The Funk Zone is a former warehouse district, now home to nearly 60 wineries, breweries, restaurants and art galleries.  This is not a bar hopping or wine tasting tour.   By tracing the evolution of this district, you will learn about historical events and trends that shaped the neighborhood’s history. This tip-based public tour* – offered on specific days – starts at 2pm and ends at 3:30  near the Goat Tree restaurant  (120 State St) directly across from the Hotel Californian.   With 11 stops  – which may include visiting a local artist or brewery – you’ll learn about how the Funk Zone got its name, the history behind Santa Barbara becoming a premier wine producing region, Santa Barbara’s contribution to surfing, the old and new Hotel Californian, founding of Lockheed aircraft, the formation of McConnell’s ice cream and the renown Lark Restaurant and so much more.  Along the way, we’ll point out some of the best places to eat.  We’ll also talk about proposed developments for this ever-changing neighborhood.   Hand-picked 11 x 17 old photographs add to the experience.  All tour goers get a chance to win a McConnell’s ice cream and a copy of our Funk Zone Map; a very handy reference guide to more than 60 wineries, brew pubs, restaurants and art studios in the vicinity.  2 for 1 beer or wine tasting vouchers given to all tour goers; redeemable at Validation Ale or Santa Barbara Winery. (Does not have to be used the day of the tour.) Cash or Venmo accepted.

*A private tour can be arranged on any day of the week at time convenient for you. $30 per person children under 12 free. Contact John for more information.

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Things to Know

  • The tour is tip-based and our guides rely on your generous gratuities as their compensation. (Cash or Venmo).
  • Reservations are not necessary but highly recommended. Use the reservation system to see available dates and secure a spot.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 10 persons.  Two (2) person minimum needed to run the tour.
  • The tour will last about 90 minutes and is over level ground. We do walk across train tracks.  There are 2-3 places along the route where seating is available but otherwise be prepared to stand 5-8 minutes in between stops.  Most stops are in the shade.
  • See the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Parking Options

  1. Park in the parking garage behind the Hotel Californian.  This is literally just steps away from the tour start and end point.
  2. Park at the Amtrak Station, corner of Yanonali and State St.  Short 5 minute walk to and from tour starting point.
  3. Park at the Visitor Center, 1 Garden Street.  Short 5-7 minute walk to and from tour starting point.

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