THINGS TO DO IN SANTA BARBARA

HOTEL CALIFORNIAN IS THE FRONT DOOR TO A FUNK ZONE ADVENTURE

Located between the Pacific Ocean and Highway 101, Santa Barbara's Funk Zone is the favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. What used to be a warehouse district has transformed into an enclave of wine tasting rooms, boutiques, cafés, and bohemian restaurants. Explore the city's hottest district from our Funk Zone Santa Barbara hotel, littered with graffiti murals and signature art pieces or experience the iconic Urban Wine Trail. The Funk Zone surrounds Hotel Californian to the North and East, providing the perfect opportunity to ditch the car and wander through this exciting neighborhood.

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Melville Winery 120 State St. Ste C | 1 min. walk


Located in the State Building, Melville Winery Tasting Room offers some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. Melville thoughtfully considers every aspect of viticulture, allowing the local soil, fruit, and unique climate to produce world-class wines on a 120-acre estate. For over three decades Melville has produced award-winning cold-climate wines.

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Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen 35 State St. Ste A | 1 min. walk


Located in the Californian Building, this family-owned and operated American Tavern offers 30 local craft draft brews, in addition to a lengthy list of handcrafted cocktails. This gastropub also offers a wide selection of sharable appetizers, gourmet salads, pizzas, burgers, and more.

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McConnell's Fine Ice Creams 120 State St. Ste B | 1 min. walk


A Central Coast institution, McConnell’s has been producing the finest ice creams entirely from scratch right here in Santa Barbara since 1949. Taste signature flavors that feature locally sourced produce and dairy from California’s happiest cows, as well as a variety of dairy-free options.

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Santa Barbara Visitor Center 1 Garden St. | 1 min. walk


Great for first-time visitors and Santa Barbara veterans alike, the newly opened Visitor Center is the perfect place to get an overview of all there is to do in the American Riviera. Come by to pick up a map and gain local intel on Santa Barbara and the surrounding area.

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J. Wilkes Wines 35 State St. Ste B | 1 min. walk


Located in the Californian Building, J. Wilkes's newly opened wine tasting room highlights their blends from Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles Highlands, with a focus on their home AVA: The Santa Maria Valley. Taste their preeminent products of Santa Barbara County winemaking.

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Margerum Wine Company 19 East Mason St. | 1 min. walk


Located just steps from the entrance to Hotel Californian, Margerum Wine Tasting Room offers an array of handcrafted wines with only the highest quality grapes that are exclusive to the Santa Barbara area. This upscale, inviting tasting room is led by Doug Margerum, a true iconoclast of Santa Barbara who has been involved in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 35 years. This is the perfect starting point for your Funk Zone adventure.

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Santa Barbara Wine Collective 131 Anacapa St., Ste C | 3 min. walk


Highlights the unique terroir of Santa Barbara County, showcasing a wide variety of local, family-owned wineries that have produced the area’s best wines for generations, including eclectic blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Bordeaux.

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Municipal Winemakers 28 Ancapa St. | 1 min. walk


Explore this chic, upscale tasting room in the heart of the Funk Zone, featuring a selection of handmade wines with different blends of grapes from carefully selected vineyards. With a variety of Grenache, Syrah, and Riesling wines, including blends from the local Potek and Fox Family Vineyards, you’ll feel like a true Santa Barbara local by the end of your visit.

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Lama Dog Tap Room + Bottle Shop 116 Santa Barbara St. | 6 min. walk


A Funk Zone institution, Lama Dog showcases the best of California’s craft beverage scene, with 24 seasonally rotating craft beers and wines on tap. Their bottle shop is also a must-stop for craft beer fanatics, offering a nearly endless supply of world-class beverages for enjoyment off-premises in the comfort of your home (or Hotel Californian guestroom).

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Test Pilot 211 Helena Ave. | 3 min. walk


Craving a handcrafted cocktail tiki-style? Transport yourself to the tropics at Test pilot, featuring a wide variety of exotic cocktails at this tiki-style watering hole. Whether you are seeking a traditional Mai Tai, or a more adventurous Brass Monkey cocktail with amaro meletti, orange cordial, grapefruit, orgeat, lime, bitters, and a pint of beer, Test Pilot is your go-to spot for out-of-the-box cocktails.

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Kunin Wines Tasting Room Anacapa St. | 2 min. walk


Whether you stumble upon this tasting room on a marathon tour of Santa Barbara’s historic Urban Wine Trail or you’ve made the more intentional decision to stop by for a sip, Seth Kunin’s superb Syrah, Zinfandel, Viognier and small batch Rhone and Loire Valley wines may convince you to leave with a case.

