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Summerland is exactly what the name implies, a beautiful California beach town perfect and a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a few miles away from Santa Barbara, this picturesque town was originally an oil field. It is now full of antique stores, cozy cafes and shops run by local artisans. Learn more about the history of the area from an art sculpture on a rock and a wall mural, two hidden gems of the town. According to some residents, many of the original buildings in Summerland are haunted, especially the Big Yellow House an iconic restaurant.
Things to do in Summerland
You can’t visit this classic, two-exit town without stopping by its main street, Ortega Hill Road. Hop between boutiques, grab a bite at a quaint café or peruse some of the best antiques in the country. After strolling through main street, relax with a glass of wine grown locally in the Santa Ynez Valley. Of course, soak up some of that California sunshine at the beach below Lookout Park, while biking along the coast, or hiking through Toro Canyon Park. Better yet, take a memorable horseback ride along the beach! The beach is dog friendly so you don’t have to worry about leaving your furry family at home. They’ll love digging their paws into the sand as much as you do!
Day trips from Summerland
Santa Barbara may only be five miles away, but it’s definitely worth the short trip. If you’ve had your fill of wine tasting, get a look at beautiful 18th-century architecture at Mission Santa Barbara. Take a stroll through Shoreline Park and then dine on Stearns Wharf right above the water. Wherever you are, you’ll constantly be surrounded by Santa Barbara’s natural beauty nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the clear blue Pacific Ocean. Travel a little further down the coast past Santa Barbara and find yourself in the Historic Danish Village of Solvang. Tour a winery, visit over 150 one of a kind shops and try some authentic Danish pastries. Traveling with the family? No problem. Take a horse drawn trolley ride, surrey bike ride, or a Segway ride.
There are only two places to stay within the official limits of Summerland, the Summerland Inn and the Inn on Summer Hill. The Inn on Summer Hill is a seaside craftsman-style bed and breakfast that’s sure to offer the perfect setting for your relaxing beach vacation. The Summerland Inn is a romantic getaway located conveniently next to the 101 highway. Of course, there are also plenty of choices in neighboring Santa Barbara or Montecito, and a vacation rental is a fantastic option. Try to stay as close to the beach as you can for spectacular ocean views!
Transportation in Summerland
From the 101, look for exit 91 towards Evans Street. Keep an eye out because if you missed it, then you’ve missed Summerland! At less than two square miles, the entire town can be easily navigated on foot or by bicycle. If you’re tired from all the shopping, or wine tasting, the MTD Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara’s public transportation system, will take you anywhere you need to go.