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Guidebook for Montecito

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Guidebook for Montecito

Food Scene
This is a real foodie restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. Even though the plates are made for sharing, portions are quite large so check with your server. Also, a great selection of local wines!
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The Lark
131 Anacapa Street
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This is a real foodie restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. Even though the plates are made for sharing, portions are quite large so check with your server. Also, a great selection of local wines!
This is a super lively restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and a great selection of Spanish/Portuguese style tapas. They even have sangria, as well as great local and imported wines, cocktails etc.
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Loquita Santa Barbara
202 State St
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This is a super lively restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and a great selection of Spanish/Portuguese style tapas. They even have sangria, as well as great local and imported wines, cocktails etc.
This is the most famous Taco stand on the central coast. If you like traditional no-fuss Mexican (tacos specifically), this is the place to go. It's not fancy, but you know the food is good, because sometimes there is a line up out the door and down the block. FYI, I am somewhat of a taco connoisseur.
superica restaurant
622 N Milpas St
This is the most famous Taco stand on the central coast. If you like traditional no-fuss Mexican (tacos specifically), this is the place to go. It's not fancy, but you know the food is good, because sometimes there is a line up out the door and down the block. FYI, I am somewhat of a taco connoisseur.
This is a great breakfast place in downtown Santa Barbara.
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Scarlett Begonia
21 West Victoria Street
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This is a great breakfast place in downtown Santa Barbara.
Located in the lower village, a 3 minute drive from our home, Jeannine's is one of the local places for a casual breakfast.
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Jeannine's Restaurant & Bakery
1253 Coast Village Road
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Located in the lower village, a 3 minute drive from our home, Jeannine's is one of the local places for a casual breakfast.
This is our local Starbuck's --- incase you need a latte or some other coffee concoction!
Starbucks
1046 Coast Village Rd
This is our local Starbuck's --- incase you need a latte or some other coffee concoction!
This is our ATF place to grab a quite lunch or dinner. Located in the lower village, 3 minutes away, they have underground parking (and plenty of street parking). Indoor and outdoor seating, full bar. Some of our favorites are the macha chicken salad, the thai beef salad, the honor bar burger and french dip. Reasonably priced and always delicious. Next door they have a to-go place where you can pick up pizza, wine, and most things that are on the main restaurant menu.
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Honor Bar
1255 Coast Village Road
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This is our ATF place to grab a quite lunch or dinner. Located in the lower village, 3 minutes away, they have underground parking (and plenty of street parking). Indoor and outdoor seating, full bar. Some of our favorites are the macha chicken salad, the thai beef salad, the honor bar burger and french dip. Reasonably priced and always delicious. Next door they have a to-go place where you can pick up pizza, wine, and most things that are on the main restaurant menu.
Fantastic indoor/outdoor spot for breakfast or lunch and the lovely Miramar Hotel. Go for a walk on the beach before/after lunch.
Malibu Farm at Miramar
1759 South Jameson Lane
Fantastic indoor/outdoor spot for breakfast or lunch and the lovely Miramar Hotel. Go for a walk on the beach before/after lunch.
Awesome pizza (similar in style to Mozza Pizzeria in LA). This restaurant is always packed with locals like Reese Witherspoon and her family, so you need a reservation. They also do "to go" which a lot of our guests enjoy.
Bettina
1014 Coast Village Rd
Awesome pizza (similar in style to Mozza Pizzeria in LA). This restaurant is always packed with locals like Reese Witherspoon and her family, so you need a reservation. They also do "to go" which a lot of our guests enjoy.
Great for dim sum lunch, dining in or take out, we have found China Pavillion to be great quality. Things are a bit pricy compared to some chinese restaurants but quality and authenticity are solid.
China Pavilion
1202 Chapala Street
Great for dim sum lunch, dining in or take out, we have found China Pavillion to be great quality. Things are a bit pricy compared to some chinese restaurants but quality and authenticity are solid.
This is a great little taco stand, with very clean food, and a little baseball batting cage attached (East Beach Batting Cages), so you can hit some balls before or after lunch. This is a favorite spot for locals, so expect at least a 15 minute wait if you go at peak lunch time.
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East Beach Tacos
226 South Milpas Street
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This is a great little taco stand, with very clean food, and a little baseball batting cage attached (East Beach Batting Cages), so you can hit some balls before or after lunch. This is a favorite spot for locals, so expect at least a 15 minute wait if you go at peak lunch time.
