San Ysidro Village, located in Upper Montecito, is filled with charming furniture and design boutiques such as the classic William Laman—a great place for antiques and garden decor—and House of Honey, a studio and showroom for well-known interior designer Tamara Honey. Now the village is home to a combined space for Lost Horizon and Stewart Fine Art, two longtime specialty shops that left their prospective spots in downtown Santa Barbara to come together in Montecito. Lost Horizon is a resource for rare fine books on art, architecture, design, fashion, photography and Santa Barbara history, as well as vintage posters, prints and maps, while Stewart Fine Art specializes in Early California impressionist paintings and museum-quality American and European works, as well as small antiques. The new gallery-like space features large light-filled windows overlooking the mountains, handsome custom shelving, and cozy nooks for reading.
Closer to the ocean, Coast Village Road is Montecito’s main thoroughfare, dotted with local restaurants, galleries, and shops. Worth a visit is the new design studio for Silverhorn Jewelers, a cherished family-owned business that creates exquisite one-of-a-kind jewelry using fine gemstones sourced from around the world. The recently opened flagship features a European-style open workshop where clients can watch Silverhorn’s highly skilled artisans in action—led by designer Noel Bendle—or browse through the vast library of stones, sketches and archival photographs to commission pieces for themselves. Also on Coast Village Road is the new Heather James Fine Art gallery—displaying blue chip works by the likes of Picasso, Rauschenberg, and Dali—and neighboring tasting room for Folded Hills, a Santa Ynez winery owned by members of the Anheuser-Busch family.
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Many of Montecito’s finest offerings are provided by nature—spending an afternoon swimming or biking along the beach, or hiking the abundant mountain trails. But the area is perhaps best known for its stunning private residences, particularly in the classic Spanish Colonial style. One of the greatest examples is Casa del Herrero, designed by noted architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925. The 11-acre estate—deemed a National Historic Landmark in 2009— still retains much of its original furniture and decor, as well as unique Moorish-style gardens, and is open for docent-guided tours.
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