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56 A Star for A Day The Santa Barbara Spa Experience By Nancy A. Shobe Photographs by Cara Robbins

66 Not Your Father’s Santa Barbara A look at the move toward New Urbanism By Cheryl Crabtree

96 Mystery Writers of Santa Barbara By Fred Nadis

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Eliot Spaulding indulges in the cozy comforts of The Spa at Bacara Resort. Photograph by Cara Robbins.

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30 16 Editor’s Letter + Our Editor’s Picks for Winter Fun and Entertainment 18 Contributors 20 Style File Our Stylish Guide to Holiday Gift Buying BY JUDY FOREMAN

30 Winter Datebook Performing and Visual Arts and Other Favorite Events for Winter 34 Poetry “Surf in December” BY ENID OSBORN

37 On Exhibit Featured Artists at Local Galleries 12


42 First Person Stained Glass Artist Nadya Penoff BY CHERI R AE

44 Sustainable Seasons Pick Your Own Produce BY NANCY R ANSOHOFF

46 Legacies Freedom Warming Centers BY ISABELLE T. WALKER

48 Rearview Mirror Flights of Fancy— When Santa Barbara County almost launched a Space Shuttle Enterprise BY BRETT LEIGH DICKS

76 Tee it up! Golf in Santa Barbara County 78 Valley News Catching Up With Rona Barrett BY WENDY THIES SELL

80 Santa Barbara Country Explore Map 82 Explore Santa Barbara County 40 great things to do in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, Goleta,

Back Country, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Los Olivos and Ballard 84 Santa Barbara Urban Wineries 86 WINE Winery Guide & Map 90 EAT: Dining Out Guide to favorite area restaurants 100 My Santa Barbara Story Time at the Santa Barbara Children’s Library BY LESLIE DINABERG



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Winter Editor’s Picks Santa Barbara is always a beautiful place to celebrate the holiday season, and one of the most unique and charming events is the annual Parade of Lights, when boat owners literally “deck the hulls with bows of holly” and lots of glorious lights, then motor, sail and paddle between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Breakwater. | Dec. 6, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Harbor.

There are a lot of ways to learn about philanthropy and economics, but the San Marcos High School Kids Helping Kids program has to be one of the most interesting and unique. Over the course of 11 years, students have volunteered more than 10,000 hours of work, resulting in $700,000 being raised for charitable purposes—to improve the lives of disadvantaged children both globally and locally. This year’s completely student-run annual gala benefit concert features Needtobreathe as headliner, with an opening set by Johnnyswim. | Jan. 9. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,,

One of the highlights of my year is always Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which offers a whirlwind 10 days of more than 200 films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in between. We can’t wait so see what the organizers have in store for this 31st annual event. | Feb. 3–13. Various locations, downtown Santa Barbara. 805/963-0023,

I’ve been a fan of The Producers since my childhood friend (and Santa Barbara local) Cady Huffman originated the part of Ulla and won a Tony Award for it in 2001. This Mel Brooks hit musical is still one of the funniest shows around. Just thinking about the geriatric Old Betties dance number with their walkers is enough to make me laugh. If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a treat! | Feb. 16–17, 7:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,


That particular four-letter word is one of my favorites, so I’m very excited to share our cover story—”A Star for A Day: The Santa Barbara Spa Experience” (page 56)—with you this winter. As an editor who is also a writer, one of my biggest challenges is deciding which stories to write myself and which to assign to other writers, so believe me when I say this was a painful assignment to give away. Luckily, Nancy A. Shobe did such a wonderful job of bringing her spa experiences to life on the page that I don’t feel like I missed out too much! Especially with Cara Robbins’ beautifully blissful photos. Filling out my Christmukkah wish list will be easy this year—spa treatments, take me away! If you do want to broaden your holiday wish list a little, our Holiday Gift Guide compiled by style editor Judy Foreman (page 20), is full of fasionably great ideas for everyone in your life, as well as some special items you might have to purchase for yourself (perhaps as a reward for surviving the chaos?). We’ve also got a fun feature from Fred Nadis about “The Mystery Writers of Santa Barbara” (page 96) and a thought-provoking piece about Santa Barbara architectural trends, “Not Your Father’s Santa Barbara,” by Cheryl Crabtree (page 66). Brett Leigh Dicks takes a look to the north at Vandenberg Air Force Base, back “When Santa Barbara County almost launched a Space Shuttle Enterprise” (page 48). We also look “Through a Glass Clearly” at stained glass artist Nadya Penoff in our First Person story by Cheri Rae (page 42), Wendy Thies Sell catches up with the amazing Rona Barrett (page 78) in our expanded Valley News section, Nancy Ransohoff takes us on a pick-your-ownproduce adventure (page 44) and much, much more. All of us at SEASONS wish you the happiest of holidays and an even better new year to come. Cheers to a wonderful winter! AH, SPAS!



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Cara Robbins photographed “A Star for A Day—The Santa Barbara Spa Experience” (page 56). Whether focused on an artist, model, entertainer or friend, Robbins’ photos aim to bridge the gap between subject and camera. She graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and is based on the West Coast, where she works primarily in portraiture and lifestyle photography. Her images are intimate, thoughtful, and distinctly personal—a true and honest reflection of both the person and the moment in which they’re captured.

Nancy A. Shobe | Writer Nancy A. Shobe, who wrote “A Star for A Day—The Santa Barbara Spa Experience” (page 56), also authored Insider’s Guide to Santa Barbara, 4th edition and co-wrote the documentary film Above Santa Barbara. Shobe has also written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and online journals. She frees herself from the keyboard with her work as a certified yoga therapist for highly sensitive children, including those with ADHD, autism and Asperger’s.

Fred Nadis | Writer Fred Nadis writes about the history of popular culture. Author of “Mystery Writers of Santa Barbara,” (page 96), Nadis has published two books, Wonder Shows: Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America and The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey—a 2014 Locus Award Finalist. He has also published articles and essays in Vanity Fair online and Atlantic. Nadis lives in Santa Barbara and plays clarinet with local bands, including the UCSB Middle East Ensemble.

Cheryl Crabtree | Writer The writer of “Not Your Father’s Santa Barbara” (page 66), Cheryl Crabtree has penned many a word for regional and national travel books, magazines and websites. She co-authored the very first edition of Insider’s Guide to Santa Barbara with Karen Bridgers in 1999 and Hometown Santa Barbara with a crew of insider author-friends. She has updated the Central Coast section of Fodor’s California every year since 2002, and this summer updated the Channel Islands, Yosemite, and Sequoia and Kings Canyons chapters of Fodor’s The Complete Guide to National Parks of the West. She is also co-author of California Directory of Fine Wineries, Central Coast.


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are always a magical time of the year, especially when viewed through the eyes of a child. Toys, tinsel, gingerbread houses, tamales, cookies, latkes, chocolate or a new computer gadget ... kids are easy, but what about the grownups on your list? Santa Barbara tastemakers stock a beautifully curated selection of the holiday season’s most coveted and “of the moment” items, each with a strong dose of individuality that makes us all feel like kids again. For this purpose, Seasons’ creative team has assembled a great selection of riches ripe for gifting, from elegant luxury, smile-inducing whimsy and even a kick of cool. Treasures abound, even for the person who has everything, from cashmere to travel accessories, high-tech gadgets, gourmet edibles and collectables and heirloom bling. The American Riviera is a jewel box of a town that continues to inspire and please the senses and wishes of all the loved ones on your gift list.














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man who has everything will swoon over this Rolex Cellini Watch with 18k rose gold black lacquer dial, available at Silverhorn. (3) The Lorelle Cuff Bracelet by Daniel Gibbings is fit for a queen. (4) These glamorous rose-cut black diamond and 24k gold earrings from Ara Collection are perfect for a night on the town. (5) The elegant lady in the your life will love this Dina Mackney bracelet, from Coast 2 Coast. (6) Cocktail afficionados will appreciate this Reed & Barton Hob Nob Beaker and Flask set, from Coast 2 Coast. (7) Hermes Balcon Du Guaralquivir red porcelain plates elevate entertaining, from Coast 2 Coast. (8) This dramatic sapphire and diamond ring from Gauthier is sure to thrill. (9) This Patek Philippe stainless steel with diamond set case and dial ladies timepiece will last for generations, available at Bryant & Sons. (10) This Twos Company bar set, Reed & Barton beaded ice bucket and (11) Ralph Lauren etched barware make great gifts, from Coast 2 Coast.




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EPICUREAN DELIGHTS (12) Pair Rancho Olivos olive oil, pastas, Ilventos sauce and parmesan from Foragers Pantry with a mahogany cutting board from Imagine and pizza slicer from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. (13) Foodies will savor serving from these locally made ceramics by Edward M. Spaw, available at Santa Barbara Arts. (14) White ceramic oversized salt and pepper grinders, red apple cider vinegar, cheese knife set, marble cutting board, sea salt and peppercorns from Hudson | Grace. (15) Handcrafted, artisan Naughty or Nice BoxforaBottle with 2013 Zotovich Vineyard Paul Lato Pinot Noir from Wine+Beer. (16) Viva Oliva gift box with lemon infused olive oil, mushroom and sage olive oil, black Mission Fig balsamic vinegar, smoked artichoke tapenade, Habanero apricot jam, Chipotle honey lime mustard, roasted peppers, stuffed garlic olives by Black Sheep and Jilli Vanilli vanilla sugar. (17) Iron Chef and local resident Cat Cora’s new memoir, Cooking as Fast as I Can, is a juicy read, available at Chaucers. Find shop listings on pg. 28.









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FOR THE GUY IN YOUR LIFE (18) Peter Millar orange cashmere sweater and grey

cashmere scarf with black fringe from Begg of Scotland, from Clare Swan. (19) The Runwell watch by Shinola is a trendy favorite, from Whistle Club. (20) Pantherella Socks, (21) Budd Grooming Set, both from Clare Swan. (22) Red and grey wool scarf to keep him cozy, from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. (23) Passport case by Scully, brown and tan wallets by Boconi and black wallet by Tumi, (24) Duffle and backpack by Tumi, all from Clare Swan. (25) The Architect Says Notebooks by Princeton Architectural Press, Tortoise eye wear, from Imagine. (26) Cotton Boxers by Hartford (Upstairs at Pierre Lafond). Find shop listings on pg. 28.










CHIC COMFORT (27) The Santa Barbara circular towel in classic Palm print by Kind and Good. (28) (Clockwise from top left)

down filled pillow from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond; indigo and white pillow from Botanik; ice blue cashmere throw and light grey cashmere throw with pom poms from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond; Santa Barbara towel by Kind and Good; and indigo linen throw from Botanik. (29) Wrapped spa candles by Mer-Sea, from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. (30) Soap and fizzy bath salts by Santa Barbara Soaps, from Plum Goods. (31) Ice blue pajamas and robe by Skin, soap by Mer-Sea, from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. Find shop listings on pg. 28.









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of a B/ B/ Korn hand cast aluminum frame and rubber tires car, from Imagine. (33) The California Surf Project by Eric Soderquist and Chris Burkard, Indigo and white inlaid bone frame and box, Karen Kine Italian jasmine candle and Indigo Vetiver soap, all from Botanik. (34) For the gamers, how about a dartboard? From Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. (35) S’Well Bottles, which are insulated to keep liquid warm or hot for 24 hours, from Plum Goods. (36) This denim fabric travel checkerboard set is great for road trips, from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. (37) The Pininfarina Book by photographer Gunther Raupp, from Imagine.

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Ongoing Through Dec. 4 ISOLATED: An Exhibition About Solitary Confinement Part of UCSB art professor and prominent photographer Richard Ross’s larger body of work, Juvenile in Justice, advocating for reform of the youth justice system, the ISOLATED exhibit specifically addresses the use of solitary confinement and features a combination of documentary photographs, audio clips from interviews with incarcerated youth and a facsimile of a jail cell. | Atkinson Gallery, Santa

METAMORPHOGRAPHS @ MAI This collaborative process begins with the singular photographs of Patricia Houghton Clarke, who captures images that are at once universal yet deeply personal. Inspired by Clarke’s photos, visual artist Stuart Carey puts paint to her photographic canvases and forges them into powerfully blended works called Metamorphographs. | Montecito Aesthetic Institute, 1150 Coast Village Rd. 805/565-5700,

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Wesley Anderegg Ceramic Sculpture Explore the ceramic sculpture of Central Coast artist Wesley Anderegg. His earthenware artworks feature imaginative narratives as well as commentary on social and political issues. | Westmont Ridley-

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig This retrospective exhibition, the first in 90 years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects, who happen to be husband and wife. James Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency—even precocity, given his age—completed posthumously, that one suspects he would have given George Washington Smith ample competition if not for his premature death at the age of 33. One was Casa Santa Cruz, the house for Irene and Bernhard Hoffmann. The other was El Paseo, which set the standard for Santa Barbara’s architectural rebirth in the twenties and continues to be a reference today. His wife Mary McLaughlin Craig, indelibly linked with the houses of Plaza Rubio, followed in his footsteps and established her own identity as an architectural designer for 36 years. Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, written by the Craigs’ granddaughter Pamela Skewes-Cox and architectural historian Robert Sweeney, was recently published and includes a stunning collection of contemporary photos by Matt Walla. | Santa Barbara Historical Museum,

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Through Dec. 6 Walter White: Inventions in Midcentury Architecture Join the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB at the first exhibition examining the work of ingenious inventor, builder and architect Walter S. White. The artist was recognized for his designs of desert cities like Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta and Palm Springs in which he highlighted the natural landscape of the Coachella Valley area while using new, ecologically sensitive and inexpensive construction methods. White was also known for his do-it-yourself cottages and cabins, as well as his solar energy designs like the patented solar window wall, which captures the warmth and light of the sun in winter and keeps buildings cool in summer. | AD&A Museum, UCSB, 552 PHOTOS: OPPOSITE: AMY BARNARD; THIS PAGE: HIROSHI SEO

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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, Jan. 31, UCSB Campbell Hall

Through Jan. 31 Magic Mountain For centuries, travelers to remote mountain villages, seaside escapes, desert oases and elsewhere have sought out nature’s curative properties. This exhibition investigates the inspiration for some of these quests and obsessions, as well as the truths, mysteries, antidotes and rabbit holes that arise along the way. Magic Mountain features the work of artists Zachary Cahill, Alyse Emdur, Chris Johanson, Boris Mikhailov, Yunhee Min, Shana Moulton, John Newling, Johan Rosenmunthe, Truong Cong Tung and Hannah Vainstein. | MCASB Satellite Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, 121 State St. 805/966-6586,

Through Mar. 20 Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography Take a look at scenes of Latin American culture, politics, environments and individuals, explored in Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s new exhibit, which features the works of Latin American photographers and artists who wish to show outsiders the

experiences and traditions of diverse cultures of their home countries. Full of spirit, the exhibit includes artwork from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico and other nations. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St. 805/963-4364,

Through Mar. 21 Prints from Land and Sea: A Blend of Art and Science Featuring the work of scientist artists Shane and Genny Anderson and F. G. Hochberg, Prints from Land and Sea shows the power of nature printing to capture the beauty of plants and marine animals. The impression made on paper or fabric from the ink-covered natural item shows the artistic and fascinating details of each individual specimen, and the art of nature printing blends both art and science. Several demonstrations are planned to introduce museum visitors to the art of printing plants, shells and fishes. In addition, printing workshops are scheduled for kids and adults interested in learning about the techniques used to make nature prints of plant and animal subjects. | Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang. 805/688-1082, k

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Okee Dokee Brothers, Feb. 21, UCSB Campbell Hall

Stone Cupid Sings Like Hell presents Julie Christensen’s new band, Stone Cupid, which was recently invited to perform at The Family Wash, an iconic East Nashville landmark. Stone Cupid’s first album is set to be released in January 2016 and captures the band’s natural, easy vibe. Australian alt-country singer Natalie D. Napoleon, who now makes her home in Santa Barbara, joins Stone Cupid as well. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

Funk Zone Art Walk A night of art of and artist receptions in various galleries around the Funk Zone—Santa Barbara’s fun and funky neighborhood! | 5-8 p.m. Various locations throughout the Funk Zone.


1 Chasing Shadows Don’t miss Warren Miller Entertainment’s newest film, Chasing Shadows. Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.” For film #66, he explores what it means to be inspired. “As skiers and snowboarders, we’ve all chased it: a feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn—we’ve been chasing it our whole lives, and we’ll keep chasing it a lifetime more.” | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

1–19 Saar, Serra, Surls and More Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art unveils 30 recent acquisitions by a variety of influential artists ranging from Andy Goldsworthy to Claes Oldenburg. | Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-6162,

1–23 Cinderella PCPA heralds in its 52nd season with the brand-new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical Cinderella. 32


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2 La Arcada Christmas Walk A favorite holiday tradition for 21 years, the beautiful and historic La Arcada hosts a holiday open house featuring restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Enjoy refreshments, Christmas carolers and even a photo with Santa. | La Arcada, 1100 block of State St. between Figueroa and Anapamu streets. 5–8 p.m. 805/9666634,

3 1st Thursday 1st Thursday is an award-winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month. All 1st Thursday attractions are free from 5–8 p.m. | Also on Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. Various locations around Santa Barbara, State St. about/1st-thursday.

Pink Martini Ring in this holiday season with Pink Martini as they perform treasured classics from their album Joy to the World and recent releases such as “Get Happy” and “Dream a Little

Dream.” The mellifluous group is an “around-the-world musical adventure,” whose unique sound is a mix of Latin music, swinging jazz, cabaret, cinema scores and more. | 8 p.m. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. 805/963-4408,

3–20 Women in Jeopardy! Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious new comedy. Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer. After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, imagination runs wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure. | 8 p.m. New Victoria Theatre, 33 W. Victoria St. 805/965-5400,

4 Downtown Holiday Parade Get in the holiday spirit at the 63rd annual Santa Barbara downtown holiday parade, featuring talented marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, performance groups, St. Nick and more. The parade begins on State and Sola streets and finishes on Cota Street. | 6:30–8:30 p.m. State St.

Julefest Venture over to the magical village of Solvang to celebrate holiday festivities like the Julefest Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 4) and a traditional Danish parade (Dec. 5), as well as many more family-fun activities. | 1639 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang. 805/688-6144,

4–6 Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace Shop around the world without leaving Santa Barbara at the Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace, the largest folk art show in Southern California. Vendors, representing more than 50 countries, offer visitors a selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculpture and more. Proceeds from the event support the exhibits and science education programs at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and its sea center. | Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol. 805/682-4711,

5 Holiday Movie Saturday Bring the kids on down to The Granada Theatre for this very special annual celebration of holiday films, a visit by Santa Claus and other holiday surprises. An audience favorite, nothing is cooler than the holiday season



| 1:30 p.m & 7 p.m. Marian Theatre,

Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

which celebrates the traditions of Mexico during the Christmas season with a beautiful concoction of mariachi music and folkloric dance. | 3


p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

at The Granada Theatre! Films to be announced. | 8 p.m. The Granada

The holiday classic ballet features Rudolph, Clarice, the Abominable Snow Monster and even Santa Claus himself as children ages two and up dance to well-known holiday tunes along with the State Street Ballet Young Dancers. | 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

Christmas at the Casa Spend an intimate evening at the historic Casa del Herrero, where seasonal decorations make this gala a winter must attend. The evening boasts a Casa-inspired auction, hors d’oeuvres and wine. | 5-8 p.m. Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Rd., Montecito. 805/5655653,

6 Merry-Achi Christmas The Granada Theatre Concert Series presents Merry-Achi Christmas,

Harbor Parade of Lights Head over to Cabrillo Boulevard for the 30th annual Parade of Lights as boat owners “deck the hulls with bows of holly.” Revel as boats motor, sail and paddle between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Breakwater. Be sure to wander over to the city pier for Santa’s Village festivities before the Parade of Lights. Afterward, enjoy the fireworks display over the ocean. | 5:30–7:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Harbor.

