Friday, April 14, 2017

7 Best Things To Do in Montecito | Blackhawk Limousine & Party Buses

A limo in Montecito, California
As a leading provider of Montecito limos, our limo services visit this community on a daily basis. Known for its many celebrity residents, booking limousine services here is far from unusual. But what is it to see in Montecito? Contrary to popular belief, there are many destinations here visited by party buses and Santa Barbara limo services. Golfing at the famous country club is a popular activity for limo clientele, but also the many restaurants here are common limousine destinations. Let us present our “Top 7 Best Things To Do in Montecito, California!”

1. Lotusland

By far the most famous landmark, Walska Lotusland is also the best rated activity in town on TripAdvisor. This 37-acre park includes some of the world’s most rare plant species. There’s also a pond, Lotus Pond, and lush botanical gardens. Two hour tours of the gardens are available, and the Japanese Garden is a must to see.

2. First Class Dining

Party bus services in Santa Barbara, CA
Why go all the way to Santa Barbara for dining, when there are so many award-winning restaurants in town? Lucky’s steakhouse on Coast Village Road might be the most famous, often served by limo services from Santa Barbara and even Los Angeles. For the best ocean-views, head to Four Season’s Bella Vista or Tydes Restaurant. For the best Mexican, head to Cava Restaurant & Bar on Coast Village Road. Stella Mares on Los Patos Way serves great French cuisine, while Pane E Vino has the town’s best Italian cuisine. Ordering a limo service or party buses to the eateries of town might be your best chance of spotting one of town’s celebrities. Most of the best restaurants are located in the Upper Village part of Montecito.

3. Wine-Tasting Tours

This town is surrounded by great wine-tasting venues and vineyards. Santa Barbara’s backyard vineyards in Santa Ynez are the most popular tours, but there are also various wine-tasting rooms in and around town. Many stop by the Wine Bistro on San Ysidro Road, while the wine bar at Trattoria Mollie is a local favorite.

4. Best Beaching

Beach in Santa Barbara
Montecito is home to some of the most scenic beaches in Santa Barbara County, including Butterfly- and Miramar Beaches. Located on Channel Drive right across from Four Seasons Biltmore is where we find the idyllic Butterfly Beach. Named for its many winter monarch butterflies, this might be the most visited beach in town. The Miramar Beach is situated right below another famous resort, namely the Miramar Hotel Santa Barbara. Both beaches are definitely worth looking into, and offers some great swimming, snorkeling, surfing and picnicking.

5. Gallery Tours

Gallery tours are popular for limo clients. Easton Gallery on Hot Springs Rd was established in 1990 and is a famous gallery in the Santa Barbara region. Come here to see local art and paintings. Numerous other galleries are located in town, mostly on Coast Village Road.

6. Explore The Outdoors

The most popular trail in town might be the Ennisbrook Trail, which is a 1.9-mile loop from 1788 San Leandro Lane. It is located within the San Ysidro Creek Preserve in the heart of town, and is a forested trail along a creek. The more experienced hikers head up to the Cold Springs East Fork Trail for the 3,5-mile hike to Montecito Peak. From this peak you can see as far as all the California Channel Islands, Santa Barbara and nearby mountains. Alternatively, check out the less than two mile Hammond Meadow Trail from Shalawa Meadow. This trail follows the gorgeous villas and scenic beaches along the coastline. A park often visited by limousine clientele for wedding photos and picnics is Manning Park, located at 449 San Ysidro Road.

7. Casa del Herrero

A true Santa Barbara landmark, this home and garden is a popular destination for tourists booking limos. This eleven acre site is registered as a U.S. Historic Landmark and dates back to the mid 1920’s. Ninety minute guided tours of the Spanish-style home is available several days per week. The beautiful 11-acre property features botanical gardens and Spanish architecture at its best.

See: 6 Best Things To Do in Carpinteria!

All of these local treasures are often visited by a number of celebrities reserving limousine services in Montecito. Just a few of the celebs residing here are Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Willis, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Cruise, and an array of others. Not bad for a community of barely 9,000 residents! Order your limousines and party buses from Blackhawk today! We offer award winning wine-tasting tours of Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and other nearby wine regions.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

6 Best Malibu Beaches!

Looking for a smaller and less-crowded beach in Malibu? As a Malibu limo service we serve the beaches here on a weekly basis. With many larger beaches such as Topanga-, Zuma- and Surfrider Beaches, there are no lack of great beaches in the Malibu Area. Learn more about the most popular beaches for our limo- and party bus clientele! We have also included beach filming locations, celebrities living close by and venues where one can combine wine-tasting tours with a day of beaching.

For the nice sunny day you’d like to hang out at the beach, why travel to a crowded beach full of surfers and others? If you would prefer a smaller hidden gem, check out our limousine services’ list of our top choices for Malibu beaches!

6. Broad Beach

Situated on the northern part of Malibu, the homes around the area are unlike most of these beach communities not located within a gated community, but is among the area’s most expensive real estate. This is also one of the most celebrity-densest areas in LA County. Just a few of the many celebrities residing here include Mel Gibson, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffmann, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Danny DeVito, Eddie Van Halen, Charlie Sheen, Sylvester Stallone and many more. The access to this public beach is located 1 mile from Zuma Beach, with a pathway located at 31300 and 31200 on Broad Beach Road. Despite wealthy homeowners’ efforts to restrict access to Broad Beach, there have become more easily accessible entries to Broad Beach in recent years. Connected to Zuma in the north, Broad Beach resembles Zuma but is smaller and less-crowded than its southern counterpart. A racing scene from 2001 film The Fast and the Furious was filmed here, where Vin Diesel races a Ferrari on the way to Neptune’s Net.

5. Latigo Beach

Latigo is located right after entering Latigo Shore Dr., just west of Corral Canyon and east of Latigo Point. It is famous for its many gorgeous beach homes and its A-rated water quality. In fact, some days there are up to 40 feet of ocean visibility which makes for great scuba diving and snorkeling. Its private location makes for a great sunbathing experience, and as it’s sheltered by Latigo Point and has a fewer waves than most Malibu beaches, Latigo makes for a great beach for swimming. As there are many houses and apartments located here, parking along the Pacific Coastal Highway might be your best parking option to avoid neighbor complaints. The beach has been featured in various films. Zachary’s home in Mildred Pierce (1945) is located at the beach, and it’s the location of where Spencer is pursued in the end of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963). Joseph’s home in the 1973 film Messiah of Evil is also located here, and so is a waterfall seen in Tourist Trap (1979). The gas station from It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is a popular stop for cinematic tours by limousine services.

4. Escondido Beach

This narrow sandy beach actually translated from Spanish into “Hidden Beach”! One of the most beautiful gems in the Malibu area, nearby homeowners have fought unsuccessfully for decades (as seen on CNN, LA Times, The Guardian and elsewhere) to keep beachgoers away from the beach. You may need to ignore a few signs, but rest assure that anyone can access to this beach. Located just below the bluff from the Geoffrey’s Malibu restaurant, visitors will have to park on PCH just before the restaurant to venture down here. Being top rated for water quality, scuba diving and snorkeling are common activities for party bus and Malibu limo service customers who travel out here. As recently as yesterday we took clients here from Malibu wine-tasting tours in the canyons.

3. Staircase Beach

Named for downwards path leading here, Staircase Beach is found on the northern end of Leo Carrillo State Beach. The beach is relatively rocky and maybe most visited by surfers, windsurfers and paddle-boarders. As there are no signage for the beach it is easily overlooked, but those who discover this beach will fall in love with its magnificent cliffs, white sand beach and gorgeous rock formations. Staircase Beach may be reached from the parking lot at Leo Carrillo State Beach and from a trail going from the North Beach Campground. The beach is located close to a great seafood restaurant, namely the Neptune’s Net. Enjoy the zigzag trail down to this rocky hidden gem of a Malibu beach! Often named amongst the most gorgeous beaches in California, our Malibu limo service often has limousine- and party bus vehicles heading to Staircase Beach.

2. El Matador State Beach

Ordering party bus- and limousine services to visit the El Matador State Beach has become as popular as visiting the larger beaches. Being a more known stretch of beach than the others mentioned in this article, El Matador is a more known “hidden gem”, but still less visited than most beaches. With it’s gorgeous rock outcroppings, sea caves and mountain cliffs, bringing the camera along for photographing is a must when visiting El Matador. The hike down to the beach is steep and uses several staircases. Being so far down from the Pacific Coastal Highway, the beach is completely separated from the noise of the freeway and has an unusually secluded character for an LA County beach. The forty-acre beach is one of the three beaches that make up the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach. Come here early to be guaranteed parking at the 40-space parking lot. While there are no shops or restaurants nearby, the beach parking lot is equipped with restrooms and even picnic areas overlooking the coast. Come here for a quiet and scenic beach with beautiful surrounding nature that’s ideal for photographing. Our top rated Malibu limo service often transfer wedding clients here for an ideal secluded and naturally gorgeous place for wedding photographies. The two additional Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beaches - La Piedra Beach and El Pescador - are smaller than El Matador, but maybe not as picturesque. El Matador has been featured in a variety of movies, making it a desired destination for limousine services on cinematic tours of Malibu. While it is featured as the coast of South Carolina in The Notebook (2004), while it is dubbed for Mexico in True Romance (1993). The fictional Towers Beach in Spellbinder (1988) is actually El Matador, while the beach also can be seen in A Lot Like Love (2005) starring Ashton Kutcher.

1. Lechuza Beach

An even lesser known beach is Lechuza Beach, situated at the northern end of Broad Beach Road. Known for its gorgeous rock formations and secluded character, it is found just a little ways up from Broad Beach. The long walking path takes you from the Bunnie Ln. and Broad Beach Rd. intersection and down to the beach. Unlike most other beaches in the area, Lechuza Beach isn’t connected to other beaches and is therefore a true hidden Malibu gem. Our Malibu limo service has often transferred beach-goers here as the beach lacks its own parking lot. Although there are no public restrooms or showers here, you can take easily take a stroll from the beach to the nearby Starbucks and gas station on PCH and Broad Beach Rd. Its naturally rocky coastline, seclusion and tons of vegetation resemble a Pacific Island more than an LA County beach!

If none of these were particularly intriguing, check out Orange County’s Thousand Steps Beach for one of Southern California’s most scenic beaches. A popular activity for many of our clients in Malibu is to combine wine-tasting tours with a day at the beach. Located right across the PCH from Topanga Beach is where we find the Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio, a wine-tasting room that offers great views of the Pacific Ocean. Further inland you can venture on wine-tasting tours to wineries such as Malibu Family Wines, Cornell Winery & Wine-Tasting Room and SIP Malibu Grapes. For those who prefer an even more secluded beach than those mentioned here, ordering limousine services to visit the California Channel Islands might be your best choice. Whether to visit the peaceful white sand beaches of Santa Rosa Island or to explore the coastline of Catalina Island, a Malibu limo service can get you to the dock in style!

We are servicing all of Southern California and all its beaches, but please keep our limos clean from sand! Whether for local wine-tasting tours, party bus nights out, LAX transfers, wedding transportation or any other limousine needs, contact our limousine services today for an immediate and free quote.

Check also out: 7 Best Southern California Islands!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Santa Monica Mountains: Best Wine-Tasting, Restaurants, and More!

Our own backyard national park land — the Santa Monica Mountains — stretches from the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and westwards to Ventura County’s Point Mugu. You may think of hiking and camping, but the Santa Monica’s are also home to numerous restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues and more. The Malibu Cafe and other venues here are beloved destinations for those booking our Malibu limo service. In recent years wine tours have become increasingly popular in the Malibu Canyons and Santa Monica Mountains. The region has experienced a wine renaissance with a growing number of wineries and tasting venues. As of 2016, the Santa Monica’s are in fact home to over fifty wineries and some of our most popular wine tours include those to the Malibu Canyons and elsewhere in the Santa Monica’s. Getting limos for rent and heading out in wine country makes for a guaranteed memorable adventure. 

No matter if it’s for picnicking, wine-tastings tours, dining or any other activity, one thing is guaranteed, this is a place of peace and solitude secluded from the city’s hustle and bustle. This is why even tourists use LAX airport transfers straight from LAX airport and to the Malibu Canyons for their time in LA. Tourists and locals alike will love a trip with a Malibu limo service to the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. So let us present some of the most popular limo destinations here, including restaurants, wine tasting venues, hiking trails and more!

Visiting Malibu Family Wines on a Malibu wine tour
Evening at Malibu Family Wines
Separating the Conejo Valley from the Pacific Ocean, ordering Newbury Park limousine rides crossing the mountains are tremendously popular. Roads crossing the Santa Monica’s are also the shortest way for those living in the Greater Thousand Oaks Area in order to head to the beach or to Malibu. However, what many don’t realize is the large amount of eateries and wineries tucked away in various canyons here. Whether by an LA- or Newbury Park party bus, these places are worth the travel! Wine tours to the Santa Monica’s and Malibu Canyons are more popular than ever before, and our favorite tasting-venues are Malibu Family Wines, Cornell Winery & Tasting Room as well as SIP Malibu Grapes. Being our most popular Malibu limo service destinations, these tasting-rooms all offer something unique. Maybe the most popular, Malibu Family Wines, is nestled in its own canyon with gorgeous views and a stunning atmosphere. Here people come to enjoy wines, and, on weekends, there are most often live entertainment such as standup comedy, outdoor movie screenings and concerts. During events as these, there are also often food-trucks on the spot offering tacos, burritos, etc. Maybe best of all, this winery also offers their own exclusive safari tours with animals such as zebras, camels, alpacas, water buffalos, American bison, giraffes, yaks, and more! Tucked away in the tiny unincorporated mountain community of Cornell, about halfway between Agoura Hills and Malibu, is where we find the Cornell Winery & Tasting Room. Offering a more rustic feel, Cornell also brags one of the area’s largest wine collections. It is located right next-door to the Old Place Restaurant, one of the region’s best eateries. Traveling to Malibu restaurants or wineries with limos for rent is the utmost luxury and makes for an unforgettable memory!

Limo service by The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills
The Canyon Club is just 3.5 miles
from wine-tasting venues in the Santa Monica's!
Besides the Old Place Restaurant, there are numerous other restaurants in the Santa Monica’s. As recently as yesterday we had an LAX airport transfer stop by the Rock Store in order to grab a bite on the way to the airport. But the most popular restaurants by far are the Malibu Café, Saddle Peak Lodge and the Old Place Restaurant. Possibly the most popular eatery in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Malibu Café, is a hidden gem nestled in its own canyon by a creek and forest. A more beautiful setting or atmosphere for dinner is hard to come by. Situated on a ranch on the border of the cities of Agoura Hills and Malibu, the Malibu Cafe is also known to locals as the M Café. Being a top destination for our Malibu limo service, the peaceful setting and beauty of the M Café will not let you down. Lastly, the Saddle Peak Lodge is a great option for dining high up in the Malibu Hills. The hunting-themed lodge restaurant specializes in American cuisine, offers a full bar and is known for their crab cakes as well as outstanding wild game specialities such as buffalo tartare and elk tenderloin. Fireplaces and gorgeous mountain views make Saddle Peak Lodge a romantic retreat. It is elegant, perfect for larger parties, and is known for its wild-west setting and rustic atmosphere. It’s become an increasingly popular destination on wine tours for Newbury Park limousine and party bus clients.

Native-American History

Malibu trailhead
Having been settled for over 10,000 years, the mountains were home to the Chumash- and nearby Tongva Native-American peoples for thousands of years. Thousands of artifacts from prehistoric times have been discovered in the mountains. Many artifacts have for instance been found in the Big Sycamore Canyon, a canyon connecting the Conejo Valley to the coast, which was a popular trading route for the Native-Americans. Today, Satwiwa is the name of a former Chumash village in southern Newbury Park at the foothills of Boney Mountain, a holy mountain for the Chumash people. The Satwiwa Native-American Indian Culture Center is still visited by the Chumash for events such as summer solstice and community dancing. With nearly a thousand acres of the Santa Monica’s located within the limits of Newbury Park, Newbury Park limousine customers often ride to Satwiwa for hiking or horseback-riding at the nearby Rocking K Horse Rentals. What’s better than riding into the sunset in the beautiful rolling hills of the Santa Monica Mountains? The Backbone Trail leaves from the Satwiwa area and crosses the mountains before reaching the ocean in Point Mugu. But fear not, you don’t have to hike all the 70 miles from the Conejo Valley to the Mugu Lagoon. There are numerous trailheads throughout the mountains where you can join in for a mile or two. We even often have the Malibu limo service called to for people traveling to the many trailheads of the Santa Monica’s. There are also Chumash pictographs and cave paintings at Malibu Family Wines, a popular destination on Malibu wine tours. Many Newbury Park limousine clients also book rides to the nearby Thousand Oaks Chumash Indian Museum to see discovered artifacts on display and to attend tours of local cave paintings.

