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 http://TheEagleInn.com or call 805-965-3586 today to make Easter hotel reservations.

Happy Easter from The Eagle Inn!

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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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Advantages Of A Package Tour

Planning a holiday is a difficult task. A lot of things like money, flights, hotels and itinerary have to be kept in mind to make sure that you have a good and enjoyable trip. Booking a package tour is the best for people who want to have a memorable holiday with little stress. Such tours include a variety of services put together for a single trip. These packages can be booked for both long and short duration. Once you have found the right deal from a reputed tour operator, you can be sure that your trip will be well organized right from the beginning till the end.

Package tour offers a lot of advantages to the customer as well as the tour operator. Some of the benefits for customers include:

Pocket Friendly– The biggest advantage that package tour offers is that it saves money.Travel agencies buy their package deals in bulk which costs them less. They then offer these deals to consumers at a lower and more competitive rate than individual bookings. These packages usually come with meals, transportation, sight-seeing and other facilities, which reduce a lot of uncertainties about the additional costs during the trip. For instance, if you have pre-booked and paid cabs, you need not worry about any extra cost.

Saves time– Booking a package tour not only saves money but also time. You don’t have to sit for hours to find flights and hotels and call them individually to enquire and make bookings. The tour operator or the travel agency deals with everything and in your budget.

Peace of Mind– When you book a package tour, you buy peace of mind. There is no headache to find about places to visit, book a cab and think about where to eat. You only have to pay the money and everything will be arranged for by the tour operator. There is also a lack of responsibility on your part. For instance, if a flight is delayed or you miss a connecting flight, the responsibility lies on the tour operator to alternate flight. In case anything goes wrong with the bookings, you can sit back and relax till things are fixed.

Quality Services– By booking an all-inclusive package tour you enjoy best facilities throughout the trip. Travel agencies and tour operators spend a lot of time in assessing all the aspects of a package tour to deliver high standard services to its customers. They choose best hotels and cover most frequented areas of a particular place for customers to visit.

A package tour ensures safe travelling for its users. They plan your complete holiday so that you can enjoy with a free mind

There are several travel agencies that offer Sundarban package tour at an affordable price. All information about Sundarban tour is available online.

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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. (  https://www.facebook.com/maxsrestaurantsb
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 http://www.maxsrestaurantsb.com 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 info@quisibellaspa.com.

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
Email: info@quisibella.com

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 http://www.quisibella.com“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 VisitSYV.com 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 VisitSYV.com: 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 http://www.visitsyv.com for complete travel and visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email info@VisitSYV.com 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.

3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Classic Celebrity Roasts

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The Friars Club has been a comedy source since 1904, but what the club is known for is its celebrity roasts. Since the beginning of the celebrity roast — let’s say that started in the 1950s —  people have enjoyed watching famous comedians outright insult each other. Who knew that you could make a career out of making fun of your friends? Some of the Friars did!

Humor provides universal enjoyment for all of us, and that’s why we are so proud of our roasts. Especially the ones of the classic variety. Simply put, they are funny. We could go on and on about why they are funny, and then try to convince you to watch them. But, if you’re interested in some of these classic roasts, we can talk about a few reasons why roasts are not only amusing, but good for your health.

Roasts are the best type of insult comedy

The genre of insult comedy is self-explanatory — it’s humor derived from insulting another person. One could argue that it’s not very sophisticated and downright mean. The truth is that some of the classiest people enjoy roasts. Even dignified comedians like Johnny Carson could participate in a Friars Club roast and dig into his friends.

Roasts appeal to people because it’s a type of humor that might not generally be considered “acceptable.” Sometimes, doing what’s unacceptable is perfectly fine. It gives us a chance to poke fun at others and let off a little steam. Imagine how the public must have felt in the 1950s when they first watched the classic Friars Club roasts. That kind of humor likely seemed shocking at a time, compared to lighter comedy sketches. But what insult comedy really does is allow us to put our hair down, and that’s why people love it so much.

Insulting people isn’t funny by itself and can be cruel, but roast masters like Carson perfected the art to make it truly funny without crossing the line. Even now, you can watch clips of Johnny Carson videos and Don Rickles roasts and remember that insulting your friends for humor is not a new practice. Those experts did it for years, and they made it hilarious.

Enjoy the greats in their prime

Celebrity roasts don’t work without the right celebrities behind them. Roastmasters like Don Rickles and Jerry Lewis knew exactly what to say so that you’d die from laughter while watching them from home. Some of the best comedy roasts of all time took place during those earlier decades. Who else got away with calling Lucille Ball “Lucille Testicle” during the 1960s other than the Friars, after all? How about the tale of Phyllis Diller disguising herself as a man during the roast of Sid Caesar? Those are just some classic Friars Club moments from awesome comedians.

These famous comedians are well-known for their contributions to comedy as a whole, and watching them in their prime is a great way to honor those who have passed. Don Rickles and Jerry Lewis are still kicking and doing what they do best, but watching them in decades past is a fantastic way to start a collection of their body of work.

If you’re of the older generation who remembers watching these roasts live, getting a few of our Don Rickles videosor a Johnny Carson DVD would also be a nice way to introduce younger relatives to great comedy. Many kids these days still love Abbott and Costello, the Three Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy — if they get the chance to watch them, that is. Insult comedy can be crude, but once children are a bit older, they’ll appreciate how funny those comedians are. And don’t forget that Johnny Carson’s jokes were, overall, clean!

