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20 Contributors 22 Local Lowdown Bring on the Bubbly, Funk Zone Update, SB’s New Lagoon District, Threshold Choir, SYV News: Mendenhalls Museum and More! 28 Winter Datebook Performing and Visual Arts and Other Favorite Events for Winter 30 On Exhibit Featured Artists at Local Galleries
36 Poetry “View from 18B” BY EMMA TRELLES
38 Home Entertaining A Winter Tea Party WRITTEN & PHOTOGR APHED BY LEELA CYD
42 Home & Garden Bright Ideas/Remodels
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52 Rearview Mirror Solvang Then and Now (Dengang Og Nu)
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46 First Person Dr. Patricia Bragg BY NANCY R ANSOHOFF
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82 Explore Santa Barbara County 40 great things to do in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Ynez, Solvang & Los Olivos
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50 Legacies The Santa Barbara City College Promise
56 Featured Real Estate Listing 78 Tee it up! Golf in Santa Barbara County 80 Santa Barbara County Explore Map
84 Santa Barbara Urban Wineries 88 Wine Guide & Map 92 Food Chef’s Table: Recipes from Local Chefs and Restaurateurs 94 Dining Out Our guide to favorite area restaurants
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“This brilliant silence of winter is most touching, might I not say musical? How different it is from that of a starry night in June, which in mute eloquence proclaims repose!” — HENRY JA MES SL AC K , THE MINISTRY OF THE BEAUTIFUL, 1850
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certainly reflects that festive feeling. Also in that same celebratory mood is “Cheers!,” our salute to “12 Golden Watering Holes to Celebrate the Winter Season” (page 70)—a fun story to research, and a “Winter Tea Party” (page 38), featuring lovely photographs and a story by Leela Cyd. Nancy Ransohoff wrote an uplifting interview with the ageless and effervescent Dr. Patricia Bragg (page 46), Cheryl Crabtree has an update on the Funk Zone (page 22), plus the scoop on Santa Barbara’s new Lagoon District (page 23), and Laura Kath takes a look back at “Solvang Then & Now” in our Rearview Mirror section (page 52). Hana-Lee Sedgwick provides an interesting look at “Perfecting the Art of Bubbles in Santa Barbara” (page 24), with some excellent suggestions on how to toast the New Year in style. We also have a heartwarming story about the Santa Barbara City College Promise Program by Nancy Shobe (page 50), as well as an expanded Home & Garden section with Brett Leigh Dicks giving us the scoop on home audio systems (page 44) and Nancy Ransohoff providing some bright ideas on clever ways to remodel your home (page 42). This time of year is, above all else, the season to treasure family and friends, and in that spirit, we are excited to welcome a new member to the Santa Barbara Seasons’ family. Krista Nicole Fritzen, publisher Dave Fritzen’s daughter, recently joined us as associate publisher, a great new addition to our team. All of us at SEASONS wish you the happiest of holidays and an even better 2017 to
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Leela Cyd, who wrote and shot “A Winter Tea Party” on page 38, is a photographer and writer based in Santa Barbara. Her focus is on food, travel and lifestyle. She shoots for publications such as New York Times, Kinfolk, Food & Wine and Organic Life. Cyd also runs a video studio with her husband under the banner David Lee Studios, making shorts for social media. Her cookbook, Food with Friends—The Art of Hanging Out, was published this year by Clarkson Potter.
Emma Trelles | poet Emma Trelles, whose poem “View From 18B” appears on page 36, is the author of Tropicalia, winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Her poems and prose appear in The Los Angeles Review, Miramar, Four by Two, Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds and Art, Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel. She has taught creative writing at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference and The Center for Writing & Literature in Miami. She now teaches at Santa Barbara City College and programs the Mission Poetry Series.
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LOCAL LOWDOWN FUNK ZONE UPDATE BY C HERY L C R ABTREE THE HIP FUNK ZONE neighborhood, packed with wine tasting rooms, distilleries, restaurants, galleries and shops, has yet another new incarnation on the horizon — a creative hub that reflects a lot less funk and much more spunk. Here are few examples.
Scheduled to open in January 2017, MOXI aims “to ignite learning through interactive activities in science and creativity” for curious minds of all ages, from pre-K to gray. MOXI holds more than 70 interactive exhibits in 17,000 feet of flexible space on three floors. CEO Steve Hinkley explains that exhibits are interconnected, for good reason. “Science is a very integrated theme. People can explore themes in concert with one another and get connections between these areas. For example, the relationship between music and electricity.” Areas include The Tech Track, Innovation Lab, Sound Track, Fantastic Forces, Light and Color, and interactive media spaces. The Speed and Motion exhibit is sure to become a favorite—you can build a car, put it on a conveyor belt and race it on a Tesla race track. “The data is populated on an iPad, so participants can learn that changing things like mass and length can alter results,” explains Hinkley. Moxi.org, 125 State St.
The Waterline Once a 10,000-square-foot industrial warehouse plot, the Waterline is now an interconnected complex with food, craft beer and wine, and local artisans within a vast shared space. Two Waterline tenants opened in summer
2016: Lama Dog Tap Room and Bottle Shop, with craft beer and wine on tap plus specialty bottles for purchase, and The Nook, a casual order-at-the-counter restaurant, the brainchild of co-owner and longtime local favorite Master Chef Norbert Schulz. The menu (think gourmet burgers and small plates) is designed to complement the beer and wine served by other vendors at the complex. The remaining tenants opened in fall 2016. Topa Topa Brewing Company, a craft brewery based in Ventura, opened a second tasting room and brewery at Waterline. Local winemaker Blair Fox and his wife Sarah also opened a second tasting room (their original is in Los Olivos) to pour samples from their two wine labels, Fox Wine Company and Blair Fox Cellars. The Guilded Table arts and crafts collective rounds out the collection of vendors. Here, the public can view and interact with
eight artists as they design and produce wares in various media, including fashion design, leather goods, jewelry, photography and textiles. Waterlinesb.com, 120 Santa Barbara St.
Loquita In Spanish, a loquita is a playful, fun-loving young girl—a fitting name for a new restaurant that pays homage to Santa Barbara’s historic connections to Spain. “We’re the gateway to The Funk Zone, right across from MOXI and the train station, and the first restaurant you see when you walk up State Street from Stearns Wharf,” says general manager Skyler Gamble. The menu presents authentic Spanish food and beverages made with fresh local ingredients: tapas, woodfired seafood, grilled meats, three types of paella, Spanish wines, cocktails and sangria. Loquitasb.com, 202 State St.
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LAGOON DISTRICT Local Businesses Bond and Bloom BY C HERY L C R ABTREE
arrived in this area in the 1700s, the land in what’s now the southeastern section of the city of Santa Barbara wasn’t exactly land. It was more like an estuary, a swampland with marshes and lagoons fed by creeks that channeled water from the Riviera slopes to the flatland below. Over the years, landfill enabled businesses, farms and small industries to set up shop. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find a burgeoning neighborhood so diverse, and evolving so quickly, that up until now, it has defied description and a unified identity. That is, until late summer 2015, when the proprietors of three neighborhood businesses (Oniracom, Pure Order Brewing Co. and Playback Recording Studio) met and came up with an idea to brand the district and connect members of the community. Oniracom CEO Jacob Tell says they discussed the challenge confronting them. “We’re not The Funk Zone. We’re not Milpas Street. We’re not in the official downtown Historic District. So who are we?” After a few subsequent meetings, the group chose a name that connects the community with its early roots: the Lagoon District. Borders were drawn, all above Highway 101: Montecito Street on the south, Cota Street on the north, Anacapa Street on the west and Milpas Street on the east. “It’s about bringing energy, commerce
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and awareness to the area. It’s like a social network. We wanted to boost visibility for everyone here, keep the family businesses going and let people know about new energy that’s moved in. The Lagoon District is down-to-earth. It’s about the authentic Santa Barbara. There’s nothing LA about it,” says Tell. For now, the initiative maintains a bilingual Spanish/ English website (lagoonsb. com) that includes background and contact information about members, ongoing feature stories about longtime neighborhood businesses like Carniceria La Bodeguita and Rose Café, and neighborhood history. Best of all, membership is free. “This is about inclusion,” says Tell. “We want to give back to the community and highlight what this area has to offer from a local’s perspective.” Other plans include regular block parties and special events, job listings and a loyalty reward program. Johannes Sauer, CEO of Suissly, a new home interior furnishing company, shares the enthusiasm for the new venture that’s buzzing around the ‘hood. “We are excited that we’re part of the Lagoon District as it provides Suissly with a local community, adds energy to the office and affords additional brand visibility to people who otherwise were unaware of our team.”
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Santa Barbara County is certainly one of the most unique wine regions in California. Its location between transverse mountain ranges allows for cool maritime influences to funnel inland, creating the perfect conditions for growing a wide variety of grapes. DESPITE ITS DIVERSIT Y, Santa Barbara County has made a name for itself as one of the world’s premier regions for chardonnay and pinot noir—two of the main grapes used in traditional Champagne. It’s not surprising, then, that an increasing number of Santa Barbara-area producers have added sparkling wine to their portfolios, taking inspiration from France while forging their own paths. Like the Champagne region of France, which is the only place in the world that can legally label sparkling wine as “Champagne,” Santa Barbara enjoys a long, cool growing season that allows grapes to ripen while retaining high levels of acidity—the perfect conditions for sparkling wine. As winemaker Dieter Cronje of Presqu’ile Winery explains, “Santa Barbara’s cooler climate allows our grapes to get enough acidity to create a good base wine, so producing sparkling wine was really a no-brainer.” There are several different methods for making sparkling wine, but the most famous and highly regarded method is Méthode Champenoise, also known as the traditional or classic method for Champagne production.
Méthode Champenoise starts with a dry high-acid base wine that goes through a second fermentation in the bottle after the addition of sugar and yeast (known as tirage). The fresh yeast converts the sugar into alcohol, forming carbon dioxide in the bottle. As the yeast cells dissolve and absorb into the wine, they release compounds that create complex toasty, nutty flavors. The longer the wine remains in contact with the decomposed yeast, known as the lees, the more nutty characteristics are imparted into the wine. Many producers are “leaning toward extended time on the lees,” says Cronje, “to get those classic yeasty aromatics that we all love about Champagne.” Adds winemaker Dave Potter of Municipal Winemakers and Potek Winery, “It’s a process that can’t be hurried along. Wines can be disgorged earlier, but they won’t achieve that bread dough note that is so damn tasty.” When the wine has rested on the lees the desired amount of time, the sediment needs to be removed. A labor-intensive process known as riddling is used to collect the yeast, in which each bottle is turned upside down and gently shaken to encourage the lees to collect near the cap, then rotated every day for several weeks or months. When the lees have gathered
in the neck of the bottle, the sediment is extracted through disgorging. The bottle is opened, the sediment shoots out and the wine is topped off, then resealed as quickly as possible. At this stage, a winemaker will sometimes add sweetness to the wine, known as dosage. Despite requiring special equipment, a lot of handling and additional time in bottle, this is the method most Santa Barbara producers use today because of the payoff in flavor and complexity. “It can be a daunting process,” says winemaker Blair Fox, who first started making sparkling wine in the late 2000s with the help of Norm Yost of Flying Goat Cellars. Continues Eli Parker of Fess Parker Winery, “We’re purely doing it for the love of it.” Although Champagne is traditionally made from three grapes—chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier—a few producers in Santa Barbara are branching out and experimenting with different varieties and styles. For Municipal Winemakers, Potter has produced a sparkling syrah called Fizz since 2007, and Fess Parker Winery now produces an estate sparkling grenache called Sibling Bubblery. In Los Olivos, Solminer Wines makes a small amount of sparkling dosage-free syrah known as Nebullite. Owners David and
Anna deLaski, who look to the Old World for inspiration, are also experimenting with a sparkling riesling, which will be released next year. “The fun of sparkling wine is contagious,” says David deLaski, who thanks winemaker Steve Clifton for getting them started with sparkling wine. “It’s a celebratory drink, and it’s a great food-pairing drink. We love it.” It’s that love for bubbles that has led winemakers throughout Santa Barbara to try their hands at producing sparkling wine; and, due to the quality of the fruit and growing conditions, everyone agrees the sparkling wine business is only going to keep expanding. “More and more producers are looking to do a sparkling project,” shares winemaker Nick de Luca of Alma Rosa Winery. “Overall, Santa Barbara is just a great place for it.” THERE ARE DOZENS of Santa Barbara producers not mentioned that make sparkling wine—like Riverbench, Palmina and Sea Smoke—and everyone brings something a little different to the table, but be sure to check out these featured wines: 2013 Alma Rosa Brut Rosé: With its light salmon color, this 100% pinot noir is dry and crisp with beautiful aromas of wild strawberries, chalk and orange zest. Wellintegrated minerals and yeasty characteristics lead to a refreshing and lingering finish. 2014 Fesstivity Brut Cuvee: Made of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, this palecolored wine has enticing aromas of baked pear and white nectarine, with apple and citrus on the palate. It finishes with a subtle nuttiness thanks to extended time in tirage. 2011 Presqu’ile Blanc de Blancs: Made from 100% chardonnay, this complex wine comes with expressive notes of toasted brioche, Fuji apples and hints of honey on the nose. Four years of aging sur lie leads to tasty bread dough characteristics that continue to persist on the lengthy finish. 2014 Solminer Nebullite: Only two barrels of still syrah were set aside to create this dry sparkling syrah, which was aged on the lees for seven months. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and herbs are followed by flavors of cherry, black fruit and light, powdery tannins. It’s a unique and fun wine that should be served around 55 degrees.
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THIS MUSEUM IS A GAS! Mendenhall’s Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana BY LESLIE A . WESTBROOK
Mark Mendenhall knew just about everyone in his hometown of Buellton, population 250. These days, the population has swelled to 15,000—as has Mendenhall’s Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, (yes, that’s a real word) a collection that his father, Jack, started half a century ago. It’s a passion that Mark and his wife, Vickie, have carried on. Arguably the largest private collection of its kind in the country, the museum features vintage gas pumps, porcelain gas and road signs, and other related (and a few unrelated) artifacts. “I like to show people what the past looks like,” notes the building contractor and private museum curator/director/chief engine-oil changer. When his dad owned the local “service” station in the 1950s, young Mark pumped your gas and checked your water, oil and tire pressure. Garages, a towing business and a wrecking yard also became part of the family empire. Today, for $15, you can call to reserve a two-hour tour—“depending on what they are doing”—usually led by Vickie, accompanied by 1950s music playing in the background. There are 4,000 signs, 100 vintage gas pumps and some 500 globes that once lit up the top of gas tanks. Highlights include race cars and hot rods, a gigantic Union ball sign that turns and glows overhead, vintage neon signage and other cool stuff filling 18 garages. The first self-service gas pump—the Gas-O-Mat—probably designed around the same time as automat vending machines that dispensed sandwiches and drinks a
century ago, is a highlight. This 1925 relic is one of just 25 coin-operated gas pumps in existence. There are a “few thousand” California license plates from 1914 to present day and an entire collection of Hot Rod magazines (826) dating from 1948. Everything has a story—or a few— including one of the oldest items, an 18th-century gas pushcart. Mark’s favorite display is a case of Richfield memorabilia that includes the oil company’s caps, credit cards and promotional items from the 1950s-70s. “It’s not just a man cave—there’s something for everybody,” he says, while showing off his 1967 Mustang replete with an 8-track tape deck and just 13,000 miles. “It’s like the car in Bullitt, only a year older,” he says, citing the Steve McQueen flick’s famous car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco. For those not into gravity-flow gas pumps with glass cylinders (circa 1910– 1930) and other petroliana, unrelated items on display include a 19th-century music box that plays “Stars & Stripes” and a glass-windowed coffin atop a cart circa 1800 with “grandma” (a medical skeleton).
The first “entertainment center” from RCA Victor—a television, turntable and radio all in one unit—is a rarity that retailed for a pretty penny in its day: $1,395. My favorite item is the “Polly Gas” neon parrot sign, one of 37 vintage graphic signs including neon from Van De Kamp’s Bakery and Foster Freeze. Mark recently spent a year and a half restoring one of his dad’s original tow trucks, a 1958 Ford F-350 from his dad’s Buellton Garage. Lest you get the “petrol bug” after your tour, Mark recommends “Gas Bashes,” gasoline paraphernalia collector swap meets that take place around the country. Whether you’re a senior wanting to take a trip down memory lane or a youngster curious about America’s petroleum past, check out this unique collection. You can even book the museum for a private party— the bar was a Baptist church once upon a time and the checkered floor in the pump display room is perfect to do The Lindy—all amid a colorful, nostalgic backdrop.
