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WELCOME TO THE I SSUE to do in our town. Obviously, it is rather subjective. You can find out a lot about someone when they open up their black book of special spot . For me, I love a good day of antiquing through Summerland, strolling Coast Village Road shops, lunching in the garden at the San Ysidro Ranch, catching a movie on State Street, or playing with my kids among the roses in the Mission Gardens…and let’s not forget a sunset cocktail at the El Encanto to wind down the perfect day. I’m not sure it is even possible to boil down the best this town has to offer—there are too many amazing places and finds to fit in one issue! ving said that, we can still edit through all of the options to bring you what is new and exciting, tried and true, and on trend for 2014 in our third-annual BEST OF issue. Have fun creating your perfect day, and then repeat it again and again. It will never get old! It is alw ays fun to ask someon e f or their list of f avorite thin gs

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CONTENTS Our writers and photographers trendsetters share their looks for 2014, plus a retail roundup and resort must-haves 57 Home Interior designers and timeless tips to adorn your abode 71 Garden Essential elements for creating an outdoor sanctuary 81 Entertaining Resources for planning a party with panache, plus Santa Barbara Magazine partners with Gypset Events for a memorable soiree 97 Food + Wine Epicurean delights in the Santa Ynez Valley and foody finds to please every palate 109 Health + Beauty Relaxing retreats, holistic concoctions, and more 117 Sports Pushing the limit and getting active 125 Kids Playing outdoors, spooky sweets for Halloween, beachwear, and more 133 The Arts Music hot spots, theaters, and the downtown art scene 143 Getaways Rest your head at these luxe locales, plus the best of Big Sur, Santa Monica, and Venice 151 Out + About In the neighborhoods and the best festivals and fund-raisers of the year 175 The Minds Behind These Pages Our staff shares their favorite Santa Barbara haunts and hobbies 34

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O N O U R COV E R Heidi Merrick photographed by Coral Von Zumwalt. Styled by Annina Mislin, hair by Michele Mallet, and makeup by Tomiko Taft.

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CONTRIBUTORS VICTORIA PEARSON Pearson has a distinguished career as a photographer specializing in still life, travel, food, and beauty. Her client list includes Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus, and Williams-Sonoma, name a few. She is known for her simple style, which reflects both her love of nature and the use of natural light. “The thing I love about natural light is that it’s different wherever you go—it is the key to revealing the beauty in everyday things.” SB MUST DOs Rori’s Artisanal Creamery. • Cranberry turkey wrap at Jeannine’s. • William Laman, Wendy Foster, and the good work Garden Club of Santa Barbara does. • The Blue Garden at Lotusland.

L.D. PORTER This writer’s ongoing fascination with art and architecture is easily traced to her childhood living in a mid-century home in the hills above Los Angeles. SB MUST DOs Takapuna on East Haley Street, where British tailor Michael Anderson makes his famous zipper jacket for women. • Montecito Optical on Coast Village Road for fabulous eyewear (I covet the Tom Ford collection) • Chocolats du CaliBressan in La Arcada—try the geranium-fl vored dark chocolate bonbons. • The Cabana Home boutique at the El Encanto Resort for luxe gifts you can’t find a ywhere else. • The greenhouse at Stella Mare’s restaurant and enjoying rosé champagne by the fi eplace.

CORAL VON ZUMWALT This California native lives in Los Angeles with her husband Sean, daughter Calista, son William, and dog Lollipop. Her work can be seen in O Magazine, Sunset, Dwell and C. SB MUST DOs Taking the train up from

SB MUST DOs Camping on the Channel Islands. • The Santa Barbara

Barbara-based photographer who emphasizes on food, lifestyle and travel, Leela’s work has appeared in Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Anthology, and Kinfolk. Cyd authors an award-winning food and travel blog TeaCupTea .com and hosts photography workshops for women in Italy and the United States.

International Film Festival. • Exploring the Funk Zone’s Urban Wine Trail. • Cycling on Mountain Drive. • Catching a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

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VIJU MATHEW Born, raised, and still residing in Santa Barbara, freelance writer and personal trainer Viju Mathew views our town as the perfect yearround playground. A former associate editor for Spa magazine as well as rock-climbing instructor, his work has appeared nationally in Islands, SNOW, Resorts & Great Hotels as well as on MSNBC.com, and NFL.com.

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sunrise, hop in the car and hike around Lizard’s Mouth—taking in the most magic light and view of the coast, the sea, and the islands, all bathed in golden pink. • Ride a bike to Channel Drive (a bicycle/ pedestrian only zone) over the hill to Butterfly Beach, h ve a picnic and stick your feet in the water. What a joyous event! • Cozy up to a rich and heavenly hot chocolate with a girlfriend at Chocolate Maya—this will leave you in a crazy, deliriously happy state. • Barbecue and sail as much as possible.

STEVEN HONG This soon-to-be Brooks Institute graduate specializes in portrait and food photography and is currently shooting for clothing companies KORE Limited and DaisyXMint. SB MUST DOs I enjoy all the restaurants this city has to provide—Lucky Penny, Olio Pizzeria, Three Pickles, and Metropulos to name a few. • McConnell’s Ice Cream for dessert. • Walks at the Ellwood Butterfl Grove. • Visits to the Santa Barbara Courthouse tower. • Take a lot of pictures!

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ESSENTIALS Carpinteria native HEIDI MERRICK knows a thing or two about living the beach life. Daughter of surfboard legend Al Merrick, Heidi’s energetic—even buoyant—spirit and signature collections are clearly influenced by her childhoo days by the sea. Ocean blues and nautical stripes mixed with punches of bright oranges, pinks, and bohemian prints layer her spring/summer offerings. “I think my whole collection fits Sant Barbara,” says the 38-year-old. “This is where I go in my mind when I’m being aspirational.”

MUST DOs Eat at ARIGATO SUSHI, 805-965-6074, arigatosantabarbara.com. | PADDLEBOARD the length of Carpinteria. | Hike ROMERO CANYON, santabarbarahikes.com/ hikes/frontcountry/romero. | LOTUSLAND, 805-969-9990, lotusland.org, for inspiration. I’m super into gardening right now. | Picnic at the CARPINTERIA BLUFFS, carpinteriabluffs.org.

Merrick frolicks on Padaro Beach.

How dId growing up in S.B. affect or inspire your designs? A beautiful lifestyle is the best fashion, and Santa Barbara has it in spades. Women here are some of the best in the world at being elegant and understated. Have you met my mom? Color palette that best describes you? I’d love to say the colors of the seaside, but I think people would describe me as colorful. That’s why I only use white and neutrals to decorate. I try not to clash with my surroundings. Your perfect S.B. weekend? Friday: Afternoon sunset and champagne at the beach. Saturday: A walk from Jelly Bowl to Rincon with my dear friend Amber O’Neill. Beach all day with friends and family—with medium waves so all generations can surf. Late-afternoon bike ride. (Sometimes my daughter naps in her bike seat; it’s adorable.) Dinner with the beach crew at my mom’s. Sunday: My brother’s church, Reality, 805-684-5247, realitysb.com, then hiking the Franklin Trail. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT :

Jade top, $125, Marina bottom, $150; Sahara pillow, $185; Swell dress, $466; (on Merrick) Drake tee $125, Marrakech pant, $310. OPPOSITE: Cove dress, $448.

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Mikoh bathing suit, $216, A Tropical Affair; Emilio Pucci, Saks Fifth Avenue; Necklace, $42,000, Tito Pedrini. K. Jacques St. Tropez sandal, $305, Nordstrom.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Jacket, price upon request, Lost Art; Paris Kain; scarf, $1,000, Taiana Design; ring, price upon request, Abraxas Rex.

LABOR OF LOVE Former creative director of skate/surf megabrand Volcom, Neil Clemmons Harrison (left) is indulging his passion for woodworking (think reclaimed skate boards, cutting boards, surf boards and fin ) and soughtafter selvage denim jeans. Look for more to come from this one-of-akind artisan and his new label, Stormy Mondays, stormymondays.com.

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Founded by Derek Galkin and Sal Masekela, ART OF CRAFT, artofcraft .com, is an online T-shirt company dedicated to educating youth about art and design. Their latest project, Celebrate Craft, features designers teaming up to create trendy, comfortable shirts (from $34, available at Mate Gallery, 805-895-6283, mategallery .com), and 10 percent of sales are donated to charities—including Surfrider Foundation, Go Campaign, and Art Revolution—chosen by the artists. – CAR LY B ATE S

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ESSENTIALS For designer KYLE IRWIN, the mix of the modern and the traditional is paramount. So it’s little surprise that he works with his clients out of an old Spanish adobe in the heart of Santa Barbara, and that he tries to imbue his interiors and landscapes with a sense of the historic. What energizes his creativity? Here are a few of his favorite people, places, and things.

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Casa del Herrero; one of Irwin’s residential projects; a 19th-century Portuguese rosewood console from Michael Haskell Antiques; Arcadia fabric from Raoul Textiles; a lantern from Holroyd Studios. OPPOSITE: A signature Irwin look.

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I get a lot of inspiration from the design

and architecture of CASA DEL HERRERO, 805-5655653, casadelherrero.com. It’s an amazing museum, and a lot of people don’t even know it’s here. | Shopping at MICHAEL HASKELL ANTIQUES, 805-565-1121, michaelhaskell.com. He has Mexican and Spanish furniture and great tile and pottery. | Architect Marc Appleton turned me onto the light fixtu es created by HOLROYD STUDIOS , 805-898-0218, holroydstudios.com. The lanterns and leaded glass are so Santa Barbara—all handmade, and they look like they came off the courthouse. | Unfussy linen fabrics that withstand an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, like those at RAOUL

TEXTILES , 805-899-4947, raoultextiles.com. They’re beautiful…and you can use them anywhere.

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His shop in Montecito’s Upper Village looks like a cozy cottage—that’s what it started out as 150 years ago—but in

1995, WILLIAM LAMAN, 805-969-2840,

williamlaman.com, saw its possibilities as a showcase for home and garden furnishings, and he created the boutique that bears his name. Traveling the world, he brings back antiques that range from the 17th to the 19th centuries and mixes them with mid-century finds and unusua accessories in a homelike style he has called “California cockamamie.” In the rooms, you might find Chinoiserie chair next to a Swedish sewing table or a 17thcentury wall map of Provence near a stone lion urn. It’s a trove of inspiration.

Old and new world furnishings and decor mingle in William Laman’s Montecito boutique. S A N TA B A R B A R A

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Forged Lighting, 805-770-3800,

forgedlighting.com, is Jim Rickard’s Summerland showcase of stylish, high-quality exterior fixtures handwrought classic designs updated for contemporary tastes by lighting specialist Jeff Meister.

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The interior of the Summerland store; Jasmine Fleur floor lam , $795; Snake River pendant, $1,495; the El Paseo sconce, $795.

HIDDEN GEM Tucked into a corner of Montecito’s Upper Village is Davis & Taft Antiques, 805-969-7987, davisandtaft.com. Among the Georgian chairs and Italian cupboards, you’ll also discover modern finds like an Italian floor lamp or mid-20th century abstract oil. “I love both ends of the time spectrum,” says owner Leanne Baker. “It’s all in the mix.”

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Mate Gallery

New York fashion photographer Matt Albiani and local realtor Ron Brand opened Mate Gallery, 805895-6283, mategallery.com, in the Montecito Country Mart last fall with the idea of infusing East Coast charm into our beach town atmosphere. Indeed there’s a hint of a vintage nautical vibe in the wares—some of which the owners have found in New England antique shops and flea mar ets—plus Albiani’s own fine pho os, of course.

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Rachel and Mike Graves had been dreaming about their own shop when they happened to drive past an old gas station with a For Lease sign in Ojai. The result is Summer Camp, 805-861-7109, shopsummercamp.com, which opened last November. “We love vintage and midcentury, especially camping and outdoor things,” says Rachel. You’ll find vintage scouting items, Coleman lanterns, Pendleton blankets, and more. 62

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Mary Benenati’s playful approach has shaped her eclectic collection at Onward Art & Design, 805324-4337, facebook.com/onwardsb, which offers up furnishings and accessories from around the world. “Your surroundings should make you laugh,” she says.

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ONE TO WATCH The elegant contemporary furnishings from BWilliam Design , 805477-8356, bwilliamdesign.com, are handmade, one-of-a-kind creations by Brett Jordan, who often knows the story behind the timber he superbly combines with glass and stone. “I have an appreciation for traditional techniques,” he says. Inspired by his wife, Courtney, and baby girl, Emerson, he’s creating a line of artisanal baby furniture called WilliB to be debuted soon.

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A serenely calm corner.

Set in a 1920s-style cottage, Botanik, 805-565-3831, botanik inc.com—the charming Summerland boutique for garden, home, and design—is the perfect expression of owner Erin Tayl or ’s love of Southern California’s natural beauty and its relaxed lifestyle. Using distinctive touches—from vintage textiles to subtle succulents—she creates invitingly curated spaces inside and out. How does she do it? Taylor discloses a few professional secrets. Focus on details I love living with greenery, but it can be challenging keeping plants alive. When I need a foliage fix I clip large, dramatic leaves from outdoors and put them in a favorite container with water. Just a few stems can create a dramatic impact. They last for weeks, and no flo al arranging skills are needed! L ook for places to gather A simple banquette can transform a corner of a room into an intimate dining space or a convivial lounge.

Emphasize serenity As the pace of our lives continues to accelerate, sensory overload is a constant challenge. Nothing creates a sense of calm, opens up a space, or reflects light like the use of whit . I begin many projects by painting floor , walls, and ceiling white, creating a clean and peaceful background on which to layer a subtle color palette.

Have fun with textiles Even when you begin with a simple, monochromatic color palette, there’s a lot of room to play with pattern and texture. Shades of a single color will harmonize diverse design. Seek inspiration I am often asked by clients, “What should I put on that wall?” I believe that art, more than anything else in a home, should evoke some emotion. An effective way to fill a wall is to begin with a limited-edition art or photography book. Mat and frame your favorite images, then arrange them as a collection. My favorite books feature the photography of Nick Brandt, nickbrandt.com. 64

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HOME MAKEOVER Round out your black book with these additional go-to contacts for all your decorating needs. ANTIQUES Carty & Carty Antiques 805-565-1061. Lewis & Clark 805-962-6034, lewisand clarkltd.com. Michael Haskell Antiques 805-565-1121, michaelhaskell.com. Portofino Fine Doors and Windows 805-966-4263, portofinodoors com.