See Also: 6 Things Newbury Park Is Famous For!

Movie Tours

A view of the Santa Monica Mountains from Newbury Park, CA
Santa Monica Mountains seen from Newbury Park
Hundreds of movies have been filmed throughout the Santa Monica’s, which makes for great cinematic tours with limos for rent. At Cornell and Malibu Family Wines, two popular venues for wine tours, an array of movies have been filmed. From The X-Files to Barnaby Jones and Falcon Crest, there are many movie locales to experience by going on cinematic tours by limousine or party bus to the vineyards. Many more movies were filmed by the Santa Monica Mountains in the Conejo Valley: Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake Village. We Bought a Zoo (2011) is just one example of the many movies filmed by the Santa Monica Mountains in Newbury Park. Ordering a Newbury Park limousine to check out the famous film locales have never been easier, more accessible nor more popular. American Horror Story, Teen Wolf and American Pie are just a few more films made in this area. Whether by party bus or a local Newbury Park limousine, come with us on movie tours of Hidden Valley!

Whether you are looking for limos for rent in Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Thousand Oaks or any Southern California city, we will be able to accommodate your needs for transportation. We offer a lowest-price-guarantee and besides limousines, we also offer LAX airport transfer, party bus services, LA to Las Vegas rides, and more! The Malibu limo service of ours offers a lowest-price-guaranteed on all travels.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Best Kid-Friendly Activities in Santa Barbara

There are so many activities to bring your children on, and to make even better, adding a luxurious Santa Barbara limo will leave an unforgettable birthday or other special event for kids. Here are some of our best ideas for best kid-friendly activities in the S.B. area!

Walk with the butterflies

The Goleta butterfly preserve is a gorgeous and memorable experience that gotta be tried out. Some early-risers using our Blackhawk Ventura limousine services headed up here recently for a birthday party. As they explained, when the sun rises, the butterflies wake up and one by one they leave the trees and fly down to the eucalyptus forest. There are numerous trails transversing the area, which easily makes for a full day of activities under the sun.

Outdoor Stearns Wharf film night

Kid-friendly movies are screened numerous places in the county, most notably outside at the Carpinteria Linden Field as well as at the end of the Stearns Wharf. Movies here usually run from July to September, and makes for a great semi-outdoor activity for the family.

Botanical Garden walk

Many Santa Barbara limo clients love the 5 acre botanical garden with gorgeous flowers and trees of all kinds. From a redwood forest to meadows of lupine and poppies, there are great opportunities for activities here, including picnicking for clients who decide to bring their own lunch baskets.

Whale-watching cruise

The Condor Express and the Island Packers are two services offering whale-watching cruises in the channel. Also departing from Ventura, this is a tremendously popular Ventura limousine destination. From a recent group of friends hiring an Oxnard party bus we heard how they witnessed “tons of dolphins, as well as migrating grey- and humpback whales”. Remember to bring a jacket or two!

Feed the ostriches!

Most visited on our exclusive Santa Ynez wine tour options, the town of Buellton is also home to OstrichLand U.S.A., a beloved kid-friendly farm where you can hand feed the ostriches! From a recent group flying in using our LAX sedan service we also discovered the great Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory! As a kid-friendly version of a Santa Ynez wine tour, here you can taste all kinds of locally produced chocolates, including for instance caramel-covered apples and more. For the tourists that recently arrived and booked our LAX sedan service, they also added a visit to the Solvang Festival Theater just down the street for live outdoor entertainment..

Here at Blackhawk we have serviced all of Southern California for more than fifteen years, offering everything from sedans, town cars, limousines, and party buses. Whether you are searching for a wine-tasting tour or maybe an Oxnard party bus experience or other memorable event, we will prove to be the best choice you have in luxury transportation. We are not only the largest provider of limos in the area, but we are the top rated services, now also offered with an exclusive price-match-guarantee! Contact us to book your SoCal event today.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Exploring the Gorgeous Coastline

Traveling and exploring the Southern California Coast can be a lot of fun. Even more so in one of our exclusive limousines, sedans, or party bus vehicles. We serve all of Southern California: the American Rivera and the historic San Buenaventura are two coastal counties we love visiting. Located just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, California and thirty miles from Santa Barbara, the 18th century city of Ventura is a must visit for people exploring the SoCal coast. We would argue a highlight of this city would be the stroll through San Buenaventura Mission on Main Street, which is a popular choice for many Ventura limo clients of ours. Another local treasure is the County Museum of Art, which also features Chumash Indian artifacts as well as agricultural tools from historic times. Absolutely well worth checking out! The City of San Buenaventura has arguably the nicest and mildest climate of the southern coast, but contains a lively downtown, gorgeous seafront, great parks, gardens, laid-back beaches, and so much more. Many tourists arriving in LA using our LAX car service tell us when they reach the city: “The downtown area is so small and compact and nice. I love how you can park at one spot, and then walk to the shops and beaches of downtown”. Other popular destinations here include the fishing pier, Olivas Adobe, Albinger Archeological Museum, and so much more. A good start out point is the Visitor and Convention Bureau at South California Street, which can provide you with local information and maps of the area.

A hugely popular destination for LA and Santa Barbara limousine clients has been our vineyard trips throughout the region, for instance to the Malibu Canyons and the Santa Maria Valley. A trending alternative is our exclusive Santa Ynez wine tour, now offered with a price match guarantee, which will take you through the stunningly gorgeous wine country found in the region. Many of our clients fall in love with the “Danish” village of Solvang, which also offers some great tastings. Other areas include Los Olivos, Lompoc, Las Alamos, Buellton, and so many more. These wineries and tasting venues are unlike anywhere in the world: less visited than most other wine countries, available for seclusive picnicking for example, and also is nested in gorgeous canyons and valleys, surrounded by oak trees and really beautiful nature. Amongst clientele going on our Santa Ynez wine tour, many bring their lunch for picnicking at the valleys largest winery, the Firestone Vineyard, which is a stone-trimmed architecturally elegant building featuring a courtyard with fountains and beautiful views of the valleys and surrounding areas. For dinner in the surrounding area, many Santa Barbara limousine customers decide on the Cold Spring Tavern, Mattei’s Tavern or the Valley Hunter Restaurant & Buffalo Saloon in Buellton. These are all great restaurants worth checking out.

Contact us today for any of your transportation needs. Whether it’s a tasting trip, LAX car service, bachelor- or bachelorette parties, wedding services, corporate transportations, concerts, a party bus night with friends, - No matter the occasion, our services are available 24/7 and we are proud to not only be the largest, but also top rated provider of LA, SB, and Ventura limo services. Call us today to experience the Southern California coast in an unforgettable and luxurious way!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Experience Santa Barbara’s Wine Country!

Our chauffeurs number one favorite destinations are those consisting of touring the gorgeous vineyards found right here in Santa Barbara County. Having had the pleasure of providing tasting tours in this region for over twenty years, you can definitely rest assure your experience will be none less than exceptional with our limousine service. Our tours in areas such as Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and other towns in the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys are a terrific way to explore the gorgeous vineyards, bond with friends, taste some amazing wines, take your loved one for a day he or she won’t forget, etc. Our Santa Ynez wine tour we are proud to say is not only an award-winning tour offer, but it has been covered in numerous local publications and become a hugely popular choice for many riding with Santa Barbara limo services. All are tours are offered with our exclusive price-match-guarantee, and you have a great selection in vehicles to choose from. For smaller groups, maybe a sedan or SUV is sufficient? For a few friends, or just stepping up the luxuriousness, why not pick one of our stretch limousines? For larger groups of people, we offer various party bus options as well as our stretch Hummer limos.

