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Montecito Review

Since the late 1800s the tree-studded hills and valleys of this town have attracted the rich and famous: Hollywood icons, business tycoons, dot-commers who divested before the crash, and old-money families who installed themselves here years ago. Shady roads wind through the community, which consists mostly of gated estates. Swank boutiques line Coast Village Road, where well-heeled residents such as Oprah Winfrey sometimes browse for truffle oil, picture frames, and designer jeans. Residents also hang out in the Upper Village, a chic shopping area with restaurants and cafés at the intersection of San Ysidro and East Valley roads.

Lotusland (695 Ashley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA, 93108. 805/969–9990. www.lotusland.org. $35.).

Updated: 05-21-2013

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