Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley
Wow, it seems like summer just started and it’s already time to think about going back to school. Have no fear – there is still plenty of summer fun here in the Santa Ynez Valley! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang will make the last days of summer the best. There is so much to do that you just might want to schedule a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez this August. With wine tasting, summer outdoor activities, and plenty of fun family options, we’re here to help you get the most out of your summer.
Head out to the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard in Los Olivos on Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 to celebrate the birthday weekend of Fess Parker with wine and fun.
Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
2017 Revisiting Vintage 2009 Tasting Event: This year guests will taste wines from a single fantastic vintage, 2009 including Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Clone 115 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah and Crockett.  Tickets are $50 for Wine Club members, and $75 for a limited number of Wine Club member guests.
Movie Night – “Davy Crockett – King of the Wild Frontier”: Settle in for the evening on the lawn and under the stars! Food and wine will be available to purchase. The evening starts with music by Drive-In Romeos playing their rocking rhythm and blues. Tickets are $20 per person, and $10 for kids 12 and under.  All ticket sale profits will be donated to Old Yeller Ranch Rescue, a 501c3 dedicated to rescuing dogs that have run out of shelter time.
Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
Don’t Forget! August is the last month for wine tasting using the Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Enjoy 14 samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.
Mark your calendar for these August events in Santa Ynez Valley:
Here are some last-minute summer fun activities you and your family can enjoy during your Augustvacation to Santa Ynez Valley:
  • Solvang Third Wednesday: August 16. Solvang sponsors a special celebration to walk, shop, wine and dine. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, special discounts at local merchants, a farmers market, 3-course meal deals at local restaurants, music in the park and more.
  • Solvang Festival Theater: “Newsies The Musical” runs from ThuSanta Ynez Summer Vacationrsday, July 27 through Sunday, August 20. The Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon tells the story of a band of underdogs who take on the most powerful names in New York in a fight for what’s right. “Twelfth Night” runs from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, September 10. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Shakespeare’s laugh-filled play combines low pranks with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with sublime poetry and exquisite songs.
  • Bobby Brown and Tony, Toni Tone Live on Stage: Friday, August 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m. at Chumash Casino Resort. Tickets are $55, $65, and $75.
  • In the Vineyard & On the Farm: Saturday, August 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe’s local farm. Dine with the winemaker, chef, and farmer at this annual farm-to-table event. The afternoon begins with passed hors d’oeuvres on the lawn. Guests can take tours to learn more about the organic vineyard and Cafe Farm. Chef Chris Joslyn will prepare a three-course dinner from freshly picked Cafe Farm produce and a main course with meat from a local ranch. Tickets are $125 per person, including tax and gratuity for this not-for-profit fundraising event for the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community. Tickets sell out each year, so make reservations now.
  • Cachuma Lake Summer Wildlife Cruises: Through October. Friday, 3-5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-Noon & 3-5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-Noon. Park Naturalists guide you on a 2-hour lake cruise aboard a 30-passenger pontoon boat. Cachuma Lake is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants. In summer, wildflowers spangle the hills, resident birds can be seen displaying and building nests, and fawns appear with does. Adults $15, Kids $10 – ages 5-12, no children under 5.
Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

    • 13th Annual Wheels ‘n Windmills Car Show: August 26, 2017. Car enthusiasts will love this local charity vintage car show. A new GM Performance Parts V8 engine will be raffled off during the Car Show Awards Ceremony.
    • Movies in the ParkFree family entertainment. The fun begins at 7:30; movies begin at dark. Popcorn and hot chocolate for sale, $1 each. August 4 – Star Wars: Rogue One and August 18 – The Jungle Book at Solvang Park. August 11 – Mary Poppins at Buellton Oak Park.
    • Free Live Concerts in Solvang ParkConcerts run from 5-8 p.m., and include edible treats for purchase. August 2, T-Bone Ramblers (Classic Rock), August 9, David Yarnell (Country/Easy Listening), August 11 (Friday), LiveWire (Classic Rock), and August 16, Cuesta Ridge (Progressive Bluegrass) – this is also a Solvang 3rd Wednesday evening.
    • Music Under the Stars: Recurring event on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Vineyard House on Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez. Reservations suggested! August 2 Steve Ochoa Trio, August 9 Off The Grid Unplugged, August 16 Wine Country Jazz, August 23 T-Bone Ramblers and August 30 Steve Ochoa Trio.
IT’S COMING!!! The countdown is on for our annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17. Overall admission is free, but individual events require tickets: Saturday and/or Sunday morning Æbleskiver Breakfasts, and the “Dane For A Day” VIP Package. Get your tickets now, while they last!
Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in August! 
 Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
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Top Reasons to Spend June in the Santa Ynez Valley

June weekend getaway in Santa Ynez

According to the song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel, “June is bustin’ out all over!” That is so true right here in Santa Ynez Valley that we don’t know if one month can even hold all the fun we have in store! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang have put together some great activities to get your summer off to a rollicking start. We’ve got reasons galore for you to schedule a June weekend getaway in Santa Ynez.

