Your horse-drawn carriage awaits at the Historic Acacia Mansion


Have a horse-drawn carriage cinderella wedding at the Historic Acacia Mansion in Ojai, California!

“Fun and formal” is the motto of the owner, Kristina Knapic who bought and refurbished the sprawling Acacia Mansion in 2004. Nestled in the center of the Ojai Valley on what used to be hundreds of acres of orange groves is now a walled Estate close to Downtown Ojai. During the town’s earliest days, many came to learn the teachings of Krishnamurti of the Krotona Institute and one wealthy follower, a widow named Madeleine Baird, built her dream home.  Madeleine brought many artisans from Europe to create a jaw dropping two-story entryway with alabaster floors and stained glass windows. Many of the ceilings are hand painted and the sweeping iron staircase is a beautiful backdrop for photos.

Kristina’s vision was to restore the Mansion to its original state and provide a place for guests to step back in time. Now a Ventura County Landmark the Acacia Mansion is now providing a beautiful place for families and groups to enjoy as a vacation rental.


Acacia Mansion Pricing

 Event fees

Up to 25 guests – $2500

Up to 50 guests – $3000

Up to 75 guests – $4000

Up to 100 guests – $4500

Up to 150 guests – $5500


Includes: Event planning services by our event planner, up to and the day of the event

Use of the interior and exterior of the property from 10:00 am to11:30 pm on event day

Use of the gardens for two hours for the rehearsal before the event day

Sound system – Email your personal DJ/MC for your wedding event:

Lighted trees and exterior lights

2 – six foot long tables, 2 – four foot square tables


Five Bathrooms

2 Bars

Bride’s and groom’s ready rooms

Cleaning fee for the Mansion is $180


Optional items:

20 x 30 foot tent with lights $400

2 propane heaters $150

Overnight accommodations are an additional $995 per night for the entire Mansion, at least a one night stay is required to book an event.


The items below are estimates of cost, you can bring in your own caterer, rental equip., etc but they must be approved vendors:

Catering – Food only (hourly charges for kitchen staff and servers are extra)

Appetizers – $5 – $10 per guest

Buffet style $15 to $35 per guest

Sit down $25 to $50 per guest

Coffee $3 per guest

One bartender up to 5 hours- $125


Beer and wine only $10 – $20 per guest

You can provide your own beer, wine, liquor

Rental equipment – Tables, Chairs, Linens, flatware, place settings, glasses

$14- $18 per guest

Wedding Cake

$4 per guest

Liability Insurance – $300 *estimate


You can BYOB!!. No amplified music past 10pm, no live bands, event hours from 10am to 11:30pm.

Maximum of 150 guests.


Over the rainbow ocean backdrop Wedding at the Monterey Plaza Hotel

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Over the rainbow ocean backdrop LGBT, straight, all orientation Wedding at the Monterey Plaza Hotel


Prior to your reception, share your wedding nuptials overlooking the Monterey Bay on one of our exceptional outdoor terraces.

The ceremony fee includes the setup of our white wedding chairs, aisle runner, ceremony arch and sound package. Our sound package includes a lavalier microphone for your officiant, standing microphone for guest readings, speakers, sound system and your personal DJ to handle your ceremony music needs.

The ceremony fee also includes the setup of your cocktail reception. Setup fee includes tall and short cocktail tables, chairs, your choice of colored table linens, votive candles and umbrellas or mushroom heaters.


Ocean Club Library

Beautiful Monterey Bay views with a fireplace to add warmth and charm to your special day. Perfect for small intimate reception.

  • Minimum Requirement: 25 guests
  • Maximum Capacity: 40 guests
  • Room Rental: $850.00

Carmel Room

One of our beautiful interior banquet rooms with high ceilings and chandeliers.

  • Minimum Requirement: 40 guests
  • Maximum Capacity: 75 guests with a dance floor
  • Room Rental: $1,500.00

    Monterey Bay Room

    Hear the waves crashing on our beach while enjoying the beautiful view of the Monterey Bay in our beautiful ballroom.

