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Your guide to Ventura County

2012 Edition
101 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT VENTURA COUNTY
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Ventura
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housing
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Dining
Guide
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City snapshots
Agoura Hills 48
Camarillo 22
Fillmore 40
Moorpark 26
Ojai 44
Oxnard 10
Port Hueneme 36
Santa Paula 30
Simi Valley 18
Thousand Oaks 14
Ventura 6
Westlake Village 52
Maps
Ventura County 32
Agoura Hills 49
Camarillo 23
Fillmore 41
Moorpark 27
Ojai 45
Oxnard 11
Port Hueneme 37
Santa Paula 31
Simi Valley 19
Thousand Oaks 15
Ventura 7
Westlake Village 53
Events Calendar 38
Fishing & Hunting 64
Surfing 51
Index of Advertising 64
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Welcome to Living Here magazine,
your guide to Ventura County
Whether you and your family have lived in Ventura County for
generations or are visiting here from out of town, this magazine
is designed for you. The following pages will tell you about each
community in our county along with the nearby cities of Westlake
Village and Agoura Hills.
We start the magazine with the cities of Ventura and Oxnard,
the tourism gems blessed with wonderful beaches and harbors,
restaurants and shops. From there, Living Here unfolds its cities
by size, giving snapshot views of the main attractions, the key
employers, an overview of the weather by season spring,
summer, fall and winter and a look at our ethnic makeup. Each
community carries its own map, highlighting the main streets and
key attractions.
The heart of the magazine is our list of 101 Things to See and
Do in Ventura County, the places and things we love. We gathered
suggestions from readers of the Ventura County Star, which
publishes Living Here, as well as from the newspapers staff. We
chose the number to echo Highway 101, the vibrant artery that
connects our region with the rest of the state. No matter how much
time you have spent in Ventura County, you are guaranteed to find
something here that you havent encountered before. Let this be
your introduction into some of the wonder and whimsy that makes
up our region.
And since food is such a key part of any location, we have added
a Dining Guide. Arranged by city and restaurant type, the directory
delivers a sample of many of the areas tasty and fun places to eat.
Use this for suggestions during your visit or for a reminder of that
special spot for a meal out.
The magazine also includes one special item for newcomers
and visitors: a primer on the things you need to know that you
usually pick up after a few years here. Consider this article your fast
track to thinking like a local.
If you want to dig deeper into Ventura County, please visit
www.VCStar.com/LivingHere. There you will find information
about politics, buses and trains, libraries and more, along with an
interactive map of all the recreation spots in the county.
As always, we want to hear from you. If you have a suggestion
for our magazine or an addition to our 101 Things list, please send
them to me. We are always looking for ways to ensure that Living
Here is your definitive guide to Ventura County. Reach me by email
at mhoffman@vcstar.com or by phone at 805-437-0206.
Thank you.
Michael Hoffman
Niche Publications Director
Ventura County Star
Lead Editor / Designer
John T. Garcia
Editing
Amy Stroba
Graphic artists
Vicki Linares
Steve Ordez
John Bruce
Writing
Amy Stroba
Margaret Aldrich
David Arias
Wendy Dager
Matt Hoffman
John Howard
Alexis Kindig
Lisa Strickland-Meade
Julie Phillips
Maria Saint
Tina Vervoorn
City information courtesy
of the individual cities,
DataQuest and the U.S.
Census Bureau.
Photographs
Stephen Osman
Karen Quincy Loberg
Chuck Kirman
Richard Quinn
Michael Downey
John T. Garcia
Troy Harvey
Joseph A. Garcia
Ray Meese
David Yamamoto
Carlos Chavez
Amy Stroba
Albert Bino
Tina Vervoorn
Julie Phillips
Juan Carlo
Rob Varela
Cover photo of Chase Lee
and Tawny Elsenbaumer,
both of Ventura, paddle
boarding along the Rincon
near the Ventura coast by
Stephen Osman.
Your guide to Ventura County
2012 Edition
101 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT VENTURA COUNTY
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Ventura County Star
550 Camarillo
Center Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
805-437-0000
www.VCStar.com
George H. Cogswell III
President & Publisher
Stephanie Boggins
Vice President
of Advertising
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Jlm Cox
Keller Williams Realty
West ventura
805.377.2121
Terrl Bogdanowloz
Prudential California Realty
Camarillo
805.236.1624
Theresa Berenger
Keller Williams Realty
Simi valley
805.217.3717
Jean Hendon
Channel lslands
Realty
805.844.5920
Ray Guttman
Keller Williams Realty
West ventura
805.844.4308
Judy Dougherty
Prudential California Realty
Camarilo
805.443.8771
Beverly Plokrell
Prudential California Realty
Thousand Oaks
805.446.8564
Slm Carter
Prudential California Realty
Thousand Oaks
310.920.3697
Ray Wlll Jr.
Century 21
GoldStar
805.889.9059
Sherrl Sweeney
Prudential California Realty
Thousand Oaks/Oxnard
805.402.6135
Karl Dlamond
Re/Max Olson & Associates
Westlake village
805.300.2125
Debble Blumenthal
Prudential California Realty
North Ranch
818.642.5904
Julle Knutson
Prudential California Realty
Camarillo
805.377.1117
Sue Brown
Keller Williams Realty
Simi valley
805.624.1009
Chrls MoCloud
Re/Max Olson & Associates
Thousand Oaks
805.402.0801
Walter Martlnez
Pacific
Premium Properties
805.218.3190
Just like America the Beautiful,
except with Bottle Village
W
hen you live in
Ventura County,
you feel as if you
never have to
leave because it
epitomizes everything that makes this
country great. Evocative of the Katharine
Lee Bates song, America the Beautiful,
Ventura County has its share of spacious
skies, amber waves of grain, one seriously
shining sea, a fruited plain of endless
farmland and those majestic purple
mountains.
But amidst the glory of the landscape
are some fabulously entertaining,
appealing and downright quirky features
that offer Ventura County residents that
extra something to talk about.
For instance, here in Ventura County,
weve got our very own legend the
Beast of Billiwhack. Half-man, half-sheep
or goat with white fur and giant rams
horns, the Beast of Billiwhack was said to
hang out at Santa Paulas now-defunct
Billiwhack Dairy, where its first recorded
sighting was sometime during the 1950s.
Its alleged that a 9-year-old boy came
home with scratches across his arms
and back, and told his parents he was
attacked by this strange beast probably
because he didnt want to tell mom and
dad what he was really doing on private
property.
The rumors remain unsubstantiated
to this day and thrill-seekers are greatly
discouraged from trying to find out if
theyre true.
The slightly less eerie unless doll
parts creep you out Bottle Village in
Simi Valley has a different allure. Tressa
Grandma Prisbrey created this folk art
bonanza on one-third acre from 1956-
1981, with structures made from tens
of thousands of bottles, headlights, TV
tubes, and, yes, baby-doll heads. The
unique beauty of Bottle Village is now in
jeopardy, having been heavily damaged
by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, but
a local preservation society is trying
to restore this extraordinary historical
landmark.
Also in Simi Valley is Corriganville
Ranch, the former filming site of many
early cowboy movies and television
shows. More recently, The Cat in the Hat,
featuring Mike Meyers in the title role,
The Good Girl starring Jennifer Anniston,
City Slickers II, Lost Horizon, Face Off
and other Hollywood movies were filmed
throughout Ventura County.
If youre not so much a film freak, but
more of a history buff, youll want to visit
two Ventura locales: Olivas Adobe, built
in 1837 and Mission San Buenaventura,
founded in 1782. Theres also the
Stagecoach Inn in Newbury Park and the
Strathearn Museum in Simi Valley with
both locations showcasing turn-of-the-
last-century architecture, furnishings and
dcor.
Art lovers should go to Oxnards
Carnegie Art Museum, which gives the
public access to diverse California art.
Oxnard also boasts the Gull Wings
Childrens Museum, which celebrates
its 25th anniversary in 2012. Militaria
aficionados will enjoy the United States
Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme,
which was established in 1947 and has
a collection of historic material relating
to the Seabees. If youre a fan of custom,
curvy vintage cars, check out the Mullin
Automotive Museum in Oxnard.
There are numerous events that take
place but once a year in Ventura County,
including the Strawberry Festival, Simi
Valley Fair and Music Festival, Ventura
Harbor Kinetic Sculpture Race and Parade
of Lights, along with various Taste of
individual city food and wine events, plus
a whole lot more.
Or, if youre lucky enough to have a
view of mighty fine fruited plains or some
awesome purple mountains, you can just
sit back and enjoy living here in Ventura
County all from the comfort of your
living room.
Wendy Dager
Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura
Bottle Village in Simi Valley
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of life to its diverse group of
residents. From its rolling hills to
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2. Ventura County Health
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3. Ventura Unifed School
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4. Ventura County
Community College
District: 1,913
5. Community Memorial
Hospital: 1,881
6. Argon ST Inc.: 990
7. City of San
Buenaventura: 621
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9. Meditech Healthy
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Location: 58.1 miles west of
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Incorporated: April 1, 1866
Median age: 37.9
Per capita income: $31,178
Median home price: 327,500
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Yolandas Mexican Cafe
2753 E. Main St., 643-2700
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Ventura County
Museum
100 E. Main St., 653-0323
Eggs N Things
4020 E. Main St., 642-3190
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Golf N Stu
5555 Walker St., 644-7131
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Ventura County
Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd., 648-3376
Pacic View Mall
Ventura Mission
211 E. Main St., 643-4318
Barber Ford
3440 E. Main St., 642-6701
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Since 1984, the California Strawberry Festival
has been drawing throngs of berry-lovers from all
over California and around the world. This festival
is a celebration of all things strawberry-related, featuring
strawberry tacos, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry
drinks and much more. The festival also hosts local craftsmen
and artists, who come to sell their wares. The Strawberry
Festival is held annually on the third weekend in May and
serves to celebrate the nearly 208,000 tons of sweet red
berries harvested and processed here every year. College Park,
Rose Ave., Oxnard; 888-288-9242; www.strawberry-fest.org
Stagecoach Inn
The Stagecoach Inn in Newbury Park is an
interesting museum to visit. Originally built as a
pleasure resort by Santa Barbara businessman
James Hammell, the former Grand Union Hotel had two
stories, a wraparound porch and a balcony. After going through
several name changes, it became the Stagecoach Inn, with a
glorious past that included stints as a military school, tearoom,
gift shop, restaurant, post office and 1930s film location. After
saving the building from demolition in the 1960s, the Conejo
Valley Historical Society had it declared a California Landmark.
51 South Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, 498.9441, www.
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beautiful and spacious beaches
with a small-town atmosphere.
Recreational activities include
surfng, boating, sport fshing,
whale watching or visiting the
Channel Islands National Park.
Te citys name comes from the
Oxnard family which developed
a sugar beet industry one of
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founding can be found in Heritage
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some of the richest farmland in the
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2. City of Oxnard: 1,206
3. Oxnard Elementary
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5. Haas
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6. Oxnard College: 700
7. Oxnard Union High
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Population: 183,765
Location: 6.3 miles southeast of
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Incorporated: June 30, 1903
Median age: 30.5
Per capita income: $20,350
Median home price: $284,500
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most scenic rides of your life along the
coast right above the cliffs of the Pacific
Ocean to a day in Santa Barbara or a visit
to the lovely college town of San Luis
Obispo. The Pacific Surfliner is equipped
with modern bi-level cars with large
panoramic windows, custom-designed
interiors, automatic doors for faster
boarding and a spacious Cafe car serving
a variety of foods and beverages. There
are more than 10 service routes and daily
trips with train depots throughout Ventura
County for travel to Santa Barbara. 1-800-
USA-RAIL, www.amtrak.com
Commemorative
Air Force Museum
Youve seen them in movies;
warplanes flying over Europe, engines
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roaring, engaged in combat, but its a
special thrill to see up close the vintage
aircraft from previous world wars and
learn the stories of their fearless pilots.
Dedicated to preserving a collection of
combat aircraft the commemorative air
force has built a unique museum located
at the Camarillo Airport. Hangars house
vintage aircraft and the when the CAF
hosts its air shows you can see the aircraft
in action. 805-482-0064
Anacapa Brewings
Pierpont IPA
Founded in a 115-year old
brick building, Anacapa Brewing Company
is Venturas only restaurant and brewery
serving fresh, hand-crafted ales and lagers
produced in its 12-tank stainless steel
brewery by Head Brewer Jason Coudray.
Here, you can come for the food or you can
come for the handcrafted beer. Specifically,
the hallmark brew, Pierpont India Pale
Ale. Characterized by a hoppy aroma but
lacking a strong malty flavor, its smooth,
slightly bitter palate and golden-amber in
color is sure to warm the cockles of your
heart. 472 E. Main Street , 805-643-BEER;
www.anacapabrewing.com
Andrias Seafood
Visitors to Ventura Harbor
cant leave without stopping
off for a delicious bowl of homemade
clam chowder or fish and chips at Andrias
Seafood Restaurant. Guests like it for
its casual atmosphere, along the harbor
waters along with a variety of seafood
provided by local fisherman. Voted
Winning Seafood Restaurant year after
year, Andrias Seafood Restaurant and Fish
Markets fresh selections include salmon,
halibut, scallops and fresh lobster, among
others. Filets and shellfish also can be
purchased in its Fish Market and prepared
at home, just the way you like it. Spinnaker
Drive in the Ventura Harbor, Ventura. 805-
654-8228. www.andriasseafood.com
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Te City of Tousand Oaks,
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publicly owned open space.
