Featured Friday - Welcome!
Each Friday we will feature a cruise line, destination or one of our many fabulous travel partners. Have you ever explored you own backyard and surrounding communities? We are going to spotlight a community where we headquarter Happy Feet Travel Club. The beautiful town of Camarillo, pronounced with the Spanish accent on the double LL’s, phonetically sounding like “Rio”.
Camarillo, CA is first a community of agriculture. However, there is more than just agriculture, there is a world class outlet shopping mall, a busy general aviation airport, a wing of the Commemorative Air Force and where it all began at the Camarillo Ranch House. Close by are the beach communities of Oxnard, Channel Islands and Ventura. If you are a private pilot the Camarillo Airport (CMA) is convenient to the Gold Coast of activities. Oh, and stop by the Waypoint café located just off the visitor’s ramp, the public can enter from an access street on the civilian side.
A neighboring community in Ventura County includes Simi Valley, just a 20-minute drive and you can visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Air Force One. Another close community is Oxnard and coming up May 20-21 is California Strawberry Festival. Locally grown strawberries are the main attraction and savor all the ways one can consume a strawberry creation.
If you are here for brunch on any Sunday, a must is the Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar in the Channel Islands harbor, Oxnard. Never ending blood orange mimosas is just one reason to go, but the food is amazing the atmosphere is laid back and casual. Sit back on the patio and enjoy a spring day watching the boats pass by.
Back to Camarillo, Adolfo Camarillo was a farmer, horse breeder, family man and visionary. The house he built for his bride is still standing, a testament to a time in California when agriculture and farming were a way of life. There are several hotels in the area and getting here is easy, just ask us and we will show you the way to Camarillo.
Here are some fun facts about Camarillo:
• The Camarillo Airport was once named the Oxnard Army Air Field
• California State University Channel Islands was once a State Mental Hospital built in 1934
• Adolfo Camarillo built the Queen Anne Victorian home in 1892 - http://camarilloranch.org/
• On average, there are 272 sunny days to explore this wonderful community
Helpful Hint: Bob Hope airport (BUR) is served mostly by Southwest Airlines and serves the Northern Los Angeles area, bypass LAX and take the hour drive into the Gold Coast of California.