    • Minimum Requirement: 75 guests
    • Maximum Capacity: 120 guests with a dance floor
    • Room Rental: $2,000.00

      Dolphins Ballroom

      Enjoy enchanting views of the Monterey Bay with an open terrace sitting directly over the bay.

    • Minimum Requirement: 125 guests
    • Maximum Capacity: 180 guests with a dance floor
    • Room Rental: $2,500.00

      Cypress Ballroom

      Our largest ballroom designed with Brazilian teakwood and painted murals depicting local scenery.

  • Minimum Requirement: 180 guests
  • Maximum Capacity: 250 guests with a dance floor
  • Room Rental: $3,000.00

    The room rental fee includes the setup of all tables and chairs, choice of colored linens, china, glassware, silverware, five votive candles per table and dance floor.

    Our wedding packages also include one night in an ocean view guestroom with a balcony the night of your wedding and a special guestroom rate for the wedding couple for up to two consecutive nights. All guests will receive 15% off our prevailing room rates.

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  1. How far out can I book my wedding and/or reception?

    You may reserve space up to one year in advance. If your wedding date is over a year away we may be able to reserve your date depending on availability.

  2. What is the amount required for a deposit and when is it due?

    The initial deposit is equal to the amount of the ceremony site fee and banquet room rental. If the ceremony is held here, the deposit is equal to both the ceremony site fee and the banquet room rental. All deposits are non-refundable. The deposit is due 10 days from the date we reserve the space for your wedding. You will receive a contract along with our catering policies & procedures before your date is considered “definite.”

  3. What type of meal service would be best? Buffet or sit-down?

    Both types of meal service have advantages. A buffet creates a flow around the room. A plated meal provides more structure and can be considered more formal. The main thing to remember is that buffet tables take up space so the size of the room and the number of guests must be considered when planning a buffet.

  4. What is the cost per person?

    Our wedding menus start at $75.00++ per person and go up to $125++ per person for food. We also offer several beverage packages starting at $14 per person, per hour and go up to $24 per person, per hour.

  5. What is the food and beverage minimum? Our required food and beverage minimum is $100.00 per person plus service charge and tax.
  6. What is included in the reception room rental?

    The site fee for your ballroom includes stemware, china, flatware, tables and chair set-up for your wedding reception. Dance floor and standard linens are also included at no extra cost to you. Specialty linens and décor can be ordered through our catering services at an additional charge.

  7. How much time can we have to set-up and decorate the room?

    We can provide you a two hour set-up time prior to the starting time from when your reception is scheduled to begin.

  8. Are there other events on property on the day of my wedding?

    Yes. Our property consists of several beautiful ballrooms and we are able to host several events at once.

  9. Will you personally handle and attend my reception?

    Your Catering Manager will guide you through the planning stages as well as be there on your wedding day to make sure your event flows smoothly for the first two hours. After your Catering Manager departs your Banquet Captain will oversee your event.

10. Does the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa handle the clean up?

Yes. We firmly believe that this should be a night of enjoyment and fun, not work!
You will need to assign a friend or family member to retrieve all your items from the room at the end of the night.

11. Does the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa make arrangements for the photography, flowers and entertainment?

We can provide you with a list of recommended vendors that the hotel has a good working relationship with. Vendor services not on our list must be pre-approved prior to contracting and must provide a Certificate of Insurance in the amount of one million dollars.

  1. Is there a cake-cutting fee?

    Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa requests your wedding cake or cupcakes are ordered through our preferred bakery. Should you decided not to order your wedding cake or cupcakes from our preferred bakery a cake cutting fee of $3.50 per person will be applied. Please note, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is not responsible for the delivery and/or storage of cakes.

  2. Can we bring our own wine or liquor?

    The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa does not permit outside wine or liquor to be brought in.

  3. What is the “guaranteed guest count” and when is it due?

    A “guaranteed guest count” is the amount of people you expect to attend your reception and/or ceremony. The “guarantee” is due no later than the Wednesday prior to the date of your wedding by 12pm. Once you have “guaranteed” a specific number that number cannot be decreased but can be increased.

