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Montecito Magazine

Spring/Summer 2017

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.

Summerland

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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

freeway.

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.