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

Amy Westervelt

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.;, 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.; 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.; 

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