SoCal’s Banana Belt Is Back!

Are you familiar with the term “the Southern California Banana Belt”? Many people are not, but we have come to know this area better than anyone, thanks to the local banana farmers and famous local authors as John Doerper. This area covers of a stretch of California coastline, starting in Santa Barbara and follows the coast down to our Ventura limousine headquarters. You may have thought of tropical islands or someplace exotic, but this particular region has been named this for being one of few places in the continental USA that have proven excellent for cultivating bananas. Even in the coldest of the wintertime, the temperatures here never reach the freezing point. La Conchita is an amazing plantation well worth the visit. Some of our Santa Ynez wine tour clients recently spiked up their vineyard wine-tasting by adding a banana farm tour to their trip! We have heard from numerous clients, even planation owners coming in from abroad and using our LAX airport transfer services: some plantations here have over fifty varieties of bananas! Ranging from types that originated in tropical areas of places such as Vietnam, Hawaii, Jamaica, Spain, China, India, and many more. A recent trend among many utilizing our Santa Barbara limo service has been to spice up their luxurious events or vineyard trips by also including some fun and different type of experience. Prior to becoming a banana plantation, the area was a housing complex for oilfields employees. Also nicknamed the avocado belt or avocado coast, book a party bus and come do some exciting tastings!

With its warmer winters, and pleasant temperatures moderated by coastal fog, this area has proven great not only for growing bananas and avocados, but also is an incredibly popular region for touring the gorgeous vineyards. Famous for having been features in the movie Sideways (2004), our award-winning Santa Ynez wine tour is an experience for life. In this gorgeous canyon-land, there are numerous popular wineries well worth checking out. This laid-back, relaxed, farming area is naturally stunningly beautiful, and many wine-tasting clients of ours bring their own food for some outdoor picnicking in the scenic surroundings of the valley. Some favorites for our Santa Barbara limo service clientele include the Kalyra-, Bridlewood-, Sunstone-, and Rideau vineyards and wineries. While Kalyra offers some amazing panoramic and scenic views of the valley and bordering mountains, Bridlewood Winery is removed from the main road and provides a truly peaceful countryside setting. The back verandas here are ideal for picnicking and many customers using our party bus or limos often bring their friends along for some great tastings and picnicking at Bridlewood. Other areas our vineyard-tours cover include the Santa Rita Hills, the Malibu Canyons, as well as the Santa Maria- and Temecula Valleys.

Whether you are searching for a Santa Barbara wine tour, the ultimate limo bus experience with friends, or maybe just an LAX airport transfer, you can rely on our expertise and enjoy our exclusive price-match-guarantee when booking any of our vehicles. We have served all of Southern California for more than fifteen years with luxury transportations, and we are tremendously proud of being the largest- and top rated provider of limousines in SoCal. From the southern tip of the California Banana Belt at our Ventura limousine offices to areas throughout the Golden State, our unmatched proficiency and highest ratings is your choice when booking your luxurious transportation in the Greater Los Angeles Area or elsewhere in Southern California. Contact us today!

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Blackhawk Limo | Oxnard Fun Anyone?

We at Ventura Limo Service have been providing Oxnard Limo Service for over 15 years. Many of our clients live in the community of Oxnard, and many visit the area, making is very knowledgeable of the fun activities in the Oxnard area and the attractions Oxnard has to offer. Our main goal here at Ventura Limousine Service is to keep our clients informed of area attractions and what is on the local calendar of events, so we can all remember to take some time off and learn to relax a bit more.

Oxnard is a casual seaside city where one can find a very active boating harbor, America’s largest Kosher winery, the Mullin Automotive Museum, and a historic downtown bursting with architectural treasures and multicultural flavors. Many of our clients spend their time in downtown where they can choose from an array of delicious Mexican cuisine and new restaurants are putting the area on the culinary map. Recently seen on Diners, Drive-In & Dives, The Kitchen has numerous brews and friendly conversations.

Limousine-Oxnard There is a collection of restored craftsman style homes with beautifully landscaped gardens near Heritage Square.

Find things to do waterfront at Channel Islands Harbor, maybe rent a electric boat or kayak and check out the inland waterways. Segway and rentals are also available. Book an excursion and head out sea and get some sports fishing in. Oxnard’s sandy, beautiful beaches are a perfect scene for suntanning, strolling and picnicking.

As the main hub for the Ventura County Wine Trail, Oxnard is has three outstanding wineries: Magnavino Cellars, Herzog Wine Cellars and Rancho Ventavo. Unique in its ambiance, the tour of wineries provides a enjoyable and relaxing wine tasting experience. We utilize these wineries as a stopping point for our Oxnard Limo Service & Ventura Limo Service when we are providing wine tours.

Oxnard-LimoFor car lovers, the Mullin Automotive Museum is magnificent. This art museum celebrates the Art Deco movement in motor design. See Bugattis, Delages, Voisins and other cars from the 1920s to 1940s. Very worth the trip! Our Ventura Limousine Service clients have had nothing but good things to say about this attraction.

Whatever you desires, be sure to let a Ventura Limo Service Specialist help you plan a fun day out. We do it all the time, so leave it to the experts. Our Ventura Limousine Service can help you plan the day you deserve! Call Us Today! (866) 319-LIMO

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Things You Didn’t Know About Santa Barbara

Blackhawk Transportation is a proud provider of Santa Barbara limo & Ventura limousine transportation. We take great pride in the areas we service and love the local history. Long before the days of luxurious vehicle rental and partying it up on State Street, the Chumash Indians settled the area. By the time the Spanish showed up they were settled up and down the coast and on the Channel Islands. They had over one hundred and fifty villages and a total population of about 18,000. They all spoke very different but related dialects. Today we love to travel in a party bus or stretch, but back 2000 years ago the favorite mode of transportation was the plank canoe (tomol). The Chumash were known for their amazing basketry, beautiful cave paintings, and money made from the local shells.

The Mission Period
The Mission was settled in the 1780’s. It began a time of colonization along with the Christianization of the natives. The Spanish ruled the local area until 1822, when it became a Mexican territory. In 1846 Colonel John Fremont took the area for the U.S.

The Rancho Period
From 1830-1865 Ranching & Agriculture became strong. Cattle Ranches, horses, and community were the focal in the region. Under Mexican & American rule, the local lifestyle was effected very little by government.

The Victorian Period
The city began to change after the Civil War. Victorian homes soon became abundant and outnumbered Spanish Colonials. Goods from the East began to flow into the local port and agriculture began to dominate as the locals realized that anything grows well in the region.

The Earthquake
In 1925 it was devastated by a earthquake. Many of the Victorians burned down, yet the Spanish Colonials remained, so the locals became more interested in the indigenous building techniques. An ordinance was passed that downtown would be Spanish Colonial Style.

The Boom Period
From the time of the earthquake forward, the city exploded into a busy and well known travel destination.

Interesting facts:
You couldn’t travel here along the coast until the Rincon part of 101 was completed in the 1930’s.
The Japanese fired 16 rounds on the area’s coastline during WWII. They only damaged a small shed and caused no injury to people.
Even to this day the city’s waterworks still uses Portions of the Mission’s aqueduct system.
Santa Barbara was considered “Hollywood to the North”, as so many movies were filmed in the area.
Today, our city has a diverse culture and rich history. We here at Blackhawk have only been part of that culture for the past 15 years, but take great pride in our community. We enjoy being a part of this community, and we are proud of our top rated Santa Ynez wine tour options. If you are in need of a Santa Barbara limo or maybe a party bus or stretched, we have a 5 star rated service with a price match guarantee. We can’t be beat! Give us a try!

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