Summerland Bch-©Linda Sener 2017


Tucked between Montecito and Carpinteria, Summerland is a picturesque seaside community nestled into the hillside above the vast California coast. With expansive ocean views and a convenient location along Hwy 101, the town attracts visitors and locals seeking a scenic ocean-side setting with small town point of view.

Before the railroad cut tracks along the pristine California coastline, it was the horse-drawn stagecoach that carried curious visitors to Summerland. Painted with colorful tales of a spiritualist community founded in the late 1800’s, it was the railroad and the discovery of natural gas and oil a few years later that brought curious entrepreneurs seeking fortunes, and soon-to-be residents to the area.

Today, Summerland’s personality is still as alluring as its vibrant past, with eclectic architecture and a slow, relaxed pace. Quaint California bungalows, condominiums, and clapboard cottages cozy up to larger modern residences thoughtfully oriented towards the stunning coastal backdrop with the Channel Islands front and center on the horizon. With Montecito right next door, home values here are a bit more affordable with views that more than rival its upscale neighbor.

In town, designer boutiques, beach shops, cafés and even a saloon line Lillie Avenue, the epicenter of this sleepy haven. Well known for its quality antique collectives, treasure hunters and curious collectors will find plenty to explore; while others may find wine tasting and relaxing on a sunny porch more to their liking.  The easily accessible Summerland Beach, with great parking at Lookout Park on the bluffs above,  draws surfers and sun worshippers with its varying surf and secluded feel.

With a laid back attitude, captivating charm, and whimsy, there is no question why Summerland residents and visitors alike are smiling.


TEA TIME – Wander through Sacred Space, a serene and enchanting boutique filled with world imports, exotic plants, jewelry, and so much more. Say “yes,” to a cup of their signature herb tea as you enter, sit in the meditation garden and enjoy.

SHOP – Stop in Botanik for designer home accessories. Don’t pass up a quick stroll through their private garden rich in unique finds from all corners of the globe. They create amazingly beautiful succulent planters!

GET FIT – Take a “duet” Pilates or Yoga class with a friend at Platinum Fitness, where the customized workout offers an ocean view! Take Ortega Hill Loop with scenic ocean views that blend with shady wooded areas for the perfectly effortless walk.

SUNSET RIDE – In the summer, horseback riding on the beach is offered three times a day by Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Rides.

BREAKFAST – Sit on the porch at Summerland Beach Cafe and enjoy a fabulous breakfast or lunch, or grab a fully loaded breakfast burrito “to go” at Stacky’s Seaside.