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Visiting Santa Barbara

Sideways framed this vineyard-laden city as the perfect place for a glass of pinot, but viticulture isn't the only culture in Santa Barbara. Watch skilled surfers carve waves at Rincon Point, hike the rocky Santa Ynez foothills, or hunt down local masterpieces at the city's weekly Arts and Crafts Show. Kids will love a trip to the excellent Santa Barbara Zoo, while retail mavens will have their pick from a host of shops along Stearn’s Wharf and State Street.

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Sideways framed this vineyard-laden city as the perfect place for a glass of pinot, but viticulture isn't the only culture in Santa Barbara. Watch skilled surfers carve waves at Rincon Point, hike the rocky Santa Ynez foothills, or hunt down local masterpieces at the city's weekly Arts and Crafts Show. Kids will love a trip to the excellent Santa Barbara Zoo, while retail mavens will have their pick from a host of shops along Stearn’s Wharf and State Street.

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Stories and Tips Santa Barbara

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Sideways tour

Written by vondrejech on 11 Oct, 2005

The movie sideways brought many visitors to the Santa Barbara wine region. The good news is that more people are learning about wine, the bad news is that there are many people who don't care about the wine, they just want to see where the…Read More


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Overview of the Santa Barbara Wine Region

Written by vondrejech on 10 Oct, 2005

This is an update to my previous journals. I’ve discovered new wineries and more hidden places to eat and drink. There’s also the movie Sideways that turned this once quiet hideaway into a tourist trap. I’ll write a separate journal for those of you…Read More


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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Written by btwood2 on 10 Jul, 2005

This structure is so intensely beautiful, it seems to elevate judicial function to a higher plane. The courthouse is composed of four buildings, walling off a large inner garden courtyard on three sides. The exterior and interior never fail to delight, changing with…Read More


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Rancho Oso: Indian past, cowboy present

Written by btwood2 on 10 Jul, 2005

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables (reviewed above) is in the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara. During our week-long stay here, we found that it’s truly a fascinating place. At the Stone Lodge, a plaque informed us that a Chumash village…Read More


Santa Barbara Journal

Written by Hal1026 on 31 Mar, 2002

Just 95 miles north of L.A., but a world away from the home of hype, understated but ultra-hip and sophisticated Santa Barbara serves as home to its own eclectic community of surfers, socialites, dot com refugees and Hollywood escapees. Somehow, it all comfortably coexists…Read More


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Carmel, Santa Barbara and off to LA!

Written by Kun-chan on 09 May, 2001

15th July 1999 Today we headed from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. It was yet another driving day, but seeing that half the tour group ended in San Francisco ("LA to the Bay" ended there while we "Wild Western"ers went on back down to Anaheim again), I…Read More


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Heavenly Santa Barbara

Written by gwynethmarta on 01 Dec, 2008

A hundred years ago, the movers and shakers in the motion picture business sought a sunny, exotic locale to establish themselves. They discovered Santa Barbara, California. That was where they chose to launch their industry. Thus the very first movie studio, "Flying A Films," was…Read More


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State Street: Old Town and hidden treasures

Written by btwood2 on 10 Jul, 2005

Stearns Wharf turns into State Street as it reaches land. From there, State Street just seems to keeps going - under Highway 101, passing through Santa Barbara’s downtown, continuing on, and undulating past other neighborhoods and commercial areas until crossing over Highway 101 and…Read More


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Carmel-By-The-Sea

Written by Kun-chan on 09 May, 2001

We stopped off in a place called Carmel for lunch, where Clint Eastwood used to be mayor. It was a rather pretentious town, where every shop was an art gallery, or over priced. I didn''t buy much there, just limped around the shops with the…Read More


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The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo CA

Written by Kun-chan on 09 May, 2001

Outside of Santa Barbara, at San Luis Obispo, is the Madonna Inn. We didn''t stay there, but we did stop there to have a look. The only word I can use to describe this hotel is ''tacky''. It's that, and more. It's VERY tacky! There are 109 rooms,…Read More


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