Santa Barbara Voted Top Cycling City in California!

Participants in the “Two-Wheel Town Hall Bike Ride” get ready to pedal in Solvang on Wednesday.

According to an article written by Nick Welsh of the Santa Barbara Independent “The City of Santa Barbara ranked first in all California cities when it comes to bicycle ridership for both commuting and recreation, bicycle safety, demographic breadth of ridership, and infrastructure improvements on the way.”

“The ranking was issued by PeopleForBikes, a bicycle advocacy organization made up of major players in the bicycle industry. Santa Barbara got an overall score of 3.1 for the year 2019, up from 1.9 the year before. Typically, the City of Davis has long dominated most surveys on bicycle-accessible cities, but ranking ahead of Davis this year were Ventura, Lompoc, Goleta, Santa Maria, Carpinteria, and Buellton.”

Click Here to read the full article to learn more about the recent summit and newly proposed bike paths! 

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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Have you explored Santa Barbara’s incredible bike trails?

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Santa Barbara is an absolute paradise with a combination of world-class scenery and some of the best weather climates in the world, so why not spend your days outdoors viewing the city from your bicycle seat?

These trails and paths are definitely something to check out if you are visiting. Click Here

Cycling Santa Barbara

Cycle into a Santa Barbara summer with this iconic bicycle route, right along Cabrillo Boulevard.

Posted by Visit Santa Barbara on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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Top 5 Restaurants in Montecito














My Favorite Montecito Restaurants….

1. Cava Restaurant & Bar Have is a great restaurant with an inviting ambiance and staff. From the minute you walk in the door, the staff is friendly and the amazing fresh chips and salsas hit your table! Inside is lovely and the patio is great and social as you watch life as it goes on Coast Village Road. It is difficult to recommend something specific on the menu because I have had so many different things and they are all AMAZING! The garlic shrimp appetizer is fantastic, the ceviche’ is so fresh and light, the tomato basil quesadilla is delicious, I could go on…the food is worth the visit! As for drinks- Cava serves many local wines at reasonable prices (which is rare to find in Montecito) Also if you like spicy- give their spicy margarita a try! Pop in for the generous happy hour from 4-6.

2. Little Alex’s Mexican Grill Little Alex’s is great for a quick bite at an affordable price (most things are under $10) The food is so fresh and made right as you watch. I usually call in my order and take it to go but there is indoor and outdoor seating there as well. The nachos put all other nachos to shame but better if you are eating there so they don’t get soggy. The steak fajita burrito, the ensalada pollo, and the soup are my personal favorite dishes to order.

3. Montecito Wine Bistro Wine Bistro has a cozy atmosphere with low lights and fireplace, the back patio also has a fireplace and heaters for chilly nights, and the front patio offers a seat in the sun on a beautiful day…whatever the weather, you will find the right seat. Great Happy Hour from 4-6PM (I believe the food is offered at Happy hour prices until 8 at the bar.) The ahi bites are great and the pizza’s are a good deal. Also, they have a great children’s menu. My favorite dishes are the risotto, the butternut squash pizza, Kobe meatloaf and meatballs, and the Chicken Piccata.

4. The Honor Bar Good vibe inside and out. A great place to meet friends for lunch, dinner or just a drink. One drawback is that they have a very small indoor space with no tables for parties over 4 people. Outdoor patio is nice and tables have built in heaters to warm your lap on a cool day. Honor Bar has a very small menu but the food they do have is really good. I love the Dings Crispy Sandwich, the steak salad and the deviled eggs. Also, the fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice is amazing.

5. Giovanni’s Pizza Montecito Giovanni’s Pizza right on Coast Village Road has incredible pizza and salads. The pizza is a medium crust with a huge amount of cheese and toppings. I always get it to go but I have to admit it is much better if you eat it there. Sometimes because of the cheese and toppings the crust can get a little soggy on the drive home. If you eat it at the restaurant the crust is crispy and delicious. Ambiance is what you would expect of a pizza parlor and there are a couple games for the kids to play.

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 9:56 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Activities, Food | Tagged , , , ,

Farmers Market 6 Days a Week!












Good day to you all,

As a reminder I wanted to let you all know about the wonderful local Farmers Market we have here in Santa Barbara six days a week! Wherever you find yourself in town there is usually one nearby. Just take a look below for the schedule.

Saturday: 8:30am-1:00pm

Corner of Santa Barbara Street and Cota Streets in Santa Barbara

Sunday: 10am-2:00pm

In Goleta – corner of Storke and Hollister; 7004 Marketplace Dr., inside the Camino Real Shopping Center

Tuesday: 4:00pm-7:30pm

Santa Barbara between 500 and 600 blocks of State Street

Wednesday: 2:30pm-6:30pm

In Solvang – Copenhagen Drive and First Street

Thursday: 3:00pm-6:30pm

In Carpinteria – 800 block of Linden Ave.

Friday: 8:00am-11:15am

In Montecito – 1100 & 1200 blocks of Coast Village Road

For more information you can visit the local market website at

#farmersmarket #santabarbara #goleta #montecito #carpinteria #solvang

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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