The 4,000 square miles that comprise Santa Barbara County are more than just unspoiled natural beauty and spectacular beaches, and they host more than just award-winning wines, culinary delights and an array of outdoor adventures. The area is an intriguing study in contrasts. Metropolitan Santa Barbara has the cultural and professional amenities of a big city, with the heart of a small town and a population of fewer than 100,000 people. Only minutes from downtown Santa Barbara's picturesque shopping and entertainment venues, the delightful villages of Montecito and Summerland, the prestigious enclave of Hope Ranch, and the small town ambiance of Goleta and Carpinteria offer their own unique charm and appeal. Less than a 45-minute drive over the mountains are the rural towns that dot the scenic corridors of the historic Santa Ynez Valley, along with world-class vineyards and equestrian ranches. They all await your discovery.