Welcome to Summerland
Situated in the gorgeous Santa Barbara County just south of Montecito, Summerland lives up to its name in more ways than one. Second-to-none vistas of the Pacific Ocean stretch out in every direction, immediately soothing the soul and electrifying the spirit. Scads of outdoor recreational activities are amply available, whether you’re passionate about hiking, running, or cycling.
Beautiful homes and historic estates offer the ultimate in luxury, while excellent antique shops, unique boutiques, and a slew of casual eateries amplify its mellow, surfer-chic culture. A mere two exits in this enclave underscores its quiet, tight-knit, small-town feel, which is thoroughly relished by its collection of fortunate and discerning residents and the visitors who frequently pass through to savor this little pocket of paradise.
What to Love
- Fabulous real estate options, including cottages and phenomenal properties
- A bounty of outdoor recreation ranging from surfing to golfing
- Year-round impeccable weather
- Majestic beaches and coastline vistas
- Abounding with small-town charm
The term “neighborly” wouldn’t begin to describe the friendliness and warmth of this beachy community. This is the sort of place where neighbors know each other by name and run into each other throughout town, whether it’s while walking their pup at its breathtaking, dog-friendly beach or kicking back at a cafe after time spent on the sand.
A large part of Summerland’s appeal is the tranquility it offers in spades, rendering it the perfect locale for professionals who work remotely, families with young children, and retirees who are keen on being near natural splendors, fantastic homes, and proximity to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
From a boutique winery to laidback cafes, Summerland’s breezy, beautiful main drag has a host of wonderful venues, while its closeness to Santa Barbara means you can find virtually anything you desire.
Field and Fort on Lillie Avenue is treasured by locals and visitors alike. Its bright, luminous space is optimal for diving into plates created with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Arrive for breakfast for a hearty bowl of sweet porridge, or pop in for a lunch of chicken tarragon salad with a side of potato Bravas. Either way, you’re bound to be satisfied.
The Nugget’s sunny patio is just as beloved. Here, you will find a super fun bar and traditional dishes like golden-fried fish and chips and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Tinker Burger’s signature burgers are a hit with the whole family, while Summerland Beach Cafe has a dog-friendly patio where you can bring your canine companion while savoring a delicious breakfast any time of day.
Shopping in Summerland is equally delightful. Antique lovers will be thrilled with its assortment of carefully-curated shops. The Sacred Space is a wonderland of its own, complete with sculptures, flowers, and crystals, while both green and veteran interior designers will be wholly smitten with GARDE.
Things to Do
Summerland’s warm climate renders it a paradise for those who love to spend their spare time outdoors. Summerland Beach crystallizes the beauty of California’s scenic rugged coast, while Toro Canyon Park nearby is ideal for bike rides. And whether or not you have children in your life, Lookout Park is a great spot to play and peer out at the glimmering water.
People from near and far come to Summerland specifically for the shops that line the picturesque Lillie Avenue. Merely browsing these stores is enough to fill you with awe and pleasure.