Coast Village, Montecito
||Santa Barbara, CA|
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Montecito is where the rich and famous from LA come to find some sanity. Homes here cost many millions of dollars. The main strip, Coast Village Road, is lined with eucalyptus trees and overpriced boutiques and restaurants. Peabody's, located in a historic building of dark wood with stained glass windows, is a fantastic bar. It is bliss to sit out on their back or front balcony on a warm afternoon and enjoy a serving of their fries and a beer. It's pure and untouched bliss when there's a live band playing. Here's the Scoop is a little cafe with yummy gelato in a fresh-baked warm waffle cone. It can be found in the same shopping plaza as Giovanni's Pizza, tucked away in a cute downstairs area.
There is a Farmers Market at the 1100 and 1200 block of Coast Village Rd at 8-11:15am on Fridays. For more shops and restaurants in Montecito, in a prettier setting, check out Upper Montecito Village.
Nearby, check out Miramar Beach, a lovely curved beach that's great for a summer swim! Or the walk to Hammonds Beach under a canopy of tropical flowers. A beautiful park with pines and lawns is Manning Park.
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Exit Highway 101 southbound on a left-side exit (yes, it feels really weird to exit on the left) at Coast Village Rd. Turn left at the exit and then head straight. You will be on Coast Village Rd and there will be several shopping areas on the left and right. Peabody's is on the left in a large attractive brown building, and Scoop's is downstairs in the dark brown shopping center across the street from Peabody's.
From Highway 101 northbound, take the Olive Mill Rd exit and continue straight to Coast Village Rd.
Peabody's, 1198 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara CA 93108, call (805) 969-0834.
Here's the Scoop Icecream, 1187 Coast Village Rd, Call (805) 969-7020.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.