With dreamy hotels, fine dining, and an impressive array of activities, Montecito is your next travel destination.
What to do:
By the sea…
Enjoy a classic beach day at Butterfly Beach. Located just steps away from the sand, walk down to Coral Casino for oceanside drinks and dining, an olympic-size pool, a sauna, and much more.
Coral Casino sits atop Butterfly Beach at the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara. With stunning oceanfront property, a larger-than-Olympic size pool, and delicious cocktails, Coral Casino is the quintessential Santa Barbara hangout!
In the mountains…
Take in sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Santa Barbara’s Channel Islands while wandering among thousands of plants, trees and flowers that exemplify the diverse botanical beauty of the region.
Inspiration Point is a known for its panoramic ocean and city views, making it the perfect destination for sunny Santa Barbara days! The hike is just under an 8-mile round trip, with about 1,400 feet of elevation gain.
Montecito Country Mart hosts a combination of services such as a barber shop, post office, pet shop, market, toy store, and several boutiques. Shop high quality items from Kendall Conrad and Poppy, or games, puzzles, and crafts for your kids at Toy Crazy. Be sure to try a Neapolitan-style pizza from Bettina Pizzeria before you go!
Where to eat:
Honor Bar on Coast Village Road in Montecito is an intimate space featuring American eats, cocktails and wine, in a trendy, lively space. Next door you can visit the Honor Market for coffee and espresso, exceptional products for the home, and top-notch artisanal take home pizza.
Oliver’s is a plant-based (vegan) restaurant in Montecito that prides itself on providing a healthful yet tasteful meal—their goal is to get as close to the original form of food as possible. Oliver’s is high end cuisine but not traditional fine dining—it is a beautiful and comfortable setting.
Lucky’s is a classic American steakhouse perfect for brunch, a mid-week burger, or a special occasion dinner. With unsurpassed ingredients, well-crafted cocktails, and premium wines, this restaurant is at the top of our list.
Santo Mezcal’s modern contemporary Mexican cuisine is rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions that also celebrate local and seasonal ingredients from Santa Barbara and its’ surrounding regions. Stop by to enjoy a beautifully presented, delicious meal and a mouth-watering cocktail.
Where to stay:
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, sprawls across 78 acres with a two-mile natural beach, lush gardens, and a collection of desirable amenities. The resort includes a day spa, tennis courts, a pool, and a golf course next door.
The recently debuted Rosewood Miramar, sits on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Southern California. The world-class resort conveys an elegant yet casual atmosphere, offering iconic sophistication and refined modernity. Born from an era of gracious hosts welcoming guests for the season, the resort’s unparalleled level of service is attentive and professional, yet never pretentious. Enjoy luxuries such as an exclusive members-only Miramar Beach Club, a spa, and exquisite dining.
Ranked among the top 25 Hotels for Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best for 2015, San Ysidro Ranch is nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, providing a tranquil vacation destination.