Next Stop: santa claus lane
Less than ten miles south of Santa Barbara nestled between Highway 101 and the sparkling Pacific, there once stood a large statue of Santa Claus, his reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. They greeted locals and travelers to this "Winter Wonderland" beachside strip fondly known as Santa Claus Lane. While Santa and his friends have since retired from their jolly post of over 50 years, this little stretch of Carpinteria continues to thrive as a community of its own. This charming destination sprinkled with idyllic shops and restaurants provides the quintessential backdrop for a full day of shopping, eating and soaking up our countless days of Southern California sunshine.
Since opening in 1999, this full-service surf shop has provided Santa Barbara locals and visitors with surf lessons, a summer surf camp, and a variety of rentals. This surfer's paradise also retails items from Patagonia, Reef, Billabong, Dakine and more, as well as surfboards, wetsuits and other surf gear.
3785 Santa Claus Lane
Legendary Carpinteria restaurateurs, Lucy and Michael Borrello, serve up authentic, Italian dishes as well as burgers, and the wildly popular Southwestern chicken, in their relaxed, casual, family-friendly location. Be sure to try the “guest favorite” Banana Cream Pie!
3807 Santa Claus Lane
This family-owned, gourmet grocer and cafe is a foodie's dream come true. Indulge in all organic, made in-house, daily specials and shop the region's best wine selections, the finest importedand domestic cheeses, meats and other specialty grocery items. 3811 Santa Claus Lane
A family-friendly, American eatery and bar, Padaro Beach Grill offers a unique dining experience. Whether grubbing burgers inside the renovated dining room, watching the kids explore the sizable sand pit play area, or grabbing drinks with friends on the lush, grass patio, it's a guaranteed good time for all.
3765 Santa Claus Lane
A carefully curated home and garden shop, offering an abundant inventory of gifts, tabletop, books, textiles, lighting, furnishings, local art and more, Porch is the ultimate sweet spot, "where shelter and nature converge". There’s also an outdoor garden space that showcases the best of Santa Barbara outdoor living including plants, furniture, garden art and fire pits.
3823 Santa Claus Lane
Rowan Boutique recently welcomed new owner, Gina Chadbourne. As it has since its opening in 2012, the store continues to cater to the everyday, casual elegance of the California woman and the Santa Barbara lifestyle. Shop the beautiful selection of clothing, jewelry, swimwear, shoes, gifts and accessories.
3817 Santa Claus Lane