The drive from Los Angeles to Summerland takes about 90 minutes (if you are driving along the 101N) with the city sitting about six miles south of Santa Barbara. It’s an unassuming little place, and it’s easy to miss if you are cruising for the bigger locales, but it’s also a charming seaside town, and a wonderful place to stop and enjoy.
Perfect for a girls’ day out, the first stop in Summerland should always be the Summerland Winery Boutique. Located on the main street (Lillie Avenue), the boutique offers both classic and reserve tastings of fine wines from the Central Coast of California. The friendly staff offers excellent recommendations for purchase and sampling, so grab a cheese plate and try a tasting out on their veranda—a popular spot for people watching. The tasting room is open from 11:00am to 7:00pm, and if you are around on Halloween, you are in for a special treat.
From the tasting room, you can easily stroll to the restaurants and fabulous antique and home shops that line Lillie Avenue. You’ll find something for nearly every taste as you wander along this quiet town. Free parking is easy to find, but given the town's size it’s just as easy to park at one end and head out on foot.
If you are all shopped out, or just want to relax your hold on your credit card for a while, try heading down to Lookout Park. The park covers four acres along the Summerland coastline (it’s directly off the Summerland exit from the 101 freeway) and the views are stunning. If you are into picnicking or barbeques, they have you covered. They also have playground areas, as well as bathrooms and free parking to make the visit easy for everyone. The park is available to rent if you’d like to reserve particular sections for parties, or other events. Dogs are allowed, but they must be on a leash.