I'm coming by plane! Where should I fly into?
Thanks for making the trek! The closest international airport to Santa Barbara is LAX, about a 90-minute drive from Santa Barbara. If you're flying domestically, you can try the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA).
Where should I stay in Santa Barbara?
Much of the weekend's action is centered around State Street, so we recommend staying nearby. Lodging options nearby include The Upham (ask for the Richker rate!), The Four Seasons Biltmore, and The Kimpton Canary Hotel.
Should I bring a gift?
Your company is the best gift out there! But if you're feeling especially generous, please consider making a donation to The Water Buffalo Club, an organization Russ has worked with for many years. The Water Buffalo Club is a Los Angeles non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk children reach their full potential through charitable grants, youth programs, and more.
What should I wear?
Think cowboy chic (jeans and boots are highly encouraged)! Casual restaraunt-attire is appropriate for Friday's meet n' greet. Saturday night's festivities will be outside, so you'll want to bring a jacket or shawl.
What else should I see while I'm there?
Three days just isn't enough! There's so much to see and do in SB. Check out Ganna Walska Lotusland for a garden experience you'll never forget, or explore the art and home of sculptor Aristides Demitrios (if you're interested in a private tour of either Lotusland or Demitrios's private collection, contact Linleigh). Grab some tacos from one of Julia Child's old haunts, La Super-Rica. Stop by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, known for their stunning collection of Buddhist antiquities. Head to Coast Village Road in Montecito for some of the area's best shopping. And just a short drive away are the wine valleys of Santa Ynez!