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.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.