My husband and I spent 4 relaxing days in Ojai and stayed at the Emerald Iguana Inn. It was wonderful. I have lived in apartments that were smaller than the room we stayed in. It was like a mini-cottage. The pool was not heated and it was not warm enough for me, but lots of people were swimming. The breakfast was a light continental, just great. And the quality of the coffee in the room was superb. The staff was helpful, made dinner recommendations and took good care of us. The grounds are wonderful. This is a gem; quiet and restful, not luxurious but upscale. We will go back.
It's a ways out from the center of town, but it's clean and comfortable. Orange trees grow on the premises, and the owners are nice. You'd better have a car, but I have trouble imagining anybody coming without one. We got a price of $50/night.
The Inn is up for sale now (June 2008) I am unclear if they are still in operation during the sale of the property. Check back for updates
The Bed & Breakfast at the 1890 Brakey House, formerly known as the La Mer Bed & Breakfast, in the historic downtown district of Ventura, California.
It sits atop a hill with breathtaking vistas of the downtown area all the way to the ocean.
This is a fabulous bed and breakfast, and speaking of breakfast, it is a hardy one: breads, cakes, cheeses, fruits, Muesli, home made quiche, breakfast casserole, black forest ham, specially blended coffee, and orange juice.
Room rates vary
We stayed in the tres romantic Santa Rosa room which boasts a bay window with window seat and view down Oak Street to the ocean. This room had the most comfortable queen-sized sleigh bed. The next morning we took all the linens off to see who manufactured it but there were no tags, *shock* call the mattress tag police!
The roomhas a private entrance, front deck with patio table and chairs, and private bath with jacuzzi tub .
**NOTE** The Inn is currently closed and up for sale** I will leave this tip up for anyone who is interested in seeing what the restored church now Bed and breakfast is like. Hey you never know, you might like this tip so much it will inspire you to buy the Inn and find yourself running a B & B.
If you want a place that transports you away from the everyday world then The Victorian Rose is the place for you. Owners Richard and Nona turned a Victorian Gothic Church into a bed and breakfast.
There are 5 bedrooms starting at $99.00 per night.
Nona is a gourmet cook and she prepares an afternoon wine & cheese hour and then an absolutely mouth watering, pack-the-pounds on breakfast in the morning. Her potato frittata is delicious and she makes it with or without meat.
We have stayed in the Victorian Rose bedroom and the Timeless Treasures bedroom, but my personal favorite is the Fleur-de-lis bedroom.
This B & B is a must stay when in the Ventura/Oxnard area.
We live here so we like to stay there when we want to get away but don't have the time to travel.
The inn is packed with antiques and church related items, we have been there three times and we always discover something new.
This B & B was one of the first Methodist churches in Ventura, then it was a local wedding chapel and now a B & B. Richard is a collector of church memorabilia. (I'm still looking for that catholic confessional for you Richard).
There are 5 rooms: The Wisteria room, the Fleur de Lis, The Timeless Treasure, The Chinese Emperor and the Victorian Rose room. (see my travelogues for more pictures of this unique B & B)
The B & B was featured on the Travel Channel.
Each room is a different sight to behold. All replete with heating, A/C and gas burning fireplaces
The steeple is original to the structure and stands 96 feet high
There are no hotel or motels so tents are the way to go. Wouldn't advise sleeping in the open because there are many bugs and critters crawling around at night as well as during the day.
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