Santa Barbara Car Shows

If you live in Santa Barbara and like a good car show, you won’t have to drive very far.  Santa Barbara plays host to many different car shows, weekly meets and cruises.  Gentlemen (and ladies) start your engines. The Santa Barbara County car shows are just around the corner.

The Santa Barbara Wheels and Waves Classic Car and Hot Rod Show is on the calendar for May 19TH.  The venue is on State Street between Micheltorena and Gutierrez.

Look for the Nite Life Car show coming to The Earl Warren Showgrounds  on June 2nd, 2013

I like to cruise over to Carpinteria  over the 4th of July weekend for the Rods and Roses Classic Car Show.

Don’t miss Woodies car show on August 18TH.   A fun retro show sponsored by the Woodies Club.

Goleta does not miss out on the chance to get a car show together. Each year, Goleta hosts the Lemmon Festival and Car Show. This year’s show will be held on September 28th, 2013. As always, there will be plenty of food, entertainment and a classic car show. Girsh Park will once again be the spot to be. (Located in Goleta, Santa Barbara County).

Sundays on Coast Village Road are also a fun time fro car watching. Many of the locals participate in an impromptu car meet all up and down Coast Village Road. Classic cars are littered through the street along with modern super cars or a modern take on some 1950’s hot rods that have been fully customized for the owner.

The best part about any of the car shows in Santa Barbara definitely has to be the people. Most everyone at these car gatherings are great people with great stories that they are willing to share with you. You never know, you might just learn something new from these gearheads.

Filippini Wealth Management was founded by Ian Filippini. Ian Filippini personally takes the effort to manage and oversee the day to day operations of the business. Ian Filippini runs the show but has his brother, Alex Filippini, close by to lend a hand. Filippini Wealth Management has a one stop shop designed that has been providing value to our clients in the areas of taxation, insurance and real estate. Ian Filippini takes whatever time is needed to meet, understand his client’s goals and the calculate way to implement them.

Filippini Wealth Management is located near Santa Barbara, in a town called Montecito. Filippini Wealth Management’s office is located just outside of the Santa Barbara city limits. We are still within Santa Barbara County limits. Ian Filippini’s parents, Alfred Filippini (dead in 2009) and Deborah Filippini decided to move the family to the Santa Barbara area in the 1990’s. Ian Filippini has traveled the world and agrees with all the locals that Santa Barbara is the place to be!

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Santa Barbara Area High Schools

Below if a very brief and quick guide to the local high schools of the immediate Santa Barbara area. There are also more high schools Located in northern Santa Barbara County or in neighboring Ventura County.

Carpinteria High School- A smaller public high school that is located about 15 minutes South of Santa Barbara in the City of Carpinteria. This high school is larger than all of the other private school, but about half the size of other Santa Barbara public high schools.

Dos Pueblos High School- A public high school with a student body size of around 2,000 students. Located about 15 minutes north of Santa Barbara in the city of Goleta.

San Marcos High School- A public high school with a student body size of around 2,000 students. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, this school is just blocks from State Street and half a block from the Santa Barbara County Bowl.

Laguna Blanca High School- A private charter school with that is an offshoot of their lower level schools (K-8). This high school focuses on day students and does not provide room and board on campus. Located in the foothills of Santa Barbara (also known as the American Riviera).

Bishop Diego High School – This is a private catholic school with smaller classes and overall student population.  It is a day school and has no boarding facilities to my knowledge. Also located in the city limits of Santa Barbara.

Cate School High School- Extremely private high school with small class sizes and an entire student body of between 200 and 500 kids. Many celebrities and famous businessmen have decided to send their children to school. Cate school is primarily a boarding school, but does allow a few local kids to attend as “day students.” Located about 5 miles away from Carpinteria High School. Cate School is still within the Santa Barbara County Limits.

Filippini Wealth Management was founded by Ian Filippini. Ian Filippini also oversees the day to day operations of the business and has his brother, Alex Filippini, close by to lend a hand. Filippini Wealth Management is one stop shop designed to provide value to our clients in the areas of taxation, insurance and real estate. Ian Filippini takes the time to understand his client’s goals and the best way to implement them.

