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Wine & Art Fans Love Santa Barbara’s “2nd Saturdays”

Oreana Winery & Marketplace on Anacapa St. hosts a parking lot party during the Funk Zone Art Walk. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Oreana Winery & Marketplace on Anacapa St. hosts a parking lot party during the Funk Zone Art Walk. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Looking for a fun one-day getaway on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner? Check out “The Funk Zone Art Walk” in Santa Barbara.

It takes place on the second Saturday of every month in the ‘Funk Zone,’ a renovated industrial area that’s now home to galleries, artist lofts, wine bistros and restaurants.

The Santa Barbara Art Foundry hosted a wine reception during the Funk Zone Art Walk in August. I enjoyed looking at their artwork, including several Erte statues. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

The Santa Barbara Art Foundry hosted a wine reception during the Funk Zone Art Walk in August. I enjoyed looking at their artwork, including several Erte statues. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

The Art Walk features an array of unique exhibits, as well as live music, wine, craft beers and more.

When I was there in August, The Arts Fund Gallery hosted a super cool interactive exhibit called “Ruckus,” where guests could create colorful moving images using our voice and body. It was fun experiencing a gallery where you’re actually encouraged to touch the artwork 🙂

Visitors to the Funk Zone Art Walk sample boutique wines at AVA Santa Barbara. The wine bistro is a passion project of winemaker Seth Kunin of Kunin Wines. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).

Visitors to the Funk Zone Art Walk sample boutique wines at AVA Santa Barbara. The wine bistro is a passion project of winemaker Seth Kunin of Kunin Wines. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).

The Funk Zone is located just off of State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. It’s a few blocks from the beach, and a short walk from the Amtrak Station. There are plenty of restaurants, and the ‘main drag’ of State Street is nearby, so if you enjoy walking, there’s plenty of things to see.

And, since the Pacific Surfliner hugs the coast (when you get north of Camarillo), there’s plenty of pretty scenery along the way. This is a fun train adventure for wine and art lovers from Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura and San Luis Obispo.

Pali Wine Co. is one of many comfy spots in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone to relax and enjoy a favorite beverage. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Pali Wine Co. is one of many comfy spots in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone to relax and enjoy a favorite beverage. (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Upcoming (2nd Saturday) Funk Zone Art Walks: September 13; October 11; November 8. Click this link for further dates & more information.

Traffic411 Insider Tip: Make your Amtrak reservation in advance, trains get crowded on Art Walk Saturdays.

Distance from LAX: 96 Miles

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The Waze real time traffic navigation app has almost made driving fun! I’ve been commuting at rush hour recently (I don’t know how anyone does this everyday!) and, when I log on each morning, Waze offers up the most congestion route and provides the estimated arrival time.

When you Waze, your smartphone detects traffic conditions around you and shares it with other users.  Active Wazers can alert others to road hazards such as construction and accidents, red light cameras and even when a police officer is in the area.

Once you sign up, you have the option to go ‘invisible’ so others can’t see you but, since Waze is owned by Google, you can be sure your data is being collected for something.

Waze won’t replace radio traffic reports for me, but can eliminate the need for an in-vehicle navigation system. And,  it’s a fun way to learn new routes while helping you get to where you’re going in a shorter amount of time.

Waze is a free app that uses mobile crowdsourcing to provide driving directions and route users around traffic jams (Photo credit: Waze)

Waze is a free app that uses mobile crowdsourcing to provide driving directions and route users around traffic jams (Photo credit: Waze)

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