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April 3rd, 2015 at 8:30 am

best ice cream in Santa Barbara

When ice cream shops in Santa Barbara are being discussed, one is on the tip of almost everyone’s tongue: McConnell’s.

At age 66, McConnell’s is legendary not only in its hometown, but also up and down the coast. The family-operated firm pasteurizes its own grass-grazed dairy ingredients in its creamery downtown, mixed with fresh local, cage-free organic eggs, and pure cane sugar. The handcrafted ice cream is made from scratch, in small batches.

The team regularly churns out a wide variety of flavors that have kept customers coming back for more since founders Gordon “Mac” McConnell and his wife, Ernesteen, opened their first store on West Mission Street in 1949. A recent look at the menu includes Brazilian coffee chip, California lemon zest, churros con leche, Santa Barbara strawberry, Turkish coffee, and Vermont blueberry. Sorbets are offered, too, as is a dizzying array of frozen yogurt including red velvet cake, Southern salted butter, toffee nut, death by chocolate, and graham crackers and milk.
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April 1st, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Santa Barbara events

Would you like some red velvet with your Cabernet? Or maybe some Cabernet in your red velvet? That’s the kind of pairing you can expect on the Original Cupcake & Wine Tour with Santa Barbara Adventure Co. This daytrip from Santa Barbara features a sampling of wine-infused-cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. Ready for Pomegranate Mango Chardonnay and Chocolate Blackberry Syrah? The six and a half-hour excursion in a private van includes wine, cupcake and olive tastings in the valley, wine-tasting fees (private tastings available for groups of 10+), lunch, cold beverages, knowledgeable guide, and a discussion of winemaking as well as natural and human history.

Where:
Meet at East Beach parking lot (unless hotel pickup is arranged), 1400 Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93190.

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March 31st, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Santa Barbara events

The nonprofit Coastal Housing Coalition (CHC) is sponsoring this year’s Santa Barbara Housing Conference to raise awareness about the impacts of the lack of affordable housing. The public is invited to come and learn alongside more than 200 housing providers, developers, business and government leaders, and more. The goal is to advocate for policies and projects to produce more affordable housing for local workers and their families. According to the CHC, the affordability gap continues to widen and the vast majority of South Coast residents continue to struggle to find adequate housing within their salary, especially in Santa Barbara. By attending and sponsoring, you can help raise awareness and make it possible for your neighbors to continue to live and thrive in Southern California.

Where:
Carrillo Recreation Center
100 E. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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March 30th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Santa Barbara County events

Spend the day in Lompoc, sipping on wine and enjoying gourmet tacos from the Valle Fresh Food truck. You can enjoy roasted organic squash, slow-braised pork belly and smoked tri-tip along with your choice of wine on the patio. At $3 each, you can enjoy as many as you can eat! With a beautiful view of the winery those tacos will taste even better.

Where:
Sanford Winery
5010 Santa Rosa Road
Lompoc, CA 93436

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March 27th, 2015 at 8:30 am

Things to do in Lompoc

Ever had the urge to get away from it all in a place that’s not too far from urban life? Lompoc just might be your spot.

By the way, it’s not pronounced “Lom-pock” (as in pocket ), which W.C. Fields called it in his radio shows and the 1940 movie “The Bank Dick.” Lompocals have always called it “Lom-poke.”

Situated among low rolling hills on state Route 246 about 10 miles from the coast, and an hour or so each way to Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo via Highway 101, the town of 60,000 has only about five hotels. You can relax in your room or make it home base for visits to historic La Purisima Mission, miles of hiking and biking trails, golfing, motorsports, and horseback riding areas, most for little or no cost.
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