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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.

Lotusland Membership Benefits

Immerse yourself in botanical Nirvana while supporting an estate that has both historical and real horticultural significance. Become a member of Ganna Walska's Lotusland in Santa Barbara and enjoy a variety of special events and self-guided tours.     Help to preserve this oasis of beauty and tranquility for generations to come by becoming a member. Membership Benefits (for all [...]

Casa Dorinda in Montecito

Casa Dorinda was opened in 1975 as a "life care community" for seniors. Operating as a non-profit by the Montecito Retirement Association, it is home to approximately 300 residents. The original mansion was designed by Carleton Winslow, a noted architect who designed the S.B. Natural History Museum, The Valley Club, and other historic estates in [...]


Casa del Herrero Tours

Visit Casa del Herrero, a National Historic Landmark in Montecito. Tours of the house, gardens and workshop are available by reservation. Experience this gracious Montecito estate during a 90 minute tour, led by a Casa docent.   Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith) is filled with art, antiques and furniture collected by the original owners, and [...]

Lotusland Tours in Santa Barbara

Visit Lotusland, a unique 37-acre estate and botanic garden created by Madame Ganna Walska and situated in the foothills of Montecito, near Santa Barbara. Tours of Lotusland are offered at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM, Wednesday through Saturday between mid-February and mid-November.     Before her death, Madame Walska established the nonprofit Ganna Walska Lotusland Foundation, which [...]