You are here

Montecito, Santa Barbara

Montecito Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Montecito, Santa Barbara

Montecito means "little mountains, little forest" an apt name for this area of winding, tree-shaded lanes reminiscent of an English countryside. The area has long been known for the style and elegance of its residences, both historic and contemporary. Many of Montecito's most impressive estates, built at the turn of the century by wealthy Easterners, were modeled after the sumptuous homes of England, France, Spain and Italy. Landmark hotels in this area include the Montecito Inn, built in 1927 by Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle; the San Ysidro Ranch, where the guestregister lists such names as Jean Harlow, Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh, Winston Churchill and Mr. and Mrs. John F Kennedy; the Miramar, which annually hosts the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference; and the Santa Barbara Biltmore, with its spectacular ocean vistas. Montecito offers shopping opportunities at Montecito Village on San Ysidro Rd. and on Coast Village Rd.