Tousand Oaks is known to be a
great place to raise a family, enjoys
award winning schools and is
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cities in the country. Residents
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6. Verizon Telephone: 717
7. City of Thousand
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Median age: 39
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2401 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 866-276-6311
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Flooring 101
1182 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 371-8877
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Eggs N Things
1542 Moorpark Road, 497-1711
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Stagecoach Inn Museum
51 S. Ventu Park Road, 498-9441
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Somis Nut House
Being a family-owned and
operated business for more
than 50 years, the Somis Nut House is a
one-stop shop for nuts, candies, dried fruit,
and much more. Though its exterior may
not seem like much, once inside, visitors
find many a nutty good treasure. 4475 Los
Angeles Ave., Somis. 805-386-1211, toll free
at 800 266-6887. www.somisnuthouse.com.
Thousand Oaks
Library
The main branch of the
Thousand Oaks Library, the Grant R.
Brimhall Library, was expanded in 2006 to
include an improved childrens area, quiet
study rooms and additional seating and
shelving space. The complex is 84,000
square feet with an 18-foot-long, 5-foot-
tall, 3,600 gallon saltwater aquarium
gracing the walkway between the
childrens and adults areas. 1401 E. Janss
Road, Thousand Oaks. 449-2660. www.
toaks.org/library
Fillmore
on the Fourth of July
About the best place in
the county for an old-fashion small town
Fourth of July is in Fillmore. The city takes
a lot of guff from other towns in the county
because in Fillmore, the sale of safe and
sane fireworks is legal. Although the
fireworks are the main attraction, the city
also hosts a car show and chili cookoff.
Dukes
Griddle n Grill
After youve spent a long day
surfing or strolling along the beach, what
you really need is a good burger. Or maybe
some fish and chips or a couple of fish
tacos. Dukes has been a local favorite for
tasty burgers and big breakfasts for years.
Its a laid-back place that specializes in
beachy atmosphere and simple, classic
seaside fare. 1124 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura,
805-653-0707
Hit the links
Ventura County is very
golfer-friendly. There are at
least 19 greens in the county, from Simi
Valley to Ventura. Golfers can play near
the beach in Oxnard or well inland in
Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ojai or Moorpark.
Theres something for every golfer here,
and duffers come from all over the state
and across the country to partake of their
favorite sport in our fair countys mild
climate. www.venturatoday.net/golfcourses.
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Seabee Days
During the summer, Naval
Base Ventura County Port
Hueneme opens a portion of its
gates to the public for Seabee Days, a fun
two-day celebration and festival honoring
the men and women of the Navys elite
construction force. Military parades, skill set
demonstrations of what missions Seabees
carry out throughout the world are just a
few of the events visitors will see. Theres
also a variety of other events including a
car show and carnival providing fun for
everyone in the family. www.seabeedays.org
Ventura County Fair
Each year in August, throngs
of people from all over the
county and beyond flock to the fairgrounds
by car, bus and Metrolink train. Tummies
fill with funnel cake and roasted corn, and
hearts fill with memories. The gathering
features exhibits of farm animals, arts
and crafts, a rodeo, concerts by nationally
known artists, contests, traditional midway
rides and games, and a lot of food items.
10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 648-3376, www.
venturacountyfair.org
Simi Valley
Cultural Arts Center
Originally constructed as
a Church in the mid 1920s, this historical
landmark continues to provide residents
and guests with top shelf entertainment
ranging from Fiddler on the Roof to Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang. The Gothic inspire center
also is the venue for a variety of community
events. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.
805-583-7900. www.simi-arts.org
Balcom Canyon
Road
The northern most section
Balcom Canyon Road is just 3.3 miles but its
a fun two-lane road with twists and turns
through mountains that connect Somis and
Moorpark to Santa Paula and Fillmore. The
scenery is beautiful with citrus and avocado
orchards and roadside stands sell fresh-
picked produce to take home and enjoy.
Beachside camping
along Rincon
With 127 paved RV sites to
choose from, camping is available along the
original Pacific Coast Highway. This popular
seaside stop affords million-dollar views,
surf-fishing, beach activities and carries on
family traditions. County of Ventura Parks
Department portal.countyofventura.org/
portal/page/portal/GSA/parks_department_
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Fusion Soccer Team
Are you ready for some
futbol? If so, check out a Ventura
County Fusion game. The Fusion
is part of the Premier Development League,
which is designed to train young players,
ages 17 to 23, for careers in professional
soccer. In addition to being a winning and
exciting team, the Fusion host a youth
academy and soccer camps and clinics
for players of all ages and skill levels. 4667
Telegraph Road, Ventura, www.vcfusion.com
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Noted for consistently making the
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eastern portion of Ventura County.
A suburban community with
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2. Farmers Insurance
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3. Simi Valley Hospital &
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4. City of Simi Valley: 568
5. Aerovironment
Inc.: 480
6. Rancho Simi Parks &
Recreation District: 383
7. Vons Grocery
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Location: 27.9 miles east of Ventura;
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Incorporated: Oct. 10, 1969
Median age: 37.8
Per capita income: $31,678
Median home price: $380,000
Origin of name: Some believe the
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Yolandas Mexican Cafe
590 E. Los Angeles Ave., 306-9933
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4363-3 Eileen St., 527-0210
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Mount Pinos
At 8,831 feet above sea level,
the summit of Mount Pinos is
the highest point in Ventura
County. Mount Pinos was once the home
of the California condor. Captive breeding
programs have reintroduced this fabulous
bird back to its native territory. Cross-
country ski trails start at the 8,300-foot
parking area. This area also is very popular
with star gazers, with a walk-in campsite
at this level. Mount Pinos Ranger District
661-245-3731.
Bellas Teas
& Treats
Along the main street of
Fillmore is a place where visitors and
residents alike can step back to a gentler
time the Victorian Era. This tea room
offers 55 loose leaf teas and three French-
pressed coffees. Its a welcoming spot to
have tea, iced or steeped or enjoy a light
lunch of soups, salads, sandwiches along
with desserts and other tasty treats. 275
Central Ave, Fillmore, 805-524-2340, www.
facebook.com/pages/Bellas-Teas-Treats
Conejo Valley Days
Chili Cookoff
Sweet? Spicy? Beans?
Meat? Who doesnt like a bowl of chili?
Sample them all and find your favorite at
the annual Conejo Valley Chili cook off.
Stroll among the 75 booths hosted by
individuals and community organizations
and vote for the best in the peoples
choice category. The annual event, a
city tradition, takes place in the spring
the Sunday before the opening of Conejo
Valley Days. Sponsored by the Rotary Club
of Thousand Oaks, the winner advances
to the International Chili Societys World
Championship. Conejo Creek Park, 1300 E.
Janss Road and Highway 23 in Thousand
Oaks
Staircase Beach
and County Line
Beach
At the very northern tip of Leo Carillo
State Beach, Staircase Beach is named
for the steepness of its accessibility.
Once you maneuver down to the beach
itself, youll admire the seclusion and the
view. Conversely, County Line Beach is
more populated due to its favored status
among surfers, sunbathers and swimmers.
Staircase Beach, parking on 4000 Pacific
Coast Highway; County Line Beach, Pacific
Coast Highway and Yerba Buena Road.
Heritage Square
summer concerts
Every summer Oxnard
residents and music lovers from around
the county gather at Heritage Square
for the summer concert series. Every
weekend a different band performs to an
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appreciative audience in the picturesque
surroundings of the historical buildings.
Everything from blues to zydeco to salsa is
on offer, so theres a concert for every taste.
715 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-483-7960, www.
heritagesquareoxnard.com
Blazing Grands
Dueling Pianos at
Fiamme Restaurant
One of the countys most unique dining
experiences, the Blazing Grands Dueling
Pianos is a lively show where two pianos
are simultaneously played by two musicians
who also sing and perform standards,
classics and pop and take requests. Dinner
and show packages or show only tickets
are available. The program is appropriate
for adults 21 years of age or older. 3731 E.
Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-
497-9444, www.fiammerestaurant.com
Bobbis Mexican
restaurant
Bobbis Mexican Restaurant
has been serving customers fresh recipes
made from scratch since 1974. The
Camarillo location opened in the 1980s
and quickly became famous with local
residents for its creamy refried beans and
rice and authentic Mexican fare. Bobbis is
open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with
menu items that include burritos, tacos,
taquitos, chile rellenos, tostadas and tri-tip
barbecued on its outdoor patio. 302 N.
Lantana, Camarillo, 805-484-0103, www.
bobbisburritos.com
Pick your own
strawberries
One of the best things about
living in Ventura county is its No.
1 crop strawberries. In fact, the Oxnard Plain
is the second highest strawberry producing
area in the state. When in season from
March to July, strawberries are the forefront
of any number of roadside stands and
markets. Farms throughout the county also
offer visitors the experience to pick their
own strawberries.
Carnegie Art
Museum
A hidden gem in Ventura
County the museum houses a permanent
collection of California Impressionism,
Modernism and Latino art along with a
variety of rotating exhibits. It offers guided
tours for childrens groups, college students
and adults. Tours can be tailored to fit the
needs of
your group.
424 South C
St., Oxnard, 805-
385-8158 www.
caregieam.org
Cabrillo
Music
Theatre
An Ovation Award Winner and
the resident musical production
company at the Performing Arts
Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Plaza, Cabrillo Music Theatre has provided
extraordinary performing arts, presenting
award-winning musicals with full, live
orchestras, premier talent, lavish sets and
costumes. 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite
B, Thousand Oaks, 805-497-8613, www.
cabrillomusictheatre.com
Emas Herbs
Herbs are natures traditional
healers and Ema Omanovic
is a trained pharmacist offers
healing herbs in her special blends that treat
common ailments gently and effectively.
Prepared as a soothing cup of tea, the herbs
help detoxify, cleanse, nourish and and
calm the bodies systems. Emas also offers
herbal tea remedies, liquid vitamins, bulk
herbs and Saloma products. 695 E. Main St.,
Ventura, 805-648-6426, www.emasherbs.
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Location: 11.7 miles east of Ventura;
46.4 miles west of Los Angeles
Incorporated: Oct. 22, 1964
Median age: 41.1
Per capita income: $43,630
Median home price: $613,600
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Named in honor of the Moorpark
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Location: 20.3 miles east of Ventura;
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Renting or buying,
desirability helps
county housing market
For Jeff Phillips of Simi Valley people
want to live in Ventura County because it
means community. As an event chair for the
American Cancer Societys Relay for Life, he
said that every year he gets to see how this
community pulls together for causes that
affect its people.
Having that family-feel is very attractive
when you are looking for a place to live, he
said.
Phillips is a realtor with Troop Real Estate
and president-elect for the Conejo Simi
Moorpark Association of Realtors. As far as
looking for a place to live, Phillips
said that the countys housing
market is full of opportunity.
I think that first-time buyers
are going to see wonderful
opportunities to actually enter
the housing market for the first
time, he said of the new year. Its
kind of like when we were kids
and look back at our grandma
and grandpas house and they
say, Well, we bought this for
$27,000, and we were like, Wow,
we wont be able to see that kind
of purchase power in our lifetime,
and here we are.
We have the ability and the
buying power now to really get
into this market and save for our
future.
Bill Watkins, executive director
at California Lutheran Universitys
Center for Economic Research
and Forecasting in Thousand
Oaks, says it is still a buyers
market and in many aspects
Ventura County is better off than
the rest of the state and the
nation.
Real estate prices have
not fallen as much as many
communities in California. Two
reasons for that: one is that we just didnt
overbuild at the same rate they did, say in
San Bernardino County. And the other is,
were a very desirable, coastal area. And
so some aspects of the market is sort of
independent of local, economic activities,
he explained. You take the people who have
a fair amount of money and made it say, in
Texas, and want to retire some place nice.
They could come here. So, its a bigger market
than just local economy.
Janet Dorsey of Camarillo, a realtor with
RE/MAX Gold Coast and president of the
Ventura County Coastal of Realtors for 2011,
also offered her view of the housing situation.
Ventura County is a great place to be,
and having said that, housing prices here
versus other parts of the state and around
the country, should remain relatively stable,
she said. When I look at housing here, I look
at the affordability factor things have never
ever been more affordable than they are now.
When it comes to renting versus owning,
Phillips shared an example of a client in Simi
Valley.
I have a client that were putting into a
property that they were renting and they
are now buying from the owner through a
short-sale opportunity. With all their taxes
and everything, theyll actually be paying $10
a month less to own it than they will to rent
it, he said.
