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THE VIEW

DAY
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Ventura's walkable and welcoming
Downtown district is the best place to get
your bearings, with easy access to both the
beach and the mountains and a plethora of
dining, shopping, and cultural options. For
breakfast, Busy Bee Café is a quintessential
diner, but if you prefer a coffee and pastry
to-go, Palermo is your spot. (Don't miss
the gift shop in the back.)
Begin your exploration at the San
Buenaventura Mission - take a stroll
through the serene garden and learn
about Ventura's varied history. To help
with that is one of the city's newest
murals, by artist Michael O'Kelly, located
just outside of the mission on Main Street.
Downtown Ventura is home to many
cool shops featuring local and global
artisans. Wooden Nickel Home is a great
place for mid-century finds. Passport
Habits carries an eclectic mix of clothing,
gifts, and homeware (including an
incredible global rug selection). Pop
by Kariella for women's clothing and
accessories, and B on Main for gifts. And,
of course, a trip to Ventura wouldn't be
complete without a stop by Patagonia.

Ready for lunch? Paradise Pantry is
a fresh and innovative take on classic
café fare. (It's attached to a delightful
cheese counter and wine shop.)
Alternately, The Mad Rose, a farm-totable eatery by Ventura chef Giovanni
Tromba, offers an Italian-inspired menu
and full bar.
Next, head to San Buenaventura
City Hall, then to the Ventura Botanical
Gardens for epic views of the city and
coastline. In fact, it's a perfect place to
watch the sunset - a time of day also
known as cocktail hour. To that end,
Downtown's Blue Agave has excellent
margaritas and Mexican food. If beer is
your drink of choice, try Tap'd, and if
ambiance is the name of your game,
Fluid State is your spot. (It also happens
to be home to one of the best pizzas in
town.) For after dinner entertainment,
check out The Majestic Ventura Theater,
where bands big and small tour throughout
the year. In fact, you'll find live music at
many of the restaurants and bars around
town on any given night - check local
calendars for updates.

CAFFEINE FIX

Two of Ventura's best brew spots (of the
coffee variety) include Prospect Coffee,
Downtown and Beacon Coffee Company,
Inc. in Midtown.

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