– Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nancy@ventanamonthly.com W hat do you get when a renowned architect becomes his own client? A dream house of extraordinary vision, as seen on our cover. Scott Johnson created a “country house” in Ojai that is vastly different...
Summertime is here, and Ventura County is slowly opening up. Restaurants are welcoming diners in for table service (at a reduced capacity, with social distancing), people are starting to hit the beaches and trails more regularly, some are even...
– Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer - Email: nancy@ventanamonthly.com Where will you go this summer? Perhaps some of you are already off on adventures — satisfying wanderlust, rescheduling plans and reconnecting with loved ones too long missed. No matter what excursions you...
At a time when travel continues to be curtailed, it might seem odd to put a glorious photo of Venice on our cover. We’re not trying to tease you, I promise! This is from a live-streamed tour put together by travel...
"You Just Go" By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer ‘‘You really don’t think. You just go.” So sayeth Ed Wehan, a 75-years-young ultra-runner who is still going strong. He’s been running most of his life, but his best numbers he probably put up...
Experiences to Savor By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer his is the time of year that I really start longing for unlimited funds, no obligations and endless amounts of time at my disposal. It’s an occupational hazard when the travel issue comes...
For me, the holidays are all about the pie. From pumpkin and apple at Thanksgiving to chocolate cream and boysenberry at Christmas to lemon meringue on New Year’s Eve, a flaky crust with a delicious filling is my favorite part of...
  Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Live music is filling auditoriums, theaters are turning on the lights, festivals have resumed, films are back on the big screen and galleries are inviting the public in for art shows, workshops and classes . ....
Happy Solstice, Ventana Monthly readers! Yes, it’s June, and that means another beautiful Central Coast summer is upon us. We celebrate the season and our local environs with an issue devoted to our outdoor spaces and the people that have...
There’s so much history wrapped up in our 2022 Food and Drink issue! We didn’t plan it that way; it’s purely a happy accident. But as I read the stories, it strikes me that there’s a certain regard for...