Where to stay:
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa offers a top-of-the-line resort experience, featuring four swimming pools, an expansive golf course and a renowned restorative spa.
“At the heart of our vision is our desire to elevate the guest experience,” says marketing director Chris Kandziora, “adding contemporary touches while remembering the historic character and integrity of this destination.”
Perhaps that’s why the scenic spot has played host to star-studded nuptials, including those of Jimmy Kimmel and Kate Walsh.
Where to shop:
If it’s a retail fix you’re after, there’s no shortage of local boutiques. At In the Field, husband-and-wife owners Channon and Bianca Roe stock stunning, bohemian-inspired interior design finds. “We’re attracted to lines that are made in the USA, by friends and local artisans,” says Bianca.
And don’t miss the charming lifestyle shop Summer Camp, which owner Michael Graves says is “inspired by our love for midcentury design and the outdoors.” Expect nostalgic indoor pieces and a wide array of eye-catching flora.
Where to eat:
After you’ve worked up an appetite, check out local favorite Deer Lodge, beloved for its rustic decor and live music. Or drop by Chief’s Peak, a bar that offers an eclectic selection of craft beers and artisanal snacks, operated by the Ojai Rancho Inn team. “It’s a bar where you would feel equally comfortable having a drink alone or meeting new friends,” explains co-owner Chris Sewell.
Feeling peckish? Nothing beats the wood-oven pizza at The Farmer and the Cook, which boasts homegrown fare and an adjoining health shop. The place is practically a second home for many locals.