Fermenting Local: Pier City Cider adds to Ventura County’s growing cider reputation.

By  Vince Burns | Photos by Viktor Budnik Ventura County is putting itself on the map for craft cidermaking thanks to the efforts of several local fermentation pioneers. One of...

Into the Woods: Despite fire and drought, Los Padres National Forest remains a beautiful...

Story and photos By Vince Burns More than four years after the Thomas Fire, it’s time to assess its lingering effects on our Los Padres National Forest. The giant fire...

Outside Chance

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...

Strolling Through History: Taking in culture and environment at the Chumash Indian Museum

By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Thousand Oaks might be better known for its numerous shopping centers, posh suburban enclaves, top-notch performing arts center and proximity...

Bates Road, Memory Lane: Discussing family history and the Central Coast with Stephen Bates.

By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Stephen Bates is perhaps best known as an expert on free speech, censorship and media politics. The graduate of Harvard Law School is a professor...

Mountains of the Moon: Braving mud, mist and monkeys on a climb through Uganda’s...

PEAK PERFORMANCE Margherita Peak (elev. 16,763 feet) is the highest summit on Mount Stanley in the Rwenzori Range of Uganda. Story and photos by Chuck Graham It was raining monkeys. To...