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Visit Ventura, California



I found Ventura to be very relaxed, quaint, and more affordable than most costal towns in Southern California. The beaches are pristine and uncrowded, while their Main Street and Downtown offer some early mid-century charm. Visiting Ventura felt like discovering a hidden gem. Here are just a few reasons why I think Ventura is worth a spot on your travel list!

The history

Founded in 1866, Ventura is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year which makes it the perfect time to visit! Even before 1866, the original San Buenaventura Mission was founded in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra and is definitely worth exploring. All that remains today is the church, garden, and a small museum which can be seen in about an hour. San Buenaventura is just one out of twenty-one missions located along the coast of California. Spend a few minutes walking around Ventura, and you’ll quickly discover the large amount of late 18th century, Victorian-style houses that are still standing.

The food

I didn’t have one bad meal in Ventura which is why food is number two on my list! Does this really surprise anyone? I owe most of my wonderful dining choices to Barbara, our incredible food tour guide. I always recommend taking a food tour towards the beginning of your trip because you’ll learn where the best places to eat are!

You can read all about our downtown food tour experience with Ventura Food Tours here. Warning: don’t read on an empty stomach!

Some of my favorite stops included Spencer Makenzie’s and Paradise Pantry where we sampled fresh fish and delicious wine. Actually, if you’re a lover of seafood, Ventura is the place for you. Another one of my favorite meals was at a casual, harbor side restaurant called Brophy Bros. Their mahi mahi was to die for and I would also recommend ordering a cup of clam chowder with sourdough bread. Between the great food and the stunning views of the harbor, I’d highly recommend eating at Brophy Bros when you’re in Ventura. If you want a table with a view, I’d book ahead!

The scenery

Instead of showing you a million photos of the gorgeous scenery (and trust me, I took close to that amount), here’s a short video that hopefully gives you an idea of why I’m so in love with Ventura. BIG thanks again to my talented friend, Jelayna, who took on the job of piecing together all of my footage. Yes, it’s another “60 Seconds In…” video which I am so excited to share. You can see more of our videos over on my Youtube channel. Enjoy, and please let me know your thoughts!


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Shannon Kokkonen

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