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Ventura is a unique city: Standing an hour and a half west of Los Angeles, it’s home to beaches and historical sites, and is a short drive from numerous state and national parks. Wondering what to do during your visit? Check out our blog for team favorites and recommendations. We love our hometown; we hope you will as well.

Holiday Happenings You Don’t Want to Miss

Holiday Happenings You Don’t Want to Miss

There’s so much to do this holiday season in Ventura and we don’t want you to miss a thing. We've highlighted a few of our favorite holiday events that are fun for the whole family!

Santa to the Sea is truly a race for the ages, with a half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K, kids 1K, Diaper Dash, and costume contest all happening December 11th. But more than a competition, it’s a toy drive and fundraiser with every dollar given back to the community in Ventura County. 

On Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th, Ventura Parade of Lights will brighten the harbor. Soak up some holiday cheer with a shimmering light display on the water, whirling kids’ carnival rides, boutique gift shopping, kayaking, comedy, delicious dining, fireworks, and more. The event and parking are free!   

Finally, don’t miss Snow n Glow at Sufer’s Point Live in Ventura where you can snow tube down a giant hill packed with real snow and enjoy a million glowing lights in a Winter Wonderland. Sip on hot cocoa as you go, and watch the fireworks from your own private igloo! 

Learn more about these events and more when you book your stay this holiday at Clocktower Inn.

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Start Your Holiday Shopping Today!

Start Your Holiday Shopping Today!

Shop smart and shop local. Ventura is brimming with locally-owned shops where it’s easy to find one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for the people on your list. The holidays aren’t far off now, so instead of succumbing to the stress by waiting, enjoy the journey and tuck into our favorite shops to get in the spirit.

Every kind of retail outlet lines Ventura’s streets, from clothing boutiques and antique stores to home and garden shops, art galleries, and specialty gift shops. and specialty shops that almost defy description. Park for free or save the gas and walk. Visit our stylish Buffalo Exchange for consignment treasures, or stop in Patagonia’s flagship store from name brand confidence. Folke sells off-beat home decor and Timbre Books shelves all the latest bestsellers. Get beachy at B. On Main or glamorous at Ormachea Jewelry. Find the unexpected at Betty Belts and comforting scents at The Refill Shoppe. If it’s souvenirs you’re looking for, make your way to Ventura Harbor where you’ll find the perfect gifts for any ocean lovers in your life. We recommend Ventura County Potters’ Guild. However you slice it, shop til you drop and spend the night with us at Clocktower Inn.

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Haunted House 5K Run/Walk

Haunted House 5K Run/Walk

Race to help our neighbors’ education by lacing up for the 6th annual Haunted Housing 5k run and walk. The out-and-back oceanfront course sends you running with a purpose through downtown Ventura so you can see the sights while supporting our youths’ future.

Celebrate this Halloween weekend by supporting the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura's Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program provides money to residents of the HACSB’s public, affordable housing communities, and participants and household members of the Housing Choice Voucher program who are or will be attending a four-year college, university, community college, or technical/vocational school. You’ll start near the entrance to State Park at 901 San Pedro St., head onto the bike path for a long loop that takes you back to the finish line. Be sure to bring your costume, and even wear it for the race! All participants will receive a T-shirt and Finisher’s Medal and are invited to enjoy post-run refreshments. For more information about the race, to sign up, and to make a donation, check out the event website. It’s something the whole family can enjoy and we here at Clocktower Inn will be thrilled to host you on Race Day and beyond!

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A Picture Perfect Island Cluster

A Picture Perfect Island Cluster

Taking off for a tranquil weekend vacation in the quaint city of Ventura is perfect for a quick recharge. However, if you have time during your stay, a scenic trip out to the Channel Islands National Park will be your favorite part of your getaway.

Scattered in the Pacific about 40 miles offshore, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Island make up the Channel Islands National Park, and they’re waiting to be explored. Known as the “Galápagos of North America,” these islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species; 150 of those species exclusive to this region! Exploring the different islands is a great opportunity to connect with the pacific coast’s unique ecosystems, with numerous tours available. September is an excellent time to try and catch a glimpse of this earth’s largest animal, the Blue Whale. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot both Blue and Humpback Whales with the help of Island Packers Cruises, getting you from Ventura to the Islands for half and full-day excursions. Offered daily in the summer and 4 days a week during fall, Island Packers include extended, further-out routes to increase your chances at spotting one of the whales. If you find yourself on Santa Rosa Island, you’ll be amongst the oldest recorded human remains of North Americans, found within the walls of the Arlington Canyon.

As you say bye to summer, explore in awe as you take in the diversity of vegetation and animals around you at the Channel Islands National Park. A long day of adventure pairs perfectly with top-tier accommodations; book direct with Clocktower Inn to ensure our latest special offers.

