All-Suites Hotel near Oxnard’s Historic Downtown
About an hour’s drive from Los Angeles sits the town of Oxnard, a major agricultural area with fertile soils and a warm, Mediterranean climate. Today, Oxnard is best known for its strawberry farms, but the town first sprang up in the early 1900s after the Southern Pacific Railroad built a direct line to its beet factory. Within a few years, the town square was lined with schools, churches, and homes, as well as a classical-style public library donated by Andrew Carnegie. You can still visit the library, now the Carnegie Art Museum, and see some of the town’s earliest buildings in the historic downtown, a 10-minute drive from the GrandStay Residential Suites Oxnard.
The hotel’s one-bedroom suites feature separate living areas and full kitchens stocked with cookware, dishes, and utensils. In the morning, head to the lobby for a complimentary breakfast buffet with pastries, fresh waffles, and Seattle’s Best coffee. Outside, there’s an outdoor pool and whirlpool, as well as a putting green for practicing swings or large-scale dance numbers.
Oxnard, California: Strawberry Capital of the World with Historic Homes and Whale Watching
About 60 miles west of Los Angeles, the town of Oxnard encompasses 7 miles of white-sand beaches that spread out along the Pacific coast. Several paved cycling trails and bikeways run along the beachfront, connecting it to downtown Oxnard and Channel Islands Harbor. From here, you can hop on a boat to Channel Islands National Park—the park spans five rocky islands a few miles offshore—to hike, to kayak, or whale watch. Gray whales frequent the chilly, Pacific waters between December and April as they migrate north to Alaska.
Oxnard’s historic downtown is just a few miles west of the hotel. Here, you can take a tour of restored Victorian and Craftsman homes along Heritage Square and visit the neoclassical Carnegie Art Museum. Originally built as a public library by Andrew Carnegie in the early 1900s, the building now displays contemporary California artwork.
California supplies nearly 85% of the country’s strawberries, and Oxnard is one of the state's largest producers, leading some to call it the Strawberry Capital of the World. The town’s California Strawberry Festival is held in May, but you can still taste the region’s famous produce throughout the fall and winter—in Oxnard, strawberries grow year-round.
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