Top 5 Reasons To Attend Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

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Top 5 Reasons To Attend Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is almost here! Of course, everyone at Visit Santa Ynez Valley thinks the restaurants in Santa Ynez Valley are great all year round, but they really do go all-out to make January our favorite time of year. That’s when visitors and locals alike get to taste some great California cuisine at an unbelievably prices. The 7th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week kicks off on January 22 and ends on January 28, giving you a full week of extraordinary dining.

Restaurants throughout the Santa Ynez Valley will present 3-course tasting menus for just $20.17 (excluding tax, tip and beverages). Get the family and friends together, invite guests from out-of-town, or plan an intimate evening for two without the kids. Here are the top five reasons everyone will want to attend the 2017 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week:

The Amazing Price: You read that right – the amazingly low price of just $20.17 for 3 courses is practically unheard of! And our world class restaurants do not sacrifice quality to meet this price point. They really want you to come in, get to know them, and sample their cuisine. They’re putting their best foot forward to introduce you to the many unique and creative dining options we have available in Santa Ynez Valley.

The Wineries: It’s not just our restaurants that have all the fun. Many of our tasting rooms like to participate by offering special wine and small bite pairings for $20.17. They want you to have the opportunity to get to know more about the terrific wines that are produced in the Santa Ynez Valley. Participating tasting rooms include Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards, Brander Vineyard, Helix Tasting Room, Kaena Wines, Kalyra Winery, Loring Wine, and Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

Hotel Specials: Everyone gets on board with Restaurant Week because we really want to show off our great communities. Book a stay for yourself or your out-of-town guests during Restaurant Week, and ask about their special offers. Many of the amazing hotels in the Santa Ynez Valley offer restaurant week specials, including ForFriends Inn Bed & Breakfast, King Frederik Inn, Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn, and Solvang Inn & Cottages.

Reconnect With Friends: When was the last time you were really able to talk with your friends? You’ve all gotten busy with life, but what better way is there to reconnect than over a wonderful meal? Grab a friend and make Restaurant Week your time to bond over new and exciting flavors.

New Flavors: Are you in a food rut? It can be disconcerting to try new flavors or taste sensations. But Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone while you expand your horizons and your palate. The restaurants in Santa Ynez Valley love to pull out all the stops and showcase their menus to new audiences during this special week. At a bargain price, you can certainly afford to try places you wouldn’t normally venture. Who knows? You might just find a new “favorite” spot!

Our charming towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang have some amazing restaurants, and we are sure you and your loved ones can’t possibly have tried them all yet. In the Santa Ynez Valley you can find everything from down-home American and authentic Danish to sushi and modern Italian-American cuisine.

You’ll find restaurants spotlighting local ingredients, romantic hideaways, family-friendly pancake houses, brew pubs, oodles of al fresco dining options, wine from the valley’s award-winning vineyards and even locally-brewed beers. With over 25 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week this year, you’re sure to find incredible flavors all week long.

Note that participating hours may vary from restaurant to restaurant, so it’s always a good idea to check our website. Head over to to see participating restaurants and menus, and be sure to stay tuned, and follow us to learn more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for special sneak previews!

For more ideas on creating a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez or finding romantic Valentine’s Day activities, stop by our website at to review our complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez hotels, and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants you can enjoy year-round. We are thrilled to share the awesome cuisine of the Santa Ynez Valley with those who know us best and those who are new to our area.

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Happy Restaurant Week from Visit Santa Ynez Valley!

P.S. If you think our food in the Santa Ynez Valley is great, wait until you try our wine! In February we will be celebrating the 12th anniversary of “A Wine Fantasy In February,” from 2/17 through 2/20. Sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association, this is their most popular event of the year. On your self-guided tour, you’ll visit many small, family owned winery tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. It’s the one time of the year where you’ll get to taste reserve and estate wines, meet many of the winemakers and winery owners, and enjoy delicious cuisine along the way.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee in the Evening

Do you love drinking coffee? If you do, you are going to love it more when you learn about what it can do for you and your health. It’s no secret that a nice cup of coffee can instantly perk you up in the morning and put you in the right mood the whole day. But did you know that it can also have great benefits to your health?

