Located on the Southern California coastline, Santa Barbara and Ventura offer fabulous beaches for sunning, surfing, paddleboarding, and kyaking. Ventura offers unique harbor boat tours, farms where you can pick your own produce/fruit, wine tasting, excellent golf courses and tennis facilities, and reasonably priced accommodations and restaurants.
Santa Barbara, is one of California’s oldest cities and home to Mission Santa Barbara, “Queen of the Missions”. Santa Barbara is “old time money”, as is seen by the cars driven, the five diamond hotels, restaurants, and stores. On the weekends, the extremely popular oceanfront arts and crafts faire covers a mile long area facing the Pacific Ocean. Vendors of every art discipline sell their creative wares. Relaxation is the “Scrabble word of choice” during a visit to Santa Barbara.
Serenity, organic, celestial, are just a few of the adjectives that describe Ojai, located in the mountains of Ventura County. A visit to Ojai is like no other. Immediately you feel a sense of calm as you stroll through the unique shops, art, and sculpture galleries. Libby Park shaded by “umbrellas” of 150 year old oak trees is the site for the Ojai Open, a collegiate tennis tournament, and the park’s new amphitheatre is the setting for musical and stage productions. A fabulous lunch featuring organically grown local produce, and a private wine tasting are included. Read more about Ojai here.