7 Hawaii Winner of two Golden Globes, Hawaii tells the story of New England missionary Abner Hale, his wife Jerusha Bromley and their trip to the exotic island of Hawaii. With one of the greatest cinematic scores, the film features iconic stars Julie Andrews,

Richard Harris and Gene Hackman. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

8 Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) presents special guest host Gail Eichenthal as part of its “See the Music Season.” SBCO celebrates the holiday season with special guest host Alan Chapman and features Mendelssohn’s Symphony for Strings in C Major No. 9, “Swiss Symphony” and Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings in E Major. | 7:30 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/9630761,

8–9 Rat Pack Christmas The Rat Pack—Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey—is swinging into Santa Barbara for the holidays. Don’t miss a chance to see Rat Pack Christmas, filled with fun classic songs and Christmas favorites. | 7:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

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9 The Tierney Sutton Band: A Century of Sinatra Celebrate the 100th birthday of the Chairman of the Board at Lobero Theatre with The Tierney Sutton Band. The band, led by five-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton, performs Frank Sinatra classics. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

10 Chris Robinson Brotherhood Don’t miss a chance to see Chris Robinson Brotherhood, who just completed their most successful summer tour yet with sold-out shows around the U.S. The band has revealed new music throughout their tour and returns to the studio in early 2016. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

11–12 Westmont College Festival Theatre presents: “Just Dance!” k An entertaining, energy-packed


POETRY is ALWAYS in SEASON A native of New Mexico, Enid Osborn has lived for many years in Santa Barbara with her musician husband, Jay. The author of four chapbooks, she published her first full-length collection, When the Big Wind Comes, in 2015. Osborn’s poems are often dark and brooding, so readers familiar with her work may find the light touch of “Surf in December” surprising. Yet this poem celebrating Santa Barbara during the holidays—when the streets “are decked / in tiny lights” and “the air smells of fish / and tacos”—is deeply infused with Osborn’s characteristic love of place and her deep appreciation of the natural world.

—David Starkey, contributing editor, poetry

SURF IN DECEMBER BY ENID OSBORN The ocean turns arctic. Hardy locals park willy nilly off the One-o-one, jump out in half-zipped wetsuits, grab a crazy, friendly board, and clamber over the breaks to charge some waves. It’s a town thing: The blue-green curl, flipflops on the deck, ocean zen, sand in our ears, tar between our toes, windbeat hair, beach glass, board art, skin art, cruiser bikes, irey surfers of every generation, awake and alive. We wear shorts in winter, not because it’s warm, but because we’re used to freezing water, you wusses. When our mountains go purple and the late sun lights up the trunks and rusty leaves of our great white Sycamores, the best place to watch is at the water’s edge. 34


Then we put on sweaters and walk downtown, all ocean-clean, full of negative ions. Signs come on in the shops and pubs, and music is free, it changes like water. Street trees are decked in tiny lights up and down and the air smells of fish and tacos. Tell me my town will be like this for as long as I can stay.

concert of new choreography by faculty and student choreographers. Don’t miss this chance to see Westmont’s talented student dancers. | Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 9 p.m. Porter Theatre at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd.

12 Unity Telethon Celebration The Unity Telethon Celebration returns for its 29th year. This annual community event brings local celebrities and thousands of volunteers together to raise funds to help children, seniors and families with needed food, clothing and holiday gifts. | 4 p.m. Unity Shoppe Event Center, 110 W. Sola St. 805/965-4122,

Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho has astounded audiences with her incredible voice. Despite being only 10 years old at the time, Evancho performed on America’s Got Talent, showing the judges that she is the “whole package.” The soprano singer went on to win runner-up during the competition and signed with Columbia Records. | 8 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

Trinity Backstage Holiday Show Help support Trinity Backstage’s outreach programs with Casa Esperanza, Transition House and more at an acoustic evening with Doug Clegg, Kate Wallace, Grey Brothers, Mitchell Thomas and Sarah Thomas. The holiday benefit show features seasonal songs and spreads the holiday spirit. | 8 p.m. Trinity Backstage, 1500 State St. 805/962-2970, trinitybackstage.

12–13 Holiday at the Ranch Bring the whole family for tours of the beautifully decorated Stow House, photo ops with Santa Claus and his “rein-goats,” holiday hayrides, crafts, Christmas caroling and cookie baking. | 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. 805/681-7216,

The Nutcracker Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Performing Company and Dance Conservatory celebrates 5 decades of dance this season with special 41st

anniversary performances of The Nutcracker at the historic Arlington Theatre. A true local holiday tradition, more than 3,200 audience members enjoy this performance each year, watching Herr Drosselmeyer’s dolls come to life and the magical Christmas tree growing up beyond the stage before them. | Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408,

Hallelujah Project 2015 Fast becoming one of the city’s most anticipated holiday musical events, Hallelujah Project offers a family-friendly blend of approachable classical choral music and traditional seasonal favorites, a guest appearance by the Children’s Chorus and a celebrity in a format designed to put young and old alike in festive holiday moods! Past narrators include comedienne and author Fannie Flagg and acclaimed actress Stephanie Zimbalist. Who will it be this year? | Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

13 Santo el Enmascarado de Plata vs. La Invasion de los Marcianos’ Part of the Época de Oro film series, Santo el Enmascarado de Plata vs. La Invasion de los Marcianos’ comes to The Granada Theatre. A cult classic, the film tells the story of the masked man of Plata and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. | 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

15 Colleen & Joshua’s Holiday Spectacular YouTube sensations Colleen and Joshua Evans invite you to celebrate this holiday season with them live in their first holiday spectacular! The newly married couple has over a billion views online and millions of dedicated fans and now they want to share their love for the holidays with you! So take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and come enjoy an evening filled with singing, dancing, magic, comedy and holiday cheer. Special appearances by Miranda Sings, the Ballinger

family, and other YouTube friends! | 7:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

16 Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Stuff the Bus Help “Stuff the Bus” with holiday gifts at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s annual holiday campaign. The local nonprofit is hosting its seventh annual Stuff the Bus Holiday Campaign through December 16 to collect toys and raise funds for 500 low-income children living at its affordable housing complexes on the Central Coast. Want to be a part of this heartwarming mission? Drop off a new toy, educational toy, or books at any of the donation sites. To donate via credit card, visit Peoples’ Self Housing offices, donate online at | 9


a.m.-2:30 p.m., Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, 26 E. Victoria St., 805/962-5152,

Solvang 3rd Wednesday Beer and Wine Walk Admission to Solvang’s Third Wednesday Wine and Beer Walk includes a ticket to sample two wines at five participating wine–and/or beer–tasting rooms, a specialty logo glass, and a map to help you navigate your way through all of the fun! Also on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. | 3-7 p.m., Various locations throughout Solvang.

17 Santa Barbara Maritime Museum 15th Anniversary Party Santa Barbara Maritime Museum invites you to its 15th anniversary party, which highlights the recent museum upgrades, including a mosaic mural by Patti Jacquemain. | 5 p.m. Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way. 805/963-4408,

17–19 “Humbug!” A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol Enjoy Charles Dickens’ vivid language and haunting atmospheres, in a story about the Christmas Eve transformation of the flinty old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Played in the company’s physical, image-oriented style, five actors—and many puppets—bring more than 30 characters to life. | 7:30 p.m. Porter Theatre at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-7040,

19–20 The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice “The Treasures of Spain” This favorite Santa Barbara seasonal theatrical production features a large, colorfully costumed company of actors, singers and dancers accompanied by an ensemble of traditional instruments. This year’s engaging and entertaining show is subtitled “The Treasures of Spain” and transports audiences to the crossroads of southern Spain, where indigenous Iberian, Moorish/Arabic and Sephardic/ k

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Jewish cultures converge. Join in and be joyous! | Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

19–20 The Nutcracker In this holiday family favorite, State Street Ballet, joined by students of Gustafson Dance, tells the story of young Clara, who receives a beautiful toy nutcracker on Christmas Eve. In her dreams that night, the nutcracker comes to life and saves her from a band of hilariously evil rats, escorting her on a magical journey. | Sat. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

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Quire of Voyces The elegant choral ensemble group Quire of Voyces shares moving Renaissance- and modern-era gems from Palestrina to Whitacre. | St. Anthony’s Chapel, 2300 Garden St. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. 805/965-5935,

28 Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven Influential 80s indie rock bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker share the same DNA in not only guitarist David Lowery, but also the post-punk genre defying ethos that has made them college radio staples the world over. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

31 New Year’s Eve Pops Say goodbye to 2015 at New Year’s Eve Pops with Santa Barbara Symphony and nationally acclaimed Pops conductor Bob Bernhardt. Bernhardt lights up The Granada Theatre with the perfect mix of your favorite tunes from Broadway, stage, movies and more. | 8:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

January 8–Feb. 5 Abstract 8: 2nd Fridays Art @ SBTC In the competitive world of art, the mission of Abstract 8 is to shine the light on a select group of talented abstract artists and allow them an opportunity to exhibit in a small group. It is an evolving and diverse group whose work seeks to connect and convey to its audience the energies and attitudes of each individual artist. | Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Rd. 805/6824722,



9 Kids Helping Kids Benefit Concert Featuring NeedtoBreathe Kids Helping Kids originally began with a student-run penny drive in 2002 and evolved into an annual signature gala event at The Granada Theater. Over the course of 11 years, students volunteered more than 10,000 hours of work, resulting in $700,000 being raised for charitable purposes. Past performers include Toad the Wet Sprocket, Andy Grammer, Sara Bareilles and other big-name pop stars. | The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,,

10 Kid Flix Mix “The birthplace of indie film for kids,” Kid Flix Mix returns with a lineup of movies, perfect for all ages. The film festival showcases the best short films and animation from around the world. | 11 a.m.–noon. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 805/893-3535,

Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show One of the most beloved television personalities of her generation, comedienne Vicki Lawrence, alongside her iconic character “Mama,” comes to The Granada Theatre for a special show, a mixture of stand-up comedy and real-life observations. | 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

The Orlando Consort, The Passion of Joan of Arc Don’t miss The Passion of Joan of Arc, one of the greatest performances in film, accompanied by the live vocal music of Orlando Consort. Telling of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, the film stars actress Maria Falconetti. | 4 p.m. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd.

Viva el Arte: Mariachi Los Camperos Nati Cano A free family concert featuring Los Camperos, which has just released a new recording for Smithsonian Folkways in tribute to their late founder, Nati Cano, who died last fall. With Tradición, Arte y Pasión, Los Camperos explore the multidimensional sounds of Mexico’s past,

spanning a century of traditions. | 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., 805/884-4087 ext. 7,

12–13 Flashdance: The Musical Inspired by the hit film, Flashdance: The Musical tells the story of Alex Owen, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh. A romance with her boss, Nick Hurley, inspires her to pursue her dream of being accepted into a distinguished ballet academy and become a dancer. | 7:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

14 Seth Horowitz Join UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center for an enlightening talk with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz, whose work in comparative and human hearing, balance and sleep research has been funded by National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and NASA. Aside from teaching a number of classes and working on educational outreach, Horowitz is also the author of The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind. | 4 p.m. McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, University of California.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour Monterey Jazz Festival, the longestrunning jazz festival in the world, has featured artists like Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Sonny Rollins and Billie Holliday. The 2016 tour showcases the music of trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and more. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/8933535,

14–Mar. 19 Barbizon, Realism and Impressionism in France Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art presents 30 works on display from 19th-century artists working in France within the Barbizon, Realism and Impressionism movements. | Opening reception on Jan. 14 from 4–6 p.m. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-6162, k

On Exhibit Now

Patricia Chidlaw Observation Car, 2015, oil on canvas, 30” x 24” Overview: Patricia Chidlaw was born in San Francisco and as the child of an enlisted man, her childhood was filled with travel in Europe and across America, which influences her paintings today. Sometimes moody, occasionally lonely, Chidlaw’s paintings are quintessentially American in subject and feel. Chidlaw settled in Santa Barbara in 1969 to attend UCSB and has remained here, putting down roots with her husband, Bob. Content in our seaside town, the couple still often travels by car and train seeking out subject matter for Patricia’s next painting. Chidlaw has exhibited widely in galleries throughout the American west, including a solo show at Nevada Museum of Art in 2014. Gallery: Sullivan Goss—An American Gallery 11 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara 805/730-1460, SBADA MEMBER

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S T E WA R T M AC D O U G A L L 16–17 ROUNDABOUT Designers Intent Stewart MacDougall’s design ROUNDABOUT is a furniture cabinet and a piece of sculpture—whichever you like. A four foot cycloid maple wood ring fitted out with exotic zebra wood cabinetry resting on its metal clad pedestal. 805.570.8833


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Handel’s Water Music + Bartok Explore the rich virtuosity of Santa Barbara Symphony, featuring a work that highlights its orchestral talents: Bela Bartock’s masterful “Concerto for Orchestra,” plus the U.S. premiere of Italian composer Christian Carrara’s “Machpelah.” Hear the brass section shine with Gabrielie’s “Symphoniae Sacrae for Antiphonal Brass.” It’s an evening to see firsthand why our beloved symphony is one of the city’s cultural jewels. | Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

18 Amazing Grace Amazing Grace, a part of the Movies that Matter with Hal Conklin film series, tells the story of William Wilberforce, who fought for years against incredible odds to end the British sanctioning of slavery. The film stars Academy Award-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

19 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra One of the United Kingdom’s most distinguished orchestras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra entertains audiences worldwide with its extraordinary performances, led by conductor Pinchas Zukerman, who has marveled the music world for more than 40 years. | 8 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

21 Agustín Fuentes Agustín Fuentes studies multispecies anthropology, cooperation and bonding in human evolution, and interaction between humans and non-human primates. His latest works include Evolution of Human Behavior, Monkeys on the Edge and Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You. The author and anthropologist gives a talk at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center as part of The Humanities and the Brain lecture series. | 4 p.m. McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, University of California.

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Itzhak Perlman & Emanuel Ax Don’t miss a rare collaboration between Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax, two of the most beloved artists of our time. Perlman is an extraordinary violinist who celebrates his 70th birthday with a recital alongside pianist Emanuel Ax. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,


Tommy Emmanuel Tommy Emmanuel, a master of many genres, is a talented guitarist and instrumentalist. Emmanuel is

a “great showman…You can’t watch Tommy perform and not feel happy.” | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

22–May 1 AD&A Museum Winter Exhibitions UCSB‘s Art, Design & Architecture Museum presents three new winter exhibitions: an exhibit showcasing the life and work of California muralist Lucile Lloyd; the creation of a commissioned massive painting covering all four walls of Nachman Gallery by 2015 artist-in-residence Stephen Westfall; and a group exhibition featuring the work of more than 40 California artists such as Kim Abeles, Karen Carson, Judy Chicago, Sam Francis, Charles Gaines, Catherine Opie, Alison Saar, Audrey Sanders, Beatrice Wood and more. | AD&A Museum, UCSB, 552 University Rd. 805/893-2951,

24 Salman Khan Spend an afternoon with Salman Khan, founder of the well-known Khan Academy, which offers over 6,000 instructional videos and changed the way people think about education. The MIT and Harvard graduate is also the author of The One World School House. | 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, artsandlectures.

27 Culture Clash Join Culture Clash—actors Ric Salinas, Herbert Siguenza and Richard Montoya—as they retell stories from their childhoods in Muse & Morros. The group traveled throughout the country, collected stories and gave a voice to the voiceless. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.

29–Mar. 25 Ed Inks Longtime Santa Barbara City College 3D Design and Sculpture Professor Ed Inks, who is retiring, has a one-man show on view at Atkinson Gallery on campus. “The

21st-century Post-Modern artist is motivated by a search for answers. It is my job to set each student on a path of discovery—encouraging clarity in the communication and development of personal concepts,” writes Inks. “I was born into a generation of artists whose education was grounded in the simple, reductive forms of Minimalism, but also by the irreverence of neo-dada. I choose to create works that have multiple meanings and levels of experiences. My work suggests an ‘everyday’ simplicity, through complex narrative associations and rhythmic, whimsical forms.” | 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr. 805/965-0581 ext. 3484,

31 Yamato: The Drummers of Japan The renowned Yamato ensemble returns for another energetic performance of Japanese taiko drumming, which includes controlled rhythms and movements inspired by the human heart. This unifying performance is not one to miss. | 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.