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Studies show that drinking coffee can lower the risk of certain diseases like diabetes, cirrhosis, and certain kinds of cancers. This is made possible by the compounds present in the coffee, the most known to help among which are antioxidants. Antioxidants also help in making your skin glow, and in consuming the right amount of coffee every day, you’ll look and feel healthier inside and outside.

Of course, apart from how it benefits you physically, the mere aroma of coffee can do wonders for you already. The smell of coffee in the morning is sometimes enough for me to wake me up and energize me, let alone drinking my favorite brewed coffee.

The aroma of the coffee has also been found by studies to calm people, so if you’ve been in a daze lately, smelling your cup of coffee before drinking it can relax you already.

It’s important to note however that there is a recommended amount of coffee to be consumed in a day. One to two cups of your favorite black coffee is enough to get you through the day, but be careful in adding too much sugar or milk to go easy on the calories. And while coffee can do a lot for you, too much of it cal have bad effects to.

Too much coffee in a day can dehydrate you and increase your blood pressure. So even if you love coffee as much as everyone else, it’s always to take everything in moderation.

Those trying to diet and lose weight may actually be hindered in their progress by their coffee consumption. If you want to avoid long term weight gain you should avoid caffeine. You might think in the short term that you can lose more weight by drinking more coffee each day.

This happens as a result of the diuretic effect of coffee, you’ll initially lose water but not fat. Caffeine increases stress hormones within your body that increase the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels. You will likely feel hungry sooner than you should as a result of this hormone.

You also aren’t helping things by adding extra sugar to your coffee. In conclusion, research has shown that drinking some coffee may actually be good for your health. However, the same research also proves that drinking more than three cups of coffee per day may begin to increase the negative health risks that could arise.

Make sure you don’t attempt to drink more than this amount of coffee. Doing this lets you get the benefits of drinking coffee without the potentially harmful side effects of drinking too much coffee.

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Hyperacidity, Its Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies

Medically known as acid dyspepsia, Hyperacidity is one of the common ailments seen in people from cities and metros. Acid Dyspepsia is a combination of two words Acid and Dyspepsia which means disturbance in the digestion process due to acid. It is a medical condition in which there is an excess release of Hydrochloric (HCl) acid in the stomach. In the human body, the stomach muscles are covered with a regenerative lining which prevent the stomach muscles from coming in contact with these acids. But as the acid level increases in the stomach, this protective lining gets eroded faster, resulting in the contact of our stomach muscles with these digestive acids and hence causing a sensation of burning called hyperacidity.

Hyperacidity Symptoms:

  • An increase of sourness and heat in the body.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Indigestion, which produces toxins in the body and Constipation.
  • Thinning of the Mucous layer (Stomach Ulcer).
  • Bacterial and Viral Infection. A bacterium called Helicobacter pylori is also responsible for Hyper acidity.

Hyperacidity Causes:

Depending upon the individual’s eating habits, lifestyle, body adaptation and medications, the causes may vary from individual to individual. Below are some mentioned causes for Hyperacidity:

Eating Habits:

a) Spicy, oily and fried foods cause the problem of acidity
b) A protein-rich meal like milk or milk products which are harder to digest
c) Citrus fruits, vinegar, and caffeinated drinks

Lifestyle Activities:

a) Irregular sleeping patterns
b) Over Eating
c) Stress, Anxiety and Hypertension
d) Pregnancy, fasting, Obesity, Aging


a) Prolonged intake of medicines like antibiotic, oral contraceptives, antidepressants
b) Steroids and Painkillers
c) Thyroid and Blood Pressure Medications

Overcoming Hyperacidity:

Symptoms can easily give the gesture of Hyperacidity. Further, patients can go to their primary care doctor. The doctor can use the process of historical evaluation to determine the cause of hyperacidity. If it is at an initial stage, the doctor can advise antacids for temporary relief, H2 receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitor. If it is at a critical stage, detailed endoscopy of the esophagus and stomach can also be advised by the doctor.

