Wednesday, April 20, 2011
L.A. Road Trip: A Saturday in Ventura
I headed to Santa Barbara on Friday morning to take part in a day-long seminar at UCSB on the "Law & Order" brand; Maria and the boys took the Amtrak and joined me later that evening.
After lunch the next day at La Super Rica, we decided to pass on our usual jaunt down Santa Barbara's State Street and instead explore Ventura -- specifically, Ventura's old town.
Formally known as the City of San Buenaventura, Ventura was a tiny, sleepy town for most of its existence. The population now stands at about 110,000. The city is named for Mission San Buenaventura, which was founded by Father Junípero Serra in 1782.
Ventura's old downtown feels similar to what Old Town Pasadena was like prior to the arrival of major chains and the over-commercialization. Ventura downtown has major retailers, but it's also still home to several mom and pop stores -- and a large number of thrift stores.
A few more pics:
Mission San Buenaventura
Car for sale
Ventura City Hall