Thursday, May 28, 2020

Mission Santa Barbara and Rose Gardens

Go and Smell the Roses!

Mission Santa Barbara is a fabulous place for taking photos;
both of the Mission herself and the
beautiful Rose Garden and grounds.

 Hundreds of beautiful roses are maintained by volunteers
and are in full bloom now

 unfortunately, the annual Street Painting event will not take place this June.

get your camera ready and visit this beautiful site

Monday, May 25, 2020

A Tribute to First Lady Melania Trump 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Lotusland reopening with self guided tours starting May 20th

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Lotusland has been closed since mid-March and it hasn’t been easy surviving without guests.
"As an organization, we have suffered a great deal of loss,” Lotusland Interim Executive Director Rebecca Anderson said. “We're looking at revenue shortfalls of a million dollars this year."
Deemed an essential outdoor recreation space by the county, Ganna Walska Lotusland will reopen to the public on May 20th.
The nonprofit botanical garden is implementing Public Health Department requirements to create a safe experience for individuals seeking to explore the historic estate.
Lotusland will require face masks and physical distancing throughout its property. 
Staff and volunteer garden attendants trained to protect visitors will be stationed throughout the entire facility. 
The botanical garden will not grant access to any buildings except the Visitor Center restrooms. It will also be selling masks and providing hand sanitizer.
"We've staggered our tours,” Anderson said. “That's allowed us to just have a couple of cars at any given moment."
"It lends itself to that kind of environment where people are able to distance themselves,” Lotusland docent Sandi Wilson said.
Many locals have already made reservations for their return to the 37 acre botanical wonderland.
"It's so wonderful to have people back at the gardens and to see everyone's smiling faces,” Lotusland education and community engagement manager Nikki Evans said. “There's a general sense of calm as people walk around."
"They're going to enjoy the fact that they can be back in such a tranquil peaceful environment,” Wilson said.
Guests will be able to use their phone cameras to scan QR codes for detailed horticultural information within the garden.
"We wanted to do something which helped people navigate their way through the gardens and learn a little bit more about each garden,” Evans said.
The staff remains confident visitors will benefit from the beauty of the botanical gardens.
"It's so important to be outside in nature right now and we've all been challenged to do that safely,” Anderson said. “Lotusland provides respite for all of us."
"To be able to come and spend two hours at an oasis such as Lotusland is so wonderful for mental wellbeing,” Evans concluded.
Lotusland has noted that their reopening status could be revoked if safety cannot be preserved or if the county changes its order.
For additional information on making a reservation, visit Lotusland's website or call 805-969-9990. 
(article from KEY TV), (photo from Lotusland website)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Walk at the Santa Barbara Harbor and Wharf

Santa Barbara Harbor and Breakwater 
are Open for walking.

Parking lot is also available
face mask are a good idea

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Virtual Presentation

all information copied from the 
SB Historical Museum's Newsletter

History Happy Hour at Home

"Way Back When 1919"
Thursday, May 14
5:00 pm

Join historian Betsy Green for her latest presentation.  
Grab a glass, sit back and relax as we time-travel back 
to the New Year's Eve party at the Potter Hotel in 1919.  
We'll reminisce about the best stories of the year in 
Santa Barbara.

Image: Dining room at the Potter Hotel, with server at center, c1905.

Register for the free talk HERE!

Check-in with the Museum's website for great local history.  Also a great site for home-schooling.


136 East De la Guerra
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Friday, May 1, 2020

Santa Barbara Courthouse and Sunken Gardens

Considered the most beautiful public building in the Country!

Aerial view of the SB Courthouse
showing the "Sunken Gardens"

this beautiful Fountain was recently restored

many local activities are held in the Gardens
Although the Courthouse is currently closed to Tours,
The Gardens are a wonderful place for a stroll.