Ease into the day with a 6:45 a.m. Vinsyana yoga class with rising-sun salutations on Mondays or empower your prettiest part with a belly-dance class on Thursdays. Hula-hoop dance and urban hip-hop bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into any weekly routine or routine of salvaging dryer lint to stuff a spare mattress. New classes are added to The Spot's schedule about every six weeks, so fast learners can mix and match their five to master the fancy footwork of a wide array of dances (all classes must be redeemed within five weeks of attending the first session.)
Inside their landmark shop, the McConnell family has churned up super-premium ice creams from fresh California cream for more than 60 years. Showcasing radiant smiles and gleaming, steely forearms, scoop masters top a crisp waffle cone ($4.25) with one of more than 100 creamy flavors, 15 of which are served on a rotating basis, including mint chocolate chip, Brazilian coffee chip, and the seasonal pumpkin. Fresh drifts of nonfat frozen yogurt descend daily from the shop's machine to form inventive swirls in more than 35 flavors, each boasting 13 calories per ounce. Frigid flavors such as cookies and cream or Coffee Royale fill a cavernous small cup ($3.75), and white-chocolate raspberry or peanut butter whip up the perfect storm in a thick shake ($7.25). Ambitious eaters can tackle the popular ice cream pie: up to three flavors of ice cream or frozen yogurt are sandwiched between hot fudge and whipped cream, and served on choice of two crusts ($24.95).
Twin Cups, a healthy-snack kiosk adjacent to the freeway, serves as a roadside oasis for patrons to grab quick, locally sourced treats using convenient drive-thru ordering. After noshers order from the menu at the kiosk and pull up to the curb, friendly staffers custom make nonfat, gluten-free fro-yo and brew cappuccinos to deliver to waiting cars or covered wagons. Order a plain frozen yogurt ($2.65+) or add a touch of sweetness with a choice of two blend-ins, such as raspberry, pineapple, and chocolate ($3.75 with blends). Infuse mornings with a hand-holding beach walk of tropical smoothie ($5.25) swirled with fresh orange juice, yogurt, and blends of pineapple, coconut, and mango. Drivers can also refuel stomach tanks with a medium americano ($2.35), cappuccino ($3.30), or house coffee ($1.85) and freshly baked cookies ($2).
Between the two of them, longtime friends David Schwartz and Gary Nardilla have nine children. That is a number of mouths to feed, and the fathers do it with fresh, healthy ingredients. So when the friends opened Epic Bowl, they decided to cook for every guest as they would for their own families. Using whatever organic fruits and produce they receive from the farmers’ market that week, the chefs fashion dishes they think will taste great, whether that includes sprout salads, smoothies infused with young-coconut water, or pesto-caprese sandwiches layered with cucumbers, tomatoes, and hearty slabs of cheese. Hot and cold bowls include ingredients such as organic acai, organic chicken, quinoa, and swiss chard. Through the stone-flanked entryway, an outdoor patio is scattered with tables and oversized umbrellas that protect patrons from feral satellites.
The scent of Caribbean Coffee Company beans wafts through The Good Cup's doors, drawing passersby into a parlor filled with comfy seating and freshly baked pastries from D'Angelo's and Debbie's Delights. Once inside, they discover baristas pulling steamy shots of espresso and customers with heads buried in novels and hands grasping ice-cold lattes. Aromas such as mint and lavender emanate from pots of SerendipiTea loose-leaf tea, whose rising steam forms the crossed pattern of a Union Jack proudly waving above fresh-baked British scones. Italian and French influences also shape the menu, which teems with sweet scoops of gelato and savory slices of quiche. The outdoor patio opens up for al fresco dining on warmer days, when the sun’s rays compete with strong Wi-Fi signals for customers’ affections.
As a significant stop on the Urban Wine Trail, Margerum and Au Bon Climat curate an experienced team of vintners who bring the best of their vineyard-grown gems to downtown Santa Barbara. Glass tippers can traverse the neighboring spaces of the Au Bon Climat and Margerum tasting rooms in whatever order they wish, guiding palates through a tasting tour that includes one full flight of wine from each winery. Flatbread and cheese plates from the nearby Wine Cask Restaurant provide ideal escorts for lonely glasses of handmade vino. In each room, guests savor the complex tastes of a flight of a rare or limited-edition vintage, from classic Burgundian-style beverages to estate-grown nebbiolo, teroldego, and petit verdot.