For all its charm and excellence, the American Riviera has taken an environmental pounding from the prized and prolific reserves of crude oil lying in wait beneath its bright and vibrant surface.
Out of the rubble of the 1925 earthquake, Santa Barbara became a showcase for design and construction in the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style.
Whether it’s the first-rate wines, mild Mediterranean climate, or azure seas lapping onto its alluring downtown beaches, the Santa Barbara coast does bear an uncanny resemblance to its more illustrious French cousin.
We left Monterey, drove down the coast, and moved to Santa Barbara for the month of October.
For our next month-at-a-time adventure, Esther and I have selected three locations that exemplify the scenic bounty, recreational rewards, and cultural, historical, and scientific significance of the Golden State.