I don't think I've ever been to a place as Dog friendly as Ojai!
Upon arriving at the Inn, there was a dog bed, food dish, and water dish already set up in the room! At each dining venue at the Inn (not Cafe Verde, as it is inside the spa grounds and dogs are not allowed in that area), there is outside seating where dogs are allowed - they even brought Rudy a dog dish at each meal so he could have a drink, too! There were tons of dogs on the patio during sunset, as well as at breakfast at the Oak Grill. It seems to be a trend around town, as dogs were allowed at The Farmer and the Cook as well as on the patios when you walk down the main drag of town.
Another great thing to keep in mind - unlike a lot of the best hiking areas in LA, dogs are allowed on all the hikes in Ojai! They are supposed to be kept on the leash, but there were tons of doggies on the Shelf Road hike, and even a set up at the start of the hike with baggies, water, and a trashcan for used baggies, etc.
One of the Ojai Traditions is the "Pink Moment," which happens when the sun starts to set and the rays hit the mountainside. There are tons of spots to sit outside in Ojai so that you can watch the "Pink Moment" happen with a drink. These photos were taken from the grounds at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa - the daily newsletter at the Inn even includes the time of the Pink Moment everyday.
Every month there are many events and festivals happening in Ojai. From the Ojai Lavender Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, the film and music festivals, to the July 4th Celebrations, there is a lot going on in Ojai. Check with the visitors bureau or the website below for event schedule.
There are numerous spas located in Ojai that range in price and style. Ojai's location makes it a perfect peaceful and soothing destination. The Ojai Valley Inn being the most luxurious, but there are others that are very popular and well respected. The Oaks in Ojai is another option, plus several spas that offer day plans for one low price. Check out the website below or the visitors bureau for more info. Also check my off the beaten path tip for the Ojai Valley Inn.
Historical and oldest ametuer tennis tournament in the US, which just celebrated it's 104th year. Every April talented juniors and top collegiate players come to Ojai to play and win. The best of the best compete for this trophy. Top notch tennis at Libby Park. Loads of fun and excitement. Great matches in the finals of all divisions. Many winners go onto lucrative pro careers, such as Tracy Austin and Authur Ash.
Every Sunday from 10am - 1pm is the Sunday Morning Farmer's Market. It's located in a parking lot behind Arcade Plaza on Matijia St.. Local vendors sell fresh produce, flowers, hand made soaps and crafts.
Ojai is loaded with yoga schools, alternative health healers and massage therapists. Check out the bulletin board at Rainbow bridge for local possibilities. Also check out the website below for a good starting point.
There is a really nice motorcycle road behind Ojai which brings many bikers into town. The Deer Lodge is a Biker Bar/tavern which includes dancing. At night this place is filled with bikers and locals alike. Very cozy and unusual place with fireplace, wood and stone walls for a very rustic appearence. Check out the interesting website for more info. Varied menu includes venison, buffalo and lobster.
Libby Bowl is a local tradition. Located on the west side of Libby park, it's a little venue that hosts a variety of entertainment. The bowl hosts notable acts such as Jackson Browne, Childrne's events plus the local Summer Shakespeare Festival. Check the visitor's center for upcoming events. There is typically something going on almost every weekend at the Libby Bowl.
Check out my general tip for more info.
Also my off the beaten path tip for
the tile workshop of RTK Studios.
Lamp photo taken from http://www.visitojai.com