It’s no secret that the arts and culture scene in Santa Barbara is thriving. If you would like to explore the city’s contemporary side, make sure to check out the Funk Zone. Nestled between Stearns Wharf and the beach, this one-of-a-kind art district is home to a variety of boutique shops, galleries, tasting rooms, and the Urban Wine Trail. Browse for unique gifts, admire the fine art galleries, or relax and unwind with a cold beverage. At the Santa Barbara Funk Zone, the options are endless.
After a fun day at the Santa Barbara Funk Zone, make sure to check out the other world-class attractions downtown. Feel free to download our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shopping districts in the area. Our local guide is full of recommendations about the best places to eat, attractions to see, and things to do during your stay at Cheshire Cat Inn.
Here’s What You’ll Find at the Santa Barbara Funk Zone
No trip to Santa Barbara is complete without a visit to the Funk Zone! From art galleries and boutiques to urban tasting rooms, this artsy district has it all. Here’s what you’ll find when you visit.
1. Art Galleries
A perfect afternoon is in store when you wander through the thought-provoking works of art at The Funk Zone. The Arts Funk Community Gallery includes exhibits that feature artists from all over Santa Barbara. You can even meet them in person at exhibition openings at the Funk Zone Art Walk. This bi-monthly festival showcases a unique mix of local artists and is definitely a must-see during your stay.
2. Boutique Shops
In addition to art galleries, The Funk Zone also houses several designer boutiques. From one-of-a-kind pieces to the top brands, you’ll find it all here. Are you looking for chic travel wear? Stop into Kakoon and browse through their designer Alpaca wool warm knits. If you plan to do some antique shopping, make sure to check out the vintage treasures and retro furniture at The Blue Door. Once you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, stop into one of the tasting rooms for a cold craft beer or a glass of wine.
3. The Urban Wine Trail
The Urban Wine Trail is a self-guided tour along the beach that includes more than 20 tasting rooms. The Deep Sea Tasting Room boasts incredible views of the Pacific, while Cebada Vineyard and Winery is known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. If a Bordeaux is what you desire, make sure to stop into Grassini Family Vineyards. And if you would like some chocolate to pair with your wine, don’t miss Jamie Slone Wines. From robust reds to fruity whites, the Funk Zone has something for every wine enthusiast.
4. Excellent Craft Beer
If beer is more your preference, you’re in luck! The Funk Zone also has its fair share of award-winning craft breweries. With live music, delicious brews, and an outdoor patio, Figueroa Mountain Brewery is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Their menu offers an extensive beer selection, so we recommend ordering a flight to try a few of them. Located just steps from the beach, Brass Bear Brewing is also well worth the visit. In addition to craft beer, they offer a delicious array of wine, cider, small plates, and toasted sandwiches.
5. Countless Dining Options
Are you craving fresh seafood? Perhaps you are in the mood for authentic Spanish cuisine. When it comes to restaurants in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone, the options are endless. Stop into the Lark for a handcrafted cocktail and a family-style meal. Or, head over to Loquitas to enjoy some of the most delicious Spanish cuisine you will ever taste. If you are running short on time, head into one of the local cafes for a cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat.
Come Home to the Cheshire Cat Inn
After an exciting day at the Santa Barbara Funk Zone, we invite you to relax and unwind at Cheshire Cat Inn. Our elegant bed and breakfast is just four blocks from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and within walking distance to many of the main attractions. Our inn also features a unique Alice in Wonderland theme, and many of our rooms are named after characters from the book. Relax in luxury in the Mad Hatter room, or book our Queen of Hearts Patio Room to enjoy beautiful views of the garden. No matter which of our rooms you choose, you can expect gracious English hospitality, top-notch amenities, and just a touch of whimsy!
When you choose to stay at Cheshire Cat Inn, you can enjoy complimentary breakfast in the morning and wine with hors-d’oeuvres in the garden each afternoon. We also offer freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and brownies as a bedtime treat. So what are you waiting for? Check out our current specials and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!