Self-Care Tips for Hyperacidity:

  • Regulate your eating and sleeping habits
  • Eat properlycooked, less oily food
  • Avoid Overeating and eat at regular intervals
  • Practice Yoga and Meditations to remove stress, anxiety from life
  • Avoid Milk or milk products at night as they are hard to digest
  • Reduce smoking and alcohol consumption

Home Remedies for Hyperacidity:

  • Take a glass of cold milk after a meal
  • Take a pinch of baking soda added in a glass of water. It can give immediate relief
  • Bananas are full of potassium and can help reduce acidity symptoms if taken daily

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Parboiled Rice – Advantages & Disadvantages

Rice has one of the biggest consumption levels all across the world. It’s available in several varieties. One such variety is the Parboiled Rice which is amber in color. It has different properties than that of normal white rice because both go through different filtration processes. Parboiling is a common practice in many parts of Asia & Europe. It’s a 3-step process: Soaking, Steaming & Drying after which the rice is taken into mills for hulling. We get hulled parboiled rice once it gets out of the mills.

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Change after Parboil

Rice goes through some major changes after the parboil process. Most of the changes regard to its nutritional levels and quality. As a result of the change, some people dislike it but most like it.

Some major changes are:

Milling – Milling becomes easier as the hull becomes easy to remove. However, bran removal becomes a more difficult task.

Starch Gelatinization – The starch present gelatinizes which makes the grain hard, translucent and tough. Breakage during milling decreases as total yields increase compared to white rice.

Texture & Taste – The whole process affects the coarseness of the grain. It becomes hard and at the same time smooth. This directly influences the taste. Some people find ultimate satisfaction in the taste while for some it’s not so heavenly.

Inactivation of Enzymes – The remaining enzymes inactivate during the process which halts fungus growth and biological processes.

Advantages of Parboiled Rice

There are great overall advantages of parboiling.

Due to hardening of the grain, insects find it more difficult to infect (bite).

Total yield after milling increases by 3-4% when compared to regular rice as the breakage reduces.

It’s rich in minerals as it contains 3% of calcium, potassium, zinc, iron and magnesium which if consumed on a daily basis is very beneficial for the body.

It loses less starch during cooking. Once cooked, it stands for long times and stays fluffy.

High blood sugar levels of body are well-managed because of sufficient carbohydrate presence.

Being rich in vitamin B & niacin, it helps in producing neurotransmitters and helps our body metabolize food into energy.

This rice is heaven for diabetics as it has low glycemic index meaning the food gets converted to sugar very slowly thereby keeping the sugar levels low.

Cooking quality differs from normal rice as it’s non-glutinous & non-sticky.

Some Disadvantages

It almost doubles the total processing cost as bran removal is more difficult which costs more.

Longer cooking times mean more usage of fuel.

It develops a darker color compared to raw rice.

It has more chances of developing rancidity because of the loss of natural antioxidants during parboiling.

Due to long soaking in traditional process, some mycotoxins may develop and cause health hazards.

The whole process of parboiling needs extra investment.

If you look at all the facts, advantages & disadvantages, this variant seems like a good option as far as healthiness remains a concern. It’s rich in minerals, carbohydrates, & Vitamins which is excellent for the body. Traditional processes do have some cons but that’s what you have to consider before buying it.

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Valentine’s Dinner in Santa Barbara At Blush Restaurant

Love is in the air!

Dine with Blush this Valentines day and treat your date (or yourself) to a night of romance & love.   Reserve your seats for a specially designed 3 course meal, including  your choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert.  Couples dinner includes complimentary bottle of champagne & strawberries.  We have the best Valentine’s Dinner Menu in Santa Barbara.  Come to your favorite downtown restaurant on Valentine’s Day – Blush Restaurant & Lounge.
Call (805) 957-1300 and reserve your seats today.
 Santa Barbara restaurant Valentine's Dinner Menu
 Santa Barbara restaurant Valentine's Dinner Menu
About Blush Restaurant + Lounge:  Blush is a Santa Barbara restaurant conveniently located at 630 State Street. If you’re planning a  rehearsal 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.



