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Ojai Things to Do

  • Ojai Farmers’ Market

    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...

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  • Spa Ojai

    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...

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  • Shelf Road Trail

    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...

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  • Ojai Valley Trail

    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...

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  • Ojai Arcade Plaza~

    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...

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  • Ojai Arcade Plaza~

    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...

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  • Great setting but not worth the price

    At Spa Ojai, the spa at the Ojai Valley Inn, they have their own pool (for people 16 and over and those receiving spa treatments) and adjacent to that, they have Café Verde, the equivalent of a spa café. It serves quote- unquote “spa food” – like wraps, smoothies, pressed juices, and the like. I went to the Spa Pool on Saturday afternoon and it was...

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  • Outstanding Breakfast, Great View, Dogs...

    I had both dinner and breakfast at the Oak Grill at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Breakfast was way better than dinner, though dinner was not bad, just not as good as I hoped it would be given the setting/price. I think I was also influenced by the live music at dinner – I am rarely a live music fan during meals, and the guy was singing every...

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  • Organic and Dog Friendly!

    A college friend recommended this restaurant to me and I’m so glad he did – I would never have found it on my own, and it was the perfect afternoon snack after a hike with Rudy!I quickly realized that although the hotel I was staying at was LOVELY, the prices and the food did not match up AT ALL, especially when it is like a 3 minute drive down the...

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  • Worth the time!

    This wonderful restaurant is run by a mother and daughter team. The daughter manages it and the mother is the chef. My best friend made the suggestion we stopped it here for lunch on the way to Santa Barbara. It was suggested by her sister. The decor is charming and comfortable. We sat outside on the patio area with a beautiful garden filled with...

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  • Gourmet garden dining

    The Ranch House is one of my Grandma and dad's favorite restaurants, I remember coming here on one of my first visits to California after we moved to the midwest and being enchanted by the grounds, again one visit with my husband and Grandma and the most recent time with Grandma and dad. The Ranch House was opened in the 1950s by Alan Hooker, the...

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  • Summertime Relief

    This is a mandatory stop for us every time we visit Ojai, and on a hot summer day it's the source of all the heaping, melting conefuls you'll see being accompanied down the main drag. Everybody stops in Ojai Ice Cream in August.The ice-cream selection is good, with everything from bubblegum to black walnut, down to your more standard chocolates and...

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Ojai Nightlife

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  • Favorite amoung locals

    Ojai has lots of bars and late night coffee places. The Calypso is a tradional local bar with a Caribbean decor. Small dance floor and tables, plus bar. Customers range from truckers to local tennis pros. Guys can be a little assertative. Not my taste, but if you want to meet someone new, then the Calypso just might be your place. Food was pretty...

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  • Bikers and Buffalo Burgres

    The Ojai Deer Lodge is a rustic restauarant & bar 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 woodsy appearence. Check out the interesting website for more info. Varied menu includes venison, buffalo and lobster. Check out my local...

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Ojai Transportation

  • Gold Coast Transit~

    Although, we Californians love our cars, not everyone every has one or chooses to drive them all the time. Our state has some wonderful bus services and many folks choose to use them for work and leisure.Ojai is Route 16Ojai - Ventura/ThompsonMonday - SundayGold Coast bus schedules and bus tickets are available at City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and...

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  • Ojai Trolley

    Something that is so neat when communities do this, is provide a wonderful trolley service around town. It is a great way to learn your way around, or better yet, just relax and take in the beautiful area. Look for the Trolley signs!In 1994 the City of Ojai embarked on a new venture, setting out to establish a fixed-route transportation system...

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  • Unique~

    Robert Winfield built the stately Spanish Colonial-style arcade that houses shops and eateries. Each arch is like a picture frame for each of the stores. You will notice that each shop or eatery is unique. Not two are a like. Lots of wonderful aromas filters onto the sidewalk as you stroll along the under the archways. Ojai Visitors Bureau Post...

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  • Unusual Art & Furniture

    Colorful and unusual gallery in the Arcade Shopping area.Looks small, but once you get inside the store is quite big.Filled with furniture, lamps, paintings and sculpture. Interesting just to look around. Everything is very unusual and interesting. One of a kind pieces. The hanging pendent lamps and furniture are wonderful. It's a gallery, so be...

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  • Antique Shops are all over Town

    Ojai has antique stores all over town. They are pricey but interesting and enjoyable to look at. Hacienda is high end, but wonderful cowboy furniture, the others seem to be traditional stall antique shops with some good items. Antiques Plus on your way into town has a good assortment of colorful Bauer pottery. There is also a large antique shop...

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Ojai Local Customs

  • Dog-Friendly Ojai

    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...

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  • The Pink Moment

    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...

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  • Many Art and Cultural Events

    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.

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Ojai Warnings and Dangers

  • When Hiking in Ojai . . .

    I'm not a very experienced hiker, but here are a few tips for novice hikers like myself. Always wear proper shoes, and layered clothing. Even if it is a hot day, I always bring a light sweatshirt, just in case. Sunscreen, a baseball cap and a cell phone. I typically pack 1 or 2 protien bars. On a 2 or 3 hour hike you need nourishment. And of course...

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  • No Smoking!

    They have their own laws and one of the ones I could have been affected by was no smoking anywhere in the street at all! I met other smokers in car parks.You can be fined or arrested on the spot by any of their friendly policemen!

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  • Drunken Derelicts

    For some reason there are drunken derelicts in the parks of Ojai. Sometimes they panhandle or congregate at bus stops.I think they are harmless, however I would not walk through Libby park at night or alone. You'll see them in town as well and Cluff Park. I think it's the same group of transients that we kept seeing over again.

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Ojai What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: A light weight backpack to hold everything in.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layered clothing. Sometimes it can get cold or very hot on the hikes. A baseball cap.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and bug repllent

    Photo Equipment: Extra disposible batteries for camera, and extra film if it's not a digital.

    Miscellaneous: Lots of water, protien bars, and a cell phone.
    Check out my warnings & dangers for Ojai.
    Hiking and Poisen Oak.

    Easy and pretty trail in Libby Park
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Ojai Off The Beaten Path

  • Bart’s Books - Outdoors Book store

    Amazing gem in Ojai, Bart’s Books store, is a very cool book store that has a great selection of used and new books for every taste. The store spans both an inside of the house and outside and even has a selection of book that are outside. When the store is closed honor system is in place - they trust you to pay for the book that you decide to...

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  • Casitas Lake

    Casitas Lake is a really lovely recreation area just minutes from downtown Ojai. The lake also has a fabulous water park for kids, and a pool that looks like a resort. Great in summer.$7 a car to get into the lake. The lake offers picnic tables, camping facilities, fishing possibilties and hiking trails. The lake is off Bryant road off the 33/150...

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  • Sisar Canyon Hike

    Sisar Canyon Road is off of Santa Paula Road towards Santa Paula. This hike is for the somewhat expereinced hiker, but it's not that difficult or dangerous, it's just not for the very old or very young. Gets hot in the middle of the day so always bring water and a cell phone. Hike is best in the morning on a clear day. Dress in layers because the...

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  • peaceful artists and craftsmen

    The mountain that you can see from nearly everywhere, the sun rises and sets above it with it's famous'pink moment'. A constant nearness with nature. The sun rising over the mountain.

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  • Local Artists, Galleries, Studios and...

    Ojai has long been a mecca for artists. Many have settled here, the most famous being the famous artist Beatrice Wood who lived here most of her life. There are numerous other artists that are showcasd in galleries around town. There are also studios, workshops and the Ojai Art Center. There are also children's activities, plus a Artist Studio Tour...

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  • Eclectic Bunch of Locals

    Ojai is a combination of classes and cultures. Included in the local population are wealthy artists and entertainment people,bikers, hippies (yoga & new age), the poor (food stamps and homeless) and a very thriving lesbian population. Obviously not every local fits into one of these groups, but it's interesting to see these sub-culturals co-exist....

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