FLOORS + SURFACES Forms + Surfaces 805-684-8626, formssurfaces.com. Forte Stone 805-685-6202, fortestone.com. Tileco 805-564-1868, tilecodist.com.

FURNITURE Antica Furnishings 805-845-1285, antica furnishings.com. Celadon House 805899-4676, celadonhouse.com. Coastal Collections 805-845-9595. Design Within Reach 805-564-1971, dwr.com. MichaelKate 805-963-1411, michaelkate.com. PTS Furniture 805-496-4804, ptsfurniture.com. Rooms & Gardens 805-965-2424, rooms andgardens.com. Teak Warehouse 310536-8325, teakwarehouse.com.

INTERIOR DESIGN Amanda Masters 323-848-8040, amanda mastersdesign.com. Ann James Interior Design 805-969-4554, annjamesinteriors .com. Christina Rottman 805-565-8568, christinarottmandesigns.com. Christopher Teasley Interior Design 805-969-4005, ctinteriordesign.com. Kay Lemke Interior Design 805-845-9445, kay lemkeinteriordesign.com. Sands & Company 805-886-3806, sandsandcompany.com. SFA Design 805-692-1948, sfadesign.com. Sorrell Design 805-565-2288, sorrelldesignusa.com.

LIGHTING Flores Hand Forged Lighting 805-252-8117. Santa Barbara Lights 805-884-0535, santa barbaralights.com.

TABLETOP + TEXTILES Baroncelli Linens 805-969-2617. Italian Pottery Outlet 805-564-7655, italianpottery .com. Jenni Kayne 805-309-0560, jenni kayne.com. K. Frank 805-560-7424, kfrank style.com. Legacy 805-845-3300, legacymontecito.com. RAOUL Textiles 805-8994947, raoultextiles.com.

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Landscape designer ART LUNA has been creating gardens from La Jolla to Big Sur for 15 years, but recent projects have kept him busy in Montecito, H ope R anch, and Los O livos. H e characterizes his philosophy as: “Structure first flowers second I believe that without good structure, you can’t have a successful garden.” This year, Luna foresees more layering of beautiful specimen trees to create a feeling of age, as well as the use of A ustralian plants, all kinds of pittosporum, and boxwood clipped in nontraditional shapes.

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Keep the amount of furniture to a minimum. Start with a few pieces and add as the need arises. Imagine how the garden works when only one or two people are using it. Avoid the commercial resort look by using more than one line of outdoor furniture. Select furniture that looks great even without cushions. And plan for a place to store the cushions. Even outdoor fabrics will look better, stay cleaner, and last longer when covered or taken indoors. Mix high and low design. We used very highend Yin Yang chairs from JANUS et Cie as well as bronze drum tables from Pottery Barn

and vintage ceramic elephants. A marble sculpture from the ’30s mixes with flea market finds. But eep the scale of furniture, art, and accessories in mind. A walled garden is sheltered from the wind and often is both cooler in summer and warmer in winter than unprotected landscapes. Make plans for both sunny and shady areas year-round, and realize that the plants may need intensive maintenance. A variety of lighting is essential if the space is to work as a “room” after dark. It’s also good to be able—on occasion—to light the garden in a way that the house is illuminated.

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WATER WORKS With the ocean at our doorstep, is it any

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wonder that water features—think lily and lotus ponds, fountains and aqueous channels— seem to fit so perfectly in Santa Barba a’s outdoor spaces? Landscape architect Puck Erickson of Arc adi a Studio , 805-9629055, arcadiastudio.com, has designed gardens that are both innovative and sustainable. Trained as a visual artist, she puts the water factor into perspective, along with a few hints for success. “There is something magical in this area,” says Erickson. “It gives us an immediate and calming sense of where we fit into the scheme of things.” Do you have a favorite? I adore the abalone pool at Lotusland, 805-969-9990, lotusland.org. And I always go back to the wonderful Casa del Herrero, 805-565-5653, casadelherrero.com—the scale of the features is spot on. Formal or more natural looking? We do a lot of work with ranches and wineries where water features are a vital, functional component. I love siting them so they feel seamless in the existing landscape. Joy is when you fir t see the wildlife discovering the pond and the vegetation.   What kind of plants? Keep things simple— American lilies, iris, juncus, acorus.  An Arcadia water feature channels the fl w.

Other tips? Let things balance themselves as much as possible. Try not to tinker too much.

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the latest trend? “Doing what you love,” say Diana Dolan and Christie Boyd, the creative spirits behind Carpinteria’s Porch . Founded in 2008, the shop reflects their affection fo Santa Barbara’s beaches and mountains—Boyd THE TOP is married to a surfer, while distance-runner Dolan trains on the sand. Their connection and enjoyment of the local environment runs deep.

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Local trails are golden opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding thanks to the MONTECITO TRAILS FOUNDATION, 805-969-3514, montecitotrails foundation.org. • We’re also lucky to have HEAL THE OCEAN , 805-965-7570, healtheocean.org. • Landscape with NATIVE AND DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS. If you’re not using those in your garden, you’re nuts! • Santa Barbara is perfect for creating OUTDOOR ROOMS . What’s new are outdoor games that are both art and fun, like a concrete Ping-Pong table. • We focus on LOCAL ARTISANS and try to support them, because what they do is about soul. An example is the tables made by Steven de Pinto, who works with found wood to create gorgeous contemporary designs.

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Take It Outside! There’s no place like Santa Barbara for outdoor living—perfect weather, inspiring views.... Think of the patio or garden as yet another room. Steve and Caroline Thompson of CABANA HOME, 805-962-0200, cabanahome.com, foresee outdoor fabrics, colors, finishes, and textiles mirroring those inside the home. “Bright primary colors in stripes, solids, and plaids are giving way to updated color palettes, including the new Pantone color of the year— Radiant Orchid,” says Steve. “This isn’t your grandmother’s porch!” Here, he highlights a few other trends that will help you create your ideal alfresco space.

LOOK UNDERFOOT Outdoor rugs in sun-fast and mildew-resistant materials will allow you to complete an outdoor living room. FIRE IT UP Sure, outdoor fi eplaces are romantic, but the cost and the difficulty of permitting of en outweighs the benefit, hence the popularity of the outdoor fi e pit. WATCH FOR PIECES THAT MULTITASK To help justify an expensive purchase, try something that has multiple uses, like a dining table with a lazy Susan that switches to an ice bucket or a fuel burner. LIGHTEN UP Outdoor dining tables have turned from staid wrought iron to cast stone made with lightweight cement or fibe glass-reinforced concrete that fits both t aditional and contemporary styles. GO WILD WITH WICKER AND MODERNIZE METAL Woven synthetic rattan and wicker are finding their ay into more updated styles. Even die-cast aluminum is going modern.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Kravet Soleil fabric; Perennials outdoor rug, price upon request; Seasonal Living square cube, $585.

SOFTLY DOES IT Fully upholstered outdoor furniture is ready for its moment. Not only is Sunbrella fabric made to withstand the elements, but so are the frames, inner support systems, and cushion fills.

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LOCATION, LOCATION With brides and hosts trading the glitz and glamour of gatherings past for intimate, natural, and one-of-a-kind soirees, 2014 find Santa Barbara’s preeminent event designers looking to exotic settings for an extra dash of joie de vivre. With a background in fine art and fashion Mindy Davidson of MINDY RICE FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN, 805688-2499, mindyrice.com, seamlessly fuses her innate sophistication with the fl vor of her events’ various locations. STANDOUTS Rich Asian culture and talented local vendors made a recent “elopement” to Vietnam extraordinary. FUTURE FETES Though Santa Barbara is always a favorite, the designer anticipates a surge in requests from clients for mountain and desert settings. “After all,” she says, “a weekend away at a beautiful dude ranch with 90 of your closest friends is not a bad way to celebrate your nuptials!” WHO

Industry veteran Merryl Brown of MERRYL BROWN EVENTS, 805-453-5729, merrylbrownevents.com, is widely recog-

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nized among Santa Barbara’s elite for her opulent, color-saturated parties and her flair for timeless European eleganc . STANDOUTS A three-day event in Pietrasanta, Italy, commencing with a candlelit celebration on a mountaintop and ending with a dinner in an ancient wine cave, is among the most magnificent th designer has ever executed. FUTURE FETES Sunstone Villa’s sweeping Santa Ynez views and sunlit vineyards will provide the inspiration and setting for a chic Angeleno couple’s wedding. WHO

Known for her experiential and thinking-out-of-the-box occasions, Tamara Jensen, owner of Santa Barbara’s famed I.D.O. EVENTS, INC., 805-898-2436, idoeventsinc.com, pulls ideas for her spirited decor themes from her multifaceted settings. STANDOUTS Peter Island, in the British Virgin Islands, set an idyllic stage for a recent affair. FUTURE FETES Montecito’s Lotusland has served as a backdrop for many of Jensen’s events, and the designer eagerly anticipates transforming the delightful, world-famous garden into a fantasyland for its annual 2014 fund-raiser. WHO Though Kimberly Curtis of TOAST, 805-960-2330, toastsantabarbara.com, accommodates her clients’ varied visions, Santa Barbara’s landscape remains a sublime canvas for her classically formal yet natural aesthetic. STANDOUTS A canopy of intertwined trees, a wandering herd of cattle, and a custom bar carved from a fallen oak distinguished a recent wedding at a private Santa Ynez ranch. FUTURE FETES The designer looks forward to lending her artful eye to an event at Carpinteria’s chic Villa Sevillano later this year.

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From intimate gatherings to extravagant weddings, Blue Magnolia Floral & Event Design, 805-451-1202, bluemagnoliaevents.com, provides decor and design for all kinds of occasions. Drawing inspiration from “the colors of the seasons, landscapes, and the content itself,” owner and design mastermind Kerstin Olson Horneman likes to create flo al combinations that “look like they have been gathered from the garden in an impeccable way.” All she needs is that “one fl wer or element that inspires the rest of the design to come to life,” she says.

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S.R. Hogue & Company, 805-969-1343, srhogue.com, brings flo al design and event production to a new level. From specialty linens to decor, fl wers, and rentals, this full-service design company—owned by flori t Kristi Meland and designer Jerry Peddicord—is a one-stop shop for private ceremonies, grand affairs, and everything in between. Along with its event-planning expertise, the company also specializes in customized seasonal decor. Trace Robinson, 805-9695714, tracerobinson.com, is known for her exquisite landscapes, but she is an equally talented flo al designer as well. Sourcing from Florabundance in Carpinteria, her creations include bundles of exotic fl wers—sheaths of palm trees and dried jacaranda pods, to name a few—as well as slightly tamer flo a, such as sunfl wers and distorted bark. As for her signature look, “I like choosing a palette that’s either monochromatic—incorporating harmony of shapes, colors, and textures,” she says, “or contrasting to juxtapose color, form, and style.” – R AC HE L GLAGO

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Mattias Blom Focuses on fresh, sustainable seafood and contemporary Japanese dishes complemented by otherworldly fl vors. From $65/person, 805-3643044, santabarbaraprivatechef.com. Elizabethe Branstetter Variety is her specialty. Prepares mouthwatering meals for clients that include celebrities such as Jim Carrey. Eight-person parties starting from $400, 805-705-3618. Nimita Dhirajlal Local vegetarian offerings that incorporate slowcooked Indian spices. From $20/ person, 805-259-6594, nimitas cuisine.com. Lydia Gaitan This vivacious Italian-trained chef is known for her healthy, fl vorful, mindful cuisine. Price upon request, 805-448-6059, gracecateringandeventdesign.com. Aparna Khanolkar Appeals to the fi e senses using organic, seasonal produce and Indian spices. From $85/person, aparnakhanolkar.com. Susan Ledig Her forte is marketfresh meals influen ed by her love of the ocean. Price upon request, 805-886-6721, susan ledigevents.com. Pietro Nasta Lively and fl vorful Italian fare that demonstrates an appreciation for bold fl vors. $60/ hour, 805-637-9096. Ayda Robana Emphasizes organic and seasonal cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. From $60/person, 805-837-9009, omsweetmama.com. Edie Robertson Specializes in everything from vegetarian and vegan meals to meat and cheese dishes and decadent desserts. Price upon request, 805-455-2131, chefedie.com. Denisse Salinas Experiments with new recipes to highlight fresh, local produce and healthy ingredients. Price upon request, 805-6373899, lepetitchefsb.com. Philippe Sautot French cuisine, pairing specialty courses with the perfect wine, art, or music. From $250/person, 805-687-3979, eventsbyphilippe.com. –C arly Bat es

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Monica Epstein has earned kudos for her chic yet casual

parties. With themes ranging from “Vinyl & Velvet” to “Inferno & Frittata,” she trades the established for the sublimely innovative. Utilizing found, repurposed, and rediscovered items for inspiration and decor, she has a rustic, sophisticated style unique to Santa Barbara. Here are her quintessential necessities for entertaining and living.

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A quality cutting bo ard will serve its purpose and then some. Look for ones (from $120) from Stormy Monday Goods, stormymondaygoods.tumblr.com, made from reclaimed wood and felled trees. • Never underestimate the decorative factor of fir e’s warm, embracing glow. Try a burning log as a backdrop during a brunch or choose an outdoor fire pit for you backyard shindig. • Imbue your affair with the organic element of a suc cul ent and driftw ood c ent er piec e (from $30) from Plantatopia by Aaron Ware, 310-592-5968, plantatopia.com • Add a dash of panache to your kitchen and hostess attire with Lithuanian linen and leather aprons (from $68) from Epstein’s own line, F in er y (available at Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, 805-565-1502, upstairsatpierrelafond.com). • Invest in a Pasquini espr es so ma chin e (from $865), pasquini.com, and sip cafeworthy cappuccinos in the comfort of your own home.