Black History Month Worship & Celebration Visions of Hope presents a free celebration of a century of black history, life and culture. This annual event brings the community together with Gospel music and a spiritual message with a vision of hope. | 3 p.m. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., 805/319-1762,


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Alfred R. Mitchell


On The Desert, c. 1929, oil on board, 16” x 20” Overview: Born in Pennsylvania, Alfred R. Mitchell studied under Maurice Braun at San Diego Academy of Art, and under Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He developed into a bold impressionist painter and returned to San Diego, where he remained until his death. There he became a major influence in the art community, was president of San Diego Art Guild and was a founding member of Laguna Beach Art Association, La Jolla Art Association and Contemporary Artists of San Diego. Mitchell exhibited throughout his career, and his work is in the collections of numerous museums and institutions. Gallery: Stewart Fine Art 215 W. Mission St., Santa Barbara 805/845-0255, SBADA MEMBER

2 Cloud Gate Dance Theatre One of the finest dance companies in the world, the Cloud Gate dancers’ unique style is a mixture of martial arts, modern dance and ballet. The incredible choreography portrays the very essence of Taiwan. | 8 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222, artsandlectures. k


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3–13 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema, Santa Barbara International Film Festival offers 10 days of more than 200 films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in between. The 31st annual festival transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara into a rich destination for film lovers. | Various locations, downtown Santa Barbara. 805/963-0023,

6 Tiara Ball Support critical care services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by attending the annual Tiara Ball black-tie gala, featuring a gourmet dinner and dancing to benefit critical care services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. | 6 p.m. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta. 805/883-8688,


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Alfredo Ramos Martinez (1871–1946)

1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

Hombre con Sombrero, c. 1930, mixed media on


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Cameron Carpenter Organist Cameron Carpenter’s work is revolutionary and exemplary. His album If You Could Read My Mind was No. 1 after its U.S. release. With original compositions, transcriptions and arrangements, his repertoire is the largest and most diverse of any organist. | 7 p.m. The Granada

Overview: Born in Monterey, Mexico in 1871, Alfredo Ramos Martinez studied at Academia Nacional de Belles Artes in Mexico City. As a young artist, he caught the attention of Phoebe Hearst, who arranged financial support for him while he studied and worked in Paris. His artwork was included in exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Diego Art Gallery and Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Martinez painted many murals and frescoes, including Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel. Gallery: James Main Fine Art 27 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara 805/962-8347, SBADA MEMBER


South Pacific Part of the Rodgers & Hammerstein film series, South Pacific tells the love story of a couple during World War II and is the only musical to win Tony awards in all four acting categories. | 2 p.m., 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre,


Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

11–Mar. 6 The Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious musical farce The Pirates of Penzance sails on stage in Santa Maria. Young Frederic must endure sentimental pirates, bumbling bobbies and an

eccentric Major-General, while in pursuit of his love Mabel. A delightful dilemma ensues when the Pirate King discovers that Major-General Stanley lied about being an orphan. | 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Marian Theatre, 870 S. Bradley Rd., Santa Maria. 805/9228313,

13 Variety United benefitting the Arthritis Foundation EBF Productions presents a benefit event for the Arthritis Foundation. Enjoy a variety of family friendly entertainment while supporting a great cause. | 6 p.m. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., 805/9636440,

13–14 Rachmaninoff’s Most Popular Santa Barbara Symphony presents legendary Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Most Popular. Rachmaninoff is one of the greatest pianists and conductors of his time. The symphony features his best work in a special performance by guest conductor James Judd and pianist Ian Parker. | Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

15 The Great Debaters The Great Debaters, part of the Movies that Matter film series, stars Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Kimberly Elise. The movie tells the story of a young professor in Texas who changes the civil rights movement. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

16–17 The Producers Smash hit The Producers tells the tale of theatrical producer Max Bialystock and accountant Leo Bloom as they commit the ultimate scam. The musical took Broadway by storm; earned many Tony awards and is one of the funniest shows around. | 7:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

17 Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Talented Lisa Fischer has been a

backup singer for the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti and countless others over the past 20 years. She was recently showcased in the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. This marks her Santa Barbara debut. | 8 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

20 Don Quixote A timeless classic, Don Quixote comes alive at The Granada Theatre with lively characters and astounding dances. The love story tells of an innkeeper’s daughter, Kitri, and barber Basilio in Spain. | 7:30 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

Winter Wine Classic Santa Barbara becomes the epicenter of the California wine world when one of the largest gatherings ever of the California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters will assemble for the 4th annual “Winter Wine Classic.” | 6:30 p.m. Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 800/9363126,

21 The Okee Dokee Brothers The Okee Dokee Brothers—Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander—have explored nature together since their childhood. As adults, they share their love for nature through their music. The Grammy-winning band’s American folk music inspires listeners and reminds them that adventure is out there. | 3 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California, 805/8933535,

21–22 The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Celebrating 15 years, The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma returns to Santa Barbara for two nights. The ensemble, comprised of musicians from around the world, allows a truly spectacular, globally inspired performance not to be missed. | Sun. 7

March 4th & 5th, 2016 The allure of Pinot Noir on the American Riviera. Friday & Saturday tastings featuring more than 225 winery participants pouring Pinot Noir complemented by wine country appetizers from Executive Chef Vincent Lesage and the Bacara culinary team. Two full days of tastings, seminars, culinary excellence and wine country camaraderie.

p.m., Mon. 8 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

28 Renée Fleming Diva and soprano Renée Fleming recently received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama and her fourth Grammy Award for her collection of French music, Poémes. Fleming has played many roles, such as hostess at The Met’s Live in HD series and lead in Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rusalka. Don’t miss Fleming as she astounds Santa Barbara with her talents | 2 p.m. Campbell Hall, University of California. 805/893-3535,

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Through a Glass Clearly Artist Nadya Penoff

ARTIST STUDIOS abound in and around Santa Barbara, especially in Painted Cave, where Nadya Penoff lives and works. But hers is likely the only one dedicated to the art of creating Byzantine-style stained glass windows for installations in Orthodox churches from Kauai to New Jersey to Kenya. Her strongest artistic influence is Theophanes the Cretan, a 16th-century monk whose distinctive frescoes and icons in the monasteries on Mount Athos and elsewhere around Greece are considered among the finest in the world. In her airy atelier, she creates sacred works in this ancient art form out of carefully selected sheets of hand-blown antique glass and strips of lead. When the artwork requires fine details—as in the faces of saints—she hand-paints them onto glass that is then fired at 1250 degrees. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church was her first big commission. In 1987, she fashioned 40 windows of alabaster and iridescent glass—etched, jeweled and beveled—for the breathtaking sanctuary nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara. “On St. Barbara’s Day, December 4, when the sun is very low, one of the bevels shines right on the face of the icon screen of St. Barbara. I wish I could take



credit for that, but I can’t. It just gives me chills,” she says. She’s currently working on 14 windows that are 16.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, for a church in Philadelphia. The huge windows depicting many saints— including a hauntingly beautiful St. Barbara—are shipped in pieces, three panels per crate, custom-built by a carpenter. Penoff keeps her fingers crossed that they arrive safely on the other side of the country. In her commissions, Penoff typically works with architects, contractors, priests and big church donors—usually all men—while retaining her feminine perspective. In an art form traditionally pursued by men, she admits that she feels a special responsibility when painting the faces of female saints in the distinctively flat and rigid Byzantine style. “I try to make their skin a little more delicate color, choose glass that’s a little more pink. I make them distinct from one another by changing their expressions a bit, changing the shape of a

Top: This stained glass window of St. Barbara was painted in Byzantine style, recently installed at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA. It is one of 98 panels Nadya Penoff and her crew is creating for the church near Philadelphia. Below: The stairwell to the choir loft of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara.



“I want the windows to help put someone in the frame of mind to have a feeling of awe, to experience a richness and an exquisiteness that allows them to be more receptive to a spiritual connection so that their sensibility is changed when they enter the sacred space.” — NADYA PENOFF

mouth, making their expressions a little more loving.” It’s a profound responsibility to create the windows of a sacred space. To be in control of the amount, direction and intensity of light that’s both transmitted and reflected. To create a warm glow in the interior and a beckoning presence in the exterior. To craft the interplay between moving sunlight and the prismatic effects of sunbeams and rainbows. “I try to look at the big picture,” Penoff explains, “to consider all the artwork in the church, the iconography, the building design and how they complement one another. To me, it’s more about the whole effect than the single window, making the whole sacred space harmonious.” She reflects, “I want the windows to help put someone in the frame of mind to have a feeling of awe, to experience a richness and an exquisiteness that allows them to be more receptive to a spiritual connection so that their sensibility is changed when they enter the sacred space. That’s what I care about.” 

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN some of Nadya Penoff’s colorful secular work in the community. For more than a decade, she taught Adult Ed classes through Santa Barbara City College, working with her students to create the nautical-themed window at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, the inspirational doors at Transition House and an installation at Direct Relief International. Her work decorates the homes of several recognizable Hollywood actors and rock stars, and provides a bit of reading whimsy in the children’s section of the library in Vandenberg Village. Her artist’s statement dedicates that bright window to her son and all who struggle with dyslexia.

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Pick Your Own Produce Fill your basket fresh off the farm for a real, down-to-earth experience.

SURROUNDED BY golden oakstudded hills with a brilliant blue sky overhead and a soft breeze, we wander up and down neatly planted rows chock-full of juicy red raspberries and strawberries glistening in the sun, ripe for the pickin’. And, yes, we are picking. Here at The Farm•Stead (2323 Old Coast Hwy Rd., Gaviota, 310/918-9400, farmsteadca. com), nestled between Buellton and Gaviota, you can pick your own organic produce, depending on the season, from berries, husk cherries and string beans to tomatoes, pumpkins and cut flowers. This little corner of heaven has a rich agricultural history. Homesteader Natale Giorgi settled here in 1898, first operating the farm as a dairy, and then transitioning to grain and row crops. The farm stayed in the Giorgi family for generations, and was sold in 2011 to a neighboring family with a deep love for the land and a vision of letting it remain agricultural and sustainable for future generations.

Farm to Abel Abel Basch came on in July 2014 and quickly filled wellworn boots as the new farmer. His 10-acre farm oozes rustic charm and is a picture-perfect model of sustainability. Everything grown on the farm



is certified organic, and it’s all (except what you pick) sold at the Farm•Stead shop, which is housed in a vintage weathered-wood and tin barn. The expanded weekend market offers more local products such as homemade baked goods, honey, eggs, granola, cold brew coffee and olive oil (open daily; check their website for current offerings). Farmer Abel, sporting a perpetual smile and tattered straw hat, is a passionate practitioner of permaculture, which he studied at a fivemonth program in Israel. He believes in the philosophy’s practices of working with, rather than against, nature. “For instance, we’re growing cilantro year-round—it attracts beneficial insects. You don’t have to use pesticides.” Everything is put to good use on the farm. Leftover veggies are tossed in a tub that visitors can use to feed the resident Kune Kune pigs, Sicilian mini donkeys, llamas and Nigerian dwarf goats, which graze happily on the hillside behind the farm shop. Abel also puts up the farm’s bounty of berries in preserves (strawberry-with-ahint-of-mint jam, anyone?) and confesses, “I was up until midnight making ketchup last night!” After filling your baskets in the U-pick rows, visiting the animals and stocking up at the

Above: The Farm•Stead experience includes meeting both farm animals and the farmer Abel Basch, as well as opportunities to pick your own produce or purchase directly from the shop. Opposite: At Santa Barbara Blueberries you can pick your own fruit or buy at the farm stand.



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farm shop, you’ll want to wander around a bit. As Abel says, “Walk around the fields and check it out…it’s your food!”

Clusters of other farms in Santa Ynez Valley offer U-pick options. Just down the road from The Farm•Stead is Santa Barbara Blueberries at Restoration Oaks Ranch (1980 US Hwy. 101, Gaviota, 805/686-5718,, where you can pluck raspberries and blueberries and pick up some organic produce at their farm stand while you’re at it. Blueberries start ripening in June and July, but if the weather is especially cooperative, they may open as early as April and go into August or September. On a good day, you can easily pick a couple pounds of blueberries in 15 minutes. Take ’em home and check the ranch website for mouthwatering recipes like lemon raspberry muffins and blueberry bourbon barbecue sauce. Summerset Farm (3450 Baseline Ave., Santa Ynez, 805/245-0989) is a picturesque produce stand and U-pick berry farm where you can help yourself to herbicide- and pesticide-free raspberries, blackberries and strawberries


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in their seasons from June until the end of October. Proprietor Sally Maher gives pickers their baskets, points them in the right direction and encourages, “Take two for yourself and one for the basket…and if you’re really enthusiastic, you can pull some weeds for me.” Fall brings a giant pumpkin patch with pumpkins, squash and gourds galore against a backdrop of golden sunflowers.

Sweet Rewards After a day down on the farm, you’ve earned your bragging rights to spotlight your tomatoes in a fresh salad, serve up that berry pie or cobbler, swirl them into a smoothie or devour them straight up—the added satisfaction that you’ve done the picking yourself makes them taste all the sweeter. 


Freedom Warming Centers Cold Weather Brings Out Warm Hearts BY ISABELLE T. WALKER

NOVEMBER 2009 was a tense month for the homeless in Santa Barbara. At least 27 of their comrades had died since January—a record for a seaside resort where the average low in winter is 40°. As Thanksgiving approached that year, doctors, nurses and social workers who advocate for the homeless were on edge. A big storm was moving in, and the regular winter shelter wasn’t scheduled to open for two weeks. Hundreds of vulnerable people would be bedding down in wet doorways and muddy ravines to who knows what effect. In Santa Barbara, the advocates who look out for this population are an intrepid bunch, often fierce and always resourceful. After asking the city’s main shelter, Casa Esperanza, to open early and getting a resounding “no” for an answer, they took matters into their own hands; they started calling churches. Luckily, the rector at the very first church, Trinity Episcopal Church, said yes, as long as they were peaceful and left things tidy, the homeless could sleep in their parish hall that weekend. It was a bumpy catch-ascatch-can start to what has become a well-organized and mostly volunteer-based system of ensuring that this famously affluent city is able to keep its homeless residents out of harm’s way in inclement weather. Not long after that first



weekend, advocates named the organization Freedom Warming Centers, to honor a homeless man who died of hypothermia early the next month. Paul Bradshaw, a.k.a. Freedom, fell asleep in his wheelchair at the foot of Stearns Wharf on a rainy December night; having eschewed the crowd and the prohibition on inebriants at the big shelter, he took his chances in the elements and lost. His core temperature fell to 79°. This winter will be Freedom Warming Centers’ seventh season, and signs are pointing to an El Niño. If it materializes, volunteers and staff will be busy, at least busier than last winter, when they activated only 27 nights but served 1,200 individuals in the process. Freedom Warming Centers runs on a shoestring and is faith-based on the giving and receiving ends. Ninety percent of the time, churches provide the accommodations, usually on 48–72 hours notice. Four downtown congregations rotate responsibility for providing shelter between November 15 and March 31. Other congregations provide gently used clothes and other tangibles. Churches in Carpinteria, Isla Vista and Santa Maria also step up to offer accommodations when weather triggers warrant them. Parishioners of whichever church is on deck supply a simple supper and at least two paid monitors remain on the

In Santa Barbara, the advocates who look out for the homeless population are an intrepid bunch, often fierce and always resourceful. premises overnight—making sure things remain peaceful and the space is left spic and span in the morning. Guests routinely help out by cleaning, waking early to make coffee and other small tasks that need doing. Rev. Julia Hamilton, lead minister at Santa Barbara Unitarian Society, which serves as the organizations’ fiscal agent, says the people who avail themselves of the rotating shelters—which are now countywide—are those who don’t do well in crowded, noisy dormitory-type situations that often have strictly enforced rules, including prohibitions on being under the influence of any kind of substance. The warming centers require only that guests be peaceful, respectful of one another and the environment. The trust has come to flow in both directions. Ed Wesson, director of operations, remembers an

evening when he was busy checking people in at the Unitarian Society. Guests had formed a line in front of his table. A man, new to the assembly, turned his head and spat on the concrete path. Before Wesson could respond, five other guests in line—who were regulars—read him the riot act. “We don’t do that here, man,” said one guest. Another blurted, “That’s so disrespectful.” Wesson didn’t have to do a thing. The centers work because the people who use them have come to trust the staff, he says, as he recalled one man in particular. “The only time he talks to anyone is when he comes to the warming centers.” 


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Flights of Fancy When Santa Barbara County almost launched a Space Shuttle Enterprise BY BRET T LEIGH DICKS


With the rugged beauty of Santa Barbara’s north county coastline at its feet and the Santa Ynez Mountains offering a dramatic backdrop, the Space Shuttle Enterprise stood on the launch pad of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 6, coupled to its solid rocket boosters and foreboding external tank. In early 1985, the Enterprise was flown by Space Shuttle Discovery to Vandenberg for



flight vehicle verification tests in preparation for the shuttle’s inaugural launch from SLC-6. Fifteen years in the making, Discovery’s launch in October 1986 would have heralded the west coast’s induction into manned space exploration. But all that changed on the morning of January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center at Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Robert Crippen, commander

of the forthcoming Vandenberg mission, watched the ill-fated launch from New Mexico. The seven-man Discovery crew was undertaking payload training at Sandia National Laboratories and paused to watch the launch on television. “That accident had ramifications on so many levels,” Crippen explains, during a recent interview about Vandenberg’s role in the space shuttle program. “We lost some very good friends, the shuttle fleet was grounded and the launches out of Vandenberg were ultimately scrapped.” Established in 1971 to review possible launch and recovery sites for NASA’s proposed space shuttle program, the Shuttle Launch and Recovery Board came up with two possible options in 1972—Kennedy Space Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Needing a coastal launch site due to the shuttle’s ballistic water-recoverable solid rocket booster concept and wanting to avoid acquiring further land, Kennedy was selected because of its easterly launch projection and Vandenberg for its polar orbits. While a number of sites were considered, the shuttle program eventually found a home at Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 6, with construction commencing in 1979. Originally constructed for the United States Air Force’s aborted Manned Orbiting Laboratory, the launch facility was mothballed when the program was cancelled in 1969. Resurrecting the site for the NASA–Air Force collaboration and refitting it to Space Shuttle configuration ultimately cost more than $4 billion.



Opposite: The space shuttle Enterprise is parked atop its specially designed 76-wheel transporter at Space Launch Complex Six. In the background is the payload changeout room. This page: An overhead view of the Space Shuttle Enterprise moving toward the shuttle assembly building at Space Launch Complex Six aboard its specially-designed 76-wheel transporter.

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Unlike Kennedy Space Center, where the shuttle, booster rockets and external tank were assembled in the vehicle assembly plant and rolled to the launch pad, Vandenberg’s spacecraft was to be “stacked” at the launch pad, with payloads readied in adjacent cleanrooms. A new launch tower with an escape system for the shuttle crew was added, as were two flame ducts for the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters. Liquid hydrogen and oxygen storage tanks, payload preparation and change-out facilities, and a shuttle assembly building were added to the original complex. The existing 5,500-foot Vandenberg runway was also lengthened to 15,000 feet to accommodate potential end-ofmission landings, and SLC-6 was declared operational during a ceremony held on

October 15, 1985. “Myself and the rest of the Discovery crew visited Vandenberg several times in preparation for our flight and were actually out there when Enterprise was on the pad for the fit check,” Crippen says. “That was an impressive sight.” The shuttle’s orbital flights got underway at Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981, with the successful launch of STS-1. For the two-day mission, the two-man crew included John Young as commander and Crippen as pilot. “I thought it was going to be difficult to get the vehicle off the ground because it was such a complicated thing,” Crippen says of the inaugural orbital launch. “When we lifted off, the main thought going through my mind was, ‘Don’t let me screw up.’ A lot of folks had worked very

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hard to get us to that point, and I certainly didn’t want to be the one who somehow didn’t make it successful.” A further 23 missions departed from Kennedy Space Center prior to the ill-fated Challenger launch, and in the wake of the tragedy, both work at SLC-6 and the program itself came to a halt. “The shuttle program immediately went into the Challenger investigation and stopped all activity at Vandenberg,” explains Charles B. Mars, who was NASA’s chief shuttle project engineer and served as NASA’s activation chief for Vandenberg.” In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the space shuttle program was overhauled, resulting in the cancellation of the Vandenberg launches and the facility’s closure. “Challenger was why

Vandenberg was scrapped,” Mars says. “We had one major issue at the Vandenberg pad that was still being worked on. When the main engines fired, the exhaust went into the tunnel, and if they had to be shut off for some reason, there was a backpressure that could have blown the ass end of the shuttle. “We had a solution and then Challenger occurred. There was politics at play. Some of the Air Force guys wanted to stay with the big expendable launch Opposite: The Space Shuttle Enterprise in launch position on the Space Launch Complex (SLC) #6, commonly known as “SLICK 6,” during the ready-to-launch checks to verify launch procedures. This page: An air-to-air left side view of the space shuttle orbiter Discovery atop a NASA Boeing 747 carrier aircraft as it flies over the SpaceLaunch Complex No. 6.





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“When we lifted off, the main thought going through my mind was, ‘Don’t let me screw up.’ A lot of folks had worked very hard to get us to that point, and I certainly didn’t want to be the one who somehow didn’t make it successful.” — COM M ANDER ROBERT CRIPPEN, PILOT OF STS-1



vehicles instead of the shuttle, and that gave them all the ammunition they needed to shut down the shuttle out there.” After the cancelation of STS-62-A, Crippen never flew another space shuttle mission. A Naval aviator who went through the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base before being recruited for the MOL program, Crippen joined NASA in 1969. In addition to piloting the inaugural space shuttle orbital mission, he commanded three further shuttle flights before serving as director of the space shuttle program at NASA in Washington D.C. and then as director of Kennedy Space Center. Looking back across his distinguished tenure with manned space flight, he has only one regret. “If I have one disappointment in my flying career, it was that I never got to fly out of Vandenberg,” says Crippen, who was twice scheduled to launch from the facility, first with the MOL program and then on a space shuttle. “I really wanted to do that. “I think it was a mistake that the Air Force didn’t get to take advantage of the vehicle. I believe flying missions out of Vandenberg would have contributed a great deal.” 


