extraordinary and proposed they scrap the architect’s first plans and bring it down to the bones. How to turn a beloved duckling into a welcoming but elegant swan? “Imagine an 1800s stone house on the island of Corsica, that with the ensuing generations had a contemporary wing added,” says Aumont of her vision of hand-rubbed plaster walls, Santa Barbara stone, and two-story steel-and-glass


The kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s navy blue cabinets by JOSEPH FRANKLIN at LOTUS CABINETRY ground the asymmetrical ceilings aided by thoughtfully positioned clerestory windows, and custom GREEK FISHERMAN PENDANT lights.

Islands are built from an OLD OAK FERMENTER . Flowers by BON FORTUNE STYLE & EVENTS .

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Top to bottom: The girls’ outdoor life makes use of the

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and trails for riding their four horses; Georgina in the barn; Polly and Georgina on a stroll. Opposite: Polly and David relax with a Firestone Walker 805 beer on KINGSLEY BATE teak lounge chairs.

“One of the most important—if not the most important—points for me was to maintain the sense of warmth and welcome the house always had.”

—POLLY FIRESTONE WALKER

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windows—initially met with a raised eyebrow or two. But, the designer’s skills as a sketch artist won her clients over with romantic watercolor renderings detailing every nuance. However romantic the vision, the couple’s one non-negotiable caveat was “ease.” With muddy boots and paws part of daily life, indestructibility was key: the terra-cotta and reclaimed walnut floors welcome trampling, the chairs around the outdoor firepit easily coddle the athletic 6’3” David, and even the walls are a more modest yet sensuous version of Venetian plaster. “All you want to do is touch the walls!” says Aumont. For this gregarious family, spontaneous dinners for 20 or more are a regular event, so the kitchen became a major focus with its funky ceiling that shifts from eight and a half feet to 16 feet. Aumont embraced the asymmetry by adding beams, custom Greek fisherman pendant lights, and clerestory windows that flood the room with sun. Then, in a nod to the family legacy, custom islands were crafted from an old oak wine fermenter from Firestone Vineyard. “I have no desire for an haute couture home for my clients,” says Aumont, whose signature use of family heirlooms proves the point. English Victorian hall chairs stand alongside antique Windsor chairs in the dining room, midcentury high-back upholstery flanks an Irish pine console in the living space, and Polly’s grandmother’s ball-and-claw foot piano stool is tucked under the vanity in the master bath. “I want what they want so I become them and reflect back their lives in a beautiful setting.” ●


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JOE DE YONG sketching at EATON’S RANCH near Wolf, Wyoming. It was ONE OF THE FIRST “DUDE” GUEST RANCHES IN THE COUNTRY .

Artist Charles M. Russell introduced De Yong to the ranch’s owner, Howard Eaton, in 1919.

PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF BUCK BEERY COLLECTION

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CAPTURING the WEST Artist, writer, and designer

WI LLI A M REYNO LDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S JO E DE YO NG : A LI F E I N TH E WEST

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watercolor on illustration board, 20 x 15 in.; image by Santa Barbara photographer J.W. COLLINGE of the front of MATTEI’S TAVERN in Los Olivos in April 1929. Pictured from left are EDWARD BOREIN , his wife, Lucile, an unidentified friend, and at far right, ready for anything, ELMER AWL , secretary to RANCHEROS VISITADORES founding president JACK MITCHELL .

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PHOTOGRAPHS: SKETCH, COURTESY OF RICHARD AND SHARON KLINE; MATTEI’S TAVERN, COURTESY OF SANTA BARBARA VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY. OPPOSITE: TOP RIGHT, COURTESY OF SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM; BOTTOM RIGHT, COURTESY OF THE GLENBOW MUSEUM, CALGARY, ALBERTA; BOTTOM LEFT, COURTESY OF SANTA YNEZ VALLEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Left to right: COSTUME SKETCH ,


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In the fall of 1926, Joe De Yong arrived in Santa Barbara with an armload of hope and saddlebags full of experience and connections gathered over ten years with artist Charles M Russell. After his mentor’s passing, he was alone, in many ways. Mary De Yong stayed behind in Montana to help the newly widowed Nancy Russell; she had been supportive of Joe’s move, not knowing what was ahead. Nancy landed many of De Yong’s artistic commissions and was grateful for the loyalty he showed her and her son Jack. De Yong remembered the fruitful time spent with Russell as “magic, unbelievably colorful years...a waking dream come true, for which my

Clockwise from top right:

De Yong using his “electric needle” for a drawing on a hat during the RANCHEROS VISITADORES , mid-1930s; De Yong riding Will Rogers’s horse “Bootlegger” in the OLD SPANISH DAYS FIESTA PARADE , late 1930s; De Yong ILLUSTRATED CHAPS . Many items he worked on were “works in progress” as he would be asked to add more drawings as years went by.