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Since the launch of Shindig—her boutique design firm—ju t one year ago, designer and coordinator S tephanie S anders has rapidly risen in Santa Barbara’s highly competitive wedding and event scene. Recognized for her less-is-more approach, Sanders favors mixing genres, relying on Sanders adds her the vivid Southern California landscape for a beautiful setting, and utilizing natural light signature touch to a festive occasion. to create a sense of low-key elegance. Between events, Sanders—a self-proclaimed curator of all things beautiful—spends her time scouring markets and vintage stores for classical and artisanal pieces.

Stephanie’s Black Book Choose locally based T abletop Made, tabletopmade.com, for invitations and out-of-the-box stationary to add a personal touch to your event. Source modern and one-of-a-kind handstamped linens, tablecloths, runners, and napkins from textile designer R achel C raven, rachelcraven.com. Los Olivos and Ojai are teeming with new restaurants and boutiques. I recently discovered S ummer C amp, 805861-7109, shopsummercamp.com, in Ojai for midcentury collectables and repurposed home accessories. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT:

Stormy Monday Goods cutting boards; rustic linen and leather aprons from Finery; Epstein in her element; an organic Plantatopia succulent and driftwood centerpiece.

Count on local flo al designer F lora Vida, 805-708-9459, for exceptional fl wer, succulent, and greenery arrangements. Swap china and crystal for hip, handmade ceramic drinking vessels from Mazama, shopmazama.com. Satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth with decadent and delicious desserts from local pastry chef Elizabeth C olling, 310-270-5272, elizabethcolling.com.

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ESSENTIALS Recognized throughout the wedding and event world for her wellestablished, upmarket event-design firm artful flower ar angement workshops, and tastefully curated entertaining and fashion blog Santa Barbara Chic, KELL Y OS HIR o is looking to 2014 as the year for her brand to expand even further—keep an eye out for her byline in fashion photo shoots. Here, she turns her discerning cosmopolitan eye to our beloved town.

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P H O T O G R A P H S : K E L L Y O S H I R O , K I R S T E N E L L I S , J E N C U R T I S , J osh G ruet z macher , A N N A C O S T A .

Jessica Foster Confections; local flo a; Enjoy cupcakes; a vintage vignette.

MUST DOs Sip whole-milk lattes and nibble housemade salted caramel apple pie at THE FRENCH PRESS , 805-9632721, thefrenchpress.com. | Frequent Jenni Rawlings’s Vinyasa class at YOGA SOUP , 805-965-8811, yogasoup.com, and visit her store, DRISHTI , 877-374-7484, drishtiyoga.com, for original and quality yoga threads. | Savor the artisanal fl vors of ENJOY CUPCAKES , 805-455-4115, enjoycupcakes.com—coming to the Santa Barbara Public Market. | Shop for essential wardrobe pieces at CHAPALA & PARKER , 805-962-1115, chapalaand parker.com. | Viva la! Celebrate OLD SPANISH DAYS FIESTA, oldspanishdays-fie ta.org, from July 30 to August 3.

ONE TO WATCH With a decade-long flo al-design career and more than 300 weddings to her name, Camille Panzarello is a veritable industry veteran. Inspired by the lush, seasonal flo a unique to Santa Barbara’s landscape, she has rebranded her boutique company as Camellia Fl oral Design , 805-689-6197, camelliafloraldesign.co —formerly Modern Day Design—to emphasize her decidedly romantic and natural aesthetic. Opting for loosely structured, full, and abundant designs, Panzarello’s events and weddings shift away from the traditional and contrived toward the intimate, vibrant, and distinctly personal.

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RINGS Bryant & Sons 805-966-9187, bryantandsons.com. Churchill Jewelers 805-962-5815, churchilljewelers.com. Daniel Gibbings 805-565-1284, danielgibbingsjewelry.com. Danuta 805-845-5145, danutajewelry.com. Fibula 805-962-8851, fibulaj welry.com. Jewelry by Gauthier 805-335-2424, jewelrybygauthier.com. Kai Linz 917-8540675, kailinz.com. Silverhorn 805-9690442, silverhorn.com. Tiffany & Co. 805-687-4581, tiffany.com. Truong & Co. 805-882-2552, ttruong.com.

H AIR + MAKEUP Chateau Belle 805-965-2444, chateaubellebeauty.com. Cos Bar 805565-7734, cosbar.com. LunaBella 805-450-7049, lunabellamakeupart.com. Sequel Salon 805-969-4797, sequel salon.com. Shine Blow Dry Bar 805969-6700, shineblowdrybar.com. Walter Claudio Salon Spa 805-963-7579, walterclaudio.com. Tomiko Taft Make-up Artistry tomikotaft.com.

IN VIT ATIONS Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers 805886-5482, kathleencooperfinepapers com. Zenadia Design 805-757-7693, zenadiadesign.com.

C ATERER Duo Events 805-957-1670, duoevents.com. Events by Pierre Lafond 805-962-7357, sbcatering.com. Fresh Foods by Kim Schiffer 805-455-9713, kimschiffer.com. Pure Joy Catering 805-963-5766, purejoycatering.com.

C AKE Christine Dahl Pastries 805-569-5889, santabarbaracakes.com. Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections 805-6862860, decadenceweddingcakes.com. Montecito Confections 805-965-8150, montecitoconfections.com. Wayne Kjar Cakes 805-845-5519, yourcakebaker.com.

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Candlelight and a canopy of stars illuminated the night at Santa Barbara Magazine’s Holiday Soiree as famed event designers Gypset transformed Villa Sevillano’s expansive gardens into a freespirited, sexy, yet luxuriously executed winter wonderland. Graced by the acoustic folk sounds of Vaughn Montgomery’s Little Big Here and the electro-pop beats of DJ Chris Carter, guests enjoyed artisanal eats by Full of Life Flatbread and sipped wines courtesy of Venteux Vineyards and Crooked Road Winery.

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With a combined 50 years of culturally driven creative careers, self-proclaimed soul surfers/sailors/artisans Christian Escario and Frank Klapp of Plush shag carpeting, Moroccan loungers, and lanterns provided soft places to land after a night of dancing. Gypset Events, know a thing or two about designing spaces to Heidi, Frank, and Nawel Klapp Lupe Ramos remember. Citing the neccessity of creating a striking and rich atmosphere, the duo’s philosophy is “to experience and not just see. Feel rather than touch. Make instead of buy.” Here, the craftsmen share their design tips and touches of magic that made our own stellar evening one to remember.

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• We are firm believers in incorporating your surroundings into your event. The practice of lining a large and enclosed tent with drapery and fl wers to create a theatrical production is neither natural nor interesting.

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NEW CUISINE With a bevy of local farmers markets, dozens of wineries, and numerous top chefs in our midst, our charming locale is a veritable food and wine destination.

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RUSTIC GOES MODERN year or so , the S anta Y nez Valley has welcomed several new restaurants. T he most buzzed about is the reopening of the beloved Ma ttei’s T a vern , 805-688-3550, matteistavern.com, in Los O livos. A fter purchasing the building, new owners Charles and A li Banks hired chef R obbie Wilson and his wife, E mily, to helm the historic spot, which offers a then-and-now menu of items such as beef tartar—a popular dish from the late 1800s— along with contemporary cuisine such as grilled

avocado with ponzu and fresh wasabi or kale salad with chorizo, dates, and almonds. S top by for an alfresco bite on T hursday evenings when the outdoor pizza oven is fired u . A round the corner in Los O livos, former Mattei’s proprietors Matt and Jeff N ichols opened S ides Hard w are and Sh oes , 805-6884820, brothersrestaurant.com, popular for its modern take on A merican staples. A nd over in S anta Y nez last N ovember, the duo also opened their new steak house, Bro t hers a t

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the Red Ba rn , 805-688-4142, brothersredbarn .com, their fourth eatery to grace the valley since they started out in Solvang in 1996. “Jeff and I are incredibly proud to have two locations with wonderful stories and history,” says Matt. “We want our community to treasure the traditions of our past and build some new ones together for the next generation. We’re blessed to live here and cook food we want our guests to enjoy with great wines produced by our neighbors and friends. It’s what we love to do.” After years of treating the valley as a second home, Kathie and Mike Gordon—owners of the 25-year-old Brentwood eatery Toscana—decided

to open S.Y. Kit chen C ucina Ru stica , 805691-9794, sykitchen.com, along with Italian-born chef Luca Crestanelli last year. “We all believed the valley was ripe for something new,” says Kathie. “When we found the right place at the right time, well, what choice did we have?” There—in the front room, dining room, or porch of the charming farmhouse—diners can spend the evening lingering over warm octopus salad with leek, potatoes, taggiasca olives, and green beans followed by a wood-fire pizza or hearty dish of wild mushroom pappardelle with thyme and parmigiano, paired with a bottle of Italian or local wine, of course.

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Layered dark and white chocolate ganache infused with fresh garden mint, truffle sticks ($30/box of 10) from Jes sica Fo s ter C on fections , 805-637-6985, jessicafosterconfections.com, are the perfect after-dinner treat. Crunchy and fl vorful, the blistered almonds ($7/bag) from Fat Uncle Farms , 661-599-2103, fatunclefarms.com, transform dishes, and it’s impossible to eat only one. They are also fabulous in salads, couscous, and mixed with herbs on top of fish Melt-in-your-mouth cookies ($13/box of 12) from the Cayucos-based Bro wn Butter C ookie C ompanY , 805-995-2076, brownbuttercookies.com, are wonderful with ice cream or a cup of tea. The La Tur goat cheese ($15/wheel) from C ’es t C heese , 805965-0318, cestcheese.com—THE place to go for, well, any cheese. If you’re there at lunchtime, try one of the decadent grilled sandwiches. There are few things better than a freshly baked buttery croissant ($2.55 each) from R ena ud’s Pa tis serie & Bis tro , 805-569-2400, renaudsbakery.com. During my last trip to France, I couldn’t find one to match hi . Available at the farmers market, eggs ($5/dozen) from Pea c ock Famil y Farms , 559-591-5786, peacockfamilyfarms.com, are the best. They transform omelets and quiches with their deep yellow yolks. The Santa Barbara wildflower honey (from $2.50/jar) from S an Marc o s Farms , 805-6810312, sanmarcosfarms.com, reminds me of the honey from Provence. Its rich, flo al scent is nectar. The S ant a Bar bara C er ti fied Farm ers Market , sbfarmersmarket.org, is my go-to for the best seasonal, organic, tasty food—everything from Barhi dates to the most beautiful greens from Shu Takikawa’s The Garden of…. Black Bear Block Syrah ($60/bottle) from Za ca Mes a W iner y, 805-688-9339, zacamesa.com, is a delicious, fruity wine that pairs beautifully with all manner of food. Also try the Viogniers and Rhône varietals. Porch , 805-684-0300, porchsb.com, and Ups t airs a t Pierre L a fond , 805-565-1502, upstairsatpierrelafond.com, are my favorite places to find unique items and beautiful gifts—from rusti cutting boards and African brooms to Italian stemware and printed linens. The fruity financier and espresso at T he Luck y Penn y, 805-284-0358, luckypennysb .com—one of my favorite places to have breakfast. Try the cheddar and rosemary scones too. The Pinot Noir ($35/bottle) from A lma R o s a W iner y, 805-6889090, almarosawinery.com, is scrumptious served with roasts and grilled veggies. Oil (from $30) from L a N ogalera W aln ut O il , lanogalerawalnutoil.com. The nuts are fire roasted and pressed to enhance the fl vor. It’s a unique, nutty addition to pasta dishes, steamed vegetables, or fish

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EATING ALFRESCO Eat-drink-garden.com blogger Valerie R ice ’s epicurean essentials for the perfect beach picnic. Grown in Ojai from March to June, PIXIE TA NGERI NES look and feel like tangerines but are a tad smaller and more concentrated in fl vor. I get mine at the farmers market. • I like BUTTER FL Y BEAC H, Channel Dr., Montecito, for picnics because it’s somewhat sheltered. Parking is a breeze, and it’s a short walk to easy beach access, so you don’t have to schlep bags, baskets, and kids very far. Just a shout from there is HA MMOND’S BEAC H, which has a lovely and private feeling (although it’s a bit more of a trek to the sand). • A great summer sandwich can easily be put together with a loaf of ciabatta, kale pesto, imported mozzarella, and glorious SUMMER TOMA TOES. I grow mine in my garden. • Don’t forget wine. The LIE U DIT 2012 CA B FRA NC SA NTA YNEZ VALLE Y ($28), lieuditwinery.com, is light and lovely for a picnic. Chill it beforehand so it’s the perfect temperature by the time you open it. Just don’t forget to tuck a corkscrew in your bag! S A N TA B A R B A R A

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MUST DOs In the time I spend away from the restaurant, I enjoy BEING OUTDOORS , walking on the beach, biking on the bike path to Goleta Beach, or hiking up to Inspiration Point, santabarbarahikes.com. | RIDING MY VESPA along the coast and over S an Marcos Pass and FLYING WITH MY SON over the S anta Barbara area as he works toward his pilot’s license. | Volunteering with the ITALIAN-AMERICAN BOOT CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA , 805565-2968, italianamericanbootclubsantabarbara.com, and other local community organizations. | NIGHT HARVESTING at H onea Vineyards in S olvang is something I highly enjoy. | My ideal evening is spent by the beach or at home,

ENJOYING SIMPLE FOOD and a glass of wine with friends and family.

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Having opened the latest hot spot, Bl ue Ta vern , 805845-0989, bluetavernsb .com, in lower State Street’s Hotel Indigo late last year, chef Ricardo Zarate (a James Beard Award semifinali t) is pleasing palates morning, noon, and night with Peruvian-inspired American fare—think wood-fi ed pizzas; exotic soups; seafood dishes like pan-fried branzino with huacatay jalapeño sauce and farmers market vegetables (pictured); and, of course, the freshest cocktails created by mixologist Deysi Alvarez.

