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Things to do Montecito

Montecito, California, has always been a magnet for the rich and famous. Located in Santa Barbara County, a 10 minute drive from the town centre, its beach chic vibe and tree-shaded lanes have attracted starlets and socialites from all over the US. Oprah Winfrey permanently resides there, while its part-timers home owners include Drew Barrymore and Al Gore. After the tragic fires and mud slides of December 2017, much of the area has been revamped to be even more beautiful than ever. Exclusively for The Chosen Club, here are 10 stylish spots to eat, drink, shop and explore when in Montecito.

1 Jeannines Bakery Restaurant- Montecito

BRUNCH: Jeannines Bakery Restaurant

Jeannines Bakery has a beautiful open-air patio, over-spilling with fresh hydrangeas. The perfect spot for a weekend brunch, it does delicious American classics from homemade granola to eggs benedict, freshly baked cakes and mimosas galore. Image: @ellenstubner

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SHOP: Maison K

Full of stunning beachwear and elegant neutrals, Maison K is the ultimate Montecito lifestyle boutique. Be warned: you'll want a beach home by the time you leave it...

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TOUR: Lotus Land

You have to book in advance to tour this stunning 37-acre Montecito estate and nonprofit botanic garden. Once owned by the late Madame Ganna Walska, a well-known opera singer and socialite, she purchased the property in 1941 and spent the next 43 years transforming it into what is now recognized as one of the world’s best gardens.

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COCKTAIL: The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Montecito's Four Seasons Resort just reopened its doors on June 1, 2018 after a 5 month renovation and it's definitely worth popping-by for lunch or a cocktail. A beautiful Spanish colonial property, it has 90 years of history and is known for its impeccable service.

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5 Letter Perfect Stationery & Gift Store in Santa Barbara, California

SHOP: Letter Perfect Stationery & Gift Store

If you are addicted to upscale stationary, this chic little store and patio is full of unique local products - from gift cards to little favors.

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6 The Honor Bar - Montecito

LUNCH: The Honor Bar

Some have argued that this upscale patio serves the best burger in Santa Barbara. Owned by the Hillstone Restaurant Group, it's small, intimate and chic. If you want something more relaxed however they also have a fresh pizza (and wine) takeout option to the side of the main restaurant- perfect for a beach picnic.

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SWEET FIX: Here's the scoop

Situated on the main street, Montecito's Here's The Scoop makes gelato and sorbet daily using locally sourced organic fruit and vegetables. There are lots of dairy-free options, or you could skip the diet completely and have their delicious salted caramel flavor.

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8 Casa Del Herrero

TOUR: Casa Del Herrero

A throwback to Montecito as it was during the 1920s and 1930s, Casa del Herrero is often said to be one of Santa Barbara’s finest architectural landmarks and tours have to be arranged by phone or email in advance. Built in 1925, the 11-acre masterpiece, with extensive Moorish-style gardens, was designed by architect George Washington Smith.

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BEACH: BUTTERFLY BEACH

Quiet and dog friendly, Butterfly Beach runs outside The Four Seasons Resort and is popular with in-the-know locals. Why? It's one of Santa Barbara's few West facing beaches and so you can enjoy a sunset stroll or easy bike trail. There's also free all-day parking. (Photo: The Four Seasons).

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DINE: LUCKY'S STEAKHOUSE

The perfect spot to sit on the patio by the roaring fire and people/celebrity watch, Lucky's is ideal for an occasion meal. Get dressed up and go at night. The cuts of roast beef, steaks, and seafood are delicious and don't miss cocktails at the bar.

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