We are experimenting with three-month house rentals to escape winter in Maine, and we fell in love with both Secret Garden and Santa Barbara. The house was perfect for us (and our dog, Boo), with comfortable beds, great kitchen, lots of storage space, and a private, beautifully landscaped backyard that Boo loved -- once we walked around the city, we realized what a rarity that is (the neighbors are close, but that didn't really bother us). The house is located right around the corner from Cottage Hospital and medical community, which came in handy when we had to have some unexpected tests. We love to walk, so taking a two-mile stroll up and back to downtown was a pleasure, and there's coffee house and great ice cream a few blocks away. The house is close to five supermarkets, great local hiking, beaches (Arroyo was our favorite) and sightseeing, and equidistant to wine country of Santa Ynez and Channel Islands ferry in Ventura. Tons of restaurants and take-out. We also ended up buying a bike from a local nonprofit ($75) and returning it at the end of our trip. In short, we loved our stay, and, Wendy, we hope to be back. Boo gave it five barks!