For Watkins, it is a fairly decent time to
rent, he said.
The one area that we are seeing any sort
of strength in residential construction has
been apartments, and thats good. Rents
are still a little higher than in other markets
some other markets, at least, but you see
an awful lot of young, single people who live
here and are finding ways to afford it, said
Watkins.
He said that the percentage of people that
are renting their homes is climbing thats a
nationwide trend.
Its good, I think, because part of the
problem was too many people losing their
homes, he said. We see apartments being
built. Rents have definitely gone up. That had
to happen to encourage people to build more
apartments.
Dawn Dyer is president of the Ventura
real estate consulting firm Dyer Sheehan
Group, which produces a rent survey of more
than 20,000 apartment units in the county
every six months. She said that the overall
average rent for the county based in the July
survey was $1,446 a month for all unit types
studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms
and three-bedrooms combined for the entire
county.
The apartment market is quite strong.
It has recovered significantly from 2008,
which was really the bottom of the market
for apartments from the standpoint of the
vacancy rate went up to about 6 percent,
which is still considered to be very low, said
Dyer.
Dyer said that she also expected rents
to be higher in 2012. And Watkins said that
he thinks the housing market will get a little
better, but just not enough that anybody
would really notice.
Its one of the reasons why that it appears
that were technically out of the recession,
people dont believe it, said Watkins. We
expect to see a little bit of job growth, we
expect to see a little bit of economic growth.
Whether renting or owning, Dorsey shared
her thoughts of why people choose to live in
Ventura County.
Each city has its own personal small
town flair. Its a great place for families to
raise children. Its a great place for people
to retire to. The weather is fantastic dont
know how anybody can beat it, she said.
You got a lot to live for here.
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The weather and each citys personality makes Ventura County a great place to live.
California
State University,
Channel Islands
California State University Channel
Islands at Camarillo is relatively new to
Ventura County, located on the grounds which
formerly was home to Camarillo State Hospital.
The four-year college is known for its interdisciplinary,
multicultural, and international perspectives and
its emphasis on experiential and service learning. One
University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-8400, www.csuci.edu
Sky High Sports
This trampoline fun house is suitable for all ages and
is a great place for birthday parties, corporate events,
and those looking for a sweat-filled workout. Located off Highway
101 in Camarillo, Sky High Sports has many other attractive features
including its own Rustys Pizza Parlor, private party rooms, organized
activities such as airobics, an arcade and young children section.
166 Aviador St. in Camarillo, 805-484-6300, www.jumpskyhigh.com
St. Mary
Magdalen
Chapel
The St. Mary Magdalen Chapel
stands tall in east Camarillos
Old Town and is a sight to behold
not only for its beautiful
architecture but also for its rich
family history. The chapel has
stood at Ventura Boulevard in
Camarillo for close to a century
and is a structure that features
many attractive qualities, but
none so popular as the 13 stained
glass windows. 2532 Ventura Blvd.
in Camarillo. 805-484-0532. www.
smmcam.org
California
Lutheran
University
Dedicated to excellence in
the liberal arts and professional
studies, the beautiful
Thousand Oaks campus offers
undergraduate, graduate and
continuing education programs
through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management
and Graduate School of Education. Each year, the university
celebrates its heritage with the Scandinavian Festival and also hosts
an annual Shakespearian Festival. 60 West Olsen Road, Thousand
Oaks. 805-493-3135, www.callutheran.edu
Brendans Irish Pub
It is a real treat to have an authentic Irish pub in the
neighborhood, and this is just what visitors can find at
Brendans Irish Pub in Camarillo. Theres a large variety
of whiskeys, draught beer, bottled beer and several specialty
drinks. Order up Irish favorites like Shepherds Pie, corned beef and
cabbage, bangers and mash and fish and chips. Occasionally, Irish
entertainers perform dance exhibitions, ending with a toast to old
Ireland by the entire establishment. 1755 East Daily Drive, Camarillo,
888-811-5818, www.brendans.com
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival
Hosted by the Simi Sunrise Rotary Club, the annual
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival is a fun-filled
event involving plenty of live performances to show off
your dance moves. Aside from the all the live entertainment, theres
something for everyone at the festival. The family-friendly events
proceeds benefit many community and national organization
charities. 805-517-9000. email info@simicajun.org
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Location: 10.7 miles northeast of
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Incorporated: April 22, 1902
Median age: 31.1
Per capita income: $18,810
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San Francisco and Los Angeles with
acoustics that professionals love. More
than 300,000 adult and 50,000 children
attend performances here annually.
The two theaters at the Plaza feature
everything from famous speakers to
Broadway musicals to childrens puppet
theater. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,
Thousand Oaks, Box office: 449-2787, www.
toaks.org/cap
Historic Civil War
Reenactment
Relive the sights and the
sounds of the Civil war at The Blue and
the Grey, the largest Civil war battle
reenactment west of the Mississippi,
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Moorpark.
Not only are there staged battles, but
also glimpse what life was like during the
1800s with historic figure impersonations,
medical demonstrations and dance
performances. The two day event takes
place in November at Tierra Rejada Ranch.
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, 805-
279-5253, www.civilwaralliance.com/CWA/
Moorpark1.html.
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Element serves Verve coffees and teas,
along with a variety of treats, including
muffins, pastries, doughnuts and cookies.
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the comfy couches or hook up to the free
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Conejo Valley
Concerts in the Park
Grab your chairs, pack a
picnic and get your groove on at the Conejo
Community Park in Thousand Oaks for
its annual Summer Concert Series in the
Park. The five-concert series starting on
Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day
feature a variety of musical entertainment
the whole family will enjoy. Admission
is free. There are designated areas for
animals and barbecues too. 805-381-1247,
www.crpd.org/parkfac/conejo/concerts_in_
the_park.asp
Channel Islands
National Park
Any one driving up the coast
to Santa Barbara has seen the chain of
islands that make up the Channel Islands
National park, but have you ever thought of
visiting the unique nature preserve? Enjoy
camping, hiking and beautiful views of
the California coast at this family-friendly
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
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ventura
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ventura
805.340.2614
Debble Soden
Westlake village
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Westlake village
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ventura
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ventura
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Westlake village
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ventura
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Westlake village
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ventura
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Westlake village
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Westlake village
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ventura
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NOVEMBER
Ventura Comedy Festival, Ventura, Nov. 11-13
Women Today, Ventura, Nov. 11-12
DECEMBER
Parade of Lights, Channel
Islands Harbor, Oxnard, Dec. 10
Ventura Harbor Parade of
Lights, Ventura, Dec. 16-17
FEBRUARY
Chocolate Festival, Ventura
MARCH
Spring Home and Garden
Show, Ventura, March 16-18
Railfest, Fillmore, March
25-26
Ventura County Star
Spelling Bee
Celebration of the Whales
Festival, Channel Islands
APRIL
Renaissance Festival, Ojai
Spring Artwalk, Ventura
Scandinavian Festival,
Thousand Oaks
Ojai Tennis Tournament,
Ojai
Ventura County Corporate
Games
Conejo Valley Days Chili
Cookoff, Thousand Oaks
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MAY
Ojai Storytelling Festival, May 3-6
California Strawberry Festival, Oxnard, May 19-20
Rebozo Festival, Camarillo, May 20
Conejo Valley Days, Thousand Oaks
Ventura Music Festival, Ventura
Cajun Festival, Simi Valley
JUNE
Ojai Music Festival, Ojai, June 7-10
Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, Thousand Oaks, June 29-Aug. 5
Greek Festival, Camarillo
Ojai Wine Festival, Ojai
Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival, Camarillo
JULY
4th of July Street Fair, Ventura, July 4
Tropical Daze, Thousand Oaks, July 21-22
Oxnard Salsa Festival, Oxnard, July 28-29
Santa Paula Citrus Festival, Santa Paula
Fiesta and Street Fair, Camarillo
Seabee Days, Port Hueneme
Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, Santa Paula
Westside ArtWalk, Ventura
AUGUST
Ventura County Fair, Ventura, Aug. 1-12
Wings over Camarillo Air Show, Camarillo
Hueneme Beach Festival, Port Hueneme
SEPTEMBER
Fall Home and Garden Show, Ventura, Sept. 14-16
California Beer Festival, Ventura
Coastal Clean-up Day, county beaches
Thousand Oaks Arts Festival, Thousand Oaks
Camarillo Arts & Jazz Festival, Camarillo
Harbor Run car show, Channel Islands Harbor
OCTOBER
Moorpark Country Days, Moorpark
Harvest Festival, Ventura
Kinetic Sculpture Race, Ventura
NOVEMBER
Women Today, Ventura
DECEMBER
Parade of Lights, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard
Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights, Ventura
Conejo Valley Days Chili Cookoff
California Strawberry Festival
Citrus Classic Balloon Festival
Corriganville Park
Strolling through
Corriganville Park in Simi Valley
you can picture the cowboys on horseback
lining the craggy ridges of rock, or hear the
Indian war hoops. Cowboy actor Crash
Corrigan bought this movie ranch in Simi
Valley in 1937 and turned it into a western-
themed amusement park. It was the
setting for hundreds of film and television
shows of the 1940s and 50s. Now the park
is operated by the Rancho Simi Recreation
and Park district, with hiking trails, picnic
areas, restrooms and lots of parking. Smith
Road east of Kuehner Drive,, off Highway 118
in Simi Valley, 805-584-4400
Downtown Ventura
Most of us probably travel
to Ventura for jury duty or
the county fair, but there are so many
more reasons to visit the city. Walk
through the cultural district and enjoy the
architecturally interesting buildings. Take
a peek inside the array of art galleries,
antique shops, boutiques and restaurants
that line the streets. Or join one of the
cities walking tours; the ghost hunt is a
popular favorite. Dine at one of the areas
fabulous restaurants and conclude the
evening catching a stage performance
or listening to music at one of the areas
intimate musical venues. www.ventura-usa.
com, www.downtownventura.org.
Eric Ericssons
on the Pier
Located on the historic
Ventura Pier, you can watch the waves,
maybe even catch a view of a dolphin or
two all while enjoying an excellent dinner.
If youre looking for lighter fare visit the
restaurants tapas bar upstairs for small
plates and the daily happy hour. If your just
strolling in off the beach grab a taco from
Beach House Tacos, at the restaurants
adjacent patio location. 668 Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, 805-643-2904, www.ericericssons.
com
Watermark
Restaurant
Mark and Kathy Hartleys
restaurant on Main Street is a modern
eatery in an antique setting. Located
inside the gorgeous tiled facade of the
old Groene/Bahns Jewelry Store Building,
the establishment serves up small plates,
complex entrees and hip cocktails. The
liquor and wines are housed in the original
bank vault from the days when the building
was a building and loan association. On the
roof the W2O Lounge has an underwater
theme. 598 East Main St., Ventura, 643-
6800, www.watermarkonmain.com
Sycamore
Canyon Trail
Bicyclists and hikers have
made Sycamore Canyon Trail a favorite,
with varying degrees of challenges.
Located in Point Mugu State Park, there are
two trailheads with free parking, and either
a short hike for the novice or longer, steeper
and more difficult trails for the more
experienced hiker. Point Mugu State Park,
9000 West Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu,
www.venturacountytrails.org/TrailMaps/
Sycamore/AreaTrails.htm
Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library
and Museum
Recently, more than 26,000 square
feet of new, state-of-the-art interactive
displays opened to the public. You can
act in a movie with Ronald Reagan
using green screen technology, deliver
President Reagans inaugural address
on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, set the
table for a state dinner, discover president
Reagans economic policies while
playing six interactive games, read the
presidents handwritten diary, ride a horse
alongside President Reagan, and more.
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 805-577-
4066, www.reaganfoundation.org
Whale watching
Gray whales migrate through
the Channel Islands between
December and March while
blue and humpback whales make their
way through from July to September. An
adventure awaits for a few hours or a day
on one of Island Packers whale watching
tours.
Gray whale
expeditions
typically last
three to five
hours, while blue
whale trips last all
day. 1691 Spinnaker Drive,
Ventura and 3600 Harbor
Blvd., Oxnard, 642-1393. www.
islandpackers.com
Strathearn
Historical Park
and Museum
Docent-led tours allow visitors to
see the original partial-adobe home
of early Simi Valley resident Robert P.
Strathearn and his family, with furniture
and accessories typical of the 1800s. Other
original structures have been moved to
the park, including the 1902 St. Rose of
Lima Church, a pitting shed, Colony House,
barber shop and more. 137 Strathearn Place,
Simi Valley 526-6453, www.simihistory.com.
Wildwood
Regional Park
Fourteen trails cover about
25 miles inside the parks 1,754 acres. Enjoy
lunch at one of five picnic areas with 10
barbecues. Whether youre hiking, biking
or just kicking back in the greenery, youll
appreciate the parks balance of wildness
and civilized amenities. Wildwood is home
to more than 70 species of birds and more
than 30 species of mammals, including
mule deer, coyotes and cottontail rabbits.
