Montecito is known for its splendid beauty and exquisite estates. In the 1860’s Italian settlers arrived, and built homes reminiscent of those in their home country. After WWII, many of the homes were restored, but the European stone masonry remains in much of the architecture throughout Montecito. Premier architects of the past and present helped create these local gems. From its inception, the rich and famous have been enticed by the stunning surroundings and relaxed atmosphere. Both the Montecito Upper Village and the Montecito Coast Village are interspersed with shops and boutiques and a variety of exceptional local restaurants. Three private golf clubs as well as tennis clubs are found in Montecito. A variety of luxury spas and resorts are also available for those seeking a quiet getaway from daily life.