An overall view of the Space Shuttle Enterprise in launch position on the Space Launch Complex (SLC) #6, commonly known as “SLICK 6,” during the ready-to-launch checks to verify launch procedures.

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cantera columns, Saltillo tile, carved stone fireplaces, beautiful fountains and expansive terraces. A beautiful gateway and an elegant, gently curving driveway leads to a stately motor court. An archway leads to a lushly landscaped interior courtyard behind adobe walls, then into a dramatic galleria and the Sala Grande, with its hand-painted, handhewn beams and 14-foot ceilings. A unique cantina, framed in cantera stone, invites enjoyment of the charm and hospitality of a bygone era. The dining room, with its exquisite chandelier of grand proportions and tall glass doors leading to a covered terrace, overlooks the gardens and a swimming pool, and offers an impressive ocean view. A magnificent gourmet kitchen and informal dining area with private terrace features quality appliances and convenience. The master bedroom suite includes a marble bath, and each of the three spacious bedroom suites offers a private tiled bath and handpainted fireplace with authentic Spanish design motifs. The bedroom wing of the estate is enhanced with a private courtyard and fountain. In total, the estate includes nine fireplaces, gentlemen’s and ladies’ studies, an immense recreation room, home theater, exercise gym and four-car garage. Outside, an old-world aqueduct gently moves water from a courtyard fountain that cascades into the 20’ x 50’ heated swimming pool and spa, complemented with a large poolside cabana for guests and an excellent area for entertaining. Luxurious in scale, lavish in detail, Las Cascadas offers California living at its very best.

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Above: Eliot Spaulding enjoys the ultimate in pampering, The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore’s ocean view Palm Nail Suite. Opposite: The lovely, historic Biltmore grounds certainly add to the spa’s serenity.


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n many an afternoon, I stroll along the sandy shores of Butterfly Beach in Montecito and then drift across the street into the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore’s resplendent gardens. It’s active relaxation for me—going from the roar of the ocean to the trill of the garden birds. Relaxation is most often discovered in nature…and in spas. Rave reviews about the Biltmore’s Palm Nail Suite recently piqued my curiosity. After all, how different can one pedicure be from another? I resolve to find out one afternoon. Instead of my dipping my toes into the warm waters off of Butterfly Beach, I decide to dip them into the Palm Nail Suite right across the street. My birthday is near and I deserve “star” treatment or at least “star” feet, I convince myself with a laugh. I wind my way through The Biltmore’s lush 22-acre gardens. Birds trill. Palms sway. Flowers bloom in rich semi-tropical colors. A regal flow of Spanish-Colonial styled rooms and suites greet me. The Biltmore is so quietly sophisticated and beautifully graceful that it’s like meeting royalty on a casual stroll. This quintessentially “old California” resort has always has been one of my favorites. It’s also local actress Katie Thatcher’s favorite. She says, “I like The Biltmore because of its old-world charm. I love the feel of walking into the building and thinking about when it was first built and who was there. Their spa is very lovely…it’s a class act.” As the nail technician, Ute, opens the door into the Palm Nail Suite, expansive, unobstructed ocean views greet me. Open French doors invite in warm ocean breezes and the delicate scent of roses blooming in the garden below. I sit back on the soft spa bench, lower my feet into the water and close my eyes. Ute begins to work, gently massaging my feet. I am lulled into a trance-like calm. Truly, I’ve never had a more luxurious pedicure experience. When Ute finishes, she hands me a brochure of The Biltmore’s vast menu of facials, massages, body scrubs and wraps. I’m tempted to try their signature detoxifying seaweed body wrap but I decide to wait. Instead I marvel at how my toenails match the burnt orange of the setting sun over the Pacific. If a mere pedicure feels this good, what would a massage feel like?

Beauty is everywhere Eliot Spaulding looks during a day of indulgence at The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore. Photos by Cara Robbins.

WARNING: THE SANTA BARBARA SPA EXPERIENCE IS ADDICTIVE. For my next spa-hhh experience, I choose the Bacara Resort. Wafts of fragrant eucalyptus greet me when I open the massive wooden doors into the spa. The last time I smelled such a heady fragrance was when I strolled through the Rivera’s Franceschi Park after a winter rainstorm. I inhale, count to ten in my head and exhale. My shoulders fall away from my ears; my stomach starts to unknot. Cares? What cares do I have, I tell myself? I handed them over with my keys to the valet attendant. Once inside the women’s lounge, I open my locker and remove a plush Frette robe. I wrap myself in it, slip on my spa sandals and shuffle upstairs to the waiting room, where I await my Swedish massage. Bacara’s 42,000-square-foot luxury spa has so many amenities that if my get-up-and-go hadn’t got-up-andwent; I would have arrived earlier and indulged in its newly remodeled fitness room. Filled with brand new Precor machines, it’s the largest fitness room I’ve ever seen in a resort hotel. My masseuse arrives with Swiss precision. Fiftyminutes later, I emerge, barely able to shuffle back to the woman’s lounge. The aromatherapy and seaweed pack, combined with a relaxing Swedish massage, have turned me into absolute putty. I should get dressed and go home, but every ounce of me screams, “No.” Instead, I grab my swimsuit and head to the adult-only saline spa pool conveniently located outside the spa doors. I sit on a lounger that’s still catching the late-day sun. “Good choice,” a twenty-something man several loungers away says to me. He’s visiting from New York, a copyright attorney on a trip with his father, a Broadway producer. I ask him how he’s enjoying his stay. He says, “It’s been awesome. Everything’s perfect. My dad and I had great massages yesterday.” If it weren’t past lunchtime, I would order something from Chef Vincent Lesage’s inspired menu at the Spa Café. Instead, I step into the water and begin to talk to a woman who is floating effortlessly on her back. She’s here for a girlfriend getaway, she says, for a friend’s 50th. It’s the perfect birthday venue. After 30 laps, I am back in the women’s lounge and ready to call it a night. A relaxing massage. A salt-water swim. What could possibly add to the experience? As I grab a towel, I spot the Eucalyptus Steam Room. Okay, maybe there is one more thing. I walk into the dense steam, take a deep breath, count to ten and exhale. The Spa at Bacara Resort has a variety of indoor and outdoor options, enjoyed here by Eliot Spaulding. Photos by Cara Robbins.



My next stop is the Belmond El Encanto luxury resort. Located on the tony Riviera and rated as Forbes’ only five-star resort in Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto has views over the city to the ocean and seven acres of lusciously landscaped gardens and Eucalyptus trees. What was once beautifully old-fashioned has been transformed into elegantly chic. Sculpture, glass and art add an elite sophistication. Behind the front desk on the wall is Yoshimoto Sarto’s 120 prayers, consisting of bronze coated pinecones. It’s worth a visit just to see this installation. I descend a grand spiral staircase toward the boutique spa. Today I have an 80-minute You Are Beautiful treatment, which begins with an organic sugar, espresso and cacao with banana blossom exfoliation. “Oops,” I say. “I didn’t realize it contains espresso. I’m allergic.” Massage therapist Cat deftly revises the treatment to one with a citrus and strawberry base and begins the exfoliation. After exfoliation, Cat continues with the original You are Beautiful treatment by applying flower petal moisturizing milk mask (coconut milk). It draws out impurities. I am then wrapped in a foil blanket while Cat massages my scalp and feet. Once unwrapped and showered, Cat gives me an incredible massage with mimosa flower and honey oil with peony flower. The scent is intoxicating. Afterward, I can’t find the women’s lounge because I am in an altered state. Cat smiles as she shows me the way and offers me a complimentary glass of Prosecco. I’m so blissed out; yet, I know, its time for me to get back to work. Darn. Belmond El Encanto’s infinity-edged pool will have to wait, as will their signature seasonal body scrub, which is peppermint for winter. While I wait for the valet to bring my car, I catch a scent of something I have smelled before. It is the faint scent of eucalyptus, the trees that dot the Riviera. Rumor has it that Santa Barbara’s spa experience will soon be even more posh and plushy. San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito and Chumash Casino Resort & Spa in Santa Ynez Valley are both currently remodeling their spas into what will prove to be, I am sure, even more luxurious spas with more diverse menus. I can’t wait. For my final spa experience in my Santa Barbara round robin, I visit Alchemy Wellness Spa, an independent spa and wellness center founded by healing specialist Emma Narachi, located downtown on the corner of Haley and Chapala streets. I enter the spa through its café. Aromatic smells greet me along with authentic Moorish windows and arches. I swear I have just rubbed Aladdin’s lamp, and my wishes have been granted. Belmond El Encanto’s spa treatments draw inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape. Couples massage photo courtesy Belmond El Encanto; all other photos by Cara Robbins.


Alchemy is a spa with a commitment to wellness. The finest wellness techniques of the East and West have been combined into an interesting menu of services: Aurasoma color therapy, IsoPod flotation experience, adrenal restore, chakra wellbeing, reiki and oxygen facials. When I ask Narachi why she founded the spa, she says, “I went on a retreat to Thailand . . . I had not experienced that kind of freedom since I was a child. And, I thought, why do I have to go all the way across the world why isn’t there anything like that here? My vision was that I was always going to be doing my healing work.” Renowned yogi Siddhi Ellinghoven teaches classes and hold cleanses at Alchemy. And Alchemy Café chef Jose Nava integrates Chinese medicine, western herbalism, nutrition and scientific research into dynamic seasonal cuisine that makes the café a sumptuous experience. I indulged in some Alchemy rolls and shitake mushroom soup. Yum. With a satiated body and spirit, my Santa Barbara spa odyssey is now complete. How grateful I am that I’ve been a spa star for not one, not two, but four days. Four full days of relaxation. Ah, life is good in Santa Barbara.  Treatments at Alchemy Wellness Spa go beyond the superficial to nourish you as they relax and rejuvenate their bodies and souls. Photos courtesy Alchemy Wellness Spa.




35 W. Haley St., 805/899-8811,

8301 Hollister Ave., 844/2760955,

Facials: Gentlemen’s, oxygen infusion, stem cell, DNA natural facelift, holistic facelift, balancing 5-clay mask.

Facials: Bacara signature, BABOR men, fountain of youth, ocean express, organic bliss.

800 Alvarado Pl., 805/845-5800,

Massages: Lymphatic, deep tissue, sports, Swedish, prenatal, couples, reshaping and weight loss therapy. Notable: Body polish/masque, IsoPod floatation. Check their local memberships that provide a multitude of options and packaged discounts, and check the website for monthly specials.

Massages: Gaviota herbal therapy, classic, Bacara blend, east west fusion, sea stone therapy, prenatal, stress release, sole relief, soul to soul, Bacara sea breeze rooftop. Notable: Body melts, exfoliation, sea mask. Year-round special— receive a 50-minute Swedish massage or a European facial for $125, Sundays–Fridays, including use of the adult-only saltwater pool.

Facials: signature facials and oxygen treatments, body treatments and more. Massages: Swedish, deep tissue, aromastone and Thai. Notable: bronzing packages, hair, nails, waxing. Local special: 20% discount on all spa services, except for hair, Mondays–Thursdays.

THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT THE BILTMORE 1260 Channel Dr., 805/969-2261, spa/ Facials: Hydra, hydro peptide (anti-wrinkle, brightening), pure rejuvenating, rejuvenating stone, Four Seasons custom, beauty flash. Massages: Stone therapy, Ty fitness, Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, maternity, reflexology, raindrop essential oil, pure breathing, aromatherapy, true relaxation, clear mind, natural rest. Notable: Local special: 20% discount on spa services Mondays– Thursdays.

Photos, clockwise from top: Breathe in the health benefits of Himalayan salt inside the Salt Cave; Float Luxury Spa’s charming reflecting pool; Twilight at the Oaks at Ojai; Kuyam Treatment at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; and inside Evolutions Medical & Day Spa. Salt Cave photo by Ciro Coelho, all other photos courtesy of spas.




A BOUNTY OF BLISS If you’re ready to relax and be pampered, you’ve come to the right place, because Santa Barbara County is a wellspring of spas. Here are a few of our other favorites. CIELO SPA BOUTIQUE


Open the door and take time to rest your mind and relax your body. Just as your eyes are mirrors of your soul, your skin is a reflection of your health. At Cielo Spa Boutique in Santa Barbara, you’ll discover customized skin care with results and embark on a routine of balance and renewal.

This beautifully designed space inspires renewal. Featuring a coastal modern design, Float is light and airy, modern but comfortable, simple yet luxurious. Come in for a quick fix or stay for the day and enjoy all of the facilities, from their beautifully appointed locker rooms to Sky Lounge or the private garden with reflecting pool and fountains.

Facials: Vitamin C, O2 lift, custom, all natural. Massages: Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, couples. Notable: Salt scrub body treatment, eifelfango mud treatment, wild lime hair treatment, waxing, lash tinting. 1725 STATE ST., SUITE C 805/687-8979 CIELOSPASB.COM

EVOLUTIONS MEDICAL & DAY SPA This medical spa offers a fusion of clinical and luxurious. Whether you are looking for state-ofthe-art medical treatments or a relaxing getaway from life’s stresses, they have everything you need in their 6,000-squarefoot facility. Their highly trained medical staff help you achieve the results you desire for issues such as acne, wrinkles, sun damage, stretch marks, hair removal and more, plus fullservice day spa. Facials: A wide range of facials, from anti-acne to age-defying oxygen and more. Massages: Swedish, sports, deep tissue, Shiatsu, hot stone, warm oil. Notable: Medical treatments as well as spa treatments. 350 CHAPALA ST., SUITE 103 805/695-2172 EVOLUTIONSMEDICALSPA.COM

Facials: The works, tune-up, clarifying, fire and ice, champagne fizz, collagen boost, crystal clear, skinceuticals gel peel, coconut scalp treatment. Massages: Revive, light, float signature, deep, sea stone, Thai, couples, mellow mama, dry body brushing, arnica. Notable: Acu-massage, rituals, waxing. 18 E. CANON PERDIDO ST. 805/845-7777 FLOATLUXURYSPA.COM

GOOD SPA AT GOODLAND Enjoy a variety of spa treatments at Goodland Hotel. Facials: Pro intense contouring and lifting, tri-enzyme, visible brilliance. Massages: Wahini-to-be massage, aroma ocean stone, beachcomber sole soother, custom deep muscle, signature GoodSpa. Notable: If desired, most treatments can be enjoyed poolside. 5650 CALLE REAL, GOLETA 805/964-6246 THEGOODLAND.COM

LE REVE SPA Promoting the natural connections between personal well being, economic sustainability and the health of our planet.

Facials: Mini refresher, deep clarifying, age-defying/antioxidant, “The Dream,” mind and body.

Massages: Himalayan salt scrub, Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, lymphatic.

Massages: Herbal body polish, “The Dream” back treatment, blueberry body slimming wrap, total body bliss.

21 W. GUTIERREZ ST. 805/564-2977 LE-REVE.COM

Notable: Detoxyfying infrared dome treatment. Himalayan Salt Cave classes include: mat Pilates and foundation training; core, flow, stretch and gentle yoga; yoga Nidra and Tai Chi, and special ceremonies that include sound healing, conscious breathing, Reiki cleansing, and more.


740 STATE ST. 805/963-7255 SALTCAVESB.COM

Notable: Sunless tanning, makeup, waxing/tinting, mani/pedi.

“Let us inspire your senses and renew your spirit. Our highly skilled professionals will relax, refresh and re-energize you in our luxurious, eco-friendly sanctuary of tranquility,” say the professionals at Qui Si Bella. Facials: Mediterranean, rainforest herbs anti-aging, age intervention, organic balancing, balancing yin and yang, acne, jade stone, bella express, back, enzyme peel, herbal recovery neck treatment, herbal recovery eye intensive. Massages: Swedish, sports/deep tissue, hot stone, ayurvedic, prenatal, Thai, Shirodhara, cranial sacral, Indian ayurvedic scalp, hand/foot reflexology. Notable: Serenity rituals, scrubs and wraps. 3311 STATE ST. 805/682-0003 QUISIBELLA.COM

SALT CAVE SALT is certainly Santa Barbara’s most unique spa experience. Let your shoulders drop, relax in zero-gravity chairs and breathe in pink Himalayan salt, known for its healing properties and calming effects. SALT boasts two caves— the larger one fits up to 18 people and runs on the hour, the smaller cave seats six and can be rented for private sessions. Enter the dimly lit space, recline—clothed— into comfortable lounges, relax to soft music and breathe in the salt as Halo generators pump dry aerosol microparticles of salt into the air to improve respiratory and immune systems.

SAN YSIDRO RANCH The spa services at San Ysidro Ranch are always private, always personal, always about you. Experience the luxury of their in-cottage spa program, which transforms your room into your very own spa suite. You can relax and enjoy the lasting effects of your spa treatments in the beautiful surroundings of your own cottage long after the therapist leaves. Massages: Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, east-west, shiatsu, Thai table, floor-mat treatments, ranch signature, ranch romance, nirvana, arnica therapeutic, pure bliss scalp, healer. Facials: Traditional European, eternal youth. Notable: Japanese skin brushing. 900 SAN YSIDRO LN. 805/565-1700 SANYSIDRORANCH.COM

SANTA BARBARA SPA DEL MAR Nestled within the 360-room oceanfront Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort is Spa del Mar, a unique and intimate day spa. Adjacent to the resort’s beautiful pool and Jacuzzi, Spa del Mar boasts four luxurious treatment rooms, including a couple’s room for a special experience. Spa del Mar has a private sun-drenched outdoor patio with a tranquil setting of beautiful ferns Continued on pg. 74

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RED TILE ROOFS, wrought-iron embellishments, earthtone facades, arched entrances—ever since the city of Santa Barbara rose from the ashes of the 1925 earthquake, these Spanish-Moorish influences have dominated the town’s architectural style. This unified look is largely due to the strict architectural guidelines for El Pueblo Viejo, “The Old Town” historic district in the downtown and waterfront areas first established by the city’s Architectural Board of Review shortly after the earthquake and still in modified operation. According to City of Santa Barbara Senior Planner Jaime Limón, the three Hispanic traditional architectural style types for El Pueblo Viejo include California Adobe, Monterey Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival (1915–1930). Current chair of the Architectural Board of Review (ABR), Kirk Gradin of Banyan Architects, says, “These guidelines were adopted as part of the city charter in 1960 in order to ‘preserve and enhance the unique heritage and architectural character of the central area of the city.’ In addition to protecting architectural landmarks, the ‘cohesiveness’ of the area is achieved by the regulation of architectural styles. Within the district, it is required that all new buildings and significant remodels of existing structures utilize architectural forms that have evolved out of the Hispanic-Mediterranean tradition, particularly those represented by the whitewashed cities of Andalusia in southern Spain.”


