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Trees of Santa Barbara

One of Santa Barbara's many charms are the beautiful trees that line the edges of streets, fill parks and decorate skylines everywhere we look.
Rusack Vineyard, Catalina Island, Santa Barbara

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.

Santa Barbara’s Best Breakfasts, Part 1

We've been on a quest to find the best breakfast in Santa Barbara and are writing about three restaurants every week until we've tried them all and can confidently name one restaurant as the winner.

“From A to V” (Abalone to Vino) Culinary Extravaganza

In keeping with the spirit of, Santa Barbara’s 4th annual month-long culinary extravaganza, Bella Vista is dishing up a savory five-course wine dinner menu for just $75 per person during the entire month of October.

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.

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…


Coolest Summer Wine Tasting: Deep Sea, Santa Barbara

This just might be our best summer yet! Get out and enjoy it with a gentle ocean breeze and wine tasting at Deep Sea's tasting room on Stearn's Wharf. Their stellar ocean and mountain views are enough to lure you…


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,…


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…


Central Coast Winemakers’ Series at Avant Tapas and Wine

from Edible Communities: Avant Tapas and Wine, located at Terravant in Buellton, has been one of our favorite wine tasting destinations. They have a huge selection of wines available for tasting and they have fantastic food—always handy when winetasting. Now…


Santa Barbara Experience

This two and a half minute video is a perfect example of all that Santa Barbara represents... we live in a beautiful, thriving paradise!

Eureka Burger Opening in Paseo Nuevo, Summer 2012

The former Ruby's location in Paseo Nuevo is being replaced with Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer. The site is currently under construction, but signs say that they'll be open "Late Summer 2012." (Edited: Open as of September 10, 2012.)…


Santa Barbara Mission and Riviera Walking Tour

Santa Barbara Mission, Rose Garden, Museum of Natural History, Rocky Nook, Frog Shrine & more!

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…

The French Table, Santa Barbara

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,…

Chumash Santa Barbara Art

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…


Wine of the Week: 2009 Paring Pinot Noir

Welcome to Week 2 of our "Wine of the Week" segment! This week's pick: The 2009 Paring Pinot Noir. I've previously had this pinot at a couple local restaurants, but this is the first time I've ever made an effort…

Deep Sea Winery, Santa Barbara

Wine of the Week: 2008 Rancho Arroyo Grande Syrah

The Deep Sea tasting room is a royal treat - situated in one of Stearn's Wharf's second story buildings, there are sweeping views of the mountains in one direction and the vast and endless sea in another. You could just…


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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