Another area of artsy fun is known as the Funk Zone. Santa Barbara’s art community is a large one that continues to grow larger each year, and this 10-block area is home to a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, and wineries for your viewing and tasting pleasures! You can explore this region a hundred different times and come up with something new every single visit—it’s like magic! We at Paradise Retreats can often be found scrutinizing the shelves of our favorite gallery or enjoying a glass of wine with our meal at one of the many funky and delicious eateries that make their home in this region, and we recommend you try it too!
Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone offers many opportunities to partake in a glass of our favorite beverage: wine! Municipal Winemakers features handmade small lot wines with a smooth taste that goes with everything. For those partial to craft beers, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company has what quenches your thirst, and is continually changing up its taps!
The Lark, named after a Pullman train car, is one of our favorite restaurants in the Funk Zone. Offering locally sourced food ranging from fruits and vegetables farmed in the area to seafood dredged from the waters of the Pacific Ocean and meats and poultry raised nearby, we have yet to find a meal we do not love. “Eat This, Shoot That!” is a wine tasting and food tour of ten wineries and two restaurants; if you have the time, this is a great way to discover what is out there. You can always go back to your favorite winery or restaurant on another day!
Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone is known as the Cannery Row and has a long and rich history. Today, the former warehouses have been transformed into quirky art galleries, restaurants, and wineries that all have that extra edge. FuZo (as the Funk Zone is referred to by locals) is home to the Community Art Gallery. Featuring works of artists of all ages, offering mentorships, classes, and the opportunity for beginning artists to show their work, this worthy establishment is a must see during your Santa Barbara vacation.
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