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Santa Barbara's guide to what's new and undiscovered for home and garden, entertaining, style and travel. The resource guide below lists local happenings, boutique finds, travel destinations, food artisans and design professionals.

San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos, Greece

This unique boutique hotel features 33 picturesque white-washed rooms, including 2 generous suites, all located within the secluded property.     Enjoy bohemian luxury... The room interiors are a collection of Arcadian treasures and organic materials.     Mykonos is considered one of the top tourist destinations in Greece, renowned for its cosmopolitan character, outstanding beaches and nightlife. The San Giorgio Hotel [...]

The Best of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This small colonial town with its distinctly European feel has been attracting expatriates for decades and is now one of the hottest destinations among designers and discerning homeowners searching for fabulous resources and inspirational settings. The insider's guide to this fascinating town highlights shopping, lodging and dining.   WHERE TO SHOP... SOLLANO 16 Santa Barbara, CA entrepreneur Anne [...]

Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures

With two decades of experience in global culinary traditions, Peggy Markel personally hand-tailors each of her programs to lead her guests into cultural immersion, through the sensorial pleasure of food. Guests emerge transformed, embracing a greater awareness of the connection between themselves, other cultures, and the food on their plate.     Peggy’s interest in the delicate relationship [...]

Guide to Venice, Italy

A list of places that you shouldn't miss when exploring the magical city of Venezia. Wander the back alleys (far away from the crowds in the square) and spend time with the locals by arriving early morning to the Farmers Market.  A list of outstanding churches, museums and the performing arts venues throughout the city.     Avoid [...]

Elaia Travel Offers Travel Concierge Services

Elaia Travel's philosophy is to design extraordinary itineraries that take you exactly where you dream of going, with extra consideration of all the details you may not have thought of, leaving plenty of room for those surprising elements of every journey that are often the most memorable. Based in Santa Barbara, CA, this boutique travel [...]

Crossing Corso Vacation Rental in Rome

Following the success of their small inn in Rome, Crossing Condotti, the owners decided to widen the offerings available to guests to satisfy the needs of families and friends traveling together. Crossing Corso apartments are appointed with a kitchen and rooms for longer stays with family or a small group of friends.     The Apartment, Crossing Corso, [...]

Vacation Rental in Saint Rémy de Provence

Le Petit Bijou is in the Provencal town of Saint Rémy-de-Provence in southern France and is very much inspired by the spirit of Vicki Archer’s books and her popular blog ‘French Essence’.  The house has undergone a two year restoration under the supervision of the talented architect Hugues Bosc and has been decorated by Vicki [...]

Casa Acanto Vacation Rental San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Casa Acanto was featured in Architectural Digest April 2013 issue. The interiors are by the renowned San Francisco design firm of Fisher Weisman. The stone building at the front of the property was built in the 18th Century as a tannery and was converted to a residence and expanded over the following two centuries. The [...]

Crossing Condotti Inn & Vacation Rental in Rome

Crossing Condotti is in the historic centre of Rome, close to Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps. It offers unique accommodation on the first floor of a historic building. Six different enchanting rooms - five Double Deluxe and one Junior Suite - all refined with antique furnishings and all the comfort of modern convenience [...]