November 2017

Ventura County Coast – A Travel Guide

Global Yodel recently had the pleasure of visiting quintessential California’s Ventura County Coast (Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo & Port Hueneme) for a few days. This collection of four cities rests an hour north of Los Angeles. 

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Road Trip: San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica, California

Make Ventura your base camp for exploring the pristine Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. Book excursions with Island Packers and kayak tours with Channel Islands Adventure Company.

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October 2017

Free: Ventura County Farm Day

Over 20 farms will join the get-to-know-us agri-happening headed to Ventura County on the first Saturday in November, when the 5th annual Ventura County Farm Day sprouts, with leafy panache and flavorful to-dos, at over 20 farms throughout the wider area.

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September 2017

Guide to Channel Islands National Park (with Kids)

Channel Islands National Park is comprised of 5 islands off the Southern California coast, all offering different views, landscapes and opportunities for adventurous families.

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A Guide to Ventura County: A Family Getaway Destination

Ventura County provides the classic California beach town charm without breaking the bank, making it a perfect destination for families looking to get away for a quick break.

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Unique Things to Do in Ventura County, California with Kids

Want a few days away from the glitz of city life and the hubbub of theme parks during your California vacation? Ventura County will soothe your soul with its mellow pace and beautiful scenery.

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What’s up for next weekend? Hula, bananas, beer and hay rides

Enjoy all things banana at the sixth annual Port of Hueneme Banana Festival celebrating the long yellow fruit. Banana treats include empanadas, beignets, fritters, funnel cakes, cupcakes, taffy and frozen chocolate-covered bananas.

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August 2017

What’s up for next weekend: Hula, cook chili, and so much more, all close to home

Cast a vote for the People’s Choice Chili at this Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival. If chili’s not your thing, you’ll also find pizza, burgers,  and ice cream as well as fresh lemonade and craft beer.

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What’s up for next weekend: an Elvis fest, Pride in Santa Barbara and a Big Bear Air Fair will keep you running

What’s billed as the largest corn toss competition on the West Coast takes place at the Throw Down downtown. Challenge yourself to play the game of tossing small dried-corn-filled bags into a hole in a slanted board or just eat seafood and listen to live music.

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Oxnard: Find Your Close-to-the-Beach Stay

Hello there, Pacific: The Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort sits near Channel Islands Harbor and a bevy of beautiful beaches.

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Free: Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

Dozens of imaginative artists will be out and about in Ventura Harbor Village creating gaze-down works of art. See several splendid on-the-ground wonders, this Sept. 9 and 10, at Ventura Harbor Village.

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California’s Ventura County Coast: Surf, Style & Shakespeare

On a recent visit to this beautiful stretch of the Golden State’s central coast, my family and I reveled in the region’s glorious juxtaposition of urban sophistication with natural beauty.

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10 cheap and free things to do in Ventura County

Need a break? Why spend your precious leisure time stuck in traffic? Or fighting crowds at the airport? The beautiful coast of Ventura County is so close, with lots of things to do that are free or very cheap indeed.

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Ventura County Fair

Going on its 142nd year, the Ventura County Fair certainly is “Rooted in Tradition,” as is its 2017 theme. The Fair features a fantastic selection of favorite attractions for the whole family.

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July 2017

7 Things You Should Do in August

This month, venture out to the Ventura County Fair, support TreePeople with animals and magic, celebrate Elephants and LEGOs, enjoy a uniquely local Wonderland, and say hello to Taiko drummers and good-bye to summer.

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Ventura County Fair: Money-Saving Highlights

MAYBE YOUR MEALS… are already on our mind. Maybe you’re planning on how many fried candy bars you plan on devouring, and ice cream cones, and turkey legs, and roasted corn on the cobs, and buckets of popcorn, too.

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Two-fer deal on admission to O.C. and Ventura County Fairs

If you think county fairs are all about fried Twinkies, think again. Many, like the Orange County Fair on right now, are accenting farm-to-table connections by serving up samples of artisanal olive oil and locally made kombucha.

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Last Stop! Dinner and Drinks at Twenty 88 Bistro :: Ventura County Coast

Back in Camarillo for our last stop, we enjoy some gourmet American fare while we catch up with bartender Jeff Hamilton, who introduces us to some of his creative cocktails.

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Perfect Summer Cocktails and View at The Waterside

From land to sea, our team leaves happy and energized, in route to our fourth stop – The Waterside restaurant in neighboring Oxnard, CA.

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Mai Tais, Tiki Mugs and Lots of Rum at VenTiki

For our third stop, TBDE hits up an early happy hour at VenTiki bar in Ventura, CA. Tiki bars are like Starbucks – perfect for a mid afternoon pick me up.

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What is Opuntia? Local Spirits :: Ventura Spirits

With no time to rest, our team heads to Ventura Spirits for a private tasting of locally sourced spirits ranging from a earthy gin to the vibrant Opuntia, a prickly pear based spirit, highlighting so much of what makes Ventura County Coast what it is today.

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Lunch + Cocktails at RumFish y Vino :: Ventura County Coast

We are greeted by savvy head mixologist Jeff Johnston, who was excited to share some of his home made bitters and creative recipes he rotates through year around at Rumfish y Vino.

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Two-fer deal on admission to O.C. and Ventura County fairs

Talk about your traditional events. The Ventura County Fair started in 1875 and continues to offer contests, farm animal viewing, free concerts, rides and of course food.

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Ventura County Fair: Money-Saving Highlights

For all of the great savings, fundraising to-dos, and the days you’ll want to be there, eye the full rundown, as well as what concerts, rodeo events, and other happenings will be flowering at the ocean-iest county fair around.

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Ventura County Fair: Pre-Sale on Now

The closest-to-the-ocean fair around constructs the midway and sets up the fried treat stands and pig-admiring areas. It’s the Ventura County Fair, and it is ready to bulb-blink, sheep-baa, concert-jam again from Wednesday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 13.

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May 2017

California Strawberry Festival among Southern California food events this week

Enjoy strawberries every way imaginable, plus concerts, arts and crafts booths, and cooking demonstrations at the Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard.

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California Strawberry Fest: Oxnard Awesome

The large-scale, single-fruit-focus’d happening, which will again grow big and delicious in Oxnard on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

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April 2017

52 Perfect Weekend Getaways In and Around L.A.

Within three hours of drive time, you can find temporary refuge on an inviting beach, sip your fill among vineyards, luxe up at an impeccable resort, or wind down in a hip little trailer camp.

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The 6 best places to go for spring break for California wildflowers, beaches and baseball

For $15 a night, you can get a killer ocean view from your accommodations. That’s the price of a campground at Channel Islands National Park. It’s an ideal last-minute getaway for those who like roughing it.

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6 spots to wine and dine along California’s Central Coast

Local seafood, farm-fresh produce, award-wining wine and delicious craft beer — it’s all here. There are literally thousands of places to drink and dine at along California’s Central Coast.

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Road tripping along California’s Central Coast

Writer Daniel Otis explores California’s Central Coast’s beaches, historical places and kitschy locales from Los Angeles to San Francisco by camper van.

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March 2017

A Guide to Visiting California’s Channel Islands

Thinking about visiting one of California’s national parks? In the Channel Islands, these experiences can make your trip.

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February 2017

Champagne on Main: Ventura Wine Walk

An easygoing April afternoon seems custom-built for rhetorical, no-answer-required questions, the sort of queries that are more apt to prompt laughs, or further questions, than definitive closure.

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Amazing Wildlife Cruise with Island Packers to Channel Islands National Park

This wildlife cruise with Island Packers is what dreams are made of! I know that might sound a bit crazy but imagine being surrounded by 100’s of common dolphins. Everywhere you look you see a dolphin!

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5 outdoorsy things to do this weekend

Start your Valentine’s Day weekend with the RUNdezvous 5K Fun Couples Run in Newbury Park. All proceeds benefit VHL Alliance, which funds cancer research and provides patient services.

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January 2017

Week 12 Real Life Travel and Adventure Diary

This week we had big plans to visit Channel Islands National Park for the first time. We flew into LAX on Monday with three days of boat tours out to the islands booked.

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