Santa Barbara Journals

The Other Wine Country-Santa Barbara

A November 2002 trip to Santa Barbara by BeAdventureous!

Quote: Featured in Wine Spectator, Santa Barbara was not a disappointment! From our bed and breakfast, THE SECRET GARDEN to discovery of great vineyards, restaurants and the quaint streets of Solvang, we explored the countryside. The grand finale, Halloween on State Street must not be missed!

The Other Wine Country-Santa Barbara

Overview

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Loved our B&B, hidden in a neighborhood close to everything--THE SECRET GARDEN was delightful! Run by a French madamoiselle, we were treated royally. Gigantic pomagranite trees laden with peached colored fruit, avocado trees, likewise pregnant, gardenias, camilla bushes all amid winding paths of brick pavers. French wine with cheeses and olives, served in the evening, cider and brownies at night before bedtime, and home-made breakfast daily. The warm breads are especially delicious. Daily local paper, menus from surrounding restaurants, and all my favorite magazines! Art fills the walls and you awaken to the strains of classical music! Collins is WONDERFUL. He assists as innkeeper. Quiet but very spec...Read More
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Delightful! But no TV, no hairdryer, and no ice machine. We stayed in the main house and were given the key, having it all to ourselves. We loved our innkeeper, Collin, and the owner, Dominque from France. The bed and breakfast was filled with art, a piano, magazines, menus from all local restaurants, and decorated beautifully--we had a great three days! The garden was puncuated by a winding walkway leading through pomagranite and avocado trees, pink camilla bushes, creamy magnolia flowers, and roses. Breakfast was homemade, and the breads were especially good. Evenings brought French wines and cheeses, olives, walnuts, and other guests, who were colorful and fun. Nighttime snacks in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

The Secret Garden
1908 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 687-2300

La Super-Rica

Restaurant | "La Superica Taqueria"

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Great dining experience and our very favorite! The food is made on the spot and very authentic. A senorita makes the tortillas by hand as you wait, while the meat is grilled with vegatables, wrapped in paper, and eaten at picnic tables. The sauces are terrific! Cash only! Lots of locals.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

La Super-Rica
622 N Milpas St
Santa Barbara, California 93103
(805) 963-4940

Brophy Brothers

Restaurant | "Brophey Brothers "

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Views of the harbor were delightful, even if the food was so-so. I enjoyed the clam chowder and the clams were good. Hard to find a parking place. The place was packed. My advice is to wait for an outside table--there are heaters so it is very comfortable.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Brophy Brothers
At the marina
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 966-4418

Sage Onion Aldo's Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Sage and Onion"

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We sat at a corner table overlooking the street and parade of characters dressed for Halloween. I had an appetizer of a Fog Horn goat cheese tart/souffle, which was delightful.

My husband ordered the rabbit--you don't see that on the menu in Arkansas, Dorthy--and he throughly enjoyed it. Our dessert was fantastic!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Sage Onion Aldo's Italian Restaurant
1031 State St
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 963-6687

Halloween

Attraction

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It's wild, it's crazy, is it Mardi Gras? No, but EVERYONE dresses up and promanades State Street. From Homer and Marge to shower stalls, cowgirls and cowboys alike congragate. All the imagination and color was fascinating. Families trick or treat in the shops and they are open. It was a treat, and our best Halloween ever!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Halloween
State Street
Santa Barbara, California

State Street

Attraction

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The prices are right in this delightful cozy shop. Saw everything from a songsheet that read MAMMY'S LITTLE BABY LOVES SHORTNIN' BREAD, to a beaded Charleston-type hat. We bought a used book called Hollywood Color Portraits which depicts all the old divas of the silent screen and the early days of Elvis, including Kim Novak, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, etc. We also eyed the jewelry, but moved on.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

State Street
State Street
Santa Barbara, California

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Only fills the street, but it does have the fresh stuff! Smell the corn as it pops and they bag it up--they ran out by the time we arrived, so get there early! The wares are organic and pricy, but I bought some red strawberries and a half-dozen of myer lemons.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Santa Barbara Farmers Market
State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93120
(805) 962-5354

Italian Grocery

Attraction | "The Italian Grocery"

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Buy a humongous sandwich for a few bucks, looks like the muffalatos in New Orleans. We bought red vino, roasted artichockes, and Italian latticed cookies to take home. The prices are right here!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Italian Grocery
415 E De La Guerra St
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 966-6041

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We took a day trip and the scenery was awesome. We stopped in Solvang, but it was very touristy. Still, we did a bit of wine tasting at Lucas and Lewellen and brought away some wine for take-home, plus two nice wine glasses that were part of the wine tasting experience. The staff was delightful! On to Santa Ynez, a western-looking town, wishing we had more time here, but after a brief interlude, it was onward! We saw Fess Parkers' upscale restaurant/hotel/spa, and then on to the winery. It was so commercial, that we didn't stay long, and went on to Zaca Mesa, were the staff was personable and we tasted and purchased a case! The downside was returning to Santa Barbara--I got a ticket f...Read More