For a small town, Ojai has a big reputation. A place to unplug and reconnect with real life. Bring a bike, or rent one in town. The Ojai Vally Trail takes you from the village center to the Pacific coast, along a converted rail line. Head to the hills and explore the many trails overlooking Ojai Valley by foot, horseback, or on a back-country jeep tour. At nearby Lake Casitas, enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, and a family water park.
Ojai was recently named the nation’s second best tennis town, and is home to one of the top 25 golf resorts in North America.
Art and Culture
Ojai celebrates the arts and the creative spirit. It’s an enclave for writers, photographers, painters, sculptors, composers, potters, and actors drawn to Ojai’s scenic beauty and mystical charm. The best place to start your cultural journey is right downtown – in the “village” as locals say. You’ll find inspiration on every block. Art centers, theaters, a museum, and an impressive array of galleries are all within walking distance.
People often say that Ojai Valley has an almost tangible feeling of serenity, a special aura, a spiritual vortex. Ojai is a great place to unplug and retreat from everyday life and urban stress, and offers an appealing menu of spas and treatments. Indulge in an Ojai Olive Oil body soufflé massage or a Moroccan mud treatment. When it comes to pampering, Ojai delivers.
Spa Ojai is America’s preeminent luxury Spa. The spa village features an environment of unparalleled beauty. Spa guests are encouraged to reach greater levels of fitness, balance and awareness with innovative programs and treatments that can be individually tailored to meet your personal requirements.
Ojai is everything but the same old, same old. Nowhere is this more evident than in the collection of unique boutiques and specialty shops in and around the village center. Cowgirl clothing, metaphysical gifts, high-end apparel, beauty products, and hand-crafted furniture … all this and more is on the menu in Ojai’s shopping district.
Rains of Ojai, a fixture in the village for more than 100 years, contains everything imaginable from clothing to accessories to items for the kitchen and your outdoor garden. Rains is centrally located in the Arcade, with dozens of great shops, restaurants, and galleries just steps outside its doors.
The year-round Mediterranean climate of the Ojai Valley makes it ideal for cultivating organic produce, citrus, nuts, grapes, and lavender. These locally grown ingredients are celebrated in the creative cuisine of Ojai’s award-wining bistros and restaurants. Immerse yourself in local flavors. Try a cooking class, explore the wine trail, or take a tour of a ranch where olive oil is produced. Think Tuscany, only closer.
When it comes time for dinner, you can’t go wrong with one of these Ojai favorites:
- Suzanne’s Cuisine, rated one of our top restaurants, year after year, combines fresh California cuisine with Italian recipes from the kitchen of chef/owner Suzanne Roll.
- The Ranch House – another culinary landmark – dishes up delectable California cuisine and award-wining wines. It’s the place to splurge on your getaway – dine al fresco on the patio overlooking the herb garden.
- Feast Bistro where a warm and inviting atmosphere can be found, combining New American cuisine with locally-grown seasonal ingredients. The small open kitchen is the first thing to greet you when you walk through the door.
- Azu Mediterranean Restaurant, an eclectic blending of Spanish, Italian, Moroccan, and Greek cuisine. Save room for fresh home-made gelato! At Osteria Monte Grappa the Italian dishes are both authentic and reasonably priced, with dining on a sunny patio. An Ojai tradition for over 60 years, Bodee’s offers a wide range of exceptional steaks, ribs, and fresh seafood while featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Find Your Pink Moment
Ojai is nestled in the valley of an east-west mountain range, making it one of the only places in the world to experience a “pink moment” – a twilight phenomenon when the fading sunlight creates a brilliant pink hue across the horizon. Find your pink moment on an Ojai hilltop, at an outdoor cafe, or from the balcony of an enchanting resort. Ojai is famous for its charming inns and resort spas.
In fast-paced Southern California, Ojai remains a place apart, suspended in time. Tucked away from the world, the Ojai Valley offers a place to relax, wind back the clock, and rediscover nature, art, and yourself. Ojai is where “one of a kind” really rings true. You won’t find any chain stores or fast food outlets within the city limits.
WHAT: Ojai Getaway
WHERE: 206 North Signal Street | Ojai, California 93023
WHEN: Open seven days a week
CONTACT INFO: Ojai Visitors Bureau (888) 652-4669 or email@example.com
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I was looking for a place to go today for a little outing. Your blog reminded me of Ojai. Thanks.
You are very welcome, glade to hear I could help. I have to visit Ojai myself some time, for a little outing as well 🙂