Warm Yourself Seaside at Ventura Harbor

palm tree sunset

To capture the warmth of the California sun, there is no better place to head than Ventura Harbor Village off of California’s Highway 101.  Whether it is a first time or return visit, plan on celebrating the upcoming holiday weekends on the waterfront with an overnight stay. See below for the Top 5 Ways To Warm Yourself Seaside. Ventura Harbor’s got you covered…in warmth!


#1 Warm Your Inner Core

Take the chill out of the cooler days ahead with healthy seafood dishes, from steamed clams to fresh salmon dishes. Find sizzling seafood, 10 handcrafted clam chowders, and heavenly lobster bisque – what better way to start off the New Year with a salute the sea! Take a leisurely stroll and tempt your taste buds with handcrafted soups amid stunning seaside views of the Harbor. Choose from a variety of culinary backgrounds including Greek, American, French, Cuban, Mexican and Seafood favorites. You can even take fresh catch home from Wild Local Seafood Co. serving up sustainable, local fish caught right off the coast. To see what warm options Ventura Harbor restaurants are offering, visit venturaharborvillage.com/winter-soups/


#2 Gather Round the Fire

Baby it’s cold outside! Gathering around a fire is sure to warm your spirits both inside and out. Winter is the ideal time to rally family and friends around Ventura Harbor’s new outdoor fire pit after a great day of shopping. Additional Harbor Village “hot spots” include 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese/Copa Cubana boasting tabletop fire pits, Boatyard Pub’s patio that features an outdoor wood-burning fireplace, and The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood that showcases a cozy cushioned seat around a fire – all perfect spots to dine overlooking boats on the glistening water.  Check out the variety of happy hour offerings that are sure to warm you up at venturaharborvillage.com/dine


#3 Warm Up Indoors

Cure the wintertime blues! Laughter is the best medicine and comedy lovers get a belly full of big laughs at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club. Now celebrating 12 years in 2019, the Comedy Club serves up intimate comedy shows with top-notch entertainment. Great food, tasty drinks and easy parking equal the perfect night out. Shows you don’t want to miss include: January 27th for Nick Di Paolo a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and radio personality and

February 16th for Brad Garrett, a stand-up comedian, owner of an MGM Comedy Club in Las Vegas, and actor well known for his role in Everyone Loves Raymond, and on ABC’s new hit show Single Parents. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/ventura-harbor-comedy-club/


It may be cold outside, but The Ultimate Escape Rooms are sure to provide a mind challenging adventurous indoor getaway. Players get a choice of more than four heart-pumping unique themed escapes including The Wizard’s Liar, We Are All Mad Here, The Attic and Mermaid’s Curse. Do you think you can you escape?  venturaharborvillage.com/directory/the-ultimate-escape-rooms/


For kids of all ages, return to vintage fun at Village Carousel & Arcade with authentic arcade games such as Skeeball, pinball, air hockey and ticket redemption games. Fun is complimented by a snack bar, homemade fudge, caramel apples, cotton candy, and more. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/village-carousel/


Swing into Coffee Dock & Post to order a Strawberry Hot Chocolate, try a trendy Golden Milk Latte, or a signature Cup of Joe – now featuring Santa Barbara Roasting Company and free Wi-Fi. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/coffee-dock-post/


#4 Wrap Yourself in Warmth

Amp up your new winter wardrobe and keep warm yearlong:


Barefoot Boutique – Your headquarters for warm weather clothing, this favorite women’s retail shop keeps you toasty with Teddy coats, Lennox hooded coatigans, Just Chillin puffer jackets, and beanies for both adults & children.  One of the newest head warmers is the Messy Bun beanie!  venturaharborvillage.com/directory/barefoot-boutique/


Beach Break Surf Shop – Winter beanies and ponchos can be found at this surf specialty shop and owner Tom Henley is a knowledgeable source about the local surf culture, ready to assist surfers of all skill levels to enjoy the waves.  venturaharborvillage.com/directory/beach-break-surf-shop/


Casa de Regalos – This family-owned business since 1982 is a local and visitor favorite selling Hawaiian themed shirts, and a large line of Ventura wear, including warm sweatshirts that feature original art by local artists. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/casa-de-regalos/


Harbor Market & Liquor – This one stop shop for all your seaside needs carries a variety of Ventura Harbor sweatshirts, grocery items, soda, liquor, beer, coffee, and snacks. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/village-market-2/


Harbor Village Gallery – A satellite space and artisan shop of the Buenaventura Art Association has got you covered from head to toe with hand painted hats, cable knit pom beanies, hand-crafted scarves, and Afghan wool shawls. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/harbor-village-gallery-artisan-store/


Hats Unlimited – The focus on both fashion and functionality is key at this long time favorite Ventura Harbor Village shop that carries more than 10,000 hats for men, women and children.  Warm winter favorites for women include Jeanne Simmons crochet trapper hats, downtown-style wool felt hats and Connor-Lauren wool felt floppy styles. Popular with men are the store’s selection of Henschel outback leather hats, TLS Stefeno wool duckbill caps and Bigalli Milano fedoras.  Kids delight in a large selection of colorful knit beanies and cozy costume hats. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/hats-unlimited/


Lost In Socks – With more than 1,400 socks in store to choose from, put your best foot forward with a visit to this trendy sock shop and accessorize with warm, cozy K. Bell and Fine Fit boot socks.  Fuzzy non-skid grip socks are a wintertime favorite! venturaharborvillage.com/directory/lost-in-socks/


Ventura Dive & Sport – Dive to new depths with a wetsuit from Ventura’s top destination dive shop. Seeking a top brand wetsuit for Winter?  The best brands are sure to keep you warm on your next dive adventure. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/ventura-dive-sport/


#5 Alfresco Warmth   

Orange, pink & burgundy colors fill the sky with vibrant sunsets in Ventura Harbor. The new Water’s Edge Restaurant & Bar is one of the best spots for a sunset view while dining. For ideal viewing, dip your toes in the sand and watch the sun go down at Harbor Cove Beach (Mother’s Beach), South Beach, or Surfer’s Knoll Beach with magnificent views of the Ventura coastline and Channel Islands. venturaharborvillage.com/directory/harbor-cove-beach-mothers-beach/ and venturaharborvillage.com/directory/surfers-knoll-beach/

Enter Ventura Harbor Village’s Sunsets & Sips Photo Contest on social media, January 18th thru January 31st. The Harbor will provide two lucky winners with a $50 gift card to a Village restaurant that offers delicious Happy Hour specials!

How to enter to win:

  • Follow @VenturaHarbor on Instagramand Facebook
  • Post an original photo of a Ventura Harbor ‘Sunset’ or ‘Sip’ (Happy Hour drink)
  • Tag @VenturaHarbor
  • Set your photo location as ‘Ventura Harbor’
  • Use #SunsetsAndSipsand #PhotoContest in your Caption!


For more ways to Warm Yourself Seaside, visit: venturaharborvillage.com/20-ways-to-warm-yourself-seaside/