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Love for Carpinteria
updated: Aug 20, 2014, 10:16 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I've lived in Santa Barbara my whole life and I still appreciate the smaller communities that surround us. I love how small and charming Carpinteria is, and I'm curious what other people enjoy about it too.

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 COMMENT 546160 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:33 AM

I love The Palms salad bar (croutons!), buffalo wings, and bloody mary's!! Then I grab my cruiser bike and take an enjoyable ride home :)

Also, the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff/company at Island Brew is great as well.


 GREG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:40 AM

The Spot, the other place made famous by Julia Child.
Good, last I recall no credit cards accepted.

Try the banana cream pie at Tony's; it is exceptional, home made with fine quality vanilla. Nice hometown atmosphere at Tony's also.


 COMMENT 546167 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:49 AM

Clementine's! The beach! The Palms! The Spot! Santa Claus Lane! Padaro Beach Grill! Lots of things!


 COMMENT 546168 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:50 AM

I love the long stretch of beach away from housing and other buildings. I appreciate that the State Park occupies so much beach front property.

Also the Bluffs. Thank you City of Carpinteria for protecting them from developers. The seal rookery right next to the Venoco Pier... what an interesting contrast.


 COMMENT 546169 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:51 AM

I moved to Carpinteria from Ventura about seven years ago and haven't lost one night's sleep missing my former home town. I LOVE Carpinteria! It feels like 1964 there permanently in every good way possible. I'm a Carpinteria HOST and on summer weekends, volunteer to assist tourists in finding things to do in town. Here's a Facebook link to lots of reasons to love visiting:


. . .not the least of which is the city's HOST program itself!

You can check out the Avocado Festival, the many wonderful parks, the state beach, the seal sanctuary, the newly opened Franklin Trail, restaurants, places to stay and much more here:


It's a thriving, beautiful, community active town!


 COMMENT 546170 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:52 AM

Another vote for Padaro Beach Grill! And Sunday polo!


 COMMENT 546176 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 10:56 AM

THE PALMS!! And of course in October the Avocado festival for sure!


 COMMENT 546181 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 11:01 AM

I just LOVE Carpinteria. The beach. Not too much of anything: the crowds, the tourists, the transients, the gangs, that many of our larger neighboring communities have. A nice mix of industry & ag & tourism, with the state beach.
Very safe, small and friendly place to raise children. We choose to live here.


 COMMENT 546186 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 11:15 AM

The lack of snowy plovers.


 COMMENT 546189 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 11:30 AM

Feels like all the SoCal beach towns used to feel in the 60s.
Love all the small independent businesses and restaurants, and the beach!


 COMMENT 546192 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 11:51 AM

Pleasant small-town vibe, lovely beach, Spot for a burger!

Livin' Large In Carp - YEAH!!


 COMMENT 546196P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 12:12 PM

It's fun to walk around Carp (nice and flat) and reminisce about playing there as a kid. We knew the family that lived above the theatre, back in the 60s.

Although Carp has got a lot more busy with traffic, it's still kind of relaxing to drive through the neighborhoods and look at all the nicely kept small houses. A real flash back to what Santa Barbara used to be like, in so many neighborhoods.

Remember when there used to be empty lots in SB? Filled with weeds and butterflies?


 COMMENT 546227 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 01:22 PM

I like to go to Tony's for a super late lunch and then take a walk down to the beach. Carp is so cool - I'm glad it's close.


 COMMENT 546251 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 02:25 PM

I love the breakfast burritos from Beach liquor, the worker bee cafe and robitailles. What I love the most us that I don't live there anymore with such nosey, busybody gossipers and a town who places more importance on football than a good education


 COMMENT 546277 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 03:27 PM

The small town feel a stone's throw away from the Santa Barbara metropolis. I'd be living there except all the houses we looked at were next to nurseries where overspray was a problem.

Too bad for me!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 04:41 PM

Carpinteria is the last 1950s beach town left in Southern CA, and it doesn't happen by accident. Developers would love to make us another Laguna Beach, Newport or Manhattan Beach. We have to keep our guard up constantly to hold them at bay.


 COMMENT 546308 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 04:46 PM

I agree with Flicka, except I would have loved to keep my cruising sailboat in the harbor where the Carp slough currently is. I know the herons and other birds appreciate the slough so I'm OK with it. ;-) Going to be sad to lose the Rincon bluffs to another Mirror-a-mar type hotel project.


 COMMENT 546315 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 04:58 PM

I love that this thread is full of Carp people! (We live there because we also love how small and charming it is!) 3rd vote for Santa Claus lane, Padaro Beach Grill, and walking around the quiet/ quaint (yet crazy EXPENSIVE!) well kept neighborhoods in town. I am so thankful for all those who fight to keep Carp as it is: a real beach town! Walking around there I NEVER feel the same comfort as I do walking around SB. I suppose that's because most of the tourists there are campers, and NOBODY is feeling like being fancy when they're camping.