Mendenhall’s Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, 24 Zaca St., Buellton; 805/6892402; mendenhallmuseum.com
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AS A KID IN THE 1950S,
ANGELS SING THEE TO REST Santa Barbara Threshold Choir BY LESLIE A . WESTBROOK
to the John Taverner composition “Song for Athene”—which premiered at Princess Diana’s memorial—states: “Very tender, with great inner stillness and serenity.” So it goes, most of the time, for Santa Barbara’s Threshold Choir, an all-volunteer group composed of women from all walks of life who appear upon request, free of charge, to sing for the sick, infirm and, most often, dying. Members have ranged from a graduate student at UCSB to an octogenarian. The choir (which ranges from about a dozen to 40 active members, with two to four members at a time performing bedside in three-part harmony), offers its service as a gift; there is no charge. Choir members rehearse at Quaker House and in the family room at Serenity House and visit the dying in
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their private rooms up on Carrillo Hill on the fourth Monday of the month, but they will appear anytime and anywhere a friend or family member requests their non-denominational bedside singing for an ailing or dying person. They also sing in the living room at the endof-life-care Sarah House on the third Friday of each month. “Anything can happen. Sometimes residents come sit and sing with us,” says Penelope Salinger, a clinical social worker by day/angel by night and choir member. The choir sings hymns and popular songs upon request (if they know them) in English and in Spanish, as well as original songs written by the nationally run organization’s Bay Area founder Kate Munger. Once stumped by the request for “Sea shanties!” by a patient, the gals broke into “What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?” much to the recipient’s delight, who joined right in. A minister requested “Get Me To The Church On Time.” One of Salinger’s more profound experiences occurred after a request to sing Chris Williamson’s “Ship in the Harbor” in Spanish.
She and two other members of the choir arrived in time to sing as the woman took her last breath. “It felt so amazing to be able to sing her out in her native language.” “Like you lullaby a child to sleep, we lullaby people at the end of their lives to their last sleep,” says choir member Arlene Stepputat. “We’re not the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” Stepputat, who is also manager of volunteer services at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, stresses, “We sing for the nurses at Serenity House and we have even face-timed with the dying. We also sing for people recuperating. You don’t have to be dying for us to appear.”
TO SCHEDULE A VISIT or to join the choir, call 805/322-3558, email email@example.com or visit thresholdchoir.org/SantaBarbara.
Winter Datebook Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for December, January and February
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Find updated information and additional events at sbseasons.com/datebook.
Ongoing Through Dec. 4 Irving J. Gill: Simplicity & Reform Irving J. Gill (1870–1936) created a distinctive architecture in Southern California, using a refined and abstracted architectural vocabulary that he described as “the straight line, the cube, the arch, and the circle.” This exhibition examines Gill’s architectural language and his experiments with materials and construction. The roots of his idealistic achievement are traced to the social concerns of the Progressive era and the Arts and Crafts movement, and to the influence of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (1856–1924), who argued for a “new architecture in America,” unaffected by the past and based on a transcendental view of nature. | Noon–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/8932951, museum.ucsb.edu.
Through Dec. 4 Done. Undone. Redone. The Chair The evolution of the chair has depended upon the human body and the history of previous designs. The challenge of chair design is to balance form and function; it is as important to look at a chair as it is to sit in it. This exhibition explores the morphology of chair design and the “object-ness” of the chair as a sculptural statement. | Noon–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
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Through Dec. 4 LIFEFORMS: The Makeup Art of Michael Westmore Through sketches, masks and prosthetics, LIFEFORMS: The Makeup Art of Michael Westmore explores this legendary makeup artist’s process of creating singular film and television characters and creatures. This is the first exhibition to display the designs of Westmore (BA 1961, art history) through the development of some of science fiction’s most iconic characters, including Data, Worf and
the Borg species. | Noon–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum. ucsb.edu.
Through Dec. 31 Assume Vivid Astro Focus: avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods, a newly commissioned multi-sensory and site-specific installation by the vibrant New York/Berlin-based artist collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf). | MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Through Jan. 1 Sa Sa Bassac presents Khvay Samnang In collaboration with Sa Sa Bassac, a gallery and resource center based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, MCA Santa Barbara presents a solo exhibition of new and recent work by Khvay Samnang (b. 1982, Svay Rieng, CM). | MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805/966-5373, mcasantabarbara.org.
Through Jan. 8 British Art from Whistler to World War II Curated by art historian Peyton Skipwith and drawn entirely from the permanent collection of Santa Barbara Museum of Art, this selection of some 70 paintings, drawings and sculptures presents an overview of British art from around 1890 through 1945. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Through Jan. 8 Cecil Beaton’s “London’s Honourable Scars”: Photographs of the Blitz Adjacent to British Art from Whistler to World War II is a series of dramatic World War II photographs by Sir Cecil Beaton (1904–1980). Best known for his iconic images of royalty and movie legends and multi-award winning designs for such films as My Fair Lady, Beaton created extraordinary photographs during
Kenny Broad, underwater cave explorer and environmental anthropologist, is part of the National Geographic Live! series at UCSB Campbell Hall, Jan. 8. World War II’s cataclysm. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
Through Jan. 14 Dug Uyesaka: long story short Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art will feature a mid-career retrospective of artwork by local Santa Barbara artist Dug Uyesaka. Uyesaka is a versatile artist working in assemblage, printmaking and drawing. His works are thoughtful and poetic, often touched with his delightful sense of whimsy. He is also a beloved art teacher at Laguna Blanca School. “He is such an integral part of Santa Barbara’s art scene,” says Judy Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director. “Our mid-career retrospective of Dug’s work will showcase his amazing oeuvre—from prints to paintings and drawings, from collage to assemblage.” | Westmont RidleyTree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., 805/565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.
Through Feb. 13 Natural Materials: Fallen Trees, Local Artisans Natural Materials is an exhibition and sale featuring handcrafted art pieces, furniture and more, made with locally sourced wood by central coast woodworkers. The museum hosts a showing of photography by David Paul Bayles, who is known for his images of logging forests, in conjunction with the exhibition. | Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Ste. B, Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.
December 1 SBIFF Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence in Film Gala Honoring Warren Beatty The Santa Barbara International Film Festival honors Warren Beatty with the 11th annual Kirk Douglas Award k
for Excellence in Film. Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris and John Travolta. Funding from the Gala goes to support the many educational and community programs hosted by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival such as Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, the 10-10-10 Mentorship program and competitions, the Film Studios Program, Apple Box Family Films and the festival’s new initiative to be launched this summer, Film Camp. | 6 p.m., Bacara Resort & Spa,
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8301 Hollister Ave., sbiff.org.
1 Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949) High Sierras, 1937, 12” x 16,” framed oil on board Overview: Jack Wilkinson Smith, born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1873, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and was apprenticed to the important American artist George Gardner Symons (1863-1930). He studied at the Art Institute in Cincinnati under Frank Duveneck (1848-1919). In 1906 he moved to Alhambra, California where he was responsible for establishing the Biltmore Salon. He remained in California for the remainder of his life, where he exhibited frequently and received numerous prizes and medals. Smith was a member of the Laguna Beach Art Association, Academy of Western Painters, Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club and California Art Club, among others. His work is in the collections of Irvine Museum, Phoenix Municipal Collection, Orange County Museum, Los Angeles Athletic Club and Gardena High School. Gallery: Stewart Fine Art 215 W. Mission St., Santa Barbara 805/845-0255, dianestewartfineart.com SBADA MEMBER
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. 5 and Feb. 2. | 5 p.m.–8 p.m., various locations around downtown Santa Barbara, downtownsb.org/events/1st-Thursday.
1 Enabling Humanity’s First Interstellar Missions Philip Lubin, UCSB Physics Department, discusses recent ideas for “backing up humanity,” in a digital format to be placed on spacecrafts, and the technical and ethical concerns behind such ideas. | 5:30 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
1 Christmas with the Vienna Boys Choir The famed Vienna Boys Choir delights music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse repertoire encompassing Australian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, medieval chant and popular music. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
1 Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has redefined the way people think of the instrument, combining his influences—from legendary ukulele players to rock musicians—to create a sound that is uniquely his own. | 8 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/8933535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
1 Quire of Voyces Short Program Concert The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to Santa Barbara Museum of Art to perform a free short program of choral music. The group was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred a capella choral music of the Renaissance and the modern age. | 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
1–18 Chapter Two Neil Simon’s play is set in New York during Christmas in the 1970s. This charming semi-autobiographical story, presented by Ensemble Theatre Company, follows the coping and coupling of a New York writer and recent widower. | 8 p.m., New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400, ensembletheatre.com.
1–Jan. 6 Julefest Venture over to the magic village of Solvang to celebrate holiday festivities like the Julefest Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 2) and the traditional Danish parade (Dec. 3), as well as many more family-friendly activities. | Various Solvang locations, solvangusa.com.
2 Downtown “Holiday Under the Sea” Parade Kick off the holiday season with high-stepping marching bands, holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, Santa Claus and more at the 64th annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade. This year’s Co-Grand Marshalls are Cody and Caleb Walker, brothers of the late actor Paul Walker, a Santa Barbara
resident. They are continuing his nonprofit work with Reach Out World Wide. | The parade begins at 6:30
Carpinteria Arts Center, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 805/684-7789, carpinteriaartscenter.org.
p.m. at State and Sola streets and concludes at Cota Street, downtownsb. org/events/downtown-holiday-parade.
2 Eric Taylor & Kevin Gordon Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. Kevin Gordon is a touring recording artist and songwriter. Together they take the Lobero stage for a night of toe-tapping country music you won’t want to miss! | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
2–4 Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace Treasure seekers, look no further! Shop around the world without leaving Santa Barbara at the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace, where vendors representing more than 50 countries offer a fantastic selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculptures and more. | Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, 805/682-4711 ext. 181, sbnature.org.
3 Rudolph Gustafson Dance presents a ballet of the holiday classic featuring Rudolph, Clarice, Abominable Snow Monster and even Santa. Children ages two and up dance to well-known holiday tunes, along with State Street Ballet Young Dancers. | 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
3 First Saturday Artists Marketplace Carpinteria Arts Center presents its “Artists Marketplace” every first Saturday in the art center courtyard. The marketplace, a fundraiser for the arts center, is an opportunity for member artists to display, demonstrate and sell their original art, as well as magnetize people to the center with activities such as live music, art demonstrations and a children’s art table. Also on Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.,
Holiday Marketplace Find unique and handcrafted gifts at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature’s annual holiday marketplace. The date coincides with the annual festive Solvang Julefest parade and is a perfect time to catch Solvang’s holiday spirit while supporting both local artists and artisans and the nonprofit Wildling Museum, which showcases art of the natural world. | Noon–5 p.m., Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511 Mission Dr., Ste. B, Solvang, 805/688-1082, wildlingmuseum.org.
3 Christmas at the Casa Spend an intimate evening at the historic Casa del Herrero, where seasonal decorations make the 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., 805/565-5653, casadelherrero.com.
4 Popovich Holiday Circus The most beloved family show in the world features a European-style circus extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs and even house cats! | 3 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
5 Summer and Smoke Part of the Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series highlighting films with great cinematic scores, Summer and Smoke follows the story of a reserved young girl who falls for the wild, carefree doctor next door. Their different approaches to life create difficulties for their relationship, and they must reconsider their beliefs, leading to the possibility of love. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
6 Zucchero: Una Rosa Blanca The documentary film Zucchero: Una k Rosa Blanca tells the story of the
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Sung Eun Kim Morning on Clay Street, 36” x 24,” oil Overview: Born in South Korea in 1985, Sung Eun Kim has been studying and creating art since he was very young. Because of his enthusiasm and passion for painting, he began his MFA program at the Academy of Art University in 2012 and has continued developing his artistic style. His paintings attempt to create a sense of atmosphere and light not necessarily present in the source of the photograph, but are interpreted through his memories and life experience. Gallery: Waterhouse Gallery 1114 State St., Ste. 9, Santa Barbara 805/962-8885, waterhousegallery.com SBADA MEMBER
legendary, unrepeatable “Una Rosa Blanca” concert held in Havana, Cuba on Dec. 8, 2012. Watch Zucchero make a dream come true, as a tribute to what Cuba has represented. | 7 p.m., The Granada
guests, provides unheard-of artists of various genres. Trinity Backstage Acoustic Series features favorites such as the Harmony All Stars (back by popular demand) and Tom Kimmel. | 8 p.m., Trinity Backstage,
Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
1500 State St., 805/962-2970, trinitybackstage.com.
T Presents: A John Waters Christmas John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) performs an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively “putting the X in Xmas,” developing a show for the open-minded and slightly left-of-center audience. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
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Clarence Hinkle (1880-1960) Still Life with Daffodil, 1935, 30” x 24,” oil on canvas Overview: A native Californian, Clarence Hinkle received art instruction at Crocker Art Gallery, Mark Hopkins Institute, Art Students League and at the Pennsylvania Academy, where he earned a scholarship to spend six years studying in Holland, France and Paris at the Beaux Arts and the Julian Academy. He returned to California in 1913 where he exhibited at the Pacific International Exposition of 1915. In 1917, Hinkle moved to Los Angeles where he taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design and the Chouinard School of Art. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1935. His work is in the collections of De Young Museum, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum, San Diego Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Gallery: James Main Fine Art 27 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara 805/962-8347, jamesmainfineart.com SBADA MEMBER
A Year to Live Hospice of Santa Barbara invites you to explore how to live each year as if it’s your last in the workshop series A Year to Live. This year-long group is based on Steven Levine’s book, A Year to Live, and addresses that we don’t have to wait to think about death until it’s upon us or a loved one. This group is open to individuals who would like to increase awareness and savor each moment. | 10:30 a.m.–noon, Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Ste. 100, 805/563-8820, hospiceofsantabarbara.org.
9–10 Connecting… The Westmont fall dance concert, directed by Susan Alexander, features new choreography by students and faculty members of the Theatre Arts Department in a performance that promises to be entertaining, energizing and inspirational. | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9–10, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Porter Theatre, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd., westmont.edu/boxoffice.
10 Trinity Backstage Acoustic Series: Holiday in the Round Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse, a quaint, intimate room that holds 100
A Merry-Achi Christmas Granada Theatre Concert Series presents A Merry-Achi Christmas, which celebrates the traditions of Mexico during the Christmas season with a beautiful concoction of mariachi music and folkloric dance. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
10–11 The Nutcracker Santa Barbara Festival Ballet brings an enchanting tale of Christmas to light with its 42nd anniversary performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Arlington Theatre. | 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10–11, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Arlington Theater, 1317 State St., 805/9634408, thearlingtontheatre.com.
10–11 Holiday at the Ranch Find your holiday spirit with tours of the beautifully decorated Stow House, photo ops with Santa Claus and his “rein-goats,” Christmas music and caroling, craft-making, celebrity story-time and holiday hayrides. | 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, stowhouse.com.
10–11 Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine Walk Your passport to this two-day holiday wine and beer walk offers tastings from more than 13 wine tasting rooms in Solvang. | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Various locations throughout Solvang, 877/327-2656, solvangusa.com.
10–11 The Hallelujah Project 2016 Fast becoming one of the city’s most anticipated holiday musical events, The Hallelujah Project offers a family-friendly blend of classical choral music and traditional seasonal favorites to put everyone in a festive
holiday mood! | Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 3 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
11 T.C. Boyle Part of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Parallel Stories Series, T.C. Boyle, award-winning novelist, short-story writer and Santa Barbara area resident, engages in a freewheeling conversation with Santa Barbara Independent arts writer Charles Donelan in this thought-provoking afternoon. | 2:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
11 Harbor Parade of Lights Head over to Cabrillo Boulevard for the 31st annual Parade of Lights as boat owners “deck the hulls with bows of holly.” | 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Harbor, santabarbaraca.gov.
13 A Baroque Holiday A trio of talented violinists—Amy Hershberger, Sooah Kim and HwiEun Kim—perform works by three composing titans of the Baroque era. Featuring a program uniquely suited to the season, this is a holiday celebration not to be missed. | 7:30 p.m., All Saints by the Sea,83 Eucalyptus Lane, 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures. sa.ucsb.edu.
16–18 The Christmas Revels 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. | Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
17–18 The Nutcracker State Street Ballet brings together professional dancers, students of Gustafson Dance, Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra and Morro Bay High School Chorus to perform this holiday classic in Santa Barbara style. | 2 p.m. Dec. 17–18, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
19 Windham Hill Winter Solstice 30th Anniversary Concert Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice Series, as well as their many solo releases. | 8 p.m.,
An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a band that thrives on the unexpected. This will be their first Santa Barbara appearance since self-recording their new album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, with new drummer Tony Leone and without founding bassist Mark “Muddy” Dutton. | 8
Solvang Third 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 special logo glass and a map to help you navigate your way through all of the fun! Also on Jan. 18 and Feb. 15. | 3–7 p.m.,
p.m., Lobero Theatre. 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
various locations throughout Solvang, 877/327-2656, solvangusa.com.
