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New hotels opening across the Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, February 8th, 2019  /  Destinations, Top Stories, Top Story, Tourism  /  Comments Off on New hotels opening across the Tri-Counties

A slew of new hotels, including some that have been in the works for more than a decade, have opened or will open in 2019. Ranging from first-class hotel chains to privately-owned concepts, the new lodging spaces cater to a blend of luxury, tourism and business-oriented markets. SANTA BARBARA COUNTY The Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort Read More →

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Santa Barbara Airport adding daily flight to Sacramento

By   /  Thursday, January 31st, 2019  /  Destinations, Latest news, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara Airport adding daily flight to Sacramento

The Santa Barbara Airport will add a daily nonstop flight to Sacramento International Airport beginning April 16, the airport announced on Jan. 31. Contour Airlines will begin accepting bookings for the flight on Feb. 1. The premium, low-fare airline also announced it will increase the number of daily flights from Santa Barbara to Oakland and Read More →

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Popular tri-county film festivals attracting big audiences

By   /  Friday, January 25th, 2019  /  Central Coast, Destinations, middle, South Coast, Tourism, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Popular tri-county film festivals attracting big audiences

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will increase its presence in downtown Santa Barbara, with plans to move its year-round educational program into its current rental space at 1330 State St. In what looks to be a top grossing year for the 34th annual festival, it will also honor regional roots, kicking off and closing Read More →

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LVMH buying El Encanto owner Belmond for $2.6 billion

By   /  Saturday, December 15th, 2018  /  Destinations, Latest news, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on LVMH buying El Encanto owner Belmond for $2.6 billion

How about a high end room to go with your high end luggage? LVMH, the French company that owns the Luis Vuitton, Moet and Hennessy brands, is buying Belmond, the upscale hotel company whose holdings include El Encanto in Santa Barbara. LVMH will pay $25 per share or $2.6 billion for the hotel and luxury Read More →

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San Luis Obispo airport adding daily flight to Dallas

By   /  Friday, December 14th, 2018  /  Central Coast, Destinations, Latest news, Tourism  /  Comments Off on San Luis Obispo airport adding daily flight to Dallas

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport got an early Christmas present this year. On Dec. 13, it announced a new daily flight destination to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines will begin the flights from San Luis Obispo to the busy national and international travel hub on April 2. A spokeswoman for the Read More →

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Landmark equine brick barn now wine venue

By   /  Friday, December 7th, 2018  /  Agribusiness, Destinations, Latest news, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Landmark equine brick barn now wine venue

What once was Santa Barbara County’s most elegant barn, built of red bricks and a Spanish tile roof to house Arabian horses, is now an ultramodern tasting room and events center just outside Buellton’s western residential district. Buellton resident Norman Williams hired an Italian stonemason to build the barn in the early 1970s after purchasing Read More →

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Solvang gets grant to market itself for television and film shoots

By   /  Friday, November 2nd, 2018  /  Central Coast, Destinations, middle, Small Business, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Solvang gets grant to market itself for television and film shoots

Amid many popular Central Coast destinations sits the town of Solvang, nestled between two mountain ranges in the Santa Ynez Valley and nicknamed “California’s Denmark” because of its strong Danish heritage. The downtown consists of about five to six blocks of primarily one or two-story buildings that were designed similar to traditional Danish structures. “Our Read More →

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