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The oenophile behind Renegade Wines, STEVE WAYNE shares his favorite local vintages—from crisp Viogniers to heady reds. From our neighbor just down the street comes the Jaffurs 2012 Viognier, SB County ($27)—its brilliant acidity is balanced with a lovely flo al nose and fresh lemon, apricot, and peach. | Joe Davis continually produces amazing wines. Take his current release of Arcadian 2007 Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard ($42) from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It’s exotic, bright, rich, and palate caressing with a lush and powerful finish. | Clarissa Nagy, winemaker at Riverbench, also produces wines under her own name. Her C. Nagy 2010 Pinot Noir, Garey Ranch

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Dynamic duo John Wadell and Bryan Anderson envisioned “unique and beautiful handcrafted beer,” and that’s what Captain Fatty’s Craft Brewery, captain fattys.com, provides. The pair— with main brewer Preston Angell—creates tantalizing honey pale ales that embody the citrus notes of Hollister Ranch and plans to start bottling their beers in about a year. A family business with an eye on the prize, the award-winning

hops) and Wrangler Wheat, an American-style hard wheat beer. Who could have predicted that two brothers-in-law discussing good and bad beer would burgeon into a business known throughout the Central Coast? Firestone Walker Brewing

Company, 805-225-5911 ext. 8, firestonebeer.com, has added seasonal beers like Solace—an unfiltered catch with a tangy dry malt fl vor—and Oaktoberfest, a traditional import malt with Noble hops spices and a

honeylike aroma. Check out the Buellton taproom for a satisfying meal in the full-service restaurant as well. When it comes to beer, Marshall Rose and his son, Eric, of Hollister Brewing Company, 805-9682810, hollisterbrewco.com,

Vineyard ($26) is probably the best darn Pinot for the money. It’s a crowdpleasing, charming wine that’s as solid as they come. | Talk about a meteoric rise to stardom, Gavin Chanin is creating some of the most talked-about wines these days. His Chanin 2012 Pinot Noir, Sanford & Benedict ($58) is vivid, fresh, and flo al with a core of minerality and impressive energy. | Another great find is the Dragonette 2011 Seven ($38), a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Made with fruit sourced from seven of the best local vineyards in the county, this wine is inky and dense with aromas of black and blue fruit and an infini ely long and spicy finish. All wines available at Renegade Wines, 805-568-1961, renegadewines.com.

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Self-taught natural skin-care alchemist, aromatherapy expert, and Santa Barbara local Kimie Rosenthal contends that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it. Her company, The October Union, theoctoberunion.com, creates entirely natural products from organic food-grade ingredients. The self-proclaimed “Magic Maker’s” creations are accessible to consumers looking to ditch chemical-laden, synthetic skin-care items for holistic, consciously made products. For starters, Rosenthal suggests trading soap-based cleansers, which “strip the skin of its natural oils and create imbalances,” she says, for the brand’s cleansing grains ($16/two ounces) or oil cleansers ($18/two ounces).

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Emma Narachi’s retreat soothes guests with meals and treatments.

While some ma y argue that living in Santa Barbara mitigates a majority of the external stresses that accompany urban life, anxiety does persist—even in our picturesque surroundings. Having traveled to a retreat center in Thailand to experience her own solace and sense of renewed energy, Reiki master Emma Narachi founded local wellness hub Alchemy Arts Center, 805-899-8811, alchemyartscenter.com, to emulate the healing she had begun halfway around the world. Using her knowledge of a predominantly Eastern model

of “nonphysical” health, Narachi’s venture encompasses luxuriously executed, holistic healing programs and resources, including yoga, meditation, and organic meals and juices to help one rebalance and relax. This year, Alchemy has launched a series of specialized cleanses—a spring liver detox, a pre-summer cleanse, a fall intestinal detox, and a backto-school cleanse. Short on time or don’t know where to begin? Consult with a resident practitioner to develop a customized and supervised cleanse program, or start small and nix your caffeine habit with a regular vitamin B shot.

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Fusing traditional Western medical treatments with tried-and-true preventative therapies, Dr. Kristi Wrightson’s holistic treatment center, Nest Integrative Medicine Spa, 805-770-2607, nestspasb.com, extends beyond the aesthetic. In addition to providing physical exams, natural hormone balancing, intravenous vitamin therapy, and skin-rejuvenating remedies, Nest has joined forces with the Montecito fitne s center Physical Focus, 805-695-0450, physicalfocus.com, to offer the Fit Life Wellness Program. While Dr. Wrightson focuses on the hormonal and nutritional components of weight loss through a whole food-based, monthlong detox program and series of B12 injections, Physical Focus coaches devise and guide regimented training programs to ensure long-term success.

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advantage of Santa Barbara’s numerous juiceries, and detox from the inside out with a nutrient-packed liquid cleanse. Alfred Pomerleau and Deb Monroe of AH Juice, 805-698-5443, ahjuice.com, are proponents of cold-pressed juice and its healing abilities. With a select menu consisting of six organic concoctions (from $5), the potency of their blends is never compromised. Alchemy Arts Center, 805-899-8811, alchemyartscenter.com, provides nutritional support for a hectic, modern lifestyle by way of Eastern medicinal influen es. Situated inside the Santa Barbara Athletic Club, Earthbar, 805-966-6147, sbac.swell clubs.com/earthbar, ensures all produce used is organic. Feeling run-down? Opt for a one-two punch with the Citrus Cleanse (from $6.45)—orange, apple, kale, and lime—followed by a wellness shot (from $3) of lemon, ginger, oregano oil, garlic, and cayenne. Owner and mixologist of The Juice Club, 805-364-2462, thejuiceclub.com, Allison Antoinette, creates concoctions with locally sourced organic produce. Try the greenbased Radiant Glow ($8.50) as a midafternoon pick-me-up. Rebalance your digestive system with a mix from Juice Ranch, 805-845-4657, juiceranch .com. Recharge after getting your om on at the downtown site across from Yoga Soup, or renew after a late-night study session at the Isla Vista location. (Tip: Bring your glass bottles back to either store for a $2 refund.)

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With a Carpinteria outpost, 805-220-6808, and a new Montecito storefront, 805-7702888, JuiceWell is quickly gaining momentum as Santa Barbara’s go-to for live and raw cold-pressed juices. Also, keep an eye out for the company’s fir t downtown location in the much-anticipated Santa Barbara Public Market. Located in the new DiviniTree Yoga Studio, Olly Lithgow’s Kotuku Elixir Bar & Superfood Store, 805-897-3382, kotukuelixirbar.com, sources from local organic farmers and companies to concoct globally inspired, seasonally changing tonics, herb blends, juices, and raw foods. Whether you’re luxuriating at the San Ysidro Ranch or shopping on State Street, Pressed Juicery, pressedjuicery.com, has you covered with a Montecito, 805-845-2093, and downtown, 805-845-7962, location.

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ESSENTIALS While the physical benefits of STEPHANIE BESLER’s vigorous and dynamic power and Vinyasa flow classe may be readily obvious, the Yasa Yoga owner and instructor would admit it is all for naught if there’s no opportunity to lighten the heart and quiet the mind. Striving to enrich the Santa Barbara community by providing a safe place to explore and experience yoga, she approaches all aspects of her life and practice with a sense of balance, play, and awareness.

MUST DOs Treat yourself to a regular mind-and-body facial at LE REVE ORGANIC DAY SPA , 805-564-2977, le-reve.com. | Invest in a MANDUKA mat ($92, available at Yasa Yoga, 805-8454626, yasayoga.com). | Rely on Lululemon Athletica’s WUNDER

UNDER PANTS (from $82), 805-560-0616, lululemon.com, for comfort and performance. | To indulge without regret, order the yuppie roll at ARIGATO SUSHI , 805-965-6074, arigatosantabarbara .com. | Try a tranquil wellness retreat at the OJAI VALLEY INN &

SPA , 805-697-8780, ojairesort.com.

Centered at Yasa Yoga, Stephanie Besler.

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Operating under the axiom “Leave no spine behind,”

Monkeytail Intelligent Exercise, 805-845-0000, embraces the no-

tion of body-conscious training. Physical trainer and Monkeytail owner Rita Madlock foregoes exercise trends and avoids the chronic misuse of the body but is equally careful to make physical education fun and hip. With personal training sessions and a variety of specialty classes, or “pods”—with names like TightAss and Pretty Young Thing—Monkeytail offers progressive outlets for clients to experience conscious and informative exercise. Thanks to her personal need to serve others, Madlock is well on her way to inspiring “an informed community and exercise culture” in Santa Barbara.

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TUR N UP THE HEAT Find your drishti at Santa Barbara’s latest yoga hot spot, C orePower Yoga, 805-884-9642, corepoweryoga.com. Combining energy, music, movement, and a sense of community, each class is designed to strengthen and detoxify both mind and body in an encouraging, health-focused environment. From introductory classes (from $20) to challenging Hot Yoga and Yoga Sculpt—a high-energy, calorie inferno that incorporates strength training with the use of free weights— CPY’s unique, heated power yoga is accessible to everyone, whether a novice or a devoted yogi. –M.P.

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PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD For fitness buff/t ainer/life coach Jenny Schatzle, diet and exercise are simply not enough. While both are necessary to achieve your ideal figur , she maintains “getting fit physically is but a steppingstone toward the greater goal of changing your quality of life. Combining circuit training, nutritional support, meal plans, and Schatzle’s own fundamental enthusiasm, THE JENNY SCHATZLE PROGRAM, 805-698-6080, jennyschatzle.com, also incorporates affirmative support and inspi ation. She believes you must “love yourself enough to do whatever it takes to be the best you can be” to ensure results and positive change beyond swimsuit season. This year, don’t let the number on the scale “define your wesomeness,” she says. Allow yourself to have treats and “love what you are and what you’ve got.” Jenny Schatzle gets set to change your quality of life.

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SHEAR GENIUS A superstar in the world of celebrity hair, José Eber has set up shop in the tony Four Seasons Resort Biltmore. His coveted cuts and glamorous style are available to locals starting in February. The signature salon not only brings Eber to town more often, but he can further savor his favorite Santa Barbara spots. –G.T.

EAT Dining under the stars at The Stonehouse at the San Ysidro Ranch, 805-5651700, sanysidro ranch.com, is magical and serene, romantic and very sexy. Catch me if you can!

SHOP When I lived in Paris, I would go to the world-renowned Marché aux Puces to look for hidden treasures. Going to the Summerland Antique Collective, 805-565-3189, summerland antiquecollective.com, reminds me of those days. Rue de Lillie, 805695-8180, is also great.

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PLAY The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, 805-5658285, coralcasinoclub.com, is the most amazing beach club I’ve seen outside of the South of France. The Olympic-size swimming pool surrounded by private cabanas and a perfect

view of the white sand and the blue ocean right in front of you is breathtaking. You can complement the view with a leisurely lunch or elegant dinner. I just love the feeling it creates of old Hollywood glamour and sophistication by the sea.

SOUL I have met many incredible people and local organizations in Santa Barbara. It has been a particular pleasure to work with the Dream Foundation, 805-564-2131, dreamfoundation .org. It’s fulfilling o be able to touch someone’s life in such an impactful way.

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SOUND Besides doing hair, there’s not much I enjoy more than music. I love listening to all kinds of artists and am very much looking forward to catching a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, 805-962-7411, sbbowl .com, and checking out some live performances at SOhO, 805962-7776, sohosb.com.

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For a multihyphenate, Dr. John La Puma—a New York Times bestselling author, professionally trained chef, practicing physician, television personality, and recipient of the American Medical Association’s Award of Excellence— preaches a fairly simple philosophy: “You are what you eat.” His new book, Refuel (Harmony, $25) advocates that men consider food as fuel to achieve optimum health and vitality. What’s his prescription for achieving well-being and a sunshine state of mind? Hint: Dark chocolate and wine are essential.

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Food for the Heart Food is thy medicine.

“I like to cook anything that’s fresh,” says La Puma. Stop by the downtown FARMERS MARKET, 805-962-5354, sbfarmersmarket .org, on Saturday mornings for seasonal, local produce. He also recommends incorporating superfood arugula into meals for its detox power, antioxidants, and peppery fl vor. Food for the Mind Detach. Recognize that sleep deprivation and chronic stress are main contributors to obesity. Spend an afternoon relaxing at one of our county’s many wineries such as ALMA ROSA WINERY, 805-6889090, almarosawinery.com, or SANFORD WINERY, 805-735-5900, sanfordwinery.com. Food for the Body Enjoy time-efficient exercise. Take advantage of one of our many hiking trails, such as the three-mile circuit at UC Santa Barbara’s COAL OIL POINT RESERVE, coaloilpoint.ucnrs.org. Try changing the pace of your hike to incorporate a dose of interval training. Food for the Soul Savor the sweet things in life. Dangers to men’s health include heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Bored with fruits and veggies? Dr. La Puma suggests a regular— yet moderate—consumption of dark chocolate for its fl vonoids, blood pressure-lowering properties, fl vor, and texture. Reach for truffle from JESSICA FOSTER CONFECTIONS, 805-637-6985, jessicafosterconfections.com.

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Renown publisher Tom Adl er is serving up another of his classically curated surf-culture books. With more than 25 titles in his quiver, California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties (T. Adler Books, $40, art book.com) was inspired by an article in The Surfer’s Journal comparing similarities between surfing and climbing during the 1950s. The idea prompted Adler to combine the two sports from the same decade into a collectible coffee table tome. –G.T .

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Tho se who surf have a certain soulful swagger. Perhaps it’s the result of moving through life to the motion of the ocean and experiencing a oneness with nature that only comes in waves. But for those who haven’t tried it, surfing may look like amazing fun but it’s also intimidating. F ortunately, from Campus Point to S anta Claus Lane, our beaches offer fir t-class opportunities for fir t timers. In fact, some of the fine t wave riders in the world—such as Tom Curren and Bobby Martinez—learned locally. S tart out on the right foot with these surf sensei: A-Fr ame Sur f Shop , 805-684-8803, aframesurf.com, Sant a Bar bar a Sur f School , 805-745-8877, santabarbarasurfschool.com, or Sur f Ha ppen s, 805-966-3613, surfhappens.com. All provide wet suits, boards, and the stoke to get started.

Climber and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard at Stony Point in the late ’50s (photo by Roger Cotton Brown); Dick Perry’s 1959 image of iconic surfer and shaper Renny Yater at Hammonds.

