By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik When the Fillmore and Western Railway closed down a few years ago, Ventura County locals…and those outside the area who loved to ride the rails…were sorry to see the demise...
Photos by Viktor Budnik An exceptionally wet winter has Ventura County bursting into full bloom this spring. Nowhere is this more evident than at Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG), 100+ acres in the foothills directly behind Ventura City Hall that are...
By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Martha Cantos has proven herself as a successful downtown Ventura business owner with her charming and colorful boutique Ecugreen since opening in 2017. Her entrepreneurial path to success included years of selling...
By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Martino’s Catering has always been a family affair, which might help explain why it’s grown from humble beginnings to now serving about 80 happy couples and their families at weddings every year....
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | All photos courtesy Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach Oxnard’s Mandalay Beach is one of the prettiest seaside spots in Ventura County. The view seems to stretch on forever, the waves crash majestically against the...
By Tim Pompey | Photos by Viktor Budnik Its manicured walls and gates sit quietly near the intersection of Thompson Boulevard and Ash Street. A former commercial motel in downtown Ventura, its history since 2009 has involved working with homeless...
By Mike Nelson | Photos by Viktor Budnik A farmer with a law degree? Sounds like Oliver Wendell Douglas, the highly successful attorney from the big city who became a highly unsuccessful rural farmer in the 1960s sitcom Green Acres. Except...
Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday promises fine living and adventure in the great outdoors. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Kampgrounds of America, better known by the acronym KOA, has been a staple of family camping since it...
By Bridgette M. Redman In a city known for its views, few can compete with those from the restaurants and rooms of the Marina del Rey Hotel. It’s one of the grand dames of the coastal town, having been built in...
Custom furniture creator Riley Meisch abandons “fast trash” for sustainability, quality and longevity. By Madeline Nathaus | Photos by Viktor Budnik With an eye for quality of design and a heart for sustainability, local woodworker Riley Meisch of Meisch Made creates simple...