Saturday, July 30, 2011


(includes Buellton, Goleta, Guadalupe, Los Olivos, Montecito, Ojai, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez & Solvang)

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams – 728 State Street; 805-324-4402;; try eureka lemon & marionberries flavor.

Eos Lounge – 500 Anacapa Street (Santa Barbara); 805-564-2410;; tree-shaded patio that looks like Mykonos but on Pacific Ocean.
Hungry Cat – 1344 Chapala Street (Santa Barbara); 805-884-4701;; raw bar with good oysters.
JC’s Bar at Red Barn – 3539 Sagunto Street (Santa Ynez); 805-688-4142;; wood slab from felled pine tree from Figueroa Mountain does duty as bar top; local ranchers have burned their brands into bar beams.
Municipal Winemakers – 22 Anacapa Street (Santa Barbara); 805-931-6864;; in garage-like space with eclectic door; old athletic trophies and chandelier made of glass bottles.
Tonic – 634 State Street (Santa Barbara); 805-897-1800;; airy dance club.
Wildcat Lounge – 15 West Ortega Street (Santa Barbara); 805-962-7970;; retro bar with red-vinyl banquettes; referenced in Katy Perry song This Is How We Do.

Arroyo Burro Beach – 2981 Cliff Drive (Santa Barbara); 805-687-3714;; locals call it Hendry’s Beach; jog or stroll sandy shore, ride waves, surf fish, or watch for whales; known for sandy beaches, this park also offers cool, grassy area.
Butterfly Beach – Butterfly Lane (Santa Barbara, across from Four Seasons Biltmore); 805-568-2465;; areas finest.
East Beach – 1400 Cabrillo Boulevard (Santa Barbara); 805-564-5418;; picnic facilities; over dozen volleyball courts; full service restaurant (East Beach Grill).

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort – 150 Alisal Road; 805-688-6042 th 800-425-4725;; premier West Coast dude ranch.
Bacara Resort – 8301 Hollister Avenue (Goleta); 805-968-0100 or 877-422-4245;
Canary Hotel – 31 West Carrillo Street (Santa Barbara); 805-884-0300 or 877-468-3513;; four stars.
El Encanto – 800 Alvarado Place; 805-845-5800 or 800-237-1236;; recently renovated; 1910s hotel on 7 acres just outside Santa Barbara; 92 California-style bungalows.
Inn of Spanish Garden – 915 Garden Street (Santa Barbara); 805-564-4700 or 866-564-4700;
Four Seasons Biltmore – 1260 Channel Drive (Santa Barbara); 805-969-2261 or 800-819-5053;
Montecito Inn – 1295 Coast Village Road (Santa Barbara); 805-969-7854 or 800-843-2017;
Motel 6 – 443 Corona Del Mar; 805-564-1392 or 800-466-8356;; America’s 1st Motel 6; cheerful, immaculate; block from beach.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa – 905 Country Club Road (Ojai); 805-646-111 or 800-422-6524;; built in 1923 as US army camp; Spanish Colonial style inn.
Paradise Retreats – 16 East Arrellaga Street (Santa Barbara); 805-275-1851;; for high-end house & villa rentals.
Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa – 2860 Grand Avenue (Los Olivos); 805-688-7788;; great base for local cycling; 5 epic rides within pedaling distance, especially Figueroa Mountain Road.
Presidio Motel – 1620 State Street; 805-963-1355;; 1950s motor inn with 16 simple, updated rooms decorated by local art students.
San Ysidro Ranch – 900 San Ysidro Lane (Santa Barbara); 805-565-1700 or 800-368-6788;; rosewood hotel.
Simpson House Inn – 121 East Arrellaga Street (Santa Barbara); 805-963-7067 or 800-676-1280;; 5 star bed and breakfast on 5 acres English gardens.

