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    Hike on Shelf Road

    by pigletsmom Updated May 18, 2004

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    View from Shelf Road

    This is a very easy hike that overlooks Ojai Valley.
    Take Signal Ave. north of E. Ojai Ave. Take the road until
    the trail head and park your car. Very nice at dusk or early morning, can get very hot in the middle of the day. Frequented by families and dog walkers. Bring water and wear walking shoes, but this hike is fairly easy. There is a bench at the most scenic part of the hike that overlooks the entire valley. Orange trees line the hike.

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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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    Charming Libby Park

    by pigletsmom Written May 18, 2004

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    Libby Park on E. Ojai Ave.

    Libby Park is a small park directly in Town. It has a nice spanish fountain along with wonderful oak trees, a gazebo, and play area for children. The park also has 8 really nice public tennis courts in the back of the park. There is a bike, horse trail, and hiking path behind the park that is rather nice.

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    Miles of Orange Groves

    by pigletsmom Updated May 18, 2004

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    Orange Tree on Shelf Road

    Drive through downtown and turn left. You will see acres of orange groves. You can smell the sweet scent of oranges, it' s so frangrant and wonderful. Sometimes growers will have oranges out to sell on an honor system. Makes for a nice drive or bike ride. The oranges are sweet, juicy and delicious.
    They would also make wonderful fresh squeezed juice.

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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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    Ojai Museum and Visitors Center

    by pigletsmom Updated May 20, 2004

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    Ojai Museum

    Housed in the same building on E. Ojai Ave. The museum looks like a mission, and there is a nice courtyard in front and also in the back. Visitors centes can offer suggestions on galleries and spas, plus they sell maps of the hiking trails in the area. The museum is filled with local artists work, plus a small exhibit of the Ojai Tennis Tournament. I have not been in the museum for years, so it might have changed. Open, I beleive Thursday thru Sunday.

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    Symbol of the City

    by pigletsmom Written May 21, 2004

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    The Post Office

    The Ojai Post Office is probably the most recognizable symbol of the city. It's at the corner of Signal and E. Ojai Ave.
    It was built in the Spanish Revival Architecture that typified 1920s and 30s California Style. Nice views of the tower from Libby park.

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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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    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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    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 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 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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    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 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 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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