Dear Friends,

Be sure to keep Max’s Restaurant & Cucina in mind for Thanksgiving breakfast and lunch. We are conveniently located at 3514 State Street, in Santa Barbara’s Upper State St. area. This makes our Santa Barbara family restaurant the perfect stop before any of your Thanksgiving events or holiday shopping.

If you are looking for a place to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch on Thanksgiving day, be sure to join us at Max’s Restaurant. We will be serving our Santa Barbara breakfast and lunch favorites on THANKSGIVING DAY, November 26, from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm, and hope to see you there! Bring your out-of-town guests and introduce them to Santa Barbara dining at its best.

If you eat too much turkey over the Holiday, you might want to book an appointment with Santa Barbara pilates professional Chanda Fetter to help you get back in shape!

 Or if you would prefer relaxation instead of exercise, see Chrys across the street at Qui Si Bella Spa!

It was great to see everyone out supporting D.A.W.G. at the Wine for Wags at Oreana Winery.  With your generosity and support we can continue to help the dogs of Santa Barbara County!

Be sure to look for upcoming comedy nights in Santa Barbara, no corkage fee Wednesdays, and other nights of food and fun at Max’s. Visit our website and join our eClub for special discounts and coupons.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Your friendly staff at Max’s Restaurant

Thanksgiving Humor from Max’s Restaurant

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything we have. But it can also be a great time for a little humor, too. Here are some Thanksgiving jokes you can enjoy and share with your family:

  • What happened when the turkey got into a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him! We’re sure there will be plenty of stuffing on the table for Thanksgiving dinner!
  • What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner? Your nose! Although there are great smells at Max’s every day!
  • What is a turkey’s favorite dessert? Peach gobbler! We’ve got a tasty variety of homemade desserts to please any turkey’s palate at Max’s.
  • What do you wear to Thanksgiving dinner? A Har-VEST. Don’t worry about your attire at Max’s Restaurant. We’re Santa Barbara casual every day. Just come and have a great time.
  • If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? Their AGE! People of all ages love to eat at Max’s. From our Santa Barbara brunch to our Italian cuisine, we love to feed every member of the family.
  • Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of fowl play. There is no fowl play at Max’s – just good food, great service, and fun times.
  • If fruit comes from a fruit tree, where does turkey come from? A poul-tree! We’ve got plenty of poultry items on our menu – and some pretty good meat and fish items, too!
  • A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” “No, ma’am. They’re dead.” Don’t worry – there is plenty of food for your family at Max’s!

Want to hear more jokes? Join us on December 13 for Max’s 2nd Sunday Dinner Comedy Night for delicious food and hilarious comedy with Carol Metcalf and friends. The comedy starts at 7:30 PM for $10, and dinner is available from 5:00 PM. As Santa Barbara’s premier venue for dinner comedy, every performance at Max’s Restaurant & Cucina features professional comedians from all over the nation. We draw our headliner talent from such leading showrooms as Comedy Central, The IMPROV, The Comedy Store, and the Laugh Factory. Please RSVP to reserve a table at 805-898-9121. Reserved seating may be obtained with dinner reservations.

Thanksgiving Q&A with Max’s Restaurant & Cucina

Q: Are you open for Thanksgiving Dinner?
A:  We will not be open Thursday (Thanksgiving), Friday, and Saturday for dinner. We will only be open for breakfast & Lunch. Our Santa Barbara family restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. just like we have been doing daily for over thirty years!  Our fine Italian cuisine and home-made Italian pastas are typically served Tuesday through Saturday evenings, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Q: What’s for breakfast?
A: Max’s Restaurant is proud to serve the best breakfast in town. Try our famous made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes or omelets with loads of Green Star Coffee. Or check out our Hollandaise Classics made with our own Hollandaise over two poached eggs and a grilled English muffin and served with potatoes.

