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Ventura Restaurant Week!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Fill your bellies with mouthwatering food during Ventura Restaurant Week!!! From Sunday, March 25th through Sunday, April 1st, check out 20 restaurants in beautiful downtown Ventura for some deliciously spicy good deals! This year's Restaurant Week is honoring Ventura's rich history by featuring the fire roasted Ortega Chili. Learn more about the Ortega Family and their delicious chili HERE. We wish you happy dining throughout Ventura for this great annual event!



Participating Ventura Restaurants

Aloha Steakhouse | 364 South California Street

Busy Bee Cafe | 478 East Main Street

Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant | 593 East Main Street

Jimmy’s Slice | 585 East Main Street

Limon Y Sal | 598 East Main Street

Paradise Pantry | 222 East Main Street

Rookees | 419 East Main Street

Snapper Jack’s Taco Shack | 533 East Main Street

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt | 607 East Main Street

VenTiki | 701 East Main Street

Winchester’s Grill & Saloon | 632 East Main Street



With Easter right around the corner, this year's Restaurant Week features a fun, adult Easter Egg hunt. There will be an Easter Egg hidden within each of the participating restaurants listed above that contains a gift certificate to another participating restaurant. Begin your search on Wednesday, March 21st, to find one of these lucky eggs. Please note, you must be a customer at the restaurant in order to search for the egg. Hoppy searching!



Image Credit: Downtown Ventura


St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner! Celebrate your Irish pride throughout Ventura Countyfor the holiday! You do not even need to wait until Saturday, March 17th, to begin the celebration! There are great events going on all weekend long for you to enjoy!

St. Paddy's Day Celebration

Dates: Monday, March 12th - Saturday, March 17th

Time: Full Schedule

Location: Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (1755 East Daily Drive, Camarillo)

Celebrate the holiday all week long at Brendan’s Irish Pub! Enjoy traditional Irish music, Claddagh dance performances, trivia, Irish whiskey and beer tastings, and so much more! Do not miss out on these fun festivities throughout the week that culminate in a spectacular St. Paddy’s Day event on Saturday!

Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Downtown Ventura (East Main Street from the San Buenaventura Mission to North Ann Street)

Come see the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430. This year’s theme is Ventura Strong: Honoring Thomas Fire First Responders. Wear your best green outfits and find the perfect spot along the route to see the festive floats, fun marching bands, and so much more!

Beer March

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Camarillo Old Town | Check in at Studio Channel Islands Art Center (2222 Ventura Boulevard)

Cost: $35 in advance | $40 at door | Buy tickets HERE!

“Get Your Irish On” at 15+ stops. This 3rd annual event features delicious local craft breweries and fantastic live music.


The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day throughout Ventura County!


Consider the Schools When Buying Your Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Looking to buy your dream Ventura County home this spring? With size, design features, amenities, outdoor living spaces, and more, there are plenty of factors to consider as you begin your search. If you have children, one of the most important factors is location near a top school. Make sure your child has access to the best education around.


Start your search in one of these excellent local school districts:

Fillmore Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Ojai Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Oxnard Union High School District | Homes for Sale

Pleasant Valley School District | Homes for Sale

Ventura Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Once you know the school district, you can begin to narrow your search down to find the best schools within it. This is where your school work and research comes in! Use independent websites such as,, and U.S. News & World Report to find unbiased rankings and data. Check out school websites to find out about awards and recognitions. Ask the schools you are interested in if you can visit. This is the best way for you to find out if it is the right fit for your child. Find out about the facilities, learn about class sizes and extracurricular offerings, meet teachers and administrators, and more.

Found the school you want your child to attend? Now, The Blake Mashburn Group can help you find your dream home within that school's boundaries. Give us a call today or visit our website at

Tall Ships Ventura Harbor 2018!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Get ready for the grand arrival of Tall Ships Ventura Harbor 2018! The spectacular Tall Ships, Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, will be sailing into Ventura Harbor at Noon on Tuesday, February 13th, and docking through Monday, March 5th, before commencing on their annual voyage up the beautiful California coast. Head to scenic Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive) to explore this magnificent ships and check out all the fun events being offered.


