The Funk Zone in Santa Barbara – Where History becomes HipSanta Barbara has always been a haven for artists, artisans, wine makers and chefs looking for a slightly different approach. Thanks to the growth of The Funk Zone, this neighborhood location has exploded into a contemporary Santa Barbara sub-culture of artisan shops, art galleries, hip eateries, award-winning microbreweries, and even a craft distillery. Don't be deterred by the name; the area doesn't have a funk so much as it does a vibe. Artists, winemakers, and up-and-coming chefs have taken up shop in aged warehouses and forgotten scuba shops, transforming the zone into an understated array of hidden hot spots along California's Central Coast.
Spend your day in The Funk Zone channeling your inner artist, by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara's satellite location at Hotel Indigo or taking a tour at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry. Grab a bite to eat and dine family -style at The Lark. And how could one forget, the Funk Zone is home to countless tasting rooms and a few special wineries, making a day, or afternoon of wine tasting Santa Barbara County's best, fun and easy. Additionally, 5 of the many wineries located in the Funk Zone are also part of the Urban Wine Trail!
If you're wondering how best to get the Funk Zone, it's easy. Cruise on foot, or catch a ride in a pedicab, a preferred method of transportation in this neck of the woods. You can also bike from downtown, hop on the waterfront shuttle, or take the Amtrak-the train station is conveniently located in the heart of The Funk Zone.
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