A Hidden Coastal Gem
Just a few minutes’ drive south of Santa Barbara on the 101 leads to
Summerland…a tiny town that reflects the charm
and character of classic California.
Turn off at exit 91 (between Carpinteria and Montecito) to explore this
quaint seaside village of about 1,500 residents that straddles both sides of the
Park along Summerland’s main streets, Lillie Avenue and Ortega Hill Road, and
explore the village on foot. Scout for antiques, clothing, home & garden and
one-of-a-kind treasures at eclectic shops and galleries, taste local wines and
stop for a bite to eat or get coffee at casual cafés.
Head over to the coastal side of town to enjoy the fresh ocean breezes and
fantastic views of the Channel Islands. Pick up a burger or sandwich at a
Summerland eatery, then picnic at Lookout Park (tables, restrooms, children’s
playground), at the end of Evans Avenue on the ocean side of the freeway.
Walk down the path to scenic Summerland Beach—a serene stretch of white
sand and tidepools beneath the bluffs. Ocean View Park, another great picnic
spot, occupies three scenic acres at the corner of Lillie and Greenwell avenues.