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23 Ways to Warm Yourself Seaside

Village view with palm trees and white buildings

The fun doesn’t end when it’s a bit chilly out! Cozy up on the coast with us in Ventura Harbor Village.
Here are 23 ways to warm yourself seaside in 2023:

 

chowder

#1 Handcrafted Chowders and Soups

Doesn't a toasty bread bowl brimming with hot soup sound good right about now? Ventura Harbor is famous for its variety of comforting clam chowders (often served with a generous side of ocean views). Popular options include Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market, Brophy Bros Clam Bar & Restaurant, Boatyard Pub, On the Alley, plus many more! Click here for a full listing of soup-erb offerings in the Village.

#2 Sunset by the Sea

Everyone knows the sunset is better at the beach - but Ventura Harbor's evening glow is something extra special. This time of year, we often see the sky bursting with orange, pink, and purple hues. Grab a trendy beach blanket from Ventura Swimwear or Barefoot Boutique and watch the magic unfold.

coffee

#3 Make Bath Time Better

Browse Lemon & Lei's unique bath bombs & steamers to enhance your hot showers and soaks at home! The fun colors and smells will draw you in, the all natural & quality ingredients will have you sold.

#4 Espresso Yourself with a Hot Beverage

Express yourself with a custom coffee creation Sugar Lab Bake Shop - add a fun flavor to your espresso, try a lavender latte, add passion fruit to your hot matcha, or choose a seasonal specialty drinks. We guarantee they will keep you warm while you stroll the Harbor Village Promenade.

#5 Premium Chocolate on the Spot

Dessert connoisseurs will melt at the sight of the liquid chocolate (dark, milk & white) pouring from special sweet machines at Top This Chocolate. Choose from a variety of toppings to personalized a chocolate bar or snacking squares, ready to eat in a matter of minutes! Don't forget take a Hot Cocoa Bomb home for later.

Sweatshirt

#6 Keep Your Toesies Cozy

A good pair of socks will put a pep in your step and keep those toesies cozy. Come pick out your new favorite pair at Lost in Socks! Over 1,000 styles to peruse - everything from your favorite sports teams, to celebrities, animals, aliens, funny sayings & so on. (PS - they make great personalized gifts too)

#7 Rock a Ventura Harbor Hoodie

We know you love the Harbor, now you can bundle up and take a piece of us wherever you go! Both the Village Market and Casa de Regalos are stocked with a variety of local designs including Ventura Harbor hoodies and Ventura Beach merch.

#8 Heart Warming Home Décor

Nothing warms up your space more than treasures that remind you of your "happy place"! Find your next ocean-inspired piece at Treasure Cove and Tina O’Brien’s Mermaid Gallery. Both have heart warming décor, artwork, jewelry, & collectibles!

Sweatpants

#9 Upgrade your Wetsuit

If you're in the water year round, rips at the seams just won’t do. Get a new suit and booties or dive to new depths with quality gear from Ventura Dive & Sport!

#10 Hot Accessories

A wool beanie or a felt hat from Hats Unlimited will keep you super warm (and stylish!) Or try a European-style scarf or poncho from Anja’s Boutique!

#11 Explore Indoor Galleries

Ventura Harbor Village has several local artisan stops, including Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts - which is a local co-op of creatives. Browse their indoor space and find a handmade keepsake, hand painted post card, and a variety of mixed media creations.

Fresh Croissants

#12 Splurge on a Hot Fudge Sundae

Ok, so not all of it’s hot, but how can you go wrong with an ooey gooey treat?! Coastal Cone also has fished shaped pastries stuffed with your choice of warm nutella or cream. Or how about a HOT dog from The Parlor.

#13 Flakey French Croissant Straight from the Oven

You know you want one. French chef, Jean-Luc, makes them fresh right here at Le Petite Cafe & Bakery. Try his cookies and pastries too! YUM.

#14 Warm Up Your Look

Revive your winter low lights with hair services at Silhouettes by the Beach Salon or enjoy indoor mani - pedi services at Frenchies Modern Nail Care! Both are cozy, pampering atmospheres and you'll come out feeling brand new.

Dragon pedal boat

#15 A Ride on the Water

Being on the water doesn’t have to be chilly! Come to Ventura Boat Rentals to get warm while pedaling on a character boat (swans, dragons, ducks, and flamingos!)

#16 Whale Watching

The exhilarating feeling you get while Whale Watching, will warm you right up. (and if it doesnt - they have plenty of hot cocoa, coffee, and tea on board Islands Packers cozy Catamarans). Check out the excursions happening this winter & spring, daily departures from Ventura Harbor.

#17 Crispy Fish Tacos & Tequila

Taco Tuesday just got even better with the fresh handmade tortillas and the crispy battered fish at Baja Bay Surf & Taco. If you need a little extra something to warm you up, the margaritas at Margarita Villa will do the trick. Both Mexican restaurants have taco specials on Tuesdays, so be sure to ask!

Village firepit view

#18 Try an Escape Room

The Ultimate Escape Rooms offers thrilling on-site experiences, plus virtual activities from the warmth of your home! Challenge your mind with friends or bond with groups of co-workers or family.

#19 Bask in the Glow of a Warm Fire

The Village has a community firepit along the promenade, but  805 Bar & Grilled Cheese and Copa Cubana take it to the next level with fire right at your table. Ask for a table with a firepit (and request that your waiter turn it on) for a fun fireside meal.

#20 Flaming Cheese Appetizers

That’s right, the The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood Restaurant offers cheese that they light on fire (to toast to perfection) right at your table. Ask for the Saganaki!

Wine glasses

#21 Wine Down With Us

A glass of red wine from Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room is the perfect way to unwind. The stunning views of the harbor on their heated outdoor patio is pure bliss.

#22 Mug-nificent Ceramics

Warm beverages just taste better out of a handmade mug made locally with love. Get yours from a local ceramicists who displays their work at Ventura Pottery Gallery in Ventura Harbor Village.

#23 Share Your Warmth

If you have a good experience while visiting us in Ventura Harbor, be sure to post about it! It makes us feel warm and fuzzy when you share your authentic experience. Tag us @VenturaHarbor on social media for a chance to be featured to an audience of over 64 thousand followers!

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