Archive for the ‘Explore SB’ Category

  • 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,...

  • The History of the Lobero, from First Fiesta to First Thursday

    Jul 17, 12 • Explore SB, To Do, Web Exclusives

    We often take the Lobero Theater for granted, seeing it as a venue for our favorite comedians and artists instead of for the architectural and historical gem that it is. Few know that Old Spanish Days Fiesta was originally created 88 years ago to commemorate...

  • Fiesta Costume Sale: Everything You’ll Need for Old Spanish Days

    Jul 11, 12 • Datebook, Explore SB, To Do

    In just 21 short days, Old Spanish Days Fiesta is beginning! Are you ready for it? More importantly, are you outfitted for it? Don’t fret if last year’s fiesta ensemble is fraying at the seams: this Saturday, July 14, an array of men’s,...

  • Doggie Daycare

    Jul 6, 12 • Archives, Explore SB

    “Ruff-rences” on the Camp Canine website call this premier pet resort and training center a “Disneyland for Dogs.” We couldn’t agree more.  With boulders to climb at Camp Run-A-Muk, waterfalls to run through at Lake Splashmore and cozy cots with...

  • Gimme Shelter: Santa Barbara’s Adoption Shelters

    Jul 6, 12 • Explore SB

    I ‘heart’ Santa Barbara t-shirts are nice, but if you really want to show some love, consider adopting a new friend from a local animal shelter, where many a deserving doggie (and kitty and bunny) are awaiting a second chance at a loving home.   Cold...

  • Beach Bound: Off-Leash Beaches and Parks

    Jul 6, 12 • Explore SB, Local Life, Outdoor Activities

    If your dog loves to socialize, he’ll be itching to get out of the car and onto the sand at Arroyo Burro Beach Park, a.k.a. Hendry’s Beach, where dogs of all breeds and sizes can run, play and splash in the waves with new friends. After strolling the...

  • Time for a Bath! Getting your Pet Squeaky Clean

    Jul 6, 12 • Explore SB

    Beach walks and mountain hikes can make for one dirty dog. Take your muddy mutt from bow to wow at one of the following groomers: Colleen’s Pet Grooming, 3034-A State St., 805/687-8414. For Paws Salon, 3349 State St., Santa Barbara, 805/563-7443 and 1225...