Summer PassOne of the things people like to do most on a visit to Santa Ynez Valley is enjoy samples of some of the local wines, but that can be difficult to accomplish in just one weekend. That’s why the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association is offering The Summer Pass. Take your time and enjoy samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.

And don’t miss the Solvang Third Wednesday celebration on June 21. This is a day to walk, shop, wine and dine – all in the village of Solvang:

  • Participating Solvang wine tasting rooms, wine bars and beer bars offer a special discounted tasting opportunity with the Solvang 3rd Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk (3-7p.m.), where you can enjoy 2 tastings at 5 places of your choice, for just $20 per person.
  • Participating Solvang merchants offer 3rd Wednesday deals on merchandise and the Solvang Farmers Market offers freshly-harvested produce and gourmet goods.
  • Select Solvang restaurants feature a special 3-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu. The 3-course menus include ingredients sourced straight from the Market.
  • Since it is the “longest day of the year,” we’ll be celebrating “Midsommer Musik” with free, live music throughout the Village of Solvang, from 12 noon to 12 midnight.
But wait, there is more!
Dads, Grads, Olives and More June Activities in Santa Ynez Valley
There are plenty of fun events in Santa Ynez Valley all month long, but don’t miss these special June activities in the Santa Ynez Valley:
  • Three Cheers for Dad! Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, but instead of another tie this year why not spoil dad with a trip to Santa Ynez Valley? What does he like to do most? Whether he enjoys beer, wine, great food, golf, biking, hiking, gaming, or just spending time with his loving family, we can make it all happen right here.
  • Congratulate the Graduate! If your amazing student is graduating from high school or college, bring him or her to Santa Ynez Valley for a celebration weekend. We can hook you up with some great family adventures like horseback riding, hot air ballooning, or even soaring.  
  • Father’s Day “BBQ-Out-Back”: Follow the Father’s Day BBQ signs to The Bear and Star’s back garden for a casual and social barbecue picnic experience. Guests will enjoy a “down home” cooked meal prepared from our 30′ custom reverse-flow Texas smoker and view the tender meats and treats coming hot off the grill. Musical artist Colby Lee Huston will perform throughout the day in the back garden. No reservations are accepted for this event and seating is unreserved group seating at picnic-style tables. The Bear and Star will also be serving our complete fresh ranch menu on Father’s Day for lunch and dinner in the restaurant. More info here.
  • Community Day At Wildling Museum: Free admission day to the Wildling Museum. You can see current exhibits, shop the gift store, buy work by the feature local artist and get creative at the drop-in art activity. A fun family event. (All day on Wednesday June 21st, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463, Free admission, Call (805) 686-8315) more info here.
  • Let the Romance Begin! We can’t tell you how many people fall in love in the Santa Ynez Valley. With our balmy days, romantic nights, and welcoming communities, it’s hard not to. Whether you’re new to a relationship, getting engaged, getting married, going on a honeymoon, or celebrating an anniversary, this is the place to be. We’re here to help plan a joyous bachelorette party, an elegant wedding at one of the local vineyards or venues, or the most romantic honeymoon ever.
  • Old Santa Ynez Day is a fun-raising day for local schools. Join us June 10 for this long-standing day of festivities in downtown Santa Ynez featuring a parade, booths, food and FUN. Organized by Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge #2640.
  • Enjoy the Sport of Kings: The 6th Annual SYV Polo Classic returns to Piocho Ranch at Happy Canyon Vineyard in Santa Ynez on June 24. All guests are invited to dress for the occasion, with creative hats for the ladies encouraged. At the conclusion of the featured match, an awards ceremony is conducted at midfield for guests to gather, mingle with the players, and view the presentation of awards.
  • The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cooking Demo and Lunch – Saturday, June 10th, Noon – 2:00 The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves to camp in style and enjoys delicious food prepared in the great outdoors. And now the Gourmet Girls, as well as Buttonwood’s own Gourmet Girl At Large (Seyburn Zorthian) will take you on a virtual campout under the beautiful Buttonwood trees. See the demo, taste the results and pair with estate grown wines. Ticket price includes lunch with wine and a copy of the cookbook, which the Gourmet Girls will be happy to sign.
  • Movies in the Park – Friday, June 16, at Buellton Oak Park, 401 Sycamore Drive, Buellton. Friday, June 23, at Solvang Park, corner of Mission Drive & First Street, Solvang. Fun starts at 7:30pm. Movies start at dark. Fun for the whole family with fresh popcorn and hot chocolate. Bring a blanket or chairs. Call (805) 688-PLAY for showings.
Movies in the Park
  • The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the enchanting “Beauty and the Beast” at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from June 15 through July 2, 2017. You’ll be swept away in this “tale as old as time.” The Broadway musical tells the story of Belle, who feels trapped in a provincial town, and a prince who is trapped under the spell of an enchantress in the form of a Beast. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be returned to his former self. If not, he and his household will be doomed for all time. There is a Father’s Day Special happening on Sunday, June 18. Take Dad to the theatre and enjoy 25% off the adult single ticket.. Order online and use coupon code BEAUTY18 (no limit).
The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the enchanting “Beauty and the Beast”
Just when you’ve caught your breath from June, it’s time to start thinking ahead. Make plans now to celebrate the 4th of July with us, and don’t forget the annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17.
Danish Days
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Memorial Weekend Hotel Room Specials