Laughter is healthy

As we said before, humor is universal. People in most cultures love to laugh. In American culture, we embraced insult comedy and made comedians who practiced it popular. Back in the day, watching Dean Martin roast Don Rickles and Don Rickles roasting him back in return was hilarious to many of us.

Insult comedy isn’t the most highbrow form of entertainment, but it can make you laugh until you cry, and laughter adds years to your life. Humor cheers us up when we’re down and makes our days a little brighter. Having a viewing party of Milton Berle, Jack Benny and the greats teasing each other is one way to experience pure enjoyment. Why else do we like watching people insult each other? Laughter is beneficial for both the body and the mind.

We may be waxing philosophical on this point, but laughing at these roasts and having fun while watching them is the real reason we love these classics. They hearken back to an earlier time of comedy when the best were at their best, thinking of the most original jokes they could tell about anyone. These Friars Club roasts are innovative, and continue to be innovative well past the 1970s — remember Gilbert Gottfried telling the joke “The Aristocrats” at Hugh Hefner’s roast? It definitely wasn’t politically correct, but in the end, it was darn funny!

For these three reasons, consider picking up the Jerry Lewis roast or any of our other products listed on our site. In case you suspect that we might just be all hot air, check out some of the clips on our website from the roasts we offer. Enjoy these lost treasures of comedy while you reflect on the types of humor from decades past. You can even check out our bonus DVD of outtakes. Imagine how funny the actual televised roasts were, and then multiply that by three (or some other number) when you’re watching the outtakes!

Remember that these roasts are meant to entertain you and draw you back to the past, when Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Johnny Carson, Milton Berle, and Jack Benny reigned supreme. At their best, they teased each other mercilessly, but hilariously. Stay in with these DVDs and enjoy the show!

About Classic Friars Roasts: This DVD collection features the best comedy roasts of all time, including comedy sketches from Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Johnny Carson, Alan King, and Jack Carter, Don Adams, Phyllis Diller and more. No comedy show today can equal the inspired genius of a Friars Club roast. To order visit http://www.ClassicFriarsRoasts.com or call 866-987-3678. “LIKE” on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/celebrityroasts for hilarious out takes and rare clips of these legendary comedians.

The Top 5 Most Sought-After Disney Pins to Collect

Trading pins at Walt Disney World, which began as part of the Millennium Celebration in 1999, has created a subculture all its own. The process is simple, fun, and interactive: you simply buy a Disney pin in the park (they range anywhere for $6 to $50) and then trade with other guests, or even with cast members who carry lanyards full of pins. The twist, of course, is that some pins are more valuable than others, depending on the year of issue and the quantity produced. Some are so rare that they’re instant collector’s items. For a list of the five most sought-after Disney pins, have a look below.

Dream Jeweled Mickey Mouse

This is probably the rarest and most valuable of all of the Disney World pins – ever! It was released exclusively at the Disney pins event, Expedition: PINS! in 2008. The pin features a waving Mickey Mouse decked out in over 130 jewels. The retail value of the pin is estimated at $1,295.00, but you won’t find this one for sale in any Disney shops, which makes its actual price much higher. There were only a grand total of 3 pins produced, so if you simply must have one, check eBay often.

The Mad Hatter’s Hat

It’s just a small rendition of the Mad Hatter’s famous green top hat with the mysterious 10/6 tag, but this is actually one of the rarest Walt Disney World pins in circulation. There isn’t an accurate edition number available because this little gem was sold exclusively to cast members in 2003. Now it’s a collector’s item… that is, if you can get your hands on it. We hear there may be one or two still floating around Disney World somewhere. Good luck in your search.

Figment Collection Framed Set

Disney World only produced 75 of these pins, which are part of a 4-pin set commemorating the 2009 Museum of Pin-tiquities event at Epcot. Figment himself appears on this pin against a black background in a circular frame. This was a completer pin awarded to those who completed the Figment Collection framed set, making this little number an exclusive and extremely rare item. It’s not for sale in the park or in Disney World’s online pin ship, so your best bet for snagging this one is an online auction.

Donald Duck Wet Paint

Only 1000 of these limited edition pins were produced and sold in the Magic Kingdom in 2001. The pin features Donald against a yellow backdrop shouting as one of his nephews, who happens to be tracking wet paint everywhere. The small number of manufactured pins combined with the humorous design have made this one of the most sought-after Disney World pins. Though it originally debuted at $6.95 in the Magic Kingdom, it now fetches over $150 at online auctions.

Flubber 2000

The original Flubber pin was a surprise hit among collectors. Trading for this pin was wild in the park, and it still remains one of the most coveted pins around.No one is really sure why the Flubber pin is so popular, especially when the ticket sales for the film were unremarkable. That, of course, matters little to a collector. You can still find the Flubber pin floating around Walt Disney World (there were 500 produced, after all) but you have to look carefully. It may end up being quite the search. If you’re unable to find one after scouring Disney World, you can find replicas for sale in the online Disney pin shop. Just keep in mind that the replicas’ design is different than the original: the newer version’s design commemorates 10 years of pin trading.

If Disney pin trading has taught us anything, it’s that the value of a once sub-$10 can skyrocket. The surest way find a valuable pin is to purchase those of a lower edition number (check the back of the pins for the precise number created). Then, trade carefully and wisely while at the park. Finally, always be courteous and friendly to cast members with whom you want to trade: they may have the goods you want, but they’re busy people with a lot to do. A friendly demeanor goes a long way, and it could even land you a high value pin.

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