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Falling Out Of The Sky
Montecito has one of the most prepared and well-equipped fire departments in
California, probably in the U.S., but when it comes to helicopter rescues, we’re
covered by the Air Ops team based in Santa Ynez Valley
Moguls & Mansions
Acre for acre, Montecito has more mansions, manors, estates, and enclaves than
other communities. One of the earliest of those estates is Arcady, owned and
elaborated upon by George Owen Knapp of Union Carbide, and featuring one
of the most iconic views of the Montecito foothills extant.
California’s Water & Sand Girls
The Beach Boys rhapsodized over the joys of bikini-clad California Girls way back
in 1965; California born-and-bred Zoe Cleary and Mollie See are two twenty-
something women who’ve taken that image to heart and have re-created the
two-piece cotton wonder for their 2009 cohort
Montecito’s National Landmark
The House of the Blacksmith (Casa del Herrero) was inventor-capitalist George
Steedman’s and Montecito architect George Washington Smith’s masterpiece;
the 11-acre estate has recently been added to the national treasury of fine
homes and gardens and designated a National Landmark
Montecito Hideaway
The 500-acre San Ysidro Ranch was named America’s Best Hotel by a panel
of five in Forbes Traveler’s annual poll, beating out the other four finalists: Ritz-
Carlton Half Moon Bay, Auberge du Soleil in Napa, The Point in Saranac Lake,
and Beverly Hills Hotel; here’s why
Garden Gossip
Montecito jealously protects its “semi-rural” status in a Community Plan and
with an Association that guards its coveted state; homeowners help by raising
chickens and other farm animals behind manicured hedges and Italian-cut stone
walls; Lisa Cullen of Montecito Landscape is one of those chicken farmers
Justin Iselin’s six-year odyssey in search of the perfect stone – as in building stones
– took him to Greece, Italy, France, and elsewhere; the 22,000-sq-ft Newport
Beach all-stone mansion is a tribute to that quest and to the exacting craft of
Montecito-based architect Thiep Cung of the Warner Group
Eateries Guide
For a tiny coastal village snuggled between the mountains and the sea,
Montecito has an array of excellent dining choices; you’ll find every one of them
listed in this guide