Once a fashionable health resort, the tiny seaside village of Montecito was discovered just after the turn of the century by some of the most influential families in the United States. Soon the wooded Montecito hills, just east of Santa Barbara’s city limits, began to sprout such magnificent creations as marble palaces, picture-book Normandy castles, elegant Italian palazzos, gracious Cape Cod colonials, and regal English manor houses. For those looking for private schools, country clubs, quaint shops, and quiet lanes that lead to secluded homes, the beach, mountain trails, creeks, and waterfalls – pastoral Montecito is waiting, pristine.July 16 used to be celebrated as “Montecito Day” by the old-time Spanish residents, and was always marked by a gala fandango and fiesta at the Lorenzana adobe on Parra Grande Lane. A must see in Montecito is historic Lotusland! The 2 main shopping areas include the Upper Village located on East Valley Road and the Lower Village on Coast Village Road. Many unique, high end stores are scattered in these 2 areas along with some very popular restaurants like Lucky’s, Cava, Café del Sol and Little Alex’s.
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