The Well Is Opening an Outpost in Montecito

••• One of the more remarkable properties in the area—the “Castle in the Sky” at 1230 Toro Canyon Road—is on the rental market for $45,000 per month. It was “designed by Frank Robinson for a local sailing legend, reflecting the imaginative style of Antoni Gaudí.” Here are two photos, and I encourage you to click the link and savor them all.

••• The Well is opening an outpost in the former Plant Gallery space in the Upper Village.

••• Two more Santa Barbara Bowl shows have been announced: Steven Sanchez on September 14 and Sofi Tukker on November 7. Below: a compelling argument not to include the lyrics in your video.

••• Bowlus, which “embodies the ultimate performance, technology and luxury in the perfect adventure-ready RV,” has opened a showroom at 528 Santa Barbara Street (at Cota).

••• Up now at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum: Here Comes the Sun, an exhibit about 50 years of the local solstice celebration. Below: Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration, c. 1977. Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

••• I finally made it to the new Venture Apparel Co. shop at 428 State Street (Gutierrez/Haley)—a terrific addition for that block. (Here’s hoping whatever ends up taking the 99 Cents Only space continues the momentum.) Venture has its own line of activewear for men and women, along with assorted merchandise—sunglasses, candles, etc.—from other brands. The company has organized a State Street clean-up event on May 18: “Join us as we scrub away debris from State Street and the Santa Barbara community, fostering community spirt and supporting Tidy Seas in their mission for a cleaner future. […] We are going to have coffee and light bites to start the day as well as afterparty at The Cruisery with a giveaway contest featuring surrounding products and services from other local area businesses and Venture Apparel.”

••• Inspired by friends who had the same goal, my husband and I got it together to hike up to the Hollywood sign—something that we had been under the impression was confusing or difficult, but it couldn’t have been easier. We went midweek, so there was plenty of parking, and we picked up sandwiches at Sweet Salt in Toluca Lake to eat while at the top. The out-and-back hike is around two miles each way, on a wide enough trail that you can easily chat with your companions, and you get very pretty views of downtown and Century City. There’s also an option to hike right up behind the sign, which we probably should have done, but we had seen enough—and we had a date with a black-and-white cookie at Lovi’s.


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