Santa Barbara is one of the best getaways from Los Angeles. For a day trip, zero in on these few blocks filled with vibrant art galleries, shops, restaurants and wineries, housed in old warehouses and shops.
What to Eat and Drink: Lunch on pizzas, fresh salads and fantastic cold-brew coffee at Lucky Penny. Snack on deviled eggs topped with crispy pancetta, gem lettuces with Dungeness crab, and gnocchi at The Lark. Dine on smoked mussels, cheese plates and a wine tasting at Les Marchands. Get into a whiskey sampling at Cutler’s Artisan Spirits or beer at Figueroa Mountain. Feast on Cali-Peruvian fare at Ricardo Zarate's Blue Tavern, on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo.
While You’re There: Wander around the neighborhood for even more wine tasting. Half of the more than 10 wineries and tasting rooms in the area are part of Santa Barbara’s expansive urban wine trail.
Transportation: The fact that the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner stops directly across from the Funk Zone means you can take a day trip and never have to get behind the wheel. If driving, Santa Barbara is about 90 miles from Los Angeles, which can take anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours, depending from where and what time you leave.