With the world class shopping, restaurants and attractions that downtown Santa Barbara has to offer, we are all too aware that it’s hard to tear yourself away for even a day to go wine tasting out in the valley. Why do that, when steps from the heart of downtown is The Funk Zone; a hip, exciting neighborhood teeming with eclectic shops, innovate restaurants, and over 14 tasting rooms. This vibrant area is the perfect choice if you only have a few days in the city and don’t want to spend a lot of your day (especially after imbibing a fair amount of wine) stuck driving in your car. Perfect for the urban explorer who wants to discover some hidden pockets of Santa Barbara.
After a restful night's sleep and a fantastic breakfast at the Cheshire Cat Inn, enjoy a morning discovering the amazing history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, strolling or cycling along the beach-side path, or visiting the multitude of downtown shops. There are so many options, but they are all just a precursor to your focus of the day. Now it’s time to meander down for wine tasting at The Funk Zone! The Santa Barbara Winery was the first winery in the county, and is a wine we are proud to pour during our daily afternoon social. Take a visit to this friendly spot, and discover the many other pours available. Another favorite of ours, especially for their exquisite reds, is Kunin. From personal experience you will not be disappointed with any Funk Zone establishment. They all boast an inviting atmosphere and incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staffs. You can even mix it up with some award winning micro-brews or an artisan distillery.
There are so many tasting rooms to choose from and they are all within blocks of each other. Be careful though! It is not unheard of to miss out on the other offerings of The Funk Zone by overdoing it. For a fantastic meal, we cannot recommend The Lark any more highly. Using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, the chefs here will craft you the ideal culinary experience to end your downtown adventure. Stroll, cycle or drive back to the inn and enjoy a soak in your in-room Jacuzzi or a late evening respite in our beautiful garden before you end another perfect day in Santa Barbara.
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