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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...

Santa Barbara Flashback: Cinema Vérité

Santa Barbara Flashback: Cinema Vérité April 26, 2011 | What's New | Read More
An American Family, a groundbreaking, 12-part PBS documentary series set in Santa Barbara in the 1970s featured Pat and Bill Loud and their five teens. The series was the first-ever foray into the genre of reality television, and the Loud family rose to fame—revealing their personal family drama along...

All Hail the County Bowl: This Spring’s Lineup

All Hail the County Bowl: This Spring’s Lineup February 28, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes coveted concerts at The Santa Barbara Bowl. Built in 1936, the county amphitheater was originally constructed to host the town’s annual Fiesta performances. Located in the area of town known as the Riviera, the outdoor 4,565-seat venue has ocean...

Monarch Butterflies (before it’s too late!)

Monarch Butterflies (before it’s too late!) February 27, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Photo by Danielle Bauer/Flickr Every winter, thousands of Monarch butterflies roost in eucalyptus, Monterey pine, and Monterey cypress trees along the California coast before making their journey north and east in search of milkweed in the spring. The season to see Monarchs in Santa Barbara is winding...

Saturday Farmers Market

Saturday Farmers Market February 26, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Up and at ‘em! There was talk of snow flurries in the foothills overnight, but this morning is sunny, breezy, and crisp—unfortunately not a drop of snow in sight. The rain is supposed to start again this afternoon, so now’s the time to get out, suck in some fresh air, and absorb a little...

Ode to Santa Barbara: T.C. Boyle Reflects on the Town He Calls Home

Ode to Santa Barbara: T.C. Boyle Reflects on the Town He Calls Home February 25, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Writer T.C. Boyle’s latest novel, When the Killing’s Done, is set in the rugged Channel Islands that loom just off our Central Coast shores. He recently penned a piece for Smithsonian.com, where he details the charming allure of Santa Barbara and its wild islands. Click the link below to read Boyle’s...

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...

America’s Happiest City

America’s Happiest City January 29, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Media queen—and part-time resident of Montecito—Oprah Winfrey recently claimed that San Luis Obispo, our neighbor to the north, is the happiest city in the country. Oprah sent Jenny McCarthy to visit the Central Coast enclave to see what all the fuss is about, and she found that a pedestrian-friendly...

Did Someone Say Cupcake?

Did Someone Say Cupcake? January 23, 2011 | Food, What's New | Read More
Let it be known that Santa Barbara is a town for sweet lovers—there’s fresh-churned ice cream, French pastries, daily cookie specials, and other sugary treats around every corner. As if we didn’t have enough temptations, a cupcakery boom recently swept through town—a decidedly welcome...

Here Comes the (Winter) Sun

Here Comes the (Winter) Sun January 20, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Just when we think Old Man Winter has settled in for a comfy stay in Santa Barbara, the clouds part and we wake up to sunny day after sunny day. Today, we’re looking at mid-60s with weekend highs heading toward 70-degrees. Last week, the temperature pushed more than 80-degrees and beaches were...
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