Dunbar Ranch Rental

By Richard Mineards   |   February 7, 2023

Carpinteria actor Kevin Costner, 68, is renting out his 160-acre Aspen, Colorado, home for a hefty $36,000 a night.

The Oscar and recent Golden Globe winner’s property has 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms, with it spread over nearly 6,000 square feet and accommodating up to 27 people.

Known as the Dunbar Ranch, it is described as “the ultimate luxury retreat” and is located just minutes from the jet set ski resort’s downtown.

It even comes with a baseball field and a sledding area.

It’s all downhill from there…

Cosmetics Sales Increase

Cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden should sign up Prince Harry!

Since the Duke of Sussex, 38, revealed the frostbite to his nether regions from an Arctic expedition in his memoir Spare and how he dealt with the problem using Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, a favorite of his late mother Princess Diana, which retails for $27, sales have shot up 60% compared to last year.

Online searches of the cream have also rocketed by 180%.

The power of princely promotion…

New Documentary on the Way

Montecito actor Michael J. Fox says his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis at age 29 drove him to alcoholism and that he had to pop dopamine pills and use props in his left hand to hide the incurable disease.

The Back to the Future star, now 61, is releasing his new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie on Apple TV+ later this year.

Fox, who debuted it at the Sundance Film Festival last week, rose to fame with his TV roles on Family Ties and later in Back to the Future and Teen Wolf.

However, he says none of that mattered as he was struck with the diagnosis at the height of his fame in 1991.

“You think that life’s made of brick and rock,” says Fox. “But it’s not. It’s made of paper and feathers. It’s an illusion.

“I was definitely an alcoholic. But I’ve now gone 30 years without having a drink.”

A Palm Springs Rental

The late Santa Barbara hotelier and Disney actor Fess Parker’s two-bedroom house in Palm Springs is up for sale for $1.975 million.

The one-acre estate in the historic Indian Canyons neighborhood has floor-to-ceiling windows and vast open-plan rooms.

The Texan, who died at age 85 in 2010, found fame as frontiersman Davy Crockett in the 1950s. His former eponymous beachfront hostelry is now the Hilton.

The desert property last changed hands in September 2017 with the current owner paying $765,000 and doing major renovation.

Organs Abroad

Santa Barbara music critic Daniel Kepl is going further afield!

Dan, who writes for The Voice, is organizing a 12-day tour of Portugal in June, which will focus on visiting the cathedrals and historic pipe organs of the Iberian country.

Stays in Lisbon and Porto will be supplemented by day trips to the Douro River Valley, Guimarães, Braga, Coimbra, Fátima, Mafra, and the city of castles, Sintra.

To see the full itinerary and costs check out https://emeritiphilharmonic.com.

New Board Members for SBAC

It has been a busy season for the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, with four new board members joining in recent months.

“We are thrilled that these four dynamic leaders have joined,” says newly appointed president Helene Schneider. “Each brings incredible expertise, connections to the Santa Barbara community, and a wealth of wisdom and energy for growing and sustaining our local art scene.”

The four new members are Sharyn Main, Vanae Rivera, Dug Uyesaka, and Joseph Velasco.

Main has been involved with the county’s philanthropic and nonprofit sector for nearly four decades, while Rivera is a self-taught artist, as well as owner of Mary Tattoo. Uyesaka, a teacher at Laguna Blanca School, is also a working artist and has been involved with the community arts scene since the ‘70s, while Velasco, a teacher at Santa Barbara High, attended UCSB and started his career in 1991 with the renowned Chicano theater company, El Teatro Campesino, as an intern before becoming a resident director.

In 1994 he co-founded BOXTALES Theatre Company, helping create a hybrid style of physical theater and storytelling which continues to this day.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lunching at the Stonehouse at the San Ysidro Ranch… Actress Meg Ryan noshing at Brass Bird Coffee in Carpinteria… Singer Katy Perry’s mother Mary Hudson telling friends she has become Vice President of Adam’s Angels, the homeless charity.

Pip! Pip! Be safe, wear a mask when needed, and get vaccinated.  


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