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Recent Montecito property reviews

  • Family in Montecito for daughter's wedding

    "We had a fabulous visit. The house was perfect for our family to be in the area for a family wedding. Morning coffee with views of the mountains was beautiful and the location was perfect for our needs."
    Guest: Linda K. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 30, 2014
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  • 3 Bed/2 bath in Montecito

    "We stayed here with our 4-year-old son recently. We found a nice basket of snacks and a bottle of wine on the table when we arrived. We were happy to find the home was very clean and as described, with a graciously-furnished kitchen. Everything we needed --- from good quality glasses, dishes, and silverware to wine glasses, cooking utensils and mixing bowls -- was available. I even found birthday candles in the "everything" drawer. Stainless appliances were newer and in good condition. Bathrooms were also well-appointed with good quality towels, soap and shampoo. The bedrooms were attractive with nice linens as well. My son loved the puppy mural in the kids room, and he found several age-appropriate games in the closets. (We could have left ours at home.) He also enjoyed learning ping pong at the table in the garage. The house was a comfortable size with a large round dining table for family meals. Out back and down the driveway was a nice grassy area. The beach was a truly short walk away: down Butterfly, across the street to the passage under the freeway and you're on the small stretch of neighborhood leading to the shore. We also enjoyed biking just up the road at the bird refuge. I think what we liked most was that the home was surrounded by trees and plant life from nearly every window and door. It made for a lovely view from the living and dining areas, and especially on the back deck where there was a table with umbrella. We were also happy to find a good working internet connection and printer, which helped us buy some advance tickets for attractions.We appreciated the books featuring local restaurants, attractions, and points of interest -- a very nice touch. The owner was very easy to communicate with, and her attention to detail was refreshing. We truly enjoyed our stay. Thanks!"
    Guest: Laura A. Date of Stay: June 2013 Review Submitted: July 2, 2013
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  • Wonderful Stay at Swift Cottage!

    "My husband and I stayed 5 nights at the Swift Cottage, over the Santa Barbara International Marathon weekend. I went to UCSB back in the day, so I wasn't totally unfamiliar with the Montecito area. To say we were pleased with the cottage and with our entire visit would be an understatement. First off, the cottage was spotless. Becky left a nice note along with some snacks and a bottle of wine...a wonderful welcome! The cottage had everything we needed and then some. We took advantage of the kitchen and the washer/dryer, and even got to meet the resident housedog Jackson. He's a sweetie...always looking for some scratches! Santa Barbara was having a bit of a cold snap when we were there, so we took advantage of the fireplace and were very happy the bed had plenty of blankets to keep us warm! A gas wall heater can only do so much, unless you're in the upstairs loft where it was nice and toasty! The loft was ideal for my husband to set up his computer for work. We had plenty of space for the two of us to move around, and the outdoor courtyard area was absolutely stunning. Next time we come out and stay, we'll come out when the weather's a bit warmer so we can take advantage of the great outdoor space. All in all, a fantastic trip. Thanks Becky, we will be back!"
    Guest: Stacy L. Date of Stay: November 2012 Review Submitted: November 15, 2012
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  • Perfect Slice of Paradise!

    "I've been staying in this wonderful cottage each summer since 2010 and my only hesitation in writing a review is that my secret will be discovered by too many other travelers! This isn't a rental - it's a home. From the beautiful linens to the gourmet kitchen and the stylish bathrooms, every element of the home is well cared for. Just a couple of blocks to the dog-friendly Butterfly Beach and the gorgeous grounds of the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, it's the perfect central location for enjoying the best of Montecito. Coast Village Road is full of shops and restaurants and also within walking distance. Downtown Santa Barbara and State Street are just 5 minutes away by car. If you're looking to visit Santa Barbara but be out of the midst of the tourist throngs, this is the perfect location and the perfect vacation home."
    Guest: Scottsdale Traveler Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 26, 2014
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Montecito Travel Tips

Just east of Santa Barbara is Montecito, one of California’s most luxurious areas. All around you’ll find recognizable residences and locations as well as stunning natural beauty and plenty of glorious California weather to enjoy.

If you enjoy being outdoors, Montecito has a lot to offer you. It’s near the Santa Ynez Mountains, providing amazing views as well as some excellent hiking opportunities. There are also beautiful gardens and parks to wander through, or you can pack a picnic and enjoy a tasty meal with a stunning backdrop.

Things to Do in Montecito

- Lotusland: To witness some of California’s most beautiful natural sights, visit Lotusland. This 37-acre botanical garden is the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska. Lotusland features a uniquely designed landscape with a variety of different gardens including a topiary garden, a citrus orchard, a Japanese garden, a water garden, a tropical garden and more. Book a walking tour and enjoy the colorful sights of the the different flowers, plants and shrubbery.

- Casa Del Herrero: Casa Del Herrero, or home of the blacksmith, is a Spanish Colonial Revival Style estate and gardens that is definitely worth a visit during your vacation in Montecito. Designed by architect George Washington Smith and finished in 1925, Casa Del Herrero has maintained much of it's architectural quality over the years. You’ll certainly want to plan a visit to the 11-acre estate to take a docent-led tour of the house, gardens and workshop to see the collection of antiques, books, sketchbooks, drawings and horticultural records.

- The Easton Gallery: Art lovers won’t want to miss checking out The Easton Gallery. Since 1990, this space has represented the work of contemporary local landscape artists like Bill Dewey, Phoebe Brunner, Tom Henderson, Whitney Brooks Hansen and more.

- Stearns Wharf: To experience some true Montecito character, visit Stearns Wharf. The historic fountain featuring three dolphins marks the entrance of this 130-year-old establishment. It served cargo and passenger ships, and now houses shops and restaurants, making for an exciting day. Enjoy the sea breeze and breathtaking views as you enjoy tasty snacks and peruse the local goods.

- The Lobero Theatre: Theater aficionados will be enthralled with Lobero Theatre, one of California’s oldest continuously running theaters. It was founded by Jose Lobero and built as an opera house in 1873, then rebuilt under designs by George Washington Smith for the Community Arts Association in the 1920s. The theater hosts art and cultural events 250 days a year or more, and has staged groups like Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the State Street Ballet, the Sings Like Hell Flamenco Arts Festival and much more.

- The Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara: Get ready to saddle up and head west with a visit to the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara. Founded in 1972, this museum boasts a collection of more than 50 saddles once belonging to famous riders like Will Rogers, Cisco Kid, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and others. There are also a variety of different carriages to see, including mug wagons, army wagons and circus wagons, so you can see how people traveled in a time before cars. Take yourself on a walking tour or stop by on the third Sunday of the month to hear a docent’s tour.

Shopping and Dining in Montecito

- La Cumbre Plaza: The indoor shopping center is filled with well-known stores as well as some unique local shops and eateries. You’re certain to find just what you’re looking for and maybe even a little something extra!

- Paseo Nuevo: Take advantage of California’s glorious weather in this outdoor shopping space. History meets modernity as you window shop and make purchases of souvenirs here. Enjoy the sunlight and welcoming breeze as you wander from shop to shop.

- Cava Restaurant and Bar: Founded in 1997 by the Lopez-Hollis family, this dining establishment combines food, wine and music from the family’s Mexican and Spanish heritage to bring you a delightful experience. Feast on a delicious meal paired with a wine from Spain, Italy, South America or California as you take in the casual, sophisticated decor.

- Montecito Cafe: If you’re looking for simple, tasty food, you’ll find it at Montecito Cafe. Opened in 1986 by husband-and-wife team Mark and Margaret Huston, this eatery offers daily specials, fresh fish, salad bowls, sandwiches, steaks and chicken. All meals are made from scratch, including desserts, sauces and dressings.

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