Hotel at a Glance: Vagabond Inn Ventura
Vagabond Inn Ventura sits one block from the Pacific Ocean, and you only need to take the footbridge located at the back of the property to get to white-sand beaches and the Ventura Pier. You’re also not far from Ventura’s historic downtown and the San Buenaventura Mission. Both are within a 15-minute walk of the hotel.
- Go swimming in a heated, outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs and palms.
- Pet friendly: Pets are welcome in rooms for an additional $10 per night.
- Take a scenic drive on Highway 101, which runs through town. National Geographic called the 123-mile route, which wends past rocky cliffs, old-growth redwood forests, and quaint seaside towns, a “Drive of a Lifetime”.
- Nearest National Park: Ventura Harbor is the gateway to Channel Islands National Park, home to impressive biological variety.
Ventura, California: Picturesque Town along the Pacific
When Spanish settlers landed in Ventura in the 18th century, they called it the “land of endless summers.” With an average daytime temperature of 70 degrees and a picturesque Pacific setting, the city lives up to that name. Jutting out from the city’s white-sand beaches, Ventura Pier is a nice spot to fish and watch surfers navigate the rough ocean waters. On clear days you can see all the way to Channel Islands National Park, a cluster of five islands that sits a few miles off the coast.
Ventura’s Old Town lies a few blocks inland. The neighborhood is lined with historic statues, squares, and homes that you can explore on a self-guided walking tour. The city’s most famous site is probably the San Buenaventura Mission. Completed in 1782, the small mission is open for tours throughout the week.