Saturday, October 29, 2011

Arctic Sanctuary Exhibit Santa Barbara

 The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum recently opened its newest photography exhibit, Arctic Sanctuary.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service's nation-wide traveling exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of ANWR, the 19+ million acre Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Alaska.   The exhibit is filled with stunning images by naturalist photographer Jeff Jones. Jones has been a pioneer in landscape wilderness photography in the Arctic and is no stranger to ANWR, having hiked to remote areas of the Sanctuary for years to capture the beauty of this seldom seen natural world.  The museum bookstore carries the accompanying book filled with photos and essays about this unique and precious place.

The Arctic Sanctuary Exhibit runs through January 8th, 2012; entrance is included in the price of admission to the Museum, $10 for adults.  The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

If you've come to the museum as part of a getaway to Santa Barbara consider our fine bed and breakfast for your accommodation.  We'd love to see you. 


Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lotusland Santa Barbara


Remember that Lotusland closes on November 15th for three months, so if you are planning to visit the gardens, jump on it now.   Something is always in bloom every week of the year in several of the 13 themed gardens that comprise the 37 acre estate. October blooms in Lotusland's  Fern Garden include the Cashmere Bouquet  and the Freddie Begonia by Rudy Ziesenhenne.  November brings the fruits of the persimmon trees in the Deciduous Orchard Garden and pomegranates at the entrance to the Cactus Garden.  The tours cost $35 per adult and are docent led.  They take about 2 hours of pretty constant walking, so good shoes are a must. Reservations are required, no drop ins accepted.  Phone 805-969-9990 to book a Lotusland tour.

 If you are planning a trip to visit Lotusland and need a fine Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast, we'd be happy to talk with you.  Call us at 805-682-9680 or book online, your preference.


Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Monday, October 24, 2011

Opal Restaurant, epicure.sb

 Santa Barbara's annual food festival, epicure.sb, is in full swing and Opal Restaurant has come up with a winning autumn Prix-Fixe menu. Long a favorite of Santa Barbarans, Opal has consistently imaginative and fresh foods to satisfy and delight foodies of all kinds and descriptions.  The epicure.sb menu is a three course meal, starting with a salad of gourmet greens and followed  by a grilled Kurobata Pork Loin on Butternut Squash Risotto and assorted veggies.  The desert is a Pumpkin Cheesecake.  Marie and I and our friend Jennifer opted to pair the dinner with wine and had a wonderful meal.  (Richard, one of the owners of Opal, is a wine aficionado and their cellar has won a Wine Spectator award, so you know you're in good hands with their selections/recommendations.)    The Kurobata Pork, we were told, is the king of porkers in Japan; they get massages and the best food.  It was delicious.  The risotto was the best risotto I've had and went a long ways to helping me understand the mysterious hold this rice dish has on millions. The wines were a light white for the salad, a tasty pinor noir for the pork and an ice wine from nearby Ojai for the dessert.  We ate dinner outside on one of the sidewalk tables, the air became crisp as evening wore on and we felt we truly were celebrating autumn.  Reminded me it was time to get the pumpkin pancakes on our breakfast menu. Epicure.sb ends on October 31st, so make the most of it!  Opal's phone number is 805-966-9676

And, if you are looking for a fine Santa Barbara bed and breakfast for a getaway, please give us a call; we'd love to have you. We are an easy 6 blocks from Opal Restaurant.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Picasso and Braque

The Santa Barbara Art Museum has a new and unique installation of the early cubist works of Picasso and Braque this Fall.  Great educational aids accompany this exhibition, making it your best opportunity to get a handle on what these guys were about.   We also celebrate the third annual epicuresb festival, a month long food and wine extravaganza. We decided to combine the two and invite you to nurture your imagination, artistic sensibility and sweet tooth at the Bath Street Inn with our new package Picasso and Tea.  We suspect that Picasso preferred something stronger, but we make a great afternoon tea, so we'll lead with our strength.  The package includes a ten percent discount for any available room all nights of your stay during the month of October, 2011. Our guests will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Santa Barbara Art Museum.  Return to the Inn after your trip to the Museum for afternoon tea in the parlor featuring delicious cakes and cookies & over 20 different teas. Epicuresb Brochures detail daily events, lectures, demonstrations, food and wine festivals and special dinner menus. October and Santa Barbara are a must for a food lover's vacation.  The Picasso and Tea package may not be combined with other offers.

Bon Apetit!

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn