Explore Ojai, California
75 miles north of Los Angeles and 25 miles southeast of Santa Barbara the town of Ojai (Chumash Indian for “nest”) is surrounded by the Topa Topa mountains and exudes a laid back ambiance that is increasingly hard to find in Southern California.
Ojai offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. There is great golfing at several public courses in addition to the world-class, upscale links at the Ojai Valley Inn. Bike enthusiasts have access to a 15 mile bike path (1 way) that runs from downtown Ojai to Ventura. There are also numerous trails in the surrounding mountains for fat tire enthusiasts. If hiking is your passion there is an abundance of trails for all levels in the mountains surrounding the valley. Ojai is also known as a tennis mecca so bring your rackets and head out to one of the multiple public courts around town.
Ojai is a mecca for farm-to-table dining and boasts many great restaurants. The Ojai Valley Inn also has several restaurants on their stunning 220-acre property serving everything from tacos, burgers and local-to-table fare to high-end Italian cuisine. There is also a thriving craft beer scene in Ojai and wine tasting rooms can be found near the downtown arcade. And of course, when the famous pixie tangerines are in season rest assured that pixie margaritas will be offered in just about every restaurant! For fans of farmers markets the Ojai Farmers Market held every Sunday is a must stop on your visit.
Ojai has a thriving art and music scene highlighted by the annual Ojai Music Festival. On the art scene, Ojai’s multitude of artistic offerings include numerous art galleries, the Ojai Valley Museum and the well-known Art in the Park hosted by the Ojai Art Center. This committed immersion in the arts makes Ojai a very welcoming atmosphere for artists from around the world.
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There are numerous public courses in and around Ojai and the great climate makes playing year-round a breeze. Golfing at the Ojai Valley Inn is a one-of-a-kind experience with its gorgeous 18 hole, par 70 course. The OVI course is also open to the public.
Along with the Ojai to Ventura bike path (30 mile round trip) there are numerous other road biking opportunities heading in all directions. Riders can head to Lake Casitas or take many of the back roads that wind through Ojai’s miles of citrus groves. For mountain bike lovers there are countless miles of singletrack and fire roads in the surrounding mountains.
The same miles of trails and fire roads that attract the mountain bike crowd also serve as great hiking trails. There are 28 moderate trails in Ojai ranging from 1.8 to 37.3 miles and from 728 to 7,493 feet above sea level. Finding a trail to suit any hikers ability will never be a problem.
From Libbey Park, with its 23 public tennis courts, to the more intimateSoule Park with 3 courts there are plenty of public options to play tennis in and around Ojai. Players staying at the Ojai Valley Inn have access to 4 courts situated near the entrance to the resort as well as the on-site teaching pro.
Ojai has no shortage of great local-to-table restaurants covering a wide range of cuisines. From great Mexican food to high-end restaurants Ojai continues to garner a well-deserved reputation as a food lovers destination. Craft beer and wine tasting rooms round out the great diversity of dining options.
The Ojai Certified Farmers Market which takes place every Sunday, rain or shine, is one of Ojai’s best weekend attractions. Visiting the market will open your eyes to just how much produce is grown in and around the valley. It also happens to be one of Ojai’s premier people-watching scenes!