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complex is a prime example of a recent project that meets the strict El Pueblo Viejo architectural standards while serving as a showcase for state-of-the-art 21st-century interior design. Owner Marge Cafarelli tore down the existing 1959 Art Deco building, which most recently housed a Vons grocery store, and built the Alma del Pueblo condominiums and Santa Barbara Public Market from the ground up. The exterior architecture blends seamlessly with that of the adjacent Arlington Theatre, built in the 1930s. But the building also earned LEED platinum status for its sustainable construction. “We built a very timeless style of architecture that represents not only Santa Barbara Spanish-Mediterranean-Andalusian architecture, but also high-performance building,” says Cafarelli. The spacious market interior, which drew inspiration from San Francisco’s Ferry Building, public markets in Madrid and London, and Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, sports an industrial look, with high ceilings, skylights, stainless steel and muted background colors that provide a subtle background canvas on which individual tenants can reflect their own creative displays. The Alma del Pueblo project also reflects lifestyle desires of many Santa Barbara residents. “People living downtown and walking to services, that’s important to the overall value of the project for the community and residents,” says Cafarelli. “It’s a gathering place for the community. You want M ARKET

people on the streets, it’s healthy for a city to have eyes on the street, it’s healthy for other retail in the neighborhood… We’ve got people who want to walk to the Apple Store, then pop into the market for dinner where local tenants are doing fun and exciting things with food.” ABR’s Gradin says, “What puts the public market/Alma Del Pueblo in the ‘new trend’ category is that it fits neatly within the aesthetic guidelines of this historic district, while also incorporating core elements of what (since the 1980s) has been called ‘New Urbanism.’ New Urbanism is an urban design movement which (among other things) promotes more sustainable modes of planned development by encouraging mixed use, increased density and diversified housing types near the downtown core of the city. This serves to discourage reliance on automobile use while encouraging pedestrian, bicycle and public forms of transit. “In my view, this is the most significant recent trend in public awareness as well as in city planning that has affected, and will continue to affect, the architectural character and livability of Santa Barbara,” says Gradin. Previous page: Lucky Penny’s penny wall was a community effort involving local high school students who volunteered their labor in exchange for contributions to nonprofit organizations. Opposite: The Santa Barbara Public Market houses a wide array of handcrafted, regionally sourced and sustainably made food and wine, while sister complex, Alma Del Pueblo, sits right in the heart of the downtown cultural arts corridor.



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New Urbanism appears to be taking firm root in nearby industrial zones that border El Pueblo Viejo. Buildings here need to conform to city guidelines, but have more flexibility in their exterior look. Architect Anthony Grumbine of Harrison Design says many owners in these zones keep the building shells and play up the industrial roots going back to the early 1900s. But the interiors tend to reflect a decidedly 21st-century contemporary look, with all the high-tech conveniences that go along with it. “It’s like a New York loft experience,” says Grumbine. “There’s revitalization…a contrast of rough, raw materials with refinement and an entertainment setting.” Many recent designs include extensive use of repurposed materials like old-growth wood, metal and brick. Grumbine says that being environmentally sensitive is a trend that is indicative of our culture and time. “To take the shell and reuse it, to revitalize a building and give it a new twist, that is the trend.” Designs are also incorporating settings that enable people to entertain and socialize. Grumbine says that a number of recent projects are “deep-reaching commentaries on current Santa Barbara culture and lifestyle. It’s a snapshot of us now.” A very recent example of this architectural trend is THE MILL , a collection of businesses on Haley Street that opened in late summer 2015. Darrell and Kirsten Becker, owners of Becker Studios Premium Design and Construction, had their eyes on a cluster of dilapidated buildings on the corner of

Laguna and Haley streets for years. The largest was built as a feed mill more than a century ago. Today the corner stands in the heart of Santa Barbara’s manufacturing and design services district, where residents shop and glean ideas at Home Improvement Center, Santa Barbara Design Company and home design showcases. When the opportunity to purchase the cluster arose in 2012, the Beckers jumped on it. “This corner is zoned for manufacturing, and the Haley corridor architecture is supposed to be Spanish-Mediterranean and/or speak to the historical nature of the environment,” says Darrell. “Our design scheme was inspired by a desire to restore the main barn building and others to their original state,” Kirsten explains. The Beckers cloaked the main building with repurposed siding from a barn in Wisconsin. A former woodshed in the back and other buildings also reflect the site’s original mill roots. Apart from the exterior, the Beckers envisioned a social and retail haven that reflected the modern spirit of the city. “We’re renewing what is lovely about Santa Barbara,” says Kirsten. “We wanted a lifestyle place where people of all ages could connect in a manufacturing setting—which in today’s Opposite: Stylistically restored respecting the buildings’ original heritage, The Mill puts a modern spin on The Feed Mill originally constructed in 1904 by the Boykin family. It’s now a local artisan marketplace uniquely zoned to manufacture product on site, with a Potek Winery (1, 2, 4), a craft brewery, specialty restaurant and event centers, as well as offices for Becker Studios Premium Design and Construction, Pelago and AB Design Studio (3).

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electrical, mechanical, plumbing and structural system to comply with modern standards. Villanueva is currently working on another nearby project—a restaurant at 202 State Street, this time within El Pueblo Viejo. This means more design guidelines, “but we have the same intent [as with The Lark]—honoring history, embracing the space,” she says. The new restaurant (as yet unnamed) is traditional-Spanish themed inside and out, and even the menu will showcase traditional Spanish dishes. As more projects loom on the horizon, what can we expect to see in the coming decades? Local architect Brian Cearnal, AIA, states, “I think the strong trend toward sustainability within the architectural community here and around the world influences our perspectives and is an important part of the recent evolution of our architecture. Not only are the architects who are doing the work evolving, but so are those on the boards reviewing their work.” He continues, “I don’t think the strong Spanish-Mediterranean roots of our local architecture will ever diminish within our El Pueblo Viejo, but how it is interpreted and how those interpretations are judged must evolve for the sake of future generations so that our architecture is a marker of time.”  Opposite: What was once the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building, now houses The Lark and Lucky Penny restaurants, Les Marchands Wine Shop and the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, a seamless collection of related businesses in the heart of Santa Barbara’s bustling Funk Zone.


Santa Barbara is making wine or beer, furniture, food…It’s fully complementary, with the things we love all in one place. All the businesses are run by locals who have a passion for their crafts. We have a brewery, a winery, a restaurant, a grab-and-go food outlet, a fitness center, an architectural design firm and our own company. We have music in the courtyards, special events…there’s something for everybody— kids, adults, all generations together.” Another example of Santa Barbara’s “New Urbanism” trend is 131 ANAC APA in the city’s Funk Zone, which encompasses The Lark restaurant, Lucky Penny, Les Marchands wine shop and the Santa Barbara Wine Collective. The historic main building once housed Castagnola Brothers, a fish-processing warehouse built in the 1920s with wide doors to enable workers to load rail cars and trucks with products. Although the site is just outside El Pueblo Viejo, “Our intent was to honor the historic use and style of building and neighborhood,” says Lark owner Sherry Villanueva. “We were careful to maintain the building and context, honor history, embrace the space…we also wanted to honor Castagnola Brothers’ history by delivering a quality product.” Overall, says Villanueva, “We’re just connecting Santa Barbara with roots that were established long ago. Santa Barbara’s manufacturing today is of lifestyle products, and people want to be a part of it.” Villanueva kept the exterior of the building and the roof structure intact, and chipped away layers of concrete by hand to reveal brick. At the same time, she replaced every

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A STAR FOR A DAY: THE SANTA BARBARA SPA EXPERIENCE Continued from pg. 65 surrounding a fountain where you can take in the refreshing ocean breeze before or after your spa treatments. Facials: Classic European, free and clear, anti-aging, VIP teen, time management tuneup, organic rose petal. Massages: Swedish, deep tissue, sea rock, lemon drop martini, acai wrap, anti-stress back treatment, Cleopatra’s gold, aroma fusion. Notable: French seaweed wraps, almond glow, Channel Islands indulgence, lavender bliss, signature sugar scrub, chocolate paradise. 633 E. CABRILLO BLVD. 805/884-8540 SANTABARBARASPADELMAR.COM

SPA OJAI AT OJAI VALLEY INN Freshly harvested, resort-grown produce and blossoming flowers entice the senses in Spa Ojai’s sought-after seasonal treatments. The signature indigenous Kuyam treatment offers a unique cleansing and rejuvenating sauna experience that honors our Native American ancestors. Zero-gravity pedicure chairs provide the ultimate relaxation. Massages: Essence in balance, oncology, warm Himalayan salt stone, among others. Facials: Oxygen, young adult, sensitive skin, moisturizing, hydra facial, deep cleansing, age defying, and more.

Yoga Soup

Loose Pooch Dog Club

$25 OFF your first month of Membership! Yoga Soup auto-renew Membership (regularly $145).

For dogs and the people who love them, Loose Pooch is your one stop shop for dog daycare, training, grooming, retail gifts and supplies. We are an air conditioned, indoor/outdoor facility that is cage-free. First half day is free to new customers.

Benefits: Unlimited classes + 3 free guest passes per month to share with your friends, free mat storage and free mat rentals, 20% off of all workshops and 10% off of all retail, free admission to the Yoga Soup Salon 28 Parker Way 805/965-8811


SBSEASONS.COM 1925 State St. 805/569-5201

A moment of zen for Eliot Spaulding at the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore.



THE OAKS AT OJAI SPA The town of Ojai is known as a Mecca for body workers and healers, and many of them work at The Oaks. Indulge in an Ojai pixie tangerine scrub, an eye rejuvenation treatment with your facial, a Thai table massage, or get poolside ready with a mani/pedi in the Spa Salon. Facials: Cleansing, back, Ojai olive oil body soufflé, aromatherapy body salt glow, seasonal sugar scrub, skin authority fit and firm treatments and more. Massages: Hot Himalayan salt stone, joint health arnica, sports, Swedish, aromatherapy, among others. Notable: Warm water, shiatsu, watsu, reiki.

North America’s Largest Himalayan Salt Cave

122 E. OJAI AVE., OJAI 805/646-5573 OAKSSPA.COM

THE SPA AT CHUMASH CASINO RESORT Chumash Casino Resort features the largest full-service spa in Santa Ynez Valley. Come let them pamper you with a comprehensive selection of relaxing and restorative health and beauty treatments. Their 4,500-squarefoot facility is complete with steam rooms, fitness center, outdoor Jacuzzi and heated pool, seven treatment rooms, nail salon and relaxation area.





740 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 805-963-SALT (7258)

Facials: Essential, microdermabrasion, custom enzyme, facial peel, skin resurfacing, oxygen treatment, mini peel, back purification. Massages: Swedish, deep tissue, sage and stone, maternity, herbal scalp, hand and foot, stress reliever, foot reflexology, lavender scrub, restore, indulge. Notable: Nail services, wine therapy. 3400 E. HIGHWAY 246, SANTA YNEZ 805/691-1755 CHUMASHCASINO.COM/RESORT/SPA

THE SPA AT FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN Whether it’s a bit of serenity or relaxation you’re after or a rejuvenating, therapeutic massage or perhaps make-up, hair styling and waxing, you’ll find a full assortment of day spa services available. Facials: Elemis product facials, including prointensive lift effect, tri-enzyme, urban cleanse for men. Massages: Signature Swedish, hot stone therapy, mommy-to-be, deep tissue, Elemis rhythmic pressure, sports 2860 GRAND AVE., LOS OLIVOS 805/686-9202 FESSPARKERINN.COM E XP 2 / 2 9 / 1 6

—Compiled by Seasons’ Staff

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Santa Barbara County is one of America’s most desirable golf destinations, with splendid courses designed to maximize enjoyment of the region’s splendor and moderate climate, open for play all year long. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several of the courses as among the best in the country, and the array of tracks offers multiple levels of challenge for all who enjoy the sport. The City’s course—Santa Barbara Golf Club—is five minutes from downtown and one of California’s best municipal facilties. Here are five other spectacular courses within 15-55 minutes of Santa Barbara. SANTA BARBAR A COUNT Y

Glen Annie Golf Club


Glen Annie Golf Club In the rolling foothills of Goleta, 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, this meticulously maintained and challenging layout is enhanced with panoramic ocean, Channel Island or mountain views from nearly every hole. The tee shot from #16, for example, is fired over a descending terrain with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, a 150-foot vertical drop, to land softly on a manicured landscape near an adjacent lake with a cascading stream. The clubhouse complex includes a snack bar, full bar at Frog Bar & Grill and scenic patios with excellent facilities for gatherings of up to 300. Par 71. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 71.1; slope rating, 122. 405

Glen Annie Rd., 805/968-6400,

Rancho San Marcos


Rancho San Marcos Fifteen minutes up the incredibly scenic Hwy 154—the historic road winding off State Street into the Santa Ynez Mountains that leads to the charming towns and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley—“Rancho” has been acclaimed by nearly every major golf magazine as offering one of the finest experiences in Southern California. Nestled in the mountains 12 miles from Santa Barbara, the historic land this outstanding golf course traverses challenges with sand, lakes, the Santa Ynez River, fields of native grasses, oak tree-lined chaparral and changes in elevation. A comfortable clubhouse has a grill with food to go or to enjoy at tables inside or outside on scenic patios. Par 71. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 73.1; slope rating, 135. 4600 Hwy. 154, 805/683-6334,




Sandpiper Golf Club

Sandpiper Golf Club

Established in 1972 as Santa Barbara County’s first resort course open to the public, Sandpiper is an inspiring 18 holes of seaside golf on an extraordinary, natural terrain, with an acclaimed layout named by Golf Digest as one of the top 25 public golf courses in the United States. Designed by renowned architect William F. Bell, the course features beautiful rolling fairways that lead to enormous, challenging greens in a links-style layout with ocean views from nearly every hole. The stretch of holes 10 through 14 is one of the most memorable golf experiences of any player’s life. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 74.7; slope rating, 136. 7925 Hollister Ave., 805/968-1541,


River Course at the Alisal

River Course at the Alisal

Opened for public play in 1992 on land owned by and adjacent to the renowned Alisal Guest Ranch, River Course provides a layout to be enjoyed by golfers of all levels of skill. Set along the Santa Ynez River, with panoramic views of the mountains beyond, the course features mostly wide fairways and accessible greens. Several holes, however, will challenge even the low handicap golfer—the lengthy #7, with out-of-bounds right and a big lake left; #10, which plays through a chute of trees; and those along the river. The first-class clubhouse has comfortable, inside seating and a view-oriented patio. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 73.1; slope rating, 135. 150 Alisal Rd., 805/6886042, LOMPOC

La Purisima Golf Course

La Purisima Golf Course

A half-hour from the Danish village of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley wine country, “La P,” one of California’s finest and most challenging courses, is pure golf: no real estate, no commercial development for miles, just long, twisting fairways bordered at times by oak and eucalyptus groves and protected by sand, water and out-ofbounds stakes, finishing with big, lightning fast greens. Especially in the afternoon, wind becomes a factor, often making the closing holes our own “Amen Corner.” Designed by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves, a round at La Purisima will not soon be forgotten, and is worth the drive. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 74.9; slope rating, 143. 3455 E. Hwy. 246, 805/735-8395,

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Catching Up With Rona Barrett Her Passion Project for Seniors Breaks Ground in Santa Ynez

IN 1991 , entertainment TV trailblazer and household name Rona Barrett walked away from a three-decade career covering the happenings in Hollywood, retiring to her ranch in Santa Ynez Valley. “I wanted to live up on a mountain; I wanted to be able to see clear skies; I wanted to breathe fresh air,” explains Barrett. “I wanted to grow something.” And grow something she did—for more than a decade, Barrett’s ranch was covered in fragrant purple fields of lavender. “It was just exquisite! It was just beautiful,” she says of her former farm, where she produced a variety of products; her lavender applesauce was one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” Profits went to her Rona Barrett Foundation, which benefits seniors in need of housing, clothing or food. Barrett has long been a vocal advocate for the senior community. Her message is this: “Do you understand what’s happening in this country? We have a crisis here, a real crisis! Who’s going to handle our elderly as they age? Who’s going to feed them? Who’s going to care for them if they can’t do it themselves? What we need is a new form of affordable



housing for seniors!” Then one day, it sadly hit home. Barrett’s elderly father questioned her crossly, “Who are you?” “I said, ‘Daddy, it’s Rona!’” “‘I don’t know any Rona! Get out of my house! Get out of my house!’” “I had to hold back my tears,” Barrett tenderly recalls. “That was the night that I got into bed with a big yellow notepad and on the top, I wrote ‘The Golden Inn & Cottages.’ That was the beginning of the real vision.” After many arduous years planning and fundraising, her dream is finally real. In April, the Golden Inn & Village broke ground on seven acres at the corner of Highway 246 and Refugio Road in Santa Ynez. Barrett partnered with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara to build the valley’s first affordable senior housing and care development, nearly 150 units, designed by Barrett to resemble a bed and breakfast. “We believe Golden Inn & Village will be an example and a model for other campuses to be built, not only in our state, but also in other areas in our country,” she declares.

“Do you understand what’s happening in this country? We have a crisis here, a real crisis! Who’s going to handle our elderly as they age? Who’s going to feed them? Who’s going to care for them if they can’t do it themselves? What we need is a new form of affordable housing for seniors!” — RONA BARRET T



Opposite: Rona Barrett at the future site of Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez. Above: An artist rendering of what the complex will look like. The groundbreaking (L-R) Mickey Flacks, commissioner for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara; Robert Havlicek Jr., executive director of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara; Doreen Farr, Third District supervisor; Rona Barrett; Congresswoman Lois Capps; Alfred Holzheu, president of Surf Development and Jessica Mackenzie of Union Bank.


The first residents are expected to move in by August 2016. “I want everybody to realize that there’s a moment in your life when you will be a senior, no matter what,” Barrett states. “Everyone does what I call ‘the phasing of life.’” This spirited senior shares her insight and keen sense of humor, writing her “Gray Matters” column in Santa Ynez Valley News. At the age of 79, she still toils nearly ’round the clock, “I feel like I’m back in my days when I was on deadline and doing my broadcast.” These days, Barrett’s primary focus is Golden Inn, planning for its future and seeking support for the cause that’s become her calling. 

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tasting rooms open daily from noon to 6 p.m. (located off of the 800 block of State Street).


Santa Barbara Historical Museum exhibits fine art, costumes and artifacts from Santa Barbara’s colorful history. Gledhill Library houses photographs and historic documents. | 136 E. De la Guerra St. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. Noon–5 p.m. 805/966-1601,


El Presidio de Santa Barbara, founded in 1782 to offer protection to the mission and settlers and to provide a seat of government and to guard against foreign invasion, is now a state historic park. | 123 E. Canon Perdido St. 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily. 805/9650093,

MISSION DISTRIC T is identified by Mission Santa Barbara, and is among the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city. Characterized by revival-style architecture, it is also home to the Mission Historical Park and rose garden.


7. El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara D OW N TOW N S TAT E S T R E E T defines the city’s center—and its heart. The intersection of State and Carrillo streets is where Captain Salisbury Haley hammered an iron stake in 1850 to designate the future midtown area. Red Tile Walking Tour map is available at Santa Barbara Visitor Center, 1 Garden St.,, or podcasts.


Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, was dedicated in 1929. Its immense landscaped courtyard and sunken garden is the site of public celebrations year round. | 1100 Anacapa St. Docent tours Mon.–Fri. 10:30 a.m.; Daily 2 p.m. 805/9626464,


Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s outstanding permanent and special collections, housed in a stately building constructed in 1914 as the city’s first federally funded post office, include the only remaining intact mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, Portrait of Mexico Today. | 1130 State St. Thur. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 805/963-4364,


La Arcada, designed by architect Myron Hunt in 1926, is home to a wealth of galleries, shops and restaurants. Dotted along the way are historical curios and sculptures, with 82


all roads leading to the much-loved central fountain stocked with turtles and fish. | 1100 block of State Street.


