Your Must-Do List in Ojai
Where to stay, dine and get arty in this newly hip getaway
While the obvious getaway weekend might be to the shore, there’s an unexpected underdog stealing the spotlight lately: Ojai. This verdant inland village, just under two hours northwest of downtown Los Angeles, has recently been anointed by The New York Times as an influencers’ hot spot with celebs like Channing Tatum and designers like Commune’s Ramin Shamshiri flocking there.
Whether you’re a longtime visitor or a new convert, here’s a brief guide on where to dine, browse art and get centered in Ojai.
Stay in a Converted Ranch
Bohemian ranch-style hostelry Ojai Rancho Inn is on the western end of town. The friendly atmosphere and eclectic decor, along with monthly folk concerts and Chief’s Peak, the parking-lot bar that serves craft beer and Asian iced tea, mean there’s a happy place for everyone here.
Ojai Rancho Inn, 615 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai; 805-646-1434 or ojairanchoinn.com
Browse Edgy Art
Peruse photography and more at Porch Gallery Ojai, a space known for its festive openings that spill out onto the front lawn. The calligraphy show up now takes the traditional penmanship to a new, graphic level.
Porch Gallery Ojai, 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai; 805-620-7589 or porchgalleryojai.com
Get Rubbed with Lavender
Seasonal treatments, such as avocado body rubs, are part of the draw at the 92-year-old Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, designed by Wallace Neff, where the vibe skews more preppy than hippie. Afterward, zone out with lunch poolside at the new adults-only Indigo Pool & Bar nearby.
Run by a husband-and-wife team, Farmer and the Cook is a chill patio serving food made from seasonal veggies, which are grown on 12 acres of nearby farmland that’s certified organic. The to-die-for pizzas are available gluten-free, with vegan cashew cheese.
Farmer and the Cook, 339 W. El Roblar, Ojai; 805-640-9608 or farmerandcook.com