Spend two enlightening days exploring Victorian architecture, historic properties and maritime and art museums – with plenty of good food and good wine to keep you going!
Begin with a tour of Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard for magnificent architecture and luxuriously landscaped gardens.
Enjoy lunch at La Dolce Vita, located inside the Square’s restored 1901 farmhouse. Sample some wine across the way at Ranch Ventavo Cellars, inside a historic 1902 Victorian house. (Prefer something casual? Two blocks away, Fresh & Fabulous dishes up soups and sandwiches with retro ambiance inside a restored 1950’s Woolworth building.)
Next stop is the Carnegie Art Museum, with an impressive collection of California art.
Drive or take a stroll down the tree-lined streets of the Henry T. Oxnard National Register Historic District – 144 homes, including many classic 1920’s California bungalow style.
Want to go offshore without leaving the sand? Visit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and set your sights on replicas of historic ships that have sailed across the globe.
It’s dinner time. Head to midtown Ventura to dine in a restored antique train car, where Chef Tim of the SideCar Restaurant features fresh local ingredients on the menu.
Kick off Sunday morning with a tour of Olivas Adobe, an 1847 early California rancho hacienda.
Relax and eat lunch at the understatedly elegant Cafe Fiore in downtown Ventura.
Afterwards, stroll down the block to the Museum of Ventura County or across the street to Mission San Buenaventura.
Have time for one more stop? Take the Ventura Highway (101) South to the Camarillo Ranch House.