‘Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County’

“Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County” is your guide to all things family friendly from the Santa Maria River to Rincon Point and east beyond Cuyama. Central Coast native Jennifer Best’s previous release, “Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County,” developed a fan base that included a wide variety of families from retirees to stroller-pushing parents.

Like its predecessor, the latest title includes kid-tested, parent-approved activities open to adventurers of all ages and fitness levels. Each listing includes driving directions, full descriptions and all the details needed to set up tours, check on hours or get the latest updates.

On sale now at Toy Zoo & Anything Educational, Too (1930 S. Broadway, Santa Maria), The Book Loft (1680 Mission Drive, Solvang), The Novel Experience (779 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo), and online at Barnes & Noble (BN.com) with new outlets added regularly. For the latest outlet listing or more information about the books, visit BestFamilyAdventures.com.

The book is  272 pages and the  cover price is $18.95.

‘The Royal Presidios of California’

“The Royal Presidios of California: The Last Frontier of the Spanish Empire The Foundation of our Western Heritage 1683 to 2009” is written by Justin M. Ruhge.

Described are the settlement of Baja California by the Spanish beginning in 1683 and then Alta California in1769 where four presidios and four Castillos were built to hold the last frontier of the Spanish realm of King Carlos III, 240 years ago.

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The book is printed in 8.5 by 11 inch format, with 277 pages and 142 figures.

Cost is $25.96, available at bookstores.

E-mail orders may be made to Quantum Imaging Associates, Jaruhge@hotmail.com.