Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn
The Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn was built in 1910 as a lodge for travelers exploring the Pacific Coast by automobile—a brand-new concept at the time. Though it’s since been updated, the Craftsman-style bungalow retains an old-fashioned feel. It’s just a stone’s throw from Ventura State Beach, a quiet swath of sand bordered by dunes and bike trails.
- Grab a bite at Austen’s Restaurant, which specializes in classic American cuisine including grilled Atlantic salmon and filet mignon.
- Take a swim in the outdoor pool.
- Guest rooms come with TempurPedic mattresses, WiFi, cable TV, and coffeemaker; some rooms come with private fireplaces and balconies with ocean views.
- Go for a stroll down the Ventura Pier, one of California’s oldest wooden piers. It extends 1,700 feet into the ocean.
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.