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Eich: Dedication to customers key to success

By   /  Friday, June 17th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Eich: Dedication to customers key to success

By Ritch Eich The Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo stuck with me after my last visit, and it wasn’t just the lovely antique furnishings or cozy country décor. The service and overall hospitality were second-to-none, leading me to correspond with several key staffers in an effort to learn how the Apple Farm achieves its Read More →

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Cruise ship industry floats $2.4M into Santa Barbara

By   /  Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Cruise ship industry floats $2.4M into Santa Barbara

The cruise ship industry had an estimated $2.4 million economic impact on Santa Barbara last year, with more than 50,000 passengers visiting the city, according to a recently released survey.

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Marian offers sneak peek of new hospital

By   /  Wednesday, March 7th, 2012  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Marian offers sneak peek of new hospital

Santa Maria’s Marian Regional Medical Center opened the doors of its brand-new facility for a public viewing and dedication on March 7, a month before the building is set to start taking patients. The grand opening comes 15 years after hospital officials began planning to rebuild Marian, a nonprofit hospital founded in 1940 by the Read More →

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Canary to join Kimpton’s flock — Deal price puts premium on Santa Barbara hotel market

By   /  Friday, January 20th, 2012  /  Features, Real Estate, Tourism  /  1 Comment

The pending sale of Canary Hotel to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the third major investment in Santa Barbara area hotels over the past six months.

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Luxury for the locals: New Bacara GM key to resort’s new image

By   /  Friday, October 28th, 2011  /  Features, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Luxury for the locals: New Bacara GM key to resort’s new image

Kathleen Cochran will be tasked with attracting locals and the rich and famous alike to boost sagging occupancy at the Goleta hotel.

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Growing Grover Beach: Plans for city’s first high-end hotel move forward

By   /  Friday, October 7th, 2011  /  Features, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Growing Grover Beach: Plans for city’s first high-end hotel move forward

Plans for the first high-end resort in Grover Beach are set to be finalized by the end of this year.

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Bacara’s new outlook: Resort’s buyers reveal their plans

By   /  Friday, September 9th, 2011  /  Features, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Bacara’s new outlook: Resort’s buyers reveal their plans

The new owners of Bacara Resort & Spa say they want to put a fresh and friendlier face on the region’s largest luxury hotel.