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City Guide: Ventura

December 16, 2011 11:00 AM

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beach ventura City Guide:  Ventura

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Known as a “quintessential” beach town, the city Ventura of is located less than an hour (60 miles) north of Los Angeles. With a relaxed, small town beach vibe and plenty of things to do and see the city of Ventura lures day trippers and vacationers alike to enjoy all the city has to offer.

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Marriot Ventura Beach

2055 East Harbor Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-6000

The Marriot at Ventura Beach is the perfect place to stay while visiting Ventura. Centrally located between Downtown Ventura and Ventura Harbors, you’ll easily be able to get around to your favorite activities. The Marriot Ventura Beach is steps about from the beach and the San Buenaventura State Beach Park.
ventura pier City Guide:  Ventura

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Ventura Pier

Harbor Boulevard East of California Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 652-4550

The Ventura Pier was originally built in 1872 and remains one of California’s oldest wooden piers. A stroll on the pier sends you back in time and hints of California’s beaches cities long-ago. With views of the Channel Islands ahead and the rolling hills of Ventura County behind this experience will leave you breathless.
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Ventura County Fairgrounds

10 West Harbor Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001

Home of the famous Ventura County Fair, the fairgrounds are also home to a year round activities such as flea markets, concerts, rodeos, festivals, motorsports, trade shows, dances and tons more. The Ventura County Fairgrounds welcomes thousands of people year round.
downtown ventura City Guide:  Ventura

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Downtown Ventura

101 South California Street
Ventura, CA 93001
805) 648-2075

With a plethora of vintage shops, art galleries, fancy boutiques, cool bars and gourmet restaurants Downtown Ventura is the place to be in the day and night time. Downtown Ventura is accessible and leisurely walk able with plenty to do, see and eat.
ventura harbor village City Guide:  Ventura

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Ventura Harbor Village

1583 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 642-8538

A gorgeous stretch of pristine Ventura beach, a harbor full of ships, boats and yachts and over 33 acres of shopping, casual dining and fun to experience is what you can expect from the Ventura Harbor Village. Stroll along the promenade and soak in the California sun, this is what living in California is all about!
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The Wine Rack

14 South California Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 653-WINE

Located in the heart of Downtown Ventura is a super cool hangout bar that offers over 100 different wine labels. You can take a “wine flight” around the world and taste test wines from all over the globe in just 30 minutes. The ultra-relaxed setting, excellent wine choices and super friendly staff makes this bar a must see on your Ventura vacation.
watermark City Guide:  Ventura

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Watermark Restaurant

598 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-6800

What was once a bank in the 1920’s is now an upscale restaurant with a modern twist. The old 1920’s bank vault now houses top shelf liquor .A rooftop lounge named W2O that is made up of blue hues and Downtown Ventura views and a Seafood Raw Bar rounds out the modern twist to the otherwise old world classic. This restaurant is an absolute must.

Desiree Eaglin is a lover of food, wine and above all-traveling. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest (link with

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