santa barbara hotel Area Guide

An Insider’s Guide to Santa Barbara 

Montecito Inn is located within a short drive to many major area attractions. From winery tours to finding your favorite brands, Santa Barbara has so much to offer visitors. Besides the following attractions, our concierge maintains a fully updated list of the area's best places to visit and activities to enjoy and would be happy to help you plan your day.

Historic Montecito Inn

A landmark in the community of Montecito, the Inn was built in 1928 by Hollywood legend, Charlie Chaplin. Today, the tradition of luxury continues as guests enjoy elegant accommodations and amenities such as world-class dining at the renowned Montecito Cafe, room service, spa services, unlimited use of our business center, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Dining Options

For the best lunch and dinner options, look no further than the Montecito Café, located right on site. The Café offers guests of the Montecito Inn priority reservations, and the entire menu is available for order through room service as well. Serving classic California cuisine, the Montecito Café serves world-class fare and is one of the most popular local restaurants.

The Inn is also located near several other great Santa Barbara dining options:

Lucky’s: Steak house located just next door to the Inn.

Los Arroyos Montecito: Serves Mexican comfort food and margaritas, located just across the street.

Jeannine’s Restaurant & Bakery: Local pastry shop and bakery located just a three minute walk from the Inn.

Trattoria Mollie: Noted upscale eatery featuring classic Italian dishes located just a short walk from the Inn.

Cava Restaurant & Bar: Family owned restaurant featuring a blend of Mexican and Mediterranean flavors, located just a 5 minute walk from the Inn.

Sakana Sushi Bar & Japanese: Highly-rated sushi restaurant located half a mile from the Inn.

Tre Lune Ristorante: Delicious, Simple food; reminiscent of Italy.

Area Festivals

Santa Barbara features mild weather year round as well as a rich history, which makes it an ideal place to host a variety of festivals and outdoor events. Explore a full listing of festivals on the Santa Barbara Calendar of events, or contact our concierge.

Old Spanish Days Fiesta is held every August, and this is Santa Barbara’s version of Mardi Gras featuring traditional Spanish dancing.

Harbor & Seafood Festival - For one day each October, seafood lovers descend on Santa Barbara for a day of seafood, live music, and arts and crafts.

At the Santa Barbara Wine Festival, you can sample more than 70 local wines and explore the tastes of dozens of local restaurants and caterers.

There are dozens of events celebrating Fourth of July in Santa Barbara, including fireworks, crafts shows, and parades.

At the Greek Festival, you can get your fill of baklava and spanikopita at this annual event held each August.

Held each February, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a world-class event featuring films from the top directors and actors in the world.


Downtown Santa Barbara features world-class shopping and top local restaurants. Spend a relaxing day strolling down the brick lined sidewalks to explore everything State Street has to offer. From small local restaurants to your favorite retail brands, State Street provides shopping, fine dining, historic sites, entertainment, and the beach in one convenient location. Find more information about shopping and dining in downtown Santa Barbara here.

Another popular area for shopping is the Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, located just over three miles from the Inn. This area offers all your favorite retail brands in one location. Find out more by visiting their website.


With a rich history as the home and playground to some of Hollywood’s earliest stars, Santa Barbara is home to several historical theater landmarks, including the Granada Theater. Visit our theater page to learn more about these historical sites and explore our theater scene.


Santa Barbara is home to several world-class institutes of higher education. Our boutique hotel provides convenient amenities and easy access to area colleges for college visits, parents’ weekends, and graduations. Visit our university page to learn more.

Wine Country

The climate and soil of Santa Barbara combine to produce some of California’s most spectacular wines. Montecito Inn is located less than 30 miles from some of the area’s best wineries. Visit our Wine Country page to plan your tasting tour.

Santa Ynez Valley

The city of Santa Barbara is located just 19 miles from Santa Ynez Valley, which is home to more than a hundred wineries as well as an active craft beer scene. Popular outdoor activities in the area include hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. 

Ready to plan your stay in Santa Barbara? Contact us now to book your room or suite at Montecito Inn.