Spring Road Trip with Mom

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Pack your bags and bring the mom(s) in your life to Ventura County Coast for a pampering, delicious escape. It’s time to create meaningful memories together while making the most of Ventura County Coast’s signature local vibes! Treat her to relaxed days filled with rewarding shopping strolls, palate-pleasing wine tastings and rejuvenating outdoor excursions. We’ve outlined a collection of trip ideas to help you spoil the #1 ladies in your life.

4 Days, 40 Miles

Ventura County Coast is accessible from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Start: Camarillo 
End: Ventura
Coming from the north? Flip the itinerary!

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Destination: Camarillo

Go Shopping

Start the trip on a shopper’s high note hunting for amazing finds at Camarillo Premium Outlets. With over 150 stores and a wide range of brands to choose from, it’s the perfect place to refresh your wardrobes—and feel extra good knowing you’re getting the best value. Have her create a wish list of shops she’d like to check out in advance so you can map out a shopping game plan to make the experience feel seamless.

Bliss Out

Carve out time for a late afternoon pampering session. Surprise mom with a massage-facial combo at Plush Med-Spa followed by a man-pedi at House of Polish—with extra foot massage, because you know she deserves it!

Graze Around

Make dinner a dine around experience. Start your evening over a dozen oysters and a drink Lure Fish House. Share your next few courses at Slate Bistro, where the sushi is just as tempting as the salads and entrees. Cap the night off with an artisanal gelato at Tifa Chocolate & Gelato, a delightful dessert café.

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Eat and drink in Camarillo
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Destination: Oxnard

Perk Up

Put a pep in her step with a fine cup of coffee or tea at one of Oxnard locals’ go-to coffee spots. Honey Cup Coffee House & Creamery is just as well known for their made-to-order Egg-Cellent Croissant breakfast sandwich as they are for their coffees. Ragamuffin Roasters is a solid choice for ethically sourced coffee drinks, pastries and savory toasts.

📸: Honey Cup Coffee House

Shop & Stroll

If it was Ragamuffin Roasters that called to you, you’ll find yourself at The Collection at Riverpark shopping and entertainment complex, which is always a fun spot to browse around. In addition to shopping, you can be playfully competitive over a bowling match, get crafty at an art studio or catch a bargain matinee at the cinema. And when hunger strikes, there’s always Yard House, a trusted locals favorite.

Sip, Swirl & Savor

Dedicate your afternoon to wine tasting. Herzog Wine Cellars is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility created by the Herzog family, whose viticultural tradition is now in the eighth generation’s hands. Taste more than 25 different wines then rehash the day over dinner at their restaurant, Tierra Sur, which offers a highly rated four-course prix fixe dining experience.

Hit Strey Cellars, who pair their California wines with great vibes, live music and food trucks—all on their big outdoor patio with umbrellas to shade you from the afternoon sun. “In wine there is truth” is the motto over at  Magnavino Cellars, offering a villa-inspired tasting room and big, bold wines made with grapes sourced largely from vineyards in Lodi. Tip: Be sure to check each business website for hours of operation.

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Eat and drink in Oxnard
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Learn more about Channel Islands National Park
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Stay the night in Ventura County Coast

Destination: Port Hueneme

Soak Up the Sun

Get your Vitamin D infusion naturally with a day spent at the beach in Port Hueneme. Rent beach cruisers or a surrey from the Wheel Fun Rentals location at the Holiday Inn Express, and take a spin along the waterfront. Walk along the pier and watch the fisherman reel in their catch, or simply relax on the beach with a good book.

Dine By the Sea

You can’t go wrong with lunch, happy hour or dinner at Surfside Seafood. The waterfront restaurant is famous for its clam chowder and the local halibut fish and chips. They have a range of tacos, burgers and salads as well as noodles and veggie stir fries, so there are plenty of options for those who don’t love seafood—and everyone can enjoy the relaxed seaside ambiance.

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Destination: Ventura

Morning Feast

Enjoy a celebratory Mother’s Day Brunch any day of the week at Cafe Nouveau, a sweet restaurant set in a charming 1920’s Spanish bungalow. (The maple bacon beignets are a must to start!) Also open daily, Immigrant Son Caffe puts a delicious Italian spin on breakfast and lunch fare, with dishes like breakfast lasagna and parmesan polenta. On Saturdays and Sundays, Water’s Edge is another refined brunch option right on the water. The Harbor Crab Cake Benedict is incredible, and the views can’t be beat. No matter which spot you choose, mimosas will definitely be on the menu!

📸: @lysseats805 via Immigrant Son Caffe

Garden Glory

Bring mom to Ventura Botanical Gardens for a walk to remember. The 107-acre gardens are home to a collection of more than 30,000 plants and the views of the Topa Topa Mountains and Channel Islands are just as spectacular. If you’re in the mood for some refreshments after the gardens, stroll on over to Rumfish y Vino or Paradise Pantry for small plates and a glass of local wine. Keep the walking tour going with a bonus stop at the Old Mission Basilica San Buenaventura.

📸: Ventura Botanical Gardens

Harbor Walkabout

Ventura Harbor Village is the perfect place to wrap up your getaway. You can browse the shops and get out on the water in a Duffy boat or kayak. Then settle in for dinner at one of the lively harbor restaurants like Margarita Villa, where the margaritas are excellent, naturally! If the Mediterranean flavors of Greek cuisine call to you more than Mexican, head to The Greek. Before leaving the harbor, ask someone to take your family photo by the “I LOVE THE SEA” sign for the perfect memento of your trip.

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Eat and drink in Ventura
Learn more about Ventura
Stay the night in Ventura County Coast

Good Times Ahead

Find Your Vibe in Ventura County Coast

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

Regions

Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast is a string of four communities that radiate warmth from welcoming people and California sunshine. The region embodies the casual and active spirit of classic, where the seafood is fresh, the beer is handcrafted and the weather is the kind you dream about. Spend the day exploring miles of beaches, incredible harbors or lush green golf courses. Hop on a boat for a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, where you can see breathtaking views of the Southern California coastline. With a bustling culture, high end and vintage shopping, a lively culinary spirit and beautiful outdoor experiences, Ventura County Coast calls on every visitor to find their vibe. From hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling, from shopping and dining to just plain relaxing, Ventura County Coast will fill your days with a lifetime of memories.

Camarillo

Camarillo

An hour north of Los Angeles, Camarillo is nestled at the base of the Conejo foothills surrounded by verdant green fields and cool ocean breezes. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy Camarillo alfresco. From outdoor shopping and concerts, to delicious dining and fun events, Camarillo has it all. With small town charm and a rich history, it is the place for romantic weddings and corporate venues. Visit the historical sites and museums during the day, and walk along Old Town for dinner and drinks at night. A great getaway for everyone, Camarillo is the ideal place to Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun.

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Oxnard

Oxnard

Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.

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Ventura

Ventura

A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door.  Its artistic culture, enduring history and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human.

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Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme

Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll find Port Hueneme, the friendly city by the sea. Port Hueneme is the place for travelers looking to dig their toes in the sand, take a long walk, drop a fishing line off the pier or just kick back and relax. With walking and biking trails winding throughout the city and a perfect climate almost year round, you can revive your soul in Hueneme.

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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is an American national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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