Funk Zone Neighborhood Guided Food, Drink & Photography Tour
Santa Barbara, California, USA
- Spirited tastings: Savor wines, craft beers, and distilled drinks in distinctive venues, in a part of the country that can't be beat.
- Artisan foods: From fresh-caught seafood to handmade tacos and creative flatbreads to sweet treats, you'll taste the very best the Funk Zone has to offer.
- Sub-culture & photography tour: Discover Santa Barbara's funkiest neighborhood and score expert tips for snapping first-rate food photos on your smartphone.
About this Santa Barbara, California Tour
Sunny Santa Barbara has its share of unique neighborhoods. But none as hip as the Funk Zone with its contemporary vibe fueled by artisans, chefs, and winemakers, and just this side of normal. Leading you through the Funk Zone is your guide, an expert on the city, its history and culture, and the affluent lifestyle that has captivated the nation. So if you have a question, go ahead and ask. You'll soon know Santa Barbara like your own hometown.
You can't say "Santa Barbara" and not immediately think vino. Enjoy the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley at a local wine tasting room. Santa Barbara Wine Collective, known for top-shelf educational wine tasting of wines from the county. If wine isn't your drink of choice, no problem. This tour also stops at American Ale, also known for its known for artisan, creative burgers.
This tour also blocks plenty of time for you to gorge yourself on some fun and funky foods. Munch on Mexican fare at Mony's Tacos, savor seafood at Enterprise Fish Company, or feast on flatbreads at Lucky Penny. And try the fresh-baked bread, paired with housemade seasonal jams at Helena Avenue Bakery, the Funk Zone's only bakery featuring bread made daily
But before you clean your plate, make sure to photograph and add all those tempting little morsels to the vast collection of "food porn" on social media. You'll learn how to snap the perfect culinary pix during mini photography lessons given throughout the tour. You can also use your new skills to capture the scenic spots along the Funk Zone route as well. Far out, Man.
A Funk Zone by any other name…
What is the origin of the Funk Zone's quirky moniker? Some folks chalk it up to the foul-smelling fish processing plants that have long since closed up shop. Others say it portrays the neighborhood's edgy industrial vibe. Turns out, the name was coined by a senior city planning official during a mid-1990s zoning initiative that was spearheaded to preserve a slice of Santa Barbara for artists being forced from the city by skyrocketing rents.
Please make your way 225 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Your tour ends at Cutler's Artisan Spirits, 137 Anacapa Street, and is in the heart of the Funk Zone neighborhood. So, it's the perfect place to continue exploring the rest of the neighborhood like art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and other eateries.
This tour includes approximately 1.5 miles of walking and does visit venues that have stair access only. There are stairs involved at two of the tastings. This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or travelers with limited mobility.
Cultural, Food & Wine, Scenic, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children 5 years and younger may come along free of charge, if they do not participate in the food tastings. Your must be 21 years of age or older to drink alcoholic beverages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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