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A bit late with this one, but still GOOD. From my trip(s) to Ojai, California, and I am in looooveeeeeee.
Have you ever been to a place where the whole time you're thinking, I seriously don't know how people live here, it's so BORING. HOW DO PEOPLE SