The video above takes you on an aerial tour so you can get a feel for how drastic the different plots are. The reason Lotusland has remained a lesser-known attraction is due in part to accessibility restrictions imposed on it by the city of Montecito: The park is limited to 15,000 visitors a year because the city doesn't want to deal with the traffic a complete set of open arms would invite. Because of that, there is a bit of exclusivity in visiting.
Tickets will run you $45 for a 2-hour tour. The gardens are closely monitored, and guests are only allowed to walk through while on a tour and under the guide's supervision. You must have a reservation before you visit, which you should make no less than week in advance. Despite the expensive ticket and the restrictions, we still recommend putting it on your list, especially if you're traveling with a significant other. It's a pretty great place for a hand-holding walk.
[Photos: Will McGough]