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Pacific Hospitality plans multimillion-dollar facelift for Bacara

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

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The 360-room Bacara Resort & Spa is slated to undergo a multimillion-dollar top-to-bottom renovation in coming years.

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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

Tara Gomez of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is the country’s only Native American winemaker. (Tom Bronzini / Business Times photo)

The nation’s only Native American winemaker is a young woman from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians who was ready for the challenge when the tribe entered the wine business.

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Found in the wilderness: Queen bed, hot shower, soft sheets

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

The interior of a cabin at the El Capital Canyon ranch in Santa Barbara County. The property is one of a handful of regional sites offering luxury camping options. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Glamping, short for glamor camping, is a niche segment of the outdoor recreation industry. A number of long-standing Central and South Coast retreats are cashing in as the trend’s popularity peaks.

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Simi Valley hotel dreams take flight with Hummingbird development

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  1 Comment

The existing main villa is  slated for redevelopment as a boutique hotel. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

  In a bid to attract more tourism dollars from nearby Los Angeles, city officials in Simi Valley are pinning their hopes on the development of a five-star hotel at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. But the developer behind the 126-acre ranch says the largest component of the resort development hinges on how well the early phases […]

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Paso Robles chamber hires tourism veteran as CEO

By   /  Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce has hired Central Coast wine and hospitality veteran Sunni Mullinax as its new president and CEO, effective immediately.

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Procore deal raises a flag for Carpinteria’s office market

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

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Recent deals in Carpinteria could help the city’s stagnant office market turn the corner.

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GoTek gets patent for rotary engine

By   /  Tuesday, June 24th, 2014  /  Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off

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Oxnard-based startup GoTek Energy has won its first patent, for its DynaKinetic rotary engine technology. “We are excited about this issuance of our first GoTek Energy patent and expect many more to follow,” CEO Steve Herbruck said in a June 17 news release. GoTek’s DynaKinetic engine has no pistons or no valves and valve seats […]

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