Filippini Wealth Management is located near Santa Barbara, in a town called Montecito. Filippini Wealth Management’s office is located just outside of the Santa Barbara city limits, but still within Santa Barbara County. Ian Filippini’s parents, Alfred Filippini (deceased) and Deborah Filippini decided to move the family to the Santa Barbara area in the 1990’s. Ian Filippini has traveled the world and agrees with all the locals that Santa Barbara is the place to be!

Santa Barbara: Education and A Blast from the Past

Santa Barbara has many educational opportunities.  It is home to University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, Antioch University and Brooks Institute of Photography.  Santa Barbara City College boasts a School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management and has a Nursing program. But tourists do not have to attend these schools to gain an education. Santa Barbara has many different places that offer learning opportunities or just a blast from the past.

A blast from the past is located near University of California, Santa Barbara.  West Wind Santa Barbara Drive-In @ 907 Kellogg Avenue in Goleta.  All movies shown are double features with a large lot for plenty of cars to fit. A fun snack bar and an area for football or tag make this a great place to see how we used to go to the movies.

For those looking for a little more education, head to the beach. The Ty Warner Sea Center is located on Santa Barbara’s Pier and offers the youngster a whirlpool petting zoo; complete with mussels and starfish! The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located in the Santa Barbara foothills and offers a wide range of education from the onsite planetarium to the full whale skeleton that greets guests as they arrive. Not far away are the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens offering serene and breathtaking scenery with local fauna. Do not forget to get tickets to go see Lotus Land in Montecito – anyone on the trip is certainly guaranteed to see and learn something new.

On your way out of Santa Barbara, a little further down the coast is Carpinteria. Next to Carpinteria’s state beach is the Salt Marsh. The area is a natural preserve that has trail, ropes, and descriptions of local vegetation and wildlife.

Filippini Wealth Management was incorporated by its President, by Ian Filippini. Ian Filippini takes pride in overseeing and managing the day to day operations of the business. Ian Filippini’s brother is also there, Alex Filippini, to lend a hand whenever needed. Filippini Wealth Management is one stop shop designed to provide value to our clients in the areas of taxation, insurance and real estate. Ian Filippini takes the necessary time to understand his client’s goals and the best way to execute them.

Filippini Wealth Management is located in Santa Barbara County, just outside the city limits of Santa Barbara. The town is called Montecito and Filippini Wealth Management’s offices are on Coast Village Road. Ian Filippini’s was raised by his parents, Alfred Filippini (no longer living) and Deborah Filippini. Mom and Dad decided to move the family to the Santa Barbara area in the 1990’s. Ian Filippini has since seen the world, but still decides to make Santa Barbara his home.

A Quick Trip Guide to Santa Barbara

It is a good idea to book your hotel room the minute you know you will be traveling to Santa Barbara to move your child to college.   Book your room for Graduation weekend when your student is a senior.  Otherwise you might not be sleeping in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara has good public transportation.   From Am Track to the City bus a car is not essential when living in Santa Barbara.   I bicycle might be.  With miles of bike paths along the coast bicycling is a popular recreational sport in Santa Barbara.

State Street is a fun place to hangout for parents and students alike.   You can buy a bike, see a movie, get a pedicure and eat my favorite pizza at Roco’s without leaving the block.  If you are tired of walking jump onto the trolley car and enjoy a tour.  If you are here in the summer, jump onto the Land Shark for an amphibious tour of Santa Barbara.

If you are on State Street on a Tuesday afternoon, don’t miss the culinary offerings at the Farmer’s Market.

If you are off on your own it is easy to entertain yourself.  Wine tasting is a popular tourist attraction throughout Santa Barbara Country.  An area called the Funk Zone near the beach is popular because you can walk from winery to winery without having to drive.

