From Hands-Off to Hands-On

From Hands-Off to Hands-On

The Magic Of  Central Coast Kids’ Museums
By Tiobe Barron

If you have small humans in your life, you know they can be seemingly bottomless fonts of energy and curiosity. Playgrounds and parks can be wonderful habitats for kids to burn off steam and develop social and motor skills, but another option to encourage play and a sense of wonder is to visit a children’s museum.

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Connecting the Central Coast to the World

Connecting the Central Coast to the World

By Tiobe Barron

Radio: since its inception in the early 19th century, it has been a medium that connects, informs, and even comforts during times of upheaval. In the 1930s, families in the United States would gather around “the wireless” to listen to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, gleaning important goings-on of the time. As well, it united and engaged in a way that included those previously disenfranchised by print media, such as those who could not read or were sight-impaired. Important local and national events, everything from boxing matches to elections, were experienced communally in this way, united by radio broadcasts.

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Los Olivos

Los Olivos

Where The Old West Meets The Modern
By Bennett Barthelemy

Los Olivos sits just two miles south of the 101 freeway along Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley. The name — the olives in Spanish — comes from the 5,000 olive trees that were planted there some 150 years back. Today, the town of around 800 residents boasts about 20 wine tasting rooms, a cidery, a brew pub, upscale boutique shops, and high-caliber restaurants, all packed into just a few blocks. Many of the area’s businesses are still owned by local families, with no chain stores in sight. While strolling the streets lined with historic Victorian buildings, you can’t help but notice the wholesome downhome feel with its character and charm of Western yesteryear meets 21st century affluence.

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Santa Barbara Backroads

Santa Barbara Backroads

The Chumash Highway, SR 154
By Bennett Barthelemy

The first car over the San Marcos Pass is said to have travelled the steep switchbacks in 1910.

Today, it is the summit of the Chumash Highway — a two-lane alternative to Highway 101 between Santa Barbara and Los Olivos.

Horse teams and stagecoaches worked the route after Chinese laborers had hacked out a wide enough path in the early 1860s. Officially dubbed SR-154 in 1964, it was hewn out of a Chumash network of trails traversed by countless feet over some 10,000 years, connecting village sites, springs, rock art panels, and other important points in this small corner of Chumash land.

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Sandpiper Golf Club

Sandpiper Golf Club

By The Unknown Golfer

If you are looking for a terrific winter golf outing in Santa Barbara County, look no further than the Sandpiper Golf Course. Sandpiper is situated right off Highway 101 for easy access and let me tell you, this course will not disappoint. Any avid golfer must play this course, which literally sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

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