Sunday, 31 July 2016
Montecito or bust
Keeping our theme of visiting bits of the Hollywood legend, we're currently in Montecito. It's just along the coast from Santa Barbara, on the route towards Malibu and Santa Monica.
Before Hollywood, this part of the coast was where the movies were made. Eventually, all the movie production companies relocated to Los Angeles but the famous ones had first made their home in the Santa Barbara/Montecito area and it remained a major magnet for the stars to play and live.
This time we are staying in a place built in 1926 by Charlie Chaplin as an upscale getaway. The Montecito Inn became one of the most desirable destinations along the California coast. Years later, in 1943, Mr. Chaplin returned to Montecito to marry the love of his life, Oona O'Neill.
Nowadays there's still a fair share of stars amongst the residents. The area is ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. Well known people like Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, Owen Wilson, Drew Barrymore and Ellen DeGeneres have homes in the small town.
We've already adopted Jeannine's as a favourite coffee stop and dined at Tre Lune, the suavely Italian restaurant which has seen an epic number of stars dine.