Santa Barbara Scrapbook

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Santa Barbara Scrapbook

Santa Barbara (where I went to college, briefly) is such a jewel of a little city. We were just there over the Easter holidays. Here is my scrapbook.



P.S. Thank you to everyone who helped It's All Good debut at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list!


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San Ysidro Ranch

900 San Ysidro Lane

The San Ysidro Ranch is one of my favorite hotels ever (I got married here!). A private and romantic hideaway in Montecito, with 41 cozily and individually decorated guest cottages, it’s perfect for a honeymoon or a special wine tour weekend away. Among many other things, the ranch is famous for its $130 "Montecito Margarita" made with Don Julio Real Añejo Tequila and Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary.

El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real

Made up of cabins and tents (for those who are looking to "glamp" in large decked out tents with a double bed and electric lighting), El Capitan offers a rustic but luxurious way to experience the El Capitan Canyon and beach near Santa Barbara. Perfect for a family trip with kids, choose between doing your own cooking (each cabin has it's own "outdoor kitchen" with a grill/fire pit) and opting for super healthy meals at the Canyon Market and Deli.

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Pane e Vino

1482 East Valley Rd

My dad brought me to this Italian trattoria for a special dinner when he came up to visit when I was at UCSB. It still serves all the delicious and seasonal Italian dishes you’d expect in a warm, welcoming setting. Choose between the cozy interior or the vine covered outdoor patio for lunch or dinner.

La Super Rica

622 Milpas St.

One of the best, freshest, most authentic Mexican spots ever. I have been coming here for 20+ years and it is insanely good. The tacos, tostadas, salsas, and specialties are pretty much unmatched. Casual to the max, line up for delicious tacos served on plastic plates.

Lucky’s Steakhouse

1279 Coast Village Road

We ate at Lucky's one night and loved the American fare. Great martini, oysters, steamed artichokes with vinaigrette, turkey burgers, tons of sides for the kids...Delish.

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Current Exhibitions We Love

Courtesy Ana Cristea Gallery

NYC: Emerging artist Luke Diiorio's "Very Similitude" at Ana Cristea Gallery, through May 11th.

Installation view of Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, photo by Brian Forrest, © The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

LA: Stefan Sagmeister's "The Happy Show" at MOCA, Pacific Design Center, through June 9th.

© Chuck Close Photo: Ben Westoby, Courtesy White Cube

London: Chuck Close, "Prints: Process & Collaboration" at White Cube, through April 21st.

Health and Beauty

B Boutique

900 Embarcadero del Mar - A

The B Boutique is known for organic spray tans, bikini waxes and a great selection of South American swimwear, but the facials (which they don’t advertise) are great.

Yasa Yoga

Photos: Tai Kerbs

22 West Mission Street, Suite B

Charlie Chaplin’s former mission style home is now an airy, open yoga space for SB’s health conscious. Open every day with classes to suit different styles.

Santa Barbara Rock Gym

322 State St

Our friends, who have kids with similar ages to ours, took us to this fantastic rock climbing place for an afternoon of fun. That's Moses on the wall...

See & Do


Photos: Bill Dewey

695 Ashley Rd

A truly unique botanical garden founded by singer turned botanical gardener Ganna Walska. She bought the property in 1941 and over the years transformed it with the help of several world-renowned landscape designers. Today, the garden continues her work by preserving her singular designs and continually expanding the stunning collections of exotic plants from all over the world. As it’s located in a private residential neighborhood, book in advance and reserve to join a docent-led tour.

Kyle Irwin

Photos: Erin Feinblatt


Kyle Irwin is responsible for the interiors of some of Santa Barbara’s most elegant homes. With a great mix of antiques and contemporary finds, his aesthetic is luxurious but with a light touch.

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Rose Bakery

Rose Carrarini of Rose Bakery fame has a new cookbook, "How to Boil an Egg", featuring, rather than photographs, Fiona Strickland's hyper-realistic botanical drawings of the recipes.


The Santa Barbara area is fast becoming a wine destination with the Santa Maria, Los Alamos and Santa Ynez Valleys, and Santa Rita Hills all offering different microclimates that all produce distinctive grape varietals. It's definitely a region to go exploring for great new wines to try. Here are a few standouts in the area:


8 Ashley Place

A small operation run by husband and wife team Matthias Pippig and Jamie Kinser along with assistant winemaker, Jessica Gasca, this winery located in downtown Santa Barbara creates wines from a mix of the area’s best locations for growing grapes. Visits are by appointment at their tasting room, where you get to try and learn about a variety of their wines in a sleek and modern setting.

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