Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Santa Barbara Beaches

Among the most popular of Santa Barbara beaches is Hendry's, formally known as Arroyo Burro Beach. It's on the Mesa, has long stretches for walking, and is one of our dog beaches, so you have to like dogs to really enjoy this beach.  Deborah and Marie were here earlier in the week and can affirm that there's nothing better for relaxing than a long walk with the sound of surf and the sight of crashing waves populated by the occasional  surfer or paddle boarder.  It was warm and sunny and mighty fine. Too cold for swimming in March; the surfers are still in full wetsuit gear, but we did see some hardy 8 year old boys splashing briefly at the surf line.



Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper
Bath Street Inn

Friday, March 26, 2010

Vine Wisteria

Now is the time to come to the inn and see the Wisteria vines blossoming.  The flowers only last about four weeks and we are in mid-bloom.  Once the flowers are gone, the vine is totally leafed out and the green canopy shelters the patio for another seven months.  It smells heavenly, and for a change, is challenging the aroma of   our home baked granola for the deepest sighs.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper
Bath Street Inn

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Alicia Keys Concert April 7

It's Spring and the Santa Barbara Bowl concert season has begun.  The multiple Grammy award winner Alicia Keys comes to this intimate and beautiful outdoor amphitheater for one concert, Wednesday, April 7th, 7 p.m. It should be a wonderful evening - but cold still, so bring a jacket!

 Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper
Bath Street Inn

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tennis Fans

Deborah and Marie have returned from a quick visit to the California desert.  Or, to be more specific, we went  to the Parisbas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden where we watched 3 full days of top notch tennis.  Saw Federer win a couple matches, Nadal win at singles (before his loss in the semi-final) and doubles - what a treat! Began to appreciate Andy Roddick and Andy Murray more, and understand why watching Zvonareva can be like watching paint dry...  Marie's current favorite is the young Dane, Caroline Wosniacki, and I want to see what Sam Stosur can do this year. A great trip - happy to go and  happy to be back home.  Any other tennis fans among our guests?


Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper
Bath Street Inn

Monday, March 8, 2010

Orchid Show

 The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is coming up this weekend, March 12, 13, and 14.  The theme of the show this year is Nature in Harmony and will feature tens of thousands of orchids in full bloom.  What a way to celebrate Spring! At Earl Warren Showgrounds again, the 75th annual exhibition is just a mile and a half from the inn. We still have rooms available for orchid lovers and their friends!

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper
Bath Street Inn

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our Vintage Wedgewood Stove

The time has come for the Bath Street Inn to say goodbye to and finally sell our vintage Wedgewood stove.  Those of our guests who have been with us in the kitchen know that we replaced the Wedgewood in April 2008 with a double oven vintage O'Keefe and Merritt that we found in San Francisco. Deborah and Marie kept the Wedgewood hoping to use it in the eventual kitchen remodel of their home.  Alas, when push came to shove, the 40 inches length of the Wedgewood was too much for a galley kitchen.  And so we have run out of excuses to keep our beloved workhorse.  When I first thought of how many casseroles, cookies and cakes we've baked in the 28 years of the inn's existence, I thought: oh wow, thousands.  Now I know that I should have been thinking in the tens of thousands.  That's the work capacity of a quality vintage stove that was just made for household use! Over the years, so many guests have commented on the Wedgewood, and shared stories of growing up in a kitchen with a vintage stove, that we realized we should extend the offer to purchase it to our inn family.
The stove is white porcelain, single full oven, single full broiler, storage drawers underneath, 4 burners with central chrome griddle, chrome crumb trays, shelf. Is in fair to good condition cosmetically and was working great when we installed the O'Keefe and Merritt. We're happy to talk about it in more detail to those with a real interest.
Price is $425, buyer will be responsible for pick up and shipping and will need dolly, truck and muscles to move it from its current home in storage in Santa Barbara. It is heavy.

I found a great article, This Old Stove, on the value of a vintage stove.  And the photo in it is a twin our Wedgewood, except we don't have the clock on top of the shelf.

Wishing you all the joys of cooking,
 Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper
Bath Street Inn