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Review Summary


  • Rooms offers ocean views from private balconies, wood-burning fireplaces, and Jacuzzi tubs
  • Inn has charming feel throughout, with hand-painted furniture and homey touches
  • Small outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Great location close to beach and area attractions
  • Free breakfast, wine and hors d'oeuvres each afternoon, and dessert each evening
  • Spa with facial and massage treatment options
  • Free Wi-Fi, plus flat-screen TVs and iPod docks in some rooms


  • Sits right on a main highway and near a railroad, so the inn is subject to noise
  • Huge canopy beds make the rooms feel small
  • No pool
  • Tube TVs in some rooms

Bottom Line

Inn on Summer Hill is a charming beachside bed and breakfast located in the coastal village of Summerland. From the outside, the inn resembles a typical beach home with shaker siding and white decks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The interior is more country than beachy, with wood-paneled walls or ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs in each room. Rooms, which are decorated in a homey style, also have balconies that offer ocean views -- though the Pacific lies just beyond busy Route 101. Each room is different; some have wardrobes and side tables with hand-painted floral designs, while others feature wood flooring instead of carpets. The furniture is nice, but large canopy beds in the rooms makes the space seem crowded. The inn has no pool, but it does have a nice outdoor Jacuzzi that's shaded by white latticework. Overall, it's a lovely place for business and weekend travelers.

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Located 20 minutes from Santa Barbara's airport along Route 101

Map of Inn on Summer Hill

Inn on Summer Hill rests just off Route 101 in Summerland, a quaint coastal village overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The inn is just 20 minutes from the closest airport, and only a few minutes' drive from nearby Montecito and Santa Barbara. Guests are able to walk to local antique shops and cafes, or drive to enjoy the state beach at Carpinteria.

Summerland is a sleepy beach town just off the Pacific Ocean coast within Santa Barbara County. This easy-going community was founded in 1889, and is known for hosting a variety of people, from hippies and surfers in the 1970s, to businesspeople and celebrities today. Santa Barbara itself is home to five colleges and universities, as well as a large yachting population. Swaddled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, this charming town is known for its Spanish-inspired architecture, surfing, and the nightlife dotting State Street.

  • 20-minute drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • 44-minute drive to Santa Ynez Airport
  • 3-minute walk to local antique shops and boutiques
  • 6-minute drive to Montecito
  • 8-minute drive to Carpinteria State Beach
  • 10-minute drive to Santa Barbara Adventure Company
  • 11-minute drive to Stearn's Wharf and Santa Barbara
  • 13-minute drive to the restaurants and clubs of State Street
  • 20-minute drive to Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

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Key Features
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Family Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Located on the Beach
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
2520 Lillie Ave
Phone (805) 969-9998

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