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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!