11 stops for a royal road trip around Montecito and Santa Barbara

Wendy O’Dea
 |  Special to USA TODAY 10Best

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While the village of Montecito gained notoriety when Oprah and Ellen moved to the area years ago, curiosity about this wealthy enclave skyrocketed since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made it their home a few years ago. The royal couple is said to have chosen Montecito because of its small-town feel yet close proximity to Los Angeles, which is about 90 miles south. It doesn’t hurt that most of the mansions dotting the hillside of the Santa Ynez Mountains include stunning views of the Pacific.

But Montecito is so much more than that. For anyone planning a (royal) road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway, here are some spots to check out if you want to live like a royal in Montecito and neighboring Santa Barbara, some of which have been patronized by the (former) royals themselves.

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El Encanto, A Belmond Property, Santa Barbara

Set in what was long ago dubbed the American Riviera due to its spectacular hillside coastal views (similar to those along the French Riviera), El Encanto is a few miles north of Montecito, past the…

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