A fire pit. Two red chairs. Low tide at Carpinteria.
Your own hideaway in the millionaire mecca near Montecito, where California vacation rentals shed light on what it must be like to live like Oprah, or at least, her struggling neighbors. And when I say struggle, for most of us, it’s hardly slummin’ when your temporary nest a three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage with views of the Pacific.
Carpinteria is a classic California coastal town with quaint cafes, gorgeous lookouts and lots of chances to catch glimpses of seals, and birds like the American Kestrel and Red-Tailed and Cooper hawks. Pack a surfboard, skateboard or golf clubs to practice your swing at the driving range. Or do something very Santa Barbara: Watch a polo match at The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Sunday, when the events are open to non-members.
Yes, at least during your vacation, you can be part of “the club,” too, without having to pay the mortgage on that gorgeous piece of Mother Earth.
Consider yourself lucky.