Old Spanish Days Fiesta – 2013 Guide

Old Spanish Days Fiesta – 2013 Guide

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara is dedicated to honoring and preserving Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions. This 89-year-old organization produces an annual eight day festival—Fiesta—that is widely regarded as Santa Barbara’s premier festival.
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Presqu’ile Winery Open House

Presqu’ile Winery Open House

The perks of being a member at Presqu'ile just grew exponentially with the opening of their new tasting room in Santa Maria. Calling it a "tasting room" seems like an understatement, as it's really more like a getaway where you can hang out all day long on their terraced lawn, play bocce ball, foosball or cool off in the wine cave.
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Live, Love, And Eat! Neighborfood Launches In Santa Barbara

Live, Love, and Eat! Neighborfood Launches in Santa Barbara

A neighborhood is defined by the community within it, so, for one afternoon we will be inviting our neighbors to live it, love it, and eat in it, because as Virginia Woolf said “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Neighborfood is a celebration of food, family, and the community we live in.
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The Myriad Uses Of Santa Barbara Beaches

The Myriad Uses of Santa Barbara Beaches

Santa Barbara's coastline has something for everyone. Whether you want to ride some waves, search for starfish or simply watch the sun set over the ocean, you'll be sure to find the perfect beach for every adventure you can imagine.
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Santa Barbara Beer

Santa Barbara Beer

If you find yourself fancyin' a homebrewed, handcrafted, hard-earned pint of beer then look no further than these fine breweries right here in Santa Barbara County.
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Santa Barbara Restaurants With A View

Santa Barbara Restaurants with a View

Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so naturally there are some pretty great views to be found in any number of places. Some of the best seats in the city are at local restaurants, with stunning views of the ocean, mountains and other sightly sites. These are a few favorites...
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Favorite Historical Sites In Santa Barbara

Favorite Historical Sites in Santa Barbara

Historical tourists will find Santa Barbara an interesting place to visit, with its many ancient architectural gems interspersed throughout the city. Most of the sites blend so nicely into the landscape that you might not even realize that they're on the National Register of Historic Places!
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20 Free Things To Do In Santa Barbara

20 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Spending time in Santa Barbara doesn't have to mean spending money. The many beaches, hikes, and other naturally beautiful surrounds make it easy to spend the day without spending a cent. Consider these free and fun activities the next time you're planning to visit Santa Barbara!
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2012 Year In Review

2012 Year in Review

As 2012 comes to a close we're celebrating with a look back at some of our favorite photos that were taken throughout the year... It was a stunningly beautiful year - enjoy!
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Carpinteria Seal Rookery

Carpinteria Seal Rookery

Possibly one of the best sights in Carpinteria - the Harbor Seal Rookery! Every winter the harbor seals take shelter on the Carpinteria beach to give birth to their cubs and warm up on the beach. Since the cubs aren't born with a protective layer of fat, they collect heat by laying out in the sun during the winter months.
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24 Hours In Santa Barbara

24 Hours in Santa Barbara

Our laid-back beach town is designed for serendipitous occasions - trying out a new restaurant, spontaneous wine tasting or catching the perfect sunset... whatever it is, the less planning the better. But if you're visiting California and only have a day to spend in Santa Barbara, it's best to know where to go and why. This list will give you a taste of Santa Barbara and hopefully encourage you to come again and stay longer!
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Bacara Resort’s Afternoon Tea

Bacara Resort’s Afternoon Tea

Set in the resort’s grand lobby amidst a warm fireplace and elegant furnishings, Bacara’s Tea & Trunk Shows feature a contemporary twist on traditional high tea by pairing the service with a designer trunk show.
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Santa Barbara Restaurants Open On Christmas 2012

Santa Barbara Restaurants Open on Christmas 2012

Take a load off this Christmas and let somebody else do the cooking! These fine Santa Barbara restaurants will be open and serving dinner on Christmas Day (unless noted as Christmas Eve). Keep scrolling below to see all of the menus, times and prices for each of the restaurants.
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Santa Barbara Palettes

Santa Barbara Palettes

All of this dull drab weather of late has muted the usual bright & colorful details that decorate Santa Barbara, so these are a reminder of what it's normally like...
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Pico Iyer On Chaucer’s Bookstore

Pico Iyer on Chaucer’s Bookstore

One of our long time favorite travel writers, Pico Iyer, also happens to have been raised in Santa Barbara. When he is in town you can often find him speaking at the Lobero about upcoming books on global travel, the Dalai…

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Malibu Wineries Day Trip

Malibu Wineries Day Trip

Sometimes the best remedy on a gloomy Sunday morning in Santa Barbara is to go for a drive... Come with us on our quick getaway to the wineries in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu.
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Rusack Family Launches Santa Catalina Island Vineyards

Rusack Family Launches Santa Catalina Island Vineyards

Famed Santa Ynez winery Rusack Vineyards are debuting the first release of wine from their new vineyard on Catalina Island. Their limited production of a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are available at their winery in the Santa Ynez Valley and through their wine club, Isla Wine Circle.
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The Winehound Is Relocating!

The Winehound is Relocating!

The famous Winehound Wine Shop on Chapala street is relocating to La Cumbre Plaza in late September/early October. They'll be nestled between See's Candy and Chipotle at 3849 State Street, Suite I 163.
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Victoria Street Mural Progress

Victoria Street Mural Progress

The mural that once graced half of Victoria Street is almost fully moved to the Chapala side of the block to make room for new development, as you can see in the photograph above. The site is currently being transformed…

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Float Luxury Spa… When You Just Need To Float

Float Luxury Spa… When You Just Need to Float

Float Luxury Spa is Santa Barbara's Premier Day Spa, specializing in massages, facials, body treatments and waxing. Their gorgeous coastal-modern designed Santa Barbara spa will engage the senses, calm the mind and inspire renewal. Float's decor is light & airy,…

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Enjoy Cupcakes, Los Olivos

Enjoy Cupcakes, Los Olivos

We stopped in at Enjoy Cupcakes while in Los Olivos over the weekend and feasted on their delicious cupcake six pack! Baker Amber Joy Vander Vliet whips up a different menu every week, with one staple cupcake included every week…

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C’est Cheese Is Expanding!

C’est Cheese is Expanding!

The latest from their newsletter: Hey guess what! C'est Cheese is expanding!!! After nearly nine wonderful years in business, we're finally ready to take the next step in our growth and we will be expanding C'est Cheese in our current…

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The French Table Opening In October

The French Table Opening in October

The French Table, a new gastropub & creperie in Santa Barbara, will be opening August 30th,September 14th -- October 13th! at 129 E. Anapamu Street in the space that used to be occupied by Elements. They just posted their breakfast,…

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History Of Anapamu

History of Anapamu

This street name "Anapamu" meaning "Rising Place," referred to a prominent hill upon which was situated a shrine where local Chumash Indian people gathered to worship powerful supernatural beings in the world above. The shrine was considered holy and a…

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SBMerge Redesign

SBMerge Redesign

SBMerge is live and back in action with a new, responsive design! We're shifting focus away from Santa Barbara events and instead providing a comprehensive list of restaurants, wineries, activities and weekend getaways. Our mission is to help tourists and…

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