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Category Archives: Features

House of Clues is a Great Escape From the Ordinary

by lesliedinaberg on August 30, 2017

Escape room games are super popular and Santa Barbara finally has its own one-of-a-kind venue: the House of Clues, 629 N. Salsipuedes St., 805/229-9179, TheHouseofClues.net. Co-owners Assel Abdrakhmanova and Oscar Zevalos (they also have a third partner, Whitman Heining) were designing props and sets for themed events and escape rooms for outside clients when they decided to create their […]

First Person: Sullivan Goss Gallery’s Nathan Vonk

by lesliedinaberg on July 17, 2017

Preserving the Legacy, Embracing the Future By Leslie Dinaberg The link between Burning Man’s annual bacchanal festivities and Sullivan Goss Gallery’s 30-plus-year legacy of celebrating important 19th-, 20th– and 21st-century American art may seem tenuous, but it was a visit to Burning Man that first sparked Nathan Vonk’s interest in art and the friends he […]

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 […]

Angel Oak at the Bacara

by lesliedinaberg on October 4, 2016

Angel Oak, which recently opened at Bacara Resort & Spa, is a heavenly new addition to the local fine dining scene. First of all, the restaurant is beautiful. The open-air design takes full advantage of the oceanfront views, with each of the 162 seats from the dining room and bar ensured a view of the Pacific Ocean. The […]

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, palmsprings.hyatt.com), where I stayed […]

Cocktail Corner: Calivore Spirits

by lesliedinaberg on October 1, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  I had the opportunity to sample some spirits with Aaron Bergh this week, the “President & Commander-in-Mischief” of Calivore Spirits, a new California born and bred business specializing in regionally made liquor. Bergh started his venture just a few years ago as a Cal Poly […]

Welcome to Jennabunkport

by lesliedinaberg on September 21, 2016

Writer Jenna McCarthy’s she shack is 140 square feet of home office heaven. By Leslie Dinaberg Living—and working—in a 100-year-old farmhouse certainly has its charms, but as her children grew bigger and houseguests came and went, writer Jenna McCarthy (Everything’s Relative, The Parent Trip, Lola Knows a Lot) longed for, as Virginia Woolf once wrote,”a room […]

Local Lowdown: Let There Be Light!

by lesliedinaberg on May 4, 2016

LightWorks: Isla Vista Illuminates a Vibrant Community By Leslie Dinaberg The parks and streets of Isla Vista will pulse with artistic spirit on May 19-21, when LightWorks: Isla Vista comes to life. This exciting series of temporary installations and performances that transform the parks of Isla Vista into illuminated evening spaces, engaging existing underutilized spaces […]

Restoring Ranchito Bendito: An Edwards and Plunkett Classic

by lesliedinaberg on November 1, 2015

ranchito-bendito-montecito-magazine-article_fall-winter2010 This story was originally published in Montecito Magazine in Winter 2010.

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig

by lesliedinaberg on October 19, 2015

This retrospective exhibition, the first in 90 years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects, who happen to be husband and wife. James Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency—even precocity, given his age—completed […]