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Santa Barbara is awash with white blooms, the early spring explosions of the evergreen pear.
When The Santa Barbara Company acquired the building at 214 East Victoria two years ago, we took on major restoration. The house itself needed ample work to restore its original charm. At that time, the front garden consisted just of a few heaps of succulents. As we filled out the gaps, we chose plants for their drought resistance and their cottage garden style. The color palette was determined by our new paint palette, pale green with white trim and deep terracotta accents for the porch columns.
This spring, it seems like a disproportionate number of my friends and family are making big changes. Everyone seems to be moving houses, remodeling kitchens, or relandscaping their property. All this commotion has been inspiring us to improve our collection of great house-warming gifts. We've been scouring Santa Barbara for what kind of house-warming and "new kitchen blessing" gifts we ought to have on hand for our own gifting needs as well as for our customers.
My grandpa lives up the street from The Santa Barbara Company boutique and headquarters and strolls down almost every afternoon for exercise and good conversation. If you've visited us in the afternoon, you've probably encountered him relaxing in the store sharing stories with us. He's sensitive to cold and suffers through even our mildest Santa Barbara winters. I was hardly surprised then when he strolled in a few days ago, plopped down, and happily declared this fall to be the most wonderful he's experienced in his 86 or so years.
And what a marvelous fall it has been!
Old Spanish Days Fiesta is an annual celebration of our city's heritage and pioneers. There are a lot of things to love about this festival, but we have highlighted a few of the best reasons to love Fiesta.
Sometimes they are tiny, not even as big as a gumball or a large cherry tomato. Other times you find them when them when they are slightly larger, giving you two, maybe three bites at most.
It seems funny that Summer Solstice comes so early in the summer and yet it marks the longest day of the year. Doesn't it feel like August nights are longer than June nights?
Santa Barbara loves a parade (or two or three) but our Summer Solstice Celebration is a local's favorite not to be missed. Check out the reasons we think it's a one of kind affair.
If your Memorial Day weekend was anything like mine, you're probably having difficulty shaking off the leisure and sheer glee of it all. Between hiking, biking, and leisurely sipping rosé on a Funk Zone Sunday, it was bliss. I ran into one of my oldest friends who has long since moved away while getting ice cream at the Santa Barbara Public Market (see #9) and developed a sunburn while doing #2 and #3. It was a perfect weekend— one so perfect that I've developed a lengthy new list of my favorite ways to revel in our beautiful city.
Photo by Leela Cyd
Memorial Day weekend marks the 28th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Old Mission in Santa Barbara. Artists converge on the plaza to create colorful and creative works of art in chalk.
Photo Credit: http://www.imadonnarifestival.com
Santa Barbara is full of singing birds this time of year. The House Finch has a cheery song and seems to prefer close association with us, often building its nest in hanging flower pots on our porch or in a vine twining over our front door. The male finch is easy to spot with a robust red on his face and chest, while the female – though often joining her mate in song – is a plainer striped brown bird.
The Granada Theater is (and continues to be) the only 8 story building in Santa Barbara and is the anchor for our vibrant downtown arts district. Home to the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, State Street Ballet and Santa Barbara Choral Society, this historic theater also features year-round national and international artists and performances on tour.
When the Granada Theater was built in 1924, many community members were offended by the idea of such a monstrosity.
Santa Barbara has no shortage of paseos, or ambling, often artistic, passages and promenades that connect spaces. The prevalence of our Spanish Colonial architecture lends itself well to these walkways throughout town. And while many are even unknown to locals, perhaps the most picturesque, and therefore visited is the outdoor mall called La Arcada.
Just off State Street (Santa Barbara’s Main Street) between Anapamu and Figueroa Streets is a gem of a destination. La Arcada was designed in 1926 by architect Myron Hunt and is dripping with charm and details.
This incredible historical memoir San Miguel Island: My Childhood Memoir 1930-1942 tells the story of Betsy Lester Roberti's childhood on desolate San Miguel Island, the westernmost of the Channel Islands. The memoir was published in 2008 by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. Betsy loved the island— its sea mammals, challenging weather, and all the treasures that were discovered in the sands or washed ashore. She writes vividly about the sights, smells and routines of her daily existence, all enhanced by priceless vintage images of the family incorporated throughout the book.
A winter without rain. Drought is a word that clutches at the heart.
In many places, 2013 was the driest on record. Less than an inch fell in December 2012, and none in January, 2013. The last significant month of rain and snow was December 12, 2012. In most places, 2013 was the driest on record. Less than an inch fell in December 2012, and none in January, 2013. The last significant month of rain and snow was December 12, 2012.
The City of Santa Barbara boasts an impressive 360 acres of developed parkland and 1,183 acres of open space parkland. Pocket parks dot our neighborhoods and provide much needed play space for families living in the urban core. But how’s this for a community claim to fame? Santa Barbara is home to the largest privately funded public park in America, Elings Park. This park is a gem.
Locals know that the best time on the beach can be winter time, when most of the visitors have left, the Channel is crisp and clear, and the water birds have arrived. It is the perfect time for long walks in the sand.
The most intriguing winter visitor is the Black Skimmer. You can often find hundreds of them hang out on the beach. The best place to find them is on the West Beach sand spit where Mission Creek flows into the ocean just left of Stearns Wharf.