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Cutler's Artisan Spirits 137 Anacapa St. Suite D | 3 min. walk


Santa Barbara's first distillery, Cutler’s produces top-quality spirits, including a New-Western style gin that features locally grown California citrus delicately paired with elderflower, jasmine, and cardamom. Experience a modern take on traditional liqueurs, whiskeys, vodkas, and gin as you make your way through the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, or hit the bottle of 33 Bourbon Whiskey in your guestroom minibar.

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 173 Anacapa St., Suite F | 3 min. walk


Born in the Santa Ynez Valley, this Central Coast craft brewery’s satellite tasting room and open-air beer garden in the heart of the Funk Zone is a social hub for beer and sun enthusiasts alike.

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Pearl Social 131 Anacapa St. | 3 min. walk


If you’re in the mood for craft cocktails and live music in a social atmosphere, look no further than Pearl Social. An ode to the city’s rich history, this cocktail bar is quickly becoming the center of local Santa Barbara nightlife.

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The Lark 131 Anacapa St. | 3 min. walk


Named for the overnight Southern Pacific Railroad train that served Santa Barbara through the mid-century, this Funk Zone institution celebrates the culinary bounty of the Central Coast with an air of California Causal sophistication.

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Mony's Tacos 217 Anacapa St. | 4 min. walk


Your go-to Funk Zone spot for some of the best tacos in town. The options are endless, with a one-of-a-kind salsa bar featuring unique flavors such as pistachio salsa, peanut salsa, and mango salsa. All of your favorite tacos are at Mony’s, including some of the best fish tacos in Santa Barbara County.

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Loquita 202 State Street | 3 min. walk


Enjoy farm-fresh Spanish tapas with handcrafted cocktails in this cozy eatery and outside patio. Featuring Spanish wines and local wood-fired grilled seafood, Loquita evokes the natural flavor of Santa Barbara, mirroring its Spanish influences.

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Lucky Penny 127 Anacapa St. | 3 min. walk


Featuring wood-fired artisan pizzas and a selection of ice-cold beverages (Frosé), this is the perfect pit-stop for your Funk Zone excursion.

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The Blue Door 4 E. Yanonali St. | 3 min. walk


This upscale Funk Zone antique store is teeming with three stories of vintage mid-century modern furniture and classic American artifacts. You won’t find any junk in this funk; all items are authentic and well-preserved. Be prepared to hold yourself back from filling your home with these classic treasures.

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Sirena 116 E. Yanonali St., Suite E1 | 4 min. walk


A women’s clothing boutique that is quintessentially Santa Barbaran. Owned and curated by two local women, Sirena has created a “fresh, approachable, and fun” shopping experience that will inspire self-confidence and push the limits of your style, just a touch.

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Channel Islands Surfboards 36 Anacapa St. | 2 min. walk


Need the perfect board to drop into renowned Santa Barbara surf? Want to take home some classic Californian surf wear? Channel Islands Surfboards is a world-famous designer and manufacturer—and a Santa Barbara icon since 1969—complete with friendly and approachable staff that will help determine which board is perfect for you. For the pros: check out their website to build a custom board prior to your arrival.

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Raoul Textiles 136 State St. | 1 min. walk


Founded in 1981, Raoul Textiles has gained recognition worldwide for its signature vibrant colors and innovative designs. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, founder and designer Sally McQuillan’s Funk Zone outpost showcases a mind-numbing array of woven fabrics from Belgium, Scotland, and France.

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Half Day Itinerary Thursday - Monday


Your Excursion Includes: 

Terroir Vineyard UTV Excursion 
at Foley Estate

Caviar & Bubbles
at The Society: State & Mason

Special Hotel Californian Guest Price: $165 per person
Add Private Luxury Car For Up To Six Guest: $740

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Full Day Itinerary Thursday - Monday


Your Excursion Includes: 

Terroir Vineyard UTV Excursion
at Foley Estate

Life of Leisure Wine & Picnic Lunch
at Lincourt Vineyards

Premier Cellar Lounge Tasting
at Firestone Vineyard

Special Hotel Californian Guest Price: $210 per person
Add Private Luxury Car For Up To Six Guests: $1,390

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Foley Family Wines Get To Know FFW


Established by Bill Foley in 1996, Foley Family Wines is a portfolio of highly-acclaimed wines from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Every brand in the company’s portfolio has a distinct style and legacy.

