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    The Waterfront

    by patricia28 Written May 8, 2005

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    The Harbor began almost a hundred years ago when a wealthy Santa Barbara resident wanted to keep his yacht closer to home - or so the story goes. it is a beautiful place to go for a ride, to sit in front of the sea and just to enjoy.
    You will find a wonderful park to the east of the Wharf, Chase Palm Park, that features the weekly Arts & Crafts Show. Each Sunday local artisans gather to share their latest wares. The Chase Palm Park is also the Skater's Point.

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    Land and Sea Tour

    by cnango Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    Take a tour on board the "Land Shark" amphibious vehicle. Designed specifically for the tourist industry it can drive on both land and sea and does. The 90 minute narrated tour starts at Stearns Wharf and drives past scenic and historical landmarks in Santa Barbara. Then it cruises along the coastline on the water starting and ending at the harbor. You may be lucky and see whales, dolphins or seals.

    Onboard an amphibious vehicle in Santa Barbara
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    Scenic Cliff Drive

    by trvlnurse Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    Drive scenic Cliff Drive, starting at Cabrillo Drive near the harbor, and following the signs all the way to the Arroyo Burro beach then continue on past Hope Ranch. The estates past Arroyo Beach are too "estatish" to be roadside but the palm lined streets that overlook Pacific cliffs are worth the drive.

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    Arts & Craft Show

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    Arts and Craft Show happen to be going on that day and we took a stroll looking and admiring what the local talent created of many wonderful paintings and sculptures. It’s held every Sunday at Cabrillo Boulevard from East of Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez and runs every Sunday and on designated holidays from 10am until dus.

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    Hit the beaches!

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    Santa Barbara boast in having some of the nicest beaches and I must say they do. They were not very crowded that day and they looked pretty darn clean. They do suggest you bring lots of water, sunscreen, and bring shoes or sandals to walk in just incase you come across some oil, ok did I mention this is California still. We still have issues with that and not proud of it! Still, for the most part everyone respects the area and trys to maintain somewhat of a balance with nature the best they can. So please remember to pack up your discards with you!

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    Got Wine?

    by LindaV Updated Mar 3, 2003

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    If your planning a trip to Santa Barbara make time for wine tasting! Santa Barbara houses several really fantastic wineries. Tasting fees are nominal; look to spend $4-7 per person. So if your tastebuds are in the mood for good wine and your spirits are in the mood for fun...check out some of my recommendations.

    Melville Winery
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    Got Wine #2?

    by LindaV Updated Mar 3, 2003

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    This is an addition to my "must visit" wineries...Kahn Winery & Farming are known for their fantastic syrahs but more so they are famous for their age and I'm not talking about the wine. The founders of the Kahn Winery; Andrew Kahn & Christian Garvin are only 28 and 31yrs of age (2003), which is remarkably young for this industry! Beer maybe, but wine??? Take my word they may be young..but they do know wine!

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    Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

    by annk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We passed this park on the way up to the mission, thought it looked interesting, so we stopped. There is a 4.5 acre botanical garden landscaped with native ground covers, trees, shrubs and flowers. There was also a pond filled with waterlillies, koi and turtles

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    Sideways!

    by Marisa79 Written May 6, 2005

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    Drive up the 154 about a half hour and you'll find yourself in some beautiful hills and vineyards. I recommend bringing a map of the wineries; otherwise, you'll end up driving around aimlessly! Sunstone and Firestone are pretty nice, I would avoid Fess Parker - the grounds are pretty but it's very touristy and the tour busses go there.

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    Cold Spring Tavern 1868

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    The plaque reads: In 1868 this tavern was known as "Cold Springs Relay Station". It was the half way stop between "Mattel's Tavern" to the north, and Patrick Kinevan's "Summit House" to the south. In those days sturdy stagecoaches know as "mudwagons" traveled the rugged San Marcos Pass. It was here horses were changed and passengers rested and enjoyed the noon day meal. In 1900 the Doulton family bought the old tavern with its adjoining 40 acres. In 1941 they sold it to the Ovington family whose daughter Audrey Ovington owns it to this day.
    Plaque dedicated August 4, 1993 by
    Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116. Native Sons of the Golden West
    Reina Del Mar Palor No. 126 Native Daughters of the Golden West
    Tierra De Oro Palor No. 204 Native Daughters of the Golden West

    It was also very dangerous road due to the fact that highway robbers frequent this pass. Let alone enduring the bump ride to get to point a and b. What is so unique they have maintained its rustic charm. It is nestle in the moutain and the road can be quite dangerous if your not paying attention.

    The other building on the property has its own history. The Road Gang house was where the Chinese laborers bunked at while the San Marcos turnpike was being built in 1868.

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    View The Setting Sun

    by Pounder73 Written Jun 9, 2003

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    I have spent much time up and down the California Coast, mainly between Orange Co and SF. There has to be something said for the sunsets in SB. Maybe because I basically lived on the ocean for those years, I was a witness to many fabulous spectacles of the sun fading over the horizon. While you are here, take the time out, and go to the beach, preferably one facing West, not South, and enjoy. (Sands / Devereaux – off the beaten path is a good one - or Lizards Mouth in the mountains)

    View from Sand Deverouex Beach
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    Ojai Jail 1873

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    Ojai jail was built by then Constable Andrew Van Curen in 1873. When the town replaced Van Curen, he wouldn't let them keep the wooden jail. So they replaced it with a concrete bunker built in 1920 that sits in Libby Park in Ojai still. This wooden jail is located at Cold Springs Tavern. Located towards the back off the patio of the restaurant building.

    Inside the Treasure N Trash building is some wonderful newpaper articles of the history of the building and the people who have owned it. Some neat photos too!

    Inside the jail Treasure n Trash
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    Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge ~Wells Fargo 30

    by Yaqui Written Nov 27, 2011

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    While on our little adventure from the tavern, we noticed these signs, so we followed one. It lead us to a spot where you can see the underbelly of the Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge and to a sign that explained a little bit of the history.

    It says: Old Stagecoach Route 1860-1901
    This old stagecoach road was used by all traffic until the Cold Springs Arches Bridge was built in 1963.

    Sponsored by
    Well Fargo Bank, Goleta Beautiful, Goleta Historial Society, City & County of Santa Barbara, De La Guerra y Pacheco Chapter 15 E Clampus Vitus and Other Friends.

    Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge is the 5th longest span arch bridge of a supporting deck in the world. It also is know for some fatal attraction, so hopfully they will find a way to fix that soon.

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    Santa Barbara Harbor

    by Yaqui Written Nov 27, 2011

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    There are a couple of restaurants here such as Brophy's Bros, Chucks Waterfront Grill and the Maritime Museum. Other than that it is mostly where the boats slips are, but it has a wonderful walking path you can stroll along to see the beautiful ocean all the wonderful boats or yachts. You can catch that water taxi from here and will take you to Stern's Wharf or back to here.

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    Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    Located down in Santa Barbara's Harbor is the Maritime Museum. It was closed by the time we got to the harbor, but I am sure it is neat. I love places like this. Museums like these are a treasure to their commuities and the education of our young.

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