  4. When will our final planning session take place?

    Unless other arrangements are made, we will have a planning session approximately two to three months prior to your wedding day. At that time we will go over menu selections, schedules, etc.

  5. When will you provide us with a cost estimate for our function and when do we need to pay you?

    After the planning session takes place, we will prepare a contract and an “estimated charges” sheet. The estimate will state the food and beverage items you’ve selected as well as all the pertinent details of your event. The estimated charges sheet will give you a breakdown of the cost for food and beverage and any additional charges that you may have. Payment is due later than two weeks prior to your wedding.

  6. Are tax and gratuities included in your menu prices?

    No. There is a 19% service charge and 7.50% sales tax applied to all food and beverages.

  7. Will you pack our anniversary tier?

    Yes, we will be happy to store for up to 3 days.

  8. In regards to our overnight accommodations, will my guests receive a discount?

    The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa will offer a discount off our prevailing room rates for your guests. Our wedding discount will be offered based on availability and is not guaranteed. The wedding couple will receive a complimentary night in an ocean view guestroom with a balcony for the night of their wedding. The couple will also receive a special rate of $199 plus resort fee and taxes for up to two additional nights for the weekend of their wedding. The bride and groom’ s room is not a Bridal Suite. An upgrade to one of our penthouse suites can be arranged for an additional cost.

  9. Where will my bridal party members get ready?

    The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa does not have dressing rooms for bridal parties. We suggest guestrooms are reserved for those bridal party members in need of a location for getting ready. Due to our 4:00pm check in time and 12pm check-out time, please encourage your bridal party and guests to reserve their guest room for the evening prior to the wedding in addition to the wedding day.


Pricing on Consumption: Select Liquor:

Finlandia Vodka, Dewar’s White Label Whiskey, Seagram’s 7 American Whiskey, Bombay Dry Gin, Jim Beam Bourbon, Bacardi Superior Rum, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Korbel Brandy

Deluxe Liquor:

Grey Goose Vodka, Johnnie Walker Black Label Whiskey, Crown Royal Whiskey, Jack Daniels Bourbon, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Herradura Tequila,
Rémy Martin 1738 Cognac


Select Wines:

Bianchi, Sparkling Wine, CA
Hahn, Chardonnay, “Nicky Hahn,” Monterey, CA Hahn, Pinot Noir, “Nicky Hahn,” Monterey, CA

Deluxe Wines:

Hahn, “SLH,” Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA Smith & Hook, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, CA

Domestic Beer: Budweiser & Coors Light

Imported & Microbrew Beer:

Corona, Heineken
Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon, Anchor Steam

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Soda, Juices & Mineral Water

Hosted Beverages are subject to 19% Service Charged & 7.50% CA State Tax No Host Beverages Include Service Charge & Tax

$100 Bartender Fee will apply, per Bartender

Prices Do Not Include Service Charges of 19% and Local Tax of 7.50%


For booking this venue and hiring your own personal DJ please email:

Fantasy Wedding on a Yacht in Santa Barbara on the Channel Cat

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The Channel Cat provides a truly unique venue for a party with unparalleled views of Santa Barbara and Montecito. They offer the facilities of a fine hotel with a spectacular coastal cruise.

They charge exclusively for sailing time, not boarding or departure time. A half hour is allocated for boarding and 15 minutes allocated for disembarking which is included free of charge. This allows for cruising for the entirety of your event.

The ship offers a beautifully appointed 35’ Birdseye maple bar featuring a complete assortment of cocktails and some of Santa Barbara County’s finest local wines. Also included at no additional cost: Teak tables and chairs, leather couch and leather chairs, all glassware (including champagne glasses), dishware, silverware, coffee urns and we have beautiful local orchid arrangements on all the inside tables. Our surround sound speaker system which includes an Ipod docking station allows you to have music inside and on all outside decks. Additional AV equipment is also available at no additional charge.

The Channel Cat is U.S. Coast Guard Certified for 149 passengers and 4 crew.

