This article published in the Santa Barbara New Press, author Lynda Lang CVCC-CEO, photos by the Carpinteria Chamber, Jess Willis
“Shop, Dine, Stay, Play” – Carpinteria, California
We are the perfect destination beach town that is a small drive with big fun! Carpinteria is the quaint little beach community you wish you lived in-- nestled between the Santa Ynez mountains, the Pacific Ocean, Ventura and Santa Barbara, California. We are a friendly community; where you know your neighbors & shop owners; where folks still stop to say hello to one another, whether or not you live in town. Carpinteria offers plenty for the folks looking for the outdoor adventure: from kayaking, to surfing, to biking & hiking along with the perfect shopping and dining experience. Or if you are just looking for the opportunity to relax and unwind - Carpinteria has you covered. Carpinteria continues to be the destination that folks crave; whether it is for the day get away, the perfect week vacation, the lucky month long stay or the opportunity to live a life in paradise! When you come to Carpinteria you feel like you’ve just arrived home.
We encourage you to visit Carpinteria anytime. Our weather is perfect year around. We are easily accessible by car, Amtrak, MTD bus or bicycle. One of the first things we recommend for visitors is to hop on our electric Seaside Shuttle (only 50 cents) for an enjoyable ride and overview of all that Carpinteria has to offer…you’ll be impressed!
The first weekend of each month, our town comes alive with First Fridays and Saturday Sales. On Fridays, throughout Carpinteria, our merchants, restaurants, and art galleries stay open late as live music fills the air. Every month, different events are scheduled, including our “Snow Much to Do” January event, where we bring in an ice skating rink and mounds of fresh snow for kids of all ages to enjoy! On Saturdays many merchants offer special Saturday Sales.
Our Farmer’s Market is every Thursday afternoon, offering fresh, local organic produce along with our own artist collective. Stroll down Linden Ave, tasting the seasonal array of fresh produce while the Carpinteria Creative Arts folks sell their latest wares on 8th Street.
Shop… We tout a wide variety of specialty and boutique shops, many of them owned and run by our very own locals. When is the last time you’ve visited a locally owned brick and mortar bookstore, toy store or local lumber/hardware store where they’re happy to take special orders? We have antique shops that are second to none, where you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind “must have.” A trip to Carpinteria would not be complete without visiting our world famous nurseries and gardens.
Play…Come play on “The World’s Safest Beach,” or visit our Harbor Seal Rookery (one of only four within the state). Take a stroll along our extensive trails, some running along the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean and continuing through our State Park, connecting to our downtown. Go bird watching in our amazing Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Preserve, which features eight acres of restored native plantings and wetlands and 20
educational interpretive signs ranging from history to bird watching. One of our newest City parks is the Tomol Interpretive Play Area located at Linden Avenue at the State Park area. This includes the Chumash Story, the legend of the Rainbow Bridge and includes climbable sea creature sculptures, Chumash huts and a life size tomol (canoe). Our State Park boasts beautiful tide pools and beautiful, relaxing beaches.
For those “history buffs” check out the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History that features exhibits from the Native American Chumash, the early Spanish and Mexican settlers, as well as American settlers, whose farms, shops, churches and the schools laid the foundation for our town.
We’re extremely proud of our 11 City parks, our community swimming pool and tennis courts!
Catch a movie, a play, or some great music at our Plaza Playhouse theatre.
Dine… Carpinteria offers a wide range of restaurants, from hot dogs on the bluffs, snow cones on the beach from contemporary to pizza to fine dining, Carpinteria has your food palette covered. From the casual breakfast, to a tasty and healthy lunch, and finishing with an elegant dinner celebration, or delicious desserts, we’re sure to please everyone’s taste buds! Many of our restaurants offer outdoor seating to enjoy our beautiful weather year round.
While in town, make sure you visit our two local chocolatiers, Robitaille’s Fine Candies and Chocolats du CaliBressan. A visit to Carpinteria isn’t complete without a taste of their delicious treats.
Enjoy a relaxing visit to Island Brewing Company for a delicious, ice cold Award-winning, handcrafted brew, all with a beautiful ocean view. Does life get much better?
Stay… Of course, “One Day is Not Enough” to fully immerse oneself in Carpinteria. We offer several motel and hotel choices along with some beautiful vacation rentals just steps from the beach and right on the sands of our World’s Safest Beach. We are also the home to the Carpinteria State Beach Park, with camping and recreational vehicle spaces all within steps to the beach. The State Park offers free campfire programs open to both locals and visitors.
Carpinteria has some of the best events and festivals in California. Some of them include the Annual Rods and Roses Car Show, Saturday, June 28, 2014 and the 2nd Annual DEEP Beer Festival (Surf n Suds) to be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Linden Field.
The City’s 17th Annual Carpinteria Triathlon will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Over 900 participants from all over the country are anticipated to participate in either the Olympic or the Sprint Courses. Visit www.carpinteriatriathlon.com
The three-day California Avocado Festival is held the first full weekend of October every year. This year October 3, 4, &5 will celebrate the 28th Annual California Avocado Festival where you’re invited to eat you’re your way through the delicious food venue, enjoy live music and entertainment, visit the kid’s block party, browse the arts and crafts district, learn something interesting in the Avo Expo Tent, and witness the world’s largest vat of guacamole. Visit www.avofest.com
On Saturday, December 13, 2014 The Holiday Spirit Parade and Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Linden Avenue, beginning at 3pm.
It’s true - small towns do have more fun!
For more information and a community calendar of events, please visit www.carpinteriachamber.org or call (805) 684-5479.