MILES FROM LOS ANGELES
A small city located in Ventura County, California, Ojai is full of art galleries and New Age shops. On the north border is Los Padres National Forest where you'll find plenty of trails. Nearby Lake Casitas is another popular recreation area.
Nearby in Ventura, there are numerous surfing spots. C-Street is one of the most popular, offering multiple take-off spots and supporting larger crowds.
Wheeler Gorge Campground Numerous shady campsites surrounded by streams and mountains. Online reservations are possible — some are first come, first served. For climbers, there's a wide variety of boulder problems just a short walk through Wheeler Gorge.
Rose Valley Campground A small campground that offers 9 campsites at an elevation of 3,450 feet. The main attraction is the Rose Valley Falls, and the trail begins in the southwest area of the campground.
Middle Lion Campground Tucked away in a canyon next to a running creek. During springtime this area is known to be covered in wildflowers. There are some trails right off the campground, and town is nearby.
Lake Casitas Campground With over 400 sites, there's a variety of options from lakeside to hillside. This campground is popular with families and large groups. The lake offers fishing or boating, but isn't swimmable.
AllTrails has a list of over 69 hiking trails in and around Ojai ranging from easy to difficult. Piedra Blanca is a moderately trafficked, easier trail that passes jumbo white rocks and a river. Sespe River Trail is longer, more difficult and leads to Sespe Hot Springs.
Ojai offers bouldering, sport, and trad climbing. The Wheeler Gorge campground is close to many boulder problems. Mountain Project has an extensive, detailed list of climbing in the area.
The farmer and the cook met at the Ojai Farmer's Market, and years later opened this restaurant together. Offerings include a small market with local produce and a Café serving Mexican breakfast and lunch.
Opened by Ojai Native, Kiona Wachter, and named after her father's 80s Ojai restaurant. The Nest offers comfort food using local produce and ingredients — lunch and dinner.
A Lebanese French picnic, inspired by the Farmer's Market and local agricultural scene. Rotisserie chicken, many sides and wine boxes to go are among the offerings. There's also patio seating, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a meal.
Formerly a 50s retro roadside motel. Guestrooms have front porches, kitchenettes and log cabin style interiors. There's a fleet of bikes available to ride into town, which is only a few blocks away. Next to the pool, you'll find a cozy bar serving wine and craft beer.
Set on a 5-acre hilltop overlooking Ojai Valley. There are 12 guest rooms on the property, most with private gardens and hilltop views. On-site yoga and massages are also available.
This is a much larger, resort-style property with amenities like pools, golf, spa village and artist cottage. It comes at a higher price point than the others but offers a truly personalized experience.
In 1964 Richard Bartinsdale constructed a bookcase along the sidewalk so people passing by could peruse his collection of books. These days it's recognized as the largest independently owned outdoor bookstore in the U.S. You can find a wide variety of books here, from dollar specials to first editions.
Founded in 1966, the Museum shares the history, art, and culture of the valley. It's always collecting exhibit art, artifacts, photographs, and paper ephemera relating to Ojai.
The vineyard has been operating for more than 3 decades with the original owner, Adam Tolmach. Visit, and taste your way through the wines of Ojai.
Since 1947, the festival happens every year featuring famed classical artists. The festival is typically held in June and runs for four days, Thursday - Sunday.