You will see less gas stations and they tend to be more expensive as you head north so fill up your tank before you leave.  Lower gas prices can be found in Downtown Santa Barbara. If you are headed South, Carpinteria is the last town before leaving Santa Barbara County.

Filippini Wealth Management was founded locally by Santa Barbara’s Ian Filippini. Ian Filippini makes sure to oversee the day to day operations of the business . The younger brother, Alex Filippini, should always be close by to lend a hand. Filippini Wealth Management is Santa Barbara’s only one stop shop designed to give value for our clients in the areas of taxation, insurance and real estate. Ian Filippini takes the required time to make sure he understands the client’s goals and the best way to implement them.

Filippini Wealth Management is located in Southern California, just outside of Santa Barbara, in a town called Montecito. Though Filippini Wealth Management’s office is located just outside of the Santa Barbara city limits, it still falls within Santa Barbara County. Ian Filippini’s parents, Alfred Filippini (dead) and Deborah Filippini moved the family to the Santa Barbara area in the 1990’s. Ian Filippini has since traveled the world and agrees with all the locals that Santa Barbara is the place to be!

Santa Barbara: Downtown

For those visiting the Santa Barbara area, it is an obvious choice to hit the beach or hike up the foothills to the American Riviera. Once you are sunburnt from the beach or tired from all the hiking, make sure you take the time to explore our Downtown area. Though it is nowhere near the size of a larger city’s downtown area, Santa Barbara offers a downtown experience with plenty of restaurants and shopping without the hassles and traffic of Los Angeles or New York. There is actually some traffic congestion on the 101 freeway, through Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, during holidays or Sunday evenings. However, this traffic pales in comparison to the notorious Los Angeles traffic.

The main part of Santa Barbara’s Downtown area (also where you will want to spend most of your time) is located on State Street. Santa Barbara’s State Street offers wonderful art galleries littered up and down the street. Do not forget that the first Thursday of each month, the art galleries host showings up and down the street with light food and beverages. First Thursday is a definite must for most locals and any tourist should take advantage of the wonderful local art.

State Street offers modern day movie theatres with box office hits. Often overlooked are the Granada Theatre and the Lobero theatre. Both offering a wide range of musicals, dramatic plays, musicians, stand up comedians and Broadway plays. We also have the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The theatres usually have some pretty good acts to see because even the rich and famous love coming to Santa Barbara (especially if they get paid to do it)!

Filippini Wealth Management is located in the heart of the California coast near Santa Barbara, in a town called Montecito. Filippini Wealth Management’s main offices are located just outside of the Santa Barbara city limits, but still within Santa Barbara County. Ian Filippini’s was raised by parents, Alfred Filippini (no longer living) and Deborah Filippini who decided to move the family to the Santa Barbara area in the 1990’s. Ian Filippini has traveled the world and seen many different places. Ian Filippini agrees with all the locals that Santa Barbara is the place to be!

Filippini Wealth Management was founded by Ian Filippini. Ian Filippini takes a personal interest in overseeing the day to day management and operations of the business. Whenever needed younger brother, Alex Filippini, is close by to lend a helping hand. Filippini Wealth Management is a one stop shop designed to provide value to our clients in the areas of taxation, insurance and real estate. Ian Filippini takes the time to understand his client’s goals or wishes and the best way to implement them.

Santa Barbara: The Great Outdoors

Santa Barbara may not be as rugged and rough as the forest in the movie The Great Outdoors, but it is pretty amazing by its own right. The year round clear skies, sunshine and mild to beautiful weather year round keeps the visitors happy and eager to come back. This is especially true for those that enjoy activities relating to an outdoor experience.

Santa Barbara County and surrounding areas have some of the best beaches in the country – if not the world. Though there is plenty to accomplish in the ocean and the beach; Santa Barbara is really more than just a beach or surf town. Just take a look past the coast line and you will see the Santa Bara Mountains and foothills lining the Riviera. The Santa Barbara hills are littered with wonderful hiking or biking riding trails with beautiful wildlife and scenery. Depending on the time of year you decide to make your visit to Santa Barbara, will dictate what kind of wildlife or plants you will be able to encounter or watch.

