Tag archives: social club

Coral Casino Under Renovation
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 21, 2022

Earlier this week, Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club owner Ty Warner gave members an update for his plans on reopening the exclusive beachside club, which has been closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. It is anticipated that the club will reopen in the first quarter of 2023, after improvements […]

A Sense of Belonging: Private Clubs Add to Santa Barbara’s Residential Appeal
By Gabe Saglie   |   August 12, 2021

Among the unexpected silver linings of the pandemic? The fact that the appeal of living in Santa Barbara’s South Coast has surged, and surged in a big way. An enclave like Montecito is not all that far from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, where a pandemic-inspired exodus continues. But, as so many residents and […]

Polo in Paradise: Kentucky Derby Brings Out Familiar Faces
By Lynda Millner   |   June 3, 2021

The Santa Barbara Polo Club is celebrating 110 years, one of the oldest clubs in the United States. It was the location for a Kentucky Derby party hosted by Deb Richards, John Hillis, and Juli Kordic. Energy abounded (and so did mint juleps and big hats) since it was the first time for many to […]

Keep Up That Racquet, Please!
By Richard Mineards   |   April 29, 2021

It’s all systems go at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club! As the Carpinteria equestrian facility marks its 110th season with its official opening on May 2, the club will be open to spectators as pandemic lockdown rules are eased. “It will be nice to have people back in the stands,” said club manager […]

Montecito Club to Reopen Next Week
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 15, 2021

Ty Warner’s Montecito Club is set to reopen Tuesday, April 13, after being closed for more than a year during the COVID pandemic. The Club, which features a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and social club, has expanded its offerings to include new outdoor amenities, including tennis lessons and clinics for all ages, movies on […]

Epicurean Delights
By Richard Mineards   |   November 26, 2019

Too many cooks didn’t spoil the broth when Epicurean Santa Barbara celebrated its second anniversary at the Chase Palm Park Recreation Center with 120 guests. The food and wine social club, which has 150 members who attend around four events each month, featured four chefs and their culinary wizardry at the boffo bash. “Our goal […]

It’s Now Montecito Club
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 28, 2019

After more than three and a half years, owner Ty Warner reopens the Montecito Country Club, renamed “Montecito Club” on March 29. In addition to the renovation of the property, the new Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course makes its debut.Limited memberships are still available, with initiation fees up to $275,000 for the Connoisseur level.  “The […]

Ship Ahoy
By Lynda Millner   |   March 21, 2019

The Santa Barbara Yacht Club (SBYC) was all decked out in its nautical garb in honor of Opening Day Ceremonies and so were all the members. It was the 147th Opening Day. SBYC is the second oldest club on the west coast of North America. The morning began with mimosas and coffee, followed by a […]

SBYC Makes Waves
By Richard Mineards   |   March 14, 2019

It was history in the making when Santa Barbara Yacht Club marked its 147th opening day when the sea of blue blazers inside matched the Pacific outside. Executive chef Michael Blackwell laid on a culinary display of food, accompanied by gallons of mimosas, that would have made Belshazzar green with envy as Teen Star winner […]

By Richard Mineards   |   February 21, 2019

Fans of the magical arts got quite a treat when Milt and Arlene Larsen‘s Montecito outpost of their legendary Magic Castle in Hollywood opened its doors. The new club, on the former site of the popular eatery Café Del Sol opposite the Andree Clark bird refuge, starred Lance Burton, 58, who did more than 15,000 […]

By Richard Mineards   |   November 8, 2018

Kevin Speer, the affable manager of Beanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner‘s Coral Casino, is celebrating his 25th anniversary in the role. But his career at the beachside club came about by chance. “Chris Hart, the former general manager of the resort, asked me to come over to the club from the hotel to correct some […]

Magic Castle Cabaret
By Lynda Millner   |   September 6, 2018

Something new is happening at the bird refuge. There used to be a restaurant called Café del Sol. Today it is being transformed into a private-members-only club called the Magic Castle Cabaret and is located at 30 Los Patos Way. The owners are Arlene and Milt Larsen. If that name sounds familiar, associate it with […]

By Lynda Millner   |   September 6, 2018

Because I lived in Napoli, Italia, for three years and my son was born there, I have a soft spot for all things Italian. Of course, Don and I said, “yes,” when invited by our Italian friends Dr. Jim Barbabella and Frank and Jean Umanzio to a Ferragosto picnic in lower Manning Park. The group […]

Open Sesame: It’s Magic
By Richard Mineards   |   August 30, 2018

Montecito’s new Magic Castle cabaret, on the site of the former Cafe del Sol, a tiara’s toss from the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, is open for business. The 11,761-sq-ft nitery, founded by Milt and Arlene Larsen, who also own the 55-year-old club of the same name in Hollywood, will initially only be open on Thursdays […]

La Merienda Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   August 16, 2018

The Santa Barbara Women’s Club (SBWC) began a tradition, which is now 90 years old – the La Merienda Luncheon. The Clubhouse at Rockwood is open to the public. Along with lunch, there is a program of Spanish dancers and musicians that ends with Mexican cookies served on the patio. Folks join the fun by […]

American Irish Historical Society
By Lynda Millner   |   March 22, 2018

In this St. Patrick’s Day month, it seemed appropriate to attend a meeting of the American Irish Historical Society at a private club. The founder and president of the California branch Frank McGinity had invited me. The speaker was a notable Irishman Hugh Kelly, who brought his book Honest John Kelly Truth or Satire. Hugh […]

Merry Chrisman
By Richard Mineards   |   March 15, 2018

Former Santa Barbara Yacht Club commodore Roger Chrisman took delivery of his new 78-foot cruiser Polaris II earlier this month and with his wife, Sarah, held a champagne-fueled launch party in the harbor. The Taiwan-built cruiser, with a 2,400-gallon fuel tank, replaces his original vessel, Polaris, which had a length of 52 feet. “There’s nothing […]