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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.
Coming from the north? Flip the itinerary!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
Looking for adventure? Plan your trip with amazing and fun things to do at Ventura County Coast.
Things to Pack
With year-round sunshine, you can bet you will need your sunglasses at the X Games Finals.
You will need your bathing suit or board shorts for our 22 miles of beaches and surf. Get ready to soak in the sun.
Capture all the action at the X Games 2023 Finals! Be sure to bring your camera.
Ventura Coast Coast has miles of trails to explore. From coastal walks to mountain treks, there’s something for everyone.
The Ventura County Fairgrounds can get breezy and cool in the evenings. Be sure to bring a light jacket to throw on at night and in the mornings.
Spending all day in the sun? Protect your skin! It’s what the dermatologist ordered.
Your Favorite Hat
Being outside all day can take it’s toll. Make yourself more comfortable and keep the sun out of your face with your favorite hat.
Outfit for a Night Out
Don’t forget an outfit for a nice dinner and a night out on the town.
No matter what city you are in, there are views everywhere. Maybe you will spot dolphins or even a whale!
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