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    Ojai Farmers’ Market

    by rudysmom626 Updated May 11, 2013

    After hiking Shelf Road Trail, Rudy and I stopped by the Ojai Farmers' Market and it was awesome!

    Unfortunately, doggies aren't allowed, so I tied him up so I could quickly investigate. As with most Farmer's Markets here in California, all the vendors only took cash, but they had lots of tastey free samples! Some of the vendors that looked really delicious were Kelsey's Anytime Fudge, Wagon Wheel Bakery, and Gourmet Tamales! Like most farmer's markets, there was a great combination of prepared, ready-to-eat foods so you could have brunch while strolling, as well as produce and food products (olive oil, almond butter, etc). Ojai Farmer's Market also had a ton of products, like lavender, crafts, and the like.

    The Farmer's Market runs on Sundays from 9 am - 1 pm and you can find a full list of vendors here:
    http://www.ojaicertifiedfarmersmarket.com/farmers.html

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    Spa Ojai

    by rudysmom626 Updated May 11, 2013
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    The Spa at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa was truly wonderful. The grounds include 2 pools (one for lounging and one for lap swimming), a studio with daily classes, a full gym with reclined bikes, ellipticals, and tons of weights - all the cardio equipment had personal television screens aka CardioTheatre. The spa itself was gorgeously appointed - steam room, sauna, plunge pools, and multiple seating areas, even co-ed seating area above the locker rooms where couples can await their treatments together relaxing next to a pinon fire.

    If you haven't booked a treatment, the cost of using the spa facilities is $20 dollars - however, all adults staying at the resort can use the gym, spa pools, and attend classes, just not enter the spa area and use those facilities.

    You can see the complimentary classes here:
    http://www.ojairesort.com/spa-ojai/spa-ojai-classes.php

    You can also find the spa's treatment menu here:
    http://www.ojairesort.com/spa-ojai/southern-california-spa-menu.php

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    Shelf Road Trail

    by rudysmom626 Updated May 11, 2013
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    The Shelf Road Trail is more of a walk than a hike - about a 1.5 mile stroll along the first ridge of the hills above Ojai. The views are fantastic, and while there is a slight uphill grade, the trail is totally flat and even, so it would be a great stroll for people of all ages who might not be up for a rigorous hike but still want to get some great views of Ojai. There were tons of people of all ages on the trail the morning Rudy & I did it - from sixty-something seniors to 6 year olds running out their energy before the Farmer's Market.

    Another great aspect of this trail is since it is close to town and relatively busy, it's a great trail to walk/hike solo. There are tons of great trails in the Ojai area, but since I was traveling alone, I didn't want to embark too far from town on my own - the conceirge at the hotel suggested the Shelf Road Trail as a great walk for Rudy and I since she knew we were traveling solo - I felt totally safe and had many people cross my path in the sad case that something bad did happen. Also, you totally still have cell phone service there, so we could have called for help if we needed to.

    Lastly, I've mentioned this a bunch, but many of the best trails in Los Angeles don't allow dogs, so my friends and I are often stuck choosing between a strenuous hike or a hike we can bring our dogs on... not the case in Ojai! All of the trails are dog-friendly, which was great! Also, unlike some of the trails in the LA area that allow dogs and subsequently smell and look like it (I'm particularly talking about Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood, which allows dogs and SMELLS like puppy pee), this trail was exceptionally well-maintained - though we passed numerous dogs, there was no stray poop on the trail and there wasn't an overwhelming presence of dogs.

    You can reach Shelf Road Hike by taking a left off East Ojai Avenue (the main drag) at Signal Street and following Signal Street until it ends (past Grand Aveue). Park along the street and continue up Signal until it dead ends and the trail starts.

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    Ojai Valley Trail

    by rudysmom626 Updated Apr 4, 2013

    When I mentioned going to Ojai, multiple people told me about the Ojai Valley Trail, so I wanted to check it out. The Ojai Valley Trail is a 9 mile trail that parallels Highway 33 from Ventura to Ojai. As you drive into Ojai on Route 33, you can see people walking their dogs, riding bikes, and using the trail. One side of the trail is for bicyclists, joggers, walkers, and people with dogs – the other side is for horseback riders.

    On the resort map, one of the routes they show is a 5 mile “Ojai Town” route – so I decided to take that with Rudy after breakfast. After exiting the Inn, you jump on the Ojai Valley Trail just as it enters Ojai, taking it to the end when it hits Bryant Street. Though it is a nice path, I wasn’t particularly impressed by the scenery – it’s lots of creeks and people’s run down backyards – definitely not the views you come to Ojai for. Also, the map instructed us to go all the way to Bryant Street – but walking from Bryant Street to the main road was not very scenic.

    On the way back, I walked along the main drag in Ojai, which was fun to see and check out, so I've included those photos here.

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    Ojai Arcade Plaza~

    by Yaqui Written Nov 26, 2011

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    When you stroll or browse the arcade shops along East Street, please take a look behind the arcade, because there are more shopping hidden there. Plus, there are some really neat sculptures located there to enjoy. There is the Matilija Poppy fountain by artist Sandra Kay Johnson and the work of artist Christopher Lee ~Ojai Scion.

