Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wine Tasting Rooms in Santa Barbara

During the last year or so, there has been an increase in the number of Tasting Rooms opening in the city of Santa Barbara. Many of them serve wine by the glass, so they have become almost like small wine bars.  We have decided to visit each one just to see what’s offered and report back to our readers. We will not discuss the wine per se, but just the ambiance, offerings, etc.

View from the Tasting Room
The first and newest we are reviewing, Is the Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room with wines from the Conway Family. They are located upstairs on Stearns Wharf and have been open since July. They offer an unrivaled view of Santa Barbara in a very tranquil and comfortable setting. They have a tasting list of 6 wines for $10.00 or buy a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy the view with.  They don’t serve any food, so you might want to bring your own crackers and cheese. Great service with a very knowledgeable staff.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour

If you are going to be in Santa Barbara the weekend of August 27th and 28th, you won’t want to miss the 10th Annual Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour. It is a self-driving tour through various Santa Barbara neighborhoods. The tour features a treasure trove of world-class original art and a view inside Santa Barbara’s leading artists’ private studios. The times are 11:00AM – 5:00PM on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25.00 and for tickets, maps and more information call (805) 280-9178, or visit Most of the studios are located within an easy drive from the Cheshire Cat Inn.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Santa Barbara Airport Terminal

Santa Barbara has finally joined the modern age and we now have a brand new airport terminal.  The original terminal was built in 1942 and has served us well and we are going to miss it. However, they are going to relocate the original building and incorporate it into the new terminal. The airport is only a 15 minute taxi ride from the Cheshire Cat Inn.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

A couple of weekend tour suggestions.

In between wine tasting and dining in Santa Barbara, you might have some time for a couple of cultural pursuits.

Historic Architectural Walking Tours of Santa Barbara every Saturday and Sunday. Experience Santa Barbara—its architecture and its past—in a unique and personal way. Join a small group walking tour of the downtown area. Led by trained docents of the Architectural Foundation, the tour focuses on architectural styles, significant and historic buildings, and aesthetics, past and present building usage, and landscape history. Discover why Santa Barbara is so often called "The Riviera of America". The Saturday tour leaves from the centrally located de la Guerra Plaza Saturdays at 10 a.m. (rain cancels). The Sunday tour leaves from the entrance of the Public Library Sundays at 10 a.m. There is a $10.00 donation requested per person.

Botanic Garden Docent Led Tours. Garden tours are conducted every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM and 2:00pm. The tour takes about an hour and meet the docent in front of the Garden Shop. There is an $8.00  garden admission fee, including the tour.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Butterflies Alive

A special exhibition not to miss, if you are in Santa Barbara in the next couple weeks, is the magic of Butterflies Alive at the Natural History Museum.

 More than 1000 free flying butterflies in a beautiful garden setting.  Don’t forget your camera. The exhibition closes on September 11th and is only about a six minute drive from the Cheshire Cat Inn.

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