The Romantic Retreat

The Romantic Retreat Food & Drink

Disclaimer: Your photos have the potential to make your friends very jealous! Whether you want to sip local wine over a crackling fire or explore breathtaking nature in the Channel Islands, these two days in Ventura County Coast are sure to refresh your soul and spark romance.


For couples who love nature and want to explore, the Channel Islands await. Just 11 miles offshore – yet worlds apart – the Channel Islands National Park is an all-natural playground for those who love to hike, camp, snorkel, kayak, nature walk or just breathe in the fresh ocean air. If you want jaw-dropping photos, take an excursion to one or all five of the islands through Island Packers, or plan a whale watching trip (gray whales in winter, blue whales and humpbacks in summer).

If wine tasting sounds more your style, take a Wine Tasting Tour – sit back and let us drive! Enjoy Ventura County’s premier wine region with professionally arranged itineraries or customize your own. Inconspicuous and relaxing, the Wine Tasting Room located inside the River Ridge Golf Club has a unique and refined selection of wines ranging from Chardonnay to Cabernet. Sip and soak in the view as the sun sets on the beautiful rolling hills of the golf course. Other favorite wine tour stops are Heritage Square, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Herzog Wine Cellars, Magnavino Cellars and Bella Victorian Vineyard. Wine, chocolate and cheese – no better way to spend a weekend.

Another great place to catch the sunset is the Ventura Harbor. Shop the gift shops in Ventura Harbor Village and rent paddle boats for your own leisurely tour around the harbor.

All this adventuring making you hungry? Ventura offers ocean-view dining at Aloha Steakhouse and enticing California cuisine in a Spanish bungalow at Cafe Nouveau. Coastal Grill in Oxnard boasts fresh fish and its own beautiful ocean view. If you’re feeling a classic Italian experience, check out Bistro 13 – authentic Italian food with casual dining makes this restaurant a favorite. Or consider trying an inland romantic favorite: Camarillo’s Safire Bistro, featuring classic American fare with an infusion of Asian, Spanish and Mediterranean flavors; Verona Trattoria, with its fresh twist on regional Italian cuisine; or Sheila’s Place (don’t forget to try their wonderful wine bar with more than 500 wine varieties).

Not ready to call it a night after a superb meal? The Majestic Ventura Theater is a popular venue for live music fans. Musical tastes at this 1920’s mission style theater range from alternative rock, reggae, classic rock, rap, metal, blues, country, jazz, Latin and more.

If you prefer a night of laughs instead, you’ll get plenty at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club.

Unique craft breweries are a great way to end the night in Ventura County Coast. From Topa Topa Brewing Company in Ventura to Institution Ale Company in Camarillo, Ventura County Coast has everything from pilsners, ales, to bitters. Can’t decide? Buy a flight and get ready for takeoff!


Ventura County Coast cities specialize in laid back mornings. Go at your own pace and start your day with breakfast at a local favorite, Waypoint Cafe. Watch pilots touch down on the tarmac of the Camarillo airport while enjoying a delicious meal and mimosa.

Whether whale watching or wine tasting, spend day two enjoying whatever activities you didn’t have time for yesterday. Or click here to discover more inspiring things to do!