Camarillo boasts favorable weather year-round, making it a prime destination for leisure travelers. It is idyllically situated an hour north of Los Angeles and a short half-hour drive to the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by green fields and a steady sea breeze, Camarillo is nestled amongst the Conejo foothills, making for stunning mountainous milieus spotted throughout the city and the vibrant Old Town business district.
Considered a gateway to California’s Central Coast, Camarillo’s history began with the Camarillo family, namely Adolfo Camarillo and his brother, Juan Jr., who owned much of the land that is known today as Camarillo. Adolfo Camarillo, in particular, was a prominent rancher, horse breeder, landowner, and philanthropist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and remnants of his and his family’s historical significance are still sprinkled throughout this charming Californian town.
A Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1892 by Adolfo Camarillo, Camarillo Ranch House is a historic mansion with peaceful, park-like grounds. Teams and families can step back in time and experience daily life during the 19th century, with docent-guided tours throughout the property’s 15 rooms, Adolfo’s study, and ranch office. population: 65,200 size: 19 sq. miles key attraction: festival-rich downtown
Studio Channel Islands
Studio Channel Islands is the largest arts venue in Ventura County, and is the home of the Blackboard Gallery and over 40 artist studios. As one of the oldest arts organizations in the county, there is a rich history of creativity woven into the fabric of the extensive five acre site. Visitors are invited to stroll among the courtyards and studios to see the artists at work, take a class, or visit he Members Gallery to pick up a unique piece artwork. On the First Saturday of each month all of the Studios are open for visitors, and during the summer months the site is transformed into a festival venue. The Arts Alive festival takes place on Saturday May 4th and Saturday June 1st. This family friendly celebration of creativity includes performances, interactive artworks, demonstrations, and children’s activities. The Blackboard Gallery presents international quality exhibitions; over the spring and summer months this will include ‘The Illusionists’ an exhibition of exceptional quality featuring some of California’s most renowned figurative artists. This exhibition has been curated by California Lutheran University as a part of TRAC 2019, an international symposium on representational art. The summer blockbuster exhibition, ‘The Next Big Thing’ invites artists to make a bold statement using the Gallery, the grounds, and the green spaces. In this summer’s installation, artist Scott Froschauer will invite visitors to explore the site through his subversive use of everyday street signs.
Camarillo Old Town
Take a stroll through Old Town Camarillo and shop at the various stores and boutiques found in this shopping destination. Ventura Boulevard is home to great attractions, arts & entertainment, salons, spas, and professional services. Start your day with a hearty breakfast from Old Town Café, a favorite among locals that sits adjacent to the charming Bella Capri Inn & Suites, a great romantic getaway during your stay in Camarillo. Spice up your wardrobe with stylish fashions found at Alas Boutique or find great savings at local consignment stores. Saturday mornings in Old Town are spent browsing through artisan crafts and picking up organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Camarillo Farmers Market. Dining options abound in Old Town Camarillo as you have your choice of gourmet craft burgers at Blvd. Burger all the way to awardwinning chef creations from Twenty 88 Bistro.
Visit Camarillo is the local tourism board that assists visitors with information on where to stay, play, and explore. Visit their local office in Old Town Camarillo and pick up a pocket map of the city or browse through their official Visitor’s Guide. If hospitality is requested, their friendly staff will help by providing various hotel options to make your stay the most comfortable.