emorial Weekend Hotel Room Specials

Dear Readers,

Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us, and The Eagle Inn would like to take a moment to honor the fallen soldiers who fought so bravely for this beautiful country. The Eagle Inn would be extremely proud to have all former and current veterans visit us on Memorial Day weekend, so we are offering a special on our standup paddling lessons or harbor kayaking to anyone with a military ID. Enjoy either of these activities for $89 on this year’s sunny Memorial Day weekend.

A somber holiday in its conception and tradition, Memorial Day has evolved as a holiday that we often spend with the family outside around the grill, but before you get the charcoal and lighter fluid out, The Eagle Inn would like to take a moment to revisit the history of the holiday. Inspired by our soldiers’ dedication and bravery, we would like to honor them by remembering the importance of the holiday.

Never Forget: There are over a quarter million soldiers buried in Arlington Cemetery with an average of 28 burials a day. We will never forget their sacrifices.

Moment of Silence: In 2000 Congress passed a law requiring all Americans to drop what they are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day to honor our fallen soldiers. You can be certain all of us at The Eagle Inn will be paying our respect at that time.

Old Glory: Remember on Memorial Day it is tradition to fly the flag at half-staff until noon and then raise it to full staff in the afternoon.

Veteran’s Day vs Memorial Day: Often the two are confused. Veteran’s Day honors all US military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives while serving.

A United Country: Memorial Day wasn’t the original name of the holiday. It was Dedication Day, and it began after the Civil War to honor those who died.

Costly Price: We lost 620,000 soldiers during the Civil War. That’s more than WWI, WWII, and the Korean War combined. The high death toll was a result of Americans fighting on both sides of the war.

We would be inspired and honored to have any current and former soldier visit us on Memorial Day weekend. Rooms and activities book up fast on the holiday weekend, so give us a call at (805) 965-3586 or contact us online by clicking here.

Bring your military ID and receive special offers and discounts. Whether you’re looking for a room, fun activities, a beachside location or restaurants, The Eagle Inn will help you plan the perfect vacation in Santa Barbara.

Download our complimentary Santa Barbara Vacation Guide, “101 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara,” for some not-to-miss Santa Barbara fun. Visit our website at or call 805-965-3586 today to make hotel reservations.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from The Eagle Inn!

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Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Barbara:  

Memorial Day Celebration: Join the Veterans Coordinating Council to honor the sacrifice of American military members. Lunch will be provided. (Monday May 29th at 12:30 pm. 112 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Call 455-5259)

Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & Library: This Memorial Day, join the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in remembrance of those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our country. The ceremony will include a patriotic program featuring the Santa Barbara Choral Society, bagpipers, and keynote speech from featured guest, Captain Charlie Plumb.

iMadonnari Street Painting Festival: Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images.

Scuba Diving Trips: California scuba diving in the kelp forests around the Channel Islands and Big Sur is a unique and different experience for divers more accustomed to tropical waters. This is a recurring event happening daily, located at Truth Aquatics, Inc.

Taste of Santa Barbara Food Walking Tour: Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm Santa Barbara Tasting Tours offers intimate food walking tours in downtown Santa Barbara and gives guests an up close and personal look into the local food scene and the history of the area.

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Hop Over To The Eagle Inn For Easter Vacation

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Happy Easter From The Eagle Inn

It’s time to hop on over to The Eagle Inn for a wonderful Easter vacation! Our beachside hotel will make your spring and Easter celebrations special with some of the best hotel rooms in Santa Barbara. Located in the popular West Beach neighborhood, the Eagle Inn is a comfortable boutique bed and breakfast hotel by the water.

To get you excited about a trip to our cozy Santa Barbara inn, we’ve included a list of some Easter activities to enjoy. Plus, we’ll also give you a special deal on stand up paddle lessons – something the whole family will love! If you’re just making Easter plans now, check our last minute Santa Barbara hotel deals – you’ll find discounts of 10% or 15% off our most popular room options.


