September 21, 1985 |
Firefighters rescued 70 people from a 50-year-old hotel as flames lit up the harbor in the city's largest fire this year, authorities said. The blaze, reported at 10:37 p.m. Thursday, caused an estimated $590,000 damage to the Southern Hotel on State Street. There were no major injuries, Fire Department spokesman Peter Ramsdell said, although one man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
April 28, 2013 |
Here are three tweets I would have sent from my recent stay at Santa Barbara's just-reopened El Encanto hotel if I hadn't been busy behaving like royalty and pretending the Internet didn't exist: - Arriving Encanto. Tab for a 375-sf room w/fireplace and regal bathroom: $575 for 1 night, $35 for pkng, plus tax. Hey, what's with extra stairs? - Sunset on terrace. Ordering abalone. Below: lush grounds, distant sea, SB's red roofs. We're 200 ft above normal life. - Waiting for dinner.
June 26, 2005 |
Periodically, I catch up with travel industry news and let you know about things that may affect your upcoming travels. Here are a few such items. Norwegian Cruise Lines has expanded its fleet with 12 more -- mainly new -- ships, each with balcony cabins and up to 10 restaurants ("freestyle dining whenever you like").
May 12, 2013
Rosemary McClure's May 5 article on Avalon turning 100 was outstanding ["Still Shining"]. Another way for visitors to experience Avalon's golden days is to have breakfast or lunch at the Inn on Mt. Ada, [William] Wrigley's home, completed in 1921. By calling (800) 608-7669 up to one month in advance, you can book a breakfast for $25 or lunch for $33, both plus tax and tip. Guests are served their meals in the family dining room. All first-floor rooms are open to view. Upstairs is available only to overnight guests of the inn. The food is excellent, views spectacular, and for a short time you can live like a Wrigley.
January 20, 2011 |
The owner of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City has purchased another landmark inn: the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara. Los Angeles investor and developer Michael Rosenfeld said Wednesday that a partnership he heads would redevelop the historic hotel on Santa Barbara's waterfront. The Californian, which dates to the 1920s, has been closed for more than a decade. Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed, but seller Mountain Funding, a North Carolina lender, had sought nearly $8 million for the hotel and two adjacent parcels, real estate broker Steve Brown said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1991
Macario S. Bautista, who worked as a bartender at the Lakeside Country Club for 25 years, has died at his Van Nuys home. He was 83. Bautista died Monday of natural causes, said his grandson, Gilbert E. Bautista. Born May 11, 1907, in La Union, the Philippines, Bautista came to the United States when he was 17 and worked as a busboy at country clubs and hotels in Santa Barbara where, despite Prohibition, he learned to tend bar, his grandson said.