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You saw them featured on Martha Stewart Living, so you know that the roses will be fabulous at the Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria (near Santa Barbara)
I’ve wanted to go to the Rose Story Farm ever since I read the first article in MSL where the owners were lunching with their good friend Julia Child. It turns out that Julia, who lived in Santa Barbara, was close family friends with the owners’ parents and had spent many Sunday afternoons and holidays at their table.
Our opportunity came last summer when I purchased nearly front row tickets to see Diana Krall at the Santa Barbara Bowl. August is Santa Barbara’s high season, and hotels were in scarce supply. That’s when we found out that the Rose Story Farm offered accommodations.
So, whether you want to tour the fabulous rose farm, or you have time for a getaway, this is one of California’s treasures.
If you’re interested in the tour, keep in mind that this is a working farm. The schedule for tours is limited – and because of the harvesting schedule, they can’t really be flexible.
From the Website
We would love to share the experience of Rose Story Farm with you! Please come visit our 15 acre farm any time during the rose growing season (the middle of April through the end of November). We feature 18,000 stunning rose plants in 150 varieties in our fields at the base of the Carpinteria Valley foothills. Blooms rotate in six-week cycles, so over three quarters of the roses will be in majestic bloom for your visit.
Tours are scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday (unless a Special Event is being held).
Tours begin at 11.00 a.m. and run approximately 1 hour, followed by a picnic lunch in the garden.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, as this is a Walking Tour.
No smoking, pets, or video camera equipment allowed on Tours.
We regret that we cannot accommodate people who drop in hoping to join a tour at the last moment. We recommend that you telephone the farm in advance to check availability for particular dates. This allows us to give you intimate tours through the rose fields and it better helps our guides talk to you about our varieties and rose growing techniques. Each walking tour is followed by a catered gourmet picnic lunch in one of our garden areas, complete with farm made dessert and ice tea blended with rose petals.
If you are interested in a custom-designed tour focusing on your favorite rose themes, these can be arranged on a limited basis. We can also tailor your lunch menu to incorporate some of your favorite fare.
Make a Reservation:
Tours are $35 per person, payable in advance via check or any major credit card.
Tours include Rose Story Farm’s booklet, pencil, and fresh rose samples.
Please fax or mail your completed Rose Tour Booking Form at least one week prior to your tour, or call (805) 566-4885 (M-S 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.).
If your plans change and you cannot join us, please allow 48 hours notice for a full refund.
Website: Rose Story Farm
Rose Story Farm Carpinteria5950 Casitas Pass Rd
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