“Ojai Valley has been all the RAVE since Charlie Chaplin told his friends they should come here and take a dip in a hot spring,”
Internationally known as a sacred place of exceptional beauty and spiritual significance, Ojai is a unique valley wrapped in the arms of the Los Padres National Forrest about 80 miles north of Los Angeles and 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It’s considered by many, a spiritual “hot spot” because it’s one of the few places on earth where the mountains run in both directions, creating a geographical vortex, a gateway to the spirit world, much like Sedona, Az. and Katmandu. Perhaps the last intact Mediterranean ecosystem in Southern California, Ojai is often compared to Tuscany. The hills above town are covered with sage, chaparral, oaks and lavender.
The name Ojai (pronounced O-HIGH) is derived from the Chumash word “Awhai”. The word is thought to mean “The Nest” or “The Moon” and Ojai is often called “The Valley of the Moon”. It is thought the Chumash declared the Ojai Valley sacred .The surrounding mountains are capped by Topa Topa, the highest peak, which soars from near sea level to a height of 6,244 feet. At sunset, Topa Topa’s rocky westward face often catches a spectacular rosy glow creating the famous ” Illuminating Pink Moment”.
Ojai also has its share of world-class cultural events:
The Ojai International Music Festival, Ojai Poetry Festival, Storytellers Festival, Lavender Festival, World Class Tennis Tournaments, Artist Tours & International Film Festival.
Best Time Of Day
“Pink Moment,” when the sun sets and everyone stops, faces east and silently takes in the awe-inspiring pink hue on the Topa Topa Bluffs, towering more than 6,244 feet above the valley floor. The east-west valley is responsible for extended sunlight, beloved by all.
Ojai was used in the classic 1939 film Lost Horizon to represent the fictional paradise Shangri-La also a Movie location for “Easy A” 2010 also “Joshy” filmed at Rolling Thunder Ranch 2016. Ojai is also famous for enchanting trails, secret hot spring, world class healers, organic food movement, relaxing spas, artist community, extensive Yoga studios, fabulous golf and gallery hopping…this and more awaits you when you open yourself to Ojai’s healing arms
Reese Witherspoon, Jerry Bruckheimer, Anthony Hopkins, Larry Hagman, Beatrice Wood, Bill Paxton, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mary Steenburgen Chris Miller, and many more who use it as a refuge of Peace & beauty!!
Distance from the Pacific Ocean: 13 miles Ventura Ca.
Distance from Santa Barbara 35 miles
Distance from Los Angeles 70 miles
PS , Keep Ojai Weird !!!
OUR FAVORITE PLACES w/ HINTS
OJAI BABY & FAMILY STORE- This is an Eco friendly, hip store for the whole family. It has easy living fun stuff for your family & home. 203 N Signal St Ojai805 746-8424 :Baby Delivery /Equipment Co.
SUMMER CAMP -Mid-century gas station-turned-concept store, Summer Camp, offers vintage camping gear, Kilim rugs, succulents, and Ojai-themed souvenirs that are a far cry from touristy trinkets. OUR FAVORITE CANDLE is here OJAI VIBES !!!! 1020 W Ojai Ave., Ojai | 805.861.7109
FIG -This sun-soaked, artfully curated little shop perfectly embodies Ojai’s special brand of magic and take-it-easy vibe. A massive farm table and the surrounding displays are a treasure trove of giftables for kids, stationery, home décor, accessories, and pottery—much of it handmade by local artisans. Best part: you enter the shop through a semi-hidden walk-through garden.327 E Ojai Ave 805 646-6561
BODY ESSENTIALS – Holistic Body and skin care with a beautiful Spa Boutique with candles, make up and LOVE. This is where we go its OUR FAVORITE! 236 W Ojai Ave 3101 805 646-7600
TOPA MOUNTAIN WINERY – Huge tasting room, Bocce ball courts, best view in town, fun to bring a picnic and hang out WE LOVE THIS PLACE OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANF WITH FAMILY DAY TIME KIDS TOO …live music on weekends and lots of special events. 821 W Ojai Ave. Ojai 805 640-1190
CASA BARRANCA TASTING ROOM – Located in downtown Ojai’s Arcade, features locally grown organic wines produced at the Casa Barranca Organic Winery & Vineyard in Ojai. Open Wednesday thru Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. $12 to $15 per person. 805-640-1255 208 E Ojai Ave, Ojai
THE OJAI VINEYARD – Open 12-5:00 Sunday through Thursday. $15 per person or buy 2 bottles of wine and receive 1 free tasting. 805-798-3947 109 S Montgomery, Ojai email@example.com
OJAI BEVERAGE CO. OBC – is a great option for local brews as well as wine. This combination spirits shop meets wine bar features 12 beers on tap as well as daily wine and beer tasting.
HAKANE SUSHI – This place is decorated so fun, The sushi is amazing OUR FAVORITE the Pacific Roll w/Coconut 967 East Ojai Ave. 805 640-3070
TIPPLE & RAMBLE- Our secret best spot shhhhh… is part shop, part wine bar, part retro, part lounge, with charcuterie boards and accoutrements! OUR FAVORITE any of her Bolds Reds or Sparkling Rose’s & salted Chocolate brownie. 315 N Montgomery St Ojai 805 319-9496
REVEL- WE LOVE THIS PLACE… They create fresh Jun Kombucha and Acai bowls that your entire body will revel in! Crafted and served fresh at the tasting Kombucha bar or take yours to go. they always have new exciting flavors. 307 E Matilija St Suite C
California Italian Pizza & Pasta
Super hip easy, fresh & organic. Great outdoor hang great!! Good for families or romance.
