MONTECITO, California – Stories of Spanish soliders and Hollywood legends pack a whole lot of lore into a long weekend in the fabled costal town just south of Santa Barbara.
WHERE TO STAY
1295 Coast Village Rd.; +1-805-969-7854
Built in 1928 by Charlie Chaplin as a refuge for Hollywood types, the mid-size hotel is cozy and convinient.
San Ysidro Ranch
900 San Ysidro Ln.; +1-805-565-1700
An idyllic destination for lovebirds through the ages (Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier, JFK and Jackie O, Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill...the list goes on). It doesn't get more plush than this.
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WHERE TO EAT
119 Harbor Way; +1-805-966-4418
A great staple right on the pier for clam chowder and a pint. Who wouldn't love that combo right in the heart of Santa Barbara?
25 W. Gutierrez St.; +1-805-962-5466
A fantastic brunch place. The order: poached eggs with olive spread and arugula.
310 Chapala St.; +1-805-966-9180
Truly authentic, hardcore tacos. No frills, just a good stop for something delicious and down-home.
1270 Coast Village Rd.; +1-805-565-7540
A classic steak joint with well-crafted sides and a clean, beautiful vibe. They're known (for good reason) for their extensive wine list.
702 Anacapa St.; +1-805-962-4416
A glass of white wine and a bowl of Cioppino at a cool, Deco, outdoor café where you can soak up the beautiful day.
516 San Ysidro.; +1-805-969-7520
An easy stop for a quick sandwich and fresh-squeezed juice.
1151 Coast Village Rd.; +1-805-969-2646
Owned by Lucky's, this restaurant has an old Italian cinema décor with really good, cozy Italian food.
WHERE TO DRINK
There's a row of local wine bars where there's always a crowd of people spilling out onto the decks and the street, drinking fantastic local wine.
819 Ancapa St.; +1-805-966-9463
Specializing in small plates and a big local wines.
Corks n' Crowns
32 Anacapa St.; +1-805-845-8600
New wine and beer flights to try each month.
Santa Barbara Winery
202 Anacapa St.; +1-805-963-3633
An institution. Pierre Lafond opened the first winery in the area in 1962 and now has a bustling family of local businesses.
205 Anacapa St.; +1-805-962-5857
Lovely and mellow.
WHAT TO DO
Easy: Flip-flop between antiquing and the great outdoors.
706 State St.; +1-805-962-3944
Treasure hunt through the 20th century.
Cold Springs Trail
E. Mountain Dr.
Beautiful winding hike with views for the athletic crowd.
695 Ashley Rd.; +1-805-969-9990
A unique horticultural experience steeped in local history.
Lewis & Clark
1116 State St.; +1-805-962-6034
A little bit of charming everything: antiques, books, gifts, toys, jewelry, home decor.
Wheel Fun Rentals
23 E. Cabrillo St.; +1-805-966-2282
Explore town on two wheels.
This is Southern California, after all. Elegant Butterfly Beach faces west, which makes it a rare place to see the sunset over the ocean. East Beach near the Santa Barbara Zoo has lots of amenities and sports facilities; it's great for families. Hendry's Beach is a local favorite. Rincon Point is famous for the surfing. Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach) has fantastic cliffs.
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Inset photos, from top: courtesy of Lucky's; courtesy of Wine Cask; Lotusland by brewbooks / Flickr.