THERE'S A REASON CELEBRITIES flock to Montecito in Santa Barbara County. It exudes a certain luxury, but without the flashing lights of Los Angeles. The coast, the architecture and the five star dining - really, who could ask for a more formidable mix? No wonder Oprah just dropped a cool $28 mill on a farm homestead in Montecito!
LOTUSLAND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Founded by Polish opera singer, garden enthusiast and Montecito local, Madame Ganna Walska, Lotusland is now a public garden and plays home to over 3,000 species of plants from around the world (yes, there is an Australian garden). Horticultural enthusiasts and nature lovers will undoubtedly wander through this incredible garden in awe of what Madame Walska curated over the 40 years she lived on site at Lotusland.
CASA DEL HERRERO
Casa Del Herrero is Spanish Colonial Revival architecture at its finest. Take a tour of this lavish 1930s setting and be awed, not only by the architectural finesse, but the garden surrounds. This is definitely a tourist hotspot, so be prepared that your #InstaPic may not be completely devoid of people meandering senselessly in front of your lens. However, rest assured - the perfect capture of this astoundingly beautiful, heritage site is well worth the wait.
There is something wonderfully classic about Tre Lune. Perhaps it's the white table cloths or the many photo frames that line the walls? More than anything, the flavours of the the simple, yet authentically Italian menu has us hooked! If there is one restaurant to visit while in Montecito, Tre Lune is it.
A word to the wise prior to entering Jenni Kayne's Montecito boutique - prepare to divest oneself of both your current wardrobe and... savings. Jenni Kayne's boutique is the epitome of cool girl shopping and will have you positively salivating over the impeccable collections instore. But wait, there's more! Pop across the parking lot and indulge in something for the home too. Thank us later!