15 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Ring in the holidays in an evening of pure joy with Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the world-renowned all-singing all-plucking ukulele superstars. | 8 p.m., UCSB Campbell
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Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
28 Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven Get a double dose of pop punk guitarist David Lowery as both his influential bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, take the stage on their annual swing through k
Ken Bortolazzo Two Triangles, 2016, 17” x 8” x 6,” stainless steel Overview: Ken Bortolazzo’s early passion for complex puzzles evolved through his interest in Minimalism, Op Art, and Kinetic sculpture towards a body of work called Optikinetics —kinetic sculptures in stainless steel that exploit the radiance of burnished steel and the optical interference patterns called moiré effects to produce a sculptural vocabulary that is as much about light as it is about form and space. From his studio in Santa Barbara, Bortolazzo has developed a national reputation in contemporary sculpture and is known as one of the foremost kinetic sculptors in America. Gallery: Sullivan Goss–An American Gallery 11 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara 805/730-1460, sullivangoss.com SBADA MEMBER
Santa Barbara. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
29 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Chip Davis’s Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, a favorite holiday celebration. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
31 New Year’s Eve Pops Bid a celebratory farewell to 2016 at New Year’s Eve Pops, with acrobatic performers from Cirque de la Symphonie as they light up The Granada Theatre, welcoming the New Year in unforgettable style. | 8:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
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8 National Geographic Live! Kenny Broad Join Kenny Broad, an underwater cave explorer and environmental anthropologist who has participated in extreme filming expeditions on every continent, on an adventure into some of the most dangerous and scientifically significant places on earth, as he laughs his way through tales of his triumphs, tragedies and just plain weird experiences. | 3 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
8 El Bracero del Ano The Granada Theatre and Cine en Domingo Film Series present El Bracero del Ano, a film about the migration of Mexicans to the United States in search of the “American Dream.” | 3 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
“Along Paradise Road” 24 x 30 Oil John Cosby
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The Shootist The classic John Wayne film The Shootist tells the story of J.B. Books, an aging gunfighter diagnosed with cancer who travels to Nevada at the turn of the 20th century. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
10 Shine a Light In this documentary film, Martin Scorsese documents the Rolling Stones’ energetic performance at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2006. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
13 Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Go to Hale: Film Series is a series of specially curated evenings in rock ’n’ roll, courtesy of Hale Milgrim. Here, Milgrim pays tribute to Bob Dylan by presenting highlights from the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, recorded Oct. 16, 1992 at Madison Square Garden. | 7:25 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/9630761, lobero.com.
14–Apr. 30 Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti & Yvonne Rainer In CA and NY, 1955–1972 Radical Bodies consists of photographs, videos, original scores and drawings by Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer, as well as work inspired by them by such artists as Imogen Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, George Brecht, Robert Morris, Jennifer Bornstein and Janine Antoni. | Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB, 805/893-2951, museum.ucsb.edu.
15 The Peking Acrobats Experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics for more than 30 years. | 3 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
17–18 Saturday Night Fever The iconic story of Tony, the kid who wants to dance his way to a better life, returns with an all-new live theatrical production of Saturday Night Fever that shares Tony’s love for dancing in spectacular new ways. | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre,
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20 Story/Time: Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company Director and choreographer Bill T. Jones returns to the stage at the center of Story/Time, an acclaimed new work in which Jones creates a collage of dance, music and 70 of his own short stories that fuse the age-old art of storytelling with contemporary movement and music. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
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Classic.” | 5– 7:30 p.m., Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 800/936-3126, californiawinefestival.com.
22 It is always the same constellation: the city And its hopeful torches, a sky caped in wool and thorn. Music of trains, music of copper wire humming fortunes. What if the future arrived as a dark blade of wings Slicing rooftops and the burnished maples below, Each beak pointing to somewhere I couldn’t imagine? What if the years descend as a moon, filling each glass With cautious light? This window holds a face, Almost detectable, a fading I am learning to endure. This window a night I’ve scored for years. It’s December in California and the leaves are still Turning. I’m alive.
Garrison Keillor The host of radio shows A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac, the author of several books and the editor of several poetry anthologies, writer and humorist Garrison Keillor shares stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers. | 3 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
23 Itzhak Perlman Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his iconic album, In the Fiddler’s House, violinist Itzhak Perlman revisits this important personal project featuring Hankus Netsky on saxophone and piano, Andy Statman on clarinet and mandolin, and several other special guests. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
24 Paul Huang & The Greats Hailed as a “rising artist” and lauded for his “stylish and polished playing,” Paul Huang showcases his immense talent in a performance of Beethoven’s expansive and groundbreaking Violin Concerto in D. | 7:30
Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
26–Mar. 25 Bowers/ERRE—So Close and So Far Westmont –Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features an exhibition of work by L.A.-based artist Andrea Bowers, who communicates her visions for social justice and political issues through her art and activism. The exhibit includes highlights from Bowers’s oeuvre that powerfully address immigration issues in the U.S. | Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., 805/565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.
28 Teen Dance Star Teen Dance Star brings Santa Barbara County’s best young dancers across all genres to share the stage for an opportunity to showcase their talents for celebrity judges from TV’s popular show So You Think You Can Dance and vie for a $1,000 cash prize. Proceeds benefit youth scholarships with the Arts Mentorship Program. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, teenstar.us/teen-dance-star.
28–29 Disney Fantasia Live in Concert This one-of-a-kind performance includes scenes from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia (2000), accompanied by a live orchestra concert, to highlight both films’ magnificent repertoires. | 8 p.m. Jan 28, 3 p.m. Jan 29, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
29–May 14 David Wiesner & the Art of Wordless Storytelling David Wiesner is one of the most highly acclaimed picture book artists in the world. The winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal—for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002 and Flotsam in 2007—and only the second person in the history of the award to receive it three times, Wiesner has a special exhibition on view at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/884-6430, sbma.net.
31 Joshua Bell & Sam Haywood Renowned for his passion, restless curiosity and multi-faceted musical interests, violinist Joshua Bell returns to the Santa Barbara stage with pianist Sam Haywood to inspire the audience with his infectious dedication to
p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
24 Sarah Jones: Sell/Buy/Date Tony and Obie award-winning playwright, performer and activist Sarah Jones astounds audiences as she performs excerpts from her new multi-character one-person show, Sell/Buy/Date. | 8 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
26 Douglas Brinkley Part of the National Parks Series, author and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley discusses presidents ranging from Roosevelt to Obama and their influence on the the U.S. National Parks. | 7:30 p.m., UCSB 36
Rachel McAdams at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 2017 SBIFF is Feb.1-11.
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classical music. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
February 1–11 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 32nd annual festival transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara into a rich destination for film lovers. Among the highlights, as of press time, the Virtuosos Awards (Feb. 4), recognizing actors who have distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film, include: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Dev Patel (Lion), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Ruth Negga (Loving), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Stephen Henderson (Fences). | Various downtown
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3 Canada’s Ballet BC Based in Vancouver, Canada’s Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of dance, celebrating the diversity of technique and style in contemporary ballet while honoring its roots. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
6 The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions In the words of this award-winning French Canadian cirque troupe, “life happens in the kitchen,” and never has the kitchen been more alive. Eye-popping choreography, pulsating music, humor and spectacle are fused with delicious smells and sights of baking in a treat for the senses. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214
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7 Bruckner Orchestra Linz One of central Europe’s great orchestras makes its Santa Barbara debut in this exciting concert featuring three powerful masterworks. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
9–26 Porgy and Bess Ensemble Theatre Company presents an American classic, where Gershwin’s Broadway musical meets the Cotton Club in a jazz interpretation adapted for
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A WINTER TEA PARTY WRIT TEN & PHOTOGR APHED BY LEEL A CYD
When the sun sets earlier, cozy blankets are unearthed from our closets and flip flops are stowed away in favor of fuzzy slippers, it’s time to host an easy, impromptu tea gathering. ONE C AN PUT TOGETHER a pretty tray of snacks, both homemade (a favorite family cookie recipe perhaps) and store-bought (stop at C’est Cheese, 825 Santa Barbara St., for nibbles such as olives, Marcona almonds and a decadent wedge). Hosting a light in-between-meal can provide all of the fun and connection with friends without the stress of a full-blown cooking event. And that’s what it’s really about, the time spent with our nearest and dearest—a pot of tea is the most exquisite catalyst for these special shared moments.
What tea might you serve? An assortment of beautiful sachets from Santa Barbara-based company Steep Echo keeps it local and delicious. Kimberly Harris and Kyle Branum, husband and wife founders, create all the teas from a variety of olive leaves grown on their property in the mountains overlooking our fair city. Each tea is blended with organic herbs and aromatics to create a different mood and sentiment. Plus the entire line is herbal, so you can keep pot after pot coming to your table, any time of day.
It’s said that “a cup of tea makes everything better,” and sipping that cup with a few nibbles, among the trees with friends, makes it even more enjoyable.
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Flavor options and pairing ideas include: REPOSE: The aromas of rose petals, passionflower and chamomile hint at a visit through the heady souks of Istanbul or Athens. The flavors of Turkey and Greece work well with this tea; think dripping sweet baklava, pistachio puddings, poached pumpkin with strained yogurt, cheese pastries and profiteroles covered in whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The subtle sweetness of rose tempers the bold and beautiful use of spice and sugar. ASC ENT: A rich, addictive blend of vanilla and cinnamon, Ascent is a favorite to cure mid-afternoon slump, especially when paired with fresh fruits and organic nuts such as a crisp green apple, sweet tangerines, Ojai pixies, naval oranges, toasted almonds, freshly shelled walnuts and raw hazelnuts. TEND: Bold, fruity and almost tropical in sentiment, Tend is nice to serve with the piquant flavors of Mexican food. How about a big bowl of jalapeno-spiked salsa atop a glorious plate of rajas tacos? The floral-feeling tea becomes the perfect compliment to balance spice and the acidity of lime. Also try this one iced, served Arnold Palmer style mixed with lemonade. BLOOM: With its touch of savory notes, a bit of rosemary and bright peppermint, Bloom and a rich, decadent chocolate brownie (Elizabeth Colling’s at Merci to Go, 1025 Coast Village Rd., are the best in town!) are the perfect pairing, the bright clear tastes complementing the hedonist dessert. A dollop of whipped cream would not hurt this indulgent duo one bit! HUSH: The most relaxing of the bunch— with a mellow flavor of ginger and lemon myrtle—this blend would be perfect for a late-night snack party after an evening of playing board games and watching the sunset, where little lemony shortbread cookies are presented on a tray to happily dip into the tasty brew.
FIND STEEP ECHO at Il Fustino in Santa Barbara Public Market (38 W. Victoria St.) or online at steepecho.com.
Kimberly Harris, co-founder of Steep Echo along with her husband Kyle Branum, trims dried olive leaves that she’ll later blend to create the teas her guests enjoy below.
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Just Passing Through One of the home’s unique features is an expansive pass-through window that opens from the kitchen to the outdoor patio. “A lot of homeowners want a window at the sink, and in this case, I thought ‘why not have a pass-through that opens up to the spectacular mountain views and backyard?’” says Dan Weber, AIA, LEED AP. A work of art in itself, the mahogany Craftsman-style divided light window was custom-made by a local artisan builder, as were the home’s other doors and windows. It sits above a farmhouse sink and opens to an outdoor bar/counter with stools on the flagstone patio. The versatile counter can be used to pass food out to the patio, to hold platters for a buffet or as a handy sit-and-snack spot. With the nearby gas barbecue grill and firepit, al fresco dining and entertaining are a breeze. “The family absolutely loves their lifestyle up there…the doors and windows are open all the time,” says Weber.
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THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST home remodeling ideas are the ones that are so seamlessly integrated into the house that you can’t imagine the space any other way. They’re the creative ones that you look at and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Here, we spotlight two such brilliant ideas. Beauty meets function and gets along quite nicely in a stunning four-bedroom Craftsman-style home nestled in the Santa Barbara foothills. A former ranch-style tract house, it was completely remodeled by Santa Barbara-based Dan Weber Architecture and now takes full advantage of its mountain views and our envy-inducing climate.
All in the Details Another touch of tailor-made architectural ingeniousness is part of a project in downtown Santa Barbara’s Bungalow Haven. Tucked away in the lower Riviera district, this charming historic area is bound by Laguna Street to the west and East Victoria Street to the south. Every block is liberally sprinkled with bungalows of all shapes and styles, mostly modest in size. A renovation and addition to a small gem of a Craftsman bungalow originally built in 1919 included expanding and finishing a partially exposed basement area. The principal architect on the project, Ken Radtkey, AIA, LEED AP, of Blackbird Architects, incorporated built-in bookshelves in the stairway to the lower level. “Since it’s a small home, it’s helpful to think of it as a boat,” says Radtkey. “Every inch needs to be enjoyable and functional. Books are an important aspect of the homeowners’ lives, and this was one of the keys to making it a home.” At 1,456 square feet, “the house is definitely a little jewel box,” says Radtkey. Working with Allen Construction as contractor, Radtkey was mindful of preserving the historic integrity of the house while providing the necessary space and amenities for modern living and the homeowners’ lifestyle. An inspired idea, the built-in stairway bookshelves maximize space while respecting the home’s Craftsman-style roots and interior detailing. Now, why didn’t we think of that?
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Sound Advice BY BRET T LEIGH DICKS AS WINTER SETTLES IN and the city’s lauded program of outdoor concerts and celebrations winds down for the season, our attention typically turns inward. But that doesn’t mean we have to endure a shortfall when it comes to the quality of our home sound and vision experience. Home entertainment systems have come a long way in the last few years, and a lot of that has come from people demanding a home experience on par with the one they enjoy in a theater. “A lot of people want a sound experience closer in quality to what the people producing the music or movie intended to deliver,” explains Santa Barbarabased musician, producer and sound engineer Chris Pelonis. “People are seeking a beautiful sound experience—that’s what movie directors and recording engineers produce and that’s how they want their art to be heard.” Along with playing guitar for the likes of Jeff Bridges, for more than 20 years, Pelonis has headed Pelonis Sound & Acoustics and designed stateof-the-art sound studios for companies such as Skywalker Sound, Disney Studios and Geffen Records. A few years ago, he also developed his own line of critical-listening high-fidelity monitors. The Chris Pelonis Signature Series—including the Model 42, Model 42LF and Model 4288—has won critical acclaim for providing unparalleled clarity, detail and balance by audio professionals and connoisseurs of fine sound alike. Pelonis now incorporates his speakers into high-end home entertainment systems that he custom designs himself.
“I just installed Model 42 with sub woofers throughout Jeff and Susan Bridges’ new home,” Pelonis says. “I’ve put my speakers in a couple of homes for Kim and Tammy Hughes and recently did a home theater for them. They have ended up spending more time in the theater than anywhere else in the house. They’re able to experience television and movies and music in a way they never have before with typical consumer equipment.” Another Santa Barbara company that shapes home entertainment systems is Mission Audio/Video. Since 1989, the company has configured and installed hi-fi audio, home theater, audio and acoustics, cabinets and seating, and whole house automation systems for both home and commercial settings. “We cater to people who appreciate something of a little higher quality and a little more special,” explains Cody Barry of Mission Audio/Video. “A good example of that is a brand like McIntosh, a New York-based company that has been around since 1949 and has an incredible legacy. People recognize McIntosh as quality to aspire to, and while we do have things that cater to everybody, we also cater to enthusiasts who appreciate what finely crafted brands like that have to offer.” Offering everything from subwoofers, speakers and noise-isolating hi-fi headphones to state-of-the-art full-room theaters and compact limitedspace systems, Mission Audio/ Video specializes in proven brands such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Paradigm, Sony and Sennheiser. As well as building a sound experience from the ground up,
the company can also incorporate digital technology into existing systems. “Companies like Sony and McIntosh make a streamer that pulls from digital libraries and streams it into your current system,” Barry adds. Streaming is something the downtown Santa Barbara-based sound design company Sonos has been perfecting since 2002. Sonos produces a wireless local network-based hi-fi system that allows listeners to stream digital audio on various devices within the configuration. With a multispeaker system, customers can fill the entire house with music, either streaming different songs in each room or playing one song all through the entire house. The Sonos range starts with a single wireless speaker. After plugging in the power cord, downloading the free app and connecting the speaker to a Wi-Fi network, music will stream within seconds. Ranging from the compact Play:1 to the roomfilling Play:3 and Play:5, the speakers can also be paired for stereo sound. “The Sonos system takes away the complexity of all the
wires, but gives you a highquality listening experience,” explains Lizzie Manganiello, Sonos brand PR manager. “Because it’s connecting through a home wireless network and not through something like Bluetooth—where there’s the potential for interruption—what you’re getting is a superior sound quality.” For those looking to do more than just stream music, Sonos also produces a variety of home theater systems that provide sound for television, movies and games. The 3.0 features the Sonos playbar that produces a full range of sound effects and music from the left and right channels and crisp, clear dialogue from the center. The 3.1 comes with the playbar and an additional sub while the 5.1 includes the playbar, sub and two rear speakers for surround sound. “Who doesn’t want to surround themselves with quality sound?” asks Manganiello.
