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.
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.
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.
July 15, 2012 |
If all of California had been created by a romance novelist, it would probably look like Santa Barbara -- whitewashed walls, red-tile roofs, gentle slopes, lapping waves, swaying fronds, stately churches and private estates suitable for Oprah, Rob Lowe and the crowned heads of Europe. Alas, most of California was built with only limited romance-novelist input. So Santa Barbara stands apart, its seaside location and Spanish Colonial glamour luring legions of weekend tourists and wintering gazillionaires.
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.
January 13, 2012 |
The day set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr. has become a day dedicated to community activism nationwide. Tree-plantings, school cleanups, food bank organizing and other events planned for Monday underscore one of King's most thoughtful quotes: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' " To find projects and events happening Monday, go to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service website. For those who plan to hit the road, here are two MLK events within a couple hours of Los Angeles.
March 5, 2013 |
Edible Communities Publications is rounding up a dynamic group of thinkers and tinkerers from the food industry for Edible Institute , a weekend of talks and workshops centered around the local food movement, scheduled to take place March 16 and 17 at the Hyatt in Santa Barbara. The local-food magazine has sprouted in communities nationwide -- its Southern California Edible city editions currently include the Westside, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Orange County, San Diego and San Luis Obispo.
February 6, 2013 |
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed has listed his mountainside retreat in Santa Barbara for $4.95 million. The 25-acre ocean-view estate, which includes a swimming pool, fruit trees and a guesthouse, was designed as a creative environment. The custom house features an art studio and a screening room where Breathed worked for the last 12 years on Hollywood projects including "Mars Needs Moms" (2011) and "Secondhand Lions" (2003). There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,241 square feet of living space.