Become a Foley Food & Wine Society member to earn loyalty points and premium perks.

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SANTA BARBARAURBAN WINE TRAIL

"The Martyn Lawrence Bullard-designed gem is in the heart of the city's urban wine trail, where you can spend an evening swinging from one tasting room to the next mapping out the wineries you'd like to hit on your way north."

- Phoebe Neuman, Robb Report

WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS IN SANTA BARBARA

The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail offers the opportunity to learn about and taste the many different varieties and styles crafted from the region's premier vineyards. Thirty-one wineries now make up the renowned trail, numbered in the order they joined. Hotel Californian is centrally located to begin your journey on the trail. The map here shows just the wineries in the Funk Zone, surrounding the hotel. Click below to learn more about the Urban Wine Trail and see a full list of the wineries.

URBAN WINE TRAIL WEBSITE

 
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  • Wineries
    • Area 5.1 Winery
      Purveyor of unique blends and distinctive varietals
    • Corks n' Crowns
      Casual tasting room offering fine wine and craft beer flights
    • Fox Wine Co. and Blair Fox Cellars
      Funk Zone mainstay located in the heart of the Waterline industrial warehouse
    • Lafond Winery & Vineyards
      One of Santa Barbara’s oldest operating and most iconic wineries
    • Pali Wine Company
      Maker of single-vineyard and West Coast AVA-specific varietals
    • Paradise Springs Winery
      The country’s first bi-coastal winery, with outposts in the Funk Zone and Clifton, VA
    • Riverbench Santa Barbara
      Producer of Santa Maria Valley wines from a single vineyard
    • Santa Barbara Winery
      Beloved Funk Zone winery since 1962
    • The Valley Project
      Winemaker showcasing the five AVAs of Santa Barbara
    • Au Bon Climat
      World-famous maker of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
    • Barden
      Dedicated to expressing the unique terroir of the Santa Rita Hills AVA
    • Cebada Wine
      One-of-a-kind varietals sourced from the Forbidden Fruit Orchards in the Santa Ynez Valley
    • Deep Sea Tasting Room
      Conway Family Wines’ outpost perched upon Stearns Wharf
    • Grassini Family Vineyards
      High-quality producer of Happy Canyon estate-grown varietals
    • Happy Canyon Vineyard
      Premium producer of estate-grown red and white wine blends
    • Jaffurs Wine Cellars
      Downtown Santa Barbara maker of fine Rhone Style wines through a New World lens
    • Potek Winery
      Central Coast wines that express the unique terroir of individual vineyards
    • Sanguis Wines
      Dedicated purveyor of extraordinary wines located in a converted warehouse just steps from the Funk Zone
    • Sanford Winery
      With over 40 years of history, this iconic vineyard has set the standard for producing fine Santa Barbara wines and is home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the county
    • Whitcraft Winery
      Laid-back tasting room with over 30 years of history producing handcrafted Santa Barbara wines
  • Bars, Breweries, & Clubs
    • Brass Bear Brewing & Bistro
      Rotating tap beer house serving American bites
    • Captain Fatty's
      Goleta-based microbrewery co-tenants with Mexican street food hot spot Corazon Cocina
    • Topa Topa Brewing Company
      Taproom for this Ventura-based brewery that welcomes dogs on the patio
    • Third Window Brewing
      Unique in-house and guest taps and local wines, serving wood-fired sourdough bread and pizzas
    • Modern Times Academy of Recreational Sciences
      Santa Barbara outpost with over 30 taps, large outdoor patio, and all-vegan cuisine
    • EOS Lounge
      Nightclub and lounge with frequent DJs featuring 3 bars, 2 dance floors, an outdoor patio, and VIP service
    • The Good Lion
      Contemporary cocktail bar featuring a weekly rotating cocktail menu that highlights the Central Coast's finest fruits, herbs, spices, and produce
    • Lab Social
      Speakeasy hidden inside a coffee house offering unique and tasty cocktails in an intimate setting
    • The Press Room
      English-themed pub serving cocktails, beer, wine, and classic bar bites
    • Shaker Mill
      Lower State Street cocktail staple, inspired by the Golden Age of Cuban cocktails and al fresco drinking
  • Restaurants & Cafes
    • Dart Coffee Roasters
      Located within the trendy Tyger Tyger restaurant, this specialty coffee roaster offers the highest quality espresso drinks, coffees, and teas
    • Helena Avenue Bakery
      A Funk Zone staple, this maker of artisan house-baked breads and pastries is a social hub for locals and Funk Zone visitors alike
    • Shalhoob's Funk Zone Patio
      Santa Barbara’s premier meat company, serving up delicious snacks, sandwiches, BBQ, craft beer, and more on their open-air patio just outside the main cutting room
    • Bettina
      Neighborhood restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizza
    • Brophy Bros
      Locally caught seafood in a hip, harborside location
    • Enterprise Fish Co.
      Santa Barbara mainstay seafood eatery serving fresh, wild-caught, and sustainable fish for over 40 years
    • La Super-Rica Taqueria
      Julia Child's favorite taqueria
    • Lilly's Taqueria
      Counter service Mexican eatery offering street tacos with gourmet ingredients
    • Santo Mezcal
      Hip, lively Mexican spot offering a seafood-centric menu
    • Cajé Coffee Roasters
      Hip craft coffee shop with ample outdoor seating
    • Dune Coffee Roasters
      Home to several US finalist barista competitors, Dune is committed to sourcing the world’s finest direct trade coffees
    • Handlebar Coffee
      With multiple locations throughout the city (and proudly brewed at Goat Tree!), this cycle-centric roastery is the pillar of the Santa Barbara craft coffee scene
  • Shops
    • Loveworn
      Funk Zone vintage clothing store offering unique and throwback items, denim, art, and accessories
    • SeaVees
      Flagship store for an iconic California cool manufacturer of timeless vulcanized sneakers
    • Sirena
      Boutique clothing and accessory store that focuses on Central Coast lifestyle goods, located above Pali Wine and The Valley Project
    • The Shopkeepers
      Funk Zone clothing and home accessories store that also features an impressive selection of imported beer
    • Diani Boutique / Living
      Luxury lifestyle company that embodies inspiration, community, and experience through the curation of clothing, home decor, and wellness products
    • Italian Pottery Outlet
      Large ceramic shop offering fine imported Italian pottery and volcanic tables at reasonable prices
    • Jake & Jones
      Upscale boutique primarily curating clothing for women and high-end clothing for kids
    • The Mill
      Restored from the original 1904 building, The Mill is Santa Barbara's local artisan marketplace that manufactures and sells products on site, featuring Potek Winery and tasting bar, Third Window craft brewery and tap room, and event center--as well as design companies Becker Studios, Pelago, and AB Design Studio
    • Plum Goods
      Homegoods, clothing, and jewelry store that offers organic, fair trade, sustainable, and US-made Central Coast-inspired products
    • Warbler Records
      Iconic Santa Barbara record store selling new and used vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and turntables, as well as handmade ceramics, letterpress calendars and cards, textiles, lamps, books, and glassware--all handpicked for quality and craftmanship by the owners
  • Galleries
    • Glenn Dallas Gallery
      Gallery featuring contemporary art and global crafts, with regular events/exhibitions and pieces for sale
    • Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
      Premier Central Coast contemporary art institution featuring a diverse array of world-class artists. MCASB offers free admission, with 8 - 10 exhibitions and over 30 special events each year
    • Santa Barbara Fine Art Gallery
      Located in Santa Barbara's Historic Art District, this gallery celebrates the spirit of Santa Barbara through the eyes of local artists, showing off this city's rich art scene
    • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
      Comprised of 27,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, this museum features an impressive selection of classical antiquities, masterpieces of French Impressionism, and prominent Latin American works, and promotes exhibitions that travel across the Americas and Europe
    • Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery
      Fine art gallery with a focus on American art from 1850 to the present, mounting about 20 exhibitions each year and actively engaged in buying and selling
    • Waterhouse Gallery
      Located in a picturesque courtyard in the heart of Santa Barbara's Cultural Arts District, the gallery features some of the finest painters by nationally known artists from the Western States
    • 10 West Gallery
      Artist-owned contemporary fine art gallery in the Cultural Arts District that features works that complement modern architectural and interior design, with works for sale and a new exhibit each month
  • Venues & Theaters
    • Arlington Theatre
      Historic mission-style first-run film and concert venue
    • Granada Theatre
      Santa Barbara’s premier performing arts venue
    • Lobero Theatre
      Founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, this Santa Barbara gem is the oldest continuously operating theatre in California
    • Santa Barbara Bowl
      At approximately a quarter of the size of its iconic Hollywood Hills relative to the south, uniquely intimate events at the Santa Barbara Bowl are not to be missed
    • MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
      Family-friendly, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to encouraging innovation through hands-on experimentation and analysis
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