There also are many rare and native
flowers, including the Conejo buckwheat.
928 W. Avenue de los Arboles, Thousand
Oaks, 495-2163, www.conejo-openspace.org
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Fillmore calls itself the last,
best small town in Southern
California. Tis little town in the
Heritage Valley has clung to its
picturesque, turn-of-the-20th-
century character, which accounts
for why so many movies and
TV shows are flmed here. Many
utilize the tracks and trains of
the Fillmore & Western Railway,
which ofers weekly excursions and
seasonal rides. Fillmore retains
a largely agricultural character
and also is a hotspot for outdoor
recreation; Lake Piru, located
just outside the town, is one of
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Underwood Family
Farms Harvest
Festival
This annual monthlong shindig in
Moorpark celebrates fall with an emphasis
on farming, food and family. The festival
runs throughout October, with a pumpkin
patch open daily. On weekends, things
really pick up, with themed demonstrations,
music, food and other activities. Weekend
admission includes access to a tractor-
drawn hayride, a corn maze, food, pig races,
animal displays and more. 3370 Sunset
Valley Road, Moorpark. 529-3690. www.
underwoodfamilyfarms.com
Ventura Harbor
Regarded as the gateway to
the Channel Islands and points
beyond, commercial fishing vessels and
private pleasure craft are homeported
here, as is part of the Island Packers fleet.
Visitors enjoy a day at Harbor Village and
its collection of retail shops and such local
favorite restaurants as The Greek at The
Harbor, Andrias Seafood Restaurant and
Brophy Brothers Restaurant and Clam
Bar. There also is a carousel for kids, and
kayaks and paddle boats available for rent.
The harbor also is home to the Channel
Islands Visitors Center, which features a
small museum of Channel Islands wildlife,
complete with an artificial tide pool. 1603
Anchors Away Drive, Ventura, 805-642-
8538, venturaharbor.com
Volunteer trail
maintenance
Spending a day or more as
a volunteer with the Conejo Open Space
Conservation Agencys Volunteer Trail
Work Program is fun and rewarding. If you
enjoy hiking, biking or horseback riding in
the mountains and canyons of the Conejo
Valley, it is these volunteers who maintain
the safe and clean trails. Volunteers
participate in an annual trail work day to
repair damage from erosion and slides and
to keep them from becoming overgrown.
Conejo Open Space Foundation, P.O. Box
2113, Thousand Oaks, 805-498-2475 or 805-
498-3002, www.cosf.org
Take a drive
Throughout Ventura County
youll find a number of scenic
drives. Some of the favorites include a
coastal road trip along Highway 1 from
Deer Creek Road to Yerba Buena. The
drive climbs and winds around, providing
wonderful views of the ocean on your way
into the hillsides. On Kanan Road you drive
through numerous tunnels and Potrero
Road is perhaps one of the most beautiful
roads, not too windy and youll share the
road with quite a few cyclists and lots
of horses along the way. On many days
you can spot signs for movie or television
filming going on in the area. Highway 1
to Deer Creek Road to Yerba Buena Road
via Pacific View Road and Cotharin Road;
Potrero Road; Kanan Road to Malibu
Ventura Pier
The pier, built in 1872, used
to be a vital transportation
link between Ventura and other cities
along the coast, but these days it is a
center for recreational pursuits. Fishermen
line the piers railings, waiting for a bite.
Photographers and artists love the
dramatic sunsets and big waves. The pier
also is a great place just to take a stroll.
Each year, the annual Pier Under the Stars
event featuring wine tasting, food and
music, is held to raise funds to support its
upkeep. Off E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, Ventura
Visitors Center 1-800-333-2989, www.
ventura-usa.com
Tamale Festival
The Tamale Festival at
Oxnards historic 100-plus
year-old Plaza Park is held the first
Saturday in December. It began in 2008
as the brainchild of Oxnard community
member Ernest Stein, who wanted
to help raise funds for local charities.
Through Steins efforts and the support
of the City of Oxnard, FOOD Share,
Oxnard City Corps and the Oxnard Police
Activities League, the festival has grown in
popularity. Participants include numerous
local tamale vendors and fabulous
entertainment, Plaza Park, 500 South C
Street, Oxnard, info@oxnardtamalefest.com
Pick it yourself
at Tierra Rejada
Valley Farms
Tierra Rejada Farms in Moorpark is a
fabulous and fun place to get farm fresh
fruits and vegetables, whether you want
to pick-your-own or get them from the
well-stocked farm stand market. Bring the
kids and enjoy the Farm Animal Center with
educational exhibits, farm animals, pony
rides, play areas, wagon rides and more.
Locals love the Fall Harvest Festival held
on weekends in the fall months. 5696 Los
Angeles Avenue, Somis, 805-386-4660.
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, 805-
529-3690, www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com
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of the World
Gardens of the World is
a cultural landmark that has themed
gardens, including Japanese, French,
English, Mission and Bandstand, an
authentic recreation of an American
bandstand. Choose from a docent-guided
tour or a self-guided one. Gardens of the
World also hosts special events such as
art exhibits and bonsai demonstrations
and free concerts during the summer.
2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,
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The Fillmore and
Western Railway
Youll feel as if youve gone
back in time with The Fillmore and Western
Railway, which has a vast collection of train
cars, including some from the 1930s-1940s.
Perfectly at home in Fillmores historic
district, the railway offers a variety of events
for train enthusiasts, adventurers and fun-
seekers of all ages. Besides daytime through
orange and avocado orchards, themed-
dinner excursions and seasonal rides also
are available. 364 Main St., Fillmore, 524-
2546, www.fwry.com.
The Greek at
Ventura Harbor
table dance
For the owners of The Greek at the
Harbor, one of the best compliments they
can receive about their restaurant is that
their food is just like Yiayia the Greek
word for grandmother used to make.
The child-friendly restaurant features lively
entertainment, with an array of talented
belly dancers and Greek dancing such
as the unique table dance, in which the
dancer picks up three tables with his teeth
and spins around. 1583 Spinnaker Drive,
Suite 101, Ventura Harbor, 650-5350, www.
greekventuraharbor.com
The Oaks Mall
Community friendly and
visitor minded, The Oaks Mall
in Thousand Oaks not only has a huge
array of stores and dining choices, it offers
a variety of services for its guests. From a
seasonal Farmers Market to the Kids Club
on the patio, The Oaks amenities feature
something for everyone. 350 West Hillcrest
Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-2032, www.
shoptheoaksmall.com
The Jolly Oyster
Located on San
Buenaventura State Beach, just
down a state park road and next to the
silos, the distinctive blue trailer is home to
The Jolly Oyster, where you can shuck your
own. The Jolly Oyster sells Manila clams
and Kumamoto and Pacific oysters to the
hungry masses, and there are picnic tables
and barbecue grills to enjoy your meal al
fresco. Visitors still need to provide their
own supplies, like a sharp knife, beverages
and the desire to try a fun and exciting
food experience. 805-798-4944, www.
thejollyoyster.com
Barts Books
Local book lovers, who are
looking for more than just a
good book, but a total shopping experience,
flock to Barts Books in Ojai. Barts is one
of the largest independently owned and
operated outdoor bookstores in the country.
Hearkening back to days gone by, many of
the books in the outside area are for sale
on the honor system. Barts carries a huge
selection of books, from 35-cent specials
to rare, out of print and first editions and
art books. 302 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-646-
3755, www.bartsbooksojai.com
Pratt Trail
Local bicycling enthusiasts
rave about The Pratt Trail in Ojai.
Begin at the trailhead area located off of
Signal Street and head north of downtown
Ojai. Citrus and avocado groves give way to
beautiful mountain scenery as you bike this
4.4 mile trail. Climbing from the north edge
of Ojai to
Nordhoff
Peak, you
can get great
views of the Ojai
Valley, and on a
clear day, a peek at
the Channel Islands. This
area also is a favorite for
geocaching activities. www.
venturacountytrails.org/TrailMaps/
OjaiGridley/AreaTrails.htm
Ranch House
Restaurant
Hidden away in the Ojai
Valley, its been delighting diners for more
than 50 years with its gourmet cuisine and
lush, beautiful grounds. Here you can dine
among the verdant gardens bursting with
color and peaceful meandering streams.
The winding paths and cleverly placed
benches will make you want explore the
flourishing, abundant grounds and herb
garden and enjoy the bakery, also on site.
South Lomita Ave., 805-646-2360, www.
theranchhouse.com
Rincon Point for
surfers
Rincon Point, located north
of Ventura at the Ventura/
Santa Barbara County line, is recognized
worldwide as one of the planets top surfing
spots. Some say it has been a popular
surfing spot for 100 years or more. Nearly
every major surf champion has surfed at
Rincon at some point or another. There is
plentiful free parking, but not a lot of beach
space. From Highway 101, exit at Bates Road
Rudder Room
Great beach bars are usually
one-of-a-kind. The Rudder
Room, located directly on the beach in
Oxnard, is a longtime favorite bar and
hangout of locals and visitors alike. Drop
by to enjoy its well-priced drinks and fun
atmosphere. Feeling mellow? Relax on the
beach, sitting in an Adirondack chair while
sipping a cocktail and enjoying the amazing
sunsets. Inside, there are pool tables, darts
and sports on the televisions. 2929 Ocean
Drive, Suite A, Oxnard, 805-985-6096
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aptly nicknamed the Shangri-La
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enthusiasts. Ojai is home to many
time-honored traditions, including
the annual Ojai Tennis Tournament,
which draws top names in tennis
as well as upwards of 30,000
spectators. Te Ojai Music Festival
is held each June in the newly
refurbished Libbey Bowl. Ojais
Lake Casitas is a prime destination
for fshing, boating, kayaking,
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Location: 12.1 miles north of
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Ventura Raceway
If you have a need for
speed, check out the races at
Ventura Raceway, located at the Ventura
Fairgrounds. On weekends, fans, drivers
and riders congregate at the best little
dirt track in America for a variety of dwarf
car, midget car, sprint car or motorcycle
races. The one-fifth-mile banked clay
raceway attracts fans and competitors
from all over the county. The track is home
of the Ventura Racing Association and
hosts events throughout the year. 10 W.
Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 805-648-7223, www.
venturaraceway.com
Buenaventura Art
Association
The Buenaventura Art
Association has two great locations to view
and buy local artists work its flagship
gallery in downtown Ventura and the
Harbor Village gallery. The association is
made up of a group of local artists in all
stages of development. Visit either one of
the galleries for a chance to celebrate the
arts here in Ventura County or to pick up
the 2012 calendar featuring the work of 13
artists expressing the joy of coastal living.
Downtown Ventura, 700 E. Santa Clara,
Ventura, 805-648-1235; Ventura Harbor
Village, Ventura, 805-644-2750, www.
buenaventuragallery.org
Santa Monica
Mountains trails
The Santa Monica
Mountains form a beautiful and diverse
landscape. The Recreation Area contains
a wide variety of plants and wildlife and
there are numerous hiking, biking and
equestrian trails to explore. Boney Peak
is one of the highest points in the Santa
Monica Mountains. From the Big Sycamore
Canyon Trail in Newbury Park that takes
you all the way to Sycamore Beach, to the
Cheeseboro Canyon Trail in Agoura Hills,
and the plentiful trails in between, there
is a trail to please most everyone and skill
level.
Pacific View mall
The Pacific View mall
in Ventura provides free
entertainment every week in its Center
Court from 2-6 p.m. Dining choices
include fast food, sit-down restaurants
and specialty items, and shopping runs
the gamut from department stores and
jewelers to cosmetics and mattresses and
more. You can even get a massage, haircut
or manicure. 3301-1 East Main St., Ventura,
642-5530, www.shoppacificview.com
Santa Susana
Depot
The Depot, built in 1903,
served passengers and farmers in Simi
Valley for more than 60 years. Now fully
restored, you can see both freight and
passenger trains rushing by day and night.
Inside is a museum filled with hundreds
of items having both railroad and local
historical significance. People of all ages
will enjoy watching model trains running
through a miniature representation of
Simi Valley as it existed in the 1950s. 6503
Katherine Road, Simi Valley, 805-581-3462,
www.santasusannadepot.org
Ventura Improv
Company
The group brings together
amateur actors and more experienced
players and teaches them to think on their
feet through improvisational sketches. The
public gets to benefit from these exercises,
as well. Every Friday and Saturday night,
Ventura Improv puts on a show at its
headquarters in the historic Livery building.
The shows are appropriate for ages 12
and older and spotlight a number of
theater games in an improv competition;
the actors compete with each other, and
the audience, at least, guaranteed to win.
