Located just up the coast from Los Angeles and Ventura and next to world famous Santa Barbara, no other town does luxury or exudes an effortlessly chic vibe like Montecito. This beautiful coastal community has been home for wealthy residents and vacationers from around the globe for many years. Along with Mediterranean-style buildings, sandstone walls became a major feature of Montecito and Santa Barbara architecture when Giovanni Menegon and his family moved from Italy to the area in 1910. He and future generations of his family (some of them architects) helped create a wonderful influence in shaping Montecito and Santa Barbara, creating sustainable designs that has continued to influence Montecito and Santa Barbara architecture since.
THE WEATHER: The average Montecito temperature is approximately 76 degrees. The weather here has been noted by the National Weather Service to be some of the best in the world.
HISTORY: Starting in the 1880s, movers and shakers from around the world vacationed in Santa Barbara. The fantastic climate hooked more than a few, and they decided to plant some roots. Today, Montecito harbors many a celeb, from Oprah Winfrey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Prince Harry and Megan Markle. However, celebrity isn’t celebrated as much as it’s merely sensed, and famous residents and regular townsfolk shop, dine, and hobnob together on Coast Village Road and the Upper Village. When cruising Montecito’s social and retail districts or tree-shaded lanes, do what the locals do: hang out on a sunny restaurant patio, read the paper, and don’t make a fuss if you see a famous face.
While the Montecito area is home to great restaurants and shopping, its natural assets are the real stars of the show. Lace up your hiking boots and head outdoors to the hills of Montecito, where on a clear day you’ll find epic views from the city of Santa Barbara to the Channel Islands and beyond. With over 15 different trails and a plethora of flora and fauna, the hiking in Santa Barbara ranges from easy nature walks to challenging climbs.
Montecito is home to some of the area’s most stunning stretches of coastline, from Fernald’s Point, past the calm waters of Miramar Beach and renowned surf break at Hammonds Point, to sparkling Butterfly Beach. Stand-up paddlers and surfers vie for waves, and sailboats sleepily bob against their moorings offshore. At Butterfly Beach, dogs are permitted on-leash, and its west-facing direction makes this swath of sand a perfect spot to soak in the sunset.
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