Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Are you trying to find the perfect spot for a quiet and relaxing weekend in Southern California? Or do you have plans to stay at an accessible location with great nearby attractions in Ventura County? Barb and I have found the place for you!

Bella Capri Inn is located along the variety of smaller and unique shops of Old Town Camarillo. More than forty years ago the Ventura Freeway, also known as US-101, was developed right through the town. The redevelopment of Old Town from the late 1990’s has brought in charming stores, cafes and restaurants. One particular place we frequented often during the weekend was Bandits’ Grill & Bar located a block from Bella Capri Inn. We did not continuously go there because of the location but because of the delicious food. Along the wide sidewalks are plenty of places to sit down to enjoy your cup of coffee or to chat with your companion. It is very pleasant to view the potted flowers, trees, and fancy street lights along this friendly stretch of Old Town.

Old Town Camarillo hosts a Farmers Market every Saturday and Cruise Night the last night of every month through the end of the summer. During the month of July is the Camarillo Fiesta following with the Art & Jazz festival in September. Local attractions are the nearby Camarillo Premium Outlets and movie theatre.

If you love National Parks Ventura Harbor Village is approximately 20 minutes away. Go to the Channel Islands National Park website to find more information about either taking a boat or air transportation to the islands. The day I went I took boat transportation to Santa Cruz Island and spent six hours mostly on trials by myself. I had a peaceful and quiet lunch overlooking the Potato Head Harbor. If you are not interested or do not have the time to visit the islands but want to visit the Pacific Coast seaside there are many beaches to please the senses.

The original structure of Bella Capri Inn was built in the 1950’s. However, the new owners have renovated the rooms to spectacular comfort with great amenities. When we visited in May their last project was completing the suite. The master bedroom will be impressive with its ten tall rectangular windows facing Old Town Camarillo.

Another quiet moment at Bella Capri Inn is the time you can spend sitting out on the balcony looking down into the courtyard and parking lot. Depending on the side you stay in you may have the early morning sun or the late afternoon sun beaming into your room.

Just to mention a few positives that got me hooked to Bella Capri Inn is the free parking and the very friendly staff who make the Inn a comfortable stay. Room rates start at $68.00 and once the suites open $179.00 a night. Extended stays and corporate retreats are always welcomed here too. Enjoy your stay and have a pleasant time in Ventura County!

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