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Patricia Bragg BY NANCY R ANSOHOFF PATRICIA BR AGG, N.D., PH.D., didn’t get the memo that says you’re supposed to slow down as you age. As CEO and president of Santa Barbara-based Bragg Live Food Products, Dr. Patricia Bragg oversees the company started by her father, Dr. Paul C. Bragg, in 1912. A dynamic and diminutive disciple of healthy living, Dr. Bragg practices what she preaches, exuding youthful energy at an age when she is, as she says, “approaching my ninth decade.” When Paul C. Bragg was a teenager, he contracted tuberculosis. He developed a healthy diet and exercise program that he believed allowed him to regain his health. He became a self-proclaimed health
crusader, spreading the gospel of a healthy lifestyle, which included Bragg food products sold in the first-ever health food stores. The company’s products, including the popular Apple Cider Vinegar, 24 Organic Herbs & Spices Sprinkle, Liquid Aminos and Nutritional Yeast Seasoning—all made with organic and non-GMO ingredients— are now sold in health food stores and supermarkets all over the world. We recently caught up with Dr. Bragg (it wasn’t easy) at Bragg Organic Farm, an idyllic 120-acre spread in Winchester Canyon in Goleta. The farm serves as headquarters for the family-owned company, as well as for Bragg Health Foundation,
which sponsors and funds community health education lectures, seminars and outreach programs; supports health science research; and provides scholarships to students pursuing naturopathic medicine. The farm buzzes with activity, as 54 employees, including farm staff, go about their business in well-kept buildings connected by flower-lined paths. This is a teaching farm—groups stroll on guided tours (by appointment only) through the organic vegetable and herb gardens, where school children glean tips for healthy eating. Happy chickens roam in their spacious pen, and birdhouses abound (Dr. Bragg feeds the birds daily). A small duck-dotted spring-fed pond adjoins a tiki-hut-style event center, which is available to healthrelated nonprofits. The farm’s orchards include 3,300 apple, lemon, pomegranate, apricot and avocado trees, whose bounty
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The Queen of Healthful Habits
Above: Dr. Patricia Bragg teaches at the Boys & Girls Club. Left, Bragg in a rare, quiet moment.
is donated to local charities. Fruits and veggies used in Bragg products, which are made off-site, are grown at other locations around the country. Bookshelves in her sunny office are stocked with copies of the ten books, continuously updated, that she co-authored over the years with her father. Although the office is also furnished with a desk and chair, the vivacious Dr. Bragg, sporting her signature flower-bedecked pink hat, doesn’t make much use of them, preferring to stand and punctuate her remarks with exuberant gestures and dramatic flair. “I’m a crusader for the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle…I love it!” she exclaims enthusiastically. The lifestyle’s basic tenets include eating fresh and organic; avoiding processed and refined foods; fasting one day a week, drinking distilled water to cleanse; exercising daily; breathing deeply; learning to meditate and relax; and thinking positive. “You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do,” says Dr. Bragg. A tireless crusader, she travels around the globe to spread the word, giving lectures and interviews. The devoted following of the Bragg lifestyle includes a slew of celebrities, from Katy Perry to Clint Eastwood. “The Dalai Lama has been using our products for over 50 years,” she says, pointing to a tapestry, a gift from His Holiness, which hangs in the offices. The longtime celebrity connection started back in the early days of the Hollywood movie studios. “Samuel Goldwyn called up and asked Dad to speak to his actresses. He said, ‘These young girls are staying up all night partying and they’re so tired, I can hardly make a movie,’” she says. “Gloria Swanson was 18 years old…she listened to every word. Dad asked them to write down what they ate for two weeks. In the end, the actresses said that those Braggs are rejuvenating us!” In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Braggs hosted the Health & Happiness from Hollywood TV show, which was packed with a lineup of healthy recipes, exercises and guest appearances. But the best advertisement for the benefits of the Bragg credo is Dr. Patricia Bragg herself. As she marches energetically around her office in her pink flip-flops, she says, “I’m up at five o’clock every morning— naturally—I swim, bike, jog and garden, and I sleep like a baby.”
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Eat Like A Farmer Farmbelly Cooking Classes BY R ACHEL HOM MEL
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THERE IS NOTHING quite like a homecooked meal. Simple, fresh produce can brighten up any winter dish—a plate full of color, nutrients and stories. Meet Michelle Aronson, farmer by day, chef by trade. This is not your typical cooking school, this is education from a farmer. Starting the classes in 2016, Aronson is first and foremost an educator: the garden manager and sustainability coordinator for dining services at Westmont College. Inspired by her culinary education at Ireland’s Ballymaloe Cookery School, a 100-acre organic farm and teaching kitchen, she wanted to bring the same culinary ethos to the table, from field to fork and into your home. “Farmers work like dogs and eat like kings and that totally epitomizes why I love farming,” says Aronson. “I love working hard and being physically exhausted, then eating like a king.” Arriving at our house (Farmbelly cooking classes take place in the comfort of your home), produce was laid out gracefully, each item sourced from a local farm or rancher. Promoting an ingredient-driven menu, “Knife Skills 101” was an edible array of local produce: farmers’ market green salad with homemade vinaigrette; roasted butternut, apple and leek soup; lemon-herb roast chicken over local root vegetables; and honey mascarpone citrus parfait with pistachios. Prepping each ingredient, we
became familiar with the basics of chopping, dicing and mincing, as well as how to source the best local produce. “You don’t have to be a farmer to eat like one,” says Aronson. “If you start with the best ingredients, let the produce speak for the dish.” Using our “magic wand,” we were ready to begin. Encouraging questions and stimulating confidence, Aronson is inspired by the seasons, using recipes as a suggestion. Slicing and dicing, each of the veggies was nourishing and colorful, a perfect menu for the wintertime blues. Empowering each of us to cook with the seasons, the class flowed effortlessly, gaining confidence
with each stroke. Intimate and educational, classes typically last two–three hours, with a maximum class size of eight people to ensure the highest quality of instruction. “I love seeing people have that light-bulb moment go off,” says Aronson. “Once you have power and confidence in the kitchen, you can do anything.” Sampling the best of local farms, the menu highlighted items from The Garden of…, Roots Farm, Fair Hills Ranch, Mary’s Chicken, Friend’s Ranch and Santa Barbara Pistachio Company. Tailored and customizable, menus change seasonally, in alignment with the farmers’ market. Knowing the
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1. The belly of a person nourished by seasonal, wholesome and delicious meals— with produce grown by the hands of local farmers, friends or best of all—homegrown!
story behind our food, we were encouraged to share our favorite veggie or farmer, pairing knowledge with nutrition. Tasting as we went, the fragrant spices, sweet citrus and savory herbs filled our kitchen. “Most farmers I’ve worked with never used recipes, it was just instinctual, they knew the techniques,” says Aronson. “Whatever was in season, that’s what was in the oven.” With the chicken golden brown, the root veggies marinated and the salad dressed, we sat down to enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of our labor. Mastering knife skills, the sense of accomplishment was immense—a beautiful, wholesome spread of flavor and knowledge. Dessert followed, a creamy, citrusy delight to top off an incredible evening of hands-on learning. We all left with full bellies…with farm bellies. “The best kind of gift you can give someone is an experience,” says Aronson. “My classes will leave you feeling nourished in the moment and well after you leave.”
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Six Farmbelly tips for shopping at the farmers’ market 1. Plan meals ahead of time and make a shopping list to avoid being overwhelmed. 2. Do a lap around the market before making any purchases (look for quality + price). 3. Don’t be afraid of “ugly” produce (usually great discounts for the same delicious produce). 4. Use whole vegetables whenever possible (i.e., don’t throw away those beet greens). 5. Buy in bulk when seasonal produce is in abundance (and preserve by canning, freezing, etc.). 6. Shop early for selection and go late for deals.
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The Santa Barbara City College Promise Making Higher Education Available to All BY NANCY A . SHOBE LONGTIME NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE Geoff Green has quite a reputation around town— a reputation for thinking big and making things happen. It’s no surprise that just two years into Green’s position as chief executive officer of Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Foundation, he has spearheaded SBCC’s Promise Program. For those who may have stumbled on the idea of the Promise Program, either through President Obama’s speech (January 2015) or while reading about higher education, the Promise Program offers free tuition to students attending their local city colleges (certain requirements must be met). Myriad community colleges nationwide have already enacted the program,
and many are in the process. After meeting with local leaders in the educational and philanthropic worlds, Green realized that SBCC could implement the Promise Program in an expanded way—by covering the cost of enrollment, required books, supplies and fees. “The original promise of the (community college) system was to be ‘open access’ for everyone. Post Prop. 13, it became clear that there was not a way to keep the districts independently sustained on tax dollars. In 1983/84, enrollment fees were introduced. Currently, in-state resident fees are $46/unit,” Green says. The cost of books, supplies and fees more than doubles the tuition.
As a big picture person, Green asked, “How do we fix the problem structurally? We can offer scholarships, and we have forever, but that doesn’t fix the problem. We have three things going for us: we are an outstanding, nationally renowned community college, we have a highly engaged and innovative philanthropic community and we have an immediate need for impoverished people who live locally. These made the expanded program a viable option.” Dr. Anthony Beebe, superintendent/ president of SBCC, says of the Promise, “…The SBCC Foundation Promise is a national model. It is a true promise—to all high school students who enroll at Santa Barbara City College within a year after receiving a high school diploma from any high school program in the SBCC district!” Green expects to raise $1 million by the end of 2016 and $5 million in total to sustain the first three years of the program. After that, an endowment will be established to fund the program. The Santa Barbara Foundation became a funding leader with a grant of $250,000 in September 2016. Foundation President Ron Gallo says, “We are excited to be a part of the SBCC’s Promise Program, as it is an example of a community strategically coming together to ensure a better future—not only for those students who will directly benefit, but for us all. This is a large grant for the Santa Barbara Foundation, deliberately so to indicate not only our financial support, but also our advocacy for this program. There are other such programs in California and around the nation, but none that provides the level and duration of support as this one. This is Santa Barbara at its best!”
FOR MORE INFORMATION about donating to or enrolling in SBCC’s Promise Program, visit sbccpromise.org.
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Michael Sanchez, left, and Leslie Marin are among the first cohort of students in the SBCC Promise Program.
Education is the first step. Thanks to the generosity of local donors, the SBCC Foundation has launched the SBCC Promise, removing financial barriers for all local students and making Santa Barbara City College a national leader in college access and affordability.
Your investment makes it possible. Join us.
sbccpromise.org | (805) 730- 4416
Solvang—Then & Now (Dengang Og Nu) Why is there a Danish village in the center of Santa Barbara County? The simple answer is our sunny year-round climate. BY L AUR A K ATH
AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH C ENTURY, three Danish-Americans from Iowa—Rev. Jens Gregersen, Rev. Benedict Nordentoft and Professor Peder Pedersen Hornsyld— sought a place in California where land was plentiful and their culture could prosper under the golden sun. On October 1, 1910, they incorporated the Danish-American Colony Company; and on January 23, 1911, paid $75,000 for almost 9,000 acres of Rancho San Carlos de Jonata, an original Mexican land grant, just 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. They named their
new community Solvang, which means “sunny field” in Danish. Initially, the founders thought Solvang could be built on the northern end of their acreage along modern-day Ballard Canyon Road. Lacking plentiful water there, instead they chose a site closer to the Santa Ynez River adjacent to Mission Santa Inés. This answers the oft-heard question—why is there a Spanish-Colonial mission in the center of a Danish town? The mission was there first, founded in 1804 and named for Saint Agnes (Inés in Spanish), the 19th of
21 missions established by Franciscans in coastal California. The founders’ vision of Solvang’s “sunny fields” almost washed away the in torrential rains of early 1911. Arriving via train to Gaviota or stagecoach to Los Olivos, and then slogging on horseback through mud into Solvang, early Danish settlers were unfazed and stayed in tents or rented houses
PHOTOS: (TOP-BOTTOM) SOLVANGUSA.COM, ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART (2); (OPPOSITE) SOLVANGUSA.COM
Now into its second century, Solvang’s residents and visitors continue to enjoy the founders’ vision—warm, sunny weather, authentic Danish heritage, hospitality and oldworld charm around every corner in “Little Denmark.”
nearby. According to Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, a venerable repository of Solvang heritage, the first building was the Solvang Hotel, opening in June 1911. By November, the first folk school was completed at 473 Alisal Rd., home now to Bit O’ Denmark Restaurant. Atterdag College, successor to the original folk school, opened in 1914 on a hill overlooking the town at 636 Atterdag Rd., offering a variety of courses from gymnastics to mathematics until 1952. Now it’s the site of Atterdag Village of Solvang, a continuing-care retirement community. Bethania Lutheran Church at 603 Atterdag Rd., Solvang’s first true Danish building in the Bishop Grundtvig style, features a model wooden ship aloft in the sanctuary. Dedicated on July 8, 1928, Bethania attracts visitors from around the world and continues to serve as a vital house of worship, preschool and community center. In 1936, Solvang celebrated its 25th anniversary with a three-day festival and a tradition was born: “Danish Days,” still held annually on the third weekend of September. Reporter Dean Jennings from The Saturday Evening Post was touring the California coast in September 1946 and discovered a Danish-style town just five miles east of Buellton. His article in the January 18, 1947, magazine put Solvang on the international map as a cultural tourism destination—popularity that has never abated. It stated, in part, “Solvang…a spotless Danish village that blooms like a rose in California’s charming Santa Ynez Valley. Old country charm and customs have been successfully fused with the American way of life. Nowadays…the quaint village is busy living up to its affectionate name, ‘Little Denmark.’” In the 1950s, Danish street names were adopted (for example, Main Street became Copenhagen Drive). Structures were built
Above, people of all ages enjoy Solvang’s Danish Days festivities. Opposite, top to bottom: Alisal Road as it looks today, Solvang’s founders, a 1918 photo welcoming visitors to Solvang.
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or remodeled in the Danish provincial style. Roofs were made of simulated thatch, tiles or copper; walls were half-timbered; attractive dormers, stained glass windows and decorative ironwork were added. Wooden storks perch on roofs for good luck. In September 1974, dedicated community members built the 700-seat outdoor Solvang Festival Theater at 420 Second St. It is still in proud use, the home of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theater) and host to dozens of concerts and community events. The wine industry emerged in the area beginning in the 1970s with vineyards established alongside existing farms and ranches. Wine touring and tasting became popular, increasing after the 2004 Oscarwinning movie Sideways was filmed on location in the area. Solvang currently has
22 tasting rooms just within the village. Solvang’s bronze replica of Denmark’s famous “Little Mermaid” statue (located in the fountain at the corner of Mission Drive and Alisal Road) since 1976, is the only one authorized by heirs of sculptor Edvard Eriksen, who created the original in 1913 that still graces Copenhagen Harbor. On May 1, 1985, Solvang became legally recognized as a California city with an authorized image of the Little Mermaid on its seal. Old Mission Santa Inés was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1999 and continues as an active parish today, serving the community and visitors with a museum, gardens and programs. In 2009, Solvang was awarded “Preserve America
Community” by the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Solvang’s centennial was celebrated throughout 2011, including a royal visit by Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, on June 11, which also happened to be his 77th birthday. Solvang has also welcomed Danish royalty on three other occasions in 1939, 1960 and 1976. Solvang’s Hans Christian Andersen Museum is the only one in the U.S. celebrating the Danish “Father of the Fairytale,” author of such classics as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. His massive bronze bust watches over Solvang Park (at the corner of Mission Drive and First Street), the site for
PHOTOS: (TOP-BOTTOM) ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART, SOLVANGUSA.COM, (OPPOSITE) SOLVANGUSA.COM
This page, Bethania Church in 1929 (above) and as it looks today. Opposite: A glittering Julefest gazebo welcomes celebrations.
many community events and gatherings. Fast forward to 2016, with Solvang celebrating 105 years of Danish-American heritage during the annual Julefest (pronounced Yule-fest, Danish for Christmas festival). Named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Christmas-y Towns in America,” Solvang truly sparkles from December 1 through January 6, 2017 with more than 100 decorated trees throughout the village. Julefest events include the community tree-lighting ceremony; Julefest parade; nativity pageant; free visits with Santa; Shop, Mingle & Jingle weekends; holiday wine & beer walk and the annual Christmas tree burn in the fields of Old Mission Santa Inés, supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. This powerful spectacle heralds the end of Julefest and ignites the new year. Now into its second century, Solvang’s 5,200 residents (10% Danish), along with 1.5 million annual visitors, continue to enjoy the founders’ vision—warm, sunny weather, authentic Danish heritage, hospitality and old-world charm around every corner in “Little Denmark.”
