There are plenty of reasons to visit postcard-pretty Santa Barbara, Calif., but the Funk Zone, 12 blocks of converted warehouses and manufacturing plants, is infusing a fresh dose of edginess.
Go on a food tour
Brush up your food paparazzi skills on the Eat This, Shoot That! tour. The three-hour guided jaunt sets off from Enterprise Fish Co. and offers tips on how to Instagram your plate like a pro while tasting some of the area’s best bites.
Shop at The Blue Door
Pretty much everything is one-of-a-kind at The Blue Door, a three-storey vintage shop housed in a former car dealership. Enter through the shop’s giant blue door to find vintage furniture, art and housewares.
Sip at Santa Barbara Wine Collective
Home to a stretch of the Urban Wine Trail, the Funk Zone has 15 tasting rooms pouring local wines. Stop by Santa Barbara Wine Collective to sample and compare some of the winemaking styles and terroirs of the region.
Hang out at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Enjoy a pint at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. This craft brewery pays homage to Central California with standards like the FMB “101” Blonde and specialty beers like C’est La Viognier, made with grape must and aged in Viognier barrels.
Browse The Arts Fund Community Gallery
The Arts Fund Community Gallery features rotating exhibits of regional artworks and is one of the many initiatives of The Arts Fund, which is dedicated to supporting local artists and fostering the growth of the artistic community.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Los Angeles 45 times a week from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto.
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