It is hard to do, but if you have seen enough of Santa Barbara proper, do not forget to look out the horizon. The Santa Barbara Channel Islands are located just offshore of Santa Barbara city beach and are easily accessible by powerboat. Many locals and visitors decide to take a boat out to the islands for site seeing, whale watching and fishing in general. There are also airplanes for charter out of Santa Barbara Airport that will take visitors to the island for day trips. If you are in the adventurous mood, you can always plan a longer stay on the island and spend time at the campgrounds at night.

Filippini Wealth Management was created and founded by, President, Ian Filippini. Ian Filippini takes pride in personally overseeing and managing the day to day operations of the business. Ian Filippini also has a younger brother, Alex Filippini, who is always lose by to lend a hand. Filippini Wealth Management is one stop shop designed to provide value to our clients in the areas of taxation, insurance and real estate. Ian Filippini will take the time necessary to understand your goals and the best way to implement them.

Filippini Wealth Management is situated near Santa Barbara, in a town called Montecito, California. Montecito and Filippini Wealth Management’s office are located just outside of the Santa Barbara city limits, but still within Santa Barbara County. Ian Filippini’s parents, Alfred Filippini (dead as of 2009) and Deborah Filippini decided to move the family to the Santa Barbara area in the 1990’s. Ian Filippini has traveled the globe and agrees with all the locals that Santa Barbara is the place to be!

Santa Barbara: Food Crawl

Have you ever been on a food crawl?  I have.  It was in Santa Barbara County.  I started the day off eating.  I ended the night, eating.  Even Bailey my dog got in on the act.  Passing through Solvang is my favorite way to go to Santa Barbara heading south.  The eucalyptus trees lined highway gives way to a charming Danish town complete with whimsical windmills.  Everyone has their favorite bakery.  Mine comes down to who has my coveted hard to find prune Danish.  I never think about a prune Danish unless I am on my way to Santa Barbara through Solvang.  After walking around the town I feel less guilty about my next stop.  Ebelskivers.  I don’t usually think about round Danish pancakes but it is a must when passing through Solvang.  Before leaving I purchase a bucket of butter cookies.  How many will I eat before I pass Gaviota on my way to Santa Barbara?  Too many.

Santa Barbara County is home to the University of California Santa Barbara.  It is tucked away along the coastline in Isla Vista.  A food crawl is a way of life in this college town. Organic to fast food the choice is yours.  And if your stay finds you there at night there is a Drive-In-Theater, just off campus, boasting the iconic menu of nachos, ice cream and hot dogs.

Bailey likes to stop at In-And-Out.  And what’s a food crawl without a shake?

Authentic Mexican food can be found throughout Santa Barbara County.  Downtown State Street is home to sophisticated restaurants as well as the more casual eateries.  The best breakfast burrito I ever ate was from a liquor store in Carpinteria.

Stay on state Street to continue your food crawl.  If you walk toward the ocean the Santa Barbara Warf welcomes you at the end of the street.  If you are ready for a snack there is candy and ice cream tucked around the corner.   I like to sit and look at the boats while I contemplate my next decision.  Do I want my fish from a shell or a taco?

Filippini Wealth Management was founded by its President, Ian Filippini. Ian Filippini takes a no nonsense approach when he oversees the day to day operations of his company. His brother, Alex Filippini, close by to lend a hand. Filippini Wealth Management is santa Barbara and Montecito’s one stop shop designed to provide value to our clients in the areas of taxation, insurance and real estate. Ian Filippini takes the time to understand his client’s goals and the best way to implement them.

Filippini Wealth Management is situated near Santa Barbara, in a town called Montecito. Filippini Wealth Management’s headquarters are located just outside of the Santa Barbara city limits, but still within Santa Barbara County. Ian Filippini’s parents, Alfred Filippini (deceased) and Deborah Filippini decided to move our family to the Santa Barbara area in the 1990’s. Ian Filippini has traveled the world and agrees with all the locals that Santa Barbara is the only place worth living!