Brophy Brothers Restaurant & Clam Bar – 119 Harbor Way (Santa Barbara); 803-966-4418;; very fresh food; overlooks harbor; excellent clam chowder and grilled swordfish.
Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn – 3539 Sagunto Street (Santa Ynez); 805-688-4142;; menu includes kabocha squash soup, horseradish-crusted Irish salmon with whole grain mustard sauce, grilled Iowa pork rib chop with applesauce and honey butter, & slow-roasted prime rib; inside, raised ceiling and restored wood beams, open display kitchen & glassed-in wine room; 2 wood-burning fireplaces add warmth to space.
C’est Cheese – 825 Santa Barbara Street (Santa Barbara); 805-965-0318;; small cheese and specialty shop; try truffled grilled-cheese sandwich.
East Beach Grill – 1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard (Santa Barbara); 805-965-8805; greasy but bright breakfast institution popular with cyclists, skaters, and surfers; try banana wheat germ pancakes.
Far Western Tavern – 899 Guadalupe Street (Guadalupe); 805-343-2211;; “Santa Maria-style” barbecue.
Geoffrey’s Malibu – 27400 Pacific Coast Highway; 310-457-1519;; romantic beachside setting with sweeping, ocean views; legendary, playing host to Marilyn Monroe, JFK & Old Hollywood glitterati; Richard Neutra-designed dining room; seafood-centric fare.
Hitching Post II – 406 East Highway 246 (Buellton); 805-688-0676;; outstanding “Santa Maria-style” barbecue; best regional example.
Jeannine’s – 3607 State Street (Santa Barbara); 805-687-8701;; for breakfast; cozy, with marble-topped tables and tempting pastries; try California omelet or banana French toast.
Julienne – 138 East Canon Perdido (Santa Barbara); 805-845-6488;; inviting, warm bistro with seasonal menu and local meats, produce, and seafood.
Lilly’s – 310 Chapala Street (Santa Barbara); 805-966-9180; tiny taco joint in town center run by Sepulveda family.
Lucky’s – 1279 Coast Village Road (Montecito); 805-565-7540;; 5-star, insider restaurant.
Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant – 216 East Yanonali Street; 805-899-2300;; for lunches (sandwiches, etc.).
On Alley – 117 Harbor Way; 805-962-6315;; great fish tacos.
Palapa – 4123 State Street (Santa Barbara); 805-683-3074;; taco joint; try fresh seafood tacos on cheery patio just north of downtown.
Shaw’s Steakhouse Tavern – 714 South Broadway (Santa Maria); 805-925-5862; “Santa Maria-style” barbecue.
Stonehouse – 900 San Ysidro Lane (Santa Barbara, at San Ysidro Ranch); 805-565-1700;; open fire in restaurant; take post-dinner stroll around terraced gardens.
La Super Rica Taqueria – 622 North Milpas Street (Santa Barbara); 805-963-4940; Julia Child’s favorite taco joint; try pork and cheese and/or spicy ground beans.
Taqueria La Colmena – 217 North Milpas Street (Santa Barbara); 805-845-6970; inexpensive, no-frills spot with handmade tortillas; try lomito or cheesy raja tacos.

Angel – 1221 Coast Village Road (Montecito); 805-565-1599;; casual sportswear.
Blue Owl – 425 State Street (Santa Barbara); 805-705-0991;; open late only (11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.); operates out of Zen Yai; try tri-tip sandwich with oyster-chili mayo or flaky banana roti.
C’est Cheese – 825 Santa Barbara Street (Santa Barbara); 805-965-0318;; small cheese and specialty shop.
Deep Sea Tasting Room – 217 Stearns Wharf (Santa Barbara); 805-618-1185;; on main pier in stylish 2nd floor space with views over beach, city, and mountains.
Dressed – 1253 Coast Village Road (Montecito); 805-565-1253;; Teri Hatcher and Britney Spears shop here.
Kunin Wines – 28 Anacapa Street (Santa Barbara); 805-963-9633;; inside sunny cottage 1 block from beach.
Lewis & Clark – 1116 State Street (Santa Barbara); 805-962-6034;; funky curios, especially from central America.
Randall House Rare Books – 835 Laguna Street (Santa Barbara); 805-963-1909;
Santa Barbara Winery – 202 Anacapa Street (Santa Barbara); 805-963-3633;; pinot noir pioneer and city’s oldest winery.
Supply Room – 1620 State Street (Santa Barbara, at Presidio Motel); 805-963-1355;; tiny shop for accessories, clothing, and jewelry.
Warbler Records & Goods – 131 East De La Guerra Street (Santa Barbara); 805-845-5862;; new and vintage music, including vinyl.