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Soar to Great Heights of the day-to-day drag and fly b the seat of your pants? Paragliding may be perfect for you. Often seen atop Elings Park, floating over th Douglas Family Preserve, or rising above Rattlesnake Canyon, paragliders enjoy a breathtaking view that used to be only for the birds.

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An offshoot of sky diving, paragliding cuts the cord on traditional parachute design with rectangular wings featuring baffles that capture air for lift The pilot is suspended underneath and, by harnessing thermals, can stay aloft for hours. But while paragliding is deceptively simple in appearance, the pursuit should not be launched into lightly. Safely learning the ropes—or lines as they’re known in the sport—requires expert guidance from accredited instructors. Happily, Santa Barbara has several. Circling Hawk Paragliding, 805-403-5848, circlinghawk.com, Eagle Paragliding, 805-968-0980, eagleparagliding.com, and Fly A bove A ll Paragliding, 805-965-3733, flyaboveall.co , offer comprehensive courses as well as optional introductory tandem rides to see if flying is for you

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Santa Barbara’s roads and resources make this a cycling paradise for veterans and newbies alike

Pel o t on Primer Want the inside track on the local cycling scene? These three Rs will have you ready to roll.

RIDE Echelon Santa Barbara, facebook.com/EchelonSantaBarbara, and Santa Barbara Bicycle Club, facebook.com/pages/Santa-Barbara-Bicycle-Club, offer training rides of different lengths throughout the week for cyclists of varying ability levels.

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Owned and operated by former Olympic cyclist and master mechanic Dave Lettieri, Fastrack, 805-884-0210, fastrackbicycles.com, sets the standard for bike boutiques.

REFUEL The social hub for savvy cyclists, Handlebar Coffee R oasters, handlebarcoffee.com—co-owned by former pro Aaron Olson (one of Alex Darville’s coaches, see “One to Watch”)—competes with the best of Santa Barbara brews.

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San Marcos High School graduate aLEX D A RVILLE spends a ton of time spinning his wheels—literally. The 19-year-old cycling sensation was cranking up the rankings among juniors on the U.S. National Team in Europe when he was invited to turn pro. Now a member of the Bissell Pro Cycling team—managed by Axel Merckx, son of legendary rider Eddy Merckx—Darville bikes with the big boys, recently finishing second in the Rund u Düren race in Germany. For the six-foot-tall, 163pound wunderkind, the passion for pedaling is basic. “It’s about being free and going wherever you want,” says Darville. And he wants the world, at least the World Tour. “Hopefully this year I’ll be able to take the next step and race in the Amgen Tour of California.” Who knows? The leader’s yellow jersey may be just his color.

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GET a GRIP When the surf ’s fla t , there’s relief just a few miles from the sea. The escarpments of sandstone that shrapnel Santa Barbara’s front country beckon both beginning and experienced climbers. With a year-round climate conducive to climbing as well as quality cliffs—such as Gibraltar Rock and Cold Springs Dome—close by, there’s plenty of opportunity to gain a unique perspective on paradise. The UC Santa Barbara Adventure Programs, 805-893-3737, recreation.sa.ucsb.edu/adventureprograms, offer a progression of classes—from basic bouldering to skills needed to scale big walls such as El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite. “I’ve definitely noticed an increased interest in climbing in the last decade,” says senior recreation supervisor Laura Bylund. “Our beginning classes

have always seen a lot of interest, but now our advanced courses have more and more participants as well.” The popularity of indoor climbing gyms have given the sport greater exposure than ever before. “We are not here to replace the outdoors,” says Will Russ, founder of Santa Barbara Rock Gym, 805-770-3225, sbrockgym.com. “Our focus is on education, and teaching new climbers about safety is a huge priority for us. Plus, it’s a great place to meet new people and hang out in a likeminded community.” Tying the local climbing scene together, the gym holds one-on-one and group classes and hosts parties and kids’ camps as well. Whether you’re pinching plastic indoors or on the edge outside, climbing puts mind and body in balance while your senses soar to new heights. B E S T O F 20 1 4

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ESSENTIALS With a world-class clientele that has included surfing s Kelly Slater, basketball’s Derek Fisher, and football’s Reggie Bush, training titan Peter Park knows how to bring out one’s best. Add to the ticket Peter’s wife, Kelly—an acute-care nurse and personal trainer—and Craig Donen, a former professional volleyball player and developer of 14 fitnes apps for the Apple Store, and you have the winning trifecta behind PLATINUM FITNESS SUMMERLAND. Here are Platinum’s picks for local events and resources at the top of their game.

MUST DO s From April 30 to August 27, the sunset swim, run, and biathlon series known as NITE MOVES , nitemoves.org, becomes a weekly tradition for athletes of all ages and abilities. | On June 1, those who feel the need for speed can hit the town running in the PLATINUM

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VETERANS Day MARA THON & HALF , sbimarathon.com, then celebrate their fabulous finish at La Playa Stadium by Leadbetter Beach.

Bo dy by Brisby With our impressively honed and toned population, it’s no surprise that gyms in this town have become as ubiquitous as banks. But trying to find the right fit can be frustrating—or at least it used to be. Thanks to Dr. Mark Brisby and his team of talented professionals, The Training Room, 805-962-3278, thetrainingroom.org, takes the worry out of working out. The 10,000-square-foot facility off Calle Cesar Chavez has housed Brisby’s sports medicine and personal training practice since 2008, but last February, a new venue debuted there. The gym on the second floor now allows members to work with experts, take specialized classes, or go it alone. “We want people exercising six days a week,” says Brisby, who has a degree in kinesiology and a doctorate in chiropractic. The decision to add the new space derived from Brisby’s success with injury treatment and prevention—many past patients were eager to return and continue applying what they learned. “Your body is the machine,” says Brisby. “We teach you how to use it efficientl .” 122

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UC SB’s Adventure Climbing Center, 805-893-3737, gauchos

Kids reach great heights at 805-770-3225, sbrockgym.com,

7336, mygym.com/santabarbara, with various programs—think gymnastics, hip-hop dance, and obstacle courses—designed specifi-

O verlooking Stearns Wharf along C abrillo Boulevard, Skater’s Point is the perfect place for groms. T he

BMX Raceway,

parkbmx.com, offers skills clinics that teach BMX and mountain-biking techniques to youngsters. T he raceway also has youth practice times, allowing kids to ride freely and practice their own tricks. Whether for fun or racing, the track celebrates all aspects of BMX in a safe learning environment. Kids can work their wiggles out at

Bounce off the walls at Cloud 10 Jump Club, 805-284-2550, cloud 10jumpclub.com. Watch your kids defy gravity on the trampoline open-jump court or the advanced

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concrete park—complete with bowl and street skating—opens at 8 am for skaters, bikers, and scooters. Helmets and pads are required.

hosts a wide array of climbing camps. For children age 5 to 9, there’s the Kids C limbing C lub; the R ock’n A dventure C amp is geared for children age 10 to 14; and the T een R ocks camp is aimed at the older group. Skilled instructors teach climber safety, bouldering, and top-rope techniques as well as proper communication skills to help expand young climbers’ knowledge. T he staff also offers one-on-one coaching to create a positive learning experience and help climbers reach their individual goals.

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cally for children from 6 weeks to 13 years old. C lasses combine cardio workouts with strength and flexibility exercises to help buil motor skills as well as self-esteem.

play.com/adventure-climbingcenter, during the summer C limbing A dventure for Kids camp. T he 30-foot imprint climbing wall and bouldering cave allow fun games such as T wister on the wall and Hula-Hoop traverse, while certified instructors also teach safet , resting techniques, basic knots, and movement skills. For young yogis, Yoga Soup, 805-965-8811, yogasoup.com, offers Karma Kids classes that are a great way to unwind and enhance concentration while building strength and self-esteem. Kids age 5 to 11 can learn postures, breathing techniques, and traditional yoga principles to apply both on and off the mat. –R ach el Gl ag o

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Halloween hot spots where a kid can be a kid. Parent approved.

From October 24 through 26, the annual Boo a t the Zoo (from $10) at the Santa Barbara Zoo, 805-962-5339, sbzoo.org, is a safe, traffic free trick-or-treating zone, complete with costume contests, animal encounters, goodies, and boo-choo-choo train rides for little ghosts and goblins. From 3 to 6 pm on October 31, Montecito’s Coast Village Road becomes Gh ost Villa ge Road — a haunted hollow of familyfriendly fun where kids can visit devilishly decorated boutiques and inns. L ooking for the best neighborhoods to get your sugar rush? L in colnw ood Dr ive off H ope A venue and A rgon Circle in San Roque tends to draw in older ghouls with haunted houses and tons of sweets to go around. Bring your younger tots to Sant a Isa bel L ane in Montecito or Serena Avenue in Carpinteria for fewer tricks and more treats. –CARLY BATES

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Marrying her passion for parenting and memories of a sun-drenched California childhood, designer/mother of two/Rip & Tan blogger Jenni Kayne chooses Montecito for her first-ever home and kid store for its sophisticated beach culture and family-friendly community. Herewith, Kayne’s picks for a fun summer in our sand and sun. –A . D. H .

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Tamar Mogendorff anchors, $375, from Kayne’s Montecito Kids store; shoes, $32, soludos.com.

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Pack a lunch, grab your fishing pole , and head to Cachuma Lake’s Teepee Island, 805-686-5055, countyofsb.org/parks, a coveted spot to catch some rays—and local bass and trout. –G .T.

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Channel your inner rock star with yearround music lessons at Rock shop Ac ademy , 805-962-1211, rock shopacademy.com. From private sessions ($30/half hour) to weeklong summer camps (from $349), the academy provides a range of classes designed to inspire and expose musicians of all ages to every aspect of the industry. Under the guidance of seasoned pros and industry vets, students learn basic song writing, instrument fundamentals, and band marketing before eventually taking the stages of local venues. –M. P.

ONE TO WATCH Located just blocks from the beach on lower State Street, the highly anticipated Barry Berkus-designed Children’s Museu m of S ant a Bar bara , 805-680-7235, childrensmuseumsb.org, is breaking ground later this year. Offering interactive, multisensory exhibits, the LEED-certified museum encourages continued intellectual development outside of the classroom to create innovative thinkers of the future. –C h ar l o tte Bry an t

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CREATIVE MINDS Artist Russell Young in his Carpinteria studio.

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Wha t inspires him? The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 805-966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org, is the only place I’ve found in S anta Barbara that consistently surprises me; it’s a rarity that has an edge, combining contemporary art and intellect. It’s great to be inspired by the raw materials at Art Essentials, 805-965-5456, sbartessentials.com, which stocks my favorite Michael H arding oil paints.

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anted t o see an artist in action, here’s your chance:

Russell Young, russellyoung.com, has a live webcam streaming 24/7 in his Santa Barbara

studio. A transplant from northern England, Young studied photography at Chester Art College and trained his lens on London’s club music scene (R.E.M., The Smiths, Bauhaus) before moving on to magazine and record company shoots and portraits of Morrissey, Björk, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen (to name just a few), ultimately landing at MTV in its heyday, where he directed a slew of music videos. For the past two decades, he’s focused on his art and is known for large-scale screen prints of iconic celebrity portraits he imbues with vivid color and luminous diamond dust. The truncated lives of several of his subjects (Marilyn Monroe, Sid Vicious, Kurt Cobain) evoke the darker side of fame, lending a serious edge to the undeniable beauty of his work. Exhibited in galleries worldwide, Young has collectors from Washington, DC (President Barack Obama), Hollywood (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie), the music world (Kanye West, David Bowie), and the fashion industry (Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs).

Lotusland, 805-969-9990, lotusland.org, is Alice in Wonderland for adults. I love wandering around the eccentric gardens; I get lost in time there. I also love the isolation of Channel Islands National Park, 805-658-5730, nps.gov/chis/ index.htm. Walking on any beach with my children. Surfing with ravis Gay, my best friend in S anta Barbara. A very special person, T ravis, like me, has three children and knows the importance of time out in the waves alone. Dinner at Pane e Vino Trattoria, 805-9699274, panevinosb.com. Cocktails in the garden at the San Ysidro Ranch, 805-565-1700, sanysidroranch.com A ttending the Paper Ball, which benefits The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara, 805-9676656, waldorfofsantabarbara.org, with my wife (Emmy A ward-winning actress Finola H ughes).

HIDDEN TREASURE A little-known venue in the Funk Zone, the Seahorse Gallery, 805-962-9048, hosts chang-

ing shows in its Helena Avenue exhibit space. “The Art of War” begins February 21, showcasing the works of Bradford Edwards, James O’Mahoney, W.J. Reynolds, and others along with propaganda art and relics from conflicts that range from Saigon to the shores of Tripoli. –Carly Bates

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The Venus Paintings, a series of artworks by Mar y Heebner , maryheebner.com, was inspired by ancient statues of the goddess of love. Using her personal archive of depictions of Venus culled from years of sketching and photographing sculptural antiquities around the world, Heebner altered, reworked, and transformed the images with raw pigments and paint on handmade paper. “I find an exube ance and a physicality in the process of painting, layering, eliminating, and modifying color, shape, and textures of paper fragments to create a whole,” says Heebner. The Venus Paintings are on exhibit at Cabana Home, 805-962-0200, cabana home.com, through March 28.

Lindsey Ross in her studio. BELOW: A selection of her tintype portraits.

PHOTO PLAY From her studio in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, photographer Lindsey Ross, 805453-6927, lachambrephotographique.com, produces tintype portraits on aluminum plates with her vintage cameras (circa 1905 to 1915), using a process that dates back to the Civil War. An Ohio native, Ross moved west to pursue an MFA at the Brooks Institute. Local galleries soon recognized Ross’s talent; she’s also the subject of The Alchemistress, a documentary short by Andrew Schoneberger premiering at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Venus III—With Violets in Her Lap, mixed media and handmade paper collage, 78 x 39 in.

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INTO THE BLUE Fine art photographer Robert Stivers’s work emotes the ethereal and sensitivity to nature and the human form. Working now on his fifth monographic book, Stivers’s images will be highlighted at shows in Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and New York later this year. He currently has a few pieces featured at Raoul Textiles, 805-899-4947, raoul textiles.com, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 805-884-6423, sbmuseart .org, as well as many local private collections. For more information, visit robertstivers.com. –G.T.

