Twelve miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the city of ’s magic afoot. As Ojai is aligned with an east-west mountain range, it’s one of a few spots on earth that have a “Pink Moment.” Just as the sun vanishes over the Topatopa Mountains, vivid pinks streak the sky.lies in a small valley, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara. Arrive at sunset and there
Want to see what other kinds of magic await in Ojai? Plan to stay a while.
Featured Photo: Courtesy of Ojai Valley Inn
DAY 1: Tuning into the Spirit of Ojai
Iconic accommodations can be had at. The resort is pure romance with 220 sprawling acres, Spanish colonial-style architecture, beautiful pools, and a first-rate golf course.
Day 2: The Maze of Books
An ideal way to take in Ojai Valley Trail along with the village’s 12 blocks of shops, art galleries, and restaurants is via bicycle. With this in mind, park your car, stash the keys, and rent a bike from .
Not to be missed while exploring is a stop at the 1964-established. Tucked under a 420-year-old Oak tree, the outdoor used bookstore delights with nooks to be discovered at every turn.
Day 3: A Foodie's Day in Paradise
Aromatic breezes tinged with lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines are a reminder that Ojai sits in a valley occupied with citrus groves. To experience some of Ojai’s locally-grown ingredients in person, drive through the upper valley on State 150, a narrow farm road that runs through the orchards.
Inspired by nature’s bounty, head over to the , located inside . Class offerings from Ojai’s artisanal chefs range from olive oil tastings to instruction on how to brine and roast a holiday turkey.
If in town on a Sunday, don’t miss for partaking in fresh produce, chicken tamales, and bracing shots of wheatgrass. Also worth a visit is the , located in downtown Ojai’s historic arcade. This certified organic winery offers wine flights guaranteed to wet one’s whistle.
Day 4: Commune with Nature
Pack an organic picnic with items fromand head for the hills. A hike to undertake: the 8-mile leading to Nordhoff Ridge. Each footstep brings spectacular views of the Ojai Valley, coastal mountains, and the Channel Islands. Bring water and an extra layer or two for protection from the wind on the ridge.
If the Pratt Loop seems a bit too ambitious, check out the three-mile roundtrip walk to(aka Ecotopia) in Matilija Canyon. Settle in for a soak and let the mineral waters go to work soothing body, mind, and spirit.
Yet another way to hit the trails is with a two-hour horseback ride through. The guides are experts at providing a rewarding, personalized experience. Another perk: plenty of amazing Ojai vistas.
As the getaway’s final day draws to an end, a cocktail at Ojai Valley Inn’s is in order. Select a creation reflective of the stay. Something with citrus, perhaps like the Pixie Margarita. What to toast to? Operation Romance in Ojai: mission accomplished.