Passengers may visit with Captain in pilot house and observe the mechanics of sailing the 107 ton ship. Food to be catered by outside catering company. Open bar available-see attached beverage list. Ship is equipped with state of the art audiovisual presentation system to provide you with laptop computer display via overhead projector, laser pointer, wire less microphone, surround sound, hire your own DJ for your fun yacht party, 30 min free boarding, 2 hour wedding reception yacht ride party, at $5,000.00, 50 percent deposit to hold the date. Getting tipsy is also optional on the boat at additional costs depending on what type of booze cruise you are seeking.

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Perfect for a small intimate Wedding on a boat for two hours to enjoy the Santa Barbara Harbor.

For more info on your Fantasy Wedding on a Yacht  in Santa Barbara Harbor and your very own personal DJ For your yacht party, email for more details:

Considering a Wedding at Still Waters Vineyards

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Weddings at Still Waters Vineyards

Tucked into the rolling hills of Paso Robles Wine Country, this endearing boutique vineyard is loaded with rustic charm. Our staff believes in “attention to detail” whether it’s the year-round care we give our fruit or the warm welcome we offer our visitors.

Still Waters Vineyards wedding event site can accommodate up to 100 people. If your wedding is 25 people or 100 people our facility is intimate and the perfect location for your special day.

The venue will not allow music past 10pm and not over 90 decibals.

Max capacity is 100 guest.

site fee is $4,800.00

Use of garden, olive grove, and tasting room patio

Round tables and wood chairs for the reception

White chairs for the ceremony

Heaters, 5 available

3 Barrels with tops to use as decorations

Set up of one bar; additional bar available

2 bartenders and 1 site supervisor for the duration of the event

Parking attendant o Set up of tables & chairs, your caterer must assist with take down/clean up.

Additional  o Café Style lighting over the reception area – $300.00 o Additional bar in the Olive Grove – $275.00 o Barrel Bar – $60.00 each, 2 available o Additional Barrels with tops – $20.00 o Additional guests over 100 – $50.00, not to exceed 125

Sample Event Timeline  5:15pm- Guest arrival  5:30pm – Ceremony start  6:00pm – Cocktail hour  6:45pm – Dinner served (length will depend on type of dinner service)  7:45pm – 10pm – toasts, cake cutting, dancing  10-11pm – event clean up


2750 Old Grove Lane,Paso Robles, CA 93446

For DJ vendor booking email:

How to pick a Santa Barbara Wedding DJ’s?

Santa Barbara Wedding DJ’s


How to Select Your Santa Barbara Wedding DJ!

The thing your guests will most remember most is if they had fun. It’s not ‘just music’ but the experience of your guests. You and your guests’ memories of your wedding day will be directly related to their experience. Years later, few will remember the flowers, lighting, cake, food or even dress – regardless of how stunning you look, they will remember if they had a memorable, fun time.

Selecting your Santa Barbara DJ or band is most likely the most difficult vendor selection you will make, and often one of the last. It’s human nature to procrastinate on the more difficult tasks. It’s easy to see why, few people have experience selecting DJs or bands, no two are alike and worst of all, you don’t really know how to select a good one – it’s intimidating.

Use these tips when selecting your wedding entertainment.

Recommendations –listen to your vendors, they know quality. One of the biggest mistakes I see is relying excessively on referrals from family and friends. A referral from a professional vendor (who is at the events and interacts with the DJs or band) is a significantly more valuable and informed referral. Often I hear from clients about a ‘great’band or DJ, who based on my years of experience I know lacks the most fundamental skills necessary to be even a good DJ or band!

Cost – Price should not be the primary consideration on something so important to the overall success of the event. Keep this in mind: Price is what you pay, Value is what you get. In an industry with so many part-time providers, price is the only way many DJs or bands can compete. As with anything in life, if the price seems unusually low, there is something wrong. Quality providers will be price competitive.

Local –Minimize your risk, use a local provider. You are planning arguably the most important event of your life, is it worth the risk of using a provider who regardless of quality must deal with variables they can’t control? The time it takes to get to Santa Barbara due to traffic alone is often underestimated (not to mention if there’s an accident) and can wreak havoc on the best timeline!