MCA Santa Barbara is dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art while recognizing the artists of tomorrow with innovative exhibitions both inside its walls and throughout the community. | 653 Paseo Nuevo. Wed., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thur. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 805/9665373,


Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, named after the benefactor who donated the prime property and renowned for its beauty, is a popular photo backdrop. Audio posts and interpretive Braille signs make the garden accessible for the visually impaired. | Micheltorena and Santa Barbara streets.

PRESIDIO NEIGHBORHOOD is a vibrant section developed around the historic site of the last remaining Spanish fortresses built in California, called presidios. In addition to being Santa Barbara’s birthplace, El Presidio de Santa Barbara, the neighborhood is also home to the historic Lobero Theatre, one of the city’s architectural jewels, as well as Casa de la Guerra historic house museum. El Paseo, a charming adobe plaza built in the 1820s, houses several nice shops and restaurants, along with The Wine Collection of El Paseo, an upscale array of six excellent wine

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s 78 acres, accessed by five and a half miles of trails, record the history of the state’s rare and indigenous plants. From the dramatic opening view through the meadows, chaparral and forest to the sweeping ridge-top views of the Channel Islands, the garden is a skillful display of California’s natural bounty. | 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Mar.–Oct. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Nov.–Feb. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/682-4726,


Mission Santa Barbara was dedicated in 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuén. Known as “Queen of the Missions” for its twin belltowers, it remains the only California mission to be continuously occupied by the Franciscans. | 2201 Laguna St. Daily tours 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 805/682-4713,;


Museum of Natural History was originally a showplace for ornithology meant to engage the public in the natural history of the region. Today, the museum draws more than 150,000 visitors per year, all eager to take a closer, studied look at what nature has to offer. | 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 805/682-4711, WAT E R F R O N T, running the length of Cabrillo Boulevard from East Beach to the harbor, is a feast for outdoor enthusiasts. A paved pathway runs the full distance—passing through the Sunday Arts & Crafts Show on weekends—by Stearns Wharf and along West Beach to the harbor.


Andree Clark Bird Refuge—an artificial freshwater lake and marsh

pond adjacent to the zoo —provides one of the best biking/jogging/skating paths in the area around its perimeter. | 1400 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 805/564-5418.

Committed to conservation, species survival and education, the zoo is an enlightening and entertaining place to visit. | 500 Niños Dr. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 805/962-5339,





Santa Barbara Harbor and Breakwater is a working harbor, home to fishing boats, private yachts and nearly 1,200 excursion and sightseeing boats. It is always a busy and interesting place to walk, skate, bike, eat and purchase fresh catch at Fisherman’s Market every Saturday morning. | Off Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, situated on the harbor’s scenic waterfront, presents the region’s rich local maritime history. From ancient seafaring Chumash to modern-day deep-sea research, the emphasis is on human interaction with the sea, from shipwrecks to environmental efforts. | 113 Harbor Way. Memorial Day–Labor Day 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Labor Day–Memorial Day 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed Wed. 805/962-8404,


Stearns Wharf, a Santa Barbara icon, was built by a Vermont native in 1876 to accommodate ocean-going vessels. Once owned by Jimmy Cagney, its dramatic views of the city and the hills beyond, as well as its mix of shops and restaurants, have charmed visitors for more than a century. | State St. at Cabrillo Blvd.


Sea Center, located on Stearns Wharf, is a participatory experience, with the look and feel of a marine science laboratory. Among the exhibits are a simulated tide pool with surging waves and a BioLab focusing on the biology and ecology of deep-sea resources. | State St. at Cabrillo Blvd. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/962-2526,


Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show is the longest-running public weekly art show in the country, with more than 250 exhibitors, all there in person and carefully screened to ensure originality of work. | Cabrillo Blvd. between State and Calle Puerta Vallarta streets. Sun. 10 a.m. to dusk. 805/897-2519,


Kayaking, Surfing, Paddle Boarding and More, with the ocean, mountains and countryside so near. Enjoy Santa Barbara’s beautiful natural surroundings on guided kayak tours, surf trips, paragliding adventures, rockclimbing expeditions and more. | 805/884-9283,


Santa Barbara Zoo opened to the public in 1963 and had only seven residents. Now more than 500 animals live here, and 30 acres of lush gardens spread across a knoll overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Whale Watching in Santa Barbara Channel offers a marine environment so rich that it draws visitors from throughout the world. More than 27 species of dolphins and whales delight all ages. Coastal trips depart daily February through April, and island whale watching trips depart daily May through February. | 805/882-0088, Funk Zone was once an industrial zone bordered by State Street, Stearns Wharf and East Beach; it is now a hotbed of homegrown artistic production. The Funk Zone is known for its eclectic wall murals, ateliers, galleries, alternative exhibition spaces, trendy artist shops and the lively Urban Wine Trail. Half the fun is each surprise that awaits you down the alley or painted on the wall in front of you! |

Montecito and Points South Montecito’s densely wooded, lightly populated residential area between Santa Barbara and Summerland has attracted the privileged for more than a century, but its genesis was agrarian. Remnants of this rich heritage are still in use. The 500-acre property, on which Harleigh Johnston grew citrus trees until 1893, became San Ysidro Ranch. With the ranch’s completion in 1935 and the Montecito Inn’s in 1928, it wasn’t long before well-known captains of industry built estates, many of them incorporating the farms and ranches that had originally settled the area.


Casa del Herrero, designed for George Steedman by the “father of the Santa Barbara style,” George Washington Smith, offers a glimpse into Montecito life in the 1930s. A splendid example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the house—and the gardens—are National Historic Landmarks. The gardens, covering 11 acres, were designed by noted landscape architects Ralph Stevens and Lockwood de Forest and horticulturist Frances T. Underhill. | 1387 E. Valley Road.Tours Wed. and Sat. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required. 805/565-5653,


Ganna Walska Lotusland is a 37acre garden estate, prized for its rare and exotic plants and providing new perspectives on sustainability of nature’s offerings. Themed gardens include topiary, bromeliad, succulent, cycad, cactus, fern, Japanese, Australian, water and a blue garden, among others.

| Reservations required. Tours Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. between Feb. 18 and Nov. 15. Reservations required. 805/969-9990,


Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art seeks to educate students and the community about the power and value of the visual arts through physical, critical and spiritual engagement with the creative process and its results. | Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/565-6162,

S U M M E R L A N D is just a stone’s throw off Hwy. 101 and two minutes south of Montecito, and offers the rural charm of an earlier California beach town and maintains the spirit of an artists’ colony via plentiful antique, home and garden shops, art galleries, boutiques and unpretentious eateries.


Lookout County Park, off Lillie Avenue at Evans Avenue, is spread out on the bluffs above the beautiful Summerland Beach. From this vantage point, where full picnic facilities await, there are spectacular views of the Channel Islands. | Exit Hwy. 101 at Evans Ave. CARPINTERIA is five minutes south of Montecito and Summerland. Although the city advertises itself as home to the “world’s safest beach,” visitors also come to roam the avocado-laden hills in search of the orchid fields and hothouses, for which Carpinteria is well known.


Salt Marsh Nature Reserve, a 230acre salt marsh, is home to local and migratory waterfowl and fish and is a birder’s dream. | Exit Hwy. 101 at Linden Ave. at Sandyland Rd., turn right and drive three blocks to Ash Ave.


Carpinteria State Beach and Bluffs are among California’s most popular destinations—the result of a broad beach and good sunning, tidepooling and fishing. Most any sunny weekend, you’ll find loads of families settled in for the day. For hikers and birdwatchers, it doesn’t get much better than the Carpinteria Bluffs. | Exit Hwy. 101 at Linden Ave. Continue through town to the beach. Park on Linden Ave. or in the Carpinteria State Beach lot.


Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club was admitted to the U.S. Polo Association in 1911 and moved to its present location shortly thereafter. The club welcomes visitors for Sunday games from May through October, with the high-goal season capped by the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open. | 3375 Foothill Rd. 805/684-6683, k WINTER 2015/16



Goleta and Points North The city of Goleta and several of the area’s well-known institutions and landmarks are just 10 minutes north of Santa Barbara, including University of California Santa Barbara and two championship golf courses.


Rancho La Patera, one of the oldest landmarks in Goleta Valley, is home to historic Stow House, a beautiful example of Carpenter Gothic architecture, and Cavalletto History Education Center, which focuses on Goleta’s ranching and agricultural history. | 304 N. Los Carneros Rd. Sat.–Sun. 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. 805/681-7216,

Urban Wine Tasting Although you won’t find any vineyards in this area, these unique and eclectic wineries and tasting rooms are a great way to begin your wine-tasting journey through the area on foot, as an introduction to local wines. Many of the urban wineries have northern Santa Barbara County vineyards that are also open to visitors. A Area 5.1

137 Anacapa St., Unit B, 805/770-7251

B Au Bon Climat

813 Anacapa St., 805/963-7999

C Armada Wine

& Beer Merchant 1129-A State St., 805/770-5912

D AVA Santa

Barbara 116 E. Yanonali St., 805/453-6768

E Blair Fox

120 Santa Barbara St., 805/324-4230

F Carr Vineyards

& Winery, 414 N. Salsipuedes St., 805/965-7985

G Corks & Crowns

32 Anacapa St., 805/845-8600

H Corktree Cellars Wine Bar & Bistro 910 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 805/684-1400 I Cottonwood

Canyon, 224 Anacapa St., 805/963-1221

J Deep Sea Wine

Tasting Room 217 Stearns Wharf, 805/618-1185



K Foley Food

U Municipal

L Giessinger Winery by the Sea 210 State St., 805/568-0820


M Grassini

205 Anacapa St., 805/962-5857

& Wine Society 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 805/968-1614

Family Vineyards, 813 Anacapa St., 805/897-3366

N Happy Canyon

Vineyard, 30 El Paseo, 805/232-3549

O Jaffurs Wine

Cellars, 819 E. Montecito St., 805/962-7003

P Jamie Slone

Winemakers, 22 Anacapa St., Ste. D, 805/931-6864

813 Anacapa St., 805/845-8435

W Oreana Winery

X Pali Wine Company, 116 E. Yanonali St., 805/560-7254 Y Riverbench

137 Anacapa St., Ste. C, 805/324-4100

Z Sanford Winery 1114 State St., 805/770-7873 AA Sanguis Wines

Wines, 23 E. De la Guerra St., 805/5606555

8 Ashley Ave., 805/845-0920

Q Kalyra by the

BB Santa Barbara

Sea, 212 State St., 805/965-8606

Winery, 202 Anacapa St., 805/963-3633

R Kunin Wines

CC Silver Wines

Tasting Room 28 Anacapa St., 805/963-9633

S LaFond Winery

111 E. Yanonali St., 805/845-2020

T Margerum Tasting Room, 813 Anacapa St., 805/845-8435

724 Reddick St., 805/963-3052

DD Summerland

Wines, 2330 Lillie Ave., 805/565-9463

EE Whitcraft Winery & Tasting Room, 36-A S. Calle Cesar Chavez, 805/730-1680


South Coast Railroad Museum, housed in a restored train depot, is a magnet for train buffs. Tours of the Victorian depot, rides on the “Goleta Short Line” miniature train and exhibits are part of the experience. | 300 N. Los Carneros Rd. Wed.–Sun. 1–4 p.m. 805/964-3540,


Goleta Beach Park, adjacent to UCSB, is favored by families and groups for its white sands and expanse of lawn with numerous barbecue and picnic table areas. The 1,500-footlong pier accommodates boat launching facilities, fishermen and strollers. | Exit Hwy. 217 at Sandspit Rd. 805/568-2461.


Art, Design & Architecture Museum at University of California Santa Barbara holds an impressive fine art collection with one of the largest architectural archives in North America. In addition, it engages contemporary artists in exhibits and programs. | UCSB. Wed.–Sun. Noon–5 p.m. 805/893-2951,


El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches, the mixed sand and rock beach at El Capitan links Refugio—a palmlined crescent of sand with tide

pools—by beach, bluff and bike trails. Both are popular beach campgrounds. | From Hwy. 101, exit the northernmost El Capitan exit and/or Refugio Rd. 805/9681033,


Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, the Dunes Center at 1055 Guadalupe St. should be the first stop in the exploration of the largest dune complex in the state. Exit Main Street in Santa Maria off Hwy. 101 approximately 75 miles north of Santa Barbara, continue nine miles to Hwy. 1 (Guadalupe Street) and turn right. | Wed.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 805/343-2455,

Santa Ynez Mountains and Valley Areas The valley is historically rich and geographically diverse. The most scenic route to this beautiful area from Santa Barbara is by Hwy. 154 (San Marcos Pass). In the valley, vineyards dot the landscape, many with tasting rooms. Please refer to our winery guide.


Cachuma Lake Recreation Area provides 750 campsites just 25 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. Full marina, boat launch, rental boats, fishing equipment and licenses are available. Nature cruises led by park naturalists provide an educational look at the wildlife, birds (including bald eagles) and plants that make Cachuma such a rich habitat. | Hwy. 154. 805/6865055,

Solvang With a population of nearly 5,000, Solvang (“sunny field” in Danish) is the largest city in Santa Ynez Valley. Founded in 1911 by Danish educators from the Midwest, Solvang is considered the “Danish Capital of North America.”


Solvang Festival Theater, a 700-seat historic outdoor theater, presents excellent productions staged by

Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), a combination of professional actors and advanced students, as well as other concerts and events. Open June through October. | 420 2nd St. 805/686-1789,

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Old Mission Santa Inés is the 19th of 21 missions built in California from 1769 to 1836 by Spanish Franciscan priests. Founded September 17, 1804 by Padre Estevan Tapis, it was the first European settlement in Santa Ynez Valley and still displays artifacts preserved from the Mission era. | 1760 Mission Dr. at Hwy. 246. 805/688-4815,


Elverhøj Museum of History & Art is housed in a historic handcrafted structure built in a style derived from the large farmhouses of 18th century Denmark. Visitors can view Solvang’s history through photos, artifacts and video displays; enjoy exhibits celebrating the Danish-American pioneer spirit and the colorful heritage of Denmark. | Wed.Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1624 Elverhoy Way. 805/6861211,


Wildling Art Museum, an educational institution dedicated to presenting art of America’s wilderness, is a place to gain a greater appreciation of art and a better understanding of the importance of preserving our natural heritage. | 1511-B Mission Dr., 805/6881082,

Limited production, handcrafted wines from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County, featuring Red Blends, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc & More.

(805) 560-6555 12-6pm Daily

23 E. De La Guerra Street Santa Barbara, Ca 93101 (Wine Collection of El Paseo)

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El Paseo

Santa Ynez, Ballard & Los Olivos These small, charming towns look like they belong in the pages of a book on the history of the west and are world-renowned for their vineyards, equestrian culture, art galleries, inns and restaurants that epitomize the region’s signature wine country cuisine.

DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA WINE TASTING Serving Family-Owned Handcrafted Bordeaux from Happy Canyon


Chumash Casino Resort is a casino and hotel and spa located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country that is owned by Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Guests can stay the night in the luxury 106-room Four Diamond-rated hotel, eat at the Four Diamond rated-Willows restaurant, enjoy big name shows and get pampered at the resort spa, the largest in Santa Ynez Valley. | 3400 California 246, Santa Ynez. 805/686-0855,



Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum celebrates the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley, its pioneering settlers and the five early townships that formed the foundation of this unique region. | Open Wed.– Sun. noon–4 p.m. 3596 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. 805/688-7889, 



(805) 897-3366


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For more information about local wineries and events, contact the Santa Barbara Vintners at 800/218-0881 or visit

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Visitors Centers 1639 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang 597 Avenue of the Flags, Buellton

Santa Barbara County vineyards grow exceptional grapes, and now, after more than 40 years of experimentation with an incredible diversity of microclimates and soil types, growers and winemakers know a lot about what to plant and where those vines thrive best—and a host of talented vintners transform those grapes into world-class wines. Santa Barbara County has at least 175 wineries and tens of thousands of planted acres, highlighted here are more than 100 that offer the wine tasting experience. Wineries with a (T) designation are tasting rooms only, while locations with a (V) designation offer the opportunity to taste wine at the vineyards. A (G) designation is for wines with environmentally friendly practices (organic, biodynamic, SIP certification).


Barbara County. With its east-west valley and river lands, this scenic area has a climate that leads to early bud break and a long ripening season for the grapes.