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Before she became a corporate icon in hip black-frame eyeglasses, LYNDA WEINMAN taught at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she met her husband, Bruce Heavin. Together they founded lynda.com, the online subscription-based learning environment that provides video tutorials on a wide collection of topics, from business skills and web design to digital photography and social networking. A powerhouse success, lynda.com generously sponsors both UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, 805893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 805-963-0023, sbiff.org. What else gets Weinman’s creative juices flowing

MUST DOs THE ARTS FUND, 805-965-7321, artsfundsb.org, in the Funk Zone, is an intimate gallery that supports independent artists. | The most eccentric, artistic, and inspiring garden you will ever visit has to be LOTUSLAND , 805969-9990, lotusland.org. | Every Sunday, from 8 to 10 am on Coast Village Road in Montecito, COFFEE AND CARS offers a chance to see beautiful cars, both antique and new. | ROSE STORY FARM , 805-566-4885, rosestoryfarm

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For being such a small city, Santa Barbara hosts big names at our music venues— everything from crazy clubs to august concert halls. This year will ring in sweet harmonies and bluegrass beats too.

Zac Brown Band at the Santa Barbara Bowl

With theaters and clubs to outdoor venues and special events, the music never stops in Santa Barbara. J eff Theimer, director and cofounder of the New Noise Music Foundation, tunes in on his picks.

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S ings L ike H ell , 512-751-1170, singslikehell.org, presents pop, rock, folk, reggae, bluegrass, and jazz—“the greatest music you’ve never heard,” says Theimer— in its series at the Lobero Theatre.

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Not only does it host the biggest and best concerts that come to town in the most amazing venue, but the San ta Barb ar a Bo wl , 805-962-7411, sbbowl.com, also supports nonprofit music/art organizations through its foundation.

Some of the best places to discover new music and nurture the artists are live clubs like Vel vet J ones , 805-965-8676, velvetjones.com, SO h O R es taur an t & Musi c Cl ub , 805-962-7776, sohosb.com, and Mudd y Waters Coffee H ouse , 805-966-9328.

San ta Barb ar a Ear th Day , 805-963-0583, sbearthday.org, showcases creative solutions for a greener world, but there also are tons of artists with eco-friendly products and lots of great music. I can’t forget our own N ew N oise DIGI TAL Musi c Conferen ce & F es tival , newnoisesb.org, where during four days we bring 50 bands to downtown Santa Barbara venues, including a 2,000-plus-capacity block party in the Funk Zone. We also host speakers at our music conference to discuss the business of music and how artists can have a sustainable career.

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tharlingtontheatre.com. KNOWN FOR A historic movie palace that sometimes transmutes into performing arts hall. DON’T MISS Gustav Mahler’s old band—and still one of the best—the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on March 5. The French classic La Belle et la Bête, or “Beauty and the Beast,” on April 30.

SCHOOL OF SONG Campbell Ha ll UC Santa Barbara campus, 805-893-3535,

artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu. KNOWN FOR The little hall that could has brought some of the most important performers in the world to town: Yo-Yo Ma and Mavis Staples have filled a room that also hosts dance performances, lectures, and film . DON’T MISS A dazzling live production of The Wizard of Oz on March 9. Bluegrass banjo meister Béla Fleck leaves The Flecktones home to perform with significant other Abigail Washburn on May 7.

L obero The atre 805-9630761, lobero.com. KNOWN FOR Artists

from Brian Wilson to Stravinsky have trod these boards, whose vivid history stretches back to the city’s first Fiesta partie . Just to round things out, there’s a brand new renovation of the front of this illustrious yet intimate house. DON’T MISS On February 28, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation presents the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky, at the 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future. On June 7, don’t miss local gal Karla Bonoff performing with the legendary Jimmy Webb.

MISSION-STYLE DECO The Majes tic Ven tur a The ater 805-653-0721,

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Home to the local symphony, ballet, and opera, this renovated performance palace now hosts most of the UCSB Arts & Lectures downtown events and a slew of Broadway musicals as well. DON’T MISS On March 13, cellist KNOWN FOR

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DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION New Vic 805-965-5400, newvic

.ensembletheatre.com Recently transformed into a modern, 300-seat theater, the New Vic is home to the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara and hosts a colorful collection of lectures, ballets, film , and music. DON’T MISS Through February 23, David Lindsay-Abaire’s comedic drama Good People portrays the life of a working-class Boston woman and her quest for a ticket out of her Southie neighborhood. From July 10 through 27, six-time Emmy Award winner and Ensemble board member Glenn Jordan directs Matthew Lombardo’s comedy Looped, the real-life story of Tallulah Bankhead.

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.edu, presents four exhibitions by local, national, and international professional artists each academic year, in addition to its annual student exhibit and biennial faculty shows. Gallery director Sarah Cunningham leads tours and discussions, and lively opening receptions are held on the open-air, ocean-view patio. DON’T MISS Acclaimed local artist Ann Diener’s solo drawing show (through February 28). Dedicated to contemporary art and performance, the Museu m of C onte mpor ar y Art Sant a Bar bar a, 805-9665373, mcasantabarbara.org, offers

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Santa Barbara, hotelindigo.com.) Known for introducing work by cutting-edge local, national, and international artists vetted by savvy director Miki Garcia, the museum’s programming highlights monthly Forum Lounge events featuring provocative live multimedia performances. DON’T MISS “Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity” (through April 13), which focuses on emerging Los Angeles architects whose works traverse related fields think visual arts, theory, design, and fashion—through installation, photography, and interactive media. The community’s grande dame, the Sant a Bar bar a Museu m of Art , 805-9634364, sbmuseart.org, is home to a significant collection of ancient art; Asian art; French, English, and American 19th and early 20th-century art; as

well as photography and works on paper. While the museum’s impressive permanent collection alone mandates a visit, there’s always some thought-provoking exhibition, thanks to its energetic curatorial staff and erudite director, Larry J. Feinberg. DON’T MISS “Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation and the Collection of Michael Armand Hammer”—an ongoing show featuring paintings by artists including Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Berthe Morisot, and Camille Pissarro. U C Sant a Bar bar a’s Art , Desi gn & Ar chite cture Museu m, 805-893-2951, museum

.ucsb.edu, is home to one of the most important North American archives in this field with drawings, papers, models, and furniture by renowned architects such as Irving Gill, Rudolph M. Schindler, George Washington Smith, and Lutah Maria Riggs. The museum also boasts an extensive fine arts collection that includes old master paintings,

vintage and contemporary photographs, African objects, and American realist prints. Under the scholarly direction of Bruce Robertson, archive-based exhibitions are mounted each year in addition to insightful contemporary art exhibits. DON’T MISS “Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism” (September 12 through December 12)—an overview of almost 50 years of the architect’s work. Under the direction of Judy Larson, Wes t mont Colle ge’s R idley -T ree Museu m of Ar T , 805-565-6162,

westmontmuseum.org, seeks to educate students and the larger community about the power and value of visual art. Open to the public, the museum has an everchanging roster of exhibitions and a permanent collection exceeding 800 objects. DON’T MISS The museum’s annual juried show, “MADE YOU LOOK” (May 15 through June 21) with selected local artists’ work judged by internationally renowned sculptor and painter Meg Cranston. B E S T O F 20 1 4

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SAN YSIDRO RANCH 805565-1700, sanysidroranch.com. KNOWN FOR Legendary weddings (Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh), honeymoons (John and Jacqueline Kennedy), and secluded mountain-view cottages. DON’T MISS A romantic dinner in the atmospheric Stonehouse—a 19th-century citrus packinghouse—featuring the sophisticated cuisine of chef Matthew Johnson. • In-room spa services,

BACARA RESORT & SPA 805-968-0100, bacararesort.com. KNOWN FOR A secluded beachside location that welcomes Hollywood’s A list as well as locals looking for a staycation. DON’T MISS The Foley Food & Wine Society Tasting Room, with concierge service for wine outings. • The new spa menu that pays homage to the Gaviota Coast with the Babor Seacreation signature facial ($315) and other treatments. • Recently reopened, the Bistro restaurant blends Italian fl vors with local ingredients—and an ocean view.

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT BILTMORE 805-969-2261, fourseasons.com/santabarbara. KNOWN FOR The oceanside setting (across from Butterfly Beach) and lushly landscaped bungalows—the scene of toomany-to-mention celeb sightings.

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The Moorish-style spa’s HydraFacials (from $185), which combine rejuvenating treatments with LED light therapy. • The Farmers Marketto-Fork culinary experience led by chef Alessandro Cartumini. • Tapas and cocktails in the cozy Ty Lounge. DON’T MISS

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa 955697-8780, ojairesort.com. KNOWN FOR Expansive Mediterranean architecture and the resort’s own 18-hole championship golf course with vistas of the surrounding mountains. DON’T MISS Chef Georg Paulussen’s California coastal cuisine, featuring Ojai Valley ingredients—from Watkins beef to pixie tangerines. • Spa Ojai’s Personal Journeys, which combine spa therapies with a focus on spirituality. • The sleek contemporary furnishings in the just-completed renovation of the guest rooms.

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jaw-dropping views of the heart of Santa Barbara. DON’T MISS The modern American bar and grill menu in Finch & Fork. • Cruising the nearby Funk Zone on one of the complimentary hotel bicycles. • Sipping a glass of Central Coast wine at the nightly hosted reception for all guests.

RIVIERA CLASSIC EL ENCANTO 805-845-5800, elencanto.com. KNOWN FOR The panoramic

ocean view from the terrace and the historic property’s California-style bungalows surrounded by lush gardens. DON’T MISS The Asian-FrenchCalifornia fl vors of chef Patrice Martineau’s innovative menu, including local seafood, herbs from the hotel’s garden, and cheese from its own Holstein cow. • A sage-infused indulgent body scrub, massage, and scalp therapy ($240) at the new spa. • Classically elegant afternoon tea (from $20).

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Recently established Nanco Helicopters, 805-680-9730, nanco helicopters.com, is now offering an array of services—from scenic tours (from $125) to aerial photography ($550/hour), and surveying ($550/hour). Says founder Taylor Nancarrow, a third-generation

Hunter at the S hore T emple in Mahabalipuram, India.

Wid e Ho rizon s Ask Virginia Ca s t a gnola Hunter where she’d love to go next, and she’ll come up with a list that will make your head spin. It’s not because the world traveler and philanthropist has never been anywhere. In fact, Hunter has

visited more than 310 countries and territories around the globe. “I’ve traveled to many places; however, there are many more I yearn to see.” she says. She often journeys with Zegrahm Expeditions, the Stanford University Alumni Association, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others—groups that tend to head for less-frequented destinations or those with rare wildlife or fascinating human cultures. And she’s always been interested in monuments—like Angkor Wat in Cambodia—that seem to exude an energy and feel like nothing has changed in centuries. “With the world so crazy,” says Hunter, “the idea of looking for places that embellish the spirit of the world is wonderful.” What’s on her real and wished-for itinerary? First up is WIL DLI FE WAT CHING IN JA PAN , a trip that combines a visit to the Arasaki Crane Reserve on Kyushu—imagine 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes—

with sightings of snow monkeys around the thermal baths on Honshu. “I’ve waited three years for the opportunity to see Japanese cranes and watch them dance on the ice,” says Hunter. She also has her eye on R us sia ’s Far Ea st —a cruise along the Kamchatka Peninsula and down to the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin. “The point is to see seabirds like puffin , kittiwakes, and whiskered auklets, as well as reindeer herds, bears, arctic foxes, seals, and walruses.” Another possibility is A us tralia ’s O ut ba ck , from D arwin, across the Timor Sea, to Kimberley “way up on the northern coast. I like places that are remote, and where there’s good diving and snorkeling. I love the ocean!” Wis tman’s W oo d, in D evon, England, is now also on the wish list, thanks to the book 100 Journeys for the Spirit, which highlights the ancient high-altitude woodland in the south of Britain. “It’s full of spooky, magical trees covered with ferns and moss,” Hunter says. Finally, “It would be fun to go to K yoto , Ja pan , and spend two weeks exploring some of the 1,600 temples and 400 shrines. I think the world is too complex now. I want to go where I can contemplate how much we’re blessed.”

Santa Barbaran as well as a thirdgeneration pilot, “Aviation has always been a passion of mine, and the tour industry here is taking off. I felt there was a need in Santa Barbara.” What’s of most interest to sightseeing visitors aboard his Robinson R-44 helicopter? Hollister Ranch and the Santa Ynez Valley are at the top of the list. For travelers making frequent trips from Santa Barbara to the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles,

or Palm Springs, Surf Air, 888-7042582, surfair.com, provides members with scheduled flights aboa d private six-seat aircraft. A fl t fee (from $1,350/month) allows fl ers to make reservations—up to four at a time—anywhere from six weeks in advance down to three minutes beforehand, if seats are available. With targeted destinations two to six hours’ driving time away, plans are underway to expand the route list. Watch for possible additions ranging from San Diego and Monterey to Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas.

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Views from the Post Ranch Inn; McKay Waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park; Nepenthe. Gallery at Ventana

From Ragged Point to Carmel, Highway 1 winds its way along the flanks of the Santa Lucia Mountain , crossing breathtaking bridges and offering panoramic views of the Pacifi . Writers, artists, and spiritual seekers have long found their creative juices renewed by the redwood groves, sandy coves, and feeling of remoteness here; so will everyone else.

SIERRA MAR, 831-667-2800, postranchinn.com/dining, Post Ranch Inn’s cliff-top dining room, seems to be suspended over the water, providing a dramatic setting for four-course or nine-course tasting menus. At lunchtime, stop in at the converted ranch house and community gathering spot that’s the BIG SUR BAKERY & RESTAURANT, 831-667-0520, bigsurbakery.com. There are pizzas, salads, and sandwiches, along with heartier fare, but leave room for dessert. The deck at NEPENTHE, 831-667-2345, nepenthebigsur.com, is the place for a sunset drink as well as the spot to soak up Big Sur lore. EAT & DRINK

The GALLERY AT VENTANA, 831-667-4298, ventanainn.com, offers paintings, sculpture, and jewelry by local artists. To find a sele tion of books by one of Big Sur’s most iconic writers, visit the HENRY MILLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 831-667-2574, henrymiller.org.

