6 Tips on Living Greener from Self Storage Thousand Oaks Experts

Every lifestyle decision we make has an impact on our world today and for future generations. To keep the planet healthy, our self storage Thousand Oaks experts encourage greener living. In other words, reducing the use of and protecting the Earth’s natural resources. Here are some of our favorite small ideas that facilitate big change!

Storage Unit Experts Share Green Living Tips

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Top 4 Dog-Friendly Hikes from Newbury Park Storage Experts

The Fall season has officially arrived! If you’re like us, Autumn is the perfect time to experience uncrowded parks, trails and canyons accompanied by your furry best friend in tow! So pack up! Our Newbury Park Storage Team is sharing some of our favorite dog-friendly walks & hikes in and around Ventura County.

Top 4 Dog-Friendly Things To Do

Ventura County

  • Los Robles Trail offers spectacular views. Leashed pups and their outdoorsy humans can explore any of the 25 miles of trails and Open Spaces. Our favorite is the Angel Vista Peak via the Rosewood Trail, just a short 3 ½ mile. You’ll find it accessible from Regal Oak Court, just off Lynn Rd. Bring a snack because you’ll be rewarded with a bench and picnic table at the Peak where you can see the entire Conejo Valley!
  • Harmon Canyon Preserve is Ventura’s first large-scale wilderness preserve. You’ll find free parking off McVittie Place and Foothill Rd in Ventura where the preserve trailhead begins. We love walking the first 1.5 miles with our leashed four-legged pals. Enjoy the hills and canyons that feature oak groves, wildflowers, downy grasses, and breathtaking vistas of the area’s mountain ranges and coastlines!

 

  • Ventura Botanical Gardens represents the five Mediterranean climate zones of the world through 20,000 planted low water flora. Plus, you’ll find the Chilean Soap Bark tree used in the development of the COVID vaccine! The gardens are Open Tuesday-Sunday, but you’ll want to visit with your pooch on Wednesday or Friday. Together you can walk along the path enjoying several lookout points. Entry is $7 for adults and is open to the public from 9 am-5 pm.

Santa Barbara County

  • Heading further north, the Douglas Family Preserve in Santa Barbara is a paradise for adventurous furry sidekicks. At just over a mile, this leisurely walk offers an off-leash dog area with plenty of trails to explore. This includes Arroyo Burro Beach (Henry’s Beach to locals) nearby where tail-waggers are allowed to run free! Bonus: Try a day when it’s windy and you’ll see amazing views of hang gliders just beyond the bluffs!

We’re always looking for fun places to take our pups, so stop by and let us know about your favorite outdoor activities with yours! And if this blog inspired you to adopt a new furry friend, you might want to dog-proof your home environment. Storing less-used items so they’re safe from Fido can give you peace of mind, even if it’s just for the short term. We can help you choose the right size Newbury Park storage unit at the Lowest Price-Guaranteed. Give us a call or visit seven days a week from 8:30 am to 6 pm.

 

Fresh & Healthy Food for Summer Cookouts in the Conejo Valley – From Your Self-Storage Deals Experts

Some of our neighbors started gearing up for Summer over Memorial Day Weekend, but we’re excited for the official start of the season coming up on June 20. Produce will be perfect for the picking, and we love picking up the fresh local kind at Farmer’s Markets (and farms!) throughout the Conejo Valley and nearby. Our Thousand Oaks Storage team has come up with some suggestions for you to try this month to make your backyard barbecues sizzle.

STEP 1:

Every day of the week, there’s a place to stock up on locally grown produce. Check out some of our favorites!

Please note that these markets may mandate mask and social distancing guidelines, so please check their websites before heading out.

CAMARILLO:  Saturdays 8 am to noon, 2220 Ventura Blvd. Proceeds benefit Camarillo Hospice. Call (805) 386-3584. camarillofarmersmarket.com

THOUSAND OAKS: Thursdays noon to 5 pm, The Oaks Mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Dr. east parking lot. Produce, flowers, food and more! www.vccfm.org/thousand-oaks

WESTLAKE VILLAGE: Sundays 10 am to 2 pm, 2797 Agoura Rd. (Village Glen). Call (818) 591-8161. www.facebook.com/WestlakeVillageFM

MOORPARK: Open daily 9 am to 6 pm, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd. Year-round produce selection at Underwood Family Farms. Plus, honey, nuts, juices, farm fresh eggs, fresh cut flowers and more! Call (805) 529-3690. https://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/farm-market/

OJAI: Sundays 9 am to 1 pm, 300 E. Matilija St. Ojai Certified Farmers Market has locally grown, fresh fruits & vegetables harvested daily. Bonus! Jams, honey, bees wax candles, breads, and gourmet desserts! http://ojaicertifiedfarmersmarket.com/

STEP 2:

Having great ways to prepare those yummy Farmer’s Market finds for your backyard soirees is a bit more challenging than shopping for them. Not to worry! We have a few ideas to help you make delicious, nutritious meals on the barbie.

MASTERFUL GRILLING

Did you know that there’s a Weber Grills YouTube channel? The experts on grilling have produced short videos, so you can discover what’s possible in your own backyard. We love this one for sangria where you grill the fruit. Explore all sorts of ideas to make you a pro with produce!

SIMPLY GREAT PLATES

The SimplyRecipes website is a great resource for all skill levels. You can search by type of food, like vegetables, or holidays (such as Fathers’ Day) or type of cooking.  Each recipe clearly shows the estimated prep time and has helpful suggestions (for example: if you need to modify it to be Gluten Free).

SWEET ENDINGS

There’s nothing like dressing up that fresh fruit for a tasty dessert in the open air. Try the New York Times Cooking YouTube channel for fun tutorials and tips to make recipes like this lovely strawberry and cream layered sponge cake from Claire Safitz and lots more delicious dishes.

As you’re preparing for summer cookouts, it might also be the right time to store some of the things you love so you can dress your backyard to impress. If so, we’ll be happy to help you choose the right size storage unit at the Lowest Price-Guaranteed. Give us a call or visit Hollywood Storage Center seven days a week from 8:30 am to 6 pm. We’d love to hear about your favorite summer foodie finds too! Thanks!

Outdoor Workouts near Thousand Oaks – Tips from your Thousand Oaks Storage Team

If you’re exercise routine prior to COVID consisted of time at the gym, you’re probably happy that many local gyms are now offering outdoor workout options. But if you’re still not comfortable sharing your workout space with strangers, we completely understand. With Spring weather making outdoor activities even more enjoyable, our Thousand Oaks Storage team put this list together to inspire you! Get out there and have fun!

Hiking in Calabasas

Hiking

We have a favorite hike and we’re going to share it with you! Saddle Peak is your destination. The trailhead is located at the intersection of Stunt Road and Schueren Road in Calabasas. What makes this hike our favorite you ask? So many reasons! It’s shaded quite a bit. It’s not too steep or too flat. And the biggest reason – at the top you can see all of LA, the San Fernando Valley and all the way to the Pacific Ocean! Bonus: Watch for rock climbers!

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