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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.

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