Destination Montecito California




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This is a lovely spot to stay and enjoy the beach. The climate is great and there are palm trees and flowers everywhere. You can get some nice views of the mountains as well.

Four Seasons Biltmore: A wonderful property along the ocean in Montecito, it is beautifully and comfortably furnished and there is both great indoor and outdoor dining. The Beach and Cabana Club is more contemporary and located across the street. The gardens and grounds are lovely. You just want to hang out at either facility.

Above the Biltmore is the Lower Village in Montecito, along Coast Village Road, where you will find other restaurants and hotel options. There is an Upper Village also, along East Valley Road, but I have not spent time there.

I have stayed twice at the Montecito Inn. This is an older property, at 1295 Coast Village Road, built in 1928 by Hollywood legend, Charlie Chaplin. Not as nice as the Four Seasons, but it is a good value. They have a nice restaurant downstairs, the Montecito Cafe, which I have enjoyed several times.

The Coast Village Inn, at 1188 Coast Village Road, is a small bed and breakfast inn that is fine for more of the budget conscious traveler. I stayed there my first trip.

On the other end is the famed San Ysidro Ranch which is located closer to the Upper Village at 900 San Ysidro Lane. This is a wonderful, romantic property where you stay in smaller cottages. The grounds and common areas are really beautiful. It is where John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon.

On Coast Village Road you will find some nice restaurants and shops. I like Los Arroyos and Trattoria Mollie. Los Arroyos, at 1280 Coast Village Road, is good for Mexican specialities and has indoor and outdoor seating.

I have eaten at Trattoria Mollie twice and enjoyed it each time. It is a supposed favorite of Oprah Winfrey, who has a huge property in Montecito. The restaurant is located at 1250 Coast Village Road. There is indoor and outdoor seating.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, at 1187 Coast Village Road, is a good spot to take a break from shopping and gallery hopping.

Lucky’s – Steaks, Chops, Seafood, Cocktails at 1279 Coast Village Road is also a fun spot with good food.