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most coveted estates, El Cielito—The Little Heaven—epitomizes the Santa Barbara lifestyle in everything from its roots in California history to its worldview of contemporary luxury, indoor and outdoor living—and walking distance to Coast Village Road. The main gate (one of three) leads to a winding hedged drive and capacious motor court guarded by stately trees. Inside, massive glass doors across the entry hall reveal a stunning sight: an alée of serenity pools, palms, and a glimpse of the sea beyond. Three wide terraces flank this south side of the residence, and all drink in the iconic view of paradise on earth. El Cielito grew from acres of Spanish land grant property. What’s more, its pedigree boasts a celebrated home designed nearly a century ago by George Washington Smith, the architect widely known as the father of early twentieth century Spanish Revival style. Authenticity abounds, from the antique tiles and painted ceilings in the generously proportioned living, family, and dining rooms to the jewel box of a library and gem of a barroom. The home’s heart—the kitchen—holds court with a family-friendly floor plan, marble-topped islands and counters, gourmet appliances, and spacious dining area—plus butler’s pantry and servant’s quarters. Upstairs, the five bedrooms and baths could be celebrity suites. Most impressive of all, the master suite encompasses two spa-like bathrooms and an office, where north-facing windows gaze over a 62-foot pool and Jacuzzi to the mountains beyond. While keenly mindful of today’s present moment in time, the estate clings most firmly to its legacy of land and heritage— an indication, no doubt, of a bright future for generations to come. NE OF MONTEC ITO’S
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WINTER FASHION when it comes to style, winter is clearly the
“wow” season—a time to pull out all the stops, with lavish fabrics of lace, velvet and leather, alongside cozy sweaters and lush layers to stay stylishly warm when the temperatures drop. Whether you’re celebrating the season at a formal affair, dressed to impress at work, or enjoying comfy casual weekend wear, our local boutiques have just what it takes to keep you on trend. “Music is part of the life of fashion, too,” says Karl Lagerfeld, and we agree, which is why we set this fashion feature against the enduringly beautiful setting of Music Academy of the West (musicacademy.org), where the next generation of great, classically trained musicians are trained. What better way to stay stylish this season than by shopping locally, right in our own tony town? Here, we spotlight winter fashions from Allora by Laura, Antoinette, Julianne, Occhiali Fine Eyewear and Wendy Foster in Montecito, as well as DIANI, Occhiali Fine Eyewear and Wendy Foster in downtown Santa Barbara.
PH OTO G R A PH E D BY M E H OS H S T Y L E D BY J U DY FO R E M A N MODEL S BY HE LLO GORGEOUS H A IR & M A K E-UP BY SHANNON LOAR- COTÉ , BLUSH AND L A SHE S O N LO C AT I O N AT M U S I C A C A D E M Y O F T H E W E S T
Standing in front of a 2017 Jaguar F Type Convertible from Santa Barbara Auto Group, Libby wears a black lace cotton gown by Erdem, from Julianne; a faux fur handbag AGL with black chain from Allora by Laura; Thom Browne sunglasses from Occhiali Fine Eyewear; and a vintage Eisenberg pendant on gold chain from Wendy Foster.
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Opposite, Libby wears a Spencer Vladimir fringe fisherman hand knit in ivory cashmere sweater, wool diamond print trousers by Via Masini, and Free Lance camel leather pointy toe pumps, all from Allora by Laura. Her sunglasses are tortoise shell eyewear The Row Collection for Oliver Peoples from Occhiali Fine Eyewear. Above, Libby wears a classic black leather moto jacket by Vida, midrise flare dark denim jeans by Goldsign, lace detail top by Self Portrait, and pointy toe short black leather boots by Madewell, all from DIANI.
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Above, Libby wears an Italian wool, two-piece Cividini suit in plum and navy with a pleated navy skirt; over the knee, high, black, side zip suede boots by Ron White; and a leather zip backpack by Henry Cuir, all from Antoinette. Libby also wears glasses by Mui Mui from Occhiali Fine Eyewear. Right, Libby and Amber both wear cap sleeve cotton dresses and large printed wraps by Pero (made in India), from Wendy Foster.
Left, Amber wears a cap sleeve cotton dress and large printed wrap by Pero (made in India), along with diamond suede chokers and multi black beaded bracelets with diamonds, all from Wendy Foster. This page, Amber wears a ruby red velvet coat with silk collar by Diega; silk print blouse by Giada Forte; skinny dark denim jeans; multi strand gem and pearl necklace by Pellini; Johnny Farah small leather drawstring bag; and forest green rabbit fur fedora, all from Wendy Foster. Her Thom Browne sunglasses are from Occhiali Fine Eyewear.
This page, Amber wears a sage green short puffer jacket, sage green micro fiber work pant, white cotton shirt by Frank & Eilene, and multicolored crochet woven scarf, all from Wendy Foster. She also wears aviator glasses by Chanel from Occhiali Fine Eyewear. Opposite, Amber wears a leopard zip cardigan by Pier Antonio Gapari, black leather ankle boots by Alberto Fasciani and a black leather suede and leather tote by Henry Cuir, all from Antoinette.
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This page, Amber wears an Amina Rubinacci knit dress in Champagne, with Pailette detail; a white long sleeveless shearling vest by Gimos; a cream leather saddle bag with gold trim by B-Low the Belt; caramel colored pointy toe pumps by Free Lance; and Kai Linz drop earrings with 18 K yellow gold and silver and tanzanite stones, all from Allora by Laura. Opposite, Amber wears an asymmetric lace dress by Self-Portrait, from DIANI.
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Cheers! At The Lark, Funk Zone, Santa Barbara.
celebrate with family and friends, and toast the season with a glass of wine, beer or a special mixture of spirits that are often crafted by what’s known these days as mixologists. Here are 12 golden places that may not offer a partridge in a pear tree, but do possess a full-service bar, a memorable ambiance, personalized service and, importantly, access to quality food. We have determined these 12 to offer the best experience in southern Santa Barbara County, and we’ve even provided the recipes for their signature, or seasonal, cocktails. Our choices were made from onsite visits, with Seasons’ readership in mind. With so many places to celebrate, we also include 12 honorable mentions and six local hangouts in the true spirit of Cheers! —The Editors
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12 golden watering holes to celebrate the winter season
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For romance… Angel Oak at Bacara 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta; 805/571-4240; angeloaksb.com Complementing the innovative cuisine of this world-class resort’s French-trained Executive Chef Vincent Lesage, Angel Oak’s 25-seat center bar features perfect cocktails designed by nationally recognized mixologist Cassie Hesse and offers ocean views through floor-toceiling windows, a striking countertop of blue Amazonite quartz and optional seating on the outdoor patio—“The Candletop”—to enjoy them, along with sunsets over the Pacific.
Smoke on the Water 1½ oz. Woodford Reserve Select Barrel, ¾ oz. Apple Brandy, ½ oz. Crème de Noyaux, 4 dashes St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, 1 bar spoon Demerara syrup, large format ice cube
Combine all ingredients into mixing glass. Place wood chips on skillet, light, cover wood chips with empty glass. Add ice to the mixing glass and stir. Strain cocktail into smoking glass. Add large format ice cube with tongs, express orange swath and place on ice. Garnish with lemon swath.
Belmond El Encanto (The Lounge)
PHOTOS (L-R): COURTESY THE LARK, COURTESY ANGEL OAK AT BACARA, HENRY FECHTMAN
800 Alvarado Pl.; 805/845-5800; Belmond.com/el-encanto-santa-barbara The El Encanto, sitting atop our “American Riviera,” has always been an ultimate Santa Barbara experience. Built in 1913 and completely renovated 100 years later by its new owners, Belmond—renowned worldwide for its iconic hotels and the Orient Express train—who finished a total seven-year renovation in 2013, and yet, purposefully, the new Belmond El Encanto still expresses its rich history and character, and offers the most spectacular view of the city and coastline of any public building. The Lounge, just off the lobby, is an intimate retreat with big windows where afternoon tea, both small and larger plates of California cuisine and the view can be enjoyed indoors…or just below, on the covered upper terrace. The spacious and open-air lower terrace—with its market umbrellas, white linens, a white picket fence at its precipice and tea lights at night—is reserved for enjoying Chef Johan Denizot’s spectacular culinary creations under the sun, moon and stars.
Rye Derby 4 oz. Knob Creek Rye Whisky, 2 oz. grapefruit juice, 1 oz. agave nectar
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Shake with ice and serve in chilled martini glass.
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Finch & Fork Corner Grill (at Canary Hotel) 31 W. Carrillo St.; 805/879-9100; finchandforkrestaurant.com This tony restaurant and bar is as urban as Santa Barbara gets, with State Street and the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse and El Presidio a few blocks away, along with major shopping at Paseo Nuevo and La Arcada Courtyard. The big bar and most tables face big windows that let the outside street scene in, and the restaurant is as much for locals as it is for hotel guests—the ambiance, food and service are excellent.
Witch’s Back ¾ oz. Bulldog Gin, ¾ oz. Strega Orange Liqueur, ¾ oz. Pamplemousse Rose, ¾ oz. lime juice, orange bitters, flamed rosemary
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Shake and serve in a martini glass.
Olio Crudo Bar & Olio Pizzeria Bar 11 W. Victoria St.; 805/899-2699; olioelimone.com At each end of Olio e Limone Ristorante—one of the best Italian restaurants in Santa Barbara County—are its two bars, each with its own personality and food. Olio Crudo Bar is relaxed, charming and contemporary, reminiscent of many such places on Italy’s east coast, serving crudo (“raw”) Italian seafood and meats, as well as cooked bar menu items and altro (“other”). The longer, larger and, at times, noisier bar at Olio Pizzeria—inspired by Italy’s neighborhood pizzerie and wine bars—features wood-fired pizza and other Italian favorites. Both offer signature cocktails and lots of Italian and local wines, plus access to Olio e Limone itself.
Grand Salted Caramel Old-Fashioned 2 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey, ½ oz. Salted Caramel with Grand Marnier, 1 dash Bitter Truth Orange Bitters, caramel and sea salt (flake or coarse) painted on glass rim, 1 cup sugar, 3 tbsp. salted butter, ½ cup heavy cream, ½ tsp. sea salt, ¼ cup Grand Marnier.
With a pastry brush, lightly brush the outside of an old-fashioned glass half-way with Grand Marnier caramel sauce and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Set aside. Measure the rye whiskey, Grand Marnier salted caramel and bitters into a mixing glass. Stir with a bar spoon to incorporate the caramel. Fill glass ¾ full with ice, strain in drink. Zest lemon over top of the drink to release oils, then drop in.
PHOTOS (TOP-BOTTOM): HENRY FECHTMAN, COURTESY OF OLIO CRUDO BAR AND GARY MOSS /GARYMOSSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
Plow & Angel (at San Ysidro Ranch)
PHOTOS (TOP-BOTTOM): JACOB VAZQUEZ, COURTESY TY LOUNGE
900 San Ysidro Ln., Montecito; 805/565-1700; sanysidroranch.com The unique, completely delightful Plow & Angel bar, located directly below San Ysidro Ranch’s world renowned Stonehouse restaurant, features original sandstone walls that exude its history and character. The bar’s menus of fine cocktails, scotches, liquors, beers and special tequilas, along with Chef Matthew Johnson’s menu of fresh, innovative cuisine, can be enjoyed within or, when there’s room, outside in the open air on Stonehouse’s lower patio, where loquat trees lit with tiny white lights and a bubbling stone fountain create a tranquil ambiance, and where the ranch’s discreet, personal service and attention to detail make each visit perfect.
San Ysidro Ranch Garden Cocktail 1/3 oz. Absolut Elyx Vodka, ½ oz. Cointreau, 1 oz. fresh Meyer lemon juice, 1 chef’s garden mint leaf, 3 upper estate blackberries, 1/3 oz. Ranch Garden lavender-infused syrup, 1 lavender sprig
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In a Boston shaker, pour in vodka and lemon juice, add ice and shake. Strain into mixing beaker. Place blackberries into a small bowl, add mint, Cointreau and lavender syrup. Macerate berries. Pour macerated berries and juice/syrup into mixing beaker with vodka and lemon juice and stir. Serve in cocktail glass and garnish with lavender sprig.
Ty Lounge (at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara) 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito; 805-969-2261; fourseasons.com/santabarbara Off the resort lobby, lit with glowing Italian onyx and massive hand-blown glass chandeliers, Ty Lounge invites guests to enjoy signature drinks, classic cocktails and Spanish or local wines in front of the fireplace, on the ocean-view terrace or around its fire pit. With its 90-year history and recent renovation, this regal, impeccable lounge offers an unsurpassed experience in a lush and historic interior of beautiful leather chairs and cushioned benches for seating and wall-to-wall hand-knotted Persian carpets. Recorded Spanish music plays softly in the background, with live guitar artists Wednesdays and Saturdays and jazz/blues singers on Fridays. The Lounge menu features a variety of chef-designed tapas, small entrée plates and desserts.
with Passion Fruit-Strawberry Spiced Shrub 2 oz. Cutler’s Gin, 2 oz. passion fruit strawberry spiced shrub (on side), ¼ slice of orange, 2 pieces of strawberry, 1 sprig rosemary, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 bottle Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic
Pour gin into stemless burgundy glass over single large sphere ice. Pour passion fruit strawberry spiced shrub into glass. Garnish with strawberry, rosemary sprig, orange slice and cinnamon stick. Serve with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic.
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For energy! Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach 2981 Cliff Dr.; 805/898-2628; boathousesb.com With one of the most exciting and naturally beautiful locations of any restaurant and bar along our coast, the Boathouse fronts popular Hendry’s Beach in an ocean cove not far from exclusive Hope Ranch. Serving full breakfasts, lunches and dinners and specializing in drinks for sunset and after, the Boathouse generates energy matched by few others. Here, the White family—who also own several other local restaurants—acquired and redesigned an existing building in 2008 to bring in the ocean air and views and serve food and drink that would entice guests to come back—and they do, in droves. Outside, a large patio offers the best sea views, with diners being protected from the sea breeze and salt air by Plexiglas and market umbrellas. There is also inside and outside seating at the bar, with those inside facing the ocean. The adjacent canvas-roofed dining room, with a handmade canoe and wooden oars hanging from the huge open beams, also offers spectacular views from its wall of windows and specializes in seafood with a “Raw Bar” and a full menu of cooked fish and other delicious food.
Boathouse Punch 2 oz. Flora de Cana Spiced Rum, 1 oz. orange juice, 1 oz. pineapple juice, ½ oz. fresh lime juice, ½ oz. crème de coconut
INGRE DIE NTS:
Hard shake, serve on the rocks and garnish with a nutmeg rim and pineapple slice.
Intermezzo Created in 1983 to augment the revered Wine Cask restaurant in historic El Paseo, Intermezzo is one of only a few places in Santa Barbara that buzzes with people every day of the week. Designed as a place to meet for a quick glass of wine with flatbread or a salad before dinner, guests can choose to stay and dine or enjoy a cocktail alfresco near the courtyard fountain. Inside tables with cushioned seating next to a wall of interesting art—or near the fireplace and front window, which are especially desirable on cold or rainy days—are also options. The long glossy bar faces a three-tiered mirrored cabinet of classic liquors, along with spirits distilled in Santa Barbara County. Locally produced beer and wines are served from temperature-controlled taps. This is a vibrant, very social space—voted among the “10 Best” by usatoday.com—that also offers immediate access to Executive Chef David Rosner’s innovative American, Californian and new American cuisine at one of Santa Barbara’s finest restaurants.
El Salud 2 oz. habanero-infused Suave Agave (agave spirit, made in California rather than Jalisco, Mexico, where Tequila comes from) or Tequila, 1 oz. papaya puree, ½ oz. agave sweetener, ½ oz. fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients over ice and garnish with a wedge of lime.
