A great staycation for Angelenos, Ojai is the perfect destination to unwind and re-energize away from the city. This charming small town situated only 75 miles north of LA, is surrounded by scenic hills, orchards, locally owned boutiques and delicious cafes. Having gone to this city a few times, below are my favorite places to stay, eat and explore.
There are two ways to do your stay in Ojai, Hotel or Airbnb. My first time visiting Ojai , I did the Airbnb luxe route and absolutely loved it. I stayed at a friend’s home tucked deep in the mountains of Ojai and surrounded by orange orchards. The view and house were incredible! I would highly suggest this option for a romantic couples getaway or small group. If you’re interested check out Modern Hilltop Hacienda for the listing.
My second time going to Ojai I went the hotel route and also loved it! This is definitely the more affordable option of the two stays and is just as fun. Part of the Shelter Social Club, Capri Hotel is a mid-century modern boutique hotel originally built in 1963 and recently renovated with a lot of its original, historic charm.
My favorite part of the hotel is its interior design. From its stunning lobby to roly poly chairs throughout the hotel, Capri brings a nice crowd of young professionals and new families who have an appreciation for the arts and creative space. Also its walking distance from town!
I packed a mix of bikinis, athleisure for the road, some cute denim and hoodies for day activities, and fitted dresses for dinners.
Things you probably didn’t know about Ojai. The food is excellent. A lot of LA’s fresh produce comes from farms in Ojai such as oranges and avocados so a lot of the food at their cafes is super fresh!
Love Social Cafe – Best breakfast sandwiches in town!
Hip Vegan Cafe- Delicious healthy bowls packed with yummy veggies.
Azu – Excellent Spanish fusion food and some of the best buffalo cauliflower I’ve ever tasted.
The Nest – Yummy Lunch Spot with good cocktails
Other places I didn’t have time to check but came highly recommended from a friend who lives in Ojai.
Ojai Valley Inn- Stay for the pink moment (sunset) and get a pizza at jimmy pubs there.
Topa Mountain Winery- Good wine tasting with great views
Ojai Rotie – Cute Mediterranean dinner spot
Beacon Coffee – Best coffee shop in town
Ojai has plenty of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, various hikes and trails, orange picking through the orchards, tennis or just hanging poolside. We decided to do horseback riding at Ojai Valley Trail and mainly pool time at the Hotel to keep it nice and relaxing.
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