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Seaside Festival Fun

Seaside Festival Fun

Squeezing in a Ventura vacation during the last days of summer? This August and September, let Clocktower Inn serve as your home away from home on your getaway. To wrap up the season, Ventura welcomes back two exciting festivals you don’t want to miss at Surfer’s Point, located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

The Boots & Brews Country Music Festival

The highly anticipated hometown country festival of the year is back on August 20th! Pack your best pair of dancing shoes; The Boots & Brews Country Music Festival kicks off at 1 pm running through 10 pm, with a buzzing lineup including country stars Cole Swindell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, and Raelynn. Sip on an ice-cold brew and enjoy delectable bites from popular vendors. Head online to purchase your tickets now, with the chance to upgrade to the exclusive VIP experience, or rent a private cabana! 


Aloha Beach Festival

On September 3 & 4, the seaside will transform into the Big Island, celebrating the heritage of Hawaii while giving back to the community. Aloha Beach Festival partners every year with an organization, donating proceeds and sticking to the commitment of supporting Ventura’s social and environmental non-profits. Between live musical and dance performances, mouth-watering local favorites, a surf competition, and the highly anticipated K9 Frisbee Championship, the FREE Aloha Beach Festival is a family favorite. 

Settle your accommodations at Clocktower and book direct now to receive 15% off!

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Ventura Family Fun at the Fair!

Ventura Family Fun at the Fair!

The thrill and excitement that’s returning to the Ventura County Fairgrounds this summer pairs perfectly with Clocktower’s calm and relaxing beach-town atmosphere. It’s time to liven up the energy and get your adrenaline rushing; the Ventura County Fair is back from August 3-14, with popular carnival rides, games, exhibits, entertainment, and delicious food.

The thrill and excitement that’s returning to the Ventura County Fairgrounds this summer pairs perfectly with Clocktower’s calm and relaxing beach-town atmosphere. It’s time to liven up the energy and get your adrenaline rushing; the Ventura County Fairis back from August 3-14, with popular carnival rides, games, exhibits, entertainment, and delicious food.



Every day of the fair’s duration, a new adventure awaits with daily family-fun events! As the countdown begins, make sure to check back online as the page updates with day-by-day scheduling.  Sprinkled through the first week of the fair, guests can look forward to 8 free concerts presented by Firestone 805. Musical guests include the popular KC & The Sunshine Band on August 4, The All American Rejects on August 5, and The Beach Boys on August 8. Wrapping up the final weekend, The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will be hosting rodeo shows. A pending shuttle schedule will be available soon, so make sure to check back to see if you can catch a ride from Clocktower Inn.

Book your accommodations directly through our site now and receive 10% off your 1-2 night stay with Promo Code: SUMMER2022.

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The Wild West Coast

The Wild West Coast

Get a taste of the wild west in Ventura this summer as the city’s #1 music festival returns to the county. Get your dancing boots and bikinis ready for the Surf Rodeo, returning to the coast from July 15-17th.

Get a taste of the wild west in Ventura this summer as the city’s #1 music festival returns to the county. Get your dancing boots and bikinis ready for the Surf Rodeo, returning to the coast from July 15-17th.

This year, the festival extends to three days, meaning more time for dancing and enjoying over 40 bands, some from overseas! The famous Surf Contest will have you on your toes as those waves crash on pro and local surfers. Some of the best cornhole competitors in the world flock to Ventura around this time of year for the Cornhole Tournament, and make sure to be around for the Bikini Cowgirl and Cowboy contest! Enjoy an ice-cold brew from the world’s biggest sand Beach Bar as the festivities take place around, and muster up the liquid courage to ride the mechanical bull!

Not only does this festival bring the best seaside fun, but it also gives back to the community. A list of charitable organizations working with Surf Rodeo can be found online as you purchase your tickets. Party in luxury with one of the VIP Cabanas offered for Friday and Sunday, as Saturday is already sold out. A full list of ticket options is found here, and selling fast!

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Venture through Ventura

Venture through Ventura

There’s no denying that a spring or summer escape to the West Coast is your best bet to the most perfect seaside breeze. Planning a Memorial Day Weekend staycation? Traveling to Southern California for the first time? Regardless of the reason, Clocktower Inn Ventura is your central location to the best Ventura beaches and attractions.

 

Just minutes from Clocktower, immerse in the nature Ventura has to offer and get lost in the trails of Seaside Wilderness Park, where you can do some birding, then cool off at Surfer’s Point. Surfer’s Point also connects to a trail that will lead you to the must-see historical Ventura Pier. If you’re looking for more of a colorful walk, head to the nearby Ventura Botanical Gardens. Snap a pic at the California Spring Wildflower Meadow, or see how many Chilean Matorral flowers you can spot. To honor our fallen heroes, admission will be free on Memorial Day.

While on your stay in Ventura, try to make time in the day to head to Santa Barbara; a popular neighboring beach town and home to Stearns Wharf. Coined as Santa Barbara’s #1 attraction and California’s oldest wharf, this favorite local hub is currently celebrating its 150th birthday, and is home to delicious eateries, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, Celebration Cruises, and more.

Book your stay now and start planning!

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A Spring Affair at the Vendor Fair!

A Spring Affair at the Vendor Fair!

The dreamy beachside ambiance paired with the sunny skies and with brisk air makes Spring primetime for a Ventura escape. If you happen to be in town the weekend of April 9th, a day spent at The Ventura Spring Wine Walk & Vendor Fair is a must!

Accommodate the kids at the start of the day with The Hunt, Ventura’s largest free holiday egg hunt. From 10:00 am to 1 pm, children will be grouped into their age group for their respective hunts and can enjoy bounce houses and rides in the meantime. Registration is a must to participate! From 12 pm- 8 pm, the streets of Downtown Ventura, from the Museum of Ventura County through the 600 block of Main Street, will be buzzing with free goodies and live entertainment. Aside from the free vendors, attendees also have the option to buy delicious local food and crafts. The boozy refills begin at 4 pm with the Wine Walk, offering over 50 wine, sparkling wine, and craft beer stops.

Don’t miss out on the event of the year. Get your tickets now!

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A Cozy Evening Indoors

A Cozy Evening Indoors

Who doesn’t love spending a cozy evening indoors after a long day of work or play? Here at Clocktower Inn Ventura, we make it easy to unwind.

First, beat the afternoon heat by catching up on some summer reading indoors. Grab your favorite paperback novel, audiobook, or trade magazine, and get immersed in the story.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in some of Ventura’s best food without ever leaving your room. Authentic Mexican cuisine and over 500 tequilas from our on-site restaurant, The Blue Agave, are just a phone call away.

After dinner (and maybe even dessert!), it’s time to get ready for bed. Climb into your PJs, hop into bed, and find your favorite movie channel on TV. Drifting off into a sound night’s sleep is just moments away.

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Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair

Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair

Don’t miss the Ventura Wine Walk on March 28th! Kick-off the day with the Spring Street Fair at 11 am on Main Street, right in Historic Downtown Ventura. This free event is brimming with local art vendors, crafters, non-profit organizations, and exciting live entertainment.

Then, check out the Wine Walk from 3 pm to 6 pm. This event will offer champagne, sparkling wines, and tons of craft beer to sample. Every guest will receive a Wine Walk wristband, a tasting cup, and a map of the tasting sites throughout Downtown Ventura.

Spending the entire day tasting? Make sure to check out the VIP Bunny Lounge. Enjoy mimosas, chocolates, desserts, champagne, and live entertainment all in an exclusive spot. VIP Guests are also able to enter any of the 40 General Admission tasting locations throughout Downtown Ventura. Gather your friends, and start planning—there’s no better way to celebrate spring!

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Day Trips to San Buenaventura State Beach

Day Trips to San Buenaventura State Beach

Looking for a laid back day on the sand? Head to San Buenaventura State Beach for swimming, surfing, picnicking, frisbee, beach volleyball, and more.

With over two miles of soft sand and gorgeous wildlife, this beach is the perfect place to kick-back for the day or go exploring. Brimming with scenic sand dunes, everything about this sandy paradise is one-of-a-kind. If you plan on relaxing over a picnic, each area has tables and grills for anyone to use.

For those planning on making a day of it, The Jolly Oyster, Good to Go Juice Truck, and Wheel Fun Rentals are located on-site during weekends and holidays, with delicious food and drinks as well as bike rentals—the local bike trails connect to other beaches and also lead to Ventura Pier. With two miles of sandy shoreline and six acres of turf, this beach has something exciting for everyone, from sunbathers to explorers. 

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Visit the Midtown Ventura Farmer's Market

Visit the Midtown Ventura Farmer's Market

This one is for the fresh produce lovers! Coming up on Wednesday, January 8th, don’t miss out on the weekly Midtown Ventura Farmer’s Market.

Whether you’re here on business and want to stop by between meetings or you’re here for a getaway and want to bring something special home with you, this amazing outdoor shopping experience is open year-round, rain or shine.

Charming visitors and locals since1989, and open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, this market offers products from over 25 California farmers and food vendors every week and is located at the Pacific View mall.

Walk around, grab some food, and enjoy the outdoors. The market is brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables brought to you by California farmers, along with fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, honey, eggs, herbs, artisan bakery treats, and ethnic foods—so prepare to indulge.

