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Drifting from Dawn to Dusk in Santa Barbara

BY NIKI CHOPRA RICHARDSON SANTA BARBARA HAS LONG BEEN THE PLAYGROUND OF JETSETTERS AND BUDGET TRAVELERS. CALLED THE AMERICAN RIVIERA, AND AN EASY DAY JAUNT UP THE 101 FREEWAY FROM LOS ANGELES, IT IS HOME TO RESTAURANTS AND BARS FOR EVERY PALATE AND POCKETBOOK. WHEN STAYING IN SANTA BARBARA, consider an overnight stay in one of the many boutique hotels that can put you within walking distance of State Street, the heart of the city’s entertainment, retail and food. Since the pandemic, this main promenade has seen a rise in patio dining options for nearly every restaurant in the three…

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Buena Park: the Land of YesFeatured

PACK UP YOUR SWIMSUIT AND SLIDE ON YOUR SUNNIES, BECAUSELADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE’RE HEADED TO BUENA PARK — THE LAND OF YES! In this land, you are invited to embrace the best parts of life. Say “aye-aye” to dinner with pirates. Nod your head along to the best beats of the Roaring ’20s. Dance down the street in a nighttime street party, or try out that rollercoaster you’ve been dreaming about since you were a kid. In Buena Park, you can let your hair down, take a deep breath and say yes to a weekend of fun. Beautiful Buena Park…

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El Cholo: The Landmark Mexican Restaurant That Harkens Back to 1920s era Los Angeles — Turns 100Featured

Walk through the doors of El Cholo Spanish Café and you’ll find it’s much the same today as it was a century ago. The smell of scratch-made food fills the historic bungalow the Salisbury family has run for 97 years. Generations of photos and memorabilia of families, longtime staff and famous guests cover the walls, and the modest two-page menu features many of the same authentic dishes as it did the year the restaurant began. Opened in 1923 at the corner of Broadway and Santa Barbara Street in Downtown Los Angeles, founders Alejandro and Rosa Borquez called their new venture…

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Retreat to Renew: Exploring the Benefits of a Wellness GetawayFeatured

In a world that incessantly interrupts us with attention traps and deadlines, we’ve become a generation of overstressed and restless individuals who consider relaxation a luxury, as opposed to a necessary element for optimum health. When it’s time to recharge our physical and emotional wellbeing, a wellness getaway may be the best remedy. The Four Seasons Westlake Village Wellness Retreat is a luxurious and rejuvenating experience for those seeking to unwind and reconnect with their inner selves. With a focus on wellness, it offers a range of amenities and services designed to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being by spending…

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Del Mar Wine & Food Festival

There’s a groundswell happening in California’s southernmost city, where everyone from Michelin star chefs and James Beard standouts to professional athletes and Hollywood celebs are rallying around one of the nation’s most exciting food landscapes for the inaugural Del Mar Wine & Food Festival (September 6–11). Founded in partnership with sports icons Alex Morgan, Drew Brees, and Rob Machado, DMWFF has released its highly anticipated lineup of 20 action-packed experiences, including a two-day Grand Tasting, led by culinary greats from San Diego and Baja to SoCal and beyond, with all tickets now on sale at  DelMar.Wine . SIGNATURE EVENTS The six-day festival celebrates the soul of SoCal lifestyle…

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