August 12, 2012
Regarding "Soaking Up Seattle" by Christopher Reynolds, July 29: To do Seattle like a real local, one needs to not just stay in the downtown area but also explore West Seattle, which is an entity in itself. Longtime Seattle inhabitants also do not miss taking in Alki Beach, Lincoln Park, the Frye Art Museum, Saltwater State Park, shopping/eating at the Junction (West Seattle's local downtown, with businesses, restaurants, etc., that line the cross streets of California and Alaska avenues)
October 21, 2012
I am a subscriber and an online reader. I look forward to the Travel section. Seriously, it is one of the first sections I dive into. Today's write-up about Santa Barbara is wonderful, and I got lost in it like a good book ["It's Ripening on the Vine" by Christopher Reynolds, Oct. 7]. As fall finally arrives, it will be a short trip by rail from San Diego County. I appreciate the great writing and am considering a weekend trip there. Christopher Carmichael Santee, Calif. After reading Reynolds' description of the inns in the Los Olivos area, I feel compelled to put in a word for the ForFriends Inn. My husband and I stayed there for a getaway weekend last month and found the property and rooms beautiful and the innkeepers wonderfully friendly and charming.
November 12, 2012 |
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award for his work this year as director, star and producer of the CIA thriller “Argo.” The festival, which runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 3, will present the tribute to the multi-hyphenate on Jan. 26 at the Arlington Theatre. “Affleck has come into his own as a multi-dimensional artist with 'Argo,' ” said festival Executive Director Roger Durling. “He embodies what the Modern Master Award is all about, and we're thrilled to honor him this year.” The award marks the festival's highest honor.
January 3, 2009 |
MEN at Long Beach State 76, UC Santa Barbara 64: Casper Ware scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half in the Big West Conference opener for both schools. Long Beach State, 6-7 overall and 1-0 in the Big West, held multiple double-digit leads in the second half, but the Gauchos cut the lead to 68-61 on a three-pointer by James Powell with 1:29 remaining. The 49ers secured the victory by making eight of 10 free throws the rest of the way.
January 2, 2013 |
Every time I come to Santa Barbara, I find something new to like. Not exactly secrets, just favorite things, and I'm not talking about raindrops on roses, though they probably have those too in that golden town 90 miles up the coast from L.A. Here are some of my choices: A night on the town The popular, long-running UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures series ( 893-3535, http://www.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu ) gets star billing on the town's cultural calendar, bringing Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Geneva Ballet, new documentary films and talks by authors, journalists, actors and directors.
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January 9, 2014 |
A Santa Barbara doctor some patients called "the candy man" because he so freely prescribed painkillers and other commonly abused narcotics pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges. Julio Diaz, 65, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of drug dealing, stemming from prescriptions written from his storefront office on Milpas Street. As part of the plea, the doctor acknowledged prescribing drugs to patients who had no legitimate medical need. Diaz was taken into custody after the hearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said Assistant U.S. Atty.
March 19, 2013 |
El Encanto is back -- with a new spa, new ballroom and its own Holstein cow. The historic hideaway in the Santa Barbara hills hasn't gone Farmville but it has undergone a "meticulous restoration" by Orient-Express Hotels , marking the luxury brand's first property in the West. The hotel reopened Monday to guests with 92 bungalows that overlook the city and the ocean. The official public opening isn't until Friday. (Sneak a peek with this El Encanto photo gallery .) Orient-Express spent $134 million and seven years restoring the hotel in keeping with its California Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival styles, according to a company spokeswoman.
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May 9, 2009 |
The Jesusita fire slid into canyon fingers along the ridgeline above Santa Barbara on Friday, creating a five-mile curtain of flames and smoke from Goleta to Montecito and driving 30,500 residents from their homes. The fire, which leaped west and east before dawn, did not spread much during the day, but state fire officials upped their estimate of the burned acreage from 3,500 to 8,600, saying they were able to make a more accurate assessment.
July 15, 2012
WHERE TO STAY Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai; (805) 646-2536, http://www.ojairetreat.com . Main house and four cottages (12 units in all) on 5 acres. No TV or phones, free Wi-Fi. Rates $99-$289 (and no lodging tax, because it's a nonprofit). Carpinteria Shores vacation rentals, 4975 Sandyland Road, Carpinteria; (805) 684-3570, http://www.carpinteriashores.com . There are no hotels on the beach in Carpinteria. These 35 beach-facing two-bedroom, one-bath, full-kitchen condos rent for $2,000-$3,300 a week in summer, $1,200-$1,800 a week the rest of the year.
February 22, 2013 |
Beeswax is such stuff as artists' dreams are made on these days. The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. , will open a beeswax chamber on March 2, and now the Ganna Walska Lotusland garden in Santa Barbara opens an art exhibition Saturday that's all about bees and their hive culture. "Swarm: A Collaboration With Bees" features a dozen artists using sculpture, photography and drawings to pay homage to the pollinator whose numbers are dwindling worldwide. The exhibition remains until May 4 at the garden that was once the private home of singer Ganna Walska of Poland.