Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Top 5 Places to Visit in a Cozy Town by Loretta Simpson from the Poppy Cove Mystery Series by Barbara Jean Coast

My Favorite Places in Santa Lucia

Hi there, guys and gals! As the Society Editor of the Santa Lucia Times, I am in the know of all the happening places in our toddling California town. Some folks find it eerily similar to Santa Barbara, which we all feel is a fine compliment. Here are some of the hottest spots for visitors and locals alike.

Poppy Cove – The dress shop and design atelier at the corner of Poppy Lane and Cove Street in the heart of Santa Lucia. Owned and operated by my two best friends, Designer Margot Williams and Accessories Buyer Daphne Huntington-Smythe, it is the place for the elite to get gorgeous and catch up on the latest gossip.

Antonio’s – A fabulous little Italian restaurant run by Antonio and Maria Chelli located on our main Cove Street. It’s darling with checkered tablecloths, a vine covered loggia, Chianti bottle candles and pasta, pasta, pasta!!!

Poppy Lane Tea Room – A great spot for breakfast or a little nibble. Lana’s homemade muffins, soups and sandwiches in this bright and airy cafĂ© make it a delightfully perfect place for ladies who lunch.

Avila Square – Right in the center of town, the square has a beautiful fountain and Spanish terracotta and mosaic tiles. It’s the spot for the Saturday Farmer’s Market which is a feast for the senses with colorful produce, charming hardworking locals and lively music.

Santa Lucia Fisherman’s Wharf – Another great place to watch the world go by. Located at the foot of Cove Street, there’s something for everyone -- the Penny Arcade for the teenagers, the Sand Dollar with fresh take out fish and chips and ice cream delights from the Milky Way. With all the artists offering their wares and busking musicians to accompany the sounds of the ocean waves and fresh sea air, there’s no better way to while away the day from sunrise to sunset.

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of co-authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff.
STRANGLED BY SILK is the first novel in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series set in 50’s/60’s California, published by Cozy Cat Press. Purchase Strangled by Silk at Amazon.


  1. Sounds like a great book! I havent read this series yet..

    1. I hope you get a chance to read it Melissa :)



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