 COMMENT 546320 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 05:14 PM

I love the Fosters Freeze drive in on Carpinteria Avenue, near the library. Great burgers and the soft serve ice cream is to die for. Brings back happy childhood memories.


 COMMENT 546353 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 07:47 PM

Carpinteria is a wonderful town for so many reasons but I lament the loss of the Warrior football games in the middle of town. Everyone could walk there and participate in the joy of the Warriors beating the pants off their rivals. Despite this, it is a truly great place to bring up your kids.


 COMMENT 546358 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:37 PM

Walk the bluffs from Linden Avenue through the State Park past Tarpitz and the oil pier all the way to backside Rincon on a clear spring or fall day. Or try the newly opened trail up the foothills behind the high school for spectacular views. Or take a drive around the Shepard's Mesa circle.


 COMMENT 546383P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 06:53 AM

Cali-Bresson chocolate on Carp Ave! Plus the low-key, friendly feel of the whole place. Love to do my shopping in Carp and keep it local. Soap is a great place to get presents, there's really good coffee at the Lucky Llama on Carp Ave.


 COMMENT 546389 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 07:12 AM

My favorite thing (of course everything already listed could easily have made my list, these things have not yet been mentioned) about Carp is summed up in the idea that the July 4th parade is on the Saturday before the fourth because everyone in the parade is at the BBQ at the Lions Club on the fourth. Small town for reals. Second favorite thing is the halo and pitchfork section in the Coastal View aka the Carp Herald. Keeps us all stopping for pedestrians. Which is my third favorite thing about Carp.


 COMMENT 546400 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 07:45 AM

The Spot...and Island Brew.


 COMMENT 546406P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 07:59 AM

I love the fact they they don't allow loitering and pan handlers
make a big difference compared to the streets of Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 546433 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 09:05 AM

I love Santé Pilates! You can get a great workout and also meet all sorts of interesting people who also live in and love Carp!


 COMMENT 546441 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 09:11 AM

If you live in SB take the train to Carp for lunch. You get there around ten and then just take a nice long walk to the campground, and then back along the beach, the shops are open and that is fun and then pick a great spot for lunch and catch the 3pm back to SB. You can take your bike on the train too! We are going to do this for the festival in October.


 COMMENT 546448 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 09:32 AM

441 how much does that cost? it sounds awesome


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 09:43 AM

We are going to loose the bluffs to Mirror-Mar like hotel? Gives a false impression, it's at the far end, by Rincon. We fought hard for at least 25 years to keep development off our bluffs, the last wanted 371 condos, hotel, convention center, restaurants, movies. Finally it was suggested we buy them, did fundraising and the Trust partnered with us; now the bluffs are our open space in perpetuity.


 COMMENT 546459 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 09:47 AM

Awesome biking, from right near the coast back into the foothills, where the nurseries and avocado groves are!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 09:50 AM

Oh yes, someone mentioned it would be nice to keep his sailboat in the harbor long ago proposed for the slough. That was another battle; developers wanted to dredge the slough, build a marina and condos, restaurants and hotels all around it. Now UCSB is in charge of it for research. It's a wetland, over 95% of wetlands in CA have been lost to development in the last 100 years.


 COMMENT 546472 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 10:12 AM

I hope the Bluffs stay open space ALWAYS. I am one of those who fights to keep Carp as it is. Thank God for fellow preservationists! I LOVE the retro old-timey Local's ONLY feel of Carp. I love the antique stores, the Worker Bee Café, the camp grounds, the surf, the seals, The Palms, Carpinteria First Baptist church was my family's church for years, wonderful place, wonderful people. Big development: STAY AWAY!!!!!! Also, why oh WHY would we need hosts to guide the tourists? I'd like to guide them to Los Angeles or San Fransisco!


 COMMENT 546588 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 02:47 PM

@472.... Luckily Carp has a pretty consistent tourist "season", which I'm sure most of those small antique stores, mom n' pops, and restaurants REALLY appreciate. In fact I'm almost certain of it, since they aren't maintaining those nice hours for the locals in the winter! (I can almost NEVER shop anywhere in town except for on the weekends, since everything closes by 5 or 6.)


 COMMENT 546646 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 05:07 PM

I like how I can bike to coffee, to the beach, to the bakery and post office and library and Dr's office, with very little hassle and mostly courteous drivers. No one tries to steal my bike or strip it either. Great place to live!


 LEAHKING agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 08:08 PM

some things which have not been mentioned that make living in carp enjoyable...restaurants such as sly's, the corktree cellars, zookers, and jack's bagels. the friends of the library book store on carp ave. our newly renovated arts center on linden. gluten free cupcakes at crush cakes café. pacific health foods. mostly a safe and comfortable feeling in all of the neighborhoods. my commute to work in sb is getting harder all the time, though.


 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-22 01:43 PM

So, where is Tony's for B.C. pie?


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