TRAVEL: An Affordable Quick Getaway to Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez

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BY MARY McGRATH Santa Barbara is one of our favorite places to visit. And why not? It’s only about two hours from Los Angeles, sports optimum weather most of the time, and its pace will gently lull you into relaxation as you engage in the many … [Read more...]

TRAVEL: Santa Barbara’s Simpson House-A Welcomed Escape from LA

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARY MCGRATH Santa Barbara’s always been dear to me. After graduating from UCSB, I quickly realized that I couldn’t afford to live there, so the next best thing is visiting. There are many beach communities on the rise as you go … [Read more...]