PHOTOS STARK,BOATHOUSE COURTESY LOQUITA; COURTESY 246 INTERMEZZO PHOTO: (TOP-BOTTOM): PHOTOS (TOP-BOTTOM): ROB COURTESY AT HENDRY’S BEACH,ROOT COURTESY
819 Anacapa St.; 805/966-9463; intermezzosb.com
Loquita 202 State St.; 805/880-3380; loquitasb.com The hottest new restaurant and bar in town, Loquita—an endearing Spanish colloquial term for a wild, fun-loving young girl—pays homage to Santa Barbara’s Colonial history. In an alluring interior and patio, Executive Chef Peter Lee’s menu of bold, Mediterranean flavors are matched by a bar filled with wines mostly from Spain, and a cocktail list featuring a selection of Spanish vermouths, farmers’ market Sangria and handcrafted cocktails—especially gin-and-tonics, the king of cocktails in Spain. Loquita’s interior is a palette of earth tones, trimmed in clean, white-washed brick walls and furnished with massive, handmade mirrors, brass light fixtures with white globe glass shades and doors salvaged from a 150-year-old monastery in Germany. Multiple dining areas include a 60-seat interior dining room, a private dining room, the 60-seat outdoor patio lit with string lights at night, and the expansive walnut bar itself—a naturally defined space for imbibing and socializing.
Maravilloso Gin & Tonic Ice, 1.5 oz. gin (preferably St. George), tonic water, pink peppercorns, rosemary and orange zest
Build in a stemless Burgundy glass, combining ice and gin, top with tonic water, garnish with pink peppercorns and rosemary with orange zest.
Root 246 (at Hotel Corque)
PHOTOS (TOP-BOTTOM): ROB STARK, COURTESY LOQUITA; COURTESY ROOT 246
420 Alisal Rd., Solvang; 805/686-8681; hotelcorque.com Within view of the charming Danish streets of downtown Solvang (pop. 5,245), Root 246—the fine dining restaurant and bar of the AAA Four Diamond-rated Hotel Corque—is one of only a few places open after sunset. Fortunately, the restaurant—one of the best in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country—is spacious, offering contemporary California cuisine and personal service. The cocktail lounge has a long bar and optional table seating, indoors near a fireplace or outside on a large covered patio with sofas. Visible in the lounge, a glass-encased temperature-controlled wine cellar stores a sophisticated selection of wines from small- and large-production wineries that dot the valley (and nearby Los Alamos and Santa Maria valleys), as well as wines from other parts of California and the world. Note: Hotel Corque—a property owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians—offers a free (10-minute) shuttle ride to its major attraction, the Chumash Casino Resort.
Spiced Pear Martini 1.5 oz. house-spiced pear puree, 2 oz. Absolut Pear, .75 oz. lemon juice, .75 oz. lime juice
INGRE DIE NTS:
Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with star anise.
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The Lark 131 Anacapa St.; 805/284-0370; the larksb.com Named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910–1968, this 130-seat fullservice restaurant and bar is located in the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building at the vibrant heart of what is now referred to locally as the Funk Zone. The Lark spreads out under several coverings inside and out, with a 24-seat communal table near the bar reserved for walk-ins. The complex’s designer, Doug Washington—owner of San Francisco’s Town Hall and Salt House restaurants—collaborated with Dan Bush Design/ Build of Portland, Oregon, along with AB Design Studio and Young Construction locally. The bar features classic and craft cocktails and a comprehensive wine list that highlights small Santa Barbara County producers as well as artisan winemakers from afar. Ingredients for Chef Jason Paluska’s menus are grown responsibly, locally sourced and served family-style for sharing in this truly lively space.
JP’s Paloma 2 oz. citrus-infused Tequila, jalapeno, ½ oz. grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. lime juice, ½ oz. Aperol, ¾ oz. Fresno Chili simple syrup
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Combine ingredients and top off with house-made grapefruit soda, and a Kaffir lime leaf salt rim. Serve on the rocks in a Mason jar.
Viva At Santa Barbara’s historic La Arcada Courtyard, this incarnation of what has always been associated with celebration—especially during Santa Barbara’s annual five-day Fiesta—upgrades the concept, from its margaritas that never see sweet and sour—just tequila, pure agave and fresh lime juice—to tortillas handmade daily and its own interpretation of Mexican food. The bar is virtually the entire restaurant, where live music plays several days a week and includes the indoor/outdoor patio that spreads out in front of La Arcada’s famous turtle pond. Drinks currently include three different margaritas, 15 “house crafted cocktails,” 13 bottled and draft beers and 27 local, northern California and European wines, including sparkling wines and Champagne. With its “Modern Mexican Cuisine,” Viva brings to Santa Barbara a vibrant Mexico City-inspired menu of simply delicious food and festive drink, served by a fun, friendly wait staff at one of the most beautiful locations downtown.
Dragon’s Breath ½ oz. guava puree, ½ oz. blood orange, 1 oz. lime juice, ½ oz. agave, 2 oz. Serrano-infused Hornitos Tequila
METHOD: Combine ingredients and serve with fashion in a martini glass.
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1114 State St., La Arcada; 805/965-4770; vivasb.com
honorable mentions Beachside Bar-Café 5905 Sandspit Rd., Goleta; 805/964-7881;beachside-barcafe.com This local gem, with its big bar, lots of windows, a distinctly Hawaiian feel, very good and well-priced food and a great happy hour, is one of only three restaurants along our coast that meet sand and beach directly, here offering views of the ocean and Goleta Pier, which, at night, is lit for fishermen and a bonus for guests.
Brophy Bros. 119 Harbor Way; 805/966-4418; brophybros.com One
of Santa Barbara’s most popular restaurants, Brophy Bros. is located on the second floor of a two-story building on Santa Barbara’s Breakwater walkway, offering a spirited ambiance and harbor views from all of its many tables and the double-sided bar/oyster bar.
Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina 330 State St.; 805/845-8966;
casablancasb.com This large Mexican restaurant —sister to the White family’s Boathouse Hendry’s Beach and Santa Barbara FisHouse—has an unexpectedly wondrous interior created by architect Jeff Shelton, including a solid black Acacia hand-carved bar. There is patio dining and the bar specializes in Tequila, serving more than 120 types.
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Chuck’s of Hawaii 3888 State St.; 805/687-4417; chucksofhawaii.
com Perhaps the most consistently good restaurant in Santa Barbara, Chuck’s has not changed in appearance or what it delivers since opening in the 1970s. Famous for its steak and seafood menu and its low-lit bar, friendly Hawaiian-attired wait staff and lots of locals mix every day of the week.
Cold Spring Tavern 5995 Stage-
coach Rd.; 805/967-0066 An iconic establishment virtually unchanged since the days of the stagecoach, this historic and charming property tucked away in the Santa Ynez Mountains 20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara offers excellent food and drink. You can dine by a fireplace in the tavern or join the spirited throng at the big bar, where live music plays on weekends.
Lucky’s 1279 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; 805/565-7540; luckys-steakhouse.com This old-school bar, with wainscoted walls, was originally constructed as Montecito Bungalows in 1926. In 2000, Gene Montesano took over and created the perenially popular steakhouse and bar. Montecito Wine Bistro 516 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito; 805/969-7520; pierrelafond.com Reflective of longtime Santa Barbara tastemaker Pierre Lafond’s casual, classy attitude, the Bistro is yet another of his original creations, a restaurant and charming full-service bar offering craft cocktails and wines from an enormous list, including those from Pierre’s own Santa Barbara Winery—the first in the county. Santa Barbara FisHouse 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; 805/966-2117; fis-
housesb.com With its location along Santa Barbara’s waterfront, this hugely popular restaurant and bar, owned by the White family—who once caught the fish they cooked and served—leaves little to be desired when it comes to fresh fish and has succeeded in creating a bar to match in popularity. Happy hour includes no less than 19 appetizers.
The Outpost (at the Goodland Hotel) 5650 Calle Real, Goleta; 805/964-1288; thegoodland.com Let the good times roll at this classy, creative boutique hotel paying homage to the surfing scene of the 60s and 70s. The hotel’s excellent restaurant, The Outpost, has two bars—the Outpost Bar, which faces inside and outside near the pool, and the slightly larger Good Bar near the lobby.
Jimmy Chung with his son Bill, behind the bar at Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens, now the Pickle Room.
Convivo Bar (at Santa Barbara Inn) 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; 805/845-
6789; santabarbarainn.com Just off the lobby at this brand new rendition of the famous Santa Barbara Inn, the bar is integrated into the Italian-inspired Convivo Restaurant and extends onto an outdoor terrace with gas lanterns, a fireplace and ocean views. Local and regional wines, microbrews on tap and Tequilas are highlighted.
JC’s Bar, Brothers’ Restaurant at The Red Barn 3539 Sa-
gunto St., Santa Ynez; 805/688/4142; brothersredbarn.com Owned by locally famous chefs, the Nichols brothers—Matt and Jeff—The Red Barn has been a fixture in the old west town of Santa Ynez for who-knows-how-long. With their “made-from-scratch” food, wines, classy hospitality and JC’s Bar, it is now first-class.
The Set (at The Fess Parker, A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort) 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; 805/564-4333; fessparkersantababarahotel.com Just off the lobby in this grand hotel, The Set accommodates guests of all sorts— corporate travelers, leisure seekers, wedding guests and locals. Besides the bar, the patio outside has wide views of the ocean across the street. There is also a bar at the hotel’s Rodney’s Steakhouse.
loved local hangouts Crocodile Bar & Restaurant (at Lemon Tree Inn) 2819 State St.; 805/6874417; crocsb.com
Paradise Cafe 702 Anacapa St.; 805/962-4416; paradisecafe.com
Harry’s 3313-B State St;
Pickle Room 126 E. Canon Perdido St.; 805/965-1015; threepickles.com/pickle-room
Joe’s Café 536 State St.;
Tee-Off 3627 State St.;
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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.
Glen Annie Golf Club
Sandpiper Golf Club
In the rolling foothills of Goleta, 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, this meticulously maintained and challenging layout offers panoramic ocean, Channel Island and mountain views from nearly every hole. The tee shot from #16, for example, decends 150 ft. in elevation to land softly on a manicured landscape near an adjacent lake with a cascading stream. The clubhouse complex includes 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, glenanniegolf.com.
Established in 1972 as the county’s first resort course open to the public, Sandpiper is an inspiring 18 holes of seaside golf on an extraordinary terrain, with an acclaimed layout named by Golf Digest as one of the top 25 public golf courses in the U.S.. Designed by renowned architect William F. Bell, the links-style layout features rolling fairways leading to enormous greens with ocean views from nearly every hole. The stretch of holes 10–14 is one of the most memorable experiences of any golfer’s life. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 74.7; slope rating, 136. 7925 Hollister Ave., 805/968-1541, sandpipergolf.com.
River Course at the Alisal
La Purisima Golf Course
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, the course features panoramic views, mostly wide fairways and accessible greens. Several holes, however, will challenge even the low handicap golfer, especially any of the river holes. The clubhouse has an excellent restaurant with comfortable, inside seating and a vieworiented patio. Par 72. Stroke rating from men’s tees: 73.1; slope rating, 135. 150 Alisal Rd., 805/688-6042, rivercourse.com. 78
Near the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, “La P” is challenging, pure golf with long, twisting fairways bordered at times by oak and eucalyptus groves and protected by sand, water and out-of-bounds stakes, finishing with big, lightning-fast greens. In the afternoon, wind often becomes a factor, 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, lapurisimagolf.com.
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Rancho San Marcos Golf Course incredibly scenic Highway 154—the historic road that winds off the north end of State Street into the Santa Ynez Mountains and leads to the charming towns and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley—“Rancho” has been acclaimed by nearly every major golf magazine in America as offering one of the finest golfing experiences in California. Spread out in a valley of rolling terrain studded with ancient oaks and other leafing trees, the historic land this Robert Tent Jones, Jr. golf course traverses is bordered by the Santa Ynez Rivet—which fills nearby Cachuma Lake—and features views of distant furrowed peaks. Every level of golfer is challenged with sand, lakes, fields of native grasses and chaparral, the river itself and changes in elevation. A comfortable ranch-style clubhouse includes Davy’s Stable’s Café, with good food to enjoy inside or outside on scenic patios.
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Par 71. Yardage and stroke ratings: Black (6,939 yards, 73.9/137); White (6,278 yards, 70.8/131); Green (5,386 yards, 71.3/129). 4600 Hwy. 154, 805/683-6334, rsm1804.com.
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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 tasting rooms open daily from noon to 6 p.m. (located off of the 800 block of State Street).
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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, santabarbaramuseum.com.
El Presidio de Santa Barbara was founded in 1782 to offer protection to the mission and settlers, provide a seat of government and guard against foreign invasion, and is now a state historic park. | 123 E. Canon Perdido St. 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily. 805/9650093, sbthp.org.
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. The self-guided Red Tile Walking Tour is a great way to get your bearings (map is available at Santa Barbara Visitor Center, 1 Garden St.). Don’t miss the historic Arlington Theatre, a notable example of both Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styles. Also worth visiting is the beautiful Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, named after the benefactor who donated the prime property.
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 are the site of public celebrations year round. | 1100 Anacapa St. Docent tours Mon.–Fri. 10:30 a.m.; Daily 2 p.m. 805/962-6464, santabarbaracourthouse.org.
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. Tues.– Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 805/963-4364, sbma.net.
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 all roads leading to the much-loved central fountain inhabited by turtles and fish. | 1100 block of State Street.
Paseo Nuevo is a charming outdoor destination to shop, dine, relax, stroll and people watch. Featuring Spanish-style architecture, Paseo Nuevo is also home to Center Stage Theater, a black box venue showcasing live performances, and MCA Santa Barbara, a museum dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art while recognizing the artists of tomorrow with innovative exhibitions. | 651 & 653 Paseo Nuevo. paseonuevoshopping.com, mcasantabarbara.org.
Santa Barbara Public Market offers foodies an impressive collection of purveyors focused on handcrafted, regionally sourced and sustainably made foods. The LEED-certified space also has a commissary kitchen, featuring cooking classes, winemaker dinners, pop-up chefs and more! | 38 W. Victoria St. at Chapala, Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., sbpublicmarket.com.
PRESIDIO NEIGHBORHOOD is a vibrant section developed around the historic site of the last remaining Spanish fortresses built
MISSION DISTRIC T, identified by Mission Santa Barbara, 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.
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, sbbg.org.
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, sbmission.org; santabarbaramission.org.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016, and provides science and nature education to generations of visitors, from toddlers to seniors. The museum, located along Mission Creek, reconnects more than 100,000 people each year—including 5,700 members—to nature indoors and outdoors. | 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 805/682-4711, sbnature.org.
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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—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.
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.
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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. | 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, sbmm.org.
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.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearns Wharf engages visitors of all ages with interactive exhibits, opportunities to work like scientists, a theater showcasing the wonders of Santa Barbara Channel, a live shark touch pool and a 1,500-gallon tide pool tank, to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world. | State St. at Cabrillo Blvd. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/962-2526, sbnature.org.
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. 805/8972519, santabarbaraca.gov.
The Mill is a distinctively modern spin on the original feed mill constructed in 1904, which is now an artisan marketplace, featuring a production winery, craft brewery k
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and farm-to-table barbecue restaurant, as well as some unique retail offerings. | 406 E. Haley St., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 805/965-9555, themillsb.com.
Santa Barbara Zoo opened to the public in 1963 with only seven residents. Now more than 500 animals live here, and 30 acres of lush gardens spread across a knoll overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 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, sbzoo.org.
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 Carr Vineyards
& Winery, 414 N. Salsipuedes St., 805/965-7985
F Cebada Vineyard
& Winery 8 E. De La Guerra St., 805/451-2570
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
L Giessinger Winery by the Sea 210 State St., 805/568-0820
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
Wines, 23 E. De la Guerra St., 805/5606555
AA Sanguis Wines 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 Tasting Room 28 Anacapa St., 805/963-9633
CC Silver Wines
S LaFond Winery
Wines, 2330 Lillie Ave., 805/565-9463
T Margerum Tasting
EE Whitcraft Winery & Tasting Room, 36-A S. Calle Cesar Chavez, 805/730-1680
111 E. Yanonali St., 805/845-2020
Room, 813 Anacapa St., 805/845-8435
724 Reddick St., 805/963-3052
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, condorexpress.com.
Funk Zone is 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! | funkzone.net.
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 R. Tours Wed. and Sat. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required. 805/5655653, casadelherrero.com.
Ganna Walska Lotusland is a 37-acre 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, lotusland.org.
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art educates 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. 805/5656162, westmontmuseum.org. 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 while maintaining 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 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.
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-foot-long 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, museum.ucsb.edu.
of professional actors and advanced students, as well as other concerts and events. Open June through October. | 420 2nd St. 805/686-1789, solvangfestivaltheater.org.
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, missionsantaines.org.
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.
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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.
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, sbpolo.com.
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. 805/681-7216, stowhouse.com.
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. 805/964-3540, goletadepot.org.
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. 805/968-1033, parks.ca.gov.
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. | Wed.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 805/343-2455, dunescenter.org.
The valley is historically rich and geographically diverse. 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. 805/686-5055, sbparks.org.