In the fall of 1926, Joe De Yong arrived in Santa Barbara with an armload of hope and saddlebags full of experience and connections.

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PHOTOGRAPHS: TOP, COURTESY OF HIGH NOON WESTERN AMERICANA; FILM POSTERS AND WATERCOLOR, COURTESY OF WILLIAM REYNOLDS. OPPOSITE: BOTTOM, COURTESY OF BUCK BEERY COLLECTION

Clockwise from top: While De Yong was “breedsensitive” as to how he depicted horses, he seemed to GRAVITATE TO PALOMINOS — possibly due to his close friendship with Dwight Murphy (1884–1968) an important member of the Santa Barbara equestrian community who helped bring back the palomino as a color breed. This APPALOOSA PAINTING was one of few paintings De Yong focused on specific horse colors; FILM POSTER for North West Mounted Police (1940); one of several watercolor studies in De Yong’s horse-andrider series; poster for Red River (1948). These two Paramount films exemplified De Yong’s devotion to the authentic in the costumes created for the pictures.


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own free-and-easy, early way of life, had so prepared that I was able to benefit for the fullest.” De Yong’s life had changed. Because of his time with the Russells and his earlier life in Indian Territory, he was considered authentic and the “real deal,”and even with his disability of deafness, he was determined to be, at 32 years of age, a successful artist. Equally changed was the Santa Barbara he had come to, but not in a good way. The city experienced a tremendous earthquake in June 1925. Damage was heavy, and people had been killed, with scores injured. Along the city’s main boulevard, State Street, few structures escaped without some kind of damage. Santa Barbara was in the throes of trying to figure out what it wanted to be—some residents wanted to maintain the city’s “Spanish village” charm, while others wanted a more metropolitan seaside resort. In the end the city opted to maintain and preserve its Spanish-Moorish style, and a city ordinance was prepared just eleven days after the earthquake. As California historian Kevin Starr wrote in his book Material Dreams: Southern California through the 1920s (1990), “For the first time in California and perhaps American history, preservationists, planners, and aestheticizers had gained control of a city and were refashioning it to their purposes.” One of the town’s notables (and a friend and client of [Edward] Borein’s) was Dwight Murphy. Edward Hartfield, author of California Knight on a Golden Horse: Dwight Murphy, Santa Barbara’s Renaissance Man

Top to bottom: WILLIAM REYNOLDS ’s JOE DE YONG: A LIFE

IN THE WEST ; from left, NOAH BEERY JR ., MAXINE JONES BEERY (daughter of cowboy actor Buck Jones), and De Yong at

the OLD SPANISH DAYS FIESTA PARADE , 1938.

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BO DEREK at home with sister KERRY PEREZ .

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Heart + Soul PHOTOGRAPHS BY

B O DEREK A ND KERRY PEREZ


I first came to the Santa Ynez Valley 38 years ago and that very day put every penny I had on a down payment on a beautiful horse ranch. A bit reckless, I know, but my first film was doing well and my future looked bright. ...... There was something about the way the hills align just so and then roll up into the Los Padres National Forest. I still sigh and feel an inward

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release of the pressure of the real world every time I reach the top of Highway 154 and look down on my home. ...... Some very special people live In Santa Ynez. Herewith, some whom inspire me for their accomplishments and the way they choose to live their lives.


JOHN CORBETT Actor

My fella of 17 years who, when he first came to visit me, said, “What do you people do up here? Don’t you know how to have fun? I have to get back to the city.” Now it’s hard to get him to leave home. WHY I LIVE HERE “My life time line is: West Virginia, 18 years; Seattle, 16 years; Santa Ynez, 16 years...that’s 50 years! I’ll spend my remaining 50 here in Santa Ynez because going to the market or the gas station or coffee is like this: ‘Hi Karen…Richard…Jan…’ You get the idea.”

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JOHN CORBETT on his Harley-Davidson in Happy Canyon.


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PEARL AND SABINE BROUILLET (with Pearl’s

daughters, Violet and Josephine) at Derek’s ranch in the valley.

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SABINE AND PEARL BROUILLET Designers

Sabine—superbly French—designs stunning jewelry; Pearl is now creating her own special pieces and contributing to her husband, chef Luca Crestanelli’s restaurant, S.Y. Kitchen. Sabine began her business when she and her husband, Jean-Claude, farmed black pearls on their island in French Polynesia and eventually settled here. WHY WE LIVE HERE “After living in several other places, we’ve never felt more at home here in Santa Ynez. The valley is a place that allows you to be exactly who you are if you are open to seeing it yourself.”


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RAMON BECERRA at

Derek’s barn with her horse Lola.

