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.
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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).Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
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.Learn More Directions
"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
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.