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 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
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, elverhoj.org.
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, wildlingmuseum.org.
Santa Ynez and 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.
Los Olivos melds California history with modern-day wine tasting rooms, restaurants, art galleries and upscale shops in this picture-perfect country town dating back to the 1860s, when stagecoaches passed through. Centered by an iconic flagpole, the serenity of vineyards, lavender farms, orchards, ranches and horse trails surround Los Olivos. This is a charming place to visit for a one-stop wine country experience. | Approximately 40 min. north of Santa Barbara via Hwy. 154, losolivosca.com.
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, santaynezmuseum.org. WINTER 2016/17
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Broadway by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Porgy and Bess tells the tragic story of the love between a crippled beggar and a beautiful yet broken former cocaine addict and prostitute. It features beloved songs, including “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” | 8 p.m., New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/9655400, ensembletheatre.com.
11-12 Iconic Schubert & Copland A monumental program starting with Copland’s cherished “Unfinished” Symphony, followed by Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto and ending with Copland’s iconic Symphony No. 3. | 8 p.m. Feb 11, 3 p.m. Feb 12, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
12 Odd Squad Live! Designed to help kids build math and indirect reasoning skills, Odd Squad Live! follows the extraordinary adventures of two young government agents who use problem-solving skills and teamwork to crack cases in their kids-run government agency. | 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
13 Yuja Wang & Leonidas Kavakos Pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Leonidas Kavakos come together in one of only a select few recitals across the nation for a night of superb technical virtuosity and emotional expression. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
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Romance at the Museum Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” is the perfect musical selection for Valentine’s Day, made all the more special on this occasion by a turn on viola by Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s music director and conductor, Maestro Ohyama. | 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, 805/682-4711 ext. 181, sbnature.org.
15 George Takei Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek, George Takei has become a powerful voice on issues ranging from pop culture to politics. | 7:30 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
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16 Kamasi Washington Young saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s flawless
10-piece band, together with his graceful solos, present a masterful brand of jazz for a new generation. | 8 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
18 Rite of Spring State Street Ballet presents the stellar world premiere of Rite of Spring, a “musical-choreographic work representing pagan Russia unified by a single idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of spring.” | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222, granadasb.org.
18 The Comic Strippers Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers—a fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians)—take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
19 It’s Magic! A treat for the whole family, this one-of-a-kind magic show has delighted magic fans for more than five decades. | 2 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761, lobero.com.
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Visitors Centers 1639 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang 597 Avenue of the Flags, Buellton
WINE SA NTA BA RBA R A COUNT Y
Los Alamos 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. The best way to explore this authentic wine-producing and wine grape growing region is by visiting the tasting rooms and speaking directly to the people. Here are more than 100 that offer the wine tasting experience.
Western hospitality meets world class wine in the picturesque Western town of Los Alamos. TASTING AT THE VINE YARD
Martian Ranch & Vineyard
9110 Alisos Canyon Rd., 805/344-1804 IN-TOWN TASTING
448 Bell St., 805/344-2107 Casa Dumetz Wines
388 Bell St., 805/344-1900 Municipal Winemakers
423 Bell St., 805/931-6864
Santa Maria Valley
Los Alamos Valley
The Santa Maria Valley American Viticulture Area was the third AVA established in the United States (in 1981) and the first in Santa 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 area affectionately known as the “Wine Ghetto,” a bustling industrial park with world-class wines. IN-TOWN TASTING
312 N. 9th St., 805/736-9957 Arcadian Winery/Bratcher Winery
1515 E. Chestnut Ave., Ste. B, 805/737-3900 Brewer-Clifton
329 N. "F" St., 805/735-9184 Cebada Vineyard
4001 Forbidden Fruit Ln., 805/735-4648 Fiddlehead Cellars
1597 E. Chestnut Ave., 805/742-0204 Flying Goat Cellars
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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. Open Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cambria Winery & Vineyard
5475 Chardonnay Ln., 805/937-8091 Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery
3940 Dominion Rd., 805/937-8463 Foxen Winery & Vineyard
7600 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-4251 Kenneth Volk Vineyards
5230 Tepusquet Rd., 805/938-7896 Presqu'ile Winery & Vineyards
5391 Presquile Dr., 805/937-8110
5391 Presquile Dr., 805/937-8110 presquilewine.com
1520 E. Chestnut Ct., Unit A, 805/736-9032 La Montagne Winery
1509 E. Chestnut Ave., 805/291-6643 Longoria Wines
415 E. Chestnut Ave., 866/759-4637 Pali Wine Co.
1501 E. Chestnut Ct., 805/735-2354 Palmina
1520 E. Chestnut Ct., 805/735-2030 Scott Cellars
316 N. "F" St., 805/736-6161 Stolpman Vineyards
1700 Industrial Way, 805/688-0400 Transcendence
313 N. “F” St., 805/689-5258 Zotovich Cellars
300 N. 12th St., Ste. 1D, 805/736-1600
Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills 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. TASTING AT THE VINE YARD
Babcock Winery & Vineyards
5175 E. Hwy. 246, 805/736-1455 Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery
6121 E. Hwy. 246, 805/737–6222 Huber Vineyards & Cellars
4892 Hapgood Rd., 805/736-3854 Melville Vineyards & Winery
5185 E. Hwy. 246, 805/735-7030 Sanford Winery & Vineyards
5010 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/735-5900 IN-TOWN TASTING
Dierberg/Star Lane/Three Saints
1280 Drum Canyon Rd., 805/693-0744
Lafond Winery & Vineyards
Long known as Santa Barbara’s tastemaker, Pierre Lafond founded Santa Barbara County’s first winery since prohibition (now located in downtown Santa Barbara, 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. Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 6855 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-7921 lafondwinery.com
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Rancho Sisquoc Winery
6600 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/934-4332
5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/693-8384
Riverbench Vineyard & Winery
Zaca Mesa Winery
6020 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-8340
6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/688-9339
Tres Hermanas Winery
2933 Grand Ave., Ste. A, 805/686-1144
9660 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/937-8451
Alta Maria Vineyards
Ca’ Del Grevino
Alexander & Wayne
2510 E. Clark Ave., Santa Maria, 805/621-5889
2922 Grand Ave., 805/688-9665
Costa De Oro
1331 S. Nicholson Ave., Santa Maria, 805/922-1468 Core Wine Co.
105 W. Clark Ave., Old Orcutt, 805/937-1600
Santa Ynez Valley Ballard This charming wine country inn offers a selection of difficult to find boutique wines produced locally by family owned, small production wineries.
Arthur Earl Winery
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, expanded seating area, and an array of elevated tasting options presented by our wine educators.” —Tim Snider, President, Fess Parker Winery. Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/688-1545 fessparkerwines.com
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 Highway 101, it's the eastern gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills area. TASTING AT THE VINE YARD
Lafond Winery & Vineyards
6855 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-7921
Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio
2948 Grand Ave., Studio E, 805/686-2626 Barbieri Wine Co.
2369 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/688-8882 Bernat Vineyards & Winery
2879 Grand Ave., 805/688-7265 Bien Nacido Vineyards
2963 Grand Ave., Ste. B, 805/691-9913 Blair Fox Cellars
2902 San Marcos Ave., Ste. B, 805/691-1678 Byron
2367 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/938-7365
Ballard Inn Tasting Room
2922 Grand Ave., 805/693-1771
9496 Santa Rosa Rd., 805/688-2415 IN-TOWN TASTING
Alma Rosa Winery
181 Industrial Way, Ste. C, 805/691-9395 Cold Heaven
92 Second St., Ste. A, 805/686-1343 Crawford Family Wines
92 Second St., Ste. G & H, 805/698-3889 Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery
2990 Grand Ave., 805/693-5100 Carina Cellars
2900 Grand Ave., Ste. A, 805/688-2459 Cinque Stelle Wineries
2982 Grand Ave., 805/686-4101 Consilience, Marianello & Tre Anelli Wines
2923 Grand Ave., 805/691-1020 Coquelicot Estate Winery
2884 Grand Ave., 805/688-1500
406 E. Hwy. 246, 805/688-8403 Ken Brown Wines
157 W. Hwy. 246, 805/688-9400 Point Concepción
420 E. Hwy. 246, 805/691-1300 Terravant Wine Co. (24 wineries under one roof)
35 Industrial Way, 805/686-9400
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. Murray and his team look forward to sharing the AMV experience at their newly remodeled winery and visitor center along Foxen Canyon Road. Open 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-9604 AndrewMurrayVineyards.com
The historic village of Los Olivos is a hub for tasting rooms, interspersed with art galleries, boutique shops and cafés. It's a great place to stroll and relax, or drive north to enjoy the bucolic Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. TASTING AT THE VINE YARD
Andrew Murray Vineyards
5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/686-9604 Beckmen Vineyards
2670 Ontiveros Rd., 805/688-8664. Brander Vineyard
2401 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-2455 Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard
6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805/688-1545 Firestone Vineyard
5017 Zaca Station Rd., 805/688-3940
Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio
Combining a reverence for tradition and a philosophy of winemaking as an artistic expression, this unique tasting room and art studio makes wines—all blends, like many wineries do in France, Italy and Spain—and labels them with beautiful works of impressionist art, each named after the title of the painting that graces its bottle. As owner and winemaker Bion Rice conveys in a video on his website, “people first arrive at Artiste, they are surprised.” The place is indeed special, so are the wines. Open 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 2948 Grand Ave., Studio E, 805/686-2626 artiste.com
Toretti Family Vineyard
2933 San Marcos Ave., Ste. 101, 805/688-8002
Santa Ynez Peaceful and rolling vistas of ranches and farms mingle with vineyards and tasting rooms along the country roads in this region, which is anchored by the town of Santa Ynez. TASTING AT THE VINE YARD
Bridlewood Estate Winery
3555 Roblar Ave., 805/688-9000 6
Roblar Winery & Vineyards
Nestled into an oak-studded, 40-acre vineyard, this grand lodge-style winery was built to reflect the rustic, authentic and bold spirit 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 mention of Santa Barbara Seasons. Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 3010 Roblar Ave., 805/686-2603 roblarwines.com
Daniel Gehrs Wines
2939 Grand Ave., 805/693-9686 Dragonette Cellars
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/693-0077 Dreamcôte Wine Co.
2933 San Marcos Ave., Ste. 107, 805/691-1200 Epiphany Cellars
2974 Grand Ave., 805/686-2424
3950 E. Hwy. 246, 805/688-0558 Kalyra Winery
343 N. Refugio Rd., 805/693-8864 Roblar Winery & Vineyards
3010 Roblar Ave., 805/686-2603 Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
125 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-9463 Vincent Vineyards
2370 N. Refugio Rd., 805/691-4200 IN-TOWN TASTING
Carr Vineyards and Winery
3563 Numancia St., Ste. 101, 805/688-5757
Solvang "The Danish Capital of America,” Solvang is a quaint village full of shops, parks, hotels, bakeries, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. TASTING AT THE VINE YARD
2205 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/686-4492
Evans Ranch (Gainey)
J Ludlow Vineyard
Qupé, Verdad & Ethan
1659 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. C, 805/691-9175 The Good Life/Baehner Fournier
1672 Mission Dr., 805/688-7111
2990 Grand Ave., 805/688-5400
Saarloos & Sons
2900 Grand Ave., Ste. B, 805/688-6761 Tercero Wines
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., Ste. 104, 805/245-9584 Tessa Marie Wines (E&TWines)
2901 Grand Ave., Ste. C, 805/688-6081
1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., 805/688-1278
1607 Mission Dr., Ste. 112, 805/688-8691
2963 Grand Ave., Ste. B, 805/686-4200
Stolpman Vineyards & Winery
1562 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-0717
2434 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/688-0400
1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-8554
476 First St., 805/693-4331
2900 Grand Ave., 805/688-8148
Buttonwood Farm Winery
1500 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805/688-3032
2363 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805/688-8105
1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., 805/688-1278 rusack.com
2890 Grand Ave., 805/688-4069
2466 Alamo Pintado Ave., Ste. A, 805/331-2292
Just up the hill from the charming Danish village of Solvang, this beautiful winery and vineyards offers one of the finest, most relaxing wine tasting experiences in the Santa Ynez Valley. Inside the tasting room, the unique Rusack wines are served at a custom-made arts and crafts-style bar, while, outside a redwood deck constructed around four mature oak trees and surrounded by green fencing provides picture-perfect picnicking, with spectacular views of the vineyards and rolling hills.
800 E. Hwy. 246, 805/693-8612
2890 Grand Ave., 805/688-8989
Shoestring Vineyard & Winery
2901 Grand Ave., 805/688-0558
2971 Grand Ave., 805/688-1200
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 Provenceinspired ambience and private event venues, Sunstone is the perfect destination for tastings and luxurious group experiences. Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 125 N. Refugio Rd., 805/688-9463 sunstonewinery.com
1659 Copenhagen Dr., 805/693-5466 Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
1645 Copenhagen Dr., 805/686-9336 Presidio Winery
1603 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. 1, 805/693-8585 Royal Oaks Winery
1582 Mission Dr., 805/693-1740 Sevtap Winery
1622 Copenhagen Dr., 805/693-9200 Sort This Out Cellars
1636 Copenhagen Dr., 805/688-1717 Toccata
1665 Copenhagen Dr., 805/686-5506
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CHEF’S TABLE San Ysidro Ranch’s Executive Chef, Matt Johnson, has been intrigued by the culinary arts since he was very young. After graduating at the top of his class in Santa Barbara’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Johnson took the opportunity to travel to Europe and explore the unique cuisines of different European countries while working under some of the top culinary talents of Italy, Spain and Portugal. After returning to California, he worked as Sous Chef at the exclusive Windows on the Water in Morro Bay, Summerwood Winery and Inn in Paso Robles and at Pebble Beach, and the Inn at Spanish Bay on the Monterey Peninsula. Having experienced the full range of fine dining and extraordinary wines on the Central Coast, Chef Matt Johnson came back to Santa Barbara as Executive Sous Chef at the ultimate destination, San Ysidro Ranch, where, four years later, as Executive Chef, he expresses his experience in masterfully creating every dish as a blend of organic inspiration and culinary art.
Our food series highlights seasonal recipes selected by head chefs at Santa Barbara County’s best restaurants. We hope you will try them in your own kitchen— bon appetit!
GARDEN FIG AND GRILLED PEACH SAL AD
in quarters and season with olive oil, salt and pepper and lightly grill on both sides. This can be done ahead of time. In a large mixing bowl toss Peach, Figs, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Onion, Candied Walnuts, Lettuces and half of the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and toss well. Transfer Salads to two plates and top with whipped honey crème fraiche and aged balsamic. Drizzle remaining dressing around plate.
CUT PEAC H
1 Large Ripe Peach
Fennel Pollen Vinaigrette
4 Ripe Black Mission Figs (Halved)
¼ Shallot (sliced)
8 Cherry Tomatoes (Halved)
¼ Cup Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
4 Cups Arugula
1 TB Honey
4 Cups Pea Shoots
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
4 ½ Cup Radicchio (Julienned)
1 Lemon (Juiced)
¼ Cup Shaved Onion
¼ Cup Ice Water
¼ Cup Walnuts (Chopped and Candied)
¼ Cup Champagne Vinegar
¼ Cup Whipped Crème Fraiche and 1 TB Honey (Whipped together until stiff Peaks)
1 Cup Fennel Pollen Oil
1Tb aged balsamic
Add all ingredients in blender and blend on high. Slowly add in Fennel Pollen Oil. If still too thin add a little more oil.
¼ Cup Fennel Pollen Vinaigrette (Recipe Follows)
Salt and Pepper to taste
LOQUITA M ARISCOS PAELL A Makes 2-4 servings. on medium heat till hot and add 2 TB of extra virgin olive oil and 1/4 C of soffrito. Cook until caramelized on medium heat for 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn. Add 2 TB of tomato paste and continue to cook until caramelized for 5 minutes on low, stirring and being careful not to burn.
PLACE PAELLA PAN
Add 3 C seafood stock and the saffron and bring to boil. Once the mixture comes to boil, “rain” in the rice, spreading evenly throughout the pan. Bring back to a boil and add a pinch of salt, stirring rice to avoid premature sticking/burning. Continue to boil on high heat until half the liquid has been absorbed, stirring occasionally as liquid reduces. Lower heat to medium and let rice mixture cook without further stirring. The rice should not be disturbed at this point. Rotate the pan every five minutes to avoid scorching from hot spots. Once all liquid is gone the sides of the pan will start to caramelize and there will be a sound of the rice crisping which is normal and desired. Test by using a small spoon and scrape a small spot in the rice to see stage of the socarrat (this is a layer of toasted rice at the bottom of the pan and highly desired). The socarrat should be a dark golden brown and feel stuck to the pan. Once it reaches this point, stop the cooking, if not, continue to cook until you reach this result. Turn off the heat and let the paella rest for a minimum of five minutes.
