Why do I love Ojai California? And when should you plan your own SoCal getaway, for a day, a weekend or longer retreat? Whenever you’re in the mood for:
1) Creative Inspiration
Let’s face it. Sunshine and balmy breezes soothe the creative soul,
as does the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape,
and leisurely strolls through art museums and galleries, like the Ojai Valley Museum . . .
or the collection at The Oaks at Ojai . . .
2) Culinary Pleasures
Ojai serves up tantalizing tastes in food and wine from locally grown organic ingredients. Visit the Sunday Certified Farmers’ Market to mingle with the locals. Pick up your favorite produce, flowers or small gifts to bring home.
Stop by the Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room in downtown Ojai to enjoy a flight of organic wines. Hint: For your wine tasting experience, take three full sips of each to get the wine’s full flavor.
For fine dining, check out Suzanne’s Cuisine for French-Italian food fare among several other restaurants serving fresh, local cuisine.
3) Parks & Recreation
Parks abound in Ojai and rumor has it that Ojai resident rocker Eric Burton (“House of the Rising Sun,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”) celebrated his birthday with a performance at Libbey Bowl inside Libbey Park just before my arrival.
Outside of the parks, go biking or hiking along the Ojai Valley Trail for fitness fun.
4) Bart’s Books
Here’s a place to wile away the day, browsing the bookshelves, finding old favorites, discovering new treasures. I didn’t find a hammock, but no matter. The outdoor courtyard was delightful nonetheless.
5) Boutique Shopping
With so many artists in residence, it’s easy to find unique jewelry, small gift items, house decor and fashions for everyone on your list.
6) Rest & Relaxation
Unplug and unwind poolside for total rest and relaxation.
7) Friendly Ojai Residents
Still searching for more information on Ojai? Friendly Ojai residents like 94-year-old Lerie Bjornstedt at the Chamber of Commerce are standing by to help and offer sage advice. After sharing travel tales (her favorites included Alaska and New Zealand), I asked the secret to her longevity. She replied without hesitation: “Optimism!”
Thanks to my host for the chance to stay and play for the day in Ojai California!
What’s your favorite way to stay and play in Ojai, wanderboomers?