The SB Post
Living in the Santa Barbara South Coast, it's not hard to get family and friends to visit, especially during the holidays. Stunning sunsets, warm weather, and the laid back beach lifestyle are too hard to resist when winter's chill is knocking at your door. However, the hard part is having enough space for everyone. When Mom, Dad, Grandma, Aunt Margaret and all the cousins come to visit, you'll be glad you booked an extra room (or two) at a nearby hotel.
Locals, you're in luck! Visit Santa Barbara's Holiday Extra Bedroom Promotion is designed to help alleviate this problem by working directly with hotels to offer local specials November 15th, 2013 - January 15th, 2014. With close to 30 properties along Santa Barbara's South Coast participating, you'll be able to find the right hotel to meet the needs of your family and friends. What's even better? The properties range from intimate bed & breakfasts to upscale properties, and everything in between.
Visit http://www.SantaBarbaraCA.com/holidayextrabedroom for the full list of participating hotels, blackout dates and instructions on how to book. While your friends and family are visiting, be sure to check out the Calendar of Events for all of our fun holiday events and activities!
Whether you're a local to the Santa Barbara South Coast, or visiting for the first time, we all have much to be thankful for, and not just during the holidays, but 365 days a year. Spectacular beaches, cultural passion, adventurous activities, and wonderful wine give those in Santa Barbara much to be thankful for all year round. Three things that we are extra thankful for this time of year are family, friends, and FOOD! The holidays are a great time to get together and share in the delicious eats that our area has to offer. (And should you find that you indulge a little too much this season, we've got a few creative ideas to keep you active and motivated.)
If you're looking to spend your Thanksgiving holiday in Santa Barbara, here is a complete list of restaurants that will make you extra glad you did!
|Bacara Resort & Spa
8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta
(805) 968-0100 11 am - 4 pm Buffet
4 pm - 9 pm Prix Fixe Meals $80 (Ch $40)
$70-$90 (Ch $25-$35)
|Bistro 1111 (The Hyatt)
1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
(805) 730-1111 10 am - 7:30 pm
3 Course Meal $40-$45 (Ch $15)
|Blush Restaurant & Lounge
630 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 957-1300 2 pm - 10 pm
$25 Special Menu
$15-$30 Regular Menu
9 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 730-1160 4 pm - 9 pm
Turkey Dinner & Reg. Menu $65 (Ch $32.50)
|Fitch & Fork Restaurant (Canary)
31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 879-9100 1 pm - 8 pm
3 Course Meal $60 (Ch $30)
|Crocodile Restaurant & Bar (Lemon Tree Hotel)
2819 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 687-6444 11 am - 8 pm $11-$30
1 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 963-4466 11 am - 9 pm
3 Course Meal $35 (Ch $15)
800 Alvarado Pl., Santa Barbara
(805) 845-5800 Noon - 8 pm
Prix Fixe Menu $95 (Ch $45)
|Fess Parker's DoubleTree
633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
(805) 564-4333 Noon - 4 pm
Champagne Brunch Noon - 10 pm
Other Restaurant $65 (Ch $35) $39-$42
Four Seasons Biltmore, Bella Vista
129 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 882-0050 11 am - 10 pm
$27 (Ch $10)
|Frog Bar & Grill
Glen Annie Golf Course, Goleta
(805) 968-0664 11 am - 3 pm
Buffet $34.95 (Ch $16.95)
512 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 965-3363 Noon - 9 pm
5650 Calle Real, Goleta
(805) 964-6241 11:30 am - 2 pm
Buffet 5 pm - 8 pm Buffet $26.95 (Ch $12.95)
536 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 966-4638 Noon - 9 pm $20-$30
1404 De La Vina, Santa Barbara
(805) 963-7003 2 pm, 4 pm & 6:30 pm
Veranda 3 Course Meal $45 (Ch $20)
3825 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 682-5246 1 pm - 9 pm
3 Course Meal $29.99 (Ch $12.99)
3500 McCaw Avenue, Santa Barbara
(805) 682-3228 Noon - 5 pm
$28.95 (Ch $16.95)
|Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro
516 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 962-1455 11 am - 6 pm $45 (Ch $20)
|Plow and Angel
900 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito
(805) 566-1745 2 pm - 8 pm $80 (Ch $40)
216 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
(805) 965-3269 6 am - Noon Regular Menu
|Santa Barbara Brewing Company
501 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 730-1040 11:30 am - 11 pm
2 Course Meal $19.99 (Ch $11.95)
900 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito
(805) 969-5046 Noon - 7 pm
4 Course Meal $135 (Ch $70)
|Tree House Restaurant
3850 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 687-5511 11:30 am - 9 pm $19.99 - $21.99
(Chumash Casino) Santa Ynez
(800) 248-6274 3 pm - 9 pm
4 Course Meal $59 (18 and over only)
By now it's no surprise, there is something about the holiday season that makes us want to stay inside, curl up in a warm blanket, and have an extra piece of pumpkin pie. It's easy, and delicious, to simply relax and indulge in just one more of grandma's famous sugar cookies. Thankfully, Santa Barbara is blessed with over 300+ days of sunshine a year, making it easy to kick the cookies (albeit certainly tasty!) and stay healthy during the holiday season.
