Oxnard, CA, July 17, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The seaside city of Oxnard has been ranked number 35 on the list of U.S. cities most friendly to LGBT travelers which was recently released by Reuters.com. The designation acknowledges Oxnard as a desirable, welcoming, diverse and exciting city providing a great travel destination experience for any visitor. Oxnard is located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, which was ranked as the number one city allowing visitors to easily combine the cosmopolitan excitement of L.A. with the beaches, wine tasting and outdoor activities of Oxnard.
The latest acknowledgement adds to a growing string of national honors and acknowledgements that Oxnard has received over the past 12 months. In recent months, Oxnard has been ranked number 7 on the U.S. Kiplinger’s, ‘Where Most Millionaires Live’ and number 16 in the U.S. on Business Insider’s ‘Safest Cities in the U.S.’.
“We are a diverse community and a place where people can come and be themselves while enjoying all we have to offer,” stated Susan Smith, President & CEO of the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are proud to be recognized as a progressive and tolerant city and one that embraces each and every visitor,” she continued. “Honors like this are enhancing Oxnard’s reputation and desirability as a place to live, work and visit and being recognized as the number 35 location on Reuters places us in an excellent position as an add-on destination to any traveler coming to the Los Angeles area,” she added.
Oxnard offers miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches and the perfect escape for urban dwellers looking for a slower pace to relax and reflect without spending a fortune to do it. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Oxnard’s many adventure activities including hiking, biking watersports and excursions to the Channel Islands National Park located just 12 miles offshore. Its picturesque Channel Islands Harbor is a great venue to find outdoor activities with all types of options for visitors to choose from such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and even gondola cruises.
Visitors can tee off at the River Ridge Golf Club containing championship courses and panoramic views of Oxnard and Ventura County. Its new FootGolf® program combines the best of two popular sports: soccer and golf.
Oxnard’s many diverse restaurants coupled with incredible wine tasting have begun to establish the city’s hip and vibrant food culture, and will surely entice foodies to embrace this majestic city by the sea. Travelers can select from fresh seafood to Italian & Mediterranean fusion cuisine in addition to Sushi, Japanese, Brazilian and other culinary offerings. For wine aficionados, a great place to start an Oxnard wine adventure is by stopping at the California Welcome Center (CWC) located in Oxnard’s newest, premier outdoor shopping center, The Collection at RiverPark. The CWC contains a wine tasting room where travelers can sample and purchase wines from many of the winieries along the Ventura County Wine Trail.
Several of the wine tasting rooms on the Ventura County Wine Trail are located in Oxnard in addition to the Herzog Wine Cellars, the nation’s largest producer of fine kosher wines. Herzog spans nine generations of wine making and is home to the 28-Zagat Tierra Sur Restaurant, offering Mediterranean influenced seasonal cuisine utilizing fresh produce directly from the local fields.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be found at three weekly Farmer’s Markets held in downtown Oxnard on Thursday mornings, The Collection on Thursday evenings, and on Sunday mornings in Channel Islands Harbor. Visitors can also find fresh offerings at the many produce stands operating throughout the city.
History is abundant in historic downtown Oxnard with its charming Heritage Square, a group of restored farm houses open for tours on the weekends and the Carnegie Art Museum, housed in an original Andrew Carnegie building with fine art and changing exhibits. Another Oxnard jewel is the Channel Islands Maritime Museum located in Channel Islands Harbor. The museum is equipped with five centuries of maritime art in addition to rare historic model ships and rotating exhibits.
Honoring the art deco period of the French automotive design, the Mullin Auto Museum plays tribute to fine art on four wheels. The state-of-the-art museum displays over 50 French Art Deco cars from the 1930’s and 1940’s including Bugattis, Delages, Delahayes, Hispano Suizas, Talbot-Lagos and Voisins.
Visitors can enjoy a diverse variety of special events all year long from the popular California Strawberry Festival to the sizzling Oxnard Salsa Festival, to summer concerts, car shows, lighted boat parades and much more.
For visitor information, call 1-800-2-OXNARD or visit the website at www.visitoxnard.com.