Archive for December, 2012

  • This week we walked the neighborhood known as Pepper Hill. Our hike consisted of more than just the “hill”, which has only two roads – Woodley and Glenview. As you can see from our map, we made a loop, also including parts of Alston, Sycamore Canyon and a little bit of Hot Springs Road. Pepper Hill got its name from David Benton Jones, who in 1912, at the age of 64 years old traveled to Santa Barbara with his adult son, Owen. After spending a month at the Arlington Hotel, Mr. Jones purchased two parcels of land in Montecito, […] 0

    Pepper – It Ain’t no Doctor, no Sgt. and no Street

    This week we walked the neighborhood known as Pepper Hill. Our hike consisted of more than just the “hill”, which has only two roads – Woodley and Glenview. As you can see from our map, we made a loop, also including parts of Alston, Sycamore Canyon and a little bit of Hot Springs Road. Pepper Hill got its name from David Benton Jones, who in 1912, at the age of 64 years old traveled to Santa Barbara with his adult son, Owen. After spending a month at the Arlington Hotel, Mr. Jones purchased two parcels of land in Montecito, […]

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  • At one point, back when George Wright formed the Montecito Land Company, one road was smack dab in the middle of the property. Hence it was given its humble name, Middle Road. We wonder, and could speculate as to how and why High Road got its name, but we’ll leave that to someone else. There’s a lot of history and beauty crammed into one little area of Montecito and so we begin… As you can see from the map, we have marked six points of interest. They are: the old polo field, the old playhouse, George Washington Smith’s first […] 0

    Montecito’s Middle

    At one point, back when George Wright formed the Montecito Land Company, one road was smack dab in the middle of the property. Hence it was given its humble name, Middle Road. We wonder, and could speculate as to how and why High Road got its name, but we’ll leave that to someone else. There’s a lot of history and beauty crammed into one little area of Montecito and so we begin… As you can see from the map, we have marked six points of interest. They are: the old polo field, the old playhouse, George Washington Smith’s first […]

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  • We’ve decided to walk each and every street in “the city limits of Montecito”, and this week we set out to explore one of the most fabled and fascinating areas of town. Modernly, there are two “villages” in Montecito – the Upper Village near San Ysidro and East Valley Roads and the Lower Village along Coast Village Road. The granddaddy of European villages in Montecito, however, is “Spanishtown”, a hamlet that thrived for over 100 years near what is now Parra Grande Lane and East Valley Road. This hike began at what became the heart and soul of Spanishtown […] 0

    Montecito’s Spanish Hamlet

    We’ve decided to walk each and every street in “the city limits of Montecito”, and this week we set out to explore one of the most fabled and fascinating areas of town. Modernly, there are two “villages” in Montecito – the Upper Village near San Ysidro and East Valley Roads and the Lower Village along Coast Village Road. The granddaddy of European villages in Montecito, however, is “Spanishtown”, a hamlet that thrived for over 100 years near what is now Parra Grande Lane and East Valley Road. This hike began at what became the heart and soul of Spanishtown […]

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