WHERE TO STAY
Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai; (805) 646-2536, http://www.ojairetreat.com. Main house and four cottages (12 units in all) on 5 acres. No TV or phones, free Wi-Fi. Rates $99-$289 (and no lodging tax, because it's a nonprofit).
Carpinteria Shores vacation rentals, 4975 Sandyland Road, Carpinteria; (805) 684-3570, http://www.carpinteriashores.com. There are no hotels on the beach in Carpinteria. These 35 beach-facing two-bedroom, one-bath, full-kitchen condos rent for $2,000-$3,300 a week in summer, $1,200-$1,800 a week the rest of the year.
Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara, 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara; (805) 969-2261, http://www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara. 207 rooms, including 12 cottages, on 22 acres. Doubles from $395.
Simpson House, 121 E. Arellaga St., Santa Barbara; (805) 963-7067, http://www.simpsonhouseinn.com. An 1874 Victorian on a full acre, with six units in the house and nine more in a carriage house and adjacent cottages. Doubles from $195.
Presidio Motel, 1620 State St., Santa Barbara; (805) 963-1355, http://www.thepresidiomotel.com. 16 rooms. Free Wi-Fi and bikes to borrow. Doubles from $89.
Hotel Oceana, 202 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara; (805) 965-4577, http://www.hoteloceanasantabarbara.com. Across the street from Stearns Wharf. Doubles from $149.
Franciscan Inn, 109 Bath St., Santa Barbara; (805) 963-8845, http://www.franciscaninn.com. Beach-convenient, with 53 well-appointed rooms, pool and whirlpool. Doubles from $155.
Cabrillo Inn, 931 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara; (805) 966-1641, http://www.cabrillo-inn.com. This is an old-school lodging (metal keys, floral bedspreads, some big old TVs) across the street from East Beach. 39 units. Doubles from $99.
Motel 6, 443 Corona del Mar, Santa Barbara; (805) 564-1392, http://www.motel6.com. Doubles from $65.
WHERE TO EAT
Farmer & the Cook, 339 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai; (805) 640-9608, http://www.farmerandcook.com. Mexican dishes on weekdays, pizza and burgers on weekends, $6-$13.75.
Osteria Monte Grappa, 205 N. Signal St., Ojai; (805) 640-6767, http://www.omgojai.com. Dinner main dishes $13-$36.
Ojai Ice Cream, 210 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai; (805) 646-6075, no website. One scoop. $3.25.
Café Fiore, 66 S. California St., Ventura; (805) 653-1266, http://www.cafefiore.net. Pizza from $13, other entrees from $15.
Esau's Cafe, 507 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; (805) 684-1070, http://www.esauscafe.com. Breakfast, lunch, burgers and sandwiches mostly from $8.95 to $13.95
The Spot, 389 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; (805) 684-6311, no website. Burgers, shakes and snacks a block from the beach. Burgers $3.95-$5.40.
Bouchon Santa Barbara, 9 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara; (805) 730-1160, http://www.bouchonsantabarbara.com. French country style and great food. Not connected to chef Thomas Keller's Bouchon restaurants in Yountville, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills. Dinner main dishes from $25.
Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, Hendry's Beach, 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara; (805) 898-2628, http://www.boathousesb.com. Breakfast, lunch dinner. Dinner main dishes $19-$45.
East Beach Grill, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara; (805) 965-8805, no website. Breakfast, lunch and dinner up to $9.95.