Dockside Tours

Get an authentic 18th century sailor's view during this living history experience. Tall ship tours are available Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Tuesday, February 20th). The tall ships are open for Dockside Tours from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Tuesday Friday) and 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday). Although the Dockside Tours are FREE, a $3 donation to Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is recommended.


Presidents’ Day Festivities

Enjoy special activities and entertainment during the long weekend

Saturday & Sunday

  • Tall Ship Dockside Tours | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | $5 Suggested Donation

  • Tall Ship Battle Sail | 2:00 pm (Saturday Only) | Tickets Required

  • Live Music on Seaside Promenade Stage | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Kids’ Scavenger Hunt | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | FREE

  • Pirates Roaming the Village | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Tall Ship Visitor Booth | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Parrot Photos (Saturday Only) & Henna Tattoos


  • Special Tall Ship Dockside Tour | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | $5 Suggested Donation


Sweethearts Valentine’s Day Sail

Enjoy a romantic sailing experience aboard the Lady Washington this Wednesday, February 14th, at 4:00 pm. Passengers must be at least 21 years of age. The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple. Purchase Tickets HERE!


Adventure Sails

Have the ultimate seafaring adventure with your family aboard the Lady Washington. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $49 per adult and $42 per child. Purchase Tickets HERE!


  • Sunday, February 18th | 11:00 am 

  • Sunday, February 25th | 11:00 am

  • Sunday, March 4th | 11:00 am


Battle Sails

Check out a battle on the high seas! These popular 3 hour sails allow passengers to experience a mock battle aboard the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain (vessel selection is first-come, first-served. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $79 per adult, $69 per student/senior/military personnel, and $42 per child. Purchase Tickets HERE!


  • Saturday, February 17th | 2:00 pm

  • Sunday, February 18th | 2:00 pm

  • Saturday, February 24th | 2:00 pm

  • Sunday, February 25th | 2:00 pm

  • Saturday, March 3rd | 2:00 pm

  • Sunday, March 4th | 2:00 pm


Ventura Harbor Village Special Events

Children's Art Activity

  • Saturday, February 17th & Sunday, February 18th | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • The Courtyard at Building 1567 in Ventura Harbor Village

Sailor's Tea

  • Tuesday, February 20th | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts

Plein Air Art Event

  • Tuesday, February 27th | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

  • Docks at Ventura Harbor



The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone happy sailing in this month in beautiful Ventura!

Image Credit: Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau


Valentine's Day Wine N' Roses

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Romance is in the air in Ventura County! Valentine's Day is almost here! There are so many ways to celebrate the holiday in our beautiful area. With endless delicious restaurants to stunning beaches, there are many perfect spots to bring your sweetheart. For a truly unique experience, check out Valentine's Day Wine 'N Roses!!!

Come to the 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Weekend on Saturday, February 10th, and Sunday, February 11th. Receive one red long stem rose with each tasting. Make it to all 7 participating wineries and finish your weekend with your own bouquet of roses (while supplies last)!


Find the locations and operating hours for each of the participating wineries below.


Sunland Vintage Winery

1321 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard #108, Thousand Oaks  

Saturday & Sunday | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm



1321 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard #108, Thousand Oaks

Saturday & Sunday | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


NABU Wines

2649 Townsgate Road #200, Westlake Village

Saturday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


DeLiese Cellars

1850 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks

Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Giessinger Winery

3059 Willow Lane, Westlake Village

Saturday & Sunday | 12:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Cornell Winery & Tasting Room

29975 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills

Saturday & Sunday | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


San Vicente Cellars

537 Constitution Avenue Suite D, Camarillo

Saturday & Sunday | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone a very happy Valentine's Day!


A Fresh Start After Loss

by Lucille Rosetti-


The death of a loved one is never easy and can be one of the most painful events in your life. Each person grieves in his or her own way. Grief can look sad, it can look happy, it can look angry -- it can look like any emotion felt by the loss of a family member or close friend. Whatever faces bereavement wears, it almost always propels the grieving person forward — sometimes quickly, sometimes a bit more slowly -- into the future.

Making decisions and plans for the future is an important part of the grieving process and can be  healing: What do we do now? Where should we live? How much do we have in our savings account?

Some people want to remain in their homes and feel no reason to move, but others feel that making a fresh start by moving to a new location is what they need or want to do.

If you’re in a similar situation and are thinking about selling your home, relocating and buying a new home, there are some things you can do to make this life-changing transition as easy, affordable and stress-free as possible.


1. Financial stability Perhaps the death of your loved one has left you and your children in a financial bind. If he or she has been the sole breadwinner, you may have to find work and downsize to a more affordable home. Buying a cheaper home will give you peace of mind and be a help to your budget.

2. Lifting your spirits Doing something as practical as buying and selling a home and relocating can help you move positively through your grief. If you’re the type of person who handles bereavement by staying busy and proactive, then this can be healthy for you.

3. Change of scenery. Starting over after the death of a loved one by moving can be a little scary for some, but others find it necessary to the grieving process. Moving can help put the past and the pain behind you and can give you reasons to become active and excited again.


To help make the move easier, it helps to be open to help. This could mean family, friends or moving professionals to help you pack. It could mean hiring a real estate agent to make the selling/buying process easier. It could mean joining a support group for parents in bereavement who have undertaken the same tasks. It could mean accepting financial assistance for home loans.

When it comes to your children (especially if moving during the school year), you’ll want to make the change as smoothly as you can by:

--Checking out the schools with your child to see if they meet your expectations and meeting teachers and principal, if possible.

-- Visiting the neighborhood with your child beforehand to preview playgrounds, places of entertainment and shopping.

-- Taking your child on tours of the homes you’re interested in buying.

--Involving your child in the home buying/selling process by doing things together such as placing ads in the local paper and social media, browsing real estate sites to look at homes, choosing a new look for a new bedroom, etc.


During the moving process, you may find that buying and selling a home is the easiest part.

The hard part may be involve things such as packing up belongings, letting go of cherished items that belonged to your loved one, moving during the middle of the school year and saying goodbye to a home that held so many memories.

You can’t keep everything that belonged to your departed loved one, so base your decisions on the things that meant the most. You can donate or sell the rest. Involving your child in these decisions will help him or her move forward, too.

Losing a spouse or loved one is difficult, but preparation, good advice from others and a willingness to accept change and move forward helps make the loss easier to manage.

Photo credit Pixabay

Ventura Unified School District Earns Top Grades!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The grades are in for the new year! Educational review and ranking website Niche recently released their list of the 2018 Best School Districts in California! The site examined 474 public school districts throughout the state. They looked at key metrics, such as quality of teachers, extracurriculars offered, test scores, and other areas that help insure a quality education for K-12 students. From millions of Niche user reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education, grades were provided for each of the public school districts.


How did Ventura Unified School District do? It came in at the top of its class! In fact, it was ranked within the top 16% of best school districts in the state -- ranking 78th! Check out the district’s full report card.

This excellent public school district operates 29 schools and serves 17,366 students within greater Ventura, CA area.


Top ranked school districts not only guarantee that your children are getting the best possible education but also help increase your home’s value! Search our Current Homes for Sale in Ventura Unified School District today!


If you are interested in Buying a home within this great school district, The Blake Mashburn Group is here to help! Give us a call today or visit our website at

Thomas Fire Benefit Festival

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Come support those in our community that were affected by the Thomas Fire. Mark your calendars for the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival on Saturday, February 3rd. 100% of ALL proceeds will go to the victims of the Thomas Fire, namely: The Ventura County Community Foundation, World Central Kitchen, and the Downtown Ventura Organization’s Wildfire Victim Fund. After we all dealt with the ravaging affects of California's largest wildfire in history, it is time to come together and support another at this fantastic event.

Head to Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura to celebrate the beauty and strength of our communities and support all of our friends and neighbors. Along with being a great cause, this is one event you do not want to miss!


The Festival will start with a VIP Chef Experience from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Join World Central Kitchen founder and Michelin-Rated Chef, José Andrés, along with other local and Michelin Starred Chefs for some wining and dining. Guests to the VIP event will enjoy unlimited sampling of wine, beer, and specialty dishes.


Starting at 4:00 pm, the festival opens to General Admission ticket holders. Enjoy incredible live music throughout the evening.


Live Performances By


Help us restore our community and show that we are #VenturaCountyStrong!


Event Details

Date: Saturday, February 3rd

Time: 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Plaza Park (Downtown Ventura)

Tickets: $50 General Admission (4:00 pm - 10:00 pm) | FREE for Children 10 & Under (4:00 pm - 10:00 pm) | $200 VIP Sampling (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Must be at least 21 years old)

Buy tickets HERE. 100% of proceeds benefit those affected by the Thomas Fire.

All sales are Final.



The Blake Mashburn Group sends our thoughts to all residents in Ventura County.



Image Credit: Thomas Fire Benefit Festival


5 Tips for Selling Success in 2018!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The start of the new year is the perfect time to sell your home and start a new! If you are looking to sell your Ventura home in 2018, follow these 5 tips for selling success!


1. Focus on the Millennials

Millennials could make up the largest group of homebuyers by the end of 2018. It makes sense to market to them since they make up such a large share. Knowing what millennials are looking for can help you sell your home. Location wise, millennials are moving to the suburbs but want to have amenities within walking distance. They prefer smaller homes with open floor plans. They also prefer green features and energy efficiency.


2. Remember the Baby Boomers

​Although it makes sense to market to millennials, you shouldn't forget about the baby boomers! This generation is looking to stay in their homes as they age. This means that homes that will fit their needs and remain accessible into the future are attractive. Master bedrooms, laundry, and other amenities located on the main floor are all selling points to focus on for this generation.


3. Be Smart about Your Smart Home Features

Smart features in a home are now expected. Do not limit your buyer pool by having smart features that only support a single platform. Make sure that the system is broadly compatible so home buyers can use the products they have already invested in.


4. Do a Pre-Inspection

Consider doing a pre-inspection. Although many home buyers will still want their own home inspection done, a pre-inspection allows you to find out issues early enough to make repairs if needed. It can also assure buyers that the home is move in ready.


5. Do a Drone Tour

Showcase your stunning property and landscaping with a drone tour of the home. Such a tour provides a better visual display of your home and its surrounding area, making your home stand apart from the competition. Talk to your real estate agent about hiring a professional (with required operating certificate) and add this to your home's marketing materials.

For more helpful Selling Tips, give The Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at



Mark Your Calendars for Restaurant Week!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It's time to fill your bellies with the most delectable food available in the Ventura area! Restaurant Week is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for the Restaurant Weeks taking place in 2 of our communities later this month. Enjoy incredible deals and discover great new restaurants! Bon appétit!



Oxnard's Dine, Wine & Beer Week

Friday, January 19th - Saturday, January 28th

Find delicious food and beverage deals at your favorite dining establishments throughout Oxnard.


Participating Restaurants



Camarillo Restaurant Week

Monday, January 22nd - Sunday, January 29th

Discover the best eating Camarillo has to offer during restaurant week. Participating restaurants will be offering price-fixed menus for lunch (under $20) and dinner ($33) throughout the week


Participating Restaurants


The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone happy dining throughout Ventura County!

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