Ask open ended questions – When you are interviewing your potential DJs, don’t ask yes or no questions. Rather, ask questions that require a thoughtful response. It is in those responses that you will see their true character and priorities. For example: Don’t ask – ‘Do you take requests?’, instead ask ‘How do you select the music that will be played at our wedding’. Then resist the urge to ‘answer your own question. Make them give you an answer, then evaluate if that is in line with what you want.

Use your instincts, experience and logic – Many people make the mistake of selecting their DJ based on personality or ‘connection’ alone. Don’t get me wrong, personality is important – your DJ should have a great personality – but many couples stop there. That should be the ‘starting line’ when selecting your provider, not the finish. In addition to being friendly, fun and personable your DJ or band is providing a service. How has your experience been so far? Don’t just listen to what they say, but pay attention to what they do. Don’t make the mistake of selecting your DJ because the ‘talk a good game’ – as with other things, actions speak louder than words.

Learn more about our award winning Santa Barbara DJ’s at

The Engaged Couple in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara is a place where romance is kindled and where monarch butterflies really do exist at the beach. You will find on any given day, a person down on one knee proposing to there other half, ” soulmate.” They call Santa Barbara the velvet trap, this is where the romance boils, and wedding ceremonies happen often. Sometimes, the newly engaged couple forgets the essentials when getting engaged, here is the list:

  • engagement rings for each other
  • Photographer/ videographer to document the engagement
  • engagement party, whose turf to have it on? ( moms & dads house?, Venue of choice?)
  • letting your immediately family and friends know about your engagement, Who to invite? How to invite?
  • What to serve? food vendors at your party
  • music for the event
  • alcohol and drinking that is involved (perhaps a bartender)
  • How to set the scene?
  • What to wear?
  • Think of it as a mini pre-rehearsal for the big day.

Announcement of the “Big Day” aka Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, and of course “the Honey Moon”

After the engagement party, things to consider and think about for Wedding:

  • The official wedding bands that go with the engagement rings?
  • the suits, the wedding dress, attire theme.
  • Who will be the ring barriers, flower girls?
  • When the wedding date will be?
  • Where the wedding will be held? ( Event venue? Backyard?)
  • Who to hire as the officiant?
  • Which baker to bake the cake, Style of cake?
  • Have a cash bar? or No cash bar? All you can drink?
  • Who to invite? approximately how many guests?
  • Seating arrangements?
  • Who to hire as the wedding coordinator?
  • Who to hire as the photographer and or/ photobooth?
  • Who to hire as the DJ, Music talent, dance floor, lighting?
  • Who to hire for the food, wether plated or buffet style, and/ or H’orderves?
  • What type of flowers to have?
  • Color themes for the wedding?
  • Types of stations at the wedding?
  • Of course where the Honey Moon will be after?



Have more questions on your upcoming wedding? Please don’t hesitate to email me!

29 things you need to know About Santa Barbara Before You Move to the beach!

1. Healthy Is More Than Just A Trend Here…

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
…it’s a lifestyle. Santa Barbrians probably run more, hike more and eat more veggies than everyone in your last city. They’re also getting more Vitamin D, since it’s sunny over 300 days of the year. You’ll find crowds soaking up the sun and working out at East Beach, where everyone who’s anyone can be found on a run, beach volleyball court or stand-up paddleboard, or a match of tennis near the beach.

2. Our Surf’s Out For Summer

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Long stretches of pristine beaches cozying up to Rincon, one of California‘s premier surf spots, doesn’t necessarily mean your dreams of barrels during dawn patrol will come true. Surfers here are your average sunbathers and shaka-throwers in summer when the waves are nonexistent.

3. We’re The Source Of Holy Guacamole

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
In 1871, Santa Barbara’s own Judge R.B. Ord introduced Mexican avocado trees to the U.S., bringing the joy of healthy fats and guacamole to all, may not be as big as other countries but the best we have in California when we are not in a drought.

4. We’re Jack Johnson’s Alma Mater

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
He’s a charming, ultra-chill surf and song guru with billions of dollars in album sales and a cult following across all seven continents. But before he was a world-famous musician, Johnson was a humble UCSB student eating at the DLG—obviously on a day when there was no Broccoli Surprise, or the campus cafeteria never would have made it into a song lyric.

