The Vistor Center is located at 89 South California Street Suite #C right on the corner of Santa Clara street too! It is right there as you walk into the building. I can't tell you enough how helpful the little lady was in there. We picked up so much wonderful information. She even knew which hotels had vacancies still. Because weekends here in the summer it is hard to find a hotel. She was wonderful:-) So venture in and check it out!
Ventura Vistor Center
The Vistor Center is located at 89 South California Street Suite #C right on the corner of Santa Clara street too! It is right there as you walk into the building.
This hotel direct access board I thought was pretty cool. As soon as the nice lady told us there might be vacancies at Best Western I used this board to call. Just picked up the receive and hit the button and I got the front desk. It was tickled that this worked. So go check it out!
Ventura Vistor Center
Kat brought us way up on a hill as she wanted to show us GRANT PARK CONSERVANCY. Simply incredible views of the area could be seen up there.
The goal of the Conservancy is to preserve and maintain Serra Cross Park.
Also located up there is a huge cross which can be seen for miles. The first cross was erected in the late 1780's by Padre Junipero Serra and parishioners from San Buenaventura Mission, who wanted visitors to know the direction of where the Mission was in Ventura.
It was quite cool and windy up there, but it was so worth seeing. Thanks Kat for bringing us there.
For the Downtown Streetscape Project,artists were commissioned to transform traffic signal boxes along Main Street into artworks.
Artist Stefan Verstappen created his CHINA TREASURE BOX to pay homage to Ventura's rich multi cultural history. One of 5 painted utility boxes on Main Street, it sits on the corner of Figueroa Plaza just opposite China Alley.
Information courtesy of the website "City of Ventura Public Art Program"
Fondest memory: I was amazed at the rich colours the artist used to create his CHINA TREASURE BOX. I had no idea it was to cover up a signal box. What a marvelous idea!
Constructed in 1877 for Italian merchant Alex Gandfolo PEIRANO'S MARKET was one of Ventura's first commercial brick buildings. The store remained in the family until the late 1980's.
It has a wonderful mural at the side of the building, depicting how grocery shopping was in the old days.
Located in historic downtown Ventura at 204 & 208 East Main Street.
Favorite thing: As we strolled along Figueroa Plaza, we came upon this amazing MURAL. It was so wonderfully painted with vivid colors. The Mural depicted the era when Chinese immigrants, who came to the Ventura area to work in the fields and they lived together in wooden shacks. The Mural shows the Chinese going about their daily business
Tresspass and climb the hill to two-trees.
Follow Seaward avenue North to the end at Poli (foothill), turn right and drive until you pass the poinsettia pavilion on the left. Turn right and park in the residential area. Pick any trail across foothill
and go up. About 45 minutes round trip if youre in good shape.
Fondest memory: The thrift stores on main street downtown
The thrift stores on Main St where a young man can find designer clothes at a fraction of the price.
I bought my son Ralph Lauren shirts for $8 !
Fondest memory: The diners taking you into the 1950's with better food than you ever find in Europe!
Favorite thing: The neat thing about Ventura is that it is a small enough town to draw the outsider in to see local artists and craft people that make a difference in a community. Many of these shows are put on throughout the city, but I attended the RAW natural born artists show at a local Bar & Grill. There were some outstanding displays of talent and even I had to purchase a few items that were unusual and unique. One that stood out for me is the photo work of one of the artists. Shades of the old art drawings of Alberto Vargas in Esquire Magazine, but done with photograhy by Ashlyn Gambon in her own style, drew me in. The intimate portraits were tastefully done and showed great layout and design. Best display at this local show of artwork, in my humble opinion. If you enjoy what you see like I did, have your credit card ready. I have a Travelogue on a few of the artists that brought their best to the show.
I fell in love with Ventura within days of moving here from Los Angeles 12 years ago. The weather, the landscape, the creativiy of the people and the architecture here keep my senses constantly engaged. My husband and I have created a comprehensive, useful, and attractive gateway to Ventura's best in hospitality, dining, culture, shopping and adventure. If you create a free account (it's very quick) you can store information from the site in an itinerary. We have an events calendar that updates daily too. Use it to plan your trip and use it once you're here too.
Favorite thing: Hike over to Potato Harbor. It's about a 4 mile round trip hike from the boat dock at Scorpion Anchorage.