Lompoc The ever-growing numbers of urban wineries and tasting rooms in Lompoc are Santa Barbara County’s most western tasting region and are primarily located in the industrial park affectionately known as the “Wine Ghetto.” Ampelos (T) (G) 312 N. 9th St., 805/736-9957

Cambria Winery & Vineyard (V) (G) 5475 Chardonnay Ln., 805/937-8091 Costa De Oro (V) 1331 S. Nicholson Ave., 805/922-1468


Arcadian Winery/Bratcher Winery (T) 1515 E. Chestnut Ave., Ste. B, 805/737-3900 Brewer-Clifton (T) 329 N. "F" St., 805/735-9184 Fiddlehead Cellars (T) 1597 E. Chestnut Ave., 805/742-0204 Flying Goat Cellars (T) 1520 E. Chestnut Ct., Unit A, 805/736-9032

Babcock Winery & Vineyards

Thirty years ago, Bryan Babcock was one of the characters who lit the fuse of Santa Barbara’s wine explosion. Today, at his family’s 110 acre ranch in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills, he continues to mix the venerable with the progressive, and is known for radical farming, classic single-terroir winemaking, and an industrial chic atmosphere in the tasting room. 5175 E. Hwy. 246, 805/736-1455

La Montagne Winery (T) 1509 E. Chestnut Ave., 805/291-6643 Palmina (T) 1520 E. Chestnut Ct., 805/735-2030

Hilliard Bruce (by appointment) (V) 2075 Vineyard View Ln., 805/736-5366

Scott Cellars (T) 316 N. "F" St., 805/736-6161

Huber Vineyards & Cellars (V) 4892 Hapgood Rd., 805/736-3854

Transcendance (T) 313 N. “F” St., 805/689-5258

Melville Vineyards & Winery (V) 5185 E. Hwy. 246, 805/735-7030

Zotovich Cellars (T) 300 N. 12th St. Ste. 1D, 805/736-1600

Sanford Winery & Vineyards (V) 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/735-5900

Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills

Star Lane (V) 1280 Drum Canyon Rd., 866/652-8430

The eastern gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation is Buellton, while Lompoc lies as the western gateway. Sta. Rita Hills is home to the most extreme cool-climate vineyards in the area, growing primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with other interesting cool-climate wines. 1 Babcock Winery & Vineyards


5175 CA-246, 805/736-1455 Recommended Tastings: 2013 The Limit Chardonnay; 2012 Slice Of Heaven Pinot Noir; 2011 Syrah, Upper Crust; 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 15 Tasting room hours: 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Dierberg/Star Lane/Three Saints (V) 1280 Drum Canyon Rd., 805/693-0744 Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery 6121 E. Hwy. 246, 805/737–6222


Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery 3940 Dominion Rd., 805/937-8463


Foxen Winery & Vineyard (V) (G) 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-4251 Kenneth Volk Vineyards (V) 5230 Tepusquet Rd., 805/938-7896 2 Presqu'ile Winery & Vineyards (V) (G) 5391 Presquile Dr., 805/937-8110 Recommended Tasting: 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Maria Valley; 2013 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley; 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley; 2012 Pinot Noir, Presqu'ile Vineyard Tasting room hours: Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rancho Sisquoc Winery (V) 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/934-4332 Riverbench Vineyard & Winery (V) (G) 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-8340 Tres Hermanas Winery (V) 9660 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-8451 k

Los Alamos Western hospitality meets world-class wine in the picturesque town of Los Alamos. Bedford Winery (T) 448 Bell St., 805/344-2107 Casa Dumetz Wines (T) 388 Bell St., 805/344-1900 Martian Ranch & Vineyard (V) 9110 Alisos Canyon Rd., 805/344-1804

SANTA MARIA VALLEY The Santa Maria Valley American Viticultural Area was the third AVA established in the United States (in 1981) and the first in Santa


Presqu'ile Winery & Vineyards

Presqu'ile (press-KEEL), Creole for “almost an island,” was a haven and refuge on the Gulf Coast for generations of the Murphy family. Presqu’ile Winery, named in honor of that place, produces elegant Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. Enjoy these estate grown wines, food pairings and views of the valley in the relaxed, yet refined tasting room. 5391 Presquile Dr., 805/937-8110

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Point Concepción (T) 420 E. Hwy 246, 805/691-1300

Los Olivos


Lafond Winery & Vineyards

Long known as Santa Barbara’s tastemaker, Pierre Lafond founded Santa Barbara County’s first winery since prohibition (now located downtown, two blocks from the beach). His 65 acres in the Sta. Rita Hills and 30 acres across the river have produced medal-awarded Syrah, Chardonnay, and a Pinot Noir that “is truly an expression” of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. 6855 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-7921

The historic village of Los Olivos is now a hub for tasting rooms, interspersed with art galleries, boutique shops and cafés. This is a great place to park your car, stroll the tasting rooms and shops, enjoy a little lunch or dinner and just relax! Or drive a few minutes north to enjoy the rustic outdoor beauty of the bucolic Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Alta Maria Vineyards (T) 2933 Grand Ave., Ste. A, 805/686-1144 4 Andrew Murray Vineyards (T) (V) 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-9604 Recommended Tastings: 2013 Enchante White Blend of Roussanne & Grenache Blanc; 2012 Grenache Terra Bella Vineyard; 2013 Esp`erance Red Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre; 2013 Syrah Tous les Jours Tasting room hours: 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Alexander & Wayne (T) 2922 Grand Ave., 805/688-9665


Arthur Earl Winery (T) 2922 Grand Ave., 805/693-1771


Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio 2948 Grand Ave., 805/686-2626

This charming wine country inn offers a selection of difficult to find boutique wines produced locally by family owned, small production wineries. Ballard Inn Tasting Room (T) 2436 E. Baseline Ave., 805/688-7770

Buellton The largest custom-crush operation in the area shares geography with tasting rooms in Buellton, located just off Hwy. 101, it’s the eastern gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills area.


Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

“After celebrating our 25th anniversary as a family owned and operated winery, the Fess Parker family recently completed an upgraded hospitality venue on our property. We invite you to visit and enjoy the outdoor fireplace, tasting bar, expanding seating area, and an array of elevated tasting options presented by our wine educators. ” —Tim Snider, President, Fess Parker Winery. 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., 688-1545

Byron (T) (G) 2367 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/938-7365 (T)

Beckmen Vineyards (V) (G) 2670 Ontiveros Rd., 805/688-8664. Bernat Vineyards & Winery/ Los Olivos Wine Merchant (T) 2879 Grand Ave., 805/794-5217 Blair Fox Cellars (T) 2902 San Marcos Ave., Ste. B, 805/691-1678 Brander Vineyard (V) 2401 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-2455

Carhartt Vineyard (T) 2990 Grand Ave., 805/693-5100 Carina Cellars (T) 2900 Grand Ave., Ste. A, 805/688-2459 Cinque Stelle Wineries (T) 2982 Grand Ave., 805/686-4101 Consilience, Marianello & Tre Anelli Wines 2923 Grand Ave., 805/691-1020


Coquelicot Estate Winery (T) (G) 2884 Grand Ave., 805/688-1500 Daniel Gehrs Wines (T) 2939 Grand Ave., 805/693-9686 Demetria (by appointment) (V) 6701 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-2345

Alma Rosa Winery (T) (G) 181 Industrial Way, Ste. C, 805/691-9395

Dragonette Cellars (T) 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/693-0077

Avant Tapas & Wine (24 wineries under one roof) (T) 35 Industrial Way, 805/686-4742

Epiphany Cellars (T) 2974 Grand Ave., 805/686-2424

Cold Heaven (T) 92 Second St., Ste. A, 805/686-1343

Evans Ranch (Gainey) (T) 2901 Grand Ave., 888/424-6398

Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery (T) 406 E. Hwy. 246, 805/688-8403

5 Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard (V) 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/688-1545 Recommended Tastings: Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 2012; Ashley’s Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills 2013; Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah, 2012; The Big Easy, red blend, 2012 Tasting room hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Ken Brown Wines (T) (G) 157 W. Hwy. 246, 805/688-9400 3 Lafond Winery & Vineyards (V) 6855 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-7921 Recommended Tastings: 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay; 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir; 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Syrah; 2011 Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir Tasting room hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mosby Winery (V) 9496 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-2415




Andrew Murray Vineyards

Andrew Murray—a grape-growing pioneer and Rhône varietal visionary in Santa Barbara County—founded his winery in 1990, planting a hillside vineyard dedicated exclusively to Rhône varieties. Andrew and his team look forward to sharing the AMV experience at their newly remodeled winery and visitor center along Foxen Canyon Road. 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-9604

Firestone Vineyard (V) 5017 Zaca Station Rd., 805/688-3940 J Ludlow Vineyard (T) 2890 Grand Ave., 805/688-8989 Kaena (T) 2890 Grand Ave., 805/688-4069

Blackjack Ranch (T) 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/686-4492

6 Koehler Winery (V) 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/693-8384 Recommended Tastings: 2010 Magia Nera; 2010 Reserve Syrah; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting room hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Buttonwood Farm Winery (V) 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-3032 Carivintas Winery (T) 476 First St., 805/693-4331

Longoria Wines (T) 2935 Grand Ave., 866/759-4637 Los Olivos General Store/Larner Wines 2900 Grand Ave., 805/688-8148

Casa Cassara (T) 1607 Mission Dr., Ste. 112, 805/688-8691 (T)

Los Olivos Tasting Room/Brophy Clark Cellars 2905 Grand Ave., 805/688-7406

Dascomb Cellars (T) 1659 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. C, 805/691-9175 (T)


Roblar Winery & Vineyards

Saarloos & Sons (T) 2971 Grand Ave., 805/688-1200

Nestled into an oak tree-studded, 40-acre vineyard, this grand lodge-style winery was built to reflect the rustic, authentic and bold spirt of the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley. The 5,000 sq. ft. tasting room, complete with an indoor-outdoor stone fireplace and trellised patio overlooking expansive gardens, offers a special tasting option: chef-prepared bites of food to be enjoyed with the wine. Two for one tasting with the mention of Seasons Magazine.

SAMsARA (T) 2466 Alamo Pintado Ave., Ste. A, 805/331-2292

3010 Roblar Ave., 805/686-2603

Qupé Verdad & Ethan (T) (G) 2963-B Grand Ave., 805/686-4200 Refugio Ranch (T) 2990 Grand Ave., 805/688-5400

Stolpman Vineyards & Winery (T) 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/688-0400 Tensley Wines (T) 2900 Grand Ave., Ste. B, 805/688-6761 Tercero Wines (T) 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., Ste. 104, 805/245-9584 Tessa Marie Wines (E&TWines) (T) 2901 Grand Ave., Ste. C, 805/688-6081 Toretti Family Vineyard (T) 2933 San Marcos Ave., Ste. 101, 805/688-8002 Zaca Mesa Winery (V) 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/688-9339


Lincourt Vineyards (V) 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-8554 Lions Peak (T) 1659 Copenhagen Dr., 805/693-5466 Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards (T) 1645 Copenhagen Dr., 805/686-9336 Presidio Winery (T) (G) 1603 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. 1, 805/693-8585 Rideau Vineyards (V) 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-0717

Santa Ynez Many of the wineries in this region are set on their estate properties. Peaceful and rolling vistas of ranches and farms mingle with vineyards and tasting rooms along the country roads. Bridlewood Estate Winery (V) 3555 Roblar Ave., 805/688-9000

Royal Oaks Winery (T) 1582 Mission Dr., 805/693-1740 Rusack Vineyards (V) 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., 805/688-1278 Sevtap Winery (T) 1576 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. 1, 805/693-9200 Shoestring Vineyard & Winery 800 E. Hwy. 246, 805/693-8612

Fontes & Phillips Wines (T) 3630 Sagunto St., 805/688-2200


Sort This Out Cellars (T) 1636 Copenhagen Dr., 805/688-1717

Gainey Vineyard (V) 3950 E. Hwy. 246, 805/688-0558 Imagine Wine and Art Gallery 3563 Numancia St., Ste. 103, 805/688-1769

The Good Life/Baehner Fournier 1672 Mission Dr., 805/688-7111


Toccata (T) 1665 Copenhagen Dr., 805/686-5506

Kalyra Winery (V) 343 N. Refugio Rd., 805/693-8864 7 Roblar Winery & Vineyards (V) 3010 Roblar Ave., 805/686-2603 Recommended Tastings: 2012 Sta. Rita Hills; Chardonnay; 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir; 2011 Grassetto; 2011 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Tasting room hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.


Koehler Winery

Located on a beautiful 100-acre estate along the celebrated Foxen Canyon Trail, this spectacular property, once owned by one of the most successful TV producers in history, was acquired by the Koehler family in 1997. Today, as one of the Trail’s most popular stops, guests can taste in one of several outdoor settings, each offering impressive views of the estate and vineyard grounds. 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/693-8384

8 Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (V) (G) 125 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-9463 Recommended Tastings: 2012 Chardonnay, SBC; 2012 Pinot Noir, SBC; 2011 Merlot Reserve, SYV; 2012 Milestone Estate SYV Tasting room hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

William James Cellars (T) (G) 3640 Sagunto St., 805/478-9412

Solvang “The Danish Capital of America,” Solvang is a quaint village of shops, parks, hotels, bakeries, restaurants and wine tasting rooms, with vineyards in the northern part of town.


Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

Committed to growing wine grapes without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fungicides, Sunstone’s 28-acre certified organic estate vineyard produces wine from “a vineyard in harmony with Earth’s cycles throughout the year.” Known for its Provence-inspired ambience and private event venues, Sunstone is the perfect destination for tastings and luxurious group experiences. 125 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-9463

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Santa Barbara Waterfront

- Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach (Seafood) serves locally caught, fresh seafood specialties. Dine inside or al fresco with one of the best ocean views in Santa Barbara. Full bar and regional wine list. 2981 Cliff Dr., 805/898-2628. $$–$$$

Brophy Bros. (Seafood) has long been one of Santa Barbara’s most popular eateries and is located at the harbor, with excellent views. You’ll find great shellfish cocktails and fresh fish here. 119 Harbor Way, 805/966-4418. $$ Chuck’s Waterfront Grill (Steaks and Seafood) serves prime-grade top sirloin steaks and Australian lobster tail among many other delicious offerings. The restaurant’s lively upstairs extension,

The Endless Summer bar-café (Seafood), has two terraces for al fresco dining on more casual fare. 113 Harbor Way, 805/564-1200. $$–$$$

Eladio’s (Californian) is opposite the entry to Stearns Wharf and offers casual California comfort cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 State St., 805/963-4466. $$$

The Harbor Restaurant and Longboard’s Grill (Seafood) on Stearns Wharf are two different experiences from one great vantage point. The Harbor is a romantic oceanview restaurant and Longboard’s is a noisy, energy-packed bar and grill. 210 Stearns Wharf, 805/963-3311. $$–$$$

- Santa Barbara FisHouse (Seafood) serves fresh local fish in a lively setting. Gathering with friends on the dining terrace with ocean views is the perfect way to start the weekend. Be sure to order lobster during the season from these “lobster specialists.” 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/966-2112. $$$



(Seafood) is a fun, no-frills seafoodlover’s paradise. Select your dinner fresh from the tanks or that day’s catch just steps from the ocean. 230 Stearns Wharf, 805/966-6676. $$

does American fare proud, with everything from soul-satisfying pastas, pizzas, grilled ahi and fish and chips to fresh salads to juicy burgers and generous sandwiches. 1201 State St., 805/845-2600, $-$$

Shoreline Beach Café (Seafood)

- Black Sheep (Californian)

is a lively, open-air beach restaurant. Salads, burgers, fish tacos, fresh seafood and vegetarian items are served daily. Breakfast served on weekends. 801 Shoreline Dr., 805/568-0064. $$

has a cool, casual vibe, but serves seriously good farm-to-table food. Try scallop crudo, roasted bone marrow or re-constructed chicken stuffed with walnuts and dried apricots. 26 E. Ortega St., 805/965-1113, $$$

Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.

Toma Restaurant and Bar (Italian) is a romantic spot to savor excellent Italian and Mediterranean dishes from Santa Barbara’s seasonal bounty while enjoying warm and attentive service and a view of the enchanting Santa Barbara harbor. 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/962-0777. $$-$$$

Downtown Arigato Sushi (Japanese) provides designer sushi from inventive chefs. Daily specials explore the limitless varieties of this Japanese delicacy. 1225 State St., 805/965-6074. $$$

Arnoldi’s Café (Italian) specializes in traditional homestyle Italian cuisine, featuring the freshest local produce and seafood, imported Italian meats, cheeses and olive oils, as well as an extensive wine list, bocce courts and a heated patio. 600 Olive St., 805/962-5394. $$$ Barbareño (Californian) specializes in Santa Barbara-centric dishes with a contemporary twist. The food is a modern interpretation of traditional dishes that are rooted in the area. The farmers’ market-driven menu changes weekly—think re-imagined Santa Maria barbecue as cold-smoked beef tartare, served with pico de gallo ingredients and pinquito beans. Dinner daily, closed Wed. Weekend brunch. 205 W. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-9591. $$-$$$ Benchmark Eatery (Seafood, American) is a casual eatery that

bouchon (Californian) serves “Santa Barbara Wine Country” cuisine complemented by a remarkable wine list that includes more than 50 Central Coast wines by the glass. Open for dinner nightly. 9 W. Victoria St., 805/730-1160. $$$

Ca’Dario (Italian) promises fine Italian cuisine, whether pasta, fish or fowl—don’t miss the ravioli pillows with brown butter and sage sauce and, when in season, grilled asparagus wrapped with pancetta—and an extensive wine list. A few doors down, Ca’Dario Pizzeria features a tasty array of pizzas, including gluten-free options. 37 E. Victoria St., 805/884-9419. $$$ Cádiz (Mediterranean) is a lovely spot to enjoy tapas and artisanal cheeses on the patio or a full course meal in the dining room. Open daily for dinner. 509 State St., 805/770-2760. $$–$$$ Carlitos Café y Cantina (Mexican) offers exciting regional Mexican cuisine and 100% blue agave Margaritas, along with fresh, imaginative Mexican grilled specialties that borrow from Pueblo, Mayan and Aztec cultures. 1324 State St., 805/962-7117. $$ Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina (Mexican) is a fun Mexican hot spot with killer Margaritas, tasty tacos, ample enchiladas and other classic south-of-the-border inspired fare. 330 State St., 805/845-8966. $$

China Pavilion (Chinese) features high-quality traditional Chinese food, as well as a delicious dim sum brunch on weekends. 1202 Chapala St., 805/560-6028. $$

Cielito Restaurant (Mexican) indulges your senses with its beautiful courtyard patio and inviting dining room in historic La Arcada. Sample antojitos, or “small cravings,” perfect for sharing along with the raw bar’s piquant ceviches and fresh shellfish. 1114 State St., 805/965-4770. $$–$$$ Downey’s (Californian) is an intimate restaurant that has received numerous accolades and is widely considered one of California’s finest. With just 14 tables and a menu that changes daily, owner/chef John Downey creates matchless nouvelle cuisine. Open for dinner only, Tues. through Sun. 1305 State St., 805/966-5006. $$$$


El Paseo Restaurant (Mexican) oozes with the character of old Mexico and old Santa Barbara. The bar—with great Margaritas—is separated from the festive dining room by large archways, beyond which are a courtyard and a fountain. 813 Anacapa St., 805/962-6050. $$–$$$ Enterprise Fish Co. (Seafood) is one of Santa Barbara’s largest and busiest seafood restaurants. In an exhilarating, nautical atmosphere are an oyster bar and a variety of fresh fish that are mesquite-broiled and served at reasonable prices. 225 State St., 805/962-3313. $$

Finch & Fork (Californian) in the Canary Hotel offers hearty items like buttermilk fried chicken and lighter fare, complete with farm-fresh salads, fresh oysters and yummy flatbreads. 31 W. Carrillo St., 805/879-9100. $$–$$$ The Hungry Cat (Seafood) is a bustling bistro featuring a raw seafood bar, handmade cocktails and seafood specialties from local waters.

