Whether you need some time out with the girls or are looking for new date ideas in Ventura we hope you will find some inspiration here. In our wanderings and eat-er-ings around town, we’ve come across some new experiences and old favorites we’d love to share with you (make sure to visit their websites for hours and availability).
First start the day off with a delicious cup of Lavender Mocha or a Salted Caramel Latte at Palermo: Coffee, Gelato & Gifts 321 E Main Street. They open at 6am Monday through Saturday and Sundays at 7. It’s a great place to map out the rest of your day, relax and chat, or to wake up slowly as you sip and savor. Next you can go on a quick hike at the Ventura Botanical Gardens (a short drive up behind City Hall) or take a short walk to 33 S. Palm Street for a class at A Smart Garden: Eco-friendly Nursery (checktheir calendar of events). Some Saturdays (usually starting around 10) they offer free gardening classes or paid workshops where you can make a succulent wreath or terrarium for example. Not you typical date idea right? Afterwards stop for lunch at Paradise Pantry (our favorite restaurant in all Ventura). Order a cheese plate to share and a seasonal appetizer(always something fresh and new made from locally sourced ingredients) and select the Pantry Caprese grilled sandwich. It is a good size and comes with a side of the most delicious pickles on the planet (honestly the pickles are to die for—seriously I don’t even like pickles but I will fight you for these). After lunch, visit their cheese and wine market next door for some savory souveniers or to shop for fun/edible/alcoholic gifts. Now that you’ve regained your strength continue shopping up and down Main Street and when you start to get hot or hunger for a cold treat visit SubZero at 607 E. Main Street for a less than ordinary dessert. There are a ton of flavor choices even if you can’t consume dairy and your iced treat is prepared right in front of you—actually mixed and then frozen instantly with Nitrogen! It is so cool!
Enjoy your dates and let us know about your Ventura experience in the comments below. If you decide to try any of these local shops please let them know VenturaWedding.com sent you! We love shopping and supporting local businesses!