34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 805-643-5701,
venturaimprov.com
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Derby Darlins
When youre in the mood
to see some strong, assertive women
engaging in violent shoving matches at
great speeds, go check out a Derby Darlins
game. Established in 2007 the Darlins have
been making a name for themselves in the
wild, wacky world of roller derby. The team
is a not-for-profit organization and donate
much of their proceeds from ticket and
merchandise sales to charities. And ladies,
if youre interested, the Derby Darlins are
always recruiting new members. Freedom
Park Rink, 528 Freedom Park Drive, Camarillo,
vcderbydarlins.com
Scarlett Belle
Cruises
Step back in time aboard
the grand Scarlett Belle, a luxurious
paddlewheeler riverboat docked in the
scenic Channel islands Harbor. This
lovely lady is ready to take you, and your
group, out for an unforgettable cruise. The
Scarlett Belle features a state-of-the-art
sound and lighting system and dance
floor for those special events. Throughout
the year, all kinds of specialty cruises are
offered, such as wine tastings and dinner
cruises. Channel Islands Harbor, Ventura,
805-204-0977, www.scarlettbelle.com
Seabee Museum
The museum provides
historical material about the
Naval Construction Force, better known
as the Seabees, and the U.S. Navy Civil
Engineer Corps. It recently opened a new
38,000 square-foot state-of-the-art
facility. A Humvee on a Bailey Bridge and
a two-hole burnout are among favorite
new exhibits along with others showcasing
the jobs they do in a variety of naval
theaters. Naval Base Ventura County, Port
Hueneme, Bldg. 100, (Enter base at Sunkist
Gate at Ventura Road and Sunkist Street),
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Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach is a
well-known favorite of local
surfers and beachgoers. The one-mile long
sandy beach is great for a stroll or as a quick
escape to the coast on a hot day. The beach
is relatively isolated and not too crowded,
with access only via Victoria Road. There
are two small free parking lots and limited
restroom facilities. Enjoy the excellent
swimming and waves, but keep in mind
that the coastline is a sandy bottom beach
break, and there are sometimes rip tides and
an undertow. End of Victoria Avenue, Oxnard
Lake Casitas
Boating, fishing, kayaking,
hiking and camping are among
the activities offered at Lake Casitas. Coyote
Point Disc Golf Course, a professionally
designed course, is the home of the Coyote
Classic Disc Golf Tournament every fall.
The Casitas Water Adventure water park,
with its meandering Lazy River is open from
February through mid-September every
year. With more than 400 campsites to
choose from, Lake Casitas is an ideal place
for a weekend of friends and family fun. 11311
Santa Road, Ojai. 805-649-2233, 805-649-
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Little Red
Schoolhouse
The Little Red School House,
also known as Santa Clara Elementary
School, was built almost a century ago,
and is situated between Santa Paula
and Fillmore on Highway 126. With an
enrollment around 60, students are given
the unique opportunity to reinforce what
they have already learned with cross-age
tutoring, allowing older students to help
younger ones. While the structure and
atmosphere is charmingly old-fashioned,
the education provided is up to the minute,
with students having access to more
than a dozen state-of-the-art computer
workstations. 20030 E. Telegraph Road,
Santa Paula, 805-525-4573.
McGrath State
Beach
McGrath State Beach is
one of the premier bird watching areas in
California. A small lake in the Southern
portion of the park attracts more than
200 species of birds. Two miles of beach
provide surfing and fishing opportunities,
with campsites near the beach ideal for
weekend excursions. McGrath Beach Trail
leads the casual hiker on a nature trail
through the Santa Clara Estuary, past
McGrath Lake and onward to the Channel
Islands Harbor. 805-968-1033
Neptunes Net
Neptunes Net is a Pacific
Coast Highway institution that
surfers, bikers, celebrities and locals head
for. Established in 1958, its a place to
get away from it all and enjoy delicious
seafood like lobster, clams, and oysters, as
well as its out-of-this-world clam chowder.
42505 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 310-
457-3095, www.neptunesnet.com
The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot, a fondue
restaurant, offers a truly unique
dining experience. As many discover theres
just something about a fondue pot that
invites conversation, invites laughter and
invites coming together. Dinner can be
tailored to a four-course dinner including
cheese fondue, salad, entre and dessert. It
is the perfect spot to celebrate a birthday,
an anniversary, or enjoy a romantic evening.
3685 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand
Oak, 805-370-8802, www.meltingpot.com
Meditation Mount
Meditation Mount is a
sacred site on 32 acres of
land at the east end of the Ojai Valley. It
offers stunning views of the valley in an
atmosphere of near-perfect tranquility.
Comprised of several buildings set among
extensive
gardens,
Meditation
Mount offers
an auditorium for
larger gatherings,
a meditation room
(which is always open),
a reading library and a
visitors lounge for relaxing.
It also offers many educational
and spiritual opportunities. 10340
Reeves Road, Ojai, 805-646-5580,
meditationmount.org
Mission San
Buenaventura
Mission San Buenaventura
was the ninth and last California
mission founded by Father Junipero
Serra. Established in 1782, it is still an
active Catholic parish, located in historic
downtown Ventura. It offers a fascinating
glimpse into the past, with beautiful
murals and inviting gardens. 211 East
Main St., Ventura, 805-643-4318, www.
sanbuenaventuramission.org.
Ojai Music Festival
Now in its sixth decade, the
festival has gained a well-
deserved international reputation for
attracting artists who perform exceptional
classical music. Held annually in Ojais
newly refurbished Libbey Bowl, the festival
provides an annual program of world class
musical talent and also offers educational
programs for students attending Ojai
Valley public schools, promoting classical
music to future generations. www.
ojaifestival.org
Olivas Adobe
Historical Park
With its motto of Bringing
the Rancho period of California history
to life, the historic Olivas Adobe is
a fascinating and enlightening local
monument. Tours of the 160 year-old
Monterey style adobe home, complete with
period furnishings, are led by costumed
docents, whose knowledge will help you
discover how our pioneer forefathers lived
in old California. The grounds of the Olivas
Adobe feature beautiful rose gardens,
a thriving herb garden, and 110 year-old
fuchsias. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura,
805-658-4728, olivasadobe.org
Mugu Rock
Located on Pacific
Coast Highway (Highway 1)
Mugu Rock is a local landmark easily
recognizable by any who have traveled
Highway 1 from Point Mugu to Malibu.
Perched on the Pacific Coast, Mugu Rock is
a favorite photo op for tourists and locals
alike, with beautiful sunsets over the ocean
providing a dramatic backdrop. The Rock
also is a popular spot for area climbers
to learn and practice basic climbing
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vibrant business community and
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City Lights Financial
29134 Roadside Dr., Suite 106
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Learn to surf
Ventura Surf School is one
of several surf schools in the
Ventura area, dedicated to
teaching both kids and adults how to surf
or improve their surfing skills. Providing
private and group lessons by appointment
year round, Ventura Surf School also runs a
co-ed, weeklong day camp for kids 8 years
and older at Marina Park in Ventura. All
instructors at Ventura Surf School are CPR
and first aid certified, and they are proud to
say they hold a 100 percent safety record.
Ventura Surf School also has surfboards
available for rent. 607 W. Channel Islands
Blvd., Port Hueneme, 805 218-1484, www.
venturasurfschool.com.
Canyon Club
The Canyon Club provides
a trendy and comfortable
atmosphere to relax with friends over
some drinks while listening to great music.
It is more than happy to help you host
your party at the club, too, with a dinner
menu with a selection of dishes in different
styles, such as Thai BBQ Glazed Salmon.
The spacious indoor dining area and bar
have plenty of room for dancing. 28912
Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, 818-879-5016,
www.canyonclub.net
Museum of
Ventura Countys
Agricultural
Museum
Permanent exhibits at the Museum
tell the story of Ventura Countys farming
and ranching tradition. After more than
40 years of effort and dedication by
museum supporters, the Agricultural
Museum is housed in the landmark Mill
Building, across from the depot in Santa
Paulas historic downtown. Eight vintage
tractors, as well as a rotating display of the
Museums collection of farm implements
are on display. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa
Paula, 805-525-3100, www.venturamuseum.
org
Catch a metal-rock
show at 118 West
Sometimes, you just need
to tear it up. And for those times, there
are the metal-rock shows at 118 West
Studios in Simi Valley. This venue provides
an arena for local metal bands and their
headbanging fans, and its a favorite with
both the audience and the performers.
The main stage features a lighting rig
that makes any show look awesome,
the ceilings are high for great acoustics
and theres a built-in camera system
that can film the shows. 2251 Ward Ave.,
Simi Valley, 805 581-9708, www.myspace.
com/118westlive
Four Seasons
Spa and Hotel
Imagine yourself wrapped
in a plush towel, breathing in eucalyptus-
scented steam. Or having a massage. Or
perhaps soaking in a whirlpool. How about
lounging poolside in your own cabana?
After your spa treatments, why not take
a yoga or healthy-cooking class, or even
try some hypnotherapy? The spa at the
Four Seasons was voted one of the best
in America by Cond Nast Traveler. 2 Dole
Drive, Westlake Village, 805-575-3000,
www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage
George Stuart
Historical Figures
at Museum
of Ventura County
You dont have to be a history buff
to appreciate the skill and dedication
behind George Stuarts -scale figures of
historys movers and shakers. Stuart makes
doll-sized representations of historical
figures that are amazing in their detail,
authenticity and realism. 100 E. Main St.,
Ventura, 805-653-0323 ext. 315, www.
galleryhistoricalfigures.com
Golf N Stuff
This unique landmark visible
from the freeway is where
Ventura County families have been going
for many years to bond and have some
fun in the sun. The putt-putt golf facility
features two 18-hole courses with such
favorite holes as the Mystic Castle and
the Gold Mine. It also offers bumper cars,
bumper boats, an arcade, an inflatable
laser tag arena and a miniature raceway.
5555 Walker Road, Ventura, 644-7131, www.
golfnstuff.com/ventura
Bronze statues
in downtown
Camarillo
Public art of several bronze statues
along the main street of Old Town in
Camarillo represent the citys rich and
diverse cultures. The son of Juan Camarillo,
Don Adolfo Camarillos statue as a
founding father of the city stands at Dizdar
Park in Old Town. Another statue of several
eagles in flight celebrate our national
bird, the Bald Eagle. There is even a bit of
Hollywood: Joel McCrea, who was active
in several Camarillo charities including
the Boys & Girls Club, and actor Walter
Brennan are memorialized in bronze. Many
Camarillo charities were beneficiaries
of Brennans kindness and he served
several years as grand marshall for the
citys Christmas parade. 601 Carmen Drive,
Camarillo, 805-388-5307, www.ci.camarillo.
ca.us
Mount McCoy cross
Located on the western end
of Simi Valley, Mount McCoy is
a familiar sight a 1,325 foot peak topped
with a white cross. From the top of this
mountain, magnificent views of Simi Valley,
the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the
Channel Islands, Wood Ranch and Boney
Mountain can be enjoyed. The first cross
was erected in the 19th century and has
been replaced several times in the ensuing
years, most recently in 1941 when the Simi
Valley/Moorpark Lions Club erected the 12-
foot high concrete cross that still stands.
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Museum of Ventura Countys Agricultural Museum
50 Living Here
Main St.,
Ventura,
www.
cityofventura.
net/streetfairs
Gulls
Wing
Museum
Since its founding in 1986
this museum has the distinction of
being the only childrens museum in
the county. Its exhibits include one on
rainforest creatures, as well as touch-
tanks which allow children to see and
touch various marine animals. 418 W. 4th
St., Oxnard, 483-3005, www.gullwings.org
Highway 126
fruit stands
Numerous fruit stands
celebrate the agriculture of the Santa Clara
River Valley (referred to by locals as the
Heritage Valley) along Highway 126, west
of the L.A. County line. A diverse variety
of produce can be found from the fruit
stand just outside the Rancho Cumulous
Museum to Franciscos Oranges, avocados,
fresh white corn, onions, strawberries and
more.
Hartleys Botanica
The three-acre grounds
are divided into the tropical-
themed Paliuli Gardens and the Lotus
Tea Garden. Each has its own style
and atmosphere, but both include
breathtakingly verdant surroundings,
waterfalls and pathways. The Hartley
family have been in the horticulture
business for many years and also keep
an adjacent wholesale nursery, which is
open to the public. 4465 Balcom Canyon
Road, Somis, 805-523-9846, www.
hartleybotanica.com
Father Serra Cross
& Grant Park
Venturans know about the
serene surroundings and gorgeous views
at the Father Serra Cross. They also know
that if you jog up from the bottom of the
hill, or from the pier, its a great workout.
The Cross is a part of life in Ventura, a
symbol of the towns history. The original
cross was erected shortly after the
founding of the mission. Since then it has
been replaced several times; this iteration
was erected in 1941. Ferro Drive, Ventura,
648-3008, serracrosspark.com
Boccaccios
Restaurant
Visitors to Westlake Village
find delight in dining at Boccaccios
stunning location on Westlake Lake. Enjoy
the peaceful ambience with its lovely views
of the lake and exceptional continental
cuisine, The restaurant is perfect way to
celebrate a special occasion or casually
dine. 32123 Lindero Canyon Rd., No.110,
Westlake Village, 818-889-8300, www.
boccacciosonthelake.com
July 4 downtown
Ventura Push em
-pull em parade
The world is run by adults, but once
a year in downtown Ventura, kids get to
be front and center. Venturas Fourth of
July parade features children in wagons,
strollers or other conveyances and mom
and dad push or pull. After the parade,
which starts at Cemetery Park and works
its way downhill, theres a Fourth of July
festival on Main Street, featuring arts and
crafts, local vendors, music and food.
