October 7, 2012
El Capitan Canyon, 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara; (805) 685-3887, http://www.elcapitancanyon.com . This 300-acre refuge, 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, is outfitted with cedar cabins and canvas safari tents. There's also a restaurant and store. From April through November, most cabins are $225-$355 a night, safari tents $155. Rates drop $10-$40 December-March. Ocean Mesa at El Capitan, 100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Santa Barbara; (805) 879-5751, http://www.oceanmesa.com . Bring your own tent or RV; it supplies the heated swimming pool and laundry room.
February 4, 2010
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Where: Theaters in and around Santa Barbara, including the historic Arlington Theatre When: Thursday to Feb. 14 Price: Opening night film and gala, $60; four-ticket pack, $57 Contact: www.sbiff.org
May 5, 2010
Like a horror-movie monster that pops up again after being pumped full of more holes than a pepper shaker, a plan to expand oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara just kept rising from the dead. Until now. After the ongoing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico delivered a better-late-than-never epiphany to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger , he announced Monday that he no longer supports the proposal. Given that the prime contenders for Schwarzenegger's job, Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman, both say they oppose new offshore drilling (Whitman says she'd approve new projects only if the environmental risks were next to zero)
October 3, 2010
I recommend this Santa Barbara bed-and-breakfast for its customer service, dedication and professionalism. I continue to love the quietness and peaceful atmosphere. The evening wines, pastries, cheeses, crackers, cakes and pies are excellent. Bath Street Inn, 1720 Bath St., Santa Barbara; (800) 549-2284, http://www.bathstreetinn.com . Rooms from $135. Thomas Ashley Carson
January 6, 2013
If you go The Arroyo Hondo Preserve is open on the first and third weekends of each month. $5-$10 donation is suggested. Reservations are required and can be made at (805) 567-1115 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Free nature hikes are held at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month. The Coronado Butterfly Preserve is free and open daily. Carpinteria Bluffs are open daily for walking, hiking, painting and bike trail rides. For more information and directions, go to http://www.sblandtrust.org
January 9, 2011 |
I pulled aside the curtain and peered out the motel window. Palm trees swayed gently in the breeze. A cyclist pedaled along the oceanfront. Beyond him, the Pacific stretched out calm and blue as far as the eye could see. Nice view, I thought, given that my room rate was $79. Especially considering that I was in Santa Barbara, where hotel tariffs usually fetch a king's ransom. And my overnight stay even included a hearty free breakfast. Impossible, you say? Not with our travel-secret guide to Santa Barbara.