Peeping Sundaze

Sunday Afternoons Atop Hotel Andalucía

Text & photos by Shannon Kelley Gould

Last Sunday afternoon, a perfectly sweltering, sweaty summer day, I found myself eyeing my bathroom door with a hatred and disgust normally reserved strictly for the parking Nazis who seem to have singled me out as public enemy number one. Why? Because I knew what awaited me, and there was no escape: an event I wouldn’t consider missing was about to get started, and I had to blow-dry my hair. “Just shoot me,” I muttered, to the utter bemusement of my dog, and marched in to face the music. Five minutes of indescribable torture later, I emerged, red-faced, boiling, and defeated with my hair in a ponytail. My dog didn’t seem to think anything was amiss, and, making my way over to the Hotel Andalucía, I pretended she was right.

The event to which I was headed has been a long time coming, if you ask me. Though the Hotel Andalucía has been open for a couple of years now, and has been through at least as many management changes, I’ve yet to see it make proper use of its exquisite rooftop bar, El Cielo. But a couple of weeks ago, I ran into Josh Murray, Mary Lynn Harms, and Ryan Grau — the masterminds behind the Film Festival’s legendary soirees — and they let me in on their latest plan, dubbed “Sundaze.” The three, it seems, have wisely teamed up to form a side venture they call Premiere Events and Locations, and Sunday’s affair kicked off a summer-long Sunday afternoon gathering they’ll host every week atop the Andalucía. I’ve been to a Film Festival party or three, so I had no doubt that this one would be every bit as fabulous as any of their other creations. And even if it wasn’t, it was a fantastic excuse for wrapping up my weekend poolside with a cocktail, while taking in a few UVAs, a few UVBs, and that amazing view of our beautiful little city.

Sundaze’s maiden voyage got rolling at 4 p.m., and the promise of a stellar DJ lineup, drink specials, and no cover charge scored a killer turnout of friendly, pretty peeps primed to cap their collective weekend in style — the perfect way to ease myself back into the workweek. In keeping with Santa Barbara’s unsaid sartorial code, no shirt or no shoes proved to be no problem whatsoever, and, fortunately, the same could be said of my unfortunate hairdo.

4·1·1 Sundaze takes place every Sunday at 4 p.m. during the summer at the Hotel Andalucía’s rooftop bar, El Cielo. See for more information.

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