Book you wine-tasting adventure today!
Among some of the most popular vineyards in the county are the Bridlewood Estate-, Firestone- and Sunstone Wineries. While Bridlewood and Sunstone are located in Santa Ynez, Firestone Vineyard is in nearby Los Olivos, also in the valley serviced on our Santa Ynez wine tour options. If you haven’t experienced the beautiful wine-country right here in our backyard, you have a lot of exploring to do! While most tourists and other visitors in general flock to the wineries of Napa, Sonoma and also to an extent Temecula, the vineyards of for example the Santa Maria Valley have few visitors and can therefore provide a more real tasting experience than some of the more overcrowded tasting-rooms elsewhere. Here, in sunny Southern California, you can bring your friends and picnic basket, head on out to the vineyards for some great picnicking under the great California oaks. You not only get more nature to yourself, but the wineries’ own experts tend to have more time for each visitor. Several of the wineries and tasting-rooms here also offer great entertainment, such as musical performances, stand-up comedy, movie screenings, and more. Be sure to ask us about upcoming or popular events when reserving your party bus or limousine service. Similarly, some wineries also offer dining with the wines while others don’t. There are relatively few restaurants in the area, so planning for food in advance may be a good idea when touring the vineyards.

The Old Mission is a popular destination for wedding clientele.
Besides the great vineyards of the inland, many clients also love the tasting-rooms found spread throughout Santa Barbara. The Deep Sea Tasting Room also offers the unique experience of sipping wines at Stearns Wharf looking out towards the Pacific Ocean while listening to the waves hit the shore. A similar experience can be offered at Rosenthal Estate Wines in the city of Malibu. We also offer tasting-tours to various other Southern California destinations. Contact us today, the largest and top rated Santa Barbara limo service, to set up your vineyard-adventure!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Experience Oxnard, California!

City of Oxnard sign with limo service
Along with the county seat of Ventura, the Southern California City of Oxnard is the main city along the coast in Ventura County. This gorgeous coastal city offers one of the most dazzling scenic drives in Southern California, a beloved drive for Oxnard limo services. The city is conveniently located between Los Angeles to the south and Santa Barbara to the north, which makes it an ideal place for ordering party bus nights in Hollywood or wine tours in Santa Barbara. As the highest ranked Oxnard limo service, no one knows nor loves the City of Oxnard more than us at Blackhawk Limousine Service. We have been fortunate enough to serve this outstanding community for more than twenty years. We have served Oxnard and nearby communities for over 20 years with Ventura limo services. We also offer LAX sedan rental from throughout the county.

Being the most populous community in the county, with more than 200,000 inhabitants as of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city has something to offer for any occasion. Being located on the extremely fertile Oxnard Plain, the City of Oxnard is also a huge agricultural center in Southern California. As an example, Oxnard produces more than twenty percent of all strawberries grown in the State of California! We’ve often had our Ventura limo services stop at the side of the road to buy some great Oxnard strawberries. With its beautiful Mediterranean climate and varied terrain, you can find everything from beautiful sandy beaches, wetlands, creeks, dunes and the Santa Clara River all in close proximity to the city. Some of the great beaches so often visited by our Ventura limousine service include Hollywood Beach, Oxnard State Beach, Silver Strand State Beach, Mandalay State Beach, and McGrath State Beach. Getting a limo or party bus to go visiting the beaches is popular for tourists, locals and other travelers.

Oxnard limo

Besides all the great beaching, there are tons of other popular Oxnard limo, sedan and party bus destinations. For example, if you happen to be interested in history and older structures, the Heritage Square is a popular choice. Being a major Oxnard tourist destination, the Heritage Square is home to a museum, restaurant, a wine tasting room, and more than twenty other businesses. The Heritage Square, being such a beautiful and historic gem in Downtown Oxnard has also become a relatively popular wedding destination in recent years. Many of our Ventura limo clients love the summer concerts held here every Friday between six and eight, which are held from June through August. If you are one to rather be into recreational activities, there are also numerous options to select from in the Oxnard area. Having been officially nicknamed the “Gateway to the Channel Islands”, the community is a popular hub for those traveling to the Channel Islands National Park, which is located just eleven miles off shore. The ferries leaving for the islands depart from Oxnard’s one and only harbor, the Channel Islands Harbor. This harbor is often served by Ventura limo services for visits to the national park. Other recreational activities here include guided kayaking trips and kayak rentals, dolphin and whale watching ferries, and numerous great golf courses, maybe particularly the well-known River Ridge Golf Club. Why could be more stylish than showing up to the golf course with a limousine service?

Once called “The Land of Everlasting Summers” when discovered by the Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, it may be to no one’s surprise that many tourists book a LAX sedan rental or party bus to Oxnard for their stay in Southern California. The city got its present day name from the Oxnard brothers who built a sugar beet factory in Oxnard in 1898. As a matter of fact, Henry Oxnard’s beet sugar industry was the first one to be established in America! The community has been known for centuries as one of California’s premier agricultural communities, but a recent growth in tourism has many believing Oxnard will emerge as a huge competitor in tourism on the Southern California coast, maybe especially among those seeking a more laid-back atmosphere than what is found in other coastal communities. As a provider of LAX sedan rentals, we transfer tourists here on a weekly basis with limousine service. As its beaches are not as crowded and popularized as counterparts in Los Angeles- and Ventura counties, it makes for a great beach and/or surfing destination by limousine service. Another emerging destination for clientele booking with Oxnard limo service is the Fisherman’s Wharf, which offers great dining, whale watching excursions, kayak rentals, the Ventura County Martine Museum, and much more! We recently had a birthday party ordering a party bus for a whale-watching tour in the harbor. Adding a luxurious transportation will make your day memorable!

Best of all, being located less than sixty miles north of LA, Oxnard is a part of the Greater Los Angeles Area and is easily reached from major nearby cities. Ordering a party bus from Oxnard to go clubbing- and bar-hopping in Hollywood is a popular activity. Several clients utilizing our Oxnard limo services have told us about all the great movies filmed in the Oxnard area. Not only did Rudolph Valentino film the movie the Sheikh on the beach here, but Valentino fell in love with the community and bought a beach house at Hollywood Beach. Later on, numerous Hollywood stars and celebrities followed. Many of these use Ventura limo services regularly to numerous destinations in town. Clark Gable later also bought a vacation home in Oxnard and none the less than John Wayne mentioned Oxnard as his favorite fishing spot. While they may not have used our LAX sedan rental, many other celebrities were vacationing in Oxnard during its early days, including both Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. Political activist César Chávez grew up in the community, which also has been the home of the animation director for the Simpsons, Rich Moore, and numerous other celebrities. Besides transporting celebrities, we often do cinematic tours by Ventura limo services to Oxnard.

For Ventura limo clientele with a passion for museums and history, Oxnard has a lot to offer. Some popular museums include the Carnegie Art Museum, the Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife, the Elite Theatre Company, the Channel Islands Martime Museum, the Seabee Museum, the Gull Wings Children’s Museum, and many more. The Herzog Winery and Wine Cellar is the largest collection of fine kosher wines in the U.S. and has become a popular LA wine-tour destination for many using Ventura limo services. The Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center is not only home to the New West Symphony and Oxnard Independent Film Festival, but also recently the annual Channel Islands Tall Ships Festival. Another emerging destination for our Ventura limousine service has been the Oxnard Salsa Festival. For LAX airport transfers and transportation, Blackhawk Limousine and Transportation services both the regional Oxnard Airport (OXR), LAX, and all other Southern California airports. We also offer a unique lowest-price-guarantee on all LAX rides by limousine service. If you are looking for an LAX sedan rental, contact us today at (866) 319-LIMO for an immediate quote.

Best Movies Filmed in Oxnard

Oxnard limousine services
A trending activity for years have been cinematic tours by limousine services in the area. Did you know over a hundred movies and television series have been filmed in Oxnard? Many may know that the entire 2014 film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is set in town. You may have recognize road sequences in Bridesmaids (2011) that was filmed here, or many scenes from Back to the Future Part III (1990). We recently took clients with a party bus to some of the film locales from this movie. A train crash in this film was filmed at S. Ventura Road & Shoreview Drive in Port Hueneme, while there’s an accident with a Rolls Royce filmed at Doris Ave & North Oxford Dr. Hollywood Beach can be seen in Spartacus (1960) and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), while Michael’s home in the TV-series Melrose Place can be found at 1125 Capri Way. Pee-wee Herman jumps of a train here in the 1985 movie Pee-wee's Big Adventure, while Wagon Wheel Motel can be seen in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012). Mandalay Beach Resort is featured in Twilight (1998), while there’s a race on McWane Boulevard in 1989 comedy She's Out of Control. Mandalay Beach has been featured in several movies, including D-Day sequences in The Americanization of Emily (1964) and scenes from Only You (1992) and Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004). Many local film locales are often visited by our Oxnard limo and party bus services.

Whether for a movie tour by Ventura limo services or a more traditional limousine ride, contact our limo- and party bus services today!