Top Easter Activities in Santa Barbara

Here are activities you and your family can enjoy in Santa Barbara this Easter:

  1. The Great Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 10:00a.m.-12:00noon at Elings Park. The softball fields will be transformed into a colorful sea of 15,000 candy filled eggs. There will also be activities including a bounce house, face painting, music and complimentary Starbucks coffee.
  2. EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department presents a fun search for candy and prize-filled eggs in the park. EGGstravaganza will take place in two park locations: Chase Palm Park and Bohnett Park. Attendance is free, open to children up to and including age eight.
  3. Vineyard Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery. Over 2,000 eggs are hidden in the garden surrounding this vineyard tasting room. Eggs are filled with candy for the kids and some special prizes for their parents. Secure your tickets early.
  4. Santa Barbara’s Easter Service: At the Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Sunday, April 16 at 9:00a.m. Service features live music, children’s area, refreshments, and a message of hope. Guest speaker is best-selling author, Nick Vujicic.
  5. Celebrate Easter with Bubbles: Sunday, April 16 from 12:00noon-7:00 p.m. at Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Celebrate Easter with a flight ‘Fesstivity’ of sparkling wines including Fess Parker’s Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée, and Blanc de Noirs.
  6. Chef Weston Presents Easter Brunch: Sunday, April 16 from 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. “Spring renewal” is the theme of this brunch menu featuring local ingredients and hand-crafted breads.
  7. Celebrate Easter at The Lark: Sunday, April 16 from 5-10 p.m. Executive Chef Jason Paluska presents spring market specials, in addition to The Lark’s dinner menu.
  8. Easter Champagne Brunch: Sunday, April 16 from 10am-3pm at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. This culinary celebration features serving stations including made-to-order omelets, a carving station, local seafood, pasta, salads, and decadent desserts.

Take advantage of our special deal for stand up paddle lessons – just $89! The group launches from the beach, paddling past boats, through the historic wharf, under the pier, out to buoys, and along the beach, seeking wildlife and fun.

Of course there are many year-round activities in Santa Barbara you won’t want to miss. Download our complimentary Santa Barbara Vacation Guide, “101 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara,” for some not-to-miss Santa Barbara fun. Visit our website at or call 805-965-3586 today to make Easter hotel reservations.

Happy Easter from The Eagle Inn!

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Want a great gift idea?  Show your appreciation for a friend or co-worker with an Eagle Inn Gift Card. Click here to order a gift certificate using our online system, or to do it by phone, call us at (805) 965-3586 and place your order.



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We have a selection of delicious packages to choose from. Each is unique and offers a different way to make the most of your amorous time at the Eagle Inn. Enhance the feeling of pampered opulence by selecting one of our rooms or casitas with a fireplace & double size in-room whirlpool tub. Packages can be reserved during our online reservation process.

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Kibuka Falls – Adventure Into One of Kenya’s Hidden Allures

When people hear of Kenya, they think of lions and elephants and the wildebeest migration. Then they think of the Maasai, the sunny beaches and Mt. Kenya. After that they can think of whatever the media has made them believe to be great about Kenya, but few, if any, have had the pleasure of knowing about, let alone visiting the hidden wonder called Kibuka Falls. From what I learnt from a hydro-mechanical engineer, one of the basic elements about water is that it always finds it level.

The Chinese, with their unending philosophies about nature have found a clever way of expressing this, by stating that even though water is soft, it overcomes any barrier not by fighting it but by going over it. The Latin phrase gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo translates to “a drop makes a hole into a rock, not by force but by constant falling”. These are some of water’s great yet simple attributes, but beyond these there is the issue of cohesive forces and gravitational flow that dictates the flow of water, and here is where my interest lies. This is because Kibuka Falls is one of the places where you will be treated to a natural spectacle of water flowing from almost opposite sides, and then merging and flowing as one.

I remember very well the evening when I was told that I should travel to Kibuka Falls and document it, but as is man’s usual habit, having not heard of it before, and because it is in a very remote area with zero communication network, I gave the issue little thought and digressed to other matters. But the man pressed onto his point, and when I realized how serious he was, I decided to give it a try, and try I did – what I saw, especially that it was during the rainy season left me immersed in wonder and immeasurable pleasure. I will now try to explain the sight, though I certainly deplore my inability to describe it: before draining into River Tana, most of the rivers flowing from Mt. Kenya converge at Kibuka Falls, with multiple waterfalls draining in simultaneously from various directions, the most preeminent stretch bearing over five channels of varying size and volume. The Congo River, which is the deepest and second longest in Africa is also among the most difficult to navigate, most remarkably along the rapids at Inga, but even the difficult navigation at these rapids falls short of that posed by the rocks at Kibuka Falls.

