Archive for the ‘Explore SB’ Category

  • Savoring the Central Coast

    Oct 8, 12 • A Day Away, Web Exclusives

    By Leslie Dinaberg, Editor, Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine Spend a gorgeous September weekend sampling the best of the best from winemakers, celebrity chefs, brew masters, fishermen and artisanal food producers who call Central Coast home? Not to mention two...

  • epicure.sb: Santa Barbaran for “Let’s Eat!”

    Sep 27, 12 • Eat, Explore SB, To Do, Web Exclusives

    October is arriving more quickly than I remember, but I can’t seem to complain— any month dedicated to the eats and treats of Santa Barbara just can’t come soon enough in my opinion. With the temperatures ever-so-slowly dropping, the leaves...

  • A Day Away: Venice

    Sep 5, 12 • A Day Away

    The Many Faces of Venice, California Welcome to Funky Town, USA—so-called by Mark Cramer in the book that brings to light the most “eclectic, irreverent and visionary” locales in the country. It’s little wonder that the daily circus that is Venice was...

  • A Day Away: Palm Springs

    Sep 5, 12 • A Day Away

    Palm Springs: Oasis of Fun in the Desert When thinking of Palm Springs, images of tanned retirees and flawless golf courses often come to mind. But the city is a hub for everyone from Hollywood royalty to outdoor enthusiasts and art and design connoisseurs....

  • A Day Away: Santa Monica

    Sep 5, 12 • A Day Away

    By Cheryl Crabtree Cruise south along Highway 1, speed down the 405 to the 10 and head west, or retrace Route 66 west along Colorado Boulevard to the ocean’s edge — all roads lead to Santa Monica, undeniably a crossroads of cutting-edge Angeleno...

  • A Day Away: Ventura

    Sep 4, 12 • A Day Away

    The Tide is High for this Revitalized South Coast Gem San Buenaventura, as it is officially known, is fast becoming a destination in its own right for its eclectic dining options and bustling, supportive arts community. Hip boutiques and topnotch eateries are...

  • A Day Away: Hope Valley

    Sep 3, 12 • A Day Away

    By Cheryl Crabtree Serene Hope Valley lies just 20 miles south, a thousand feet higher and a world away from its often-crowded neighbor, South Lake Tahoe. It’s part of Alpine County—a gorgeous wilderness area rich in history, wildlife and unbelievably...

  • A Day Away: Pasadena

    Sep 3, 12 • A Day Away

    By Lee Perottini With seven National Register Historic Districts and twice as many locally designated landmark districts, Pasadena is obviously a city that celebrates its past. This doesn’t mean that it’s old-fashioned. A visitor is quickly disabused of...

  • A Day Away: Catalina Island

    Sep 3, 12 • A Day Away

    “Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me.” The classic song has never rung more true, especially for vacationers seeking fabulous local destinations instead of distant and exotic locales. Stay in one of the island’s many...

  • A Day Away: Carmel-by-the-Sea

    Aug 30, 12 • A Day Away, SEASONS Magazine

    By Leslie Dinaberg Looking for a day away that hearkens back to simpler, quieter, more relaxing times? The quaint seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea is just the ticket.  I could practically feel my blood pressure drop as we pulled into the charming,...