5. Calories Don’t Count Here

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Or at least not at McConnell’s Ice Cream. As a true ice cream aficionado, I can confidently say having McConnell’s at your fingertips is worth the price of real estate in Santa Barbara. Arguably America’s best ice cream, it’s superb as a sandwich, sundae, scoop or my favorite—breakfast. Price can be steeper than your use to at Baskin Robbins.

6. Who Needs SeaWorld?

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Just off the Santa Barbara coastline, you’ll find The Channel Islands National Park. Each of the five islands are bursting with mind-blowing ecological diversity, both aboveground and under the sea. The protected waters offer some of the best diving in California, plus an unparalleled opportunity to spot sunbathing sea lions, pods of dolphins and migrating whales.

7. Wine Not Go Tasting Here?

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
We won’t make Napa admit it, but Santa Barbara County produces some of California’s favorite wines. As a result, downtown has a booming collection of wineries and tasting rooms within walking distance. When there’s no need to hire a driver, any day is a good day to hike the Urban Wine Trail. Winery’s are Definitely competing for your business!

8. You Can Take A Hike

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Wedged between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the best way to view Santa Barbara is from the top. Downtown’s Spanish style architecture, palm tree lined boulevards and the distant Channel Islands are quite the reward for a little afternoon sweat.

9. You Can Get Educated At The World’s Most Beautiful Community College

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Santa Barbara City College sits cliffside, overlooking the sun-drenched Pacific Ocean and the misty Channel Islands. I mean, honestly, the whole place looks like a movie set. Take any course here and earn a double degree in spectacular views.

10. It’s A Stress-Free Eurotrip

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
A Mediterranean climate and picturesque coastline earned Santa Barbara the nickname of “The American Riviera.” Our condolences to your travel agent, but there’s no need for flights when the city is already brimming with red-tiled rooftops, high-end restaurants and charming boutiques.

11. We’re The Original Earth Lovers

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
After the catastrophic Santa Barbara Oil Spill in 1969, the city had environmental preservation heavy on its mind. The result? The very first Earth Day back in 1970. We’ve been ardently celebrating Earth Day ever since, with festivals so elaborate there’s even valet bike parking. How green is that?

12. You Can Party With Confetti Eggs

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
When the Spanish settled Santa Barbara, they left behind two pieces of history—the Santa Barbara Mission and an affinity for fiestas. Every year, Old Spanish Days takes over downtown with a citywide fiesta of music, food and confetti-filled eggs for cracking on your friend’s noggin.

13. Get Ya’ Veggies Here

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
On Tuesday nights, Santa Barbara’s famous State Street turns into an iconic California farmer’s market. Traffic shuts down to make way for peaches and avocados, while dreadlocked musicians in tie-dyed cotton pants offer songs and smiles as you fill your basket with organic kale.

14. We Have A True Monarchy

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Santa Barbara’s monarchs sit on a throne of trees. The Coronado Butterfly Preserve is one of California’s largest monarch butterfly winter roosting locations, and its cliffside, oceanfront location definitely isn’t the worst spot for a winter vacation. You won’t miss these butterflies in your stomach, they are everywhere in Santa Barbara!

15. Jalama-Rama

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
The world famous Jalama Beach Grill’s beachside burgers are an SB County classic, especially since every order comes with a side of gorgeous, secluded beach. There’s surf and camping, and come on, “Jalama” (ha-la-ma) is just plain fun to say.

16. Some Of The Best Things In Life Aren’t Free

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Yeah, Santa Barbara is a wealth of natural beauty and priceless adventure, but there’s no substitute for some old fashioned retail therapy. The bloodline of downtown, State Street, is a consumer paradise that runs straight up to Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Harbor. Teeming with local small businesses like Plum Goods, selling organic, recycled and fair trade goodies, along with the big names you know and love like Macy’s or Nordstrom, there’s truly something for everyone.