Q: What’s on the authentic Italian cuisine menu?
A: Just about everything that will remind you of dining in Italia. Start with an antipasto rustico or insalata, paired with Prosecco Brut from La Marca, Italia. For your entrée, you can choose from pasta, fish, meat, or pizza, each made with our own special touch. Ask your server to recommend the perfect red wine, white wine or beer to complement your meal. Buon Appetito!

Thanksgiving Events in Santa Barbara CA

Max’s Restaurant loves Santa Barbara because there is so much to do and see. We think you will enjoy some of these Thanksgiving and holiday events in Santa Barbara:

  • ArtSEE: November 22-30 in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Library. ArtSEE is a fundraiser art exhibit and sale to benefit SEE International, a non-profit organization where volunteer eye surgeons work to restore sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide. The exhibition features original and affordable works by Abstract Art Collective members, plus additional artwork juried and curated by Dug Uyesaka.
  • Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash: November 26, 10am-3:30pm at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Get out of the house and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time!
  • Coming in December – 30th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights: “A Red, White & Blue Holiday” in tribute to our local veterans. The event starts with fun for the entire family at Santa’s Village on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. The annual boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. with about 25 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. The event culminates with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 p.m.


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 comedy nights and upcoming dinner specials. Call 805-898-9121 to make reservations.


Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours

Italian Restaurant In Santa Barbara Wishes You Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank the patrons and staff of Toma Restaurant and Bar for another wonderful year. We are grateful to our customers for their support and enthusiasm, and for making us your romantic waterfront dining destination.   Special thanks to our Executive Chef Nat Ely for his extraordinary offerings. Take the time this Thanksgiving to enjoy the company of friends and family.

Warm Regards,

Tom and Vicki Dolan


Toma’s Turkey Trivia:

  1. Although most people consider Plymouth Massachusetts to be the site of the original Thanksgiving feast, this fact has been disputed. There are other states that have claimed this distinction including Texas, Florida and Maine.

  2. It is estimated that Americans consume a whopping 46 million turkeys each year at Thanksgiving!

  3. The tradition of the Thanksgiving football game goes back to 1876 when Yale played Princeton but it didn’t become an NFL tradition until Thanksgiving 1934.

  4. Starting with President Truman in 1947, it has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition for the President of the United States to grant pardon to select turkeys.

  5. Rumor has it that Swanson’s invented the first TV dinner as a result of having a surplus of frozen turkeys left after slow Thanksgiving sales.

  6. The United States boast three turkey-monikered  towns: Turkey Texas, Turkey North Carolina and Turkey Creek Los Angeles.

  7. The dangling flesh at a male turkey’s neck is called a “wattle”. It is red when they are trying to attract a mate, but will turn blue if they are startled or scared.

  8. Turkeys are a type of pheasant.  Male turkeys are referred to as “Toms” while females are “Hens”.  Baby turkeys are “poults”, young males are “Jakes” and young females are “Jennys”.

  9. It is typically assumed that turkeys can’t fly.  While this might be true of most domesticated birds, their wild counterparts can fly at speeds up to 55 mph and run as fast as 20 mph!

  10. Only Toms gobble.

  11. June, not November, is National Turkey Lovers Month.

  12. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the Turkey that makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving Day dinner.  It may be a combination of excessive amounts of carbs, overeating and alcohol consumption.

  13. According to recent surveys, approximately 88% of Americans have turkey at Thanksgiving.

  14. Turkeys see in color.

  15. It was Gimbel’s department store that organized the first Thanksgiving Day parade back in 1920.  Macy’s didn’t have theirs until 1924.


Q: Is Toma Restaurant child-friendly?

A: Absolutely!  Families are welcome and we offer a special children’s menu for diners 12 and under.

Q: Can you accommodate special dietary considerations?

A: Yes, the menu at Toma includes Gluten-free and vegetarian options.  Please advise your server of any special needs when ordering.

