WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS, should try to arrive on Tuesday, October 16 (plane flights are generally cheaper on Tuesdays) and register that evening at the Anacapa Brewing Company on Main Street in Ventura so that you don’t miss the beginning of the workshop on Wednesday morning, October 17.

STONEWORK SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS, should try to arrive on Tuesday, October 23 and register that evening at the Agua Bar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura so that you don’t miss the beginning of the Symposium after lunch on Wednesday, October 24.

Those not near enough to drive have a choice of travel by plane or train. Amtrak trains are a comfortable way to travel and they arrive at Union Station in Los Angeles where trains to Ventura are available (see schedule below).

Flights to Los Angeles (LAX) are easily arranged and remarkably cheap. Those who live near cities served by Southwest Airlines can take advantage of that airline’s lower fares to Los Angeles.

Other options are flying to Santa Barbara (SBA) which is very near Ventura, or flying to Hollywood Burbank (BUR) which is also cheap and has the advantage of an Amtrak station nearby.


Option A) Rental car. Those wishing to share a rental car (and its cost) from the airport to Ventura and back should let us know (, 505-989-4644). Give us your arrival/departure time and we can pair you up with one or two other attendees arriving at about the same time who might also wish to share a car.

Option B) Train. From LAX there is a bus called the Flyaway that will take you to Union Station where you can get the train to the Amtrak station in downtown Ventura which is within walking distance from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This bus costs $9.75, leaves every half hour and takes an hour and 6 minutes to get to Union Station.

Trains from Union Station to Ventura cost $25.70 and leave at 7:35, 9:11, 12:30, 15:06 and 19:16. (No reservations needed.) The trip takes less than two hours. Each train arriving from Los Angeles will be met with a pick-up truck to carry bags to the hotel. South-bound trains will also be met.

Option C) Shuttle. The Ventura County Airporter leaves from LAX Terminal #1. It cost $77 one way. For schedule, contact
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Santa Barbara, just north of Ventura, also has an airport served by both United and American Airlines (Boston to Santa Barbara—$460 Round Trip!). Rental cars are available there as well, of course. The Roadrunner Shuttle also serves this airport and will take passengers to individual destinations, whether hotel, motel, B&B or campground. It’s $71 for one passenger and $10 for each additional passenger. For shuttle reservations and information:    See also:

Hollywood Burbank Airport is served by several airlines. (Boston to Hollywood Burbank— Round Trip: $300 or less!) Shuttle service and rental cars to Ventura are also available this airport, but those wishing to travel by train need not go to Union Station—the train from Union station to Ventura stops at the Amtrak/Metrolink Station which is a 7 minute walk or short taxi ride from the airport. A train ticket costs $22.20 and trains depart at 8:00, 9:33, 12:52, 15:28 and 19:38.

As offered at LAX, we are happy to connect folks who might wish to share a rental car (and its cost.)


Ventura has a number of good inexpensive motels along Meta Street and E. Thompson Ave. There are also some less inexpensive hotels (the Bella Maggiori is quite nice with great breakfasts) and, of course, there are numerous bed and breakfast inns.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach provided rooms to us in 2010 and 2011 at a discounted rate of $80 (about 40% off) we hope to negotiate a similar discount this year. If that goes through notification will be posted here.

Those who wish to share the cost of accommodation with another Symposium attendee ($40 is cheaper than most motel rooms) but do not have anyone in mind with whom to share can email and we will pair you up with someone else of the same gender.

Couples, and those who already have someone they wish to share with, or those who wish solo accommodation at the discounted price, can make reservations directly with the hotel at 805-648-2100. Tell the clerk you’ll be attending Stonework Symposium 2018 and you will receive the discounted rate.