RAMON BECERRA Equestrian Entertainer

My horseman. Horses will do anything for Ramon, and even though I’ve been learning from him for 35 years, I still don’t have it—that whisperer gift. WHY I LIVE HERE “If there is a heaven, Santa Ynez is the gateway.”

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SHEHKAR JAH on Pablo with her dog Lucky at her family farm.

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Caption TK

SHEHKAR JAH Royalty

Our princess! Her Highness Princess Shehkar Jah to be exact, as the rest of the hemisphere knows her. Shehk loves the Santa Ynez Valley more than any other place in the world. We’ve traveled the globe together on all sorts of crazy adventures. Just last month we executed some beautiful barrel rolls with giant manta rays, but swimming the Hellespont is still the most insane thing we’ve ever done. WHY I LOVE IT HERE “The valley holds a magic I haven’t found anywhere else in the world. Coming over the San Marcos Pass makes me feel as all is well with the world. The sheer beauty of it all, idyllic rides in the back country, and the long friendships I’ve made make it the place I never want to leave.”


KERRY HALL Builder

Kerry builds our homes—not just houses—and puts so much of his art and soul into his work that when the job is finished, you miss him and his crew. WHY I LIVE HERE “I was raised in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was such a great place to grow up. When I started a family of my own, I wanted them to experience the same things I did. It still has that small-town feel.”

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KAMI CRAIG at Derek’s pool. Opposite: KERRY HALL in his vintage Volkswagen van with his dog, Gibson, in Solvang.

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KAMI CRAIG Athlete

She is our Golden Girl. She plays the most bad-ass position of guard in the U.S. Olympic Water Polo Team and has won two golds and a silver medal. WHY I LIVE HERE “For me, Santa Ynez is a safe place—a place to come back to whether I succeed or fail, a place that knows me well because it has shaped the person that I am, and a place where I can simply be me. The valley is where it all started and will always be home.”


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MARK AND TROY HERTHEL Equine Businessman and Veterinarian

Sons of the late Doug Herthel—world famous as one of the most innovative equine veterinarians and surgeons, and one of my most cherished friends—Mark and Troy have taken up the family businesses. As little boys, I watched them grow up at Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic working alongside their father. All Doug’s good work will go on…Mark and Troy are his legacy. WHY WE LIVE HERE “The natural beauty of the valley and character of its people are unmatched. A childhood in this valley shapes you for the rest of your life. To the south is Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo and to the north is Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, and all of the rest of us are somewhere in between. How cool is that?”


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AUDREY GRIFFIN at the

Alisal Ranch. Opposite: MARK AND TROY HERTHEL at Montanaro Farm in Los Olivos.

AUDREY GRIFFIN Cowgirl

All us girls want to be just like Audrey. She is 81! She is in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the most beautiful, generous person. WHY I LIVE HERE “The Santa Ynez Valley is a unique special place that has been calling me for 30 years after a beautiful weekend at the Alisal Ranch on my 24th birthday. My dreams came true in 1991 when my husband and I moved to Los Olivos. My passion for horses led me to meet wonderful cowgirls and cowboys and gather cattle on gorgeous ranches, team rope, sort, and rope the calves at the brandings in the spring. To round out my life, I worship at the San Lorenzo Seminary—that gives me a very peaceful heart. I love the Santa Ynez Valley and the people that live here. They are the best!”


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Home on the WRITTEN BY

J ENNI F ER B LA I SE KRA MER ELI Z A B ET H MESSI NA

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Guests seated for lunch under the CENTURY-OLD GRAPE ARBOR .

Elizabeth Poett opens up Rancho San Julian for family-friendly feasts


It’s fair to say Elizabeth Poett was born to be a rancher. Her dad bought 10 cows the day after her birth while his wife was still in the hospital. The couple, Jim Poett and Marianne Partridge, had recently left New York City to move back to his family’s 14,000-acre ranch in Lompoc. He began a lifelong dream to run cattle and became one of California’s first organic beef growers while Partridge cofounded The Santa Barbara Independent. By the time Elizabeth was 8 years old, she and her dad brought their barbecue to a Fairview Gardens Farm Day and sold Rancho San Julian burgers. “This was the first time I was able to make the real connection between raising food, not only for our family but also for our community,” she says. “I was hooked.” That moment—that connection of ranch to table—stayed with her. After doing stints in TV production in New York and Los Angeles, Elizabeth returned home to Rancho San Julian, where she met her husband, Austin Campbell, at a branding. She later married him on the property. “It was a great match,” she says on meeting Campbell, a fellow rancher who shared her love of the land. Together, now with two young sons in tow, they run the nearly 200-year-old site that’s still family owned by descendants of José de la Guerra. Campbell serves as ranch manager, taking the reins from Jim after his 38 years running cattle, while Elizabeth oversees the grass-fed beef operation. In the spirit of the next generation (seventh generation to be exact) Elizabeth recently began opening up the ranch for events, embracing California history and agriculture for guests to see that land-to-table connection firsthand—complete with good drinks and conversation. “I think perhaps people are realizing that when it comes to food, having a connection to where it comes from is important,” says Elizabeth. Growing up, she learned all about grass-fed/hormone and antibiotic-free beef from her father while her mother put on frequent gatherings with collected tablecloths, napkins, and flowers. Now, The Ranch Table melds all these elements with monthly get-togethers as friends convene over delicious food where inventive recipes come straight from the source. “I always say, ‘If you don’t know what to cook, ask a farmer!’” says Elizabeth, who also has years of experience in the restaurant industry under her belt buckle. “I’m not a professional chef, but I’m a rancher who loves to cook!” But she’s quick to remind you it’s a real working ranch where she tends to cattle (and sheep, chickens, and seasonal turkeys) while dealing with fence and water lines in hot, dry, drought conditions. “Working on a cattle ranch is a 24/7 job. We are constantly working and trying to

