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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.


Air Force One Tail Number 27000 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Many know Ronald Reagan as the 40th President of the United States, but before that, he had a successful run as a Hollywood actor, starring in over 50 films. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum gives the public insight into the former president's life and achievements. Visitors can also witness up close Air Force One — the plane that flew Reagan and six other presidents.

Read more in Alain Gayot's Blog


The dining room at Suzanne's Cuisine restaurant in Ventura County, California

Ventura County Restaurant Search and Top 10

Top Ventura County Food Ratings

Best Steakhouses

Best Barbecue

Heart-Healthy Restaurants

More of the Best Restaurants in Ventura County


The Embassy Suites Hotel Mandalay Beach Resort — Oxnard in Ventura County, California

Ventura County Hotel Search and Top 10

Top Ventura County Hotel Ratings


Ventura Harbor offers plenty of fun activities for the whole family

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.

Get insight on how to spend your time in Ventura and Ojai

The indoor pool at Ojai Inn & Spa in Ojai, California

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.

Learn more about the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Whale watching in Southern California runs from the end of December to March

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.

See what it's like to go whale watching

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


GAYOT's list of the best luxury trains has exciting excursions on as many continents as possible, from dramatic treks across the Austalian Outback to elegant tours through the great cities of Europe.
Situated in scenic locales from Napa Valley to Champagne, France, these iconic wine routes boast world-class vineyards, charming towns and unforgettable views.