Tips and Articles for The Santa Barbara Area

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It’s hard to imagine a setting more perfect for a romantic getaway than San Ysidro Ranch, a 500-acre former citrus ranch from the 19th-century, nestled... Read More

The thing you tend to forget when you're planning a road trip with young kids is that they don't like to leave the places they like. Children are... Read More

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It makes sense that Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of winter; after all, what’s more romantic than escaping the cold and cozying up with a loved... Read More

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What you pay for your hotel depends on when—and how—you book. We tested seven methods (from online travel agents and aggregators to the hotels’ own... Read More

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Right about now, you’re checking out your kids’ school calendar and wondering how to transform their week of vacation into fun for the whole family. ... Read More

Eating well has always been easy in wine regions. It makes sense: people who pay close attention to what they drink don’t typically settle for fast-food... Read More

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I grew up in California in the 1960’s, the place every clear-thinking kid on the planet wanted to be: 650 miles of sandy beaches, Disneyland, the "scene... Read More

Unlike Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach, two of the hotter hot spots on the southeast coast of Florida, St. Pete Beach—on the central west coast of... Read More

Hey, squirt, how about some mac and mascarpone?It's on the kids' menu (yes, the kids' menu) at the Bacara Resort's Bistro (8301 Hollister Ave., Santa... Read More

It's a starry night, and i am sitting in an ancient ranch house tucked deep in the Lompoc hills, two or three miles down a dirt road from El CaminoReal,... Read More

Whenever I talk to Europeans who are here to see America, I tell them how important it is to explore the rest of the country, not just New York,... Read More

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Growing up, I had to share a bedroom with three sisters (my brother, lucky dog, had his own room), so now I absorb pampering and privacy like an... Read More

A surge of shops and restaurants has earned the southern California city of Ventura a new nickname: Little Santa Barbara. Old standards like Nicholby's ... Read More

Fig trees and rubber duckies: not your standard B&B fodder. Yet the Inn of the Spanish Garden (915 Garden St.; 805/564-4700; www.spanishgardeninn.com;... Read More

Have you lost that old enthusiasm for the bowl of green apples on the reception desk?Tired of the sight of yet another bellman in black Chinese pajamas... Read More

OCCUPATION Writer/director HOME BASE Los Angeles ON LOCATION For his latest film, Sideways, an offbeat comedy about old college roommates on a wine... Read More

The sun is setting and you’ve got a front-row seat on the 1,800-square-foot terrace with a pool, two fireplaces, a ... Read More

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