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Hostess ELIZABETH POETT . Opposite, clockwise from top left: NEW YORK STEAK SALAD with garden tomatoes; long wooden tables

set with FRESH MINT TEA AND LEMONADE made from farmers market lemons; MINI APRICOT PIES with MCCONNELL’S SWEET CREAM ICE CREAM topped with blackberries and mint; simple table decor includes FRESH FLOWERS FROM THE GARDEN .


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“A BEAUTIFUL TABLE is something that my mother has always felt to be important,” says Elizabeth. “No matter how simple, there were always FRESHLY PICKED FLOWERS on our table growing up.”

“I think perhaps people are realizing that when it comes to food, having a

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connection to where it comes from is important.” adjust to the ever-changing environment.” At their Santa Maria-style barbecues, guests linger over her grill and learn about different cuts of meat and knife skills while sipping local beer and lemonade and looking over the grassy hills of roaming cattle. Events are spirited and collaborative; a recent dinner included a Spanish paella night with Madrid-born Carmen Ruiz de Huidobro, and a candlelight dinner with winemaker Richard Sanford is ocming up. And there’s a family-friendly home-grown pumpkin patch every weekend in October. Don’t expect shipped-in and perfectly lined-up squash; she planted the patch in partnership with neighbor Katie Hames, and kids can choose French or Italian pumpkins and make a jack-o’-lanterns on site. Her hope is that guests of all ages come to connect with the property’s history, talk to ranchers, and see traditions at play. Elizabeth still shows up to the Santa Barbara farmers market on Saturdays, selling 100 percent grass-fed beef while passing out advice and planning her next big dinner. “The ranch has had a long history of feeding our community,” she says. “And I feel honored to be a part of that history.” ●


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Friend and artist BLAKENEY

SANFORD helps serves plates; a kiss from hubby AUSTIN CAMPBELL , while Chile, their border collie, stands guard. Opposite: clockwise from

Mini pies in the making; an early 1900s Wilson’s Meats beef chart; lunch is served; cuts of Rancho San Julian beef hit the grill.

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“I always say, ‘If you don’t know what to cook, ask a farmer!’” says Elizabeth, who does have years of experience in the restaurant industry under her belt buckle.

MENU DRINKS

Fresh lemonade Mint ice tea Figueroa Mountain beer APPETIZERS

Chips and freshly made salsa from the ranch garden Slices of dry-farmed ranch melons RSJ beef sausages off the grill Tastings of different cuts of RSJ beef MAIN

New York steak salad with veggies from the garden and traditional garlic bread DESSERT

Mini apricot pies with McConnell’s sweet cream ice cream topped with blackberries and mint TH E R A N C H TA B L E .CO M


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(2007), says that Murphy was the driver behind Santa Barbara’s rebirth. Born in Illinois in 1884, Murphy was heir to his family’s railroad equipment business. According to Hartfield, Murphy was the silent, behindthe-scenes, often high-dollar influence that helped rebuild Santa Barbara. And as a prominent equestrian, he helped continue the region’s horse culture. His love of horses, and in turn for the art being created by a growing art colony in Santa Barbara, helped create an environment that De Yong benefited from. After establishing himself in Santa Barbara in a small studio at 4 Chapala Court, De Yong returned to work at Eaton’s Ranch (in Wolf, Wyoming) whenever needed. It was logical, as there were still many capable (read: wealthy) types coming to the ranch, and he picked up some new work there, including some book illustration. That illustration work was helped along by the likes of Will James and Frank Lindermann, both successful authors with East Coast publishing credits. Russell’s spirit was running through him and as De Yong told the Los Angeles Times years later, “Charlie Russell was the kindest, most generous and tolerant person I ever knew. He did not ‘teach’ but encouraged with humorous and constructive criticism for me to keep on observing, experimenting, and painting as I saw things.” ●

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