805 640.7388 515 W .El Roblar Dr. Meiners Oaks
Sakura Ojai has a great sushi bar, festive local atmosphere and a new teppan grill.
219 Matilija Street, Ojai 805-646-8777
OSTERIA MONTE GRAPPA
Gourmet Italian, small & romantic
Indoor & outdoor dining, great service, Love it! The calamari is to die for! Good wines!!!
242 East Ojai Ave (805) 640-6767
BOCALLIS /Local Favorite
Italian Homestyle Pizza & Pasta
A very family friendly outdoor country picnic style restaurant. A local Ojai Classic. Great food & delicious local wine they are known for their heirloom tomato salad and strawberry shortcakes in the summer! They also have a secret ingredient in there sauce that really kicks. Cash only 805 646.6116 3277 Ojai Rd. Ojai
FARMER & THE COOK
WE love this place!!
Totally Hippie & Organic Store & Café
Great salad bar, fresh soups, & fresh baked quiches and desserts
Delicious Chai Tea!!!! 805-640.9608 339 W El Roblar Ave, Meiners Oaks
AZU & BREWING CO.
Mediterranean Fine Dining & Tapas and Bar
BEST PEAR MARTINI!! & FILET Expensive but a great place to see & be seen!
Best fresh martinis, Best Paella…Best bacon wrapped dates. 805 640.7987 457 Ojai Ave, Ojai
OJAI BEVARAGE CO. /OBC
Best overall worldwide wine & sprits selection available. Really Good food OUR FAVORITE is the hand cut Fries!!
805 646-1700 655 Ojai Ave
Fresh Seafood, Sushi & Seafood Market
This is a relaxed indoor & outdoor local hang we all love. They actually fish their own boat for the fish so its totally FRESH.
We love the owners say HI to Gus for us!! Try the Salmon Cakes with extra sauce its to die for!
805 646.7747 533 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai
DEER LODGE Legendary since 1932 , Great food and LIVE MUSIC 2261 Maricopa Hwy 805-646-4256
SIGHTS & HANG OUTS
OUR FAVORITE , An extraordinary indoor-outdoor book experience with trees growing in the middle of the store an Ojai Classic phenomenon 302 W Matilija St. Ojai 805 646-3755
The Ojai Foundation is to strengthen individuals, families, schools and communities by teaching ways to listen and speak from the heart, to honor life’s passages and to appreciate our connection with nature—supporting the emergence of a compassionate, sustainable and peaceful world. Total amazing view & lots of magic Hippy Hut structures & outdoor meditation benches.
KROTONA LIBRARY& MEDITATION
Founded in 1924 dedicated to the search for TRUTH,
Ageless wisdom, Theosophy, and spiritual traditions of East & West. Beautiful grounds to walk around on with amazing
views, Zen pools, & the library is a dream.
Library Hours Tue. – Fri. 10am-5pm Sat. & Sun 1pm
130 W. Ojai Avenue Ojai, CA 93023 Phone: 805 640-1390
The Ojai Valley Museum has an extensive collection of Art, Native American Baskets, Pioneer Tools, and photographs of
early days in Ojai.
BEATRICE WOOD ARTS
Studio contains permanent collections of the artist’s work as well as a gallery of fine pottery, original drawings and
lithographs 8560 Ojai Santa Paula Rd Ojai CA 93023 805-646-3381
HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
Saturday 10:30am. Ongoing from October Through July. (bookings are through the Ojai Valley Museum) $5 adult and $15
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa 905 Country Club Rd / 800-422-6524 Or Soule Park 1033 E Ojai Ave 805-646-5685 more affordable!
OJAI SKATE PARK
All ages Pro Skate Park, Boards, Roller skates Too. Great for Kids/ Downtown – off Fox Street/ Lessons $40 per hour Inquire
Soule Park-also has a dog park
Camp Comfort Park
Sarazotti Park and Recreation Center
“Bates Beach” about 20 minutes north on 101. You’ll see the exit for Bates Road, make a
left into parking and walk down the many stairs to amazing cove. Dogs OK !!
STUFF YOU MIGHT NEED
Dr. Lewis Mobile Vet service He’ll come to you! 646-2442
805 646-5539 Dr. Bailey Local Favorite !!
Church Ojai Community
907 El Centro St. 646 4324
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
185 St Thomas Drive, Meiners Oaks 805.646.4338
Vons -1125 Maricopa Highway / Ojai 805 646- 4669
Westridge Market – 802 E Ojai Ave
Westridge Midtown Market- 131 W Ojai Ave
Farmer & The Cook – 339 W El Roblar Dr (organic market & café)
Rainbow Bridge Heath Food Market 211 E Matilija St, downtown Ojai
Farmer’s Market- Every Sunday 9am – 1pm on Matilija St, (across from Rainbow Bridge) downtown Ojai
Rite Aid- 1496 North Ventura Avenue # A Ojai, CA 93023-4195 (805) 646-6697
Dutch Large group party bus 805-340-6850
$125 per hour
Topa Topa Taxi- 805 312-2288
Ojai Taxi- 805 646-8294
Ojai Cab 4 You- 805 850-5054