I stayed at the Montecito Lodge Resort with my 9 years old son on winter, spring and summer. All of them are different experiences, and all of them were wonderful.
The summer week long camp is the most fun for the children. They group them by age and assign a counselor, team leader to them. They all bound with each other and with the young and enthusiastic counselors. At the end of the week they have a closing show, where children and counselors sing and dance together. The whole show is magical.
There are a lot of activities morning and afternoon that gives free time for the parents.
They have more activities on summer than winter, but on winter the snow tubing is a day-long activity. Organized or not, it is always there.
The rooms are well heated in winter.
Rooms have no phones and TV, but last time I visited, they had WiFi internet connection from my room. Also, there is a cabin with a TV and computers.
First time I stayed was in the Spring of 07. The place was quite a bit old and neglected. I was surprised to see the change almost a year later. The dining area, the large room and as I heard most of the rooms were fixed up. The place looks much more organized and clean, than before. The room I stayed, had new and very comfortable bed, nice pillows and linen. The bathroom got new tubs and tiles.
The food is plenty and delicious. They serve fresh fruits and veggies every day and they have soup and freshly baked cookies all day long. The coffee is from Starbucks, and they have a huge selection of tea.
I read the previous comment, who complained about dirty dishes. During my four visits, I have NEVER noticed any dirty dishes, cups or silverware at all.
The place is full with children all the time, - children are messy - and despite that fact, the dining area is very clean. I cannot keep my house that clean, and I have only one kid.
I agree, if you are accustomed to 5 star hotels, concierge and porter services, don't visit Montecito Lodge. It is a laid back, absolutely not formal, but extremely friendly atmosphere, where "kids can be a kid", and parents don't have to constantly apologize for the behavior of their children.
The lodge is an old rustic cabin like structure that suits perfectly in the woods. It has a lot of history, entertaining children for more, than half of the century. I highly recommend this place for all families with children.