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Short but, oh, so sweet, the MCWAY WATERFALL TRAIL, in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, 831-667-2315, parks.ca.gov, leads to views of an 80-foot cascade and a sandy beach.

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STAY POST RANCH INN, 831-667-2200, postranchinn.com, is an outpost of rustic luxury with stunning ocean and mountain views. The 39 guest rooms and houses are furnished in contemporary style. Situated on a picturesque 243 acres, the VENTANA INN & SPA, 831667-2331, ventanainn.com, is a rustic sanctuary known for its Japanese hot baths.

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SANTA MONICA & VENICE Beaches, boardwalks, and boutiques are the attractions in L.A.’s neighboring oceanside towns, to say nothing of the chic restaurants and sometimes quirky artsy scene. They’re an easy drive down the Pacific Coast High ay for the day or, with so many possibilities, an even better overnight getaway. STAY

The fun of Santa Monica means a stay on or close to the Pacifi . CASA DEL MAR,

310-581-5533, hotelcasadelmar.com—with its 129 beach club-style rooms—sits on the sand,

close to the famed Santa Monica Pier. The 70-room boutique OCEANA BEACH CLUB,

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310-393-0486, hoteloceanasantamonica.com, exudes a sleek mid-century-modern vibe and features ocean views. Longtime favorite SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH, 310-458-0030,

shuttersonthebeach.com, is the epitome of Southern California style, with decor by Michael Smith in its 198 accommodations. For shopaholics, Main Street is just minutes away from the 162-room VICEROY, 310-260-7500, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/santamonica, where Hollywood Regency atmosphere prevails. Hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is the place to people watch during lunch. Restaurants abound: GJELINA, 310-450-1429, gjelina.com, is a popular new bistro with an imaginative selection of pizzas, salads, and sandwiches; for an artistic array of organic seasonal produce, there’s AXE, 310-664-9787, axerestaurant.com; while at WILLIE JANE, 310-392-2425, williejane.com, a Govind Armstrong creation, the watchword is Low Country Southern cuisine. A longtime Santa Monica favorite in a beach-house setting is IVY AT THE SHORE, 310-393-3113, theivyrestaurants.com/ivy-at-the-shore, for everything from pizzas and salads to steak and lobster. Also in Santa Monica, CAPO, 310-394-5550, caporestaurant.com, offers the rustic elegance of modern Italian style. Cap off your evening with champagne or a contemporary cocktail in the cool lounge atmosphere of BAR CHLOE, 310-899-6999, barchloe.com. EAT & DRINK

TOP TO BOTTOM : Oceana Beach Club; peaches and prosciutto at Gjelina; the Kendall Conrad store.

Often thought of as the coolest block in America, Abbot Kinney is also lined with chic boutiques. Don’t miss Liseanne Frankfurt’s exquisitely crafted, limited-edition or oneof-a-kind jewelry at LFRANK, 310-452-0771, lfrankjewelry.com. STRANGE INVISIBLE PERFUMES, 310-314-1505, siperfumes.com, is the place for botanical fragrances made from wild-crafted, biodynamic, hydro-distilled essences. And KENDALL CONRAD, 310-3991333, kendallconraddesign.com, sells artisanal bags inspired by Spanish saddlery. SHOP

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NEIGHBORHOODS WHO Artists, writers, and antique collectors call this tiny hillside community home, where most properties overlook the Pacific and are within walking distance of stores, cafes, and beaches. REAL ESTATE $800,000 to $8.9 million. SCHOOLS Summerland Elementary School. WHY Hearty breakfasts and homestyle burgers have filled bellies for 25 years at the quaint Summerland Beach Cafe, 805969-1019, summerlandbeachcafe .com, a converted 1893 Victorian home. • The playground at Lookout Park, Evans Ave., keeps kids occupied while parents take in views of Summerland Beach, a stretch of sand with lush bluffs on one side and roaring waves on the other. • Boutiques, antique stores, cafes, and even a haunted vacant inn line Lillie Avenue, the main thoroughfare. • Wander through peaceful meditation pavilions and lily ponds to find Tibetan altarpieces, Buddhist statues, and more antique Asian treasures at The Sacred Space, 805-565-5535, thesacredspace.com.

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CARPINTERIA Families reside in this coastal enclave of antique shops, cozy cafes, pristine beaches, and verdant nurseries. REAL ESTATE $130,000 to $29 million. SCHOOLS Aliso School, Canalino Elementary School, Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Middle School, Cate School, Howard Carden School. WHY Leading down to Carpinteria State Beach, the palm treelined Linden Avenue hums with bustling restaurantnts and momWHO

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and-pop shops. • Rincon Beach, Bates Rd., has long rights that attract some of the world’s top surfers. • Named for the jolly statue that greeted passersby for more than 50 years (until it was moved in 2002), Santa Claus Lane offers everything from surf shops to boutiques to restaurants. • Royals have journeyed from across the pond, famed Argentinean polo teams clamor, and locals don their whitest whites on the fields of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 805-684-6683, sbpolo.com.

MONTECITO WHO Off-the-radar celebs, Los Angeles transplants, and affl ent retirees inhabit the historic Spanish-style estates that sit behind gates along the area’s meandering eucalyptus and oak tree-lined roads. REAL ESTATE $830,000 to $49 million. SCHOOLS All Saints-by-the-Sea Preschool, Cold Spring School, Crane Country Day School, El Montecito, Laguna Blanca School, Montecito Union School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. WHY Set against the backdrop of the Santa Ynez mountains, Montecito’s Upper Village, San Ysidro and E. Valley roads, is the

place where locals nibble on deli sandwiches by a trickling fountain, stop in to the pharmacy, peruse the latest fashions and home furnishings, and spot a celebrity or two. • With quirky seaside homes and the dilapidated Miramar Beach Club, Miramar Beach, Eucalyptus Ln., is a kid and surfer-friendly shoreline that hearkens to a bygone era. • With an oversized heated pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by unrestricted ocean views, stateof-the-art fitness cente , and fine Mediterranean fare, the Coral Casino, Beach and Cabana Club, 805-565-8285, coralcasinoclub .com, offers a luxury poolside lounging experience. • Coast Village Road is home to highend boutiques and some of the town’s best restaurants. • First enjoyed by native Americans, Hot Springs Canyon inspired a grand resort that was to be built in the 19th century, but winds, brush fire , and financial woe put a stop to the project. Now, nothing but an old road, remnants of walls, and a foundation remain. Intrepid hikers undeterred by a no trespassing sign still frequent a “hot tub” to bask in the naturally heated water, once touted for its healing properties. You didn’t hear it from us!

DOWNTOWN WHO Young professionals dwell in historic Victorians located a stone’s throw from the theaters, restaurants, bars, and shops along State Street. REAL ESTATE $398,000 to $3.2 million. SCHOOLS Anacapa School, Garden Street Academy, Marymount of Santa Barbara, Roosevelt Elementary School, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara Junior High, Santa Barbara Middle School. WHY Known as the “Queen of the Missions,” the Old Mission

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santabarbaramission.org, is the 10th California mission and was established in 1786. • Stearns Wharf, stearnswharf .org, has stood the test of time for hundreds of years, enduring wars, fire , storms, and earthquakes. Stroll along the mostly wooden wharf to browse shops, dig into bread-bowl chowder and local brews, or take the kids to discover what lies beneath at the Ty Warner Sea Center, 805-9622526, sbnature.org/twsc/2 .html/. • For more than 160 years, our local government has operated from the beautiful Spanish-style Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 805-9626464, santabarbaracourthouse .org. Everything from weddings to annual Fiesta celebrations are held in the verdant sunken gardens, and it’s a tourist favorite to take in the structure’s intricately painted mural room, 1920s-era fountains, and 360-degree views of the city from the tower. A famed Santa Barbara performing arts venue, The Granada Theatre, 805-8992222, granadasb.org, recently underwent a monumental renovation to restore it to its original grandeur. It hosts worldrenowned performers as well as local arts companies­—including Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the State Street Ballet, and more.

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THE MESA WHO From college students and devoted surfers to young families and the retired, tried-and-true Santa Barbarans enjoy the seaside parks, mellow surf breaks, and cool breezes that define this coveted beachside bluff. REAL ESTATE $750,000 to $4.7 million. SCHOOLS Santa Barbara City College, Washington Elementary School. WHY Former ranch land snapped up by William Hendry 130 years ago, Arroyo Burro Beach Park, Cliff Dr., 805-568-2465, is a stretch of sand where dogs frolic off leash, sunbathers claim

quiet spots to lounge, surfers and spear fishermen enjoy the acific waters, and sunset cocktails and seafood are available at the Boathouse, 805-898-2628, boathousesb.com. • With ocean views, sprawling green lawns dotted with picnic tables, and a playground, Shoreline Park, Shoreline Dr. and La Marina, is the spot for families to stroll, barbecue, toss a Frisbee, watch for dolphins and whales, or suit up for surf at nearby Leadbetter Beach. • Situated on a 74-acre campus overlooking the ocean, Santa Barbara City College, 805965-0581, sbcc.edu—founded in 1909—has a top-tier faculty and exceptional transfer rates to four-year colleges and universities (not to mention its expansive beachfront grounds). • The Douglas Family Preserve, Linda and Medcliff roads—known to longtime residents as the Wilcox Property—is a rugged green space located along the bluffs overlooking the ocean and beach below. It’s a great spot to walk dogs, watch paragliders soar, and take in views of the sunset.

SAN ROQUE WHO Families fill the mountain view homes that line the winding streets of this kidfriendly suburb. REAL ESTATE $535,000 to $5.9 million. SCHOOLS Bishop Garcia Diego High School, La Colina Junior High School, Peabody Charter Elementary School, San Roque School, Hope School. WHY You’d never know it passing by, but Stevens Park, Canon Dr., has a playground as well as picnic and barbecue sites throughout its wooded grounds, and hiking paths wind along a creek to the historic trails of San Roque Canyon. • On the corner of Las Positas and State streets, you’ll fin Loreto Plaza, a shopping center with everything from the upscale Gelson’s Market, 805-687-5810, gelsons .com, and urban garden center Seven Day Nursery, 805-6878036, 7daynursery.com, to

Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, 805-569-2400, renaudsbakery .com, (hands down the best French pastries in town), historic Harry’s Plaza Cafe, 805-6872800, harryssb.com, and the local go-to shop for good reads since 1974, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com. • The tranquil, state-of-the-art Santa Barbara Birth Center, 805-770-3700, sbbirthcenter.org, is where future Santa Barbarans can enter the world with the midwifery model of care. • Originally built in 1958 to function as the permanent location for the Santa Barbara National Horse and Flower Show, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 805-687-0766, earlwarren.com, includes 34 acres of facilities used for flea market , fairs, rodeos, off-track horse racing, in-line skating, hockey, and more.

HOPE RANCH / GOLETA SOUTH WHO Quiet neighborhoods and open bluffs define the familyfriendly environs. REAL ESTATE $899,000 to $32 million. SCHOOLS Laguna Blanca School, Monte Vista Elementary School, Open Alternative School, San Marcos High School, Mountain View Montessori. WHY Originally a farming community, Goleta maintains its rank as the “Good Land” with local growers like Lane Farms, 805-964-3773, which dates back to 1868. Every autumn, families pick pumpkins, take hay wagon rides, and try their luck at the surprisingly challenging corn maze at the pumpkin patch. • Thanks to an endangered species of owl, More Mesa, moremesa .org, remains a protected open space filled with tall g asses, wild flower , sandy trails, sandstone cliffs, and peek-a-boo views of the beach below. • Bratwurst, lagers on tap, and more Germaninspired fare hold court at Dutch Garden Restaurant, 805-9674911, a hole-in-the wall eatery and beer garden that has had a faithful clientele since the 1920s.

Originally called Poppy’s Cafe, its new owners came up with the current name just after World War II, hoping no one would notice the food was in fact German and not Dutch. • Located in Hope Ranch since 1900, the private La Cumbre Country Club, 805-687-2421, lacumbrecc.org, has provided a vast refuge for its members and guests to enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, special events, and more.

GOLETA NORTH WHO Young families and college coeds coexist in the hinterland of Goleta, which extends to the verdant Gaviota Coast. REAL ESTATE $281,000 to $3.7 million. SCHOOLS Dos Pueblos High School, Montessori Center School, Santa Barbara Montessori, UC Santa Barbara, Waldorf School of Santa Barbara.

University of California Santa Barbara, 805-893-8000,

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ucsb.edu, joined the UC system in 1944, and currently resides on a 1,055-acre campus perched on cliffs overlooking the sea. Known for its cutting-edge research and five Nobel Prize laureate , UCSB provides a top-notch education, a celebrated performing arts program, champion men’s soccer and water polo teams, and plenty of surf breaks within walking distance. • With a 1,500-foot fishing pie , sandy beaches, a playground and picnic areas, and beachside restaurant, Goleta Beach Park, Sandspit Rd., is a popular destination for families, fishermen and bicyclists. • There’s nothing like stepping off a plane into the Spanish colonial revival-style Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, flysba.co . • With wooded spaces, open grassland, cascading cliffs, and sandy beaches below, it’s little wonder migrating monarch butterflies annually flock to a eucalyptus grove along the Ellwood Bluffs, Santa Barbara Shores Dr., adding a whimsical sense of the natural world to this scenic favorite of hikers, bikers, dogs, and beachgoers. S A N TA B A R B A R A

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RINCON You might spot a pro or two at this famous

surf spot. CARPINTERIA STATE BEACH For families and the traveling RV/camping clan. Be aware of the high tar factor—baby oil works best to remove it from your feet. SANTA CLAUS LANE Pack your fins for great body surfing and be sure to watch the kiddies, the train track is nearby. PADARO LANE Seaside manses dot Serena Point. George Lucas, Dennis Miller, and Kevin Costner soak up the sun here. SUMMERLAND Park up top and walk down the path to the sand. Don’t wander too far south or you might come across sunbathers au naturel. MIRAMAR Think families, Frisbees, and sand castles.

