Recommendations from the Visit Ventura Team

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by Visit Ventura

When it comes to Ventura, the perfect moment is tough to pin down. Impossible, actually. For every perfect moment, a dozen more pop up.

It’s a bit like trying to keep preschoolers in their chairs, and who would want to do that anyhow? The perfect Ventura moment is very much about preschool enthusiasm, so we thought it only right to start the ball rolling with our very own Visit Ventura staff:

Pretty much preschoolers masquerading as adults. Here are (some of) our favorite things to do. You, no doubt, have your own answers — so feel free to chime in.

Marlyss Auster

President & CEO

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do…

I still LOVE waking up and walking the beach at sunrise with Snickers!!

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My favorite song to do it by…

I like to have my stations on random because I like the element of surprise to see where the music takes my thoughts. But I get an especially big smile when “Here Comes the Sun” comes on. It just validates that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is …

Community

Cheryl Bagby

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do…

I love to spend the day boogie boarding at South Seaward Beach, and then end the day with a cold Chief Peak from Topa Topa Brewery at Social Tap.

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My favorite song to do it by…

Waiting for my Ruca by Sublime

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is …

Chill

Michele Gilmour

Visitor Services & Leisure Trade Manager

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do…

Hop on an Island Packers boat, head out to Santa Cruz Island, and kayak the sea caves on a guided tour by Channel Islands Adventure Company.

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My favorite song to do it by…

Indian Summer by Poco

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is…

Laidback

Mike Laan

Digital Marketing Manager

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do…

Spend time at all the amazing breweries.

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My favorite song to do it by…

California Sun by the Ramones

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is…

Home

Michele Foster

Office Administrator

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do…

I love the easy energy of this town — strolling through the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, greeting friends and visiting with local vendors, maybe even grabbing a tasty tamale or two for brunch.

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My favorite song to do it by…

Truth be told, I don’t listen to music when I’m shopping at the market. There’s often live music, and I love just listening to what’s going on around me.

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is…

Charm

Kayla Garcia

Visitor Services and Sales & Marketing Assistant

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do…

Walking through the Botanical Gardens on a clear and sunny day — seeing all the way to the Channel Islands when you reach the Rotary Plaza is breathtaking! Later on in the day I enjoy walking downtown and checking out the many options for happy hours for great deals on food and drinks along picturesque Main Street.

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My favorite song to do it by…

Island in the Sun by Weezer

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is…

Eclectic

Leslie Snipes

Digital Marketing Assistant

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do…

Grab a bite from Spencer Mackenzie’s and hunt for vinyl records at Jockamo’s downtown.

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My favorite song to do it by…

Aruarian Dance by Nujabes

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is…

Community

Ken McAlpine

Communications Coordinator

My favorite Ventura thing(s) to do …

Spend the day in the sun doing pretty much anything (except yard work). Finish the day by rinsing the salt water off my lips (only partly) with a cold craft beer. Count the stars with my wife.

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My favorite song to do it by…

Already Gone by the Eagles

When I think of Ventura, the first word that comes to my mind is…

Graced

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