People, Places and Things Archive

  • This story is about a house. A magnificent house, in the heart of Montecito that has been many things to many people, since being built in 1919. Not only is the home remarkable, but the story that accompanies it is also quite rich and unique. We think you’ll agree that Casa Dorinda’s history has more than a few parallels to that fictional mansion across the pond known as Downton Abbey. Before launching into the history of Casa Dorinda and the extraordinary (and quite generous) family that built and called it home for several decades, we’ll show and tell you […] 0

    Casa Dorinda – Montecito’s Downton Abbey

    This story is about a house. A magnificent house, in the heart of Montecito that has been many things to many people, since being built in 1919. Not only is the home remarkable, but the story that accompanies it is also quite rich and unique. We think you’ll agree that Casa Dorinda’s history has more than a few parallels to that fictional mansion across the pond known as Downton Abbey. Before launching into the history of Casa Dorinda and the extraordinary (and quite generous) family that built and called it home for several decades, we’ll show and tell you […]

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  • This week we walked the neighborhood known as Pepper Hill. Our hike consisted of more than just the “hill”, which has only two roads – Woodley and Glenview. As you can see from our map, we made a loop, also including parts of Alston, Sycamore Canyon and a little bit of Hot Springs Road. Pepper Hill got its name from David Benton Jones, who in 1912, at the age of 64 years old traveled to Santa Barbara with his adult son, Owen. After spending a month at the Arlington Hotel, Mr. Jones purchased two parcels of land in Montecito, […] 0

    Pepper – It Ain’t no Doctor, no Sgt. and no Street

    This week we walked the neighborhood known as Pepper Hill. Our hike consisted of more than just the “hill”, which has only two roads – Woodley and Glenview. As you can see from our map, we made a loop, also including parts of Alston, Sycamore Canyon and a little bit of Hot Springs Road. Pepper Hill got its name from David Benton Jones, who in 1912, at the age of 64 years old traveled to Santa Barbara with his adult son, Owen. After spending a month at the Arlington Hotel, Mr. Jones purchased two parcels of land in Montecito, […]

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  • At one point, back when George Wright formed the Montecito Land Company, one road was smack dab in the middle of the property. Hence it was given its humble name, Middle Road. We wonder, and could speculate as to how and why High Road got its name, but we’ll leave that to someone else. There’s a lot of history and beauty crammed into one little area of Montecito and so we begin… As you can see from the map, we have marked six points of interest. They are: the old polo field, the old playhouse, George Washington Smith’s first […] 0

    Montecito’s Middle

    At one point, back when George Wright formed the Montecito Land Company, one road was smack dab in the middle of the property. Hence it was given its humble name, Middle Road. We wonder, and could speculate as to how and why High Road got its name, but we’ll leave that to someone else. There’s a lot of history and beauty crammed into one little area of Montecito and so we begin… As you can see from the map, we have marked six points of interest. They are: the old polo field, the old playhouse, George Washington Smith’s first […]

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  • We’ve decided to walk each and every street in “the city limits of Montecito”, and this week we set out to explore one of the most fabled and fascinating areas of town. Modernly, there are two “villages” in Montecito – the Upper Village near San Ysidro and East Valley Roads and the Lower Village along Coast Village Road. The granddaddy of European villages in Montecito, however, is “Spanishtown”, a hamlet that thrived for over 100 years near what is now Parra Grande Lane and East Valley Road. This hike began at what became the heart and soul of Spanishtown […] 0

    Montecito’s Spanish Hamlet

    We’ve decided to walk each and every street in “the city limits of Montecito”, and this week we set out to explore one of the most fabled and fascinating areas of town. Modernly, there are two “villages” in Montecito – the Upper Village near San Ysidro and East Valley Roads and the Lower Village along Coast Village Road. The granddaddy of European villages in Montecito, however, is “Spanishtown”, a hamlet that thrived for over 100 years near what is now Parra Grande Lane and East Valley Road. This hike began at what became the heart and soul of Spanishtown […]

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  • This week we hiked a little bit more of Montecito. We so enjoyed it that we’ve officially decided to walk each and every street in “the city limits of Montecito”. By that we mean we’ll systematically walk all of the streets appearing on one of Montecito’s district maps. Since Montecito has no official “city limits” we’ll have to decide which of the many districts maps to use – fire, school, water, sewer among them. As we cover this unique and wonderful territory, we’ll explore the sights, history, a private garden or two and hopefully gain entrance to some of […] 0

