Top 5 Things to Do in Ventura

by Teryn on August 27, 2015


There are SO many incredible things to do in Ventura. Here’s a short list for a fun weekend.

1. Browse downtown shops. There is a big free parking structure on the corner of Santa Clara Street and California Avenue, as well as behind the Bank of America building on Main Street and California Avenue (up towards City Hall). On the West side of Main Street, you’ll find all the thrift stores. (The Farmers Market is on Saturdays.)

2. There are quite a few restaurants on try on Main Street. My favorites are Rice (Thai), Nature’s Grill & Juice Bar (vegetarian), Il Forno Trattoria (pizza & salads) and Ventiki Tiki Lounge and Lanai (best Mai Tai ever).

Other terrific restaurants in the area are Spasso’s (beachside Italian), Taqueria Cuernavaca (off “the Avenue” Mexican), Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company (best fish tacos ever), Prime (fancy steakhouse), Rhumb Line (waterfront), Brophy Brothers (harborside) and Ventiki Tiki Lounge and Lanai (best Mai Tai ever).

3. Wander around the harbor and check out the beautiful boats. The beaches on the opposite are not crowded and you can watch the boats go in and out of the harbor. Rent a little boat and putt around The Keys.

4. Ride the Rincon Bike Trail on the new path that goes from the State Park near the Marriott all the way to Rincon Beach! (Takes about 45 minutes.) On your way back, stop at the Cliff House Inn on Mussel Shoals for a drink or a bite and relax while enjoying an amazing ocean view.

5. If you are into hiking, there is the Botanic Gardens behind City Hall or walk up to the Serra Cross Park for another stunning view of America’s most beautiful city!

Nothing on your list grabbed you? Well, a few other options include bowling, taking in a downtown movie, ice skating rinks, putt-putt golfing, tennis, golf, car racing, horse betting, swimming and surfing.

Ventura is Southern California’s best kept secret. Everyone gets on that highway and passes right by us. So, mum’s the word. Let’s keep it our perfect little secret!

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3 Tips to Reviving Your Kitchen

by Teryn on May 19, 2015

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Are you ready for a kitchen upgrade but lacking an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of budget? Plenty of low-cost improvements can revive a kitchen without the need to rip out cabinets and rewire appliances. Consider these tips from This Old House and HGTV.

Color Splash: With a new coat of paint and some other accents, you might not even recognize your own kitchen. Make over dark wood or white cabinets with a cool hue, such as pale sage green, or create visual impact by painting a focal point, such as your island, a bold color. A tile backsplash, graphic prints and new hardware are also inexpensive ways to add personality. Consider a new and easy-to-clean linoleum floor in a shade such as Red Amaranth.

See the Light: A kitchen needs light to be functional, of course, but oversized task lights can also improve the vibe and tie other details together. Track or recessed lighting can be pricey, so look for pendants that can go above a kitchen island and mirror the style of hardware on your faucet and cabinets. Try under-counter lighting, too.

Store More: Short on storage? Try hanging pot racks overhead. Position them close to the range and away from where you’d hit your head. Built-ins can be expensive, so look at your local hardware stores for pull-out storage kits and organizers to fit your current cabinetry.

Photo courtesy of Dillon Scheps.

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Buying Your House Using the Listing Agent as your Agent

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by Teryn Bonime There are buyers who believe that they will get a better deal if they have the agent who represents the seller write their purchase offer. Here is one financial reason why this may not be true. There are many terms agreed upon when a Seller and a Listing Agent execute a Listing [...]

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Out Cold

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Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in, add winter-proofing chores to your home to-do list. Protect your home from winter’s woes with these tips from Heating Basics Replace old thermostats with programmable ones that allow you to lower the temperature when you’re away from home. Turn on your furnace to [...]

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As energy costs continue to rise, some homeowners are using alternate sources to heat their homes. While wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces are popular options, especially in colder climates, they can be fire hazards. offers some tips to help homeowners use these heat alternatives safely. Wood stoves made of plate steel or cast [...]

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