Ready to shop? Visit their website for more information and start planning your visit today!

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 Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights

Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, we know just the event to ease you into the holiday spirit. Ventura Harbor is celebrating the holiday season with its 43rd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks

From December 13th to 14th, this incredible boat parade with a “SEAing is Believing” theme, will light up the sea with holiday cheer. Make sure to stick around for the fireworks too!

Sound like fun? The celebration continues in the same place the following weekend on December 21st. The Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace will be brimming with live reindeer, holiday characters, festive carolers, fake snow, and of course, holiday gift shopping.

Planning on making a day of it? Restaurants close by and accepting reservations include Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant, The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood, and Water’s Edge Restaurant. After the festival, we highly suggest stopping by Coastal Cone Ice Cream for a special treat.

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Explore Stearns Wharf

Explore Stearns Wharf

Looking to explore the area a bit beyond Ventura? We highly suggest a day trip to Santa Barbara with a stop at Stearns Wharf—home to shops, a museum, and more. From taking a ride on the water taxi to indulging in fresh seafood and exploring specialty shops, it’s easy to fall in love with this beautiful area. 

Planning on spending the day? Make sure to check out the amazing marine life at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center! This highly interactive marine education facility offers close encounters with marine life from the Santa Barbara channel—they even offer a Live Dive series. Think sharks, stingrays, sea stars, sea urchins and more—all on display to interact with on their wet deck.

Foodie? We’ve got you covered. For casual dining, check out Char West, where you can sit back and indulge in fish and chips, cheeseburgers, and more. If you’re looking for more of an upscale dining experience, we highly suggest The Harbor Restaurant. Offering a stunning view and an exquisite menu of fresh fish and steaks, prime rib, cocktails, and select fine wines, this restaurant is all part of the Santa Barbara experience. Plan your visit today! 

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Sip Your Way Through the Ventura Brew Fest

Sip Your Way Through the Ventura Brew Fest

Kick back, relax, and enjoy some tasty craft beers at the inaugural Ventura Brew Fest! Located alongside the Ventura Marathon 5K and Downtown Mile at Ventura’s Mission Park, this lively event includes live music, delicious food, vendors, games, races, and more.

Participating breweries include the Lagunitas Brewing Company, Institution Ale Company, Leashless Brewing, Poseidon Brewery, Red Tandem Brewery, Rincon Brewery, Seaward Brewing, Ventura Coast Brew Co., and Topa Topa—and festival participants can purchase up to 20 tasting tickets.

Not a fan of craft beer? Not to worry, local food trucks will be at the festival selling breakfast and lunch. After you’ve found the grub, make sure to check out the demos and deals from local and national vendors.

On October 19th from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, get ready to drink some beer and jam out to blues and funk. The purchase of tickets will also include a limited edition Ventura Brew Fest glass stein—learn more today.

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Explore the Beautiful Ventura Botanical Gardens

Explore the Beautiful Ventura Botanical Gardens

Calling all nature enthusiasts! Ventura Botanical Gardens is brimming with gorgeous nature trails, gardens, and blooming flowers. For those who love exploring the great outdoors, this wondrous spot is more than worth the visit.

Join their passionate tour guides for free tours that cover botany, wildlife, geology, and photography. Whether you’re visiting with the family, you’re here on business, or on a romantic getaway, they offer programs for everyone.

Seeking a day of rejuvenation? On September 12th, beginning at 9:30 am, refresh your mind, body, and spirit with yoga in the Gardens. Surrounded by wildflowers and coastal views, all you need to bring is a positive mind and your yoga mat!

On Tuesday, September 17th, you can also head to their Library in the Gardens program for a relaxing day of reading under the sun—the Ventura Mobile Library visits with books on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Plan your visit today to discover the beauty of Ventura Botanical Gardens.

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Take in Divine Views at Serra Cross

Take in Divine Views at Serra Cross

Legend has it that the Serra Cross predates Ventura; some say it was built by Junípero Serra himself, not long after the founding of Mission San Buenaventura in 1782.

Whatever its true origins, the Cross quickly became one of the area’s defining features. And today, it retains that distinction, offering the best vantage point of the city that grew beneath it.

From its place in a special section of Grant Park, visitors can marvel at bustling Downtown Ventura, the hulking Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, and more. The Cross is an attraction in and of itself, too: Designated as a city and state landmark, the current edition is the fourth to be built since the original was erected nearly 250 years ago.

Getting there is easy. Set atop La Loma de la Cruz, the Cross is a brisk one-mile hike from our front door. So, lace up your walking shoes and head for the hills; you’re in for a rewarding workout.

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