Q: Does Toma Restaurant + Bar source their food locally?

A: Our Executive Chef selects the finest ingredients that Santa Barbara has to offer.  Wesupport local farmers, fishermen and artisans.

Local events for those traveling to Santa Barbara for the holidays:

  • Thanksgiving 4 Miler Gather with friends and family to run, walk or cheer at the 21st Annual Santa Barbara Thanksgiving 4 Miler.
  • Organic Soup Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Dinner Take time over the holidays to give back to the Santa Barbara community and its less fortunate members. Sign up to volunteer at the Organic Soup Kitchen’s 7th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.
  • ArtSEE: November 22-30 in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Library. ArtSEE is a fundraiser art exhibit and sale to benefit SEE International, a non-profit organization where volunteer eye surgeons work to restore sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide. The exhibition features original and affordable works by Abstract Art Collective members, plus additional artwork juried and curated by Dug Uyesaka.
  • Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash:November 26, 10am-3:30pm at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Get out of the house and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time!
  • Coming in December – 30th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights: “A Red, White & Blue Holiday” in tribute to our local veterans. The event starts with fun for the entire family at Santa’s Village on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. The annual boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. with about 25 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. The event culminates with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 p.m.

From all of us at Toma Restaurant, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays.

-Tom & Vicki

p.s.  please note we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day


Tom and Vicki Dolan
Restaurant Owners
Toma Restaurant
Phone: (805)962-0777
Web Site:
Address: 324 West Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Dining Hours: Nightly Starting at 5:00pm

4th of July Family Activities in Goleta CA

Looking for the best place to spend 4th of July in Goleta, CA?

The 4th of July is always a great time for celebrating. With the 4th falling on a Friday this year, there is no better way to celebrate than by planning a family weekend in Goleta, CA. has everything you need to plan a great family weekend, from hotels in Goleta to restaurants in Goleta. For many years Goleta has been a favorite place to celebrate the 4th of July. Below is a list of 4th of July family activities in Goleta you don’t want to miss this year:

  • Rancho La Patera & Stow House: The Goleta Valley Historical Society presents its 40th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration on July 4 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Festival features live music, hayrides, delicious BBQ, games, local artists, the old engine show, and much more. $7 per adults, Children under 12 are free. Experience a historic ranch preserved for the community.
  • Fireworks: The 17th Annual Goleta Fireworks Festival will be launched on the 4th of July from Girsh Park. Join Goleta Rotary Clubs at the park for an afternoon of fun-filled entertainment for all ages, capped by a spectacular fireworks display. This family friendly, alcohol-free event takes place on Friday, July 4, from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Girsh Park, which is located on the south side of the Camino Real Market Place. Tickets are $6 per person to enter; children 12 and under are free. Proceeds will benefit the Goleta Rotary Clubs’ Foundation providing support to local youth programs and other community activities. Kids’ activities include a Watermelon and Pie Eating Contest, John Deere Cars, Interactive Games, Hula Hoop Contest, Jumpers and Rock Climbing. Entertainment includes dancing and live music from Bushwood and Area 51.
  • Farmers’ Market: Find a little piece of Goleta to take home with your at the weekly Farmer’s Market. Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of agricultural products grown right in our backyard. Seasonal diversity is available year round, rain or shine. Come. Shop. Socialize. Sundays: 10:00am – 2:00pm and Thursdays: 3:00pm – 6:00pm at the Camino Real Shopping Center, 7004 Marketplace Drive in Goleta.
  • Horse Show at Earl Warren Showgrounds (July 3-5): Experience the Santa Barbara National Horse Show, Multi Breed. Hours are 8:00am until the End of Classes. Admission and parking are free. Contact: Show office (805)687-8711.

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There is so much to do in Goleta and just one weekend won’t be enough. Rely on for all your Goleta info – from biking and bowling, to movies and historical sites, you will find something to suit every taste in Goleta, CA.  From all of us at, have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

Fourth of July in Goleta

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Goleta’s Annual Dam Dinner – 2015

Over 230 people have signed up. Are you one of them?