We encourage you to use your imagination to discover fun and creative ways to stay active, that won't end in hours at the gym, post New Year's resolutions. To give you a little inspiration, here are a few of our favorite ways to stay active:
1. Santa Barbara beaches are made for more than just sun-bathing. Grab a group of friends and play a game of volleyball or wind down your day with a yoga session . Take a short drive to Butterfly Beach in Montecito. The sand will add an extra level of difficulty, but the scenery will make you forget that you are actually working out!
2. Home to miles of bike trails crisscrossing the city and linking to the sea, ride your way through the hills and streets of Santa Barbara South Coast. Make it an afternoon and pack a picnic to be enjoyed at a local park or beach front. For a picturesque spot, we suggest ending your ride at Goleta Beach County Park.
3. Santa Barbara is a city that is made for walking. While you're doing your holiday shopping, add in extra time to walk a little further down State Street. These few extra blocks will help you to release any holiday stress, and who knows, you might just discover a new hidden treasure.
4. The ocean is calling and it's encouraging you to get outdoors and ride the waves! Surf, paddle board, or kayak your way through the holidays and you'll deserve to treat yourself to a bloody mary at Endless Summer Bar & Cafe, which is conveniently located in the harbor.
5. Don't forget about man's best friend! Santa Barbara is filled with dog friendly parks and beaches that you and your family can enjoy. Head to Douglas Preserve for a morning nature walk, or down to Henry's Beach for a game of fetch. When you're ready to leave, make sure to take advantage of the dog washing booth. You're companion will not only feel good, but look good too!
Whatever you decide to do, we encourage you to stay active and explore the natural surroundings only available in Santa Barbara South Coast. Have a great idea to share? Make sure to post a comment, we would love to hear from you!
If going wine tasting during the week isn't treat enough, Santa Barbara tasting rooms are opening their doors, and bottles, to pair with the tastiest treats around. Guaranteed to send you into a sweet bliss, these epicure.sb tasting experiences are not your average wine Wednesday tastings.
Each Wednesday during the month of October, Riverbench Winery's Santa Barbara Tasting Room is hosting "Sweets & Insobriety", a decadent flight of local Riverbench wines and delicious, Santa Barbara based, Koval Confections. This tasting is expertly crafted to illuminate the complexities of each wine. Must try wine? Riverbench 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Offered not only on Wednesdays, but everyday throughout the month of October, Grassini Family Vineyards has teamed up with Jessica Foster Confections to host "Days of Wine & Chocolate". With every sip, indulge in a locally made truffle that is paired to perfection. Not to mention, each tasting comes with a recipe for a homemade truffle that will complement all Grassini Family wines. Must try wine? Grassini Family Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Thanks to epicure.sb and our local wineries, Wednesdays have gotten a little sweeter on the Santa Barbara South Coast!
Craving the best culinary creations Santa Barbara restaurants have to offer? Now is the perfect time to dine in at your local eatery to experience each of and every one of epicure.sb's special prix fixe menu offerings! October is half way through, and so are your chances of ordering these prix fixe menus only available during epicure.sb.
To give you a taste of what you can experience, read through a few of Visit Santa Barbara's team ambassador reviews of their fun toasting to epicure.sb!
Opal Restaurant 3-Course Prixe Fixe MenuNoelle, Marketing Manager
Dining at Opal Restaurant and Bar, the meal started off with a delicate Shredded Phyllo Wrapped Flash-Fried Tiger Prawn appetizer, drizzled in a creamy Coconut Curry Dipping sauce, and paired with a Napa Cabbage Salad. The salad featured juicy Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds and Julienne Vegetables in a light Sesame Asian Vinaigrette. It was absolutely delicious and just enough to warm up my appetite for the next course! For dinner, I enjoyed a Slow Roasted Braised Short Rib with a Petite Syrah Asian BBQ Sauce and Crisp Yukon Gold Potato Cake. The flavors melted in my mouth and it was hearty enough to satisfy my palette. Though I was very full at this point, I of course had saved just enough room for dessert. A beautiful Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee was brought out and I think I sighed out loud when I saw it. The plate was drizzled in chocolate with the words, "Enjoy", which I knew I would. It was a perfect balance of light and satisfying, and the pumpkin spice flavors were a perfect addition to the standard Crème Brulee. It brought feelings of fall and the holidays, paired perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. The meal was delicious and I left fully satisfied, yet hungry to experience more of epicure.sb in Santa Barbara!