    Bella Vista – Montecito’s Banana Belt

    This week we hiked a little bit more of Montecito. We so enjoyed it that we’ve officially decided to walk each and every street in “the city limits of Montecito”. By that we mean we’ll systematically walk all of the streets appearing on one of Montecito’s district maps. Since Montecito has no official “city limits” we’ll have to decide which of the many districts maps to use – fire, school, water, sewer among them. As we cover this unique and wonderful territory, we’ll explore the sights, history, a private garden or two and hopefully gain entrance to some of […]

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  • Our last story featured two very historic 2-story adobes in Santa Barbara; the Masini Adobe at the foot of Ortega Hill and the Botillier Adobe on Bath Street. After reading the story, subscriber TOTCH submitted a comment asking, “Does anyone have any pictures of the building that was vacant for years that sat on W. Carrillo St and the 900 block of San Pasqual where it stopped at Carrillo?” Ask and you shall receive, gentle readers…Actually, if the truth be told, we had already been planning to investigate more of that old building, which we had also heard was […] 0

    The Packard Adobe – California’s Largest Adobe

    Our last story featured two very historic 2-story adobes in Santa Barbara; the Masini Adobe at the foot of Ortega Hill and the Botillier Adobe on Bath Street. After reading the story, subscriber TOTCH submitted a comment asking, “Does anyone have any pictures of the building that was vacant for years that sat on W. Carrillo St and the 900 block of San Pasqual where it stopped at Carrillo?” Ask and you shall receive, gentle readers…Actually, if the truth be told, we had already been planning to investigate more of that old building, which we had also heard was […]

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  • There are two wonderful adobes in Santa Barbara that have for many years captured our interests and imaginations. Be believe they are the only two freestanding 2-story adobes left in the area and both survived the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake with only minor damage! The first, the Masini Adobe is at the foot of Ortega Hill, on Sheffield Drive, and the other, the Botiller Adobe is located at 1023 Bath Street. Both properties originally encompassed large areas of land for large commercial vegetable gardens and vineyards. Both properties also served as wineries, which were owned and operated by European […] 0

    Two 2-Story Adobe Abodes

    There are two wonderful adobes in Santa Barbara that have for many years captured our interests and imaginations. Be believe they are the only two freestanding 2-story adobes left in the area and both survived the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake with only minor damage! The first, the Masini Adobe is at the foot of Ortega Hill, on Sheffield Drive, and the other, the Botiller Adobe is located at 1023 Bath Street. Both properties originally encompassed large areas of land for large commercial vegetable gardens and vineyards. Both properties also served as wineries, which were owned and operated by European […]

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  • We’ve deiced to focus on old service stations that are no longer in service, partly out of a feeling of nostalgia and partly for the sport of it. Gas stations have changed dramatically over the years, and it’s not just about gas prices. It’s also about the service. We both recall childhood days when our parents pulled into one of the dozens of Santa Barbara service station and we heard those classic words, “fill ‘er up”. Those were the days before filing the tank nearly broke the bank. You usually sat in the car while the kid filling your […] 0

    Service Station Transformations

    We’ve deiced to focus on old service stations that are no longer in service, partly out of a feeling of nostalgia and partly for the sport of it. Gas stations have changed dramatically over the years, and it’s not just about gas prices. It’s also about the service. We both recall childhood days when our parents pulled into one of the dozens of Santa Barbara service station and we heard those classic words, “fill ‘er up”. Those were the days before filing the tank nearly broke the bank. You usually sat in the car while the kid filling your […]

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  • The Urban Hikers check out the decorated clock tower at the courthouse. 0

    Courthouse Fiesta Clock Tower

    The Urban Hikers check out the decorated clock tower at the courthouse.

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  • The Urban Hikers continue their coastal trek. This hike takes them along the beach from the sluice at Shark’s Cove to the Miramar raft. 0

    Just Walkin’ The Beach

    The Urban Hikers continue their coastal trek. This hike takes them along the beach from the sluice at Shark’s Cove to the Miramar raft.

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