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California is an amazing state with a vast playground of mountains, ocean, and endless amusement. Ojai is a secret zen getaway, nestled inland for about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles (if traffic isn’t brutal). There is an abundance of scenic hiking trails and adventurous bike paths…And you can sip wine until you fall over. Peace and serenity is the nature of the game in Ojai.

Travel Tip: Fly into LAX and drive north around noon to avoid the traffic. Do NOT drive after 2pm, unless you like torture.


Ojai Valley Inn offers an enchanting oasis with 220 acre lush grounds, golf, swimming pools, wine tasting, and an award winning spa. This upscale Spanish hacienda style resort was rated by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine and Travel & Leisure as one of the best hotels in the world! There is a little something for everyone here, along with the best customer service I have ever encountered. It’s as if you entered a twilight zone of the most polite and kind people who genuinely care. I guess that’s just shocking coming from NYC!
The modern rooms and suites are oversized and most include soaking tubs, fireplaces and large patios. The hotel works well for all different types of crowds and occasions from romantic anniversaries to health retreats and family vacations.  View More


Tipple & Ramble This eclectic wine bar and picnic shop is located in downtown Ojai and offers an incredible wine selection, along with tasty fare. The bohemian inspired grounds include hammocks, murals, and magical decor. Do not miss out on a delicious cheese platter, paired with some local favorite libations. View More


Hit a hole in one on the world class golf course, hailed as “a marvel of golfing architecture.” Or if you are a spa junkie like me, experience true bliss in the 31,000 square-foot award winning spa surrounded by the Topatopa Mountains. Get centered in the meditation cocoon and refresh with a green juice or salad at the Spa Cafe.


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