Oxnard California You Really Got to go There
Just 60 miles from Los Angeles, Oxnard offers a surprising number of sightseeing, island excursions, dining and historic options.
Original five and dime store still stands in Oxnard
From historic landmarks to modern day restaurants, freshly-picked strawberries to interesting side trips, Oxnard offers lots of surprises and fun for visitors to this seaside California community where you Diva on the go just spent three delightful days.
Strawberry fields abound in the area and fresh picked berries are sold at the weekly Farmer’s Market and along the major highways that lead to Oxnard. We bought a bundle for ourselves and friends. They are soooooo sweet and deliciousand practically Oxnard's signature....ripe, juicy, tasty....
Tasting some mighty fine wines
A really big surprise was the Herzog Wine Cellars which we toured before settling down for tastes with winemaker Joe Hurliman, a fun guy who obviously knows his grapes. Loved the Reserve Chardonnay with it’s vanilla nose and big, buttery taste, and the Syrah Edna Vally 2005, Alexander Valley Cab Sauvignon. They offer tastings for a fee. We also ate at the Winery’s fine Tierra Sur restaurant, which impressed your Diva with exceptional fare prepared by Chef Todd Aarons, executive chef with an notable background. Unfortunatley I only got to sample what a specially arranged menu so didn’t get the picked what I might have from the yummy-looking menu. I loved his Mesclun salad with baby greens, sugar snap peas, beets and balsamic vinaigrette. I liked my chicken dish which was substituted for the duck course (your Diva doesn’t do duck), but would have preferred sometjng more interesting. Next time. It’s definitely worth a trip back, maybe for dinner. Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, http://www.herzogwinecellars.com/. You should know that there are many little wineries around the area along with tour operators who offer personalized visits like Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service, http://www.rrshuttle.com/; Santa Barbara Wine Tours, http://www.sbwinetour.com/.
There’s a refreshing quaintness about Oxnard especially in Heritage Square — an area built in 1985 to preserve the historical and architectectural ambiance of the turn-of-the-century city.
We even met the mayor, Andres Herrera (seen here talking to tourists), a charming man who had done much to improve help revitalize the city which he is obviously very proud of.
The highlight of the trip, for me, was the day-long visit to Anacapa Island, one of the Channel Islands National Parks
We were on the island during nesting season and witnessed slews of mother Seagulls sitting on their eggs or protecting their impossibly adorable young. Should you, however, get too close they will fly over your head and poop on you (no joke) so Richard has a remedy, he fought them off by waving his hiking poles….
On the way back to land we spotted hordes of dolphin but alas my photos didn’t come out so use your imagination…..
For everything else you wanted to know about Oxnard visit: http://www.visitoxnard.com/