    Ojai Visitors Bureau
    Post Office Box 1134
    206 North Signal Street, Suite P
    Ojai, California 93023

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    Ojai Arcade Plaza~

    by Yaqui Written Nov 26, 2011

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    When you stroll or browse the arcade shops along East Street, please take a look behind the arcade, because there are more shopping hidden there. Plus, there are some really neat sculptures located there to enjoy. There is the Matilija Poppy fountain by artist Sandra Kay Johnson and the work of artist Christopher Lee ~Ojai Scion.

    Ojai Visitors Bureau
    Post Office Box 1134
    206 North Signal Street, Suite P
    Ojai, California 93023

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    Ojai Valley Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Founded in 1966 by the Ojai Valley Museum and Historical Society volunteers, this museum consist of many wonderful collections of art, Native Amercian baskets, and beautiful photography of the pioneers of Ojai.

    Hours may change, so always call or check the websites first.
    Hours:
    Tuesday - Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm
    Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
    Sunday: 12 noon - 4 pm

    Guided Tours available Tues.-Sun.
    Please call the museum office to schedule.

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    Ojai Bell Tower Viewing Access~

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Designed by architects Frank Mead and Richard Requa at the request of Edward Libbey, the Post Office is located at the corner of Ojai Avenue and Signal Street. Built in 1917, the bell tower chimes on the hour and features music at the noon hour.

    Inside by the front entrance of the Post Office is many plaques dedicated to the building of the tower, park, and a rose garden. Plus something kind of special and interesting. Although it was not open, it appears they must have let folks go up in the tower at one time.

    Ojai Visitors Bureau
    Post Office Box 1134
    206 North Signal Street, Suite P
    Ojai, California 93023

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    Ojai Library~

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Although some may think this is not a great way to explore an area, but I know of some folks who like to spend their time reading. So why not checkout a good book to spend your time relaxing in the nice warm sun or under an beautiful shaded tree reading. So checkout the local library.

    Ojai Visitors Bureau
    Post Office Box 1134
    206 North Signal Street, Suite P
    Ojai, California 93023
    (888) OJAI NOW

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    Ojai Post Office Bell Tower

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Built in 1917, San Diego architect Richard S. Requa designed the Spanish 65-foot domed bell tower, after the campanile over Christopher Columbus' tomb in Havana. The tower is closed for viewing, but the post office lobby is open 24-hours a day.

    Ojai post office tolls every hour between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. with patriotic tunes at noon on amplified Westminster chimes.

    Post Office Business Hours
    Mon-Thu
    9:00am-5:30pm
    Fri-Sun
    Closed

    Ojai Visitors Bureau
    Post Office Box 1134
    206 North Signal Street, Suite P
    Ojai, California 93023
    (888) OJAI NOW

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    Ojai Pergola

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    The orginal pergola an historic gateway structure originally designed by Mead & Requa in 1919 and but sadley it was destroyed in 1974. It was reconstructed in 1999 to its former glory. It frames the entrance to Libby Park. There are lots of wonderful areas to sit and enjoy under the lovely pergola.

    Ojai Visitors Bureau
    Post Office Box 1134
    206 North Signal Street, Suite P
    Ojai, California 93023
    (888) OJAI NOW

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    Libbey Park~

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Libbey Park in Ojai's downtown was a gift to the City from glass magnat Edmund Libbey. What a beautiful park with lots of wonderful places to sit and relax around the centerpiece fountain. Lot of grassie areas for the kids to run around on. We noticed some nice playgrounds areas for the kids to play on. They have tennis courts, a community bandstand and where Libbey's Bowl site of the Ojai Music Festival and many other events are held here too.

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    Craftsman Houses & River Rock

    by pigletsmom Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    River Rock Bungalow

    Though Ojai is filled with Spanish Mission Architecture, there are also numerous examples of the Craftsman design. Craftsman Architecture was a popular style of the period when Ojai was rebuilt after the 1917 fire. It focused on hand crafted carpentry, and was a backlash to the industrial revolution. The designs called for natural materials such as wood and stone to be incorporated into the work, along with earthtone colors. The river rock was used as an accent to help facilitate the natural appearence of the structure. The river rock used on Ojai houses looks very much like the rocks you see in Sisar Canyon.

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    Spanish Mission Architecture & Artisan Tile

    by pigletsmom Updated May 22, 2004

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    Ojai had a fire in 1917 which destroyed most of the city. The main style they chose to rebuild downtown Ojai is referred to as Spanish Mission Revival architecture. The multiple arches, colonnade design, makes it "Mission", instead of just Spanish Revival. The design was very prevalent at the time of building, and was inspired by old California hacienda and Mission structures. The Ojai city council has done a marvelous job at keeping new construction in style with the traditions and history of Ojai. Spanish influenced artisan tile and Spanish Mission Architecture abounds in Ojai. Some of the tile is original, some reproductions, but all very colorful and lovely. The reproductions are done by a local artist, RTK Studio. Look around the town, on fountains, houses, arches, doorways, etc. It's allover the the city. The Arcade Plaza has some nice examples. The Spanish Mission Architecture is also all over the town, new and old.

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    Arcade Shopping & Plaza

    by pigletsmom Updated May 22, 2004

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    Colorful Arcade Shops

    This is the part of town with white wash mission architecture.
    It's directly across the street from Libby Park on E. Ojai Ave.
    The arcade was built in 1917, and refurbished in 1989. The shops are in a mission colonnade design. Very attractive and festive. The shops vary from ice cream to expensive galleries. Eclectic and interesting. Behind the arcade is a very nice plaza that has a grassy area, benches, public restrooms and a beautiful tiled arch.

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