Santa Barbara & The Central Coast, Moon's Latest Travel Book, Hits Bookstores Nationwide

Covering the "tri-counties" on California's Central Coast, including Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, the new Moon Santa Barbara & The Central Coast showcases the regions wineries, attractions, best places to eat and stay and the off-the-beaten-track things to see and do.

Online PR News – 13-January-2011 – – For Michael Cervin, writing about California’s Central Coast is a dream come true and his new Moon handbook Santa Barbara & The Central Coast is currently in bookstores nationwide. “This is the most comprehensive travel book to date covering Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara wine country, as well as Ventura and Ojai in Ventura County, and Morro Bay, Cambria, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles,” the author says. The book details the best area wineries, choice places to eat and stay, and things to see and do from the usual (Mission Santa Barbara, Morro Rock, Hearst Castle) to the unusual (Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, the Frog Wall in Santa Barbara and Ojai’s Pink Moment). “Having lived in Santa Barbara for over a decade exploring the beaches, mountains, boating on the water, scuba diving at the Channel Islands, running along the water’s edge, tasting the food and sampling the wine, my joy is in sharing those experiences with others,” Cervin says.

Formerly an actor in Hollywood (he appeared on TV shows, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Grace Under Fire, The Young and the Restless, and others) he eventually settled in Santa Barbara. His first job was with a world-renowned architect which gave him an appreciation for the unique and diverse architecture displayed along the coast. Passionate about local history, Michael served on the Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission for Santa Barbara County. “I started writing about the Central Coast wine industry over a decade ago and that has translated into my serving as a wine, spirits and food judge at competitions from California to Portugal, and Puerto Rico to Virginia.” A love of the region was best displayed when Michael was married at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara then had his wedding reception at Kalyra Winery in Santa Barbara wine country. Michael’s work has appeared in Decanter, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Skywest, Westways, and more than 75 publications covering wine, food, and travel. He is the restaurant critic and travel writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press His first book, Generous Fiction, was released in 2009, and his next Moon book, California Wine Country drops in May, 2011.

“Michael Cervin is a wine guy, and his chapter on touring Santa Barbara wine country is both useful and comprehensive. He also has a sharp eye for the offbeat destinations that make a trip memorable and his book enables you to tour the area like a native.” – Palm Beach Illustrated