At a Glance
Relaxed California beach town by weekday and bustling antique and boutique lover’s weekend pleasure, Summerland maintains its Bohemian soul formed through previous manifestations as a religious colony, mini-oil boomtown and lazy beachnik haven.
What to Expect
Summerland’s 1,500 or so residents – including artists, writers and part-timers — enjoy their cozy cottages or spacious pieds-à–terre perched on a hillside next door to Montecito and overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.
Formerly hosting more than a dozen producing oil wells, soap and cigar factories and more than one saloon, the now much more upscale town’s main street, Lillie Avenue, is home to a tempting selection of unique shops featuring antiques and designer accoutrements.
Family-friendly restaurants, a wine tasting room and a lovely beachside park offering expansive lawns, play areas and direct access to the beach are just a few of the town’s amenities.