By Visit Ventura
So. We reached out to you — and you responded in a way even we couldn’t have imagined. We asked you what will be the very first thing you’ll do when we can all return to Ventura, and Ventura returns to us. A fun way to look to a future that will come.
The answers poured in in droves.
Below, you’ll find some of your answers (and some great inside tips). We simply couldn’t include them all. Making this as good a time as any to thank you — or kind followers — for being you. We are grateful for you, and grateful to you. We create these blogs — and all our other content — to inform, to uplift and inspire, to entertain, to make life just a little bit better. We’re not going to change the world, but for a moment we would like to make your world better. A small gift between friends.
Here’s what we wrote in our first “First Thing You’ll Do” blog. “What’s the very first Ventura thing you’ll do? Dreaming is good, because some dreams come true. Returning to a wide open Ventura, for one. We’re not there yet, but the day will come, and, when it does, just for fun we’d love to hear what’s the very first thing you’ll do. After spreading your arms to the sky…”
You make us spread our arms to the sky.
Thank you, from the entire Visit Ventura team.
And, if you didn’t weigh in the first time around, we’d love to hear your “first thing” now.
First thing you’ll do? Here’s what some of you said…
Go up to the cross and look down at all I can see.
JoAnn Craven Lakeland, Florida
Go down to the pier, walk out to the end and look back at this beautiful city again!
Go to the beach ….and later find some live music 🍻 or 🍹!! Go to fluid state ? Or sushi? Have breakfast at two trees? I miss alot of places!!
Angela Ruiz Ventura
See kids dancing and cheering in Billy Clower Dance Studio.
Hit up all our favorite restaurants. Victoria Pub, Cronies, Spencer Makenzies, J Wolf, Caribbean Haven, Cask, Grapes & Hops, Tavern, Cask, Winchester’s, 805, Margaritaville, Rincon, and some places in Oxnard. (Just to name a few). Especially the places where we can sit and listen to music and be with friends.
Tami Emmerson Caldwell, Idaho
Oh forgot to mention Taco District and some of our favorite happy hour places – Aloha, Lure, Cafe Fiore, Brophys… Also Sushi! ILove, Sushi Fresh, Sumo… Ventura has some of THE BEST restaurants. Such a variety!
Thrift shopping! VTA Flea Market! Local Punk Rock bands at The Garage and Ventura Theater! Marie Shannon Bakery!
Machii Michelle Lapointe Oxnard
Breakfast burritos at Corrales, pack up the truck with corn hole boards, coolers, umbrellas chairs and head down the rincon to our favorite beach spot and post up for the day! Then pack it all up after an amazing beach day with friends and family and head to Cronies for iced cold schooners and food.
Amanda Peterson Ventura
Go to Tony’s Pizzeria best pizza anywhere, been going there since I was in High School and I’m 71 now.
Visit all the Breweries.
Beth Walker-Martinez Ventura
I need a Marilu taco from Beach House tacos ASAP. I also want to go see my favorite band the Vinyl Gypsies at Limon y Sal or MargaritaVilla!!
Christina Pickell Gonzalez
Hug my Dad.
Tamara ThePsychic Oxnard
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