Friday, March 25, 2011

Jerry Seinfeld Tour

Jerry Seinfeld, arguably America's most popular comedian, is playing at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara for one performance only on April 15th at 7p.m.  A legend in stand-up comedy, it has been several years since he has been on tour and we're glad to see he's back, doing what he loves.  Tickets are still available as of this posting.

If you are looking for gracious hospitality in Santa Barbara accommodation for the concert we'd love to see you. The Bath Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is six blocks from the Arlington venue in a quiet residential neighborhood.  Stay the night, wake to birdsong and have Saturday to explore Santa Barbara. 


Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Sunday, March 20, 2011

St. Patrick's Weekend Beer Tasting

Well, it's over and we had a great time at our beer tasting event last night.  Warm (we had a fire going in the fireplace) and dry, listening to the rain outside and a little Irish music, we sampled 3 local beers all of them from award winning breweries: Island's Hefeweisen, Telegraph's White Belgian Ale and Firestone Walker's Oatmeal Stout.  The quality of the beer, chosen by Nate Galeano, our beer expert,  and his presentations about them,  made it fun and informative.  Our international offerings included Estrella's Daura (gluten free award winner) and Smithwick's by Guinness.  Learned that craft beers (as in microbrewery) should mostly be consumed within 3-6 months of bottling and that seasonality matters (eg Firestone's Oatmeal Stout is a winter oriented brew).  So if you like it, buy it now.  Almost made me want to get a home brew kit (flashback to my early twenties - scary!)  I can't wait to see what we'll have in the Summer when we bring Nate back (popular request).

Casual Elegance, Gracious Hospitality (with  the occasional twist) in Santa Barbara Accommodation.
 
Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Friday, March 18, 2011

Green Star Coffee Wins Bath Street Inn Coffee Tasting

We are happy to announce that Green Star Coffee has won the Bath Street Inn coffee tasting marathon.  We heard that Green Star uses the best 3% of coffee beans in the world, is locally owned, Certified Organic and Fair Trade and knew we had to try it. Why did we decide to switch?  It is unusual for us to have our tastes converge unanimously, but neither Marie, Deborah or Marti have been coffee drinkers on a regular basis for some time.  When we noticed that we were no longer getting compliments on the coffee we were serving, we realized it was time for a change and the coffee tasting began.  We had several goals in mind.  First and foremost was the flavor that comes from great quality: we were tasting for that "ah" that comes when you get a totally satisfying sip of coffee. We needed coffee with superior body and flavor, not so strong that our guests' hair would stand on end or stomachs start to talk back either - had to be smooth and low impact.  Quietly memorable. Third, we wanted  to promote local business, organic farming practices and Fair Trade.  Our local vendors included Santa Barbara's own Green Star Coffee, Caribbean Coffee, Santa Barbara Roasting Company, nearby Ventura's Brazuka Coffee (Local, Organic and Fair Trade) and California based Peet's Coffee. It was a tough decision, came down in the end to Brazuka and Green Star. But, with one voice, all three innkeepers declared Green Star's Morning Star blend our choice.  Made a believer out of Deborah who has missed coffee for years...

Great coffee, just one more reason to visit the Inn when you're looking for wonderful accommodation, great food and gracious hospitality in Santa Barbara.



Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Saturday, March 12, 2011

St Patrick's Day Special

In keeping with Irish tradition, we are going to continue the St. Patrick's Day festivities with our own version of a St. Patrick's Day Special.  Our special will be held on Saturday, March 19th, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Stay Friday and Saturday and be our guests at a specialty beer tasting at the Inn, with our compliments,  presided over by the capable Nate Galeano, whose passion for beer has led him to work at Firestone Walker Brewery.  Although it's a couple of days late for the actual St. Patrick's Day, (the 17th) we'll honor the patron saint of Ireland by sampling local brews; I think we will conclude with something from Ireland (I am in the dark here.)  On a parallel note, I'm happy to report that the Santa Barbara micro-breweries are alive and well: Firestone, Island, Telegraph, Santa Barbara Brewery and the Brewhouse to name the most familiar.  Which will WE be tasting???

We still have rooms for the St. Patrick's Weekend, so it's not too late to make time for something special and fun in Santa Barbara. 

Slainte!

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn