Experience a Bit of So. Cal. History at Oxnard’s Heritage Square
Life today seems to move at lightning speed. There is one place where time seems to move much slower—and that’s a good thing. It’s at Heritage Square in Oxnard. The historic square is a collection of 14 restored Victorian homes and buildings built between 1876 and 1912. The buildings represent a grand bygone era of southern California life.
We had the opportunity to visit Heritage Square in spring and wine taste at Rancho Ventavo Cellars, located in the square’s “Scarlett House,” built in 1902. Red wines are Rancho Ventavo’s specialty and it showed in their cabernet sauvignons, syrahs and merlots. We then dined at La Dolce Vita, taking in the view overlooking the square. The food is Italian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine created by executive chef Michelle Kenney. The menu is filled with family recipes from Michelle’s Italian grandmother and new dishes she’s created herself. I had the roasted salmon with a honey Dijon glaze that was out of this world.
My suggestion: come early for a self-guided walking tour of the buildings. Docent-guided tours are available on Saturdays. Plan ahead so you can enjoy one of the many concerts held in the square during the summer or come in December when the homes are decked out for the holidays.