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Where to catch some waves
County Line, just north of Malibu and south of Point Mugu, at the
line separating Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A big- wave surfing
area. Park on Pacific Coast Highway. Hike down embankment to
access.
Silver Strand, a beach break in Oxnard, is noted for its good-
shaped waves and ease of access. Former home of Tim Curran, a top
professional surfer.
Surfers Point also called C Street, near Seaside Park, is a top long-
board surfing area. A long wave can get big on swell directions from
the north and the west. Theres a small parking lot facing part of the
area; otherwise be prepared to pay for parking at the Ventura County
Fairgrounds.
Emma Wood State Beach, one of the northernmost surfing
breaks in Ventura County, is a favorite among all types of surfers, from
beginners to advanced. The forgiving wave is good to learn on.
Rincon Point, about 20 minutes north of Ventura, is known
worldwide as one of the best surfing spots on the California coast.
Nearly all major surfing champions have tested their skills on theses
waves.
Carpinteria, just north of the Ventura- Santa Barbara county line,
features long, right-breaking waves that can get hollow.
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Strategically located 38 miles west
of downtown Los Angeles and only
nine miles from the Pacifc Ocean,
Westlake Village is ofen referred
to as the city in the country.
Westlake Village is known for its
safe, quiet neighborhoods, wide
tree-lined streets and excellent
quality of life. Residents here enjoy
top notch schools, great hiking,
biking and equestrian trails, and
two beautiful manmade lakes, all
in a beautiful setting bordering
the Santa Monica Mountains.
Westlake Village is home to the
sparkling lakes, Westlake and Lake
Sherwood, Te Four Seasons Hotel
and Westlake Village Inn, several
golf courses and country clubs, and
many fne dining establishments
and boutique shops.
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Population: 8,283
Location: 25.1 miles east of Ventura;
33.3 miles northwest of Los Angeles
Incorporated: December 11, 1981
Median age: 46.4
Per capita income: $71,227
Median home price: $640,000
Origin of name: Named Westlake
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31166 Via Colinas, 818-483-4838
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100 Promenade Way, 818-637-8923
Agoura Hills
American
The Old Place, 29983 Mulholland
Hwy., Agoura Hills, 818-706-9001, www.
oldplacecornell.com
Rustic, old Hollywood wild-west type
spot, offering homestyle fare with a few
contemporary touches.
Sunset Room, 29020 Agoura Road,
Agoura Hills, 818-991-4007, www.Sunset-
Room.com
Stylish mix of restaurant, bar and
nightclub, serving dinner and drinks in a
posh setting.
Willys Smokehouse, 28434 Roadside
Drive, Agoura Hills, 818-991-7227, www.
willysbbqandgrill.com
Authentic, smoked barbeque meats and
lots more in a fun, family setting.
Californian
H2O Sea Grill, 30100 Agoura Road,
Agoura Hills, 818-707-1220
California cuisine and luscious
buffets offered in a colorful setting at the
Renaissance Hotel.
Eclectic
The Blue Table, 28912 Roadside
Dr., Agoura Hills, 818-597-2583, www.
bluetable.net
European style caf serving only the
freshest seasonal fare, with communal
tables and sidewalk seating.
Hugos Restaurant, 28914 Roadside
Dr., Agoura Hills, 818-707-0300, www.
hugosrestaurant.com
Original and unique cuisine, with a
healthy flair, served in a warm, friendly
environment.
French/European
Caf 14, 30315 Canwood St., Agoura
Hills, 818-991-9560, www.cafe-14.com
European style bistro offering
imaginative, seasonal cuisine in a relaxed
atmosphere.
Italian
Padri Restaurant and Martini Bar,
29002 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818-
865-3700, www.padrirestaurant.net
Great Italian favorites served in a
tranquil setting with a lively martini bar
attached.
Grissini Ristorante Italiano, 30125
Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818-735-9711,
www.grissiniristoranteitaliano.com
Delectable, authentic signature Italian
dishes served with old-world charm in a
beautiful setting.
Marias Italian Kitchen, 29035
Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills, 818-
865-8999, www.mariasitaliankitchen.com
Authentic, homestyle Italian feasts are
offered at this warm and friendly spot.
Mexican
Adobe Cantina, 29100 W. Agoura
Road, Agoura Hills, 818-991-3474
A large outdoor cantina, serving a great
Mexican menu, in a festive atmosphere.
New American
The Lab Brewing Company, 30105
Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 818-735-0091,
www.labbrewingco.com
Creative menu choices designed to
complement hand crafted micro-brews,
with a variety of live music.
Camarillo
American
Eggs n Things, 92 Daily Dr., Camarillo,
805-987-4497, www.eggsnthings.net
Longtime local favorite serving
breakfast and lunch, with complimentary
Swedish pancakes, fresh ingredients and
friendly atmosphere.
Old Town Caf at The Bella Capri Inn,
2050 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-482-
0777, www.bellacapriinn.com
Hearty and sometimes unusual
breakfast and lunch items, with small
outside patio area.
Bandits Grill and Bar, 1980 Ventura
Blvd., Camarillo, 805-445-4742, www.
banditsbbq.com
Excellent slow-cooked barbeque meats,
and a hopping bar, in a modern western
setting.
Sportsman Restaurant, 4426 Central
Ave., Camarillo, 805-983-8668
Tender steaks and delicious seafood
specialties, with large cocktail lounge and
weekend stand-up comedy acts.
New American
Safire, 4850 Santa Rosa Road,
Camarillo, 805-389-1227, www.safirebistro.
com
Appetizing New-American cuisine in
a contemporary, elegant setting, with a
bistro menu available.
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51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320
mmerse yourself in the history
of the Chumash native people,
the Spanish/ Mexican era, and
the period of the American
settlers. Visit the lovely Heritage
Rose Garden and wander the
nature trails that surround the
buildings. A state, county, and city
landmark, and on the register of
historic places.
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Californian
Sheilas Place Wine Bar & Restaurant,
330 N. Lantana St., Camarillo, 805-987-
9800, www.sheilaswinebar.com
Eclectic menu with plenty of small
plates and creative offerings in a warm,
comfortable setting.
Chinese
Chesters Asia Chinese Restaurant,
2216 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo, 805-482-
6564, www.chestersasia.com
A long-time local favorite, this striking
restaurant serves delicious Mandarin,
Cantonese and Szechuan specialties.
Irish/Pub
Brendans Irish Pub and Restaurant,
1755 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, 888-811-
5818, www.brendans.com
Lively Irish pub with Irish and American
themed cuisine and a popular bar.
Japanese/Sushi
Masa Sushi, 63 E. Daily Drive,
Camarillo, 805-987-1065
Friendly, upbeat sushi restaurant serving
fresh, quality seafood, with lots of specialty
rolls and other choices.
Mexican
El Rey Cantina, 2302 Ventura
Blvd., Camarillo, 805-484-4433, www.
elreycantina.com
Located in Old Town, this fun, festive
spot offers great Mexican food and a
popular bar.
Yolandas Mexican Caf, 86 E. Daily
Drive, Camarillo, 805-389-9922, www.
yolandasmexicancafe.com
Fun, festive and casual Mexican eatery
with great food and award winning
margaritas.
Steakhouse
Aloha Steakhouse, 5800 Santa Rosa
Road, Camarillo, 805-484-1422, www.
alohasteakhouse.com
Casual, family friendly restaurant with a
Hawaiian theme, serving quality steak and
fresh seafood.
Thai
Little Thai Fine Dining, 2500 Las
Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-445-1365,
www.littlethaifinedining.com
Dine on excellent Thai cuisine with a
healthy flair, surrounded by artifacts from
Thailand.
Moorpark
Italian
Caf Firenze, 563 W. Los Angeles
Ave., Moorpark, 805-532-0048, www.
cafefirenze.net
Restaurant and martini bar offering
well-priced Italian cuisine in a lovely
setting.
Oak Park
French
Cigale Caf, 704 Lindero Canyon Road,
Oak Park, 818-991-2442, www.cigalecafe.
com
French bistro offering a creative menu
with a focus on Southern French cuisine.
Fusion
Leilas Restaurant & Wine Bar, 706
Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park, 818-707-
6939, www.leilasrestaurant.com
A relaxed, contemporary setting with
creative, flavorful dishes using the freshest
ingredients.
Ojai
Californian
Bodees, 3304 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai,
805-646-5300, www.bodees.net
Peaceful setting with indoor and
outdoor scenic seating, offering a creative
menu.
Italian
LaFonte Pizze, 242 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai,
646-5435, www.lafontepizze.com
Varied menu, with many items
showcasing regional specialties, also
offering pizza, salads, sandwiches and
more.
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Chicken fajita dinner from Yolandas Mexican Caf with four Ventura County locations.
Mediterranean
Maravilla, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai,
805-646-1111, www.ojairesort.com
Formal dining room of the Ojai Valley
Inn & Spa, serving dinner with a great view.
Azu, 457 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-
7987, www.azuojai.com
Eclectic menu, inspired by traditional
Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, made
with fresh, local ingredients.
Mexican
Agave Marias Restaurant and
Cantina, 106 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-
646-6353, www.agavemarias.com
Mexican fare made with fresh and
wholesome ingredients, fabulous
margaritas, and lovely patio seating.
New American
Suzannes Cuisine, 502 W. Ojai Ave.,
805-640-1961, www.suzannescuisine.com
Eclectic menu with focus on fresh,
seasonal and local ingredients in a casual
setting.
Feast Bistro, 254 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai,
805-640-9260, www.feastofojai.com
Seasonal menu served in multiple
rooms, each with a different feel, plus lively
bar area.
Oxnard
American
Buffalo Wild Wings, 1600 E. Gonzales
Road, Oxnard, 988-9464, www.
buffalowildwings.com
Wings are the specialty here, but
this large restaurant offers just about
everything else.
5th Street Steak & Seafood, 231 W.
5th St., Oxnard, 805-483-0200
Steak and seafood restaurant serving
well-priced meals, with an outdoor fire-pit
and full bar.
BGs Caf, 428 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-
487-0700
Local downtown Oxnard favorite,
serving tasty breakfast and lunch items for
over 40 years.
Fusion
Luigi Ortegas Italian Mexican Caf,
606 N. Ventura Road, Oxnard, 805-278-
0203, www.luigiortegas.com
Italian and Mexican specialties, plus
several exotic meat selections, served in
small, themed rooms.
Italian
La Dolce Vita, 740 S. B St., Oxnard,
805-486-6878, www.ladolcevitadimare.
com
Fine Italian cuisine served in a romantic
setting with candlelit tables, fireplace
room, and more.
Latin
Casapueblo, 310 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-
486-8116
Primarily South American menu with
touches from other cuisines, grilled meats
are a specialty.
Rubys Caf, 348 S. Oxnard
Blvd., Oxnard, 805-486-2169, www.
rubyscafeoxnard.com
Oxnards happening restaurant and
nightclub, serving great food and drinks,
with live music and dancing.
Mexican
Alicias Mexican Inn, 1450 S. Oxnard
Blvd., Oxnard, 805-483-9015
Traditional Mexican cuisine, try the
carne adovada or the lobster enchiladas.
Yolandas Mexican Caf, 1601 S.
Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-985-1340,
www.yolandasmexicancafe.com
Fun, festive and casual Mexican eatery
with great food and award-winning
margaritas.
Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina, 1041
S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-6933,
www.caboseafoodgrill.com
Quality Mexican cuisine, including
handmade tortillas and tableside
guacamole, in a festive atmosphere.
New American
Capistranos, 2101 Mandalay Beach
Road, Oxnard, 805-984-4269, www.
mandalaybeach.embassysuites.com
Seasonal, varied menu served in a
romantic, tropical setting inside the
Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort.
Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine
Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard,
805-983-1560, www.tierrasuratherzog.
com
Specializing in wine-friendly kosher
meals with fresh, local ingredients in a
wonderful, winery setting.
Pizza
Toppers Pizza Place, 2701 Peninsula
Road, Oxnard 385-4444, www.
topperspizzaplace.com
Located in Channel Islands, this
handsome location offers great pizza,
sandwiches, salads, etc.
Pub
The Kitchen, 529 S. A St., Oxnard,
805-385-8980, www.facebook.com/
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Gastro-pub vibe in downtown Oxnard,
with wide range of food choices, and great
daily specials.
Seafood
Sea Fresh, 3550 S. Harbor Blvd.,
Oxnard, 805-204-0974, www.seafreshci.
com
Fresh seafood in scenic Channel Islands
location, with two outdoor patios and
sushi/oyster bar.
Special Event
A & M Boat Charters & Cruises, 3600
Cabezone Circle, Oxnard, 805-204-0977,
www.scarlettbelle.com
Traditional paddle-wheeler cruising
Channel Islands Harbor, serving fine cuisine
during its specialty cruises, available for
charter.