Lunch and dinner are served daily; brunch served weekends. 1134 Chapala St., 805/884-4701. $$$$

Intermezzo Bar/Café (Californian) serves local wines on tap, craft cocktails and light fare such as burgers, flatbreads, salads and desserts ‘til late. An array of small plates to share— including cheese and charcuterie offerings, oysters, mussels, steak bites and the most amazing crispy cauliflower—make this a perfect pre- or post-theater stop. 819 Anacapa St., 805/966-9463. $$–$$$

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Jane (Californian) offers upscale, fresh, tasty fare that runs the gamut from huge seasonal salads and gourmet burgers to fish and chips with chipotle ketchup and creamy dill. 1311 State St., 805/962-1311. $$

Joe’s Café (American) is a Santa Barbara icon known for its stiff cocktails and raucous atmosphere. The menu of American classics includes steaks, sandwiches and Mexican specialties. Lunch and dinner served daily; breakfast served weekends. 536 State St., 805/966-4638. $$ Julienne (Californian) features an ever-changing menu at this little gem of a restaurant focusing on fresh food from local fields and farmers’ markets. Open Tues.–Sun. for dinner. 138 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/845-6488. $$$

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The Lark (American) delights with Chef Jason Paluska’s sophisticated family-style plates designed to share and made with the freshest possible local “farm-to-fork” ingredients, along with creative cocktails and a wonderful wine selection. Dinner, Tues. through Sun. 131 Anacapa St., 805/284-0370. $$–$$$

Les Marchands (French) is the perfect place to discover expertly chosen wines from around the world and enjoy tastes with locally-sourced bites and traditional French fare pairings in a relaxing, Funk Zone atmosphere, free of intimidation. 131 Anacapa St. Suite B, 805/284-0380. $–$$$ Louie’s (Californian), located inside the Upham Hotel, reflects the charm and tradition of its location. You’ll find extraordinary fresh seafood, pastas, filet mignon and a changing menu of specialties. 1404 De La Vina St., 805/963-7003. $$–$$$


Lucky Penny (Californian), a freestanding foodcounter-meets-artisan-bakery, offers a take-away hub of bakery goods, coffees, fresh-pressed juices, wood-fired pizzas and delightful snacks, which can be enjoyed on the go or in the courtyard. 127 Anacapa St., 805/284-0358. $–$$

Nuance (Californian), an upscale urban bistro located in hip Hotel Indigo, is a welcome addition to Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Chef Courtney Ladin brings globally inspired cuisine and cutting edge cocktails to this gem of a locale. Open k

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daily for breakfast and dinner, with brunch on the weekends. 119 State St., 805/845-0989. $$$

Olio e Limone (Italian) uses only the freshest ingredients for simply delicious preparations. Tuck into a plate of housemade ravioli filled with roasted eggplant and goat cheese, topped with a fresh tomato and basil sauce and shaved ricotta salata. Olio Pizzeria offers a casual pizza bar, wine and cocktails next door, while Olio Crudo Bar offers cocktails and sashimi with an Italian accent! 11 W. Victoria St. #17, 805/899-2699 ext. 1. $$$






Opal (Californian) is a classic European-style bistro serving eclectic California cuisine complemented by a wood-burning pizza oven, an extensive wine list and full bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1325 State St., 805/966-9676. $$ The Palace Grill (Cajun) is a place resonating with jazz music that creates the perfect setting for spicy food and spirited service to chase the blues away. Features authentic Louisiana specialities like jambalaya, crawfish etouffée and blackened steaks and seafood. 8 E. Cota St., 805/963-5000. $$–$$$

Paradise Café (American) is located downtown in a unique old building with wall murals from the 1940s. It has one of Santa Barbara’s favorite patios for dining and a bar that will take you back in time with cocktails of your choice and a well-selected wine and beer list. 702 Anacapa St., 805/962-4416. $$ Petit Valentien (French), with its quaint atmosphere and intimate setting, is hidden away in a small corner of La Arcada. Be sure to check out the prix fixe menu only available on Sundays. 1114 State St. #16, 805/966-0222. $$

Petros (Greek) is home to Hellenic-California

CROCODILE restaurant & bar

cuisine and one of the prettiest patios in town. Owner Petros Benekos gives traditional Hellenic recipes a contemporary California spin. 1316 State St., 805/899-9100. $$–$$$

now serving fresh produce from our own local farm!

for reservations, call 805 687 6444 open everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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Savoy Cafe and Deli (Californian) was created by the husband and wife team of Paul and Kathy Shields, a local couple who bring decades of restaurant experience to this popular downtown spot. The award winning salad bar features organic, local produce with a huge variety of options to choose from. Don’t miss the Citrus French Toast for breakfast. Also try “The Guy Plate,” a turkey pasilla fritter with quinoa mango salad, pesto green beans and carrot, featured as a favorite dish of Guy Fieri’s on the Food Network’s Diners, Driveins & Dives. 24 W. Figueroa St., 805/962-6611. $-$$$ Trattoria Vittoria (Italian) is a longtime local’s favorite spot to linger over a romantic evening or dinner with friends. Featuring traditional pasta dishes, as well as fresh seafood and meats. 30 E. Victoria St., 805/962-5014. $$$

Wine Cask (Californian) in the historic El Paseo complex offers a beautiful spot to enjoy fine dining and exceptional service in a relaxed setting. Don’t miss the stellar wine selections, including an impressive variety of local wines on tap. 813 Anacapa St., 805/966-9463. $$$


Breakfast • Lunch Dinner • Cocktails

Belmond El Encanto (Coastal-Californian) presents California coastal cuisine and seasonal favorites from executive chef Leo Andres Ayala, featuring specialties like fresh local oysters, pan seared diver scallops and short ribs sous vide alongside stunning Santa Barbara views. Sit under the stars on the terrace or in the elegant dining room. 800 Alvarado Pl., 805/845-5800. $$$-$$$$ Chuck’s of Hawaii (American) is the home of California’s first salad bar and offers award-winning steaks and fresh seafood right from the grill. A local favorite hangout since 1967. 3888 State St., 805/687-4417. $$

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Crocodile Restaurant (Italian/Californian), a local’s secret found at the Lemon Tree Inn, offers a chic, relaxing atmosphere with full cocktail bar and kitchen. A great spot for a sporting match or catching up with a friend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 2819 State St., 805/687-6444. $$–$$$­


Harry’s Plaza Café (American) offers strong drinks and hearty food—a winning combination for this long-time local favorite. Open daily for lunch and dinner and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. 3313 State St., 805/687-2800. $$$

Le Café Stella (French-American) is perched across from Santa Barbara Golf Club and is a neighborhood hot spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour—try the juicy burgers on brioche buns or heart-warming coq au vin. 3302 McCaw Ave., 805/569-7698. $$ The Tee-Off (American) is a friendly uptown restaurant and lounge that features a short but sweet menu of steaks, chops, chicken and seafood. 3627 State St., 805/687-1616. $$$





Montecito Bella Vista (Californian) at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore commands panoramic ocean views and promises top-notch cuisine and impeccable service. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch served. 1260 Channel Dr., 805/969-2261. $$$–$$$$


Cava (Mexican) serves the bold flavors of Spain, Mexico and Latin America in a charming setting with classic Margaritas and martinis from the bar. 1212 Coast Village Rd., 805/969-8500. $$–$$$ k


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Montecito Wine Bistro (Californian) is a casual yet sophisticated spot to sit on the outdoor patio or cozy up to the fireplace and nibble wine-friendly food. 516 San Ysidro Rd., 805/969-7520. $$–$$$ Pane e Vino (Italian) is a charming ristorante and a favorite among the community’s elite and their guests. Homemade pastas are near perfection and the fresh fish dishes are superb. 1482 E. Valley Rd., 805/969-9274. $$$$

Plow and Angel (American) is a cozy restaurant attached to the bar at San Ysidro Ranch and is wellknown for its comfort food—famous mac ‘n’ cheese and ribs are just some of the choices. Dinner and bar service daily. 900 San Ysidro Ln., 805/565-1700. $$$ Stella Mare’s (French) pairs a beautiful Victorian building with stylish, Normandy-inspired cuisine. The glass-encased greenhouse’s panoramic view and fireside couches make it a perfect spot for listening to Wednesday night jazz. 50 Los Patos Way, 805/969-6705. $$$–$$$$ Stonehouse Restaurant (American) is located in a 19th-century citrus-packing house on the grounds of San Ysidro Ranch. Stonehouse has a full bar and a menu that emphasizes local fish and produce. Open daily for dinner only. 900 San Ysidro Ln., 805/565-1724. $$$$ Trattoria Mollie (Italian) is a charming standby for locals-in-the-know. The dynamic cuisine consists of recipes that Mollie gathered during her years of training with “the best chefs in Italy.” 1250 Coast Village Rd., 805/565-9381. $$$

Tre Lune (Italian) offers a delicious menu that isn’t afraid of flavor. The high quality, genuine Italian cuisine includes excellent minestrone soup, fall-offthe-fork ossobuco, basil pesto, lobster ravioli and more. 1151 Coast Village Rd., 805/969-2646. $$$

Santa Ynez Mountains

Cold Spring Tavern (American) is an iconic establishment virtually unchanged since the days of the stagecoach run that has served excellent food—including wild game—to hungry locals and travelers alike for more than 100 years. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. daily. Flannery Designs&Graphics 805-966-2445 . art@m $$$ via MM.S15 5995 Stagecoach Rd., 805/967-0066. Job billed 94 W W W . S B S E A S O N S . C O M

EAT DINING OUT Goleta Beachside Bar Cafe (Seafood) on Goleta Beach is well-known for excellent fresh fish, serving lunch and dinner in the tropical-style dining room or on the glass-walled patio. Pair your cocktail with the fish tacos, excellent clam chowder or Caesar salad for memorable seaside dining. 5905 Sandspit Rd. 805/964-7881. $$-$$$

Outpost (Californian) is a casual, hip spot at the Goodland hotel. The excellent seasonal menu includes shareable plates, entrees and fresh salads, as well as fish tacos with battered halibut, flat iron steak with salsa verde, pork bao buns and a caper-studded Caesar salad with grilled romaine. 5650 Calle Real, 805/964-1288. $$-$$$

Santa Ynez Valley Ballard Inn Restaurant (Californian) is located inside the charming Ballard Inn. This distinctive little restaurant features wonderfully prepared “creative wine country cuisine” and fine wines. 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, 805/688-7770 or 800/638-2466. $$$ Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn (American) offers innovative “made from scratch” cuisine from chef-owners and brothers Jeff and Matt Nichols in this exquisitely refurbished barn. The hearty menu offers American classics like chops, prime rib, and chicken-fried steak. Lunch and dinner served daily. 3539 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-4142. $$-$$$$ Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar (Mexican) brings bold Mexican and Latin flavors to the valley. An open-fire grill imparts a smoky essence to authentic grilled specials, delicious salsas and the aroma of fresh handmade tortillas. 3544 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-0033. $$ Mattei’s Tavern (Californian) is a former stagecoach stop (circa 1886) that continues to be a destination, with creative farm-totable wine country dining. Soak up the rustic elegance and enjoy dinner Wednesday through Sunday or weekend brunch. 2350 Railway Ave., 805/688-4820. $$$–$$$$

The River Course at The Alisal. 150 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805/688-7784. $$–$$$ Petros (Greek), in Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, features Greek classics like Moussaka, Souvlaki and Keftethes (Petro’s mother’s traditional meatballs) as well as lighter salads, flatbreads and mezze (appetizers). 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos. 805/686-5455. $$$

- Root 246 (American) is located at Hotel Corque, a hotel and restaurant project by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. This restaurant features innovative cuisine emphasizing local, seasonal ingredients. 420 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805/686-8681. $$–$$$ Sides Hardware & Shoes—A Brothers Restaurant (American) is located in a restored 1901 building where chef-owners and brothers Jeff and Matt Nichols turn out hearty American favorites with original gourmet twists. 2375 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 805/688-4820. $$–$$$ S.Y. Kitchen (Italian) is a charming “California version of a little Italian farmhouse” with a focus on unfussy rustic Italian food made from fresh local ingredients. Expect inventive salads, woodfired pizzas and house-made pastas with

everything from seasonal seafood to duck ragu. An outdoor red-oak grill is fired up year-round, turning out juicy steaks and chops. Open daily for dinner and for lunch on weekends. 1110 Faraday St., Santa Ynez, 805/691-9794. $$-$$$ The Hitching Post (American) is an old-fashioned, western-style steakhouse and lounge just a few minutes off Hwy. 101. In addition to Newport Meat Company beef, there are also ribs, quail, turkey, duck and ostrich plus seafood on the menu. 406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 805/688-0676. $$$–$$$$ The Willows at Chumash Casino Resort (American) is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winner specializing in mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood. The elegance of this exquisite dining room is matched by incomparable views of the rolling Santa Ynez hills. 3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, 805/686-9855. $$$–$$$$ Trattoria Grappolo (Italian) is a great destination for gourmet pizzas from a woodburning oven, housemade pastas, fresh salads made with local produce and nightly specials. Grappolo features a list of more than 150 wines from around the world. Open daily for dinner and for lunch Tues.-Sun. 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-6899. $$-$$$ 

craft food and drink 420 alisal road downtown solvang 805.686.8681

Los Olivos Café and Wine Merchant (Californian) is a casual restaurant in one of the town’s original Main Street buildings. The thoughtful menu of homemade pizzas and California cuisine is complemented with an enormous list of wines from the adjacent store. 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805/688-7265. $$ River Grill (American) is part of the famed Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. It overlooks the newest of the resort’s two golf courses,

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THE PRIVATE DETECTIVE as pulp hero began in California. Dashiell Hammett set Sam Spade loose on San Francisco’s mean streets, creating the image of the private investigator, while Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe slummed his way through L.A., and Humphrey Bogart played both on film. In more recent decades, Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins has riffed on the harsh African-American experience in Watts, while Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch still chases serial killers through his beloved, if often hellish, Los Angeles.


But Santa Barbara—present population 90,412, with an actual homicide rate of only two murders per year— has also proven itself rich terrain for the crime writer’s imagination. The best known of such current writers, Sue Grafton, has proven with her alter ego, Kinsey Millhone, that women detectives need not preside only over the tea parties and parlors of the “cozy” mystery. Grafton has just published, with the alluring title X, the 24th installment in the detective series that begin in 1982 with A Is for Alibi. She commented that one of the appeals of Santa Barbara is “the peace and beauty of the community in counterpoint to the dark heart of the murder mystery.”

and wife Kenneth and Margaret Millar, however, were the first to see the mysterious promise of Santa Barbara: a garden of wealth, lush landscapes and architecture, yet rife with class divides, hustles big and small, and ugly secrets. With the pen name Ross Macdonald, Kenneth Millar wrote 18 novels of great psychological depth featuring private eye Lew Archer. Although based in Hollywood, Archer’s investigations of disappearances and murder trails frequently led to “Santa Teresa,” aka Santa Barbara, where the Millars settled in the 1940s. Both of the Millars won Edgars, and both served terms as president of the American Society of Mystery Writers. Although Macdonald is still linked to Hammett and Chandler as one of the pillars of the detective genre, Margaret experienced the earlier success and was the first to dub Santa Barbara “Santa Teresa.” While her husband split his time between graduate school and duty on a World War II naval ship, Margaret Millar, a self-described independent woman, chafing in her role as a young mother, turned to the genre she had discovered at age eight thanks to her brother’s stash of Black Mask magazines. She wrote her first mystery novel, The Invisible Worm (1941), in 15 days. This was followed by several comic mysteries, then two featuring the dour Canadian Inspector Sands. Warner Brothers optioned the second of these, Iron Gates (1945), and hired Margaret on a weekly salary to pen the screenplay. While scouring Southern California for a suitable home, Margaret bought a place on Bath Street in Santa Barbara, left her young daughter, Linda there with a nanny and reported to work in Hollywood alongside William Faulkner and Christopher Isherwood. The Millars’ success was sealed when Paul Newman took on the role of Lew Archer (renamed Lew Harper) in Harper (1966), a film based on Macdonald’s early novel, The Moving Target. While Harper was in production in 1964, the Millars moved from their second house, on Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, to a four-acre property in Hope Ranch. The Millars’ fame—based on explorations of the darker side of human nature—was always a mixed blessing, as the pathologies and social disorders they wrote about were near to home. Kenneth grew up in a broken family, abandoned by his father, and when he was six, he had to beg his mother not to leave him at an orphanage in Canada. Instead, he stayed with a string



of relatives, dependent on their charity, embittered and given to juvenile delinquency. While writing helped him outwrestle his woes, his troubled daughter, Linda, found no such outlet. At times, as a child, Linda posed in faux murder scene tableaus to get a rise out of her mother. As a teen, driving drunk one rainy night, she skidded and killed a 13-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident. At her trial, she was placed under psychiatric care and sentenced to a long probation. Linda Millar died unexpectedly in 1970 at age 31. Following her daughter’s death, Margaret quit writing for five years before turning again to crime novels. Meanwhile, Kenneth Millar, as Ross Macdonald, gained nearly mythic status as a writer—recognized on the covers of both the New York Times Book Review and Newsweek in 1971. Success brought no great joy. Like two plagued characters in a Greek tragedy, Kenneth steadily lost his mental lucidity and died of Alzheimer’s in 1983 at the age of 67, while Margaret lived on, battling blindness, until 1994. Despite the Millars’ slow fade, Santa Teresa was not sealed off as a crime scene. Other mystery novelists appeared to explore its darkness—including Dennis Lynds (Michael Collins), Newton Thornburg, Richard Barre and Sue Grafton. Rather like Margaret Millar before her, Grafton was a refugee from screenwriting. In the late 1970s, during a split from her second husband, Grafton, an admirer of the Ross Macdonald books, began to develop the character of Kinsey Millhone, reimagining the macho gumshoe genre through this no-nonsense, yet upbeat Santa Barbara private eye. Grafton thinks of Kinsey as an alter ego, “The person I might have been had I not married young and had children.” In a recent essay, Grafton revealed that, like Kenneth Millar, her own childhood was difficult. Her father, C.W. Grafton, was a Louisville lawyer and the writer of three mystery novels, but both he and Grafton’s mother were alcoholics who left Grafton and her older sister to fend for themselves. Grafton maintained a sunny disposition, but was eager to move on. Yet she retained her father’s love of mysteries. In the three decades since creating Kinsey Millhone, Grafton has worked her way through most of the alphabet of crime and has only two novels in the series left before retiring her alter ego. Santa Barbara lies tantalizingly close to Hollywood. However, Grafton has vowed not to let a screenwriting team tamper with her creation. Millhone sprang, according to Grafton, from the “shadow” realm, from promptings in the night, and there, for readers to discover on their own, she will remain—Grafton’s braver, yet darker self. 

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New Children’s Library Springs Into Action CUE THE SUPER HERO MUSIC .

The air sizzles with excitement as the audience scrambles to find their favorite spots and story teller Mayra Benitze urges her preschool-aged team of mighty avengers to “zip your lips, put on your capes and sit down criss-cross applesauce style.”



Watching these mini super heroes transform into “super listeners” is almost as much fun as watching the transformation of the new library. It was fire prevention week and Benitze kept her legion of little literati (at least 50 strong) under a magic spell with books about Sparky the firehouse dog;

Mayra Benitze leads preschool story time at the Santa Barbara Children’s Library.

learning to stop, drop and roll; singing and dancing; and of course, more books to read aloud. Preschool story time takes place every week, and thanks to the beautiful new children’s space—which takes up the entire below ground floor—is a lot livelier than it used to be. Wiggly story times for toddlers and babies, reading hour with ARF! trained therapy dogs, music

and movement for infants and toddlers, and bilingual story times are just a few of the programs that take full advantage of the welcoming new library. The Children’s Library also offers teen book clubs, computer stations; free tutoring and homework help and thousands of books to inspire readers of all ages. —Leslie Dinaberg


Story Time!



ART Gallery 113 ~ Original artworks by S.B. Art Association Santa Barbara Arts ~ Original arts and crafts by local artists Waterhouse Gallery ~ Fine California paintings, sculpture

DINING Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant ~ All day and night dining Cielito ~ Fine Mexican regional dining Jeannine’s American Bakery and Restaurant ~ “Come home to Jeannine’s” ~ where good food meets good company La Arcada Bistro ~ Indoor/outdoor café Petit Valentien ~ Small plate tapas with a French twist State & Fig ~ Simple. Rustic. California.

FASHION & STYLE Encanto ~ All things beautiful: women’s boutique for fine and unusual clothing, jewelry, and accessories Renaissance ~ Designer and fine consignment apparel and jewelry Socorro ~ Casual clothing in natural fabrics for women

SPECIALTY The Barber Shop ~ Full service in an historic setting Chocolats du CaliBressan ~ Your local French handmade chocolate boutique Coast 2 Coast Collection ~ Luxury tabletop including Christofle fine silver, vintage and bridal jewelry, unique gifts and home decor Isabella Gourmet Foods ~ A boutique artisan grocery Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers ~ Wedding invitations, personal and corporate stationery, letterpress and engraving La Tavola Fine Linen ~ Specializing in thousands of fine linen rental options for all occasions Lewis & Clark ~ Antiques and fine things Peanuts Maternity & Kids ~ Clothing, essentials, gifts, party supplies, and parent/child workshops Sanford Winery ~ Hand-crafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the heart of Santa Rita Hills Urban Optics ~ Comprehensive eye exams, glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses

1100 Block of State Street at Figueroa, Santa Barbara

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