Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Your guide to haunted and historic happenings in Ventura

by Richard Senate Ventura-by-the-Sea is a special place in the winter. Some of the best vistas and sunsets on the south coast of California happen in the winter months, In between rains. This is the time to relax and enjoy the relaxed charm of this beachside community. Fun dining and historic sites make this a […]

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A grandmother’s story of her unforgettable golf day in Ventura

by Deanna Hexum photo by Hayden Berger A little over a year ago, my husband and I discussed getting to know our grandchildren a little better.  With the help of our son, and because we love the water, we found a beach house in Ventura County with a terrific view.  We rented it for three […]

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Hit The Beach: Where to go in Ventura

photo by Jack Burleigh Set up your chair and settle in for a day at the beach. Not a surfer? No problem. Ventura beaches are perfect for jumping the waves, building sand castles, relaxing on a towel, flying a kite … shall we keep going? Area beaches are consistently named some of Southern California’s cleanest. […]

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A first-timer’s guide to hanging 10

We asked Chipper Bro Bell, owner/founder of Surf Class to share his tips for the first-time surfer. “I started surfing when I was 11, and I will never forget that feeling I got,” says Bell. “I still get it. And now I get to share that stoke with others. To see someone stand up for […]

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Fresh, local, and very Ventura

by Allison Costa photo by Steve Cattanach Casual dining and farm-to-fork cooking takes a unique approach in Ventura, where flip-flop friendly restaurants and food trucks showcase fresh seafood, local produce, and the creativity of local chefs. Pair that with the region’s vibrant craft-beer scene and a growing community of local winemakers, and you’ve got the […]

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Raise your glass: Ventura’s craft beer scene is happening

by Allison Costa For many years, Anacapa Brewing Company was the sole brewery in town. But recently, a plethora of new craft breweries has opened. And as the interest in eating and drinking local has grown, Venturans and visitors have more opportunities than ever to buy their beer directly from local brewers. Casey Harris, head […]

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The heart-song and magic of Channel Islands National Park

by Ken McAlpine photo by Doug Mangum One evening on San Miguel island, I stood in not-quite-silence and watched the world go dark. Night came discreetly. Nature feels no need to beat her chest. Twilight deepened but a spectral glow remained, thanks to a sea of yellow coreopsis flowers. As it grew darker, the world […]

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Find Your Wave: 4 can’t-miss surf spots in Ventura

C Street (California Street) A photo posted by surfercubes (@surfercubes) on Nov 12, 2016 at 10:57am PST Located near Ventura Pier, this is the go-to spot for locals and visitors alike. C Street has one of the most consistent waves in Southern California and every surfer knows it. It can get crowded but be polite […]

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Ventura is a Surfer’s Dream

by Ken McAlpine Surfing is dreaming and Ventura is a dream. Pure and simple. As surfing should be. In Ventura, the waves are the show. And oh, what a show. “If you’re a surfer, Ventura is a spectacular place with point breaks, beach breaks, and reef breaks that are uncrowded and fun for all levels […]

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