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Exploring: Ojai, California

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Hi there! Our #travelwithkayu series continues as we explore Oja with travel writer Dulci Edge, a sleepy town located 2 hours outside of Los Angeles.  Here are our recommendations for the perfect weekend away:

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Where to Stay

The Ojai Rancho Inn, is a cozy spot with lots of bohemian touches (shibori curtains and smudge sticks) and a pool; essential during the unbearably hot summer months.

For a splurge, check out the recently refreshed Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The rooms here are luxe and the entire resort is pet-friendly.

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Where to Eat

Chief’s Peak (at the Ojai Rancho Motel) is a cozy bar space with a small selection of wine and beer, plus a turntable playing vintage tunes.

Tipple & Ramble is a home shop by day, serving a limited, seasonal menu with live music in the evenings. The patio space is beautiful with cozy couches and tiled tables.

HiHo! Serves up old-fashioned hamburgers, shakes, fries and “sometimes pie” using the best, freshest ingredients like grass-fed beef.

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Major rug crush at In The Field

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What to Do

Meditation Mount is a wellness center open to the the public with beautiful, sweeping views of the Valley. The garden is a beautiful place to reflect.

The region is known for hiking; Luci’s Trailhead provides a stunning view of the surroundings.

Relax with a Pixie tangerine infused spa treatment at the Ojai Spa (tangerines are native to the area!).

Do a bit of shopping! Dekor & Co has a beautiful assortment of natural cosmetics and unique housewares. Check out Summer Camp for vintage kilim rugs and indigo dyed textiles. In The Field has a perfectly curated mix of special pieces from designers like Ulla Johnson and Mister Freedom, plus a great assortment of hostess gifts.

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Wandering the aisles at Bart’s Books

Don’t leave Ojai without checking out Bart’s Books; this open air shop has a wide selection of vintage, hard to find books.

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Can we move in?

We hope you enjoyed our guide to Ojai. Join us next time for another stop our on #travelwithkayu world tour! Come back to see where we’re headed…And check out where we’ve been!