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Montecito is California as well as California. Beautiful and relaxed, this small town next to 101st Street is an obvious and easy getaway from Los Angeles and San Francisco. So how could a wellness-loving but not entirely crunchy weekend look in this modern paradise? Well, you could: Sit comfortably in a plush suite on Rosewood Miramar Beach. Buckle down the pristine coastline at one of the hotels Lincoln SUVs (intuitive design makes driving so reflexive, even fast turning rejuvenates). Hike the hills. Squeeze into the freshest food from the field to the forks. Whether you’re doing all or one of the above, against the backdrop of the epic pristine beauty of the state, Montecito is pure magic.
Rosewood Miramar Beach
We are waxed about it Rosewood Miramar Beach before, and this dreamy place from the Pacific deserves every word. First, the setting. It simply cannot be defeated. Expect spacious balconies; casual, elegant ambience; and phenomenal benefits. Weekend spent in a luxury spa (we are lovers Lincoln rejuvenation), the elegant brunch at Caruso, turns in the fancy kindness of Lincoln to the nearby sights or simply reciprocates with the latest goop Book Club the title by the pool is a balm for the soul.
Ideally, a weekend trip should be an exploration of balance: relaxation and activities, celery juice and champagne, sunbathing and shopping. For all parts that did not enter the trunk, goop miscellaneous fills in the blanks. Enter the lobby, see a dazzling cocktail bar and realize you forgot your dress? Covered. Unpack your skin care routine just to find it bamboo toothbrush i Cocofloss are they missing? No worries. Hankering for a new swimsuit and decadent Foundrae necklace to wear by the pool? Stop by for supplies.
Spending a weekend in a new city – gathering on unfamiliar streets and descending them, bumping into the boutiques, galleries and bakeries that look most appealing – is pure, escapist pleasure. Wendy Foster owns several stores in this forest, but Angel is our opportunity. Perhaps we were first attracted by the clever preparation of everyday things and the beautiful, whimsical dresses made for barbecues on the beach. But affordable and not-so-affordable gems, unusual postcards and soft tracksuits from the Great Generation make us a comeback. Regardless of the secret sauce of Foster’s sartorial scent, leaving Angela empty-handed is almost impossible.
Start the weekend with a smoothie from Juice Ranch. We are partial to the Breakfast Club, a yellow blend of berries, spinach, bee pollen, almond butter and homemade almond milk. Like many local businesses, Juice Ranch turns to the times and encourages contactless takeovers. If you’re planning a morning to explore Montecito’s back roads and shady lanes, stop by for an extra juice or two for a ride.
The topography of Montecito is wild, almost magically beautiful. Spend as much time as possible enjoying nature and replace a sitting lunch for a picnic. Solid Coast Village Road Jeannine’s has below picnic provisions. Smoked salmon on rolls thick with cream cheese, avocado kale salad or crispy chopped cobb (or both!) And enough sweet lemonade travel well. If you’re really pampering yourself, mini bottles of champagne for one are just fine.
Oliver’s offers the most picturesque dinner in town. Even if you sit inside, thanks to the sliding door from floor to ceiling, you feel like you are having dinner outdoors. The muted, frosted decor speaks of simple vegetarian cuisine from the field to the jaw, and kombucha mokteli make learning teeth easier. The menu changes regularly, but regardless of your order, inventive sauces and crunchy, roasted nuts and seeds make every vegetable sing. Sit down, enjoy the view and order everything – that’s all to good.
Butterfly Beach is at least as dreamy as it sounds. And yes, depending on the season, there may be a kaleidoscope of fluttering wings on this sandy section. Fill your trunk with picnic food and leave early to take your parking space. Or stop by later in the afternoon to catch a striped pink sunset. If you have kids in the wolf, don’t forget the binoculars: this pristine beach is known for spotting dolphins and even whales (although it’s like a butterfly and this depends on the season).
Lotusland feels like it belongs to another galaxy. Thirty-seven acres of fantastic plant species (curator is the former owner, opera singer Ganna Walska, who bought the place in 1941) are divided into themed gardens. There is nothing like walking from one garden to another, immersing yourself in drama and the sheer wonder of so many rare plants in one place. Highlights include the Tropical Garden (frost is rare in Montecito, so heat-loving plants) and the landscaped Japanese garden, designed by Frank Fuji. Insectary Garden is the key to Lotusland’s completely organic success: special plants attract pollinators and natural predators that feed on unavoidable pests, meaning pesticides are not needed. The whole philosophy here is based on sustainable practices – even compost is made on site from cutting plants. Be sure to book in advance and leave no trace behind.