Endless Amusement in the Presidio Neighborhood

Endless Amusement in the Presidio Neighborhood

With its everlasting summers and picturesque landscapes,

By Zachary Rosen

Santa Barbara is one of the Central Coast’s most popular tourist towns. The combination of stunning scenery and loads of activities, shopping, and dining keeps bringing visitors back. Over the years, new hot spots have popped up in town like the artsy Funk Zone, but for more than 100 years El Presidio has been a social and cultural center of Santa Barbara. And today it remains as active as ever. The neighborhood is filled with boutique shops and popular eateries in a historic setting that tells of Santa Barbara’s roots. While there is a lot to see in the area, it is hard not to spend all day, or even a weekend, around the Presidio.

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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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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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Cannabis Experiences Bloom  on the Central Coast

Cannabis Experiences Bloom on the Central Coast

By Barbara Verde

Cannabis is stepping out in high style on the Central Coast After years of enjoying voter-approved recreational consumption status or 21+ adults, upscale cannabis experiences are beginning to beckon in a region already known for fine wine-making and phenomenal foodie delights. Some might say the Central Coast is the perfect place for cannabis tourism to bloom.

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