Three Days in Summerland
Could you use a little dose of summer vacation right about now? Then it’s time to plan a memorable three-day weekend at Summerland. Just five miles south of Santa Barbara, Summerland is the quintessential California beach town.
Just head south on Highway 101 to Lookout Park Road (exit 91) and make your way to Lillie Avenue. You’ll want to park the car to take a stroll down this picturesque street, which is dotted with interesting antique stores, cozy cafes, locally-owned shops, and charming cottages. The town’s central beach is framed by Lookout Park, where you can take in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
You can choose from one of the many Airbnbs within a short walking distance of shops and restaurants for your stay. This lovely two-bedroom guesthouse is located on a quiet dead-end street right next to scenic hiking trails. Or escape to this charming two-bedroom cottage that is just a short walk from Summerland Beach and Park.
Another choice is to book a relaxing stay at the Inn on Summer Hill. You’ll love the attention to detail throughout this lovely bed and breakfast, and every room has an ocean or garden view.
Begin your first full day in Summerland at Field and Fort, a unique blend of cozy cafe and bespoke home decor shop. While you wait for your order of avocado toast, scones, or an English muffin breakfast sandwich, browse through their lovely retail section. You’re sure to find something extraordinary that perfectly reflects the Santa Barbara lifestyle (and will look great in the new vacation home you are now considering purchasing)!
After breakfast, head over to the Bikini Factory, a local institution since 1980 that just happens to sell bikinis. You’ll find hundreds of styles — including Brazilian brand bikinis, bikini separates, and one-piece bathing suits — to fit any taste or body type.
Now that you have new swimwear, it’s time for the beach! Make your first stop at Lookout Park to enjoy stunning cliff-top views of the coastline. After enjoying the scenery, walk down to the beach. Take your time heading toward Butterfly Beach in Montecito and enjoy inspecting all the colorful creatures that find their way into the local tidepools.
After your time at the beach, head back to your cozy accommodations for a shower and a quick nap. Now, you’re rested and ready for your visit to the best sanctuary in SB — The Sacred Place. People from all over the world come to enjoy the serenity of this particular spot that features treasures that are historical, religious, or related to personal growth. There really is nowhere else like it.
Next, take a relaxing walk back to your room to get ready for dinner at Summerland’s famous Nugget Bar and Grill. The Nugget offers a mouth-watering selection of burgers, steaks, seafood, and salads. The service is friendly, and the portions are generous.
After your meal, take a late evening stroll through Summerland’s downtown to window shop in preparation for your home decor and antiquing adventure tomorrow.
After a restful night, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Summerland Beach Cafe, which offers the best bacon you’ve ever tasted. If you’re hungry, be sure to try the Two, Two and Two — two pieces of French toast, two slices of bacon, and two large eggs. And don’t miss the cafe’s fresh-squeezed orange juice; it’s incredible!
Now that you are well fortified, it’s on to shopping! Your first stop is The Well at 2350 Lillie Ave. This gorgeous shop offers vintage and unique collections of home and garden pieces from Europe, Asia, and North America. You’ll love the ambiance here, and be sure to look for their Tuberose home air freshener sticks.
After you visit The Well, cross the road to Botanik, where you’ll enjoy a lush and lovely collection of home decor. Dipped in moss and alive with greenery for your indoor plants, Botanik’s moss pots are a must-have. You’ll also want to purchase one of their reusable organic cotton produce bags for your next stop.
You won’t want to pass up a visit to the nearby Sweet Wheel Farms produce cart. You can choose from a selection of fresh fruit to snack on throughout the afternoon and to take home with you tomorrow. Everything at the stand — including the beautiful flowers and fresh bread — is organic and locally sourced. (Don’t forget to use your new produce bag!)
Porch, known for its slogan “where shelter and nature converge,” is your next destination. The people at Porch are design experts, and you will love their sophisticated selection of textiles, furniture, and art for indoor and outdoor living.
If you’re ready to make a statement with your home furnishings, you can’t miss a stop at Garde. You’ll discover distinctive rugs, lighting, accents, furniture, textiles, scents, and objects that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
After all that shopping, you deserve a rest and a glass of wine. And how about enjoying it along with a spectacular ocean view at Summerland Winery’s Tasting Room?! With its charming front porch and beach-inspired decor, this tasting room exudes a warm and inviting vibe that typifies the Summerland experience.
Begin the last day of your adventure at Red Kettle Coffee, which serves up locally roasted coffee and hand-blended teas along with a daily selection of fresh baked goods. This quaint shop also supports the local community by selling handmade merchandise from more than 20 local vendors.
Another Summerland must-do is a visit to The Summerland Antique Collective. There are so many treasures to find here among the collectors’ intriguing individual stalls! The Collective stocks lighting, fine art, furniture, architectural elements, rare books, statuary, and outdoor items.
And next on your antiquing list is Mary Suding Antiques & Design, where you can browse a collection of mid-century modern, county, folk art, and architectural antiques, as well as unique items for the garden. There truly is something here for every home decor style and taste.
By now, you’re probably wondering if you have enough room in your car to take all your treasures home. Don’t worry; we know you’ll be back.
In fact, after you check out and head on your way, you probably are thinking about buying a home in this idyllic beach community. Here are some homes that VP has listed or sold in Summerland in the last 12 months.