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farmers market

Yesterday, we spent some time walking around State Street to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. On Tuesday evenings from 4-7:30 pm the 500-600 blocks of State Street close down to cars and becomes a promenade of fresh produce.  We found a wide selection of strawberries and fresh pre-summer fruits.  There were also stands of flowers, pistachios, honey, and so much more.  The best part of it all was just the community of people you get to walk with and those behind the tables of food.  Come check out the farmers market when you’re in town. There usually is one happening any day of the week:

Farmers Market Schedule:

  • Thursday: Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta, 3-6:30pm or 800 block of Linden Ave in Carpinteria, 3-6:30 pm
  • Friday: 1100-1200 blocks of Coast Village Road in Montecito, 8-11:45 am
  • Saturday: Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets in downtown SB, 8:30-1pm
  • Sunday: Camino Real Marketplace, 10-2pm
  • Tuesday: 500-600 blocks of State Street in downtown SB, 4-7:30pm

funk zone wine

For the most part, downtown Santa Barbara is State Street and some side streets along the way.  The area that most of us cruise is around Paseo Nuevo.  We may head up a ways to Anthropologie or down towards the 101 freeway, but then we usually skip right to the beach.  Santa Barbara also has this great area that has been forgotten for so long, but in the recent year or so has been revitalized.  This is the area of downtown that sits in between the 101 and the ocean.  It is called, the Funk Zone.  Today, we wanted to tell you about some great wine tasting that happens in this area.

Municipal Winemakers

If you are looking for some good local wines with creative labels, this it the place to go.  Their tasting room is open daily for tastings for just $10.  You can come in, grab an ipad to read through tasting notes as you sample five great wines. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, they are open until 11 pm in case you are interested in enjoying a nice glass of wine after dinner.

Reds Wine Bar & Tapas

If you are looking for a wine bar, Reds Wine Bar & Tapas has a fun vibe.  They have homemade hummus and great Thai chicken sliders. The ambiance is nice and there is often live music.

Those are just a few spots in the funk zone.  Definitely travel through the Urban Wine Trail and taste some great local wines!  We can’t wait for your visit!

Looking In

You know it’s Christmas when the tree of lights goes up in front of the Arlington Theater.  It means that The Nutcracker will be shown regularly at the theater, the Salvation Army will have bells and buckets all around town, and State Street will get busy with shoppers looking for the perfect gift.  If look closer into those shop windows, you will see more than just a few decorations.  State Street is littered with a collection of local businesses and chain stores.  Many of the local business owners stay close to their stores and restaurants.  If you go inside for a visit, it isn’t difficult to find them and on slower moments, get to hear a little bit of their story.

If you step into the Agave Inn, on upper State Street, you will hear a story of lifelong friends.  It’s a story of a meeting long ago and a friendship that has endured triumphs and defeats.  It is also a story that sees the world as a place lit with beautiful Christmas lights all year long. You will get to see this as you walk into the doors of the Agave.  They will greet you with a smile and you may even leave the place with some good friends in Santa Barbara.

Be sure, when you come to visit, look into some of the stores, restaurants, and inns, because some of the beauty of Santa Barbara also comes from the people – people who are eager to meet you and welcome you in.