Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Celebrating Mom, Ventura Style!
Top of the Harbor at Crowne Plaza HotelBrunch with the best panoramic ocean view in town only happens once a year: Mother’s Day. It’s named the Grand Buffet for good reasons: salad bar, omelet bar, carving station, seafood station, entrees galore, assorted desserts, and a chocolate fountain! Beverages and bottomless champagne included. Served 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Adults: $48 | Seniors (65+): $38 | Children 3-12: $27 | Children 3 & under: Free ***NOTE: additional 20% for service charge and tax. Reservations required.
Casual Breakfast & Lunch
SipThese 2 local wineries are “pulling out all the corks” for Mother’s Day!
PicnicGrab your picnic basket, blanket, and hit a favorite park or beach. Food always tastes better al fresco. Popular local areas: Marina Park, Arroyo Verde Park. Off-the-radar: San Buenaventura State Beach. Provisions: Homemade is the best! Ideas: Chicken salad sandwiches on croissants, Fruit and veggie platters, charcuterie: meats/cheeses paired with dried fruits and jams, artisan bread/crackers, deli style salads (pasta, roasted veggie, spinach with strawberries, etc.), gourmet olives, dips. Don’t forget dessert! (Note: Trader Joe’s is a great go-to-market for picnic fare.) Drinks: Serve bubbly (try Prosecco) or a pretty in pink French Rose which pairs beautifully with picnics. Non-Alcoholic: flavored sparkling water. Take out: Paradise Pantry (best cheese shop in town), Corrales Burritos (extra hot sauce, please!), Spencer Makenzie’s tacos to go.
BeachGather up the beach gear/toys and make a day of it! Pack a lunch. Fly a kite! Beach days are a family pleaser especially with young kiddos in tow. Don’t forget the sunscreen and umbrella/chair to make Mom comfy. Popular choices: Pierpont (Schoolhouse Beach, State Beach, Marina Park), Solimar/Faria beach on the old Pacific Coast Highway. Emma Wood State Beach. Off-the-radar: Beaches at the Harbor. Mother’s Cove (aptly named).
StrollBest places for a leisurely stroll:
- The newly re-opened Ventura Pier!
- Marina Park. Take the paved walking path along the jetty to Soter Point. Sculptures, water, and beach views. Let the kids burn off energy at the pirate ship playground.
- Promenade. Our most popular coastal path.
- Ventura Harbor. Stop at Coastal Cone for a Dole Whip. Visit the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.
PedalHop on a bike and cruise the promenade to Emma Wood State Beach, Ventura River Trail towards Ojai, or the Rincon Bikeway along California’s iconic Highway 1. Take your own bike or rent bikes at Wheel Fun Rentals or Ventura Bike Depot.
HikeTop of the list is the scenic and easy Ventura Botanical Gardens above City Hall. It’s popular so expect crowds. The breathtaking views are well worth the climb. There are numerous trail options. Pick one that is just right for mom. Arroyo Verde park is another wonderful option. Wish for a clear day with the Channel Islands in view.
PamperSchedule a massage or a pedi/mani for mom at a local day spa. Michael Kelley, A Secret Place, Twin Palms, and Massage Envy are great choices.
Gift GivingHandcrafted gifts from the heart are best. Handwritten notes, pictures drawn and sweet sentiments will thrill mom. Pick a handful of wildflowers and tie them with ribbon. If shopping, look no further than the local gift shop, Plum Boutique. This downtown gem specializes in unique and artisan gifts. Housed inside Plum is MidiQueen handbags, a popular local designer known for her high-quality goods in gorgeous prints and vibrant colored leathers. Plum Boutique & MidiQueen Handbags 805-641-0113 420 E. Main St www.midiqueenhandbags.com Buying flowers? Shop at our wonderful local florists. The Growing Company 805-644-7950 6100 Telephone Rd #D Passion Flowers 805-641-1076 920 E. Main St Instead of just one special day, make it a weekend celebration. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day in our beautiful town by the sea.
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