Madeline, PR Coordinator
Arlington Tavern 3-Course Prixe Fixe Menu
Dinner at Arlington Tavern was the ideal date night location. In addition to a delicious 3-course menu, the atmosphere is romantic, cozy, and just the right setting for you and that someone special. Specifically created for epicure.sb, the menu "Take a Bite Out of Fall" consists of choices between Sweet Potato Jalapeno Soup or Heirloom Tomato Salad, Arlington Tavern Fried Chicken or Local Black Cod, and Lemon Pudding Cake or Strawberry Upside Down Cake. And if the mood strikes, you can add an optional wine/beer pairing! Needless to say that any of the options would have ended up being devoured, I enjoyed the Sweet Potato Jalapeno Soup, Arlington Tavern Fried Chicken, and Strawberry Upside Down Cake. If I had to describe my experience in two words, it would be "So Good....."
Bettina, Marketing Coordinator
Arch Rock Fish Exclusive epicure Entree
The setting of Arch Rock Fish was very ambient and paired well with the elegance of the meal. The exclusive epicure.sb entrée, named "Crave the Early Taste of Fall", consists of 5 Seared Diver Scallops so fresh they are caught same day! Served over a butternut squash and browned butter puree with kale, my mouth is watering again just thinking about this dish. The scallops were cooked to perfection while the brown butter added a unique and delicious flavor. The sautéed kale paired with the scallops made the entire meal very reminiscent of fall. If you're interested in these savory scallops, you'd better hurry to Arch Rock Fish before the month of October and epicure.sb is over!
Haven't participated in epicure.sb yet? Don't worry, there is plenty of time to enjoy Santa Barbara's best cuisine, libations and culture! Visit epicuresb.com for more information.
One of the many things to love about Santa Barbara is there is always something new and exciting to do. Very rarely will you find yourself sitting at home on a Friday night uttering the phrase "I'm bored" or "Can we please do something different tonight?" From concerts in the park during the summer to countless festivals hosted year-round to the plethora of restaurants and tasting rooms, Santa Barbara South Coast is the place to be!
One new event to spring to life in Santa Barbara is the Canary Hotel's Rooftop Perch Sing Along Series. If the phrase "Grease Sing Along", instantly brings a smile to your face, than this event is for you! What could be better than watching an all-time classic movie, under the stars, on top of one of Santa Barbara's finest hotels? In one word, nothing. This unique Santa Barbara series is the perfect girl's night out adventure you have been waiting for. Every Wednesday during the month of October, this series will showcase some of the best sing along movies paired with signature cocktails, and cozy blankets. Sing your heart out under the stars while enjoying complimentary popcorn and a night of guaranteed fun!
While this series kicked off on Wednesday October 2nd with Grease, there are still plenty of great shows to catch and sing along too! Upcoming October 16th is Bye Bye Birdie.
It's time to forget about what's for dinner, and leave the details (and dishes) to the expert chefs of epicure.sb!
One place where you'll be asking for "sama" more is at the Sama Sama Kitchen. Inspired by Indonesian food and fresh ingredients, Sama Sama's special prix fixe menu is a 3-course exploration through different countries that have settled and migrated to Indonesia. Over the course of 1,000 years, the Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese have influenced the cuisine of Indonesia, and Sama Sama is ready to take you and your palate through this cultural, mouth-watering journey.
Chinese Course: ong choy stir fry, Chinese sausage, shiitake, soft boiled egg & pickled beets
Portuguese Course: chicken curry pastel, apple butter
Dutch Course: savory poffertjes, fried chicken oysters, maitake, smoked bourbon palm syrup, scallion oil, whipped honey truffle butter
Allow yourself to indulge and give your taste buds a treat! These special prix fixe menus are only available during epicure.sb.
Welcome to October and welcome to the beginning of epicure.sb, Santa Barbara South Coast's month long festival celebrating cuisine, libations, and culture. Filled with 31 days and 100+ ways to enjoy your stay, the 5th anniversary of epicure is officially underway. From epicure inspired hotel packages to special prix fixe menus, the real question is, where do you begin?