Condor Express – 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard (Santa Barbara); 805-882-0088;; from December-February, 30K gray whales migrate from Alaska to Baja California, through 5-mile gap among Channel Islands, 20 or so miles off coast; take Condor Express (catamaran) for daily whale-watching tours; also see porpoises and sea lions, even occasional killer whale.
Urban Wine Trail – Santa Barbara;; most within walking distance of downtown.

Bridlewood Estate Winery – 3555 Roblar Avenue (Santa Ynez); 805-688-9000 or 800 467-4100;; lushly landscaped, landmark Mission-style wine estate; winery committed to creating world-class Syrah; inviting destination to enjoy wine, relax, picnic, and savor landscape.
Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse – 1119 East Cabrillo Boulevard; 805-897-2680;; built in 1927; lockers, showers, volleyball rental, and weight room.
Andree Clark Bird Refuge – 1407 East Cabrillo Boulevard (Santa Barbara, at or near Bellosguardo Estate); 805-564-5418; peaceful lagoon and gardens north of East Beach; bike trails and footpaths, punctuated by signs identifying migratory and native birds.
Coast Village Road – Montecito; main shopping drag.
Cold Spring Trail – Mountain Drive (Santa Barbara);; begins gently in shade by creek that almost always has water; box hidden somewhere at summit for logging triumphant summit; steady, uphill slog; worth it for ocean views.
Douglas Family Preserve – Medcliff Road & Selrose Lane (above Arroyo Beach);; dozens of hiking trails.
Funk Zone – Santa Barbara; wacky neighborhood with street poles wrapped with colorful knitted sleeves and street art murals enliven industrial buildings.
Ganna Walska Lotusland – 695 Ashley Road (Santa Barbara);; 805-969-9990; unique 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in Montecito foothills, east of Santa Barbara; scheduled tours.
Karpeles Manuscript Library & Museum – 21 West Anapamu Street (Santa Barbara); 805-962-5322;; among world’s largest private manuscript collections; Walt Disney’s original will, Galileo letter, Lincoln’s 2nd Emancipation Proclamation (13th Amendment).
Lafond Winery & Vineyards – 6855 Santa Rosa Road (Buellton); 805-688-7921;; produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah (1st planted in 1971, county vineyard pioneers; visit beautiful picnic grounds overlooking vineyard and Santa Rita Hills.
Mission Santa Barbara – 2201 Laguna Street (Santa Barbara); 805-682-4713;; 1786 landmark with ocher-colored columns and known as “Queen” of 21 original Spanish missions built along California coastline; stroll Sacred Gardens; ask docent to see terra-cotta St. Barbara sculpture (watching over Jesus and Mary); 1522 masterpiece discovered 3 years ago in storage room; in alcove in garden’s private portico.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden – 1212 Mission Canyon Road (Santa Barbara); 805-682-4726;
Santa Barbara Museum of Art – 1130 State Street (Santa Barbara); 805-963-4364;; small but engaging.
State Street – Santa Barbara; main shopping drag.
West Wind Drive-In – 907 South Kellogg Avenue (Goleta); 805-964-9050;; 1960s era classic drive-in, recently reopened.
Wheel Fun Rentals – 23 East Cabrillo Boulevard (Santa Barbara); 805-966-2282;; bicycle rentals.

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