17. You Can Dine With Julia Child’s Ghost

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
The famed culinary demigod Julia Child claimed the suspiciously modest La Super Rica Taqueria as the home of Santa Barbara’s best Mexican food. With handmade tortillas soft enough to swaddle a newborn and an incessant mile long line, this taco haven seems to have earned her blessings for good reason.

18. Our Teenage Dream

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Contrary to popular belief, pop superstar Katy Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara, not Candyland. She attended Dos Pueblos High School, where there are no records of her wearing peppermint bras or neon wigs, great place to raise kids if rent was not as high as it is! That is something to think about, you will need to make a healthy income to stay here long term! Or just come from money.

19. Float Like A Butterfly

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Directly across from the exceedingly luxurious Four Seasons Biltmore, Butterfly Beach is where celebrities go to get spotted for a “Who’s Hot” bikini bod spread in People magazine. Everything on this beach is beautiful, from the beach bunnies to the views.

20. Velkommen Til Solvang

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
On the edge of Santa Barbara County sits Solvang, America’s Danish Capital. Founded in 1911 by a homesick clan of Danes, the village looks like the inside of a little girl’s dollhouse. There’s no better place (besides Denmark) to gobble down traditional aebleskivers and contemplate windmills. You can get fresh rabbit at the farmers market they hold here on Wednesdays.

21. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
The James Joyce is the city’s first Irish bar, and one of the least pretentious spots for a good drink. There’s toe-tapping live music six days a week, the occasional Irish immigrant and an energetic following of long-time Guinness lovers.

22. This Is Chumash Territory

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Before there was Santa Barbara, there was Chumash land. Legendary purveyors of land and sea, the Chumash Indians spanned the Santa Barbara coastline and nearby Channel Islands long before the Spanish arrived. Their seashell currency and plank canoes can be revered at the city’s Natural History Museum, or just ask the ghosts of Chumash past a few questions on your own at the Painted Cave off Highway 154. If you are a diver you may find ancient artifacts, be careful of the kelp forest!

23. It’s The Original Hollywood

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Eternally picture-perfect, Santa Barbara knew stardom before Hollywood existed. Beginning in 1910 with California’s first major movie studio, Flying A Studios, the city used to be the area’s largest producer of silent films. Too cool for fame, Santa Barbara soon passed the smog and paparazzi on to Los Angeles.

24. It’s Where Tri-Tip Equals Romance

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Built by Chinese laborers in the 1860s for travelers crossing the San Marcos Pass, The Cold Spring Tavern is proof that one century’s stagecoach rest stop is another’s romantic getaway. Perfectly preserved old school charm makes an attractive backdrop for the tavern’s timeless tri-tip sandwiches, only available on weekends.

25. Your Outdoor Entertainment, Indoors

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
The historic Arlington Theater features a starry ceiling above mock-balconies, staircases and houses, giving guests the sensation of sitting outdoors in a colonial Spanish plaza. Home to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Arlington is the best venue to view both fake stars and real ones.

26. When You’re Feeling Shady

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Spreading out over 160 feet, The Moreton Bay Fig Tree generates more than 21,000 square feet of shade. The largest of its kind in the nation, there’s no better place to curl up with a book and recover from yesterday’s sunburn.

27. Our Horizon Has Been Defeated

30 Things You Need to Know About Santa Barbara, CA Before You Move There
Jack Johnson’s pirates of the new age are actually oil rigs, the same ones responsible for the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Sure, it was California’s largest ever oil spill, causing massive amounts of ecological damage, and during the daytime these offshore drilling sites do put kind of a damper on the otherwise flawless ocean view. But at night, they’re just like extravagant, blinking Christmas displays.

28. You’ll Have To Pick A Side

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You’ll have to choose a victor yourself between the Los Agaves and Los Arroyos restaurant rivalry. The similarities are there: Both have a salsa bar, quick, friendly service and melt-in-your-mouth Mexican. You can try to stay objective, but let’s be honest—no one likes a two-timer.

29. The High Price Of Beauty

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It’s as expensive as it is beautiful, and Santa Barbara is really, really beautiful. We’re talking postcard beautiful. In 2013 the average price of a single family home was more than $2 million. But, as with most things, you get what you pay for.

