Located 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Montecito is one of Southern California’s best kept secrets. This coastal beach town is a hidden gem yet appears to be somewhat familiar to the rich and famous celebrities who have homes in the area or vacation at some of the beautiful beachside resorts. This charming town is heralded as the American Riviera which is a valid comparison given the major South of France meets Tuscany vibes that are intricately present in its historic architecture and hillside properties.
We recently visited The Rosewood Miramar Beach resort and got to experience Montecito firsthand. The hotel was given the seal of approval by Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s modern lifestyle brand, and even boasts a Goop boutique onsite. If this isn’t a major selling point for you perhaps the expansive beach, two pools or spa experience will.
Even if you aren’t a guest of the hotel, booking a reservation at Rosewood Miramar Beach’s oceanfront restaurant, Caruso’s is a must. Chef Massimo sources ingredients from local farmers, fishermen and ranchers and keeps our appetites fulfilled by parodically changing the menu.
Since this iconic property is relatively close to Los Angeles, you may bump into a few A-listers. Even some of the Kardashians have called The Rosewood Miramar Beach home for a few days. Recently Kravis (aka Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Baker) we’re spotted on the resorts beach surrounded by red roses with a diamond engagement ring in tow. Travis popped the question to his then girlfriend, Kourtney K who said yes! An iconic pop culture moment that was methodically executed by not only Travis but also Rosewood’s exceptional staff.
If you want to stay at a 5-star resort that is attentive to detail without giving off a pretentious energy this may be the choice for you. However, if you are craving a quick getaway and want to explore all that Montecito has to offer without staying at a resort check out of list of to-dos below.
What to do in Montecito:
- Stroll on Butterfly Bach
- Hike to Montecito Peak
- Shop at Coast Village Road
- Wine Tasting at Montecito Wine Bistro
- Dine at the Honor Bar