Walk north to Hammonds—a sacred Native American burial ground and local hideaway. Pssst: Sometime’s there’s a bonfire or tw . BUTTERFLY Dubbed “Little Ipanema,” expect to see fit B azilians and ritzy Biltmore and Coral Casino weekenders. EAST/WEST BEACH Your Top Gun fantasy comes true—tanned, shirtless hunks diving for volleyballs at the sand courts on Cabrillo Boulevard. LEADBETTER The gentle waters make it a popular spot for families, old-school long boarders, and stand-up paddleboarding. MESA LANE The descent down the 241 steps leads you to a pristine beach where washed-up wood dots the shore like a deserted island. ARROYO BURRO (Hendry’s Beach) A canine’s

paradise. Sunsets inspire many local artists here—especially after a blood orange margarita and cioppino at the Boathouse. HOPE RANCH Horseback riding and beach barbecues for residents only—a gate key comes with your multimillion-dollar mortgage. MORE MESA Nudists flock here for pri acy—enter at your own risk. GOLETA BEACH With a playground and ample picnic

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family-friendly afternoon. CAMPUS POINT Surf, surf, and more surf. If you don’t own a wetsuit and a board, stay at home. SANDS Sorority chicks and frat boy water wars. It’s also a quiet place to study—better than the library. HASKELL’S BEACH Walk up from Sands or hike through the Ellwood Mesa to this secluded beach. Public parking is also available at the Bacara tennis courts. EL CAPITAN Campers frequent this idyllic setting for

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SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL reconvenes for its 29th year, showcasing American and international feature-length film , shorts, documentaries, panels, lectures, awards, tributes, and more. Various locations, call for times and ticket prices, 805963-0023, sbiff.org. The Women’s Festival celebrates the accomplishments of females and nurtures their dreams in an interactive, multicultural setting. Earl Warren Showgrounds, call for times, from $20, 805-565-9967, womensfestivals.org. MAR. 7-9

MAR. 14-16

At the 69th annual

Santa Barbara International Orch id Sh ow, take in the colorful displays of exotic species and hybrids, fine art works and photography, supplies for sale, workshops on orchid care, and exhibits of flower ar angement. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 9 am to 5 pm, from $10, 805-4031533, sborchidshow.com. APR. 11-14 The

At the 32th annual

Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Festival, more than 110

wineries and restaurants set up booths in a bucolic outdoor setting to share samples of their current vintages and culinary creations. River View Park, call for times and ticket prices, 805688-0881, sbcountywines.com. APR. 23-27 At

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snack on hot dogs and cotton candy while they take turns riding Ferris wheels, playing carnival games, and viewing displays of food, crafts, and horticulture. Earl Warren Showgrounds, call for times and ticket prices, 805-687-0766, earlwarren.com/fair.html.

Goleta, call for times, free, 805967-2500, lemonfestival.com.

SUMMER SO LSTICE PARAD E

OCT. 1-31

honoring our culinary community—take place throughout the month. Various locations, call for times and ticket prices, 805-966-9222, santabarbaraca.com/epicuresb.

The Community Environmental Council’s annual

OCT. 3-5 The

aims to educate attendees on ways to lessen their carbon footprint. Alameda Park, call for hours, free, 805-963-0583, sbearthday.org.

the tasty and versatile fruit with contests for everything from the greatest guacamole recipe to the largest avocado. Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, call for hours, free, 805-684-0038, avofest.com.

MAY 24-26 At the annual I Mad onnari Italian street-

SANTA BARBARA WINE FESTIVAL showcases the

JUNE 28 The

Central Coast’s premier wineries and restaurants. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2 to 5 pm, from $70, 805-682-4711, sbnature.org/winefestival.

Fourth of July Firework s display

JULY 4 The

is a spectacular pyrotechnic show at the harbor that caps off Independence Day festivities. West Beach, 9 pm, free, 805-9630611, santabarbaraca.gov/july4sb.

Old Spanish Days Fiesta

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Santa Barbara, 10 am to 6 pm, free, 805-964-4710 ext. 4411, imadonnarifestival.com. JUNE 21

Every year, the

Summer Solstic e Parad e draws both local and visiting participants and spectators to a lively celebration of creativity along State Street. Afterward, take part in the festival at Alameda Park. State Street, noon, free, 805-965-3396, solsticeparade.com.

28th annual

California Avoc ad o Festival pays tribute to

Earth Day FESTIVAL

painting festival, more than 150 artists come together to create vivid original chalk drawings in front of the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara. Old Mission

Dozens of delicious

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APR. 26-27

LUC ID ITY

FESTIVAL returns for its third year to the hills above Santa Barbara for a weekend of art, music, and cultural exploration. Live Oak Campground, call for times and ticket prices, 805-3900401, lucidityfestival.com. APR. 11-14

& Exp o, kids and adults can

pays homage to Santa Barbara’s rich heritage with music and dance performances, food markets, gift stalls, rodeos, parades, and more. Various locations, call for times and ticket prices, 805-962-8101, oldspanishdays-fiesta.or . SEPT. 20-21 The

23rd annual

C ALIFORNIA LEMON FESTIVAL offers delicious food and an upbeat family atmosphere, complete with a pie-eating contest, live music, and arts and crafts. Girsh Park,

OCT. 11 Celebrate commercial fishing with marin demonstrations and servings of grilled albacore and steamed lobster at the annual SANTA

BARBARA Harbor & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. Santa Barbara Harbor, 10 am to 5 pm, free, 805-897-1962, harborfestival.org. Explore the art of brewing at the SANTA

OCT. 18

BARBARA BEER FESTIVAL with more than two dozen craft breweries on hand. There’s also live music and fl vorful food. All proceeds go to two local nonprofit . Elings Park, noon to 4pm, from $50, sbbeerfestival.com. MID-OCT. The NEW NOISE D IGITAL MUSIC C ONFERENC E & FESTIVAL marks its sixth

anniversary this year by once again bringing speakers to discuss the evolution of the music industry and introducing up-and-coming artists to the community. Various locations, for times and ticket prices, visit newnoisesb.org. ­

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FUNDRAISER to support its work of rescuing abused and abandoned children and placing them in loving homes. The tri-county Anti-Defamation Div ersiTEA, 805564-6670, adl.org, raises funds for the No Place for Hate and Miller Early Childhood initiatives, which fight bigotry in future gene ations by exposing children to the benefits of diversit .

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Hundred Committee Schol arship Luncheon by Girls Inc., 805-963-4757, girlsincsb

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WINTER This Valentine’s Day, declare your love with a heartfelt, handmade card from the Museum

Pol o Match and Benefit Luncheon

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The g rand g al a for Casa del Herrero, 805-565-5653, casadelherrero.com, features an outdoor art gallery and contributes to the preservation of the George Washington Smith-designed National Historic Landmark. Each summer, Lotusl and Cel ebrates, 805-969-

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garden created by the late opera singer Madame Ganna Walska. Animal lovers flock to the fun filled Zoofari Ball at the Santa Barbara Zoo, 805-9625339, sbzoo.org, year after year.

FALL Local restaurants and wineries team up to produce a delectable evening for guests at the Arthritis Foundation’s annual TASTE OF THE TOWN, 805-563-4685, arthritisorg, which has benefited the organization for more than 30 years. The Think Pink Ga l a for the Breast Cancer Resource Center, 805-569-9693, bcrcsb .org, continues its tradition of fund-raising for educational programs and support for breast cancer patients. The eco-chic Green Ga l a raises awareness of the programs of the Community Environmental Council, 805-9630583, cecsb.org, while sharing plans for solving environmental issues in the Santa Barbara area.

The First Ladies of the Dream Foundation’s

Cel ebration of Dreams fashion show, 805-564-2131, dreamfoundation

.org, brings the industry’s top designers—Stella McCartney and Roberto Cavalli have shown their creations—to town to raise money for granting dreams to adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 805-965-3443, wagingpeace.org, hosts an annual

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raiser, 805-966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org. Whether you create your own or purchase the creation of a local artist, all proceeds benefit the nonprofi s mission to advance creativity and inspire critical thinking. The Tiara Ball , held by Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, 805-682-7111, cottagehealthsystem.org, supports the institution’s extensive medical programs.

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The ANNUAL BENEFIT for Sarah House Santa Barbara, 805-882-1192, sarahhousesb .org, contributes to the hospice organization’s goal of providing quality end-of-life care for lowincome individuals.

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BISHOP GARCIA DIEGO HIGH SCHOOL is an independent Catholic college preparatory high school offering a full complement of honors and AP courses. The 16acre closed campus boasts exceptional athletic facilities for our student athletes who compete in 18 different sports. With a strong community presence and history of more than 80 years of excellence in Catholic education, Bishop Diego has much to offer students of all faith traditions. 4000 La Colina Rd., Santa Barbara, 805967-1266 ext. 118, bishopdiego.org

CRANE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL is a coeducational kindergarten through 8th grade independent school located on 11 beautiful acres in Montecito, California. Founded in 1928,

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Crane School delivers an experiential education characterized by a thoughtful balance of academic challenge and creative expression. We understand that how we teach is just as important as what we teach. Our time-tested tradition of active and cooperative learning helps our students become skilled problem solvers and independent thinkers who are able to draw from a strong foundation of knowledge and experience the joy of discovery. 1795 San Leandro Ln., Montecito, 805-969-7732, craneschool.org

GARDEN STREET ACADEMY is an independent, progressive, WASC-accredited kindergarten through 12 school. We strive to promote a meaningful, integrated curriculum by challenging students to respond at many levels of thinking and learning. We foster a

lifelong love of learning structured to promote intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical growth. Students participate in activities designed to facilitate the development of values, respect for themselves and others, cooperation, and a healthy self-esteem. We execute a plan according to each student’s talents and needs to promote intellectual development leading to academic excellence. The campus encompasses 11 acres on a beautiful historic site in the heart of Santa Barbara adjacent to the Santa Barbara Mission. 2300 Garden St., Santa Barbara, 805-6873717 ext. 625, garden streetacademy.org.

LAGUNA BLANCA NOW—for today’s

modern student. Laguna Blanca is a kindergarten through 12 co-educational, college preparatory day school guiding stu-

dents to greater heights by building upon its 80-year tradition of academic excellence with new and innovative teaching methods and programs. With the thriving global studies program, resourceful iPad initiative, competitive Condor League athletics, and the stateof-the-art academic research center, the school continues to broaden and enrich our students’ educational experience. Grades kindergarten through 4: 260 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito; Grades 5 through 12: 4125 Paloma Dr., Santa Barbara, 805-687-2461, lagunablanca.org.

MARYMOUNT The Way Learning Should Be Building on a 75-year tradition of excellence, the educators at Marymount have crafted a unique learning experience. It employs a forward-looking, inquiry-based approach

that blends mastery of core subjects with acquisition of the essential skills students need to be successful in our rapidly evolving 21st century world. At its heart, a Marymount education is student centered. At every level—from junior kindergarten to 8th grade—Marymount students learn and grow in respectful, encouraging, and safe surroundings. A student-to-teacher ratio of eight-to-one, individualized attention, careful monitoring of progress, and consistent communication with parents ensures that each student’s needs and aptitudes are recognized and addressed. 2130 Mission Ridge Road, Santa Barbara, 805-569-1811, ext. 131 marymountsb.org Junior Kindergarten-8th grade * Independent * Coeducational Where the passion for learning leads

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MONTESSORI CENTER SCHOOL has been serving children in the Santa Barbara area since 1965. 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 classrooms, hands-on materials, and the dynamic and personalized instruction for yourself. MCS offers onsite after-school care, foreign language, music,

PE, art, garden, and multiple after-school enrichment programs. 401 N. Fairview Ave., #1, Goleta, 805-683-9383, mcssb.org. Founded in 1911, OJAI VALLEY SCHOOL is an independent, college preparatory school welcoming day and boarding students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. We offer students a well-rounded education with an emphasis on academics, integrity, and leadership. Our students participate in a wide-ranging program that includes the performing arts, interscholastic sports, outdoor education, and equestrian riding. Five

and seven-day boarding for grades 3 through 12 as well as summer programs are also available. 723 El Paseo Rd., Ojai, 805-646-1423, ovs.org.

PROVIDENCE, A Santa Barbara Christian School, is the first and only comprehensive nondenominational Christian independent school serving grades pre-kindergarten through 12 in Santa Barbara. Providence Hall and Santa Barbara Christian, with a combined 60-year history, merged in July 2013, creating a seamless pre-kindergarten through 12 institution whose central and compelling mission is to provide students an environment

SANTA BARBARA MIDDLE SCHOOL

With an average class size of 15, Santa Barbara Middle School provides a challenging, innovative program in a supportive environment designed to address the needs of adolescents. Our curriculum of academics, creative arts, sports, community service, and outdoor education emphasizes critical thinking, experiential learning, creativity, and compassion for others. Our students leave with self-confidence, passion for learning, courage to succeed at life’s challenges, and increased responsibility for self and the community.

is an independent, coeducational day school for grades 6 through 9.

1321 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, 805-682-2989, sbms.org.

and program in which they can flourish—academically, socially, and spiritually. Accreditations include WASC and ACSI. Providence was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Campus Award presented by the California Educators’ Hall of Fame. Lower school: 3723 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara, 805-563-4770; Middle school and high school: 630 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-4400, providencesb.org. Founded in 1976,

Albert Einstein visited Santa Barbara in 1933. He took in the Natural History Museum, rode a bicycle around the Jefferson estate and then strolled on Butterfly Beach. Where, gazing at the Pacific, he likely commented about the beauty of the coastline, and asked, perhaps, “Where is that Montessori school I’ve heard about?” It had been Samarkand. In that tradition SANTA BARBARA MONTESSORI SCHOOL has been voted “The Best”—The Best Pre-School, the Best school, five years in a row. Since 1975, serving Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, and Carpinteria. 18 monthss through 9th grade. 7421 Mirano Dr., Santa Barbara, 805-685-7600, sbmontessori.com.

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