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VENTURA COUNTY TRAVEL GUIDE

The view from Grant Park in Ventura County, California


Ventura County Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More


Nestled between rugged mountains and sprawling beaches, Ventura County provides the convenience of city life in a low-key, suburban atmosphere. The area's humble beginnings date back to 1542 when it was established as a mission town appropriately named San Buenaventura, or "good fortune" in Spanish. This must have been a foreshadowing to future prosperity because today, it's one of the wealthiest counties in California with a large presence of technological corporations and a reputation for being one of the safest-populated areas. Browse GAYOT's travel guide for the best in dining, lodging and spas in Ventura County.


RESTAURANTS

The Ranch House in Ojai, California

HOTELS

Ventura County Hotel Search
Top 10 Ventura County Hotels
Top Ventura County Hotel Ratings

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa


TRAVEL & SPAS

The Good Life in Two Classic California Towns Ventura & Ojai

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Ventura & Ojai

Combining Ventura and Ojai for a three-day getaway offers something for everyone, including beach-bound families, couples looking for a romantic escape, girlfriends with a penchant for shopping or spas, surfers and even solo travelers seeking spiritual enlightenment.


WHY KEEP A SECRET?
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has always offered a sophisticated getaway from the thorns of life, so to speak. Yet, over the past few years, it has really come into its own as a serious resort, catering to multitudinous needs, from romantic retreat to corporate meeting ground via a serious game on the green.


Also see: The Best Spas in Ojai
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Whale Watching in Oxnard Ventura County

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Whale Watching in Oxnard

We have all heard about whale watching season, which in Southern California runs from the end of December through March. This year, instead of missing yet another season, we suggest you hop in a car and drive up to Oxnard which is easily accessible from the surrounding areas, via the Pacific Coast Highway or the 101 Freeway.

* Top photo by Stephen Schafer courtesy of Ventura Convention and Visitors Bureau

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