Saturday, July 31, 2010

Events by Stella Mare's

Our Private Restaurant off Las Positas and upper State in mid-town Santa Barbara is ideal for a group of 40 to 150. It has a large, bougainvillea-enclosed patio with views of the mountains, a lovely bar area, huge private parking lot, options for a DJ and band and plenty of privacy. All food is made-to-order as we have a fully-stocked kitchen on-site.

If you are looking to have your ceremony onsite with us, the outdoor patio is the perfect space. Whether casual or formal, Events by Stella Mare’s can help you create an intimate ceremony that reflects your personal style. With outside ceremony seating for over a hundred, you can plan a daytime service under the sun or in the evening with our romantic bistro twinkle lights.

Events by Stella Mare’s is a private facility open by appointment only. To schedule a viewing please contact us by phone 805.969.3415 or by email or

We look forward to planning your special event.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Greenhouse...

Unquestionably one of the most unique and romantic spaces in Santa Barbara. Whimsical. Magical. Gardenesque.

Twinkle lights, glowing fireplace and vintage bar, candles and soft music create one-of-a-kind ambiance, celebrated year after year for anniversaries, birthdays, intimate dinner parties, welcomes & goodbyes, retirements and of course… weddings and all related festivities.

The beautiful fireplace is an ideal backdrop to enjoy everything from an evening of live jazz, celebrating a milestone, or even dropping to one knee to propose to the love of your life.

Rain or shine the Stella Mare’s Greenhouse is un-matched in classic, casual elegance…

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Andree Clark Bird Refuge

The Andree Clark Bird Refuge of Santa Barbara is a 42-acre saltwater marsh that hosts a 29-acre freshwater/ brackish water lake. It is home to one of the largest wildlife refuges in the area. Surrounded by the Santa Barbara Zoo and East Cabrillo Boulevard, the Bird Sanctuary, as it is often called, is a brilliant place to observe ducks, geese and other wild birds that are migrating through the area or stacking a permanent residency.

The large water lake that we see across the way was once dominated by water from Sycamore Creek that would drain over into it. After the construction of the railroad in the 1880s, most of that inflow was blocked to the pond. It was in 1928 when the owner of the Clark Estate, which sits atop a hill across from the refuge, decided she wanted to excavate the pond and create an artificial freshwater lake. Huguette Clark donated $50, 000 for this project and continued to donate until it was complete in 1930. The lake got its name after Huguette Clark’s sister who had passed at an young age.

Today the Andree Clark Bird Refuge is a home and meeting grounds for more than just birds and wildlife. It is a daily walk and path for many locals by bike and foot, a landscape for artists, and a beautiful backdrop for photographs taken by both our guests and other visitors.