Peter Seung Lee—executive chef at Santa Barbara’s beautiful, new and instantly popular restaurant, Loquita—learned his way around a kitchen at an early age. His early home life in Korea centered on pride and tradition that came with preparing the foods of his rich heritage. Helping his mother, he learned the art of Korean cooking and discovered his love for food. He worked in restaurants all through high school and eventually enrolled in and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. He has had professional positions at Catalina Country Club in Avalon, El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma, the acclaimed Gusto in Los Angeles and, under award-winning Jöel Robuchon in Las Vegas. At Loquita, Lee was inspired to design a menu that honors Santa Barbara’s history, employing many of the Korean-style techniques he learned as a child in preparing Spanish food, for which he is intensely passionate.
1 C Bomba paella rice
1 lb clams, in shell and cleaned
1 red bell pepper, small diced
3 C seafood stock
4 oz bay scallops
1 Spanish onion, small diced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 TB tomato paste
5 ea shrimp, cleaned and deveined, tails intact
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
Heat olive oil in sauté pan and add onions. Caramelize for about five minutes and add peppers and garlic. Continue to cook on low-medium heat until fully caramelized, about 30 minutes
2 garlic cloves 1 large egg yolk 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil 3 TB vegetable oil
3 pieces calamari, remove cartilage and slice into ¼” rings; cut tentacles into ¼” pieces if included (or ask your fishmonger) 4 oz tomato puree Salt & pepper to taste A pinch red pepper flakes
Heat a separate pan on high and add touch of extra virgin olive oil. Add the clams and sauté briefly with touch of salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add 1 C white wine and cover to open clams. Once clams are open, add bay scallops, shrimp, calamari and the tomato puree. Bring to boil and season with lemon, salt, and parsley. To plate, add the seafood on top of the finished paella and garnish with a grilled or charred lemon and lemon aioli. For the best and most authentic presentation, serve in the paella pan.
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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. $$ Chuck’s Waterfront Grill (Steaks and Seafood) serves prime-grade top sirloin steaks and Australian lobster tail among many other delicious offerings. The restaurant’s lively upstairs extension,
The Endless Summer bar-café (Seafood), has two terraces for al fresco dining on more casual fare. 113 Harbor Way, 805/564-1200. $$–$$$
Convivo (Italian) across from East Beach on the ground floor of the historic Santa Barbara Inn, draws its inspiration from Santa Barbara’s bounty of seafood and meats prepared “Nomad Italian” style by Chef Peter McNee. Sit on the outdoor patio for al fresco dining with a view of the Channel Islands. 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/845-6789. $$-$$$
Eladio’s (Californian) is opposite the entry to Stearns Wharf and offers casual California comfort cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 State St., 805/963-4466. $$$ 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. $$–$$$
bocce courts and a heated patio. 600 Olive St., 805/962-5394. $$$
Rodney’s Grill (American) Located in the Fess Parker A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, Rodney’s menu spotlights naturally raised meats and poultry, seasonal produce and sustainable seafood—all paired with wines from the finest local vineyards. 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/884-8535. $$$
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—think re-imagined Santa Maria barbecue as cold-smoked beef tartare, served with pico de gallo ingredients and pinquito beans. 205 W. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-9591. $$-$$$
- 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. $$$
Benchmark Eatery (Seafood, American) is a casual eatery that does American fare proud, with everything from soul-satisfying pastas, pizzas, grilled ahi and fish and chips to fresh salads to juicy burgers and generous sandwiches. 1201 State St., 805/845-2600, $-$$
Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. (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. $$
is a lively, open-air beach restaurant. Salads, burgers, fish tacos, fresh seafood and vegetarian items are served daily. Breakfast served on weekends. 801 Shoreline Dr., 805/568-0064. $$
Toma Restaurant and Bar (Italian)
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. $$$
is a romantic spot to savor excellent Italian and Mediterranean dishes from Santa Barbara’s seasonal bounty while enjoying warm and attentive service and a view of the enchanting Santa Barbara harbor. 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/962-0777. $$-$$$
Downtown Arigato Sushi (Japanese) provides designer sushi from inventive chefs. Daily specials explore the limitless varieties of this Japanese delicacy. 1225 State St., 805/965-6074. $$$
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,
Black Sheep (Californian) 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, $$$
Shoreline Beach Café (Seafood)
Ca’Dario (Italian) promises fine Italian cuisine, whether pasta, fish or fowl—don’t miss the ravioli pillows with brown butter and sage sauce and, when in season, grilled asparagus wrapped with pancetta—and an extensive wine list. A few doors down, Ca’Dario Pizzeria features a tasty array of pizzas, including gluten-free options. 37 E. Victoria St., 805/884-9419. $$$ 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. $$
- Downey’s (Californian) is an intimate restaurant that has received numerous accolades and is widely considered one of California’s finest. With just 14 tables and a menu that changes daily, owner/chef John Downey creates matchless nouvelle cuisine. Open for dinner only, Tues.–Sun. 1305 State St., 805/966-5006. $$$$
Enterprise Fish Co. (Seafood) is one of Santa Barbara’s largest and busiest seafood restaurants. In an exhilarating, nautical atmosphere are an oyster bar and a variety of fresh fish that are mesquite-broiled and served at reasonable prices. 225 State St., 805/962-3313. $$
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. $$$$ Intermezzo Bar/Café (Californian) serves local wines on tap, craft cocktails
and light fare such as burgers, flatbreads, salads and desserts ‘til late. An array of small plates to share— including cheese and charcuterie offerings, oysters, mussels, steak bites and the most amazing crispy cauliflower—make this a perfect pre- or post-theater stop. 819 Anacapa St., 805/966-9463. $$–$$$
Breakfast • Lunch Dinner • Cocktails
Jane (Californian) offers upscale, fresh, tasty fare that runs the gamut from huge seasonal salads and gourmet burgers to fish and chips with chipotle ketchup and creamy dill. The delicious goat cheese pancakes with smoked salmon and caviar are crafted from a family recipe. 1311 State St., 805/962-1311. $$ 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. $$ The Lark (American) delights with Chef Jason Paluska’s sophisticated family-style plates designed to share and made with the freshest possible local “farm-to-fork” ingredients, along with creative cocktails and a wonderful wine selection. Dinner, Tues.–Sun. 131 Anacapa St., 805/284-0370. $$–$$$
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- Loquita (Spanish) specializes in authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas, wood-fired seafood, grilled meats, and three types of paella. Executive Chef Peter Lee’s innovative cuisine has a California twist and is complimented with a full bar of Spanish and local wines and spirits. 202 State St., 805/880-3380. $$-$$$
Louie’s (Californian), located inside Santa Barbara’s oldest operating hotel, The Upham, reflects the charm and tradition of its location. You’ll find extraordinary fresh seafood, pastas, filet mignon and a changing menu of specialties, with options to dine outside on a beautiful wrap-around porch or inside at tables next to paned windows or booths, several of which are tucked into intimate alcoves. 1404 De La Vina St., 805/963-7003. $$–$$$ Nectar (Californian) focuses on small and shareable plates using fresh and international flavors. Featuring an extensive local wine list and inventive cocktail flights to pair with luscious food, Nectar is great new spot for a quick bite or a long and lingering evening. Open 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. daily, 20 E. Cota St., 805/899-4694. $$$ 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. $$$ k
Opal (Californian) is a classic European-style bistro serving eclectic California cuisine complemented by a wood-burning pizza oven, an extensive wine list and full bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1325 State St., 805/966-9676. $$ Oveja Blanca (South American) is a labor of love for the Perez family, who capture the essence of many Latin cultures and countries through food and drink in this innovative new restaurant. Dig into creative cuisine like Deep Fried Frog Leg Tamal and Ham and Chocolate Croquettes for a taste adventure you won’t forget. 30 E. Ortega St., 805/963-1012. $$$$ The Palace Grill (Cajun) is a place resonating with jazz music that creates the perfect setting for spicy food and spirited service to chase the blues away. Features authentic Louisiana specialities like jambalaya, crawfish etouffée and blackened steaks and seafood. 8 E. Cota St., 805/963-5000. $$–$$$
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Paradise Café (American) is located downtown in a unique old building with wall murals from the 1940s. It has one of Santa Barbara’s favorite patios for dining and a bar that will take you back in time with cocktails of your choice and a well-selected wine and beer list. 702 Anacapa St., 805/962-4416. $$ 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. $$
Petros (Greek) is home to Hellenic-California cuisine and one of the prettiest patios in town. Owner Petros Benekos gives traditional Hellenic recipes a contemporary California spin. Entrée hits include tender feta-crusted rack of lamb and fresh sautéed sea bass, along with Greek classics like moussaka, souvlaki and an extensive and mouth-watering selection of meze. 1316 State St. 805/962-1455. $$-$$$
CROCODILE restaurant & bar
Viva (Mexican) indulges your senses with its modern Mexican cuisine, beautiful courtyard patio and inviting dining room in the historic La Arcada. Taco happy hour (Mon.-Fri. from 3-6 p.m.) is a perfect time to sample creative tacos and other antojitos, or “small cravings,” along with the raw bar’s piquant ceviches and fresh shellfish. 1114 State St., 805/965-4770. $$
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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. $$$
Uptown Belmond El Encanto (Coastal-Californian) presents California coastal cuisine and seasonal favorites from executive chef Johan Denizot, featuring specialties like fresh local oysters, pan seared diver
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scallops and short ribs sous vide alongside stunning Santa Barbara views. Sit under the stars on the terrace or in the elegant dining room. 800 Alvarado Pl., 805/845-5800. $$$-$$$$
Chuck’s of Hawaii (American) is the home of California’s first salad bar and offers award-winning steaks and fresh seafood right from the grill. A local favorite hangout since 1967. 3888 State St., 805/687-4417. $$ Crocodile Restaurant (Italian/Californian), a local’s secret found at the Lemon Tree Inn, offers a chic, relaxing atmosphere with a 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. $$–$$$
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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. $$
The Tee-Off (American) is a friendly uptown steak and seafood restaurant and lounge with a long history of local appreciation that features a short but sweet menu of steaks, chops, chicken and seafood. 3627 State St., 805/687-1616. $$$
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Goleta Angel Oak (French-Californian) ) is a modern steak and seafood restaurant housed at Bacara Resort & Spa. Angel Oak showcases the culinary knowledge and classical training of Parisian Executive Chef Vincent Lesage, featuring classic steakhouse dishes with a uniquely Santa Barbara interpretation as part of a diverse menu of locally-sourced fare—including Santa Barbara’s famously fresh uni and the restaurant’s certified Kobe and dry-aged beef program. 8301 Hollister Ave., 805/571-4240. $$$-$$$$
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Beachside Bar Cafe (Seafood) on Goleta Beach is well-known for excellent fresh fish, serving lunch and dinner in the tropical-style dining room or on the glass-walled patio. Pair your cocktail with the fish tacos, excellent clam chowder or Caesar salad for memorable seaside dining. 5905 Sandspit Rd. 805/964-7881. $$-$$$
Jane at the Marketplace (Californian) presents flavorful fare for lunch and dinner including steak, chicken and pasta in cozy surroundings. This is a bright, sunny space known for its friendly service and authentic family recipes. 6940 Marketplace Dr., 805/770-5388. $$ Outpost (Californian) is a casual, hip spot at the Goodland Hotel. The excellent seasonal k
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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. $$-$$$
Montecito Bella Vista (Contemporary Italian) at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore commands panoramic ocean views across Montecito’s Butterfly Beach and promises top notch cuisine and impeccable service. Guests enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients inspired by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. Bella Vista has the distinction of being one of only 12 restaurants in California (the only one in Santa Barbara) licensed to cure its own meats and the shared charcuterie plate is the most popular appetizer on the menu. In addition, the restaurant is home to one of the most celebrated Sunday brunches in the United States. 1260 Channel Dr., 805/969-2261. $$$–$$$$
Cava (Mexican) serves the bold flavors of Spain, Mexico and Latin America in a charming setting with classic margaritas and martinis from the bar amid the sounds of Spanish guitar. Enjoy the vibrant outdoor patio, romantic dining room or cozy fireplace—the décor, menu and staff reflect the sophisticated yet casual character of Montecito. 1212 Coast Village Rd., 805/969-8500. $$–$$$ Lucky’s (American) offers steaks, chops and seafood as well as chicken entrées, wonderful salads, six different potato dishes and beautiful desserts. The wine list runs to the extravagant. The adjacent bar is a favorite among locals. 1279 Coast Village Rd., 805/565-7540. $$$–$$$$ Montecito Wine Bistro (Californian) is a casual yet sophisticated spot to sit on the outdoor patio or cozy up to the fireplace and nibble wine-friendly food, including flatbreads from the wood-burning oven, grilled steaks and chops, roasted chicken, savory pot pies and juicy burgers, along with fresh salads and sandwiches. Sip wines by the glass or the flight, or a cocktail. 516 San Ysidro Rd., 805/969-7520. $$–$$$ Pane e Vino (Italian) is a charming ristorante and a favorite among the community’s elite and their guests. Homemade pastas are near perfection and the fresh fish dishes are superb. 1482 E. Valley Rd., 805/969-9274. $$$$
Stella Mare’s (French) pairs a beautiful Victorian building with stylish, Normandy-inspired cuisine. The glass-encased greenhouse’s panoramic view and fireside couches make it a perfect spot for listening to Wednesday night jazz. 50 Los Patos Way, 805/969-6705. $$$–$$$$
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- Stonehouse Restaurant (American) is located in a 19th-century citrus-packing house on the grounds of San Ysidro Ranch. Stonehouse has a full bar and a menu that emphasizes local fish and produce. Open daily for dinner only $$$$. Plow and Angel (American) is a cozy restaurant attached to the bar
at San Ysidro Ranch and is well-known for its comfort food. 900 San Ysidro Ln., 805/565-1720. $$$
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. 5995 Stagecoach Rd., 805/967-0066. $$$
Santa Ynez Valley Ballard Inn Restaurant (Californian), inside the charming Ballard Inn, this distinctive little restaurant features wonderfully prepared “creative wine country cuisine” and fine wines. 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, 805/688-7770 or 800/638-2466. $$$
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. $$ Root 246 (American), located at Hotel Corque, features innovative cuisine emphasizing local, seasonal ingredients to create the ultimate in farm-to-table cuisine. In addition to a full menu of craft-based cuisine, Root 246 has one of the area’s most extensive selections of local wines, whiskey and craft beers, as well as refreshing signature cocktails. Try the Sunday brunch for a delicious weekend experience. 420 Alisol Rd., Solvang, 805/686-8681. $$-$$$ Sides Hardware & Shoes—A Brothers Restaurant (American) is located in a restored 1901 building where chef-owners and brothers Jeff and Matt Nichols turn out hearty American favorites with original gourmet twists. 2375 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 805/688-4820. $$–$$$ S.Y. Kitchen (Italian) is a charming “California version of a little Italian farmhouse” with a focus on unfussy rustic Italian food made from fresh local
ingredients. Expect inventive salads, woodfired pizzas and house-made pastas with everything from seasonal seafood to duck ragu. Open daily for dinner and for lunch on weekends. 1110 Faraday St., Santa Ynez, 805/691-9794. $$-$$$ Trattoria Grappolo (Italian) is a great destination for gourmet pizzas from a woodburning oven, housemade pastas, fresh salads made with local produce and nightly specials. Grappolo features a list of more than 150 wines from around the world. Open daily for dinner and for lunch Tues.-Sun. 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-6899. $$-$$$ The Vineyard House (American) offers local farm fresh cuisine in a charming Victorian house that dates back to the days when the Santa Ynez Valley’s world-class vineyards were just a dream. 3631 Sagunto St., 805/688-2886. $$$
- 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. $$$–$$$$
Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn (American) offers innovative “made from scratch” cuisine in this exquisitely refurbished barn. The hearty menu offers American classics like chops, prime rib, and chicken-fried steak. Lunch and dinner served daily. 3539 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805/688-4142. $$-$$$$ First & Oak (Fusion) distinguishes itself with beautifully prepared, elegant small plates designed to pair with fine wines and allow guests to taste multiple, exciting dishes in a single sitting. Housed in the charming Mirabelle Inn, this modern American restaurant has a European influence as well as a Californian emphasis on food that is seasonal, local and sustainable. 409 First St., 805/688-1703. $$$
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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. $$ The Hitching Post (American) is an old-fashioned, western-style steakhouse and lounge just a few minutes off Hwy. 101. In addition to Newport Meat Company beef, there are also ribs, quail, turkey, duck and ostrich plus seafood on the menu. 406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 805/688-0676. $$$–$$$$
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