• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Where to stay, eat, drink

ByKeith M. Jones

Sep 1, 2022

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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’s a ton of great pizza (and natural wine) in LA, so why would you dine anywhere 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 on its dining room menu and tasting delicious dishes. South Asian inspiration from its adjacent restaurant, Little Sama Ojai. Order the tots, a bowl of rice, wings and Brussels sprouts.

Pinyon OjaiCourtesy of Pinyon Ojai
Pinyon OjaiCourtesy of Pinyon Ojai
Topa Topa BreweryDavid Santamaria
Topa Topa Brewery and Little Sama Ojai KitchenMikaela Hamilton

Ojai Rotie: A must-visit 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 potatoes roasted potatoes cooked in the cooking juices of the chicken. Yum.

flagship cafe: Located just at the start of town, this cafe is a great location to get you up in the morning and start the rest of your day exploring the rest of Ojai’s main street and side streets of shops and restaurants. restaurants. There’s also plenty of room to sit and enjoy your coffee and pastries for a slower, cooler start to the day.

The Duchess: If you’re looking to splurge on a meal and drink for the night, hit up The Duchess (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 famous Ojai Valley Inn is a behemoth of a hotel for fancy 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 in the city since the 1960s, 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 Farmer’s Market: If you’re around on a Sunday morning, this farmer’s market is an absolute treat. Vendors offer local produce and gourmet dishes, fresh cut flowers, bread, gifts for the home, and more. On Thursday there is also the Ojai Community Farmers Market.

meditation mount: For an extremely zen-like activity, visit this non-denominational spiritual and religious center which has a walking garden overlooking the Ojai Valley offering self-guided morning and sunset meditations.

Treatment room at Ojai SpaCourtesy of Spa Ojai
Kuyam Room at Ojai SpaCourtesy of Spa Ojai
Bart’s booksCourtesy of Bart’s Books
Bart’s booksCourtesy of Bart’s Books

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 a non-traditional stay in Ojai, book an Airstream – preferably #2, or “Lala”, which happens to be Pottery Barn’s stylish limited-edition trailer – for the full “glamping” experience. (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.

Hotel Capri Lobby Yoshihiro Makino
Capri hotel swimming pool Yoshihiro Makino
Interior of the Airstream x Pottery Barn Special Edition Travel Caravan (photo not taken at Caravan Outpost)Courtesy of Airstream