| A New Eco-Hotel in a Revitalized Arts District | I grew up an hour south of Santa Barbara, and have lived there twice over the last two decades. At risk of dating myself, during that stretch of time I’ve witnessed a staggering amount of change and development on this self-proclaimed “American Riviera.” Both good and bad. While […]


| Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country. Capped off with, of course, some wine tasting. All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, […]

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| SoCal’s Eco-Friendly Oasis | Go to beginning of Ojai article  More than anything else, though, we love it that the community really gets behind environmental preservation by supporting organizations like the Ojai Valley Defense Fund (OVDF), a non-profit aiding groups who take legal action “to protect and sustain the environmental quality of the Ojai Valley […]

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| SoCal’s Eco-Friendly Oasis | With family in the ant swarm of the Los Angeles basin, we are frequently pulled southward from our tranquil northern California home. And to ease entry into (or out of) the notorious SoCal sprawl, we often seek out a nearby oasis to “prepare” or “regroup.” Ojai fits the bill perfectly. Just […]

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| Comfort Amid Critters | The bobcat was the first indication that El Capitan Canyon isn’t just another green glamping “resort.” Just across California Highway 101 from historic El Capitan State Beach, fewer than 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, this eco-friendly “nature lodging” lures city slickers and locals alike to its luxury safari tents […]