Santa Paula
Italian
Enzos at Glen Tavern Inn, 134 N. Mill
St., Santa Paula, 805-933-3444, www.
glentavern.com
Traditional Italian and Continental
cuisine, in an elegant atmosphere, at the
historic Glen Tavern Inn.
Irish/Pub
Garmans Restaurant & Irish Pub, 932
E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-4600,
www.garmanspub.com
Tasty traditional pub fare in an
attractive, friendly setting, sometimes with
interactive contests and games.
The bar at Cigale Caf in Oak Park.
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Alexis King
Simi Valley
805.657.9758
Rob B. Tuazon
Ventura
805.890.5845
Leroy Leyba
Simi Valley
805.368.1828
Zeledon & Riggs
Westlake Village
805.267.0746
Leslie Brown
Thousand Oaks
805.358.1203
smael Lopez
Channel slands
805.890.7965
Robert Dickran
Camarillo
805.383.9199
Jean Warnke
Ventura
805.218.0118
Lesile Mitsuuchi
Camarillo
805.279.8263
Ralph Ramos
Channel slands
805.701-1634
Christy Rueckert
Camarillo
805.377.4746
Ray De Silva
Camarillo
805.444.3848
Blake Mashburn
Ventura
805.368.0202
Christina Melamed
Wood Ranch
805.813.6200
Gina Martinez
Simi Valley
805.426.0573
Alex Gandel
Simi Valley
805.522.6788
Jo Ann Poole
Wood Ranch
805.584.3683
Amy Gandel
Simi Valley
805.426.0540
Carole Philpott
Simi Valley
805.501.2589
Karen Thompson
Simi Valley
805.469.3871
Barbara Hatch
Camarillo
805.444.7653
Patti Hepple
Wood Ranch
805.304.1502
Dottie Blum
WLV/Camarillo
805.338.0540
Janet VanBibber
Simi Valley
805.443.1577
Robbie Starr
Thousand Oaks
805.443.9429
Joe Barkey
Simi Valley
805.426.0592
Tim Hall
Camarillo
805.320.3688
Karen Rooke
Camarillo
805.312.5131
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Simi Valley
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Mexican
Familia Diaz Caf & Cantina, 245 S.
10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-2813, www.
familiadiazrestaurant.com
Celebrating over 75 years, this award
winning restaurant serves wonderful
traditional Mexican fare.
Simi Valley
American
Eggs n Things, 2955 Cochran St., Simi
Valley, 805-527-0055, www.eggsnthings.
net
Longtime local favorite serving
breakfast and lunch, with complimentary
Swedish pancakes, fresh ingredients and
friendly atmosphere.
Howies Grill & Bar, 109 W. Cochran
St., Simi Valley, 805-520-3000,
howiesgrillandbar.com
American cuisine in a friendly, large
venue with lots of starters and snack
choices.
Greek
Greek House Caf, 2375 Sycamore
Drive, Simi Valley, 805-955-9899, www.
greekhousecafe.com
Delectable, award-winning Greek and
Mediterranean cuisine, with generous
portions and a friendly staff.
Mexican
Sharkys Woodfired Mexican Grill,
2410 Sycamore Dr., 805-522-2270, www.
sharkys.net
Healthy Mexican food, using fresh,
organic ingredients, and served quickly in a
casual setting.
Senor Gomez Courtyard, 2916 Cochran
St., Simi Valley, 805-527-5763, www.
senorgomezcourtyard.com
Fine Mexican dining in a comfortable
setting, with a beautiful patio area and
lively bar.
Yolandas Mexican Caf, 590 E. Los
Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 805-306-9933,
www.yolandasmexicancafe.com
Fun, festive and casual Mexican eatery
with great food and award winning
margaritas.
Seafood
Market Broiler, 1161 Simi Town Center
Way, Simi Valley, 805-210-7640, www.
marketbroiler.com
Mesquite grilled seafood is the specialty
here, with some steak, ribs and chicken.
Sushi/Californian
Blue Fin Grill & Sushi, 1230 Madera
Road, Simi Valley 805-584-9668, www.
bluefingrillandsushi.com
Excellent sushi bar and a variety of
gourmet dishes, in a relaxing and fun
setting.
Thousand Oaks
American
Stellas Restaurant, 2385 Michael
Drive, Newbury Park, 805-498-0989
Great family restaurant, popular with
the breakfast crowd, but offering hearty
lunch and dinner choices, too.
Eggs n Things, 1542 Moorpark Road,
Thousand Oaks, 805-497-1711, www.
eggsnthings.net
Longtime local favorite serving
breakfast and lunch, with complimentary
Swedish pancakes, fresh ingredients and
friendly atmosphere.
Stonefire Grill, 3635 E. Thousand Oaks
Blvd, Thousand Oaks, 805-413-0300,
www.stonefiregrill.com
Classic American menu designed to
feed a few or a crowd quickly, including
take-out options.
Bandits Grill and Bar, 589 N.
Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-497-
7427, www.banditsbbq.com
Excellent slow-cooked barbeque meats,
and a hopping bar, offered in a modern
western setting.
Borderline Bar & Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks
Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-446-4435,
www.borderlinebarandgrill.com
Offering tasty casual food options, the
emphasis here is on the fun dancing and
events.
Nate n Al Delicatessen, 2200 E.
Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,
805-494-3354, www.natenal.com
Serving generous portions of delicious
deli favorites, using only the highest quality
meats and ingredients.
Californian
The Napa Tavern, 101 S. Westlake Blvd.,
Thousand Oaks, 805- 497-4911, www.
thenapatavern.com
Featuring local produce and herbs
from its own garden, the lively menu has a
Napa-oriented theme.
Erics Restaurant & Bar, 495 N. Ventu
Park Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-716-4100,
www.palmgardenhotel.com
California casual-style choices
dominate the menu, with a lively bar and
shaded patio seating available.
Chinese/Japanese/American
Mandarin Buffet, 55 Rolling Oaks
Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-777-8820,
www.mandarinbuffet.yolasite.com
Upscale buffet style restaurant with
over 100 choices, including sushi, seafood,
salad bars, and desserts.
Fondue
The Melting Pot, 3685 E. Thousand
Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-370-
8802, www.meltingpot.com
Fun fondue restaurant offering an
interactive dining experience, great for
families or groups.
French
Caf Provencal, 2310 E. Thousand
Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-496-7121,
www.cafeprovencal.biz
Classic French cuisine, with many daily
specials, served in a vibrant atmosphere.
Fusion
TOI Tapas Bar & Lounge, 75 W.
Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,
805-373-8785, www.toitapasbar.com
Creative dining options, from small
tapas plates to big plates, with pizza and
other dishes.
Irish/Pub
The Tipsy Goat, 159 E. Thousand Oaks
Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-494-9996,
www.tipsygoat.com
Irish pub theme, offering creative take
on traditional Irish food, many including
goat cheese.
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Italian
Marcello Ristorante, 140 W. Hillcrest
Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-371-4367,
www.marcelloristorante.com
Charming restaurant with inside or
outside seating, serving creative Italian
cuisine.
Ginos Trattoria, 720 E. Thousand Oaks
Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-494-7743,
www.ginotrattoria.net
Authentic Italian cuisine served in a
casual, friendly environment, with delicious
daily specials.
Ginos Bistro, 1620 Newbury Road,
Newbury Park, 805-498-3188, www.
ginosbistro.net
Friendly, family run restaurant serving
traditional Italian fare in a casual setting.
Fiamme, 3731 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,
Thousand Oaks, 805-497-9444, www.
fiammerestaurant.com
Upscale Italian restaurant, also serving
classic American dishes, with interesting
weekend entertainment, including dueling
pianos.
Japanese
Kaminari Sushi, 2891 Agoura Road,
Thousand Oaks, 805-446-7701
Upscale sushi restaurant featuring
excellently prepared fresh fish, sashimi
plates, tasty rolls and more.
Kanda Sushi, 3637 E. Thousand Oaks
Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-230-0101,
www.kandasushito.com
Authentic Japanese dining experience
with high quality sushi and more, with
service by kimono-clad wait staff.
Mexican
Sabor Cocina, 2200 E. Thousand Oaks
Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-497-2457,
www.saborcocinamexicana.com
Modern Mexican cuisine in an upscale
setting near the Civic Arts Plaza.
Lupes Mexican Restaurant, 1710 E.
Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,
805-495-3573
Serving original Mexican cuisine family
recipes since 1947, this popular local
treasure draws a crowd.
Sharkys Woodfired Mexican Grill,
1930 Newbury Road, Newbury Park, 805-
376-1404, www.sharkys.net
Healthy Mexican food, using fresh,
organic ingredients, and served quickly in a
casual setting.
Middle Eastern
Darband Grill, 868 E. Thousand Oaks
Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-1323
Middle Eastern dining perfect for
families and groups, with belly dancing on
Friday nights.
Steakhouse
Holdrens Steaks & Seafood, 1714
Newbury Road, Newbury Park, 805-498-
1314, www.holdrens.com
Hearty, well-marbled steaks and fresh
seafood offerings in a handsome setting.
Mastros Steakhouse, 2087 E.
Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,
805-418-1811, www.mastrosteakhouse.
com
Stylish steakhouse with superior steaks
and meat entres, and generous sides a la
carte.
Ventura
American
Chicagos Ribs and More, 692 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-641-0812, www.
chicagosribsandmore.com
Downtown Ventura location offering
great ribs and other fare, now open for
weekend breakfast service.
Zoeys Caf, 185 E. Santa Clara St.,
Ventura, 805-652-1137, www.zoeyscafe.
com
Casual menu featuring gourmet pizzas,
salads and more, many nights with live
music.
The Local Caf, 1751 E. Main St.,
Ventura, 643-0237, thelocalcafeventura.
com
Emphasis on locally grown products,
exceptional wood-fired pizzas and an array
of deli salads and specials.
Anacapa Brewing Company, 472 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-643-2337, www.
anacapabrewing.com
Handcrafted ales complement a
delightful, original menu in a 115 year old
historical building.
Eggs n Things, 4020 E. Main St.,
Ventura, 805-642-3190, www.eggsnthings.
net
Longtime local favorite serving
breakfast and lunch, with complimentary
Swedish pancakes, fresh ingredients and
friendly atmosphere.
Winchesters Grill & Saloon, 623 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-653-7446, www.
winchestersventura.com
Casual dining, featuring great steaks,
seafood, burgers and more, with patio
seating and a lively bar.
Sportsman Restaurant, 53 S.
California St., Ventura, 805-643-2851
Tender steaks and delicious seafood
specialties, with large cocktail lounge and
excellent downtown location.
Bombay Bar & Grill, 143 S. California
St., Ventura, 805-643-4404, www.
bombaybarandgrill.com
Downtown Venturas premiere meeting
spot serving classic American choices, and
a weekend late night taco bar.
Busy Bee Caf, 478 E. Main St.,
Ventura, 805-643-4864, www.
busybeecafe.biz
Classic 50s style diner with a hearty
American style menu and cool retro dcor.
Petes Breakfast House, 2055 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-648-1130, www.
petesbreakfasthouse.com
Popular spot for mouth-watering
breakfasts prepared fresh daily, using fresh
ranch eggs and farm produce.
My Florist Caf & Bakery, 76 S. Oak St.,
Ventura, 805-653-0003, www.facebook.
com/myfloristcafe.ventura
Wine Bar and Caf serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner, with a great bakery on-
site.
Cajun
Cajun Kitchen, 301 E. Main St., Ventura,
805-643-7701
Authentic Cajun/Creole style cuisine
restaurant, famous for its fabulous
breakfasts and great prices.
The main dining room at Erics Restaurant in Thousand Oaks.
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Californian
C-Street Restaurant, 450 E. Harbor
Blvd., Ventura, 805-652-5151, www.
cpventura.com/dining
Located in the Crowne Plaza beach
hotel, this kid-friendly gem offers fresh,
seasonal cooking.
Chinese
Hong Kong Inn, 435 E Thompson
Blvd., Ventura, 805- 648-3161, www.
hongkonginn.com
Chinese food served daily, with a
fun Polynesian revue floor show on the
weekend.
Fusion
71 Palm French & American Brasserie,
71 N. Palm St., Ventura, 805-653-7222,
www.71palm.com
French-American cuisine with an
emphasis on fresh, local ingredients in a
friendly setting.
Fusion
Jonathans at Peiranos / Js Tapas,
204 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-648-4853,
www.jonathansatpeiranos.com
Creative, Mediterranean inspired cuisine
with a full martini bar, tapas menu and live
entertainment.
Greek
The Greek at The Harbor, 1583
Spinnaker Dr., St. 101, Ventura, 805-650-
5350, www.greekventuraharbor.com
Authentic Greek cuisine on the Ventura
Harbor waterfront, often with belly dancing
and traditional Greek dancing.
Indian
Himalaya, 35 W. Main St., Ventura,
805-643-0795, www.himalayacuisine.com
Traditional Indian food, along with
cuisines of Nepal and Tibet, and fun fusion
offerings.
