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Channel Islands HeliTours

Channel Islands HeliTours April 30, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Check out the sights of the Central Coast and the lush Channel Islands with a bird’s eye view of the landscape on a Channel Islands Helicopter tour (from $250 for three passengers). Based out of Oxnard airport, heli-tours by chief pilot Daniel Casey take off for flights from Los Angeles to Santa...

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo April 30, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Celebrate the fifth of May and Santa Barbara’s rich cultural heritage at the 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 7th and 8th, from 11 am until 10 pm. Head to Plaza de la Guerra and at the historic Casa de la Guerra to enjoy live music, tasty Mexican fare, craft booths, frosty drinks, and...

Party with the Chefs: Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert

Party with the Chefs: Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert April 29, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
If you appreciate spicy demeanor along with your spicy food, you’ll love rubbing elbows with outspoken chef, writer, and  host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain, who hosts a rousing lecture and conversation with the charming Eric Ripert—of Bravo’s Top Chef and...

An Evening of Stories by David Sedaris

An Evening of Stories by David Sedaris April 25, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
King of witty prose and self-deprecating snark, author and humorist David Sedaris graces the stage April 29 at 8 pm Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater. The sardonic writer will keep fans laughing with excerpts from his candid essays and books—including Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and...

Feeling Lucky?

Feeling Lucky? April 20, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Did you know the Central Coast has a casino smack dab in the middle of Santa Ynez wine country? The Chumash Casino Resort is not only the spot for slots, table games, and Bingo, but it hosts a lineup of entertainers and boxing champions in its Samala Showroom. This spring, the 1,400-seat theater welcomes...

Vienna Philharmonic Comes to Santa Barbara

Vienna Philharmonic Comes to Santa Barbara February 28, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Calling all lovers of European classical music! Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theatre—an iconic downtown structure built in 1924, which recently underwent a massive restoration, bringing it back to its original grandeur—welcomes for the first time the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra....

Friday Night Happenings

Friday Night Happenings February 26, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Photo by anitakhart/Flickr If you’re anywhere along the Central Coast today, you are well aware of the fact that it’s wet, soggy, and the rain isn’t letting up. If snugging in at home doesn’t sound very festive on this Friday night, here are a few activities that will keep you...

Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara

Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara February 7, 2011 | Events, Food, Things to Do | Read More
Let’s face it, there’s an inevitable air of anticipation in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day—whether you find the occasion romantic or choose to walk around mumbling, “Hallmark holiday,” February 14th comes with both hype and heartfelt expectations. But, faster...

Thar She Blows!

Thar She Blows! January 31, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
The time has come for Gray Whales to embark on their annual trek from the warm waters of Mexico to icy Arctic seas rich for summer feeding. Lucky for Central Coasters—and our visitors—these giant mammals and their newborn calves glide along our shores, providing an opportunity for us landlubbers...

2011 Resolutions: Five Fitness Hot Spots in Santa Barbara

2011 Resolutions: Five Fitness Hot Spots in Santa Barbara December 31, 2010 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Photo by Snap Man/Flickr With Christmas behind us and the clean slate of 2011 knocking on our conscious, it’s no mystery that you’re thinking about resolutions for the new year. Admit it. But you’re in good company because we’re all thinking about ways to look better, act better,...
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