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California itinerary: Oxnard blends ocean scenery with foodie savvy

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Located along the Pacific Ocean, just an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Oxnard is the perfect blend of relaxed beach town, scenic farming community and sophisticated get-away. Settled in the late 1800s, Oxnard area continues as a major agricultural center. That agricultural tradition now influences a growing identity as an emerging foodie haven focused on farm-to-table dining experiences and wine tasting. 

Susan Smith, president/CEO of Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau, shares these suggestions for three days on and off the coast. 


Day One 

Take the scenic route, the Pacific Coast Highway, from Los Angeles. The storied road passes giant granite outcroppings until the vista opens into miles of lush fields filled with fresh berries and vegetables. 

Once in Oxnard, start off with discovering the world-class wines with stops at Herzog Wine Cellars or Magnavino Cellars, two of more than 20 wineries located on Ventura County’s Wine Trail.

Continue on to the historic heart of Oxnard, Heritage Square. This quaint city square is home to 15 restored structures that preserve the heritage of Oxnard’s early pioneer families — and the tasting room of Rancho Ventavo Cellars. 

Enjoy a bite to eat at Tierra Sur, located in the Herzog Winery. In Heritage Square, there’s La Dolce Vita, one of Oxnard’s most popular dining locations, or The Kitchen, featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. 


Day Two 

Experience the coastal side of Oxnard. The city is the gateway to the Channel Islands National Park, sometimes referred to as “America’s Galapagos Islands.” The islands sit directly in the migratory path of both blue and gray whales, making it an ideal experience for nature lovers of all ages. Both half- and full-day cruises depart from Oxnard’s Marine Emporium Landing. 

For the solitude of pristine beaches, a leisurely bike ride, the fun of discovering nature by kayak or paddle board, zipping through clear ocean waters on a Jet Ski or embarking on whale and wildlife cruises, groups find it all in and around Oxnard’s Marina area. 

For additional waterfront activities or watching a sunset with a signature cocktail, the marina area provides a lot of choices. For eating well, too. There’s seafood fresh off of the boats, an authentic Brazilian restaurant or a combination restaurant/wine bar with a patio. 

For the golfers in the group, a round or two at Oxnard’s River Ridge Golf Club is a great way to for a foursome to spend a day. A public golf course, designed by Billy Bell Jr., it offers two 18-hole courses with scenic views of both the ocean and mountains. 


Day Three 

Oxnard’s welcome center is a must stop before leaving town as well as upon arrival. It offers a selection of Oxnard and California souvenirs and wine tasting of fine wines of the Ventura County Wine Trail. 

The center is part of Oxnard’s newest shopping, dining, entertainment destination — The Collection at RiverPark — conveniently located at the junction of Highway 101 and Oxnard Boulevard.


GO
Oxnard

SEE
Channel Islands National Park
(805) 658-5730
www.nps.gov/chis

Heritage Square
(877) 698-5594
www.heritagesquareoxnard.com

Marine Emporium Landing
(805) 985-5828
www.marineemporiumlanding.com

PLAY
River Ridge Golf Club
(805) 983-4653
www.riverridge-golfclub.com

SHOP
Collection at RiverPark
(805) 278-9500
www.thecollectionrp.com

SIP
Herzog Wine Cellars
(805) 983-1560
www.herzogwinecellars.com

Magnavino Cellars
(805) 983-2500
www.magnavino.com

Rancho Ventavo Cellars
(805) 483-8084
www.ranchoventavo.com

ASK
Oxnard California Welcome Center
(805) 988-0717
www.visitcwc.com

Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau
(805) 385-7545
www.visitoxnard.com

Compiled by Amanda Black

Located along the Pacific Ocean, just an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Oxnard is the perfect blend of relaxed beach town, scenic farming community and sophisticated get-away. Settled in the late 1800s, Oxnard area continues as a major agricultural center. That agricultural tradition now influences a growing identity as an emerging foodie haven focused on farm-to-table dining experiences and wine tasting. 

Susan Smith, president/CEO of Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau, shares these suggestions for three days on and off the coast. 


Day One 

Take the scenic route, the Pacific Coast Highway, from Los Angeles. The storied road passes giant granite outcroppings until the vista opens into miles of lush fields filled with fresh berries and vegetables. 

Once in Oxnard, start off with discovering the world-class wines with stops at Herzog Wine Cellars or Magnavino Cellars, two of more than 20 wineries located on Ventura County’s Wine Trail.

Continue on to the historic heart of Oxnard, Heritage Square. This quaint city square is home to 15 restored structures that preserve the heritage of Oxnard’s early pioneer families — and the tasting room of Rancho Ventavo Cellars. 

Enjoy a bite to eat at Tierra Sur, located in the Herzog Winery. In Heritage Square, there’s La Dolce Vita, one of Oxnard’s most popular dining locations, or The Kitchen, featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. 


Day Two 

Experience the coastal side of Oxnard. The city is the gateway to the Channel Islands National Park, sometimes referred to as “America’s Galapagos Islands.” The islands sit directly in the migratory path of both blue and gray whales, making it an ideal experience for nature lovers of all ages. Both half- and full-day cruises depart from Oxnard’s Marine Emporium Landing. 

For the solitude of pristine beaches, a leisurely bike ride, the fun of discovering nature by kayak or paddle board, zipping through clear ocean waters on a Jet Ski or embarking on whale and wildlife cruises, groups find it all in and around Oxnard’s Marina area. 

For additional waterfront activities or watching a sunset with a signature cocktail, the marina area provides a lot of choices. For eating well, too. There’s seafood fresh off of the boats, an authentic Brazilian restaurant or a combination restaurant/wine bar with a patio. 

For the golfers in the group, a round or two at Oxnard’s River Ridge Golf Club is a great way to for a foursome to spend a day. A public golf course, designed by Billy Bell Jr., it offers two 18-hole courses with scenic views of both the ocean and mountains. 


Day Three 

Oxnard’s welcome center is a must stop before leaving town as well as upon arrival. It offers a selection of Oxnard and California souvenirs and wine tasting of fine wines of the Ventura County Wine Trail. 

The center is part of Oxnard’s newest shopping, dining, entertainment destination — The Collection at RiverPark — conveniently located at the junction of Highway 101 and Oxnard Boulevard.


GO
Oxnard

SEE
Channel Islands National Park
(805) 658-5730
www.nps.gov/chis

Heritage Square
(877) 698-5594
www.heritagesquareoxnard.com

Marine Emporium Landing
(805) 985-5828
www.marineemporiumlanding.com

PLAY
River Ridge Golf Club
(805) 983-4653
www.riverridge-golfclub.com

SHOP
Collection at RiverPark
(805) 278-9500
www.thecollectionrp.com

SIP
Herzog Wine Cellars
(805) 983-1560
www.herzogwinecellars.com

Magnavino Cellars
(805) 983-2500
www.magnavino.com

Rancho Ventavo Cellars
(805) 483-8084
www.ranchoventavo.com

ASK
Oxnard California Welcome Center
(805) 988-0717
www.visitcwc.com

Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau
(805) 385-7545
www.visitoxnard.com

Compiled by Amanda Black

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