Rediscover Summerland Swing off US Hwy 101 at exit 91 (between Carpinteria & Montecito) Whether you’re traveling up the coast from Los Angeles or live nearby, the quaint seaside village of Summerland — often referred to as “the quintessential California beach town” — is well worth a stop whenever you’re in the vicinity. Pull off the highway, park the car in one of the numerous free spaces that line the wide and peaceful main streets of Lillie Avenue and Ortega Hill Road, and explore! The town is a fun mix of up-market merchants and locally owned businesses. Browse the eclectic shops and galleries, where you are sure to find one-of-a-kind antiques, clothing, home and garden wares and art. Enjoy a break at a café or restaurant. Visit Lookout Park, on the ocean side of the freeway, for picture-perfect views of the Channel Islands (and fantastic photo ops). Then amble down the path to Summerland Beach — a serene stretch of white sand and tidepools beneath the bluffs.