Unlike the conventional tourist attractions of wildlife and mountains which can well be found in many areas, this magnificent river formation bears two waterfalls on almost directly opposite sides, which is in itself an unparalleled fascination, roughly defying the laws of science from a far-off look, but upon closer inspection you find that entropy is very much at play here. The water flows on two levels, at the top of the valley and at the bottom after it has cascaded a perilous bed of rocks, of course by following the path of least resistance. Accessing the water at the top is easy since it is at the same level with the road, but to get to the bottom of the valley you should be prepared to descend an almost endless array of jagged rocks similar to those marking the water’s course, upon which great bodily balance is necessary to make any progress.

Most of our team members, having had enough of accelerated palpitations developed cold feet, but the rest, courting the outrageous and motivated by challenge, advanced on all fours up to a point where our bodies, by impulsive decisiveness refused to move, even though we wanted to get closer to the deafening tumult of abrasion and attrition below the rock which we had so fearfully clambered. With the spray of water droplets reaching me up from twenty feet below, I was within inches of the edge of the precipice when with trembling hands I took only one photo and made my way back, not by turning around but by retreating in a backward manner.

There have been investment talks about the installation of cable cars in the hills surrounding the area, which is a clear indication of the huge tourism potential of this area that is yet to be discovered. It could be that the place has remained unexploited due to its remoteness, but as is with new horizons begetting new frontiers, this is about to change.

Kibuka Falls is an amazing sight to the painter, a fascinating reality to the poet and an enchantment to the free-spirited individual, and one looking for an unusual adventure or family getaway might consider giving it a try. It is reached after extensive travel through ‘stone country’, a natural seamless blend of rock and shrub, comparing almost directly to the artificially established Zen gardens of Japan.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Space Needle

The Space Needle in Seattle is one of the most famous American landmarks, and is the most recognizable building in the State of Washington. Although it is not as tall as other legendary buildings, such as The Empire State Building in New York or Willis Tower in Chicago, the Space Needle sure does inspire awe. In was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair to symbolize the future and technology, and soon became an icon. The first thing you think about when you hear the word “Seattle” is probably the skyline of the city with the Space Needle in the center of it.

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While the Space Needle is known all over the world, there are facts that many don’t know and will probably find quite interesting. Let’s take a look at them!

1. The Needle could be a balloon

The first designs of the building looked like a huge balloon tethered to the ground. It was John Graham, the architect, who introduced the idea of the flying saucer that would become the Space Needle as we see it now.

2. It used to be environmentally unfriendly

During the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the flame burned at the head of the tower to make it look even more spectacular. The natural gas torch was producing ‘the needle of flame’ around 40-50 feet tall. It was using so much fuel it would be enough to heat over a hundred homes. It turned on every 15 minutes serving as a colossal clock for the Fair. After the Fair they decided to use this energy in a better way.

3. It was dirty for 46 years

It was only in 2008 when the Needle was professionally cleaned. It was scrubbed with water with a temperature of 194F degrees and a pressure of 2900 pounds per square inch.

4. Parachutists love it

In 1996 the city authorities allowed the first parachute jump from the Space Needle. But it was long before that when a couple of adrenaline seekers went for an illegal jump in 1975.

5. It gets bigger

It is not a joke. The building actually expands about an inch in a hot weather.

6. Another city tried to buy it

The businessmen of Fife, another Washington city, wanted to buy the Space Needle from its owners, offering them a million dollars, which is not even a quarter of the cost of the project. No wonder, the Space Needle is still in Seattle.

7. Everyone once thought it had fallen

But it was just an April Fool’s Day joke by a local comedy show called Almost Live! They created false photos of the Needle in ruins, and many people in Seattle believed it was true. The NBC had to apologize for this prank and the confusion it had brought.

There are probably a lot more to tell about the Space Needle, but the main fact it is always good just to visit this spectacular building, just like many other interesting places in Seattle.

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A Fun Night: Carol’s Comedy Night at Max’s Restaurant & Cucina

Good food, good times, good laughs, and a good cause…that’s what’s coming to Max’s Restaurant & Cucina on Monday, November 7th.  Show starts at 7:30pm, join us for dinner and enjoy Carol’s Comedy Night.

Get out the Joke!!! Have fun the night before the election !  

Good food, good times, good laughs, and a good cause…that’s what’s coming to Max’s Restaurant & Cucina on Monday, November 7th.  Show starts at 7:30pm, join us for dinner and enjoy Carol’s Comedy Night.

Monday night’s show will feature the fabulous Carol Metcalf and friends for a night of hysterical laughs.  Monday’s lineup includes special guest Karen Rontowski, MC Paul Clay, along with a hilarious cast of the areas finest comics; Mary Alice Spaulding, Justine Sutton, Cat Alvarado and Jim Eaton.