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Special Events Maximum Capacity 500


I visited the Maritime Museum in search for my big gay and lesbian wedding today, I was sure I could find a venue to fit 3000 on the beach front dock only to be sadden by this beautiful Museum that holds maximum capacity of 500. I guess I may have to cut my invitation list down to 500 people, or just keep it a dock front party! The museum is pretty awesome, it has artifacts everywhere, educational material all over the venue. My favorite feature about a wedding here is the Giant Boat in the room, having some crazy lighting effects, Visual effects, and a high end fogger would really make this a lasting impression! There is even a place to set up a photo booth so it doesn’t take away from the lite up dance floor! If you are interested in hiring a DJ/ Audio Production company for this venue, Please don’t hesitate to email me!

A little information about the Venue:

The mission of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is to preserve and celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast and present it to the public in an interesting and exciting way.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) opened its doors in July 2000, inside the Santa Barbara Waterfront Center (formerly the Naval Reserve Building). Built in 1943 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, the building overlooks the Santa Barbara harbor, the 1916 Sea Mew David T. Nidever and the museum’s flagship, the 1917 sportfishing yacht Ranger.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, located in the Santa Barbara Harbor, is the perfect location for your next corporate event or wedding. Opened in July 2000, the Maritime Museum offers a wide variety of exhibits, featuring local stories of surfing, commercial diving and fishing, shipwrecks, the Chumash, the 1969 Oil Spill, and the Santa Barbara Channel. This is one of the premier event venues in Santa Barbara, and your guests can choose from a variety of event and reception packages. The Maritime Museum can accommodate up to 400 guests for a reception, and 150 for a sit down meal. The Munger Theater seats 88 guests and features an HD projector and  large screen, perfect for business presentations or small, private meetings. Larger audiences can be accommodated on the main floor of the museum. This beach event venue is also perfect as a film location, and offers picturesque views of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Channel, and the Channel Islands.

In addition,  this party venue is surrounded by restaurants, offers plenty of public parking, and a wide variety of on the ocean family activities, including whale watching, stand-up paddling, kayaking, sunset cruises, sailing, swimming and much more. Santa Barbara caterers and wedding coordinators love the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for its convenient, beachfront location, and the flexibility it provides for all types or events and parties.

Location of the Beautiful Dock Front Venue:

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara CA 93109

Local Santa Barbara Living, You know your a Santa Barbrian when…

You know your a Santa Barbrian when..

You can’t justify Isla Vista when you walk that beach, all that you step in is tar and you are just happier walking nicely paved beaches with no tar, and beer cans from the raving party last night.

You shop at the Tri-County Produce on your bike with a cute wire basket, and think getting to Costco in Goleta, is the worst idea in the world.

You pick up cans and recycling without even realizing it because you don’t want anything to harm the ocean in Santa Barbara, and the dolphins and whales that come this way only.

When you see thousands of Lobster cages sitting around in the parking lot waiting to be dropped the week before they are allowed to be dropped in.

When tourist ask you where to get good Seafood.

All that you see are gay, lesbian couples everywhere and of course straight couples, and transexual ones too, and many groupies!

There is only like two local nightclubs in all of Santa Barbara, mostly filled with tourist, the strip club is more happening usually.

The cheapest alcohol is at Costco, so your going to have to fill up your 7 Up for the beach or grab a mini bottle for $15 at the liquor stores.

When you see someone walking there tiny poodle near the beach, you know for a fact that they must be a property owner because no one in Santa Barbara can have a dog if they are a renter.

when you look on craigslist and there is no housing for under 3k for a tiny little shack bedroom, and even then it is only for one occupant due to “rules” made by “THE MAN.” ahem Santa Barbara Housing Authority.

when it costs more to park an RV then it costs to live in a motel.

There is always a wedding going on at the Beach with a crappy DJ who doesn’t have good lighting with a super disturbing generator spinning something like black eye peas, or lmfao.

The wedding venues on the beach front docks costs 40k to rent for the day.

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