santa barbara

Cold Spring Tavern

Cold Spring Tavern

By Donna / March 20, 2020 /

Long ago, Cold Spring Tavern was once a well-frequented stagecoach stop. Today, it is a rustic and extraordinary restaurant, offering a unique menu, fantastic food, and an experience that feels like a walk back in time to the old Wild West. It is only 20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, in the Los Padres National…

Read More

El Capitan State Beach

By Donna / October 8, 2019 /

There’s something refreshing and rewarding about falling asleep beneath the stars, while pebbles poking through your sleeping bag and gusts of wind that threaten to flatten your tent can’t negate that.  For my family, the allure of camping is heightened by the promise of waking up to the sound of waves breaking against the shore.…

Read More

Live it Up With Lake Cachuma Camping

By Donna / September 25, 2019 /

  One of the Keys 2 the Coast favorite places to camp is Lake Cachuma. Flanked by the gorgeous Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, Lake Cachuma is one of Santa Barbara County’s most popular recreation areas. Here, you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing and refreshing experience. Glimmering lake waters, mild temperatures, generally…

Read More
Crestview dining room table

Lifestyle and Crestview

By Donna / September 18, 2019 /

One of the main challenges facing families in California, is the cost of rent and perhaps even more so, the cost of housing and home ownership. An obvious issue causing California’s unaffordable housing crisis, is an imbalance between supply and demand. Due to California’s extraordinarily positive attributes, including fantastic climate, cultural and recreational amenities, and…

Read More
Concert at Santa Barbara Bowl at night

Rock-and-Roll at the Santa Barbara Bowl

By Donna / June 26, 2019 /

We all have passions or things that make living fun, interesting, and even fascinating. Let’s face it; some of us are just all about seeking an adventure to distract us from the mundane things we need to do, including work, dishes and laundry . As you know from following this blog, we have a passion…

Read More

Top 4 Places to go Camping in Santa Barbara County

By Donna / March 17, 2019 /

Santa Barbara has its fair share of spectacular hotels, that’s for sure, but there’s just something about sleeping under the stars. The crickets chirping, waves breaking on the shore, and that rustling in the woods which is probably just a rabbit but definitely sounds like a bear ― it’s the perfect recipe for some much-needed…

Read More
presquile wine orcutt, ca

With Wines, Vines and Bucolic Vistas, Santa Maria Valley Is a Sight to See

By Donna / November 4, 2016 /

Having lived on the Central Coast since the mid-1980s, I’ve come to realize that every city in our region has treasures to be enjoyed. That is if you know where to look. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo have always received favorable recognition for many reasons, and justifiably so. What many people don’t realize, is that Santa…

Read More
minion cupcakes

How sweet it is…top bakery selections

By Donna / May 20, 2016 /

Since 2009, the Brown Butter Cookie Company has been serving up delectable treats. When put this sweet and salty cookie in my mouth, it made my taste buds do the tango!

Read More
rosa's italian

Italian Date Night

By Donna / May 20, 2016 /

As part of an ongoing series, K2TC brings you the most romantic spots for lunch and dinner, combining beautiful atmosphere with delectable menu items. It’s never been easier to find the perfect spot for date night. These are some of the best and hottest Italian restaurants on the Central Coast.

Read More
figueroa mountain

Getting Funky in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

By Donna / May 20, 2016 /

When it comes to seasonal parades, cultural festivals, nature preserves, fantastic restaurants or outdoor shopping, Santa Barbara sets the standard. I never grow tired of the spectacular scenery, amazing weather and friendly, laid-back people.

Read More

Categories