This is an ALL AGES show.  Doors open at 6p.m. with the comedy kicking off at 7:30p.m. Come early and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and hear these funny comedians share perspectives on the election.

If you haven’t made your reservation yet, what are you waiting for? This event is selling out fast. Call 805-898-9121 today to reserve your table. Admission is $10 per person. Grab a group of friends and make a night of it! When dining in Santa Barbara, you can’t go wrong with Max’s. Add in some fabulous entertainment and Monday night never looked better!

Please note that normally we are closed on Monday nights for dinner, this is a special event!

Enter our Facebook contest for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Comedy Show. Share your funniest political joke on Max’s facebook wall.  Winner will be announced Monday afternoon!

#‎ContestAlert‬! How would you like to win a complimentary dinner for 2 on Comedy night Monday Nov 7th!?


Here’s how to enter the contest: 
1. LIKE Max’s Restaurant on Facebook. (
2. SHARE your favorite political joke on Max’s Facebook wall.
3. Winner will be announced Monday afternoon.

Contest closes 11/7/2016. Good luck!  

About Max’s Restaurant & Cucina: Max’s Restaurant is located at 3514 State Street, Santa Barbara, in the Upper State St. area. The Santa Barbara family restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Fine Italian cuisine and home-made Italian pasta are served Tuesday through Saturday evenings, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Visit the website at for complete menu selections. “Like” the Facebook page for news on upcoming dinner specials. Call 805-898-9121 to make reservations.

Special Deals by Santa Barbara Luxury Spa

Give yourself the gift of relaxation this holiday season or treat someone else with a gift certificate. ONE DAY SALE: Buy a $300 Christmas Gift Card and get $100 F-R-E-E

ONE DAY SPECIAL: Buy $300, Get $100 F-R-E-E!

Dear Friends,We’re having a ONE DAY SALE!

Qui Si Bella Spa in Santa Barbara is a luxury eco-wellness spa that offers a variety of massages, facials, scrubs and wraps. Those services as well as serenity rituals, manicures, and pedicures are why Qui Si Bella Spa is often called “Santa Barbara’s Most Comprehensive Spa”. Give yourself the gift of relaxation this holiday season or treat someone else with a gift certificate.

ONE DAY SALE: Buy a $300 Christmas Gift Card and get $100 F-R-E-E   

Take a look at some of the services offered at Qui Si Bella Spa:

MASSAGES: Massages are among the most popular spa services because of the health benefits they provide. Massages help relieve anxiety and headaches. They also aid in easing digestive disorders. Highly trained therapists at Qui Si Bella Spa offer several types of massages. Swedish massages, hot stone massages, and deep tissue massages are among the services provided. These massages and the others can be done in different increments of time to suit your needs.

FACIALS: Facials rejuvenate the skin and help to increase blood flow. This can help skin look younger. The Mediterranean Facial at Qui Si Bella Spa gently exfoliates and hydrates the skin. This facial is good for all skin types, but is especially recommended for mature skin. If you are striving for a youthful glow, The Rainforest Herbs Anti-Aging Facial will help you get it. This facial uses wild plants harvested from the Amazon Rainforest.

GETAWAY PACKAGES: If you’re looking to enjoy more than one service during a visit, then you’ll want to consider a getaway package. Packages consist of massages, wraps, scrubs, and facials. The Famous Coastal Escape includes a relaxing 80 minute Swedish massage and a slimming marine mud wrap. You will also relax in a hydrotherapy bath and aromatherapy crème application. Light spa cuisine is served during this four-hour appointment. Different combinations of treatments are available with other packages.

Qui Si Bella Spa is also a popular place to hold spa parties. Get a group of people together for a birthday, anniversary, or bachelorette party. Qui Si Bella Spa can accommodate up to 25 people. For more information on booking an event, call 805-682-0003 or e-mail

Come visit the staff at Qui Si Bella Spa this holiday season when relaxation is on your wish list.

Happy Holidays from Qui Si Bella Spa!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – December 23, 2016 – The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters at the Dolby Theatre.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 29, 2016 – For a quarter of a century, Mannheim Steamroller has been entertaining audiences for the holiday season. This year The Granada Theatre hosts this Grammy-award winning sensation. Ticket prices range from $34-$93.

New Year’s Eve Brazilian Carnival Party – December 31, 2016: Inspired by the most iconic carnival celebration in the world, Bacara is pleased to present our take on Brazilian carnival. This festive evening includes samba dancers, a DJ, Chef action stations, party favors, a cash bar and a champagne toast. Tickets are $150 per person (includes dinner).

Sammy’s wine tours are the perfect choice for a great wine tasting tour this Christmas.  Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez are home to some of the best wineries in California.