Bollywood Indian Restaurant, 500 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-648-2533, www.
bollywood4.net
Well seasoned traditional Indian food,
with an extensive lunch and dinner menu
and great service.
Italian
Tuttis Off Main, 34 N. Palm
Ave, Ventura, 805-643-0880, www.
tuttisoffmain.net
Beautiful, historic courtyard setting
is host to tasty Italian seasonal menu
choices.
Caf Fiore Restaurant & Martini
Lounge, 66 S. California St., Ventura, 805-
653-1266, www.fiorerestaurant.net
Wonderfully decorated, casually elegant
spot for rustic Italian cooking, with a lively
martini bar.
Milanos Italian Restaurant, 1559
Spinnaker Drive, #100, Ventura, 805-658-
0388, www.milanositalianrestaurant.com
Authentic Italian cuisine and great pizza,
with awesome views of Ventura Harbor.
Ferraros Italian Restaurant, 2788 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-648-7270
Classic Italian restaurant exuding old
world charm, and serving delicious meals
with generous portions.
Japanese
Gotetsu, 2098 E. Main St., Ventura,
805-643-3199
Small, downtown location specializing
in skewered meats and veggies, with
creative specialty choices.
Japanese/Sushi
Harbor Sushi, 1575 Spinnaker
Drive, Ventura, 805-639-0808, www.
harborsushi.com
Marina-front, traditional style Japanese
place, specializing in sushi, tempura style
items, and more.
Mexican
Sharkys Woodfired Mexican Grill,
4960 Telephone Road, 805-339-9600,
www.sharkys.net
Healthy Mexican food, using fresh,
organic ingredients, and served quickly in a
casual setting.
Freebirds World Burrito, 5752
Telephone Road, Ventura, 805-477-0174,
www.freebirds.com
Lots of counter-style burrito fillings, as
well as salads, nachos, etc., with a healthy
flair.
Beach House Tacos, 668 Harbor Blvd.,
Ventura, 805- 648-3177
Casual atmosphere offering tacos,
salads, fresh salsas, etc., at the beach-end
of the Ventura pier.
Yolandas Mexican Caf, 2753 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-643-2700, www.
yolandasmexicancafe.com
Fun, festive and casual Mexican eatery
with great food and award winning
margaritas.
Joannafinas Mexican Caf, 1127 S.
Seaward Ave., Ventura, 805-652-0360
Famous for its homemade tamales and
Sunday Brunch, this spot has two heated
outside patios.
El Rey Cantina, 294 East Main Street,
Unit C, Ventura, 805-653-1111, www.
elreycantina.com
Great downtown location, this fun,
festive spot offers great Mexican food and
a popular bar.
New American
The Sidecar Restaurant, 3029 E.
Main St., Ventura, 805-653-7433, www.
thesidecarrestaurant.com
Casually elegant, dine in a 1910 pullman
dining car, while enjoying locally grown
ingredients.
Watermark on Main, 598 E. Main
St., Ventura, 805-643-6800, www.
watermarkonmain.com
Beautifully restored historic downtown
building. Hosts a varied and refined
breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
Brooks, 545 E. Thompson Blvd.,
Ventura, 805-652-7070, www.
restaurantbrooks.com
Upscale, downtown Ventura restaurant
with a seasonal and diverse menu,
including seafood.
Pub/English
Victoria Pub & Grill, 1413 Victoria Ave,
Ste. F., Ventura, 805-650-0060, www.
victoriapubandgrill.com
English pub offering British and
American favorites in a charming, friendly
atmosphere.
Seafood
Andrias Seafood Restaurant &
Market, 1449 Spinnaker Drive, Ste.
A., Ventura, 805-654-0546, www.
andriasseafood.com
Beautiful, casual waterfront restaurant,
best known for its fish and chips and clam
chowder.
The W2O Lounge at the Watermark on Main in Ventura.
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Brophy Brothers, 1559 Spinnaker Drive,
Ventura, 805-639-0865, www.brophybros.
com
Fresh, appetizing seafood served in a
lively atmosphere at the scenic Ventura
Harbor Village.
The Shoals at The Cliff House Inn,
6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy., Ventura, 805-
652-1381, www.cliffhouseinn.com
Diverse seafood menu offered in a
spectacular oceanfront setting, with indoor
and outdoor dining.
Steakhouse
Aloha Steakhouse, 364 S. California
St., Ventura, 805-652-1799, www.
alohasteakhouse.com
Casual, family friendly restaurant with a
Hawaiian theme, serving quality steak and
fresh seafood.
Thai
Tipps Thai Cuisine, 512 E. Main St.,
Ventura, 805-643-3040, www.tippsthai.
com
A local favorite, serving excellent Thai
cuisine in a pleasant downtown Ventura
location.
Westlake Village
American
The Grill on the Alley, 120 E. Promenade
Way, Westlake Village, 805-418-1760, www.
thegrill.com
American comfort food with an upscale
flair and setting, also offers bar menu and
small plates.
Brents Deli, 2799 Townsgate Road,
Westlake Village, 805-557-1882, www.
brentsdeli.com
Excellent deli and restaurant serving
large portions, indoor and patio seating, and
front counter service.
The Counter, 30990 Russell Ranch
Road, Westlake Village, 818-889-0080,
www.thecounterburger.com
Fun and hip burger bar where you can
create your own burger for lunch and dinner.
Californian
Four Seasons Hotel, Two Dole Drive,
Westlake Village, 818-575-3000, www.
fourseasons.com/dining
Dining rooms in this elegant hotel
include Hamptons, The Lobby Lounge and
Onyx.
The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar, 32123
Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village,
818-706-8887, www.thelandingwestlake.
com
Lakeside restaurant offering sushi and
other diverse menu options, with outdoor
seating available.
Bogies Nightclub and Lounge, 32001
Agoura Road, Westlake Village, 818-889-
2394, www.bogies-bar.com
A mostly outdoor bar, in a beautiful oasis
setting, serving creative small plates and
salads.
Continental
Boccaccios, 32123 Lindero Canyon
Road, Westlake Village, 818-889-8300,
www.boccacciosonthelake.com
Serene lakeside dining, either inside
or out, specializing in upscale continental
cuisine.
Eclectic
Zin Bistro Americana, 32131 Lindero
Canyon Road, Ste. 111, Westlake Village, 818-
865-0095, www.zinwestlake.com
Lakefront dining with a diverse menu
reflecting many cultures, including upscale
American comfort food.
Fusion
Galletto Bar & Grill, 982 S. Westlake
Blvd., Westlake Village, 805-449-4300,
www.gallettobarandgrill.com
A creative mix of flavors from a Brazilian-
Italian menu, offered in a beautiful setting.
Indian
Bollywood Indian Restaurant, 860
Hampshire Road, Ste Z, Westlake Village,
805-777-7100 www.bollywood3.net
Well seasoned traditional Indian food,
with an extensive lunch and dinner menu,
and great service.
Italian
Trattoria Farfalla, 160 Promenade Way,
Westlake Village, 805-497-2283, www.
farfallawestlakevillage.com
Excellent Italian cuisine served in a dark,
romantic atmosphere, sometimes with
musical entertainment.
Etorna Restaurant, 4661 Lakeview
Canyon Road, Westlake Village, 805- 897-
0054, www.etorna.webs.com
Family run eatery serving full Italian
dinners, along with tasty pizzas, subs and
salads.
Bellini Osteria Bar & Lounge, 951 S.
Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, 805-497-
8482, www.belliniosteria.com
Stylish trattoria offering delicious Italian
food, with a wine bar and outside patio
area.
Tuscany Il Ristorante, 968 S. Westlake
Blvd., Westlake Village, 805-495-2768,
www.tuscany-restaurant.com
Local favorite, with upscale Italian menu
in a warm, beautiful setting.
Mediterranean
Mediterraneo, 32037 Agoura Road,
Westlake Village, 818-889-9105, www.
med-rest.com
Fresh, seasonal cuisine offered in a
beautiful setting at the Westlake Inn. Now
offering breakfast.
Mexican
Sea Casa, 1014-4 Westlake Blvd.,
Westlake Village, 805-374-1921, www.
theseacasa.com
Fresh and healthy Mexican grill offering
authentic regional Mexican cuisine, with
plenty of seafood choices.
Sharkys Woodfired Mexican Grill, 111
S. Westlake Blvd., 805-370-3701, www.
sharkys.net
Healthy Mexican food, using fresh,
organic ingredients, and served quickly in a
casual setting.
Seafood
Fins Tavern & Grill, 982 S. Westlake
Blvd., Westlake Village, 805-494-6494,
www.finsinc.com
A seafood heavy menu is made fresh
to order at this friendly, casually elegant
tavern.
Thai
Pookies Thai Cuisine, 900 Hampshire
Road, Westlake Village, 805-381-0094,
www.pookiethai.com
A local favorite, with creative Thai dishes
served in a serene, family atmosphere.
The dining room at Jonathans at Peiranos in Ventura.
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I nde x of A d v e r t I s e r s
f I s hI ng
& hun t I ng
Ventura County is known for its many
recreational activities, ranging from riding
the waves of one of the many state
beaches to fishing and hunting in some of
Californias best locations. Most of these
activities are available to the public every
day, with a few exceptions. Below, you will
find a collection of Ventura Countys best
recreational locations.
Freshwater fishing
Lake Casitas
The lake features some of the top bass
fishing in Southern California. Trout and
catfish are also available. Near Ojai, off
Highway 33, 805-649-2233 or, 649-2043,
www. lakecasitas.info.
Lake Piru
Bass, catfish and trout available. Near
Piru, off Highway 126, 805-521-1500, www.
lake-piru.org.
Castaic Lake
The lake offers great bass fishing. A
large lake adjacent to Interstate 5 just
outside Ventura County. 661-257-4050,
www.castaiclake.com
Lake Cachuma
Good trout and bass fishing. North of
Santa Barbara off Highway 154, 805-686-
5054, www.countyofsb.org/parks.
Saltwater fishing
Hooks Landing
Three-quarters-day, all-day trips to the
Channel Islands and along the coast. Kids,
seniors and military discounts available.
Prices range from $55 to $175. 3600 S.
Harbor Blvd., Suite 105, Oxnard, 805- 382-
6233. www.hookslanding.net.
Channel Islands Sportfishing Center
Half-day, three-quarters-day, full-day,
and overnights trips to the Channel Islands
and areas along the coast. From $55 to
$300 for open party boats. Private charters
are also available. Military and senior
discounts are available.
4151 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-382-
1612, www.channelislandssportfishing.com.
Hunting
The main public hunting is in Los Padres
National Forest. Ojai Forest Service Station
at 646-4348, state Department of Fish and
Game at 916-445-3406, www.dfg.ca.gov.
1st Reverse Mortgage USA, 49
Ascension Lutheran
Church & School, 60
Automobile Club
of Southern California, 23
Aviara at Victoria Estates, 7
Barber Ford, 9
The Barkley, 53
The Bridge Church, 60
Cabrillo Music Theater, 27
California Kitchen Creations, 21
Camarillo Christian Church, 61
Camarillo Healing Rooms, 61
Camarillo Seventh-day
Adventist Church, 61
Camarillo Yoga Center, 41
Channel Islands
Harbor, Back cover
Churchill Valencia, 15
CityLights Financial, 13
Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage, 35
Conejo Hearing Center, 49
Conejo Valley Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship, 60
Covenant of Grace OPC, 61
Cypress Place, 41
Eggs and Things, 15
Enzos Italian Restaurant, 31
First United Methodist
Church of Ventura, 61
Flooring 101, 8
Fox Real Estate Team, 49
Golf N Stuff, 34
The Greek at The Harbor, 55
Green Thumb International, 5
Gwyn Goodman
Agricultural Broker, 27
Hearx West, Inside back cover
Heritage Real Estate Group, 12
Island Packers, 27
Living Oaks
Community Church, 60
Midtown Kitchens, 34
Muvico Theaters, 33
Oxnard Convention
& Vistiors Bureau, 43
RE/MAX
Gold Coast Realty, 24, 25
Rock in Conejo Valley, 60
Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library, 19
St. Johns Regional Medical
Center, Inside front cover
Stagecoach Inn Museum, 55
Standard Pacific Homes
Riverpark, 37
Standard Pacific Homes
The Hideaway, 37
Standard Pacific Homes
The MarketPlace, 29
Temple Beth Torah, 61
Thousand Oaks Toyota, 17
Tim Hall, Troop Real Estate, 21
Troop Real Estate, 57
United Methodist Church
Thousand Oaks, 60
Unity of The Oaks, 60
Ventura Baptist Church, 61
Ventura Center
for Spiritual Living, 61
Ventura County Coastal
Association of Realtors, 31
Ventura County SCORE, 34
Ventura County
Transportation Commission, 5
Ventura Seventh-day
Adventist Church, 61
Waterstone, 20
Westlake Village
Animal Hospital, 53
Yolandas Mexican Caf, 11
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