Love gives meaning to our lives but, at the same time, sometimes terrifyingly, love makes us vulnerable, as if the outmost layer of our skin has been peeled away.
-Joyce Carol Oates

Category Archives: travel

A Day Away: The Oaks at Ojai

by lesliedinaberg on March 31, 2017

Looking for a bit of spring cleaning for the mind, body and soul? The Oaks at Ojai (122 E. Ojai Ave.) is a great place to refresh and recharge your spirit any time of the year. I had a girlfriend getaway for a few days last fall and was pleasantly surprised and charmed at every […]

A Day Away: Palm Springs

by lesliedinaberg on October 3, 2016

By Leslie Dinaberg A recent quest to experience “two sides of the desert” has convinced me that the Palm Springs area has something for just about everyone to enjoy. I began my adventure in the heart of the city at Hyatt Palm Springs (285 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760/322-9000,, where I stayed […]

A Day Away: Catalina Island

by lesliedinaberg on June 19, 2015

Living in a world-class vacation destination like Santa Barbara has a bounty of blissful benefits, but sometimes it’s still nice to get out of town for a bit. Here are a few favorite spots that are less than a day away from home. Catalina Island This beautiful getaway—just 22 miles off the coast of Southern […]

A Day Away: King of the Road

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2015

Roger Miller sang about “trailers for sale or rent,” but if he were writing that old ditty today, “King of the Road” would surely include a chorus about the Bowlus Road Chief. Billed as “the world’s most advanced luxury travel trailer,” the Bowlus Road Chief was engineered by Hawley Bowlus in the 1930s (the same […]

Local Lowdown | Everybody’s Doing the Localmotion!

by lesliedinaberg on November 25, 2014

By Leslie Dinaberg Planes, trains and automobiles may bring people to town, but when you get here, Santa Barbara has loads of ways to locomote your way around. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, it’s easy to step off the gas and take a vacation from your car with Santa Barbara Car Free’s ( discounts […]

Take the Train South to Santa Barbara and save on Amtrak and other SB Car Free Experiences

by lesliedinaberg on August 20, 2014

Did you know you can take the Amtrak Coast Starlight south to Santa Barbara—and enjoy what USA Today says “still qualifies as one of the longest ocean-view train rides in America?” Save 15% on your train ticket, then show your ticket for special Car Free experiences in Santa Barbara. Start the journey to Santa Barbara […]

José Eber Salon Opens at the Biltmore

by lesliedinaberg on April 2, 2014

Beverly Hills glamour has a new home on the American Riviera with opening of José Eber Salon at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara last week. A world renowned stylist known for his iconic personal style, Eber has tended to Hollywood’s most famous tresses for four decades in Beverly Hills and now has a unique second […]

“The Bachelor” Wedding Comes to The Biltmore Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on January 16, 2014

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara will be live in primetime on January 26, when “THE BACHELOR: SEAN AND CATHERINE’S WEDDING,” airs, featuring former Bachelor Sean Lowe and fiancée Catherine Giudici in a live telecast of their nuptials. The program airs live on Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. on ABC. This will mark the first […]

Cocktail Corner: Ocean Vodka Makes a Splash With Great Taste, Organic Practices

by lesliedinaberg on December 7, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | A little bit of the ocean came with my family to the desert last week, when I brought a bottle of Ocean Vodka on vacation to Palm Springs. This craft distillery—which recently announced its expansion into rums, whiskies, bourbons and organic liqueurs and is sold locally at […]

Savoring the Central Coast

by lesliedinaberg on September 20, 2013

By Leslie Dinaberg Spend a gorgeous September weekend sampling the best of the best from winemakers, celebrity chefs, brew masters, fishermen and artisanal food producers who call the Central Coast home. Not to mention two nights in the beautiful Seacrest oceanfront hotel in Pismo Beach. It’s a tough job, but somebody had to do it, […]