We put off going to this the last few visits but decided to go this time and man have we been missing out! This is so much fun! The sing a long portion is mostly well known songs so it's easy for the kids to hop right in! Chip and Dale make their way through the crowd while the sing a long is happening and you'll get to meet one of them. I have heard that during the busy season they only get to meet and greet with those in the wooden benches, not the bleachers so if that part is important to you, get here early and grab a bench! The campfire can get a little crazy with so many little ones holding sticks into it but it's still fun. And they always show a movie right after the 40ish minute sing a long so bring blankets and snacks if you want! The chuck wagon is also usually open selling snacks and drinks (and smores kits). And parents, don't be shy...bring along an adult beverage to enjoy ;)
I love hopping on local public transportation - especially when it is free! This one is cute, free, and fast. A great way to get to dinner, shopping, old town, and great places.
Major tip: Look online at the website to track where the trolley is on the route. There is only one trolley and it comes around about every 30 minutes.
Second major tip: Find out where exactly the trolley stops are, and ask locals if you can't find it. Look for the green trolley sign. It took us some effort to find each one!
Third major tip: hold on tight! There aren't any seat belts and the trolley goes fast on the streets. The wooden seats are easy to slide on and off of. Have kids sit on the inside of the seat away from the aisle.
Ottavio's was packed on a Saturday night with families and large groups sitting at all the tables and waiters rushing around pleasantly, and I knew at that moment it was a great restaurant. After enjoying a delicious dinner, incredible wine, a friendly waitress, and a setting that felt like old-world Italy, I can now highly recommend this restaurant. Stop here on a trip on the 101 or enjoy it along with a great stay in Camarillo and the beach towns!
There was a good selection of kid-friendly options which had a different variety than the standard fare. My kids ordered ravioli stuffed with cheese (there was a beef option) and the large and tender pockets were slathered with marinara sauce (there was a meat sauce option too.) They loved them. Meals include drinks - milk, juice, Shirley Temple, or Roy Rogers. My kids are convinced that Shirley Temples are the best drink in the world, and since they are rare at restaurants, it seems to make it all more special. As of this review, meals were $5.50 - which I think is an excellent price! Sides were additional cost - such as fruit, veggies, salad, minestrone soup, and mozzarella sticks. Kids meal options included ravioli, spaghetti, pizza, grilled chicken, penne alfredo, mini meatball sandwich, and chicken fingers.
FREE KIDS MEALS - Don't miss coming on a Monday or Tuesday for free kids meals (under 10) with an adult meal!
We love finding good happy hours and this is a great one! Monday - Friday from 3-6pm. Specialty cocktails at $7, wines - $5 a glass, beer - $4. Small sides $5.50.
The dinner menu looked a bit overwhelming to me - full of lots of options and descriptions, along with Italian names I don't recognize. My waitress was excellent at recommending several things- the lasagna is housemade every day, the chicken (or veal) piccata was excellent with fresh lemon, marsala wine, and capers to saute the boneless chicken breasts. The fresh trout and halibut were also highly recommended. Lots of other pasta options also looked great. I tried the chicken piccata with bowtie pasta- served in the manner my waitress recommended - without marinara sauce to compete with the lemon flavoring. It was delicious.
The dessert options such as cannoli and tiramisu looked incredible, but we didn't have time, or room in our bellies for dessert. Next time!
I would highly recommend enjoying this restaurant with your family while in Camarillo or Ventura County. It was delicious, friendly, and a great setting.
I received a gift card for the purpose of this review and for sharing. I was not asked to present a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.
Our room at the Hampton Inn was perfect. Large and spacious with 2 queen beds and a large bathroom. Everything was modern, clean, white, and comfortable. I would highly recommend this hotel right off the 101 for a stay in Camarillo or a on a trip along the way.
Our beds were very comfortable with clean, well fitting sheets that didn't pull off when we un-tucked the bed. The comforter was thick with a white casing that looked and smelled very clean. There was a pull out couch in our room with a comfortable chaise that i loved relaxing on. Our bathroom was clean and large with a shower/bath, 2 sinks, blow dryer, and toiletries. Everything was white and modern. There was a coffee maker, empty mini fridge, and microwave in our large room.
LOBBY & POOL
My kids had fun on an October afternoon in the heated pool. It was outdoors with comfortable chairs surrounding it. It wasn't very large - 5 feet at the deepest, with a wide set of stairs in the shallow end - but it was perfect for them to swim and get some exercise. The jacuzzi was small but toasty warm and lovely. The afternoon sun soaked the pool area until about 5 pm which was perfect. The lobby of the hotel was large and modern with comfortable chairs and TVs.
Complimentary breakfast was served with disposable plates and cups - ready for coffee and cereal. Lots of options were present including make-your-own waffles and toast. Cooked pancakes with apple filling, eggs, and sausages, were on the hot tray. Yogurts, hard boiled eggs, and cut fruit were in the cold section. Coffee, water, milk, and juice were in dispensers.
The beach is about 15 minutes away - which makes for a perfect location for this hotel. Beaches of Ventura, Pismo Beach, Zuma, and Malibu are options. A McDonald's and El Pollo Loco are in the same block of the hotel - good for a walk for dinner. The free Camarillo Trolley is about a 1/4 mile stop walk away - by the Taco Bell. The Camarillo Outlet Mall is less than 1/4 mile away for a ton of great shopping. Other fun activities in Camarillo are nearby.
This is a comfortable, clean, and large hotel perfect for families on a road trip or for a stay in Camarillo and the beach towns of Ventura County. I would definitely recommend it!
Disclosure: We received a complimentary stay for the purpose of sharing. I was not asked to present a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.
We climbed into an old C-46F bomber from WW2 days that was sitting out on the tarmac of the CAF. Our docent took us up the stairs and we found ourselves in a big open belly of a plane with stickers on the wall, old equipment, and a smell of history. She had been used at the end of WW2 and had more recently flown parachuters for jumps- hence their stickers on the walls.
For this museum and airplanes on display- docents are available to take guests on tours. You can't go on the tarmac without one- but going out there is well worth it. Historic planes, including one used in the Blue Angels, are stationed around a small area, and many are being worked on. One or two are even available to take paying guests on a flight. On special days- an old tank is open for kids to crawl through.
In the main hangar, a museum is set up with a large variety of displays from WW2. My kids were interested in the old field telephone that weighed a good 5 pounds, and various photos.
Bottomline- this is a great place to take kids. Any kids- but especially those that are interested in aircraft. Any that are studying history will have a chance to appreciate and understand the tools and process of the battles that were fought.
Disclosure: I was invited to this museum by Visit Camarillo for the purpose of sharing. All opinions are my own.