Don't Miss Goleta's Dam Dinner

The Dam Dinner is coming up on August 22nd. Have you RSVPd?  This year’s Dam Dinner will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Lake Los Carneros. You are invited to share a meal together while enjoying music and our beautiful natural surroundings. Bring your own dinner, or purchase one from the food truck that will be available. If you are so inclined, feel free to bring a dessert to share. Water, beer and wine will be sold. You will be able to purchase a Dam Dinner t-shirt in advance at City Hall or at the event for only $10. The event itself is free, but reservations are requested so that plenty of tables and chairs can be provided. Parking is available in the Stow House/Goleta Depot parking lot. Handicapped spots will be available along La Patera Lane.

To get to Lake Los Carneros from Santa Barbara, drive northbound on Highway 101 to the Los Carneros exit in Goleta. Turn right and drive 0.4 miles north to the parking lot for Stow House and the South Coast Railroad Museum. Follow the paved path past Stow House to the trails that lead around the lake.

The event is inspired by the Love of Goleta and is sponsored by the City of GoletaGoleta Valley Chamber of CommerceGoleta Valley Community CenterGoleta Valley Historical Society, and the Goleta Valley Senior CenterVisit the website and Facebook page or call 805-961-7500 for more information.

Goleta's Annual Dam Dinner - 2015

Goleta's Annual Dam Dinner - 2015


Share a meal together while enjoying music and our beautiful surroundings. Bring your dinner or purchase one from the food truck. If you’re so inclined, bring a dessert to share. Water, beer & wine will be sold.


Parking available in the Stow House/Goleta Depot parking lot.  Handicapped spots available along La Patera Lane.


Your registration helps us plan for setting up enough tables and chairs.


Restyled shirts (crew neck and vneck) are in the works!  Like our Facebook page tp be the first to see the new design!


Earn community service credit or just get involved because it’s fun.  Contact Dacia at


Like us on Facebook.  Use #OhDam on Facebook and Twitter.

Limited edition Dam Dinner shirts are available. The light blue V neck (these are sized very small. So go up at least one size from your usual size.) Crewneck shirts in olive are more standard in their sizing. $10 each. Buy in advance at City Hall Monday-Thursday from 8am-5pm.

Goleta Dam Dinner T-Shirts

Goleta Dam Dinner T-Shirts

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Cheshire Cat Named in Top 10 Romantic Inns List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 12th, 2014 – SANTA BARBARA, CA – Historic Cheshire Cat Inn of Santa Barbara recently made the 2014 list of Top 10 Most Romantic Inns nationwide featured on  This marking comes as no surprise as this award winning Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast has been a long favored getaway destination.

Among the finest accommodations in Santa Barbara, each room follows along the same whimsical inspiration as the inns name, bearing titles like the Dormouse’s Room, the Mad Hatter’s Room, the Duchess’s Room, and the White Rabbit Balcony Room.  Guests can expect to find the same kind of storybook charm and romance throughout the inn couched in such amenities as gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine & hors d’oeuvres, and in-room Jacuzzis. Cheshire Cat Inn has also partnered with Santa Barbara fine dining restaurants Louie’s and Downey’s to offer an unparalleled vacation package to impress even the most discriminating tastes.

Travelers looking for the perfect place to honeymoon or rekindle passions will certainly find it here nestled in Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate, sidewalk cafes & boutiques, and waterfront adventures.  In fact, many of the town’s best offerings are right within walking distance to the inn.  Guests can even book an in room massage as part of their ideal romantic getaway.

About: Cheshire Cat Inn is made up of three Queen Anne Victorians, a Coach House and three cottages, originally constructed in 1894.  Fountains, gazebos, and lush flower gardens abound.  Many of the rooms have fireplaces, refrigerators, and private balconies, and all are decorated with English antiques, and the coziest, most romantic of linens and accessories. Rates range from $194 – $429. For more information or to inquire about specific dates, visit their website, see their Facebook page, or call (805) 569-1610.