Blush Christmas Dinner Downtown: This year why not try something different and have a Blush Christmas Dinner?  Blush is a cozy restaurant and lounge that will be open on Christmas from noon until 10:00 p.m. You and your guests can sit back and relax while their chefs do all the cooking.

Max’s Restaurant: Treat your Holiday guests to the best breakfast in Santa Barbara! For over 30 years, Max’s Restaurant, located at 3514 State Street, Santa Barbara, in the Upper State St. area, has earned a reputation for the best breakfast in town.


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Have you heard about our new SPA MEMBERSHIPS?

NO yearly commitment required.

Monthly Fee of $70, includes a one-hour massage for the month or upgrade to a facial. Miss a month? No problem the massage credits roll-over so you never lose the opportunity to feel great.

A monthly fee of $85 for facial membership.

  • Membership credit applicable for 50-minute massages
  • Swedish Massage
  • Couple’s Massage

Upgrade to a specialty massage or facial for only $10 more

  • Mediterranean Facial
  • Rainforest Anti-Aging Facial
  • Hot stone massage
  • Sports / Deep Tissue Massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Reflexology

Other great benefits

  • Choose your own monthly payment day to work best with your busy schedule.
  • Spa members receive an additional 15% off all products.

Chrys Huynh

Spa Owner

Qui Si Bella is located inside the LORETO Plaza Shopping Center on the corner of State Street and LAS Positas Road.

3311 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: 805.682.0003

About Qui Si Bella: Qui Si Bella, located at 3311 State Street, is Santa Barbara’s most comprehensive day spa. Personal care services available at the luxury, eco-wellness spa include holistic treatmentsmassageswrapsanti-aging facialsbody detox programs, and Thai massage. Hours are Monday: noon-7p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: 10a.m.-7p.m., and Sunday: 10a.m.-5p.m. Visit the website at“Like” the Facebook page for more information on Santa Barbara spa services. Call 805-682-0003

New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley

The New Year is a time for hope, happiness and celebrations. Visit the Santa Ynez Valley invites you to celebrate the good life in our charming communities. With New Year’s Day on a Sunday this year, we encourage you to take a relaxing weekend vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley. Explore our quaint towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, take in a Santa Ynez Valley wine tour, and festively celebrate the New Year.

 Happy New Year from Visit the Santa Ynez Valley!

New Year’s Eve Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

  • New Year’s Eve Dance Party: Saturday, December 31 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Ring in the New Year with a fun and funky New Year’s Eve Dance Party! Boogie down and count down to 2017 during a fun-filled flashback concert, featuring 70s disco tribute band “Boogie Knights” and totally awesome 80s band “The Spazmatics.” It’s the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve and it’s all free with a Club Indulge Card.
  • New Year’s Eve Festivities: Saturday, December 31, celebrate New Year’s across the country at The Good Life in Solvang, a retail shop and bar specializing in California Craft Beer and small production wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. They will be open from noon until 11:00 p.m., beginning with “East Coast” New Year’s Festivities at 7 pm. The cost is $40/person.
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner at Ballard Inn and Restaurant: Ballard Inn and Restaurant will be serving a five-course dinner at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Call ahead of time at 800-638-2466 to guarantee a table!
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner at S.Y. Kitchen: S.Y. Kitchen will also be serving a special New Year’s Eve menu from 5pm to closing. Pricing ranges from $18 – $40 for specials with optional wine pairings curated by Sommelier Emily Johnston available by the glass or bottle. The holiday menu items will be offered à la carte and are meant to be enjoyed alongside other seasonal offerings and signature dishes from S.Y. Kitchen’s dinner menu. Call ahead for reservations at (805) 691-9794 and preview the menu here.
  • New Year’s at the Maverick Saloon: The Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, established in 1963, is one of the last original, thriving California honky-tonk saloons. Tucked away in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, the Maverick gives locals and visitors a taste of the Old West and makes everyone feel at home. The minute you step on the front porch you will see the history in the walls constructed from old barns, hear the live music coming from the stage, and feel the spirit of the people who’ve been welcomed through its doors by the signed dollar bills left on the ceiling – proof they were once lucky enough to have been there! Stop in New Year’s Eve for the fabulous Soul Cats, complimentary champagne, party hats and more. $10/per person or $15/per couple.
  • New Year’s Eve Champagne Party: December 31 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on east coast time before heading out for your west coast party! Countdown at 9pm with Champagne toast. Party goes until 10pm with drink specials and lots of fun!
  • New Years’ Eve at Rideau Vineyards: Visit this charming tasting room and winery in Solvang for a singular wine tasting experience. Surrounded by vineyards planted in 1998, lush grounds, beautiful gardens, and majestic oak trees, the bucolic site immediately transports you back to feelings of old world French Victorian New Orleans. Party Saturday, December 31 at 1:00 p.m. Includes BBQ pop-up and live music featuring The Burning James Trio.

