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Things To Do In Santa Barbara

Located adjacent to Santa Barbara’s vibrant Funk Zone and one block from Union Station, Hotel Californian is just steps from the waterfront and some the city’s most iconic and eclectic local attractions. Discover 37-acres of rare botanical nirvana at Ganna Walska Lotusland, gain firsthand knowledge of the region’s uniquely extensive diversity of grapes and world class wines, and surf Rincon, one of California’s most famous waves. Whether you wish to sip and savor your way through the city or you have your sights set on more extravagant excursions, the expected and unexpected are never far from Hotel Californian.

Food & Wine

Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market

California’s vibrant seasonal cuisine would be nothing without the temperate coastal climate that enables farmers to grow the highest quality ingredients year-round. Whether one is a chef, local restaurateur, or die-hard foodie, the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market is a quintessentially Coastal Californian experience that is not to be missed. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, the Farmers Market includes two dozen local farmer and rancher stands and is open daily at various locations throughout Santa Barbara County. Please check the Farmers Market website for more details.

Santa Barbara Wine Collective

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 been producing the area’s best wines for generations. Each winery produces a selective quantity of wine, with increased dedication and focus on the intricate details of every blend. Santa Barbara Wine Collective offers a unique variety of blends including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bordeaux.

 

 

Municipal Winemakers

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 local Potek and Fox Family Vineyards, you’ll feel like a true Santa Barbara local by the end of your visit.

Margerum Wine Company

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. 

Test Pilot

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.

Cutler's Artisan Spirits

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

Tantalize the senses with top quality New-Western style Cutler’s Gin handcrafted with an array of locally grown California citrus combined with elderflower, jasmine, and spicy cardamom. Experience a modern take on traditional gin as you make your way through the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Mony's Tacos

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

Your go-to Funk Zone spot for some of the best tacos in town. Your options are endless with the 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, especially the fish tacos that are arguably some of the best in Santa Barbara county.

Loquita

Loquita
202 State Street | 3 min. walk

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

Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny
127 Anacapa St. | 3 min. walk

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

Kunin Wines Tasting Room

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

Whether you stumble upon this tasting room on an marathon tour of Santa Barbara’s historic Urban Wine Trail or you’ve made the more initial 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.

The Lark

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.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Figueroa Mountain Breweing 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.

Captain Fatty's

Captain Fatty's
214 State St. | 3 min. walk

 Enjoy a pint or two of locally-sourced microbrew alongside Mexican street food from Corazon Cocina, a local Santa Barbaran favorite and co-tenant in Lower State Street’s latest epicurean collab.

Arts & Culture

Santa Barbara Bowl

1122 North Milpas Street | 1.9 miles

With views of the Channels Islands and Downtown Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Bowl has played host to music’s biggest names for over 80 years. 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.

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

3300 Via Real, Carpinteria, CA 93013 | 8 miles

For more than a hundred years, polo aficionados and socialites alike have flocked to Santa Barbara to compete and celebrate with panoramic views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean. This pristine seaside facility is Santa Barbara’s most iconic expression of the American Riviera, making it the ideal location to see and be seen.

Our Neighbors

Isla

36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 | Mason Building

The fruits of iconoclasm make life worth living. At Isla, explore an exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, art and home décor sourced from the American Riviera and around the world. Browse luxury apparel and accessories from renowned designers including Stuart Weitzman, James Perse, Figue and Nick Fouquet. Isla is a lifestyle boutique curated by Maris Collective that resists definition and unapologetically rejects the status quo. Visit and let us help you find your island.

Hours: 10 am – 6 pm / Sun-Thurs
10 am – 7 pm / Fri-Sat

Melville Winery Tasting Room

120 State Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 | State Building

Visit the Melville Winery Tasting Room and enjoy 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 that reflect the unique terroir of this iconic region. Stop by and taste for yourself.

Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm / Sun-Thurs
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm / Fri-Sat

McConnell's Fine Ice Cream

120 State Street, Suite B, Santa Barbara CA 93101 | State Building

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.

Hours: 11 am – 10:30 pm / Sun-Thurs
11 am – 11:30 pm / Fri-Sat

The Blue Door

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

This upscale Funk Zone antique store is teeming with 3 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.

Sirena

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.

Channel Islands Surfboards

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.

Activities

Channel Islands National Park

Miles off the Santa Barbara Coast, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five of the eight California Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Bridging two biogeographical provinces and harboring the biological diversity of nearly 2,500 miles of the North American coast, the Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, 145 of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Rincon Beach Park

VIA REAL, CARPINTERIA, CA 93105 | 14 MILES

Also known as the “Queen of the Coast,” Rincon is one of the most famous surf spots in California offering rides up to 300 yards from the top of the point to the “Cove.” Here, surfers may trade waves with three-time World Champion and local, Tom Curren.

Knapp’s Castle Ruins

Knapp’s Castle, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 | 17 Miles

Built on 160 acres in 1916 by Union Carbide founder, George Owen Knapp, the castle was sold in 1940 to Frances Holden who invited her friend and world famous opera singer, Lotte Lehmann to move in. Shortly after, the mansion was destroyed by a forest fire leaving only the sandstone foundations, fireplace pillars, and walls of the seven original structures. Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountain near Los Padres National Forest, the seemingly ancient ruins remain a popular destination for hikers and photographers, offering breathtaking views of Lake Cachuma, the Santa Ynez Valley, and the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Ynez & Los Olivos Wine Growing Regions

With the Santa Ynez Mountains as the only east-west traverse along the Pacific Coast between Alaska and Chile, Santa Barbara is uniquely situated in close proximity to the fertile valleys, which possess the ideal weather and soil conditions for producing some of the world’s greatest wines. Only 45 minutes’ drive from the city, one can experience the uniquely extensive diversity of grapes and world famous wine makers the region has to offer..

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