February marks my sixth month as Harbor Director and I’ve spent a lot of time learning about the Channel Islands Harbor’s people and rich history. From meeting with eager business owners, residents, and others who share an interest in the Harbor to watching archives of public meetings, some common themes have emerged. First, there are…Read More
You don’t have to be a football fan to get into Super Bowl Sunday. It’s practically a national holiday. You’ve probably played host to the big game once or twice and don’t want the stress of hosting (or cleaning up after everyone). There’s plenty of options at the Channel Islands Harbor to enjoy the ultimate Sunday Funday.
When is Super Bowl LIII? Sunday, February 3, 2019
What time? Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. PST
Who is playing? Los Angeles Rams v. New England Patriots
Who should I root for? We would never tell you who to root for! (But we sure are close to Los Angeles, aren’t we?)
Watch the Super Bowl Here
Pizza and beer are a match made in heaven. Hot, crunchy crust, tangy tomato sauce, fresh meats, salty California cheese… need we say more? Toppers Pizza Place is regarded as one of the best places to grab a slice in Ventura County. If aren’t in the mood for pizza (why wouldn’t you be?), their menu also includes sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts. Not to mention a salad bar that is second to none. As perfect as beer and pizza are on their own, add gorgeous harborside views and a dozen HD TVs, and you have the perfect place to watch the Super Bowl.
Fun fact: While Toppers has a ton of TVs to watch sports, they don’t usually have the sound on. For the Super Bowl, they turn those TVs up to enhance your experience!
From New England clam chowder to Australian Lobster Tails, Sea Fresh offers some of the best seafood in the Harbor. Come by Sea Fresh on Super Bowl Sunday and enjoy one of the best and longest happy hours around. During the Super Bowl, happy hour will last the entire game! There will also be quarterly drink specials. For example, one quarter the restaurant will be offering the $5 “Tom Brady,” a Tom Collins with a splash of blue curacao. You aren’t going to want to miss happy hour at Sea Fresh!
The Lookout Bar & Grill knows how to throw a party, so you might want to arrive early and grab a seat. This harbor favorite has seven wide screen televisions for your viewing pleasure, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house for the big game. Enjoy their menu, which includes favorites like clam chowder, pastrami burgers, bacon cheeseburgers, and more. Pair your meal with a cold beverage and enjoy. During the game, when a team scores a touchdown, they serve up a $3 Touchdown Shot! (If your team isn’t cutting it, you can always step outside and enjoy a nice, calming view.)
Experience the biggest game of the year with the best Brazilian cuisine in Ventura County. They might not have your traditional “football game” menu, but you will not regret the smell of spices, the freshness of the food, and the harborside views they offer. Happy hour at Moqueca is from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays!
Fun fact: Only on Sundays, Moqueca serves feijoada, a Brazilian black bean soup.
The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar is a harbor hotspot on any Sunday because of their famous brunch featuring flowing mimosas. On Super Bowl Sunday, brunch is still on and will feature live music from Teresa Russell. However, this restaurant will be closed at 3 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.
Editor’s Note: this story was published on January 29, 2019.
Hawaiian Chieftain, a gaff-rigged topsail ketch build in Lahaina, Maui, will visit the Channel Islands Harbor from Jan. 30 to Feb. 11, 2019. This beautiful ship will be docked near the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and offer vessel tours, a natural history sail, and adventure sails.
A crew of 10-14 people will be on board both vessels to answer questions and tell you what you need to know about this beauty.
Visiting this tall ship is a perfect way to spend a few hours with your friends and family.
Here is the schedule for the visit:
($5 donation requested)
|Natural History Sail(Tickets: $59-$65)|
|Wed/Thur., Jan. 30 & 31||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Friday, Feb. 1||2 p.m. to 6 p.m.||N/A||N/A|
|Saturday, Feb. 2||10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||2 p.m. to 4 p.m.||N/A|
|Sunday, Feb. 3||10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||2 p.m. to 4 p.m.||N/A|
|Mon-Fri, Feb. 4-8||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Saturday, Feb. 9||10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||N/A||2 p.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 10||10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||2 p.m. to 4 p.m.||N/A|
|Monday, Feb. 11||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tuesday, Feb. 12||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Walk-on tours allow visitors to meet with crew, similar to an open house, and learn more about the ship’s history. Reservations are not required, though a $5 donation per person is requested.
Adventure sails are two-hour family-oriented experiences with an opportunity to help the crew raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $49 for adults, $39 for children 12 years-old and younger. To purchase in advance, click here or call 1-800-200-5239.
Natural History Sail
Join science educator Amy David from The Nature Conservancy to learn about the ecology of the Channel Islands region.
Find the ships
The tall ships will be docked by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, located at 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035.
Fun Fact: The Maritime Museum is offering $2 off the price of admission to the museum if you mention the Hawaiian Chieftain in the next two weeks.
For more information and reservations, call 1-800-200-5239. Please visit www.historicalseaport.org to purchase tickets.
Editor’s Note: this story was published on January 25, 2019.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! As the page is turned into 2019, I normally reflect on the past year and determine what went right, what went wrong and how we can improve on it in the new year. It was a very eventful year, with good, bad and ugly. The Harbor Department is part of the larger…Read More