One perfect day in Oxnard, CA

Head to this beach town to enjoy the local wines, see its charming central plaza, and chow down on authentic Mexican fare

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  • Tour the historic Victorian homes in Heritage Square.

    Heritage Square

    Photo by Gina Sabatella

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Raise a glass: Herzog Wine Cellars, one of a handful of kosher wineries in the state, has a self-guided tour that gives an in-depth look at the winemaking process from this century-old family label. Its restaurant, Tierra Sur ($$$$), offers cheeky kosher twists like a burger with hickory-and-maple-smoked lamb “bacon.” Closed Sat; 3201 Camino del Sol; 805/983-1560.

Two quirky collections: At the Carnegie ($3; 424 S. C St.; carnegieam.org), look for a revolving calendar of unusual exhibits that incorporate photographs, painting, and sculpture. More into cool wheels? The Mullin Automotive Museum (2 days/month: Sep 10, 24; $10; 1421 Emerson Ave.; mullinautomotivemuseum.com) has one of the world’s most dazzling collections of art deco sports cars.

Sit at the fountain: The old Woolworth building at the corner of A and Fourth would be worth a visit for its vintage 1950s style alone, but the current tenant—Fresh & Fabulous Café—offers plenty of other reasons; namely, the freshly baked cupcakes, seasonal pies, and Mediterranean salads. Stop by Friday evenings for happy hour cocktails at the retro counter. $; 401 S. A St.; 805/486-4547.

19th-century flashback: Eleven historic Victorian homes line downtown Heritage Square, where you can stroll the gardens and take a self-guided or docent-led architectural walking tour. For a closer peek, plan on lunch or dinner at La Dolce Vita ($$; 805/486-6878), located inside one of the homes on the square. 715 S. A St.; heritagesquareoxnard.com

 

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