Ventura, CA

Ventura, CA. This is currently where I reside. I’ve been here for about 3 years now, give and take. 😉 And for a half day, I played a little tourist in my own county of residence.

First off, I had my lunch for the day at the Mugu Rock. A lot of car commercials are set here. As a matter of fact, when I was there some people are shooting a car model. Iron Man also flew over and landed here.

Then I went to Olivas Adobe.




This is Ventura County’s only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era. Only a few historic places here in Ventura, Olivas Adobe is a historical site in its truest sense showing how the waelthy settlers used to live way back in 1800’s.

The best time to come here is during the weekends where the docents are available to show you the ropes. I was here during the weekday but there’s a class field trip that day that I got lucky to shamelessly get in with them to learn from the guides. 😀

I’ll give you one. These chairs are not just regular chairs.

They were also used as …

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And it’s the boys who empty them out. 😀

And ow, they have a rose garden.


Enough of Olivas Adobe…

I then went to another mission, San Buenaventura Mission. I’ve been here before but didn’t take any picture. I went to town this time. 😀

They have the best mini-museum showing old books and clothes. They also have a nice courtyard.



It’s a nice decent mission given it being small.


I ended the day with ….


… in Silver Strand Beach in Channel Islands.

I hope you enjoyed our half-a-day tour.

Want to know more of Ventura. Check out my Ventura tag.

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76 replies »

  1. The missions is where California began and the stories behind each of them would be fascinating to know.
    Do you know how many missions there are in CA?
    I shared this on
    Paulette M.

  2. Ventura is often overlooked because it’s the gateway to other more prominent coastal towns, but there is much to do there. On the other hand, just to sit and watch the waves is enough for me! Your photos are just great. I’ve been the Mission many times, but I can’t recall ever visiting the Adobe. I’ll have to fit that in some time. Nice place to live, Rommel!

    • I am set up to leave here by the end of the year. But yeah, the fact that it sits perfectly in the middle and the weather is nicer than the hot LA and central CA, I really am considering coming back here to settle.

  3. … always good if one is able to tag oops surely I mean mingle and listen along with another group’s guide 😉
    Lovely pictures Rommel you’ve got some really nice close ups I like !
    Envious you are so close to the coast *pinch 🙂

  4. The Olivas Adobe looks wonderful…thanks for the visit Rommel. You did a great job with the photos, especially that last call …..absolute show stopper!! 🙂

    • Cause people get comfortable and think they know a lot about the place just by driving around. I didn’t actually exactly know qbout Olivas Adobe until I saw it from a local magazine.

    • I got shocked when I took the photo myself. It was my first try. I tried to shot more of it but the first ended up to be the best still. Glad you liked it.

  5. Hi Rommel! Beautiful pictures. Thank you for showcasing our town. I was just at the Farmer’s Market on Kimball & Telephone Roads this past Thursday and had a great time. I love living here. There are so many great things to see and do. Take care pal. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the tour Rommel. It has been many years since I have been to Ventura and I have not seen the sights you brought to life. Great sunset!

  7. Nice to see your post about Ventura! I wish I had seen the other sights. I especially wanted to go to the Channel Islands, but it was winter and there were no boats there; also I didn’t have enough time. Hopefully I can make it back there one day. 🙂

  8. I want to thank everyone for the great reception this post is receiving. It’s nice because this is the very post about my current residency. Thank you.

  9. I love the whole form follows function simple beauty of some old adobe homes. I especially enjoyed your frozen dancing waters fountain with the nice bokeh background. Tasty, that.

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