If the term "sip & savor" brings to mind visions of a relaxing autumn day in Santa Barbara wine country, accompanied by friends, and a glass of your favorite Santa Barbara wine, then this exclusive epicure.sb guide is for YOU! With countless wine related activities, Santa Barbara is an oenophile's oasis throughout the month of October. How will you pick and choose? Here's the rundown on 9 wine inspired events featured during epicure.sb:
1. Syrah 5 Ways
Is wine made in the vineyard or winery? How important is the location/terroir to a wine? These are some questions that will be discussed and answered at this tasting of Syrahs, from each of the 5 Viticultural Areas of Santa Barbara County. October 11th, 6pm
2. Celebration of Harvest
Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association's annual celebration of the year's bounty, where vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to share with you harvest tales and wines. October 12th, 1-4pm
3. Winemaker for a Day
Join winemaker Seth Kunin for a component tasting and blending seminar. After a tasting of the five component varietals, each participant will have the opportunity to create their own unique version of our beloved "Pape Star" - a Rhone blend featuring Granache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault and Counoise - then compare it to the 2012 Kunin Wines "Pape Star". October 18th, 6pm
4. Harvest Bites
Join AVA Santa Barbara for weekly harvest updates, including fresh grape samples, winemaker's comments and hearty small bites paired with Santa Barbara County wines. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm
5. Wine Down Wednesdays with Your Local Winemaker
Each Wednesday in October a local winery will be featured at Renegade Wines. The Winemaker (or Owner) will pour a selection of wines while discussing the philosophy behind their winemaking practices. Includes fine cheeses from C'est Cheese. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 5-7pm
6. Winemaker for a Day with Margerum Wine Company
You'll roll up your sleeves and help with hand sorting and crushing grapes, yeasting and inoculating ferments, laboratory analysis, plunging and punch down ferments, and your day will end with barrel tasting and finally the opportunity to blend your own wine, with Margerum Wine Company. October 11 or 25 from 9am-3pm
7. Taste of Santa Barbara at SOhO SB
Join Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club for Santa Barbara County wines paired with a Santa Barbara County winery. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 5-8pm
8. Sweets & Insobriety
Enjoy a decadent flight of local Riverbench wines and delicious Koval Confections, expertly paired to illuminate the complexities of each. Recurring weekly on Wednesday from 11am-6pm
9. Days of Wine & Chocolate
Throughout the month of October, be sure to come by Grassini Family Vineyards' downtown tasting room for complimentary locally-made truffle with our usual wine tasting flight. Grassini Family Vineyards has teamed up with local Santa Barbara chocolatier, Jessica Foster Confections, to create a perfect wine and truffle experience. Recurring daily, 1- 6pm
As Santa Barbara's culinary scene continues to grow, making the decision for a place to dine as become increasingly difficult. Each week it seems that there are a handful of new restaurants to choose from, in addition to local hot spots, continuing to serve up signature Santa Barbara dishes.
Luckily, for locals and tourists alike, the Santa Barbara Independent has once again deemed 9 local establishments with the 2013 Foodie Award. For anyone interested in some of the best cuisine Santa Barbara has to offer, we encourage you and your palate to dine in at 1, 2, or all 9 of the destinations below!
1. Worth the Drive Award: Sides Hardware and Shoes
2. Fist of Fin and Feather Award: Arigato Sushi
3. Pop Up Kings Award: Spare Parts Bistro
4. Lifetime "Izzy" Award: The Isla Vista Food Co-op
5. Farm-to-Bar Award: Patrick Reynolds at Wildcat Lounge*
6. Cook Comes Home Award: Ron True at Arlington Tavern*
7. A Chef for all Seasons Award: Alessandro Cartumini at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara's Bella Vista
8. Sensational Salsa Award: Taquería la Colmena
9. Toes in the Sand Award: Shoreline Beach Café*
"From authentic tacos and beachside ambiance to edgy sushi, philosophical cocktails, and painstakingly produced pasta, the 2013 Foodie Awards honors nine establishments for the special sauce they bring to our electric menu." - Santa Barbara Independent
What could be better than visiting all 9 of these Foodie Awarded establishments? *Three of the winners listed above are also participating in epicure.sb, a month long celebration of Santa Barbara's best cuisine, libations and culture. Channel your inner foodie and don't forget to visit epicuresb.com for special prix fixe menus and deals throughout the month of October!
It's not every day that Santa Barbara restaurants feature special prix fixe menus-unless it's the month of October! For 31 days, a variety of SB's favorite eateries will offer unique menus that will showcase local flavors, savory wine flights, flatbread specials, and much, much more.
This month-long celebration of Santa Barbara's best cuisine, libations, and culture is bursting with flavor that goes well beyond the food. Local businesses boast their creativity with special to exceptional offers that will take you 31 days to enjoy it all-and maybe go back for seconds!
And the best part? It's all just around the corner. Start planning your epicure.sb escape today. Get inspired with these prix fixe menus, special hotel packages, and 100+ ways to enjoy!