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Big Bear Lake Luxury Cabin For Vacation Rental

Ever Think about traveling up to Big Bear lake to go skiing at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain. You may want to check out this great 5 star cabin for rent. Decorated in mountain decor with log bedroom sets, cathedral ceilings, snowshoe and antler light fixtures and a well appointed gourmet kitchen. Centrally located near the slopes and downtown this cabin offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms, new spa, game room, air hockey, pool Big Bear rental cabintable, Foosball table, pinball machine, table top arcade game offering 50 different games as well as the seasonal outdoor sports as volleyball, badminton, and horse shoes.
Check out this link on VRBO.com http://www.vrbo.com/316526
Enjoy the short trip up to the mountains instead of the 6-8 hour drive to Northern California ski resorts. Big Bear Mountain was recently sold to the same company as runs Mammoth Mountain and is rumored to accept season passesBig Bear 2013 Kitchen from either mountain.

Big Bear 2013 Master Bedroom

 

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Santa Barbara Weather

Santa Barbara HarborToday’s weather forecast for Santa Barbara is another beautiful day in paradise. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for yet another perfect day in Santa Barbara.

Is it really fair to the rest of the country suffering from sub-zero temperatures that we should be wearing shorts on the beach  in January?  Well, this is why we have all migrated to the Santa Barbara area – to spend our golden years in the warm California sun.  If you ever wonder what drives the price of homes, you better believe our weather is one of the main driving forces.

If you are new to the area or planning a vacation to southern California, take a look at this graph for the best months to visit for weather.

Some other Santa Barbara weather facts are:

– On average the warmest month to visit is August.

– On average the coolest month is December.

– The highest recorded temperature was 109 degrees in 1985.

– The lowest recorded temperature was 20 degrees in 1990.

– February is on average the wettest month.

Be sure to call your “out of state” friends and family and let them know that you are strolling on the beach under sunny skies and 82 degree temps.  There is no better reminder of why you call one of the best cities in the world in which to live home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Newborn Baby Giraffe

Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby

Santa Barbara zoo welcomes baby giraffe

 
On April 18 at 3:52, after a mere 12.5 months of pregnancy, two hours of labor, mother giraffe Audrey welcomed her newborn son “Dane” into the world. Weighing in at 156 pounds and standing 6′ 3″, Baby Dane is expected to double his height and weight in the next year. If you would like to see the baby giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo he is now on display in a nursery pen within the main exhibit. 
 
If you have the opportunity to visit the zoo in the next week you may be lucky enough to personally witness the birth of another Giraffe. Mother Betty Lou is also pregnant and overdue to give birth.
 
During pregnancy a female Giraffe will only gain about 100 pounds. This is natures way of protecting the pregnant mother from drawing attention or vulnerability to predators.
 
The Santa Barbara zoo hours of operation are 10:00 to 5:00 daily. Please check the Santa Barbara zoo’s website; sbzoo.org for special holiday hours. The zoo is located near East Beach near the bird refuge at 500 Ninos Drive.
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The 2013 Santa Barbara Film Festival Event Schedule

2013 Film Festival in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Barbara is known to visitors from around the world as the American Riveriera. A truly unique location where the ocean meets the mountains and the sunny south facing beaches stretch on for miles.

During the next eleven days our beautiful city will host the 28th Santa Barbara International film festival featuring premier independent films from around the world. This year visitors should expect to see such famous faces as Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Sally Field and Leonardo DiCaprio.

For the most current 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival schedule of over 200 films and speakers please go to

http://sbiff.festivalgenius.com/2013/schedule/week

  and experience the Santa Barbara lifestyle.

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Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Summer Time Fun!

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade 2012

It’s that time of year again!  Time to celebrate the longest day of the year at Santa Barbara’s annual Summer Solstice Parade!  On Saturday, June 23rd Santa Barbara will once again host the largest single-day event in the county, attracting crowds of 100,000 or more.

This year’s parade has “Fantasy” as its theme and will feature Fantasy-inspired extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles.

Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration has been deemed a combination of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, Rio’s Carnival, with a touch of Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade thrown in for good measure.  The unique people powered parade commences at noon on the Saturday closest to the longest day of the year.  The nearly two hour long parade starts at Cota Street and winds its way up State Street, finishing at Alameda Park shortly after 1pm – with the fun just beginning!  Bands are scheduled to play throughout the day into the evening hours, and again on Sunday.

If you are new to the area, this is one Santa Barbara celebration that you will not want to miss. The Solstice parade is second only to the Santa Barbara Fiesta parade in size and will be a memorable part of your visit to the area.

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Memorial Day I Madonnari Festival At The Santa Barbara Mission

The "Mona Lisa" of Santa Barbara!Dont’ miss this weekend’s        I MADONNARI Festival at the Old Santa Barbara Mission.  The 2012 Schedule of events begins on May 26 and lasts the entire three days of Memorial Day weekend. This year will mark the 26th anniversary of the local celebration which has it historic roots in our sister festival in Grazie de Curtatone, Italy.

Sponsor’s pay up to $650 to have local and international artists of all ages and abilities create beautiful artwork on the street at the base of the stairs of the Old Santa Barbara Mission.  The Money raised from the sponsor sales and food stands benefits the Children’s Creative Project which in turn serves 50,000 children in more than 100 local schools.

Admission is FREE and the event runs from 10:00-6:00. If you are visiting Santa Barbara and have never seen this before, you will not believe just how incredible chalk paintings can look on bare asphalt. The Historic Santa Barbara Old Mission is located a short distance from downtown on the corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Streets.  The best time to see the completed artwork is Sunday into Monday.

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Schedule

Every year, Santa Barbara draws thousands of avid movie buffs from around the globe to what is fast becoming one of the most popular film festivals in the United States.

As we draw near the final days of the Santa Barbara Film Festival there are still plenty of great movies to see.  Here is the updated link to the official schedule:  http://sbiff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/

Enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer.

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