Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Yesterday, my husband Mark had a day off from work. We decided to stop in Summerland, on our way to a concert in Santa Barbara.

Summerland is a quaint little seaside community right near Montecito, (Where Oprah has her compound). Near Santa Barbara.

In the 1800's, Summerland was a Spiritualist community. Now it has upscale antique shops and cafes. A couple of cute inns, and The Big Yellow House. This use to be a house turned restaurant. It was suppose to be getting a face lift, but it looks like work has stopped on it for now.
Oh yeah, and it is suppose to be haunted. (I've eaten there, and I never saw the ghost) Darn!!

Big Yellow House.

Rue De Lilly Antiques, has been featured in some home magazines. It has really lovely French antiques and a back garden.

I took a picture of this little dove, sitting out on the porch. I saw many french cages. They were all huge and very expensive. All of the shops here are 3 and 4 times what you would pay at a flea market, but it is fun to browse.

We did finally get to Santa Barbara for dinner, and then to the Santa Barbara County Bowl, to see, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Lifehouse. We had a great time, with loud rock music under the stars.
Hope you enjoyed this little field trip, I did.
I wanted to buy everything I saw, but I don't have Oprah's budget. Darn again!


Gypsy Purple said...

What a stunning place!!!!!

tongue in cheek said...

Just to look and see would be a pleasure! Thanks for the tour!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

I loved my little trip! Those shops look great-what a lovely day you both must have had! x

KLKinFLA said...

You are having a fun summer! Love the pictures. I think there must be some really great shopping in California.

Barbara said...

So nice to get a flavour of California while sitting at my computer at home in the UK.

the feathered nest said...

It is fun just to look even if you don't buy. At least you know you're getting a good deal when you find the same thing at a flea market!

Loved the pictures and your evening out sounds fun. I haven't been to a concert in ages!


Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

What a fun place!
Wouldn't it be wild to go shopping just once with Oprah's budget...

Jenny said...

What a fine and happy life you have. As well as a good eye and the luck to fine the good things.
I can relate.

Rhoda said...

That does look like a really fun place to browse, Rosemary! Glad you had a great time at the concert & dinner. And yes, don't we all wish we had Oprah's budget!


Susie Q said...

What a delightful place to spend some time! I just love places like this!

So glad you had such fun at the concert and dinner. Aren't those fun times?

I just love your blog and have bookmarked it for easy return!

Thank you for visiting me and I do hope you return!


Merci-Notes said...

Now this is a very special day! Browsing at favorite shops, dinner and music!!! Well, Oprah sure does budget her money well...various suport of charities and building her own foundations. I like her decorating , that I've seen, also. So I vote for wishing I had her budget over others...she has priorities...Not to be preachy..just admire her priorites.

The flag reminds me that the 4th is around the corner already!!! Your summer has started with FUN!!!
With Kindness,

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh that was fun! I enjoyed visiting this charming place with you! Thanks for taking us along!

Lisa said...

Rosemary, don't you just love little towns like that one. They have all that flavor from independant merchants versus the run of the mill chains.
Love those French bird cages!

PAT said...

What a fun day! I would love to browse those shops, even though I don't have Oprah's budget, either!

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restyled home said...

How I envy all you girls with access to all these wonderful shops. It sounds like you had a lot of fun!
Lovely blog!


The French Nest said...

I love browsing these kinds of shops! The French market antique shop you and your husband stopped in to browse looks delightful! Come on over to my blog and see the little French item I found this afternoon while browsing through the country...I think you'll love it!


The Glitter Fairy said...

Wow, again! I want to live YOUR life!!! What a fantastic day...beautiful scenery, neat stuff, great food and music!
Please email me and I will give you the scoop on where to buy glitter. (glitterworksstudio@sbcglobal.net)
Take care,

Carol said...

Oh to have Oprah's budget! lol Isn't she the richest woman in the US? Another beautiful walk with you! Thank you Rosemary! Carol xox

Wild Rose said...

Great photos and what a lovely day out!