Travel Style: Barbara McNally

Barbara McNally

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Barbara McNally Occupation: Founder of Mother Lover Fighter Sage foundation and author of “Unbridled: A Memoir” Hometown: Coronado, California Residence: San Diego, […]

Santa Barbara dog parks and dog-friendly trails

Dog-friendly Santa Barbara

If you and your dog are visiting Santa Barbara and want to venture beyond the lovely beach at the Four Seasons Biltmore, here are some great options: Arroyo Burro Beach Park, 2981 Cliff Drive: On and off leash.  Locals call it Hendry’s Beach, and dogs call it heaven.  Self-service dog washing stations available. Rincon Park […]

Duncan’s 10 reasons to stay at the Santa Barbara Biltmore

The Biltmore Hotel

A DOG’S EYE VIEW  When friends from the East coast recently told me that they’d be staying at Santa Barbara’s Four Seasons Biltmore, I turned to my Labrador, Duncan, and said, “Road trip.” Here are some reasons you, too, should consider taking your dog to this world-famous hotel. 1. Duncan would tell you that the […]

Dog-friendly spots in Santa Barbara


Here are some places that the Four Seasons Biltmore recommends: The Natural Café, 508 State Street:  Good for your health and your pocketbook  Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, 516 State Street:  California bistro cuisine designed to compliment the wines of local Lafond Vineyards. Pierre Lafond Montecito Wine Bistro, 516 San Ysidro Road: More casual, just as […]

Ojai, California


There must be something in the water. I wasn’t expecting much from Ojai. It’s part farm town and part artist colony. I was thinking Ojai would feel like one giant nap. But like I said, there must be something in the water, because Ojai turned out to be alive with creative energy, an epicurean adventure […]

Santa Barbara: A Weekend Escape to the Beach and Vineyards

Beautiful Santa Barbara

Most people living in Los Angeles have visited Santa Barbara at least once. Either they went as a child for a weekend of family fun on the beach, as a college student to partake in the party scene in Isla Vista (where the University of California at Santa Barbara is located), as adults for a […]

Halloween in Santa Barbara

By Ben Brown: The Experience in a Nutshell I am walking down Del Playa Street, clothed in long pants, a wife beater, and a large Star of David Necklace. It is a shame I’m not allowed to bring my baseball bat outside, then my Bear Jew costume would be complete. Thankfully it is no matter. […]

Santa Barbara


I was booked to speak on a social media panel for the Santa Barbara CVB conference. The program took place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, which was neat to tour around inside and out. FYI: The other panelists were Gabe Saglie (Travelzoo), Al Bonowitz (Hawaii Westways), Eric Hiss (Wandermelon), Jen Murphy (Food […]