Just south east of Montecito, Summerland started in 1883 as a ranch. Over the next century, Summerland grew based on the development of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the introduction of a drinking well; now, it is a thriving beach community with a population of just around 2,000. Summerland’s terrain is constructed mostly of coastal cliffs and hillsides allows for unobstructed views of the ocean and Channel Islands.


If not for its near-perfect weather, Summerland could be mistaken for a cozy New England town with many of the homes reflecting small Cape Cod cottages and ranging to the extent of large oceanfront estates. Here you can find New England hospitality, wonderful antique boutiques, art galleries, quaint bed and breakfasts, and Inns.

Summerland is an ideal place to relax and unwind after a week of working in nearby Santa Barbara. During low tide you can even walk along the beach to the Biltmore for tea.