Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail is unique. Follow it and you get to explore Santa Barbara from elegant State Street and the historic El Paseo shopping center where you will find Grassini, Au Bon Climat and Margerum, to the outskirts of the Funk Zone where Carr resides in it’s Quonsit hut making you feel like you’ve walked right into a barrel. Cross the train tracks and stop by AVA Santa Barbara where you can taste wines from all the AVA’s in the area and see the huge Elkpen mural mapping out the unique climate, soils and history of the AVA’s. Stroll down the block and stop at Santa Barbara Winery one of the very first in this area. Anacapa Street is teaming with tasting rooms like Oreana, Kunin and of course Municipal Winemakers which looks like a dive shop and has a wall of filing cabinets. As you stroll between the tasting rooms take in the Funk zone with it’s murals and small artist shops and galleries. The Santa Barbara Surf Museum is there as well as plenty of surfboard and dive shops. Keep walking and you will hit the beach. Grab a segway or a bike or just walk the beach. Head out on to the wharf and visit the Aquarium or just enjoy watching the fishermen. Stop by Conway Family Wines Deep Sea tasting room with a 2nd story patio to enjoy the view with a glass of wine. Don’t miss sunset at the end of the wharf and the parade of boats returning to the marina. It makes for a perfect day…although 2 would be even better.
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