J.McLaughlin Local Guides: Montecito
Montecito pairs a quaint vintage feel with modern luxuries. A seaside destination, it's a paradise full of natural views, making it the perfect place for a weekend getaway. J.McLaughlin is located right on Coast Village Road (1253 Coast Village Road), stocked with outfits and accessories for an effortless vacation chic look. Ahead, we've put together a fun guide on all of the things to do in Montecito — simply pack your weekender bag.
For a shopping experience with coastal charm, you can't go wrong with Coast Village, home to Montecito's J.McLaughlin. It's an upscale community for merchants, artisans, and other creative professionals. Explore its boutiques — we recommend picking up a greeting card from Letter Perfect and browsing the collection at Heather James Fine Art. After perusing the Village's offerings and working up an appetite, enjoy a meal in the area. Right by J.McLaughlin, grab a pastry from Jeanine's Bakery or treat yourself to Mexican comfort food from Los Arroyos.
Butterfly Beach is a must-see destination for anyone who drops by Montecito. Only a mile away from Coast Village Road, it's a lush spot where vacationers can take time to sunbathe and surf. If you look carefully at the horizon, you can sometimes spot dolphins! Plus, you'll find Santa Barbara locals walking their dogs and biking nearby as well.
Another gorgeous place to put on your Montecito itinerary is Lotusland, which is considered one of the top gardens of the world. The botanic garden was carefully curated by Polish opera singer Madame Ganna Walska, who collected many stunning exotic plants for 43 years.
For much-needed rest and relaxation, book a room at the Montecito Inn, which is right down the way from J.McLaughlin. In 1928, Hollywood's very own Charlie Chaplin built the inn. Steeped in history, the boutique hotel pampers its guests today with amenities such as an onsite restaurant and a full-service pool area.