Santa Ynez New Years Parties

New Year’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley 

After the partying, start off the New Year on the right foot with a stop at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos. They’re open on New Year’s Day, but visit early in the day for the absolute best selection and lovely aromas of bread and pastry fresh from the oven. Pastries are out by 7am.  Breads start at 7am, and continue to come out until mid-morning. It’s well worth the drive – or the post-celebratory crawl – Travel + Leisure Magazine recently named Bob’s as one of the Top 15 Amazing Small Town Bakeries in the United States.

Interested in brunch?  The Vineyard House in Santa Ynez will ring in the New Year with a brunch menu and dinner on New Year’s Day. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott and Root 246 are also open for breakfast on New Year’s Day.

Wine making is an art in the Santa Ynez Valley, and wine tasting makes the perfect way to continue your New Year’s celebrations. Take advantage of The Winter Pass through January 31, 2017, and enjoy 14 Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association winery tasting rooms for just $40.

These Santa Ynez Valley wineries will be open on New Year’s Day:

You can also click here to view Holiday Hours for tasting rooms throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country.

If shrub cocktails are more your style, head over to Mad & Vin at The Landsby in Solvang. The Mad & Vin bar will be open at noon New Year’s Day for lunch and cocktails and will serve dinner in the restaurant from 5 pm – 9 pm.

Looking for a little adventure on the first day of the new year? Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding is open New Year’s Day and will have a s’mores bar for riders to enjoy by the fire after their ride. Call (805) 944-0493 to book your appointment.

Once you’ve experienced a New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll want to keep coming back again and again. We have plenty of restaurants, hotels, things to do and outdoor activities to keep you and your family entertained year-round. Check back with Visit Santa Ynez Valley frequently for great ideas on restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley, special wine tasting opportunities, and hotel discounts and packages, or sign up for our newsletter and we will notify you as soon as we have details of upcoming events.

Santa Ynez New Years Parties

Make the Santa Ynez Valley your destination choice for family weekends, romantic weekends, and year-round fun. We look forward to showing you just big our small towns can be.

Stop by our website at to review our complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, and Santa Ynez hotels and inns, or check out our suggestions below for special New Year events. We are thrilled to share the spirit of the holiday season with visitors to our area.

VisitSYVAbout Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of thebest Santa Ynez wineries, best places to eat in Solvang, Santa Ynez hotels and inns, and things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit the website at for complete travel and visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email for help planning a romantic summer afternoon in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Santa Barbara Limo Company Offers Special Pricing For Blush Bachelorette Parties

Luxury limo company offers discount for your Santa Barbara bachelorette party at Blush

With all the June and summer weddings coming up in Santa Barbara, the season for bachelorette parties is in full swing. If you are planning a Santa Barbara bachelorette party, Blush Restaurant + Lounge has great news for you. We’ve partnered with one of the best limo companies in Santa Barbara to add even more value to our Blush bachelorette party package. Sammy’s Limos, Santa Barbara limo company,  is offering special pricing for Blush Restaurant bachelorette parties. You’ll receive 20% off the price for a full night’s limo ride or black car around town.

You already know that Blush Restaurant is recommended by top wedding planners as one of the best bachelorette party locations in Santa Barbara because of our California cuisine and happening lounge bar.  But things just got even better with this special pricing deal at Sammy’s Limos, one of the best luxury limo rental companies in Santa Barbara.  Reserve your limo with Sammy and arrive at your bachelorette party in style.

Sammy’s Limos is a great option for a limo tour of the best Santa Barbara bachelorette party destinations. They have been providing professional limousine service in Santa Barbara for over 21 years so you can feel comfortable and just sit back, relax and enjoy your bachelorette party, while leaving the driving to their experienced professionals.

Whether your group is large or small, Sammy’s luxury limo rentals offers a wide variety of limousines to suit every need. From a four passenger executive sedan or six passenger Cadillac Escalade SUV to an eight or ten passenger limousine, they have the luxury vehicle that is just right for your bachelor or bachelorette party needs.

Santa Barbara Bachelorette Packages

When you are celebrating your bachelorette party in Santa Barbara, let Sammy’s do the driving so you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing everyone will get home safe.

Blush Restaurant and Sammy’s Limos make the perfect combination for celebrating your bachelorette party in Santa Barbara. Contact us today and let us help you plan a special evening you’ll never forget.

About Blush Restaurant + Lounge: Gayot’s review reported, “Nightlife and fine dining collide at this hot-spot in downtown Santa Barbara.” Blush Restaurant + Lounge is conveniently located at 630 State Street.  If you’re planning a Santa Barbara bachelorette partyrehearsal dinner, or elegant wedding receptionvisit the website and Facebook page or call 805-957-1300 for more information. Reservations may be made by phone or booked online.