Pure Laid-back California Luxury
The Convergence of Mountains and Sea
Montecito, Spanish for “little mount,” radiates luxury and casual elegance. One of our favorite ways to start the morning is by lacing up your hiking boots and hitting the trails. Santa Barbara and Montecito are erupting with gorgeous hikes in the mountains with 180-degree ocean views. With over 15 different trails, you will find a range of hikes from easy nature or beach walks to challenging assents up into the foothills.
An alternative to hiking is walking and shopping on Coast Village Road. Meandering down this street will transport you to a Mediterranean beach town. You will peer into elegant boutiques, sip local Lily Rose at the Folded Hills Tasting Room, or sit with friends at Honor Bar sharing a Dip Duo and Macho Salad with jalapeño crotons. After a day of shopping, eating, and hiking you can relax beachside, play in the water (or on top of it with a paddleboard or kayak), and watch the sunset over the iconic Butterfly Beach. We are happy to welcome you to Montecito!
Let’s Talk About Dining
Jeannine’s Bakery – Quintessential breakfast spot in Montecito. Quaint outdoor seating offering the perfect spot for coffee, eggs, and people watching. Order at the counter and claim your spot. Martin makes the best lattes and cappuccinos in town!
Bree’Osh – Locally owned French bakery and coffee shop. Get there early to try their famous fresh brioches pastries, & quiches served with coffee for breakfast and lunch.
Renaud’s – Great option for breakfast or lunch. Even better if you are celebrating a special occasion. They make the best chocolate decadent cake in town.
Merci Montecito – Located in the Montecito Country Mart. The shop offers homemade artisanal savory dishes and sweets (our favorite is the glute- free chicken paillard with lemon caper olive tapenade).
Panino – Great spot for lunch – sandwiches, soups, and salads. Ideal for to-go orders. Take it back to your new home, or the sea wall at Butterfly Beach.
Malibu Farm – Offers all-day dining in a refined yet laid back setting at the Rosewood Miramar. The restaurant serves simply prepared dishes crafted from fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
Bettina Pizzeria – Cozy neighborhood restaurant serving naturally-leavened, Neapolitan-style pizza with local seasonal ingredients. Whether celebrating something special or just grabbing a spritz at the bar, they are committed to simplicity, community, and warm hospitality.
Tre Lune – Experience the fine flavors in life and reminiscent of your last trip to Italy. This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara. The kind and tenured staff, delicious (seriously incredible) menu and homey atmosphere make it a memorable favorite. Your experience will be one for the books with this honest, high-quality Italian cooking.
Los Arroyos – Family owned and operated since 1999. Sit outside with a spicy margarita, fresh guacamole, and salsa and envy your partner’s decision on what to order (luckily they will be envying yours as well). They serve fresh, homemade Mexican food crafted each day from the finest ingredients.
Lucky’s Steakhouse – Legendary Montecito staple. Beautiful alfresco dining, careful attention to detail, well-crafted cocktails, premium wine selection, and unsurpassed ingredients.
Honor Bar – New American eats, cocktails & wines in a trendy space with outdoor seating.
Folded Hills Tasting Room – Montecito’s premier (and only) wine tasting room. Offering wines by the glass or bottle.
Carusos – Beachfront restaurant at the Rosewood Miramar featuring al fresco seating and unmatched views of the Pacific Ocean. Chef Massimo combines the tastes of Southern Italy and coastal Montecito. (Business Casual dress code required)
Oliver’s – Warm, casual & stylish outpost offering healthy plant-based cuisine, organic juices & cocktails.
Stonehouse – This gem is located at the San Ysidro Ranch. The historic stone house is magical with its wood-burning fireplace, white linens, terrace vistas, and a regional menu. Pictured here.
Plough & Angel – Romantic Stonehouse setting with fireplace on San Ysidro Ranch for upscale Californian fare & wine.
Things to Do
Coast Village Road is the epitome of casual luxury. It is a charming stretch in Montecito offering a shopper their boutique dream, a vibrant restaurant scene, and a great street for an afternoon stroll. It is a boutique shoppers dream street. There are stores for everyone – ladies, men, children, artists, interior designers, and restauranteurs. Park anywhere on Coast Village Road and walk both sides of the street. Make sure to stop for a coffee, cocktail, or lunch if you feel the need arises.
Baske – California Women’s and Men’s Shoes, Clothing and, Accessories with a Spirit of Wanderlust.
Johnny Was – An aesthetic that embraces the California-based lifestyle but always with a global vision.
Angel – Women’s boutique – Luxe everyday basics, jewelry, and gifts for the California lifestyle.
Whistle Club Lifestyle – boutique featuring designer women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Maison K – Whimsical boutique bringing extraordinary clothing, home furnishing and jewelry, curated from all over the world, to Santa Barbara.
Whiskey & Leather – Women’s and Men’s boutique for everyday lifestyle wear.
K Frank – Specializes in men’s and women’s designer clothing, accessories, shoes, and jewelry.
Biking – Butterfly Beach has a great bike path that easily connects to the Santa Barbara water front trails.
Hiking Trails – Enjoy the beautiful vistas of Montecito’s world class hiking trails: Cold Springs, Hot Springs, Saddle Rock, San Ysidro, and Romero! We suggest you download the All-Trails app so you can see recent reviews of all these amazing hikes and understand their difficulty level.
Golf – Santa Barbara Municipal Course, Glen Annie, Sandpiper, Sol Park in Ojai, Alisal River Course in Solvang, La Purisima (championship-caliber course).
Ocean Activities – Surf Rincon, or venture down to the Santa Barbara Sailing Center to charter a sailboat with a captain for the afternoon, paddleboarding or kayaking. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Horseback Riding – Our suggestions: El Capitan Canyon, Captain Jack’s Tours & Events, Los Padres Outfitters, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
Whale Watching – Hop on the Condor Express Whale Watching to go whale watching out in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Named one of the 10 best gardens in the world, home to over 3000 plants was designed with the horticultural passion of an extraordinary woman, Madame Ganna Walska. As the Los Angeles Times describes, “Evidence of Walska’s art is everywhere—in surprising juxtapositions of form and playful shocks to our expectations. But Lotusland’s garden is not simply an eccentric fantasy, any more than Alice in Wonderland is just a children’s book. For Walska, plants were more than plants; they were colors to paint with, a family to nurture, characters to direct.”