Where to stay, eat, drink
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Whether it’s Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree or San Diego – to name a few – the getaway options from Los Angeles are endless. But none of these must-see places compare to a trip to Ojai. About a 90-minute drive (waiting for traffic, of course) from town, the serene town is surrounded by Los Padres National Forest and the Topatopa Mountains, making for an always scenic trip, especially on a day trip. its “pink moment”, when Ojai’s sky shines at sunset. Although the place has been described as a bit of a hippie town, it is also full of fun breweries, tasty restaurants and stylish shops that make it a lively destination to add to your travel bucket list.
Read on to prepare for a memorable trip to Ojai, where to stay, eat, drink and more.
Where to eat and drink
Pinyon Ojai: Sure, there are a ton of great pizza (and natural wine) restaurants in LA, so why would you dine somewhere else when traveling out of town? But hear us out: Pinyon prides itself on sourcing high-quality local ingredients from nearby farms while creating a fair environment for everyone who works there. The pizzas are thin and flavorful, and you can’t go wrong with the selection of interesting small plates to complement your meal. Plus, the bright, open space — and the overall friendly, helpful vibe of the staff — is a great spot for casual dining with a group of friends, a significant other, or even if you’re solo.
Topa Topa Brewing Co. (and Little Sama Ojai): A solid (and dog-friendly) option for a large gathering over lunch or dinner, you’ll spend all day and night at Topa Topa trying every brew in its room dining menu and sample South Asian-inspired dishes from its adjacent restaurant, Little Sama Ojai. Order the tots, a bowl of rice, wings and Brussels sprouts.
Ojai Rotie: A must-do al fresco spot for lunch or dinner, Ojai Rotie’s specialty is French-Lebanese-style roast chicken, which you can top with fresh salads, tons of veggies, savory dips or roast potatoes cooked in the chicken. drops. Yum.
Beacon Coffee: Located just at the start of town, this cafe is a prime location to get you up in the morning and start the rest of your day exploring the rest of Ojai’s main street and shopping side streets and restaurants. . There’s also plenty of room to sit and enjoy your coffee and pastries for a slower, cooler start to the day.
La Duchesse: If you’re looking to splurge on a meal and drink for the night, head to La Duchesse (and make sure you have a reservation). The menu is a delicious mix of Burmese and California-style dishes, like coconut chickpea curry, crispy rice salad and tandoori chicken, that you’ll be thinking about long after your visit. Can’t stop for dinner? Its daytime offerings are just as good – stacked sandwiches and soft, crispy croissants galore.
What to do
Ojai Spa at Ojai Valley Inn: The famed Ojai Valley Inn is a hotel juggernaut for posh visitors to Ojai. Its spa services aren’t cheap, but you pay for the live, with access to its gym, wellness classes, thermal pools and public spa areas. Afterwards, you can stroll through the lush gardens to take in the view or stop at one of its few restaurants for a bite to eat.
Bart’s Books: A staple of the city since the 60s, Bart’s Books claims to be the largest open-air bookstore in the world. You can spend hours in this serene shop browsing the thousands of new and used books in stock and sitting down to catch up on some reading.
Ojai Certified Farmers Market: If you’re around on a Sunday morning, this farmers market is an absolute treat. Vendors offer local produce and gourmet dishes, fresh cut flowers, bread, gifts for the home, and more. On Thursdays there is also the Ojai Community Farmers Market.
Meditation Mount: For an extremely Zen activity, visit this non-denominational spiritual and religious center which has a walking garden with views of the Ojai Valley offering self-guided morning and sunset meditations.
Where to stay
Hotel Capri: After a complete renovation in 2020, this hotel is a whole aesthetic. From its Instagram-worthy lobby to the tastefully decorated rooms, you might not even want to leave this place during your stay in Ojai. However, we can never say no to a day at the pool.
Caravan Outpost: For an untraditional stay in Ojai, book an Airstream – preferably No. 2, or “Lala”, which happens to be Pottery Barn’s stylish limited-edition trailer – for a “glamping” experience complete. (There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking and biking distance if cooking isn’t your forte.) After spending the day in town, you’ll look forward to spending time at Caravan Outpost, whether it’s for play cornhole or lounge in one of the many seating areas in the outdoor area. Oh, and the free coffee in the morning is always a plus.