ventura header staff picks

The Pierpont Inn
Staff Picks

Make the most of your stay in Ventura with our easy guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks showcase an array of local attractions and upcoming events that highlight our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

  • istock 115728416

    A Brief History of Huevos Rancheros

    July 28

    They’re a signature item on the brunch menu at Austen’s and a flavorful California breakfast staple. But what are the origins of huevos rancheros?

    Read More
  • cactus garden

    Take a Stroll Through the Ventura Botanical Gardens

    March 02

    It’s always amazing to catch a large project in its early stages and watch it grow through the years. Visitors and residents of Ventura have an opportunity for this kind of experience thanks to the Ventura Botanical Gardens.

    Read More
  • cheers with red wine

    Ventura Street Fair and Wine Walk

    February 03

    If there’s one thing that Ventura locals love, it’s street fairs. There’s something exciting about trying new foods and exotic drinks while shopping for uniques items you never knew you wanted. The only event that maybe comes close to street fairs in terms of popularity is wine tastings. If you’re staying with Pierpont Inn on March 28, you’re in luck because you get both!

    Read More
  • woman at farmers market

    The Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market

    January 06

    The best way to experience living like a local is to eat like one. Every Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, the Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market is open for business and is the best way to support the local community while enjoying delicious, fresh, local produce.

    Read More
  • mom and son is christmas sweaters and santa hats

    Holiday Fireworks and Themed Events

    December 02

    With the holiday season in full swing, there’s no better place to spend your days than Ventura Harbor Village. From majestic fireworks to visits from Santa, there’s sure to be something for the whole family.

    Read More
  • assorted thrift store finds

    The Great Junk Hunt

    November 04

    This holiday season, worry less about what you’ll get from others and instead give yourself the gift of hidden treasure. On December 7, (or December 6 with the early-bird tickets) one of the largest vendor showcases in the United States is making its way to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, and you’re invited!

    Read More
  • jack o lantern in front of water

    Trick-or-Treat With a View

    October 07

    Going on a family vacation around Halloween can get a bit tricky (no pun intended). It’s hard to find a nice, safe neighborhood for trick-or-treating and who knows if you’ll even find enough candy. This year, take the guesswork out of trick-or-treating and head over to Ventura Harbor Village for the best pre-Halloween trick-or-treating around. 

    Read More
  • flea market

    Find Some Hidden Treasures at the Ventura Flea Market

    September 02

    One of the best ways to experience a city is by shopping from the locals. While Downtown Ventura may have many shops that allow you to see the culture, the best way to maximize your immersion is through a flea market! On September 29, you’re invited to the Ventura County Fairgrounds from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm for the best flea market on this side of the Pacific.

    Read More
  • food festival

    TASTE Something Delicious

    August 05

    The only way to truly experience the essence of a city is through its food. Sometimes scoping out the flavor profile of an area is pretty easy, but other times you find yourself in a diverse gastronomic hub like Ventura, and suddenly it’s not so simple anymore. Luckily for you, the city of Ventura will be hosting its annual TASTE food festival right at the Museum of Ventura County!

    Read More
  • ship in a bottle

    Marvel at the Maritime Museum

    July 01

    A quick 15-minute trip south of Pierpont Inn will bring you to a new kind of educational entertainment—The Channel Islands Maritime Museum. This unique museum is all about the sea and everything related. A view of the Channel Islands off in the distance and rooms full of treasure make this a one-of-a-kind experience.

    Read More
  • dirt bike racing

    Feel a Need for Speed at the Ventura Raceway

    June 03

    The grassroots racing movement has always been a hidden gem in Southern California. There’s quite a lot to be said about sprint cars with more horsepower than Formula 1 vehicles zooming around a relatively small track. The most important thing to be said is that it’s fun to watch - really fun. This summer, the Ventura Raceway is your go-to destination for all the sprint car (and other) racing you can handle!

    Read More
  • vineyard

    Get a Taste of Wine Country

    May 06

    It’s no secret that some of the best wines in California come from Ventura. Experiencing wine country on your own can feel overwhelming due to the amount of choice you have in winery and restaurant selection. That’s where the Ventura County Wine Trail comes in!

    Read More
  • whale breeching the water

    Explore the Ocean and the Isles

    April 01

    Some people are just born with an itch that only adventure and exploration can scratch. If you’re one of those people, then the Channel Islands National Park should be your go-to spring and summer destination.

    Read More
  • austen dinner badge

    Austen’s Voted OpenTable Favorite

    March 06

    We’re excited to share the news that OpenTable diners have voted our restaurant, Austen’s, as one of the best restaurants in Ventura County along with a few other distinctions. These distinctions include: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Outdoor Dining, and Neighborhood Gem.

    Read More
  • little girl dressed at mermaid

    Venture Into Ventura Harbor Village

    March 04

    Nothing says quaint, picturesque coastal town quite as well as the Ventura Harbor Village. Located just a couple of miles south of Pierpont Inn you will find a small, homey village built around a large harbor. Spend the day exploring the docks and experience all that this coastal village has to offer.

    Read More
  • couple riding bikes on the beach

    Scenic Bike Route to Ojai

    February 04

    After some well-deserved rest and relaxation along the beautiful Ventura coastline, it’s time to stretch your legs and sweat a little. There’s no better way to do this than a 15 mile-long paved bike path from Ventura up to Ojai. 

    Read More
  • couple holding hands on beach

    A Weekend in Ventura

    January 08

    Ventura is a gorgeous seaside town in central California, perfect for romantic getaways or fun vacations for families. 

    Read More
  • ventura pier

    Experience a Beachfront Wonder

    January 01

    While the Ventura Raceway may attract people from all over the world, the gorgeous Ventura beaches keep them here. The Pierpont Inn is conveniently located a moment’s walk away from the famous Ventura Pier.

    Read More