Essentials
This is a good store for all your essential food items. A typical US grocery store.
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Vons
1040 Coast Village Road
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This is a good store for all your essential food items. A typical US grocery store.
This is a small boutique grocery store. A little more expensive, but has a nice selection of local wines, cheese, local produce and organic and free range meats etc. It's located in the upper village.
Montecito Grocery
1482 East Valley Road
This is a small boutique grocery store. A little more expensive, but has a nice selection of local wines, cheese, local produce and organic and free range meats etc. It's located in the upper village.
This is a little deli market with high end and imported cheeses, crackers and deli items. If you're a foodie, we might suggest you check this out if you're planning a picnic on the beach or going for a hike and want something better than granola bars to put in your back pack.
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Pierre Lafond Market & Deli
516 San Ysidro Road
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This is a little deli market with high end and imported cheeses, crackers and deli items. If you're a foodie, we might suggest you check this out if you're planning a picnic on the beach or going for a hike and want something better than granola bars to put in your back pack.
Parks & Nature
Enjoy local walks and hikes nearby
This is a lovely hike within about a 5 minute drive from our home. The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip. Many of the other favorites have been closed since the mudslides, but this one remains open.
Rattlesnake Canyon Trailhead
1783 Las Canoas Rd
This is a lovely hike within about a 5 minute drive from our home. The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip. Many of the other favorites have been closed since the mudslides, but this one remains open.
This is my favorite beach for walking, paddle boarding, and even swimming (when the water is warm). It is located just down the road from our home. During low tide you can walk all the way into downtown Santa Barbara, but pay attention to the tide charts, or you'll get your feet wet on the way back! There is a great app called TIDES which you can download to check tide report.
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Butterfly Beach
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This is my favorite beach for walking, paddle boarding, and even swimming (when the water is warm). It is located just down the road from our home. During low tide you can walk all the way into downtown Santa Barbara, but pay attention to the tide charts, or you'll get your feet wet on the way back! There is a great app called TIDES which you can download to check tide report.
This is a great trail about a mile from the guest house. You can hike up to where the old Hot Spring Hotel was and see incredible views of Santa Barbara Harbor and the ocean.
Hot Springs Canyon Trailhead, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
1202-1298 E Mountain Dr
This is a great trail about a mile from the guest house. You can hike up to where the old Hot Spring Hotel was and see incredible views of Santa Barbara Harbor and the ocean.
Located right behind the San Ysidro Ranch hotel, this trail was heavily washed out in the 2018 floods, but has been re-opened for some time. There is a switchback trail up a hill and then it loops back down. The loop is about 4 miles.
McMenemy Trail
Located right behind the San Ysidro Ranch hotel, this trail was heavily washed out in the 2018 floods, but has been re-opened for some time. There is a switchback trail up a hill and then it loops back down. The loop is about 4 miles.
This is our favorite beach for walking. In fact, during low tide you can go down the hill to Butterfly Beach across from the four seasons and walk all the way south to Miramar Beach and beyond. Check the TIDES app for low and high tide information
Miramar Beach
This is our favorite beach for walking. In fact, during low tide you can go down the hill to Butterfly Beach across from the four seasons and walk all the way south to Miramar Beach and beyond. Check the TIDES app for low and high tide information
A five minute drive from the guesthouse, Lotusland is a private botanical garden featuring over 3000 plants from all over the world. Reservations are required. For information check out the website https://www.lotusland.org/gardens/
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Lotusland
Cold Spring Road
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A five minute drive from the guesthouse, Lotusland is a private botanical garden featuring over 3000 plants from all over the world. Reservations are required. For information check out the website https://www.lotusland.org/gardens/
Getting Around
Greyhound: Bus Station
224 Chapala St
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
601 Chapala Street
Amtrak Station
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Santa Barbara
209 State Street
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Amtrak Station
Many flights go direct into Santa Barbara airport. Be advised traffic from both LAX and Santa Barbara airport can be very heavy on friday afternoons, especially in summer months.
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Santa Barbara Kommunale Lufthavn
500 James Fowler Road
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Many flights go direct into Santa Barbara airport. Be advised traffic from both LAX and Santa Barbara airport can be very heavy on friday afternoons, especially in summer months.