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Bounteous Discounts at Lodgings in Oxnard

July 24, 1994|HANK KOVELL

Less than an hour's drive north of Los Angeles, the community of Oxnard is attracting seniors.

The area is a bountiful producer of fruits and vegetables, and its annual Strawberry Festival attracts thousands of visitors.

The city's Channel Islands Harbor has nine picturesque marinas and is home to more than 2,500 pleasure boats and an assortment of modestly priced waterfront restaurants, many of which offer early-bird specials for senior patrons.

Participating Oxnard hotels that offer special rates or packages for seniors include the following:

* Casa Sirena Marina Resorts offers a guest room and full breakfast for two for $69 per night. Regular rate for room only is $85; tel. (805) 985-6311.

* Country Inn at Port Hueneme offers a deluxe guest room, breakfast and two-hour evening cocktail reception for $72 per night for two. Regular rate is $85. Valid year-round; tel. (805) 986-5353.

* Oxnard Hilton Inn offers an exclusive membership for mature travelers with savings of 25% to 50% off available regular room rates. Guests receive a rate of $69 per room, including continental breakfast. Valid year-round; tel. (805) 485-9666.

* Mandalay Beach Resort provides a spacious two-room suite, hot breakfast buffet and dinner for two in the Capistrano Restaurant (selection includes nonalcoholic beverage, taxes and tip.) Price before Sept. 1 is $135 per couple and from Oct. 1 to June 30, 1995, the price is $124; tel. (805) 984-2500.(Regular rates range from $159 to $219 for two depending on location in the hotel.)

* Radisson Suite Hotel at River Ridge offers a deluxe suite with full kitchen, cooked-to-order breakfast, snack basket and one cocktail per adult, and complimentary use of five night-lighted tennis courts. Package includes choice of two 30-minute sets of tennis instruction for two, or for golfers, green fees and electric cart for 18 holes of golf. Weekday package for two with golf is $130, weekends $150. The tennis package is $120. Advance reservations required; tel. (805) 988-0130.

For a copy of the Senior Getaway Package, which lists all participating area restaurants plus details on noted package discounts in Oxnard, call the Oxnard Tourism Bureau at (800) 994-4852.

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