The Locals-Only Guide to Ojai, California

Cutting inconspicuously away from the California coast, tucked between mountains and amid fragrant orange groves, is the city of Ojai. It's miraculous how peacefully bucolic this place can feel, it being so very close to the Los Angeles metropolis (just shy of two hours away). Less popular a destination than Santa Barbara yet with all the necessary fittings for a rejuvenating stay, Ojai provides a little taste of wine country, on a smaller, cozier scale than Northern California's destination towns. It's the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway-though you might be tempted to stay much longer. To ensure you hit all the spots necessary to solidify your love, we've scouted the best places to stay, eat, and entertain yourself. Read on.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa


WHO: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

WHAT: Good luck ever leaving if you choose to stay at this one. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is la crГЁme de la crГЁme of luxury Ojai lodging. Think sprawling 200-acre grounds, four-poster beds, adobe fireplaces, aromatherapy workshops, horseback riding, tennis, hiking, and more.В

Lavender Inn

WHO: Lavender Inn

WHAT: Housed in an 1874-built schoolhouse, Lavender Inn's eight-count guestroom B&B is as charming as you would expect. Located right in the center of town but off the main road, it's great for a romantic retreat.

Osteria Monte Grappa


WHO: Osteria Monte Grappa

WHAT: For a slightly more done-up dining experience, Osteria Monte Grappa is a perfect pick: tasty farm-fresh Italian fare, fresh seafood choices, and a killer wine menu featuring local and Italian wines.

Farmer and the Cook

WHO: Farmer and the Cook

WHAT: This organic grocer and restaurant has a menu stocked with Mexican-style dishes with a locavore inflection (Swiss chard enchilada and raw tacos are interspersed with more traditional burritos, huarache, and tamales). Farmer and the Cook also sells local-made pantry items and has one of the best patios for taking in the sunshine.

Fig Curated Living Upcycled Metal Bell Windchime on Rope $24Shop

Fig Curated Living Upcycled Metal Bell Windchime on Rope ($24)

Lookout & Wonderland Indigo Cloth $15Shop

Lookout & Wonderland Indigo Cloth ($15)

L'Occitane NГ©roli & OrchidГ©e Scented Candle $35Shop

L'Occitane NГ©roli & OrchidГ©e Scented Candle ($35)

Ojai Olive Oil Company Extra Virgin Olive Oil $14Shop

Ojai Olive Oil Company Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($14)

Heather Levine Hangings $190Shop

Heather Levine Hangings ($190 and up)

Bliss Home & Design Shibori Throw - Indigo $790Shop

Bliss Home & Design Shibori Throw - Indigo ($790)

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