Tips and Articles for The Santa Barbara Area

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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

Day 1Check in The 220-acre Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (905 Country Club Rd.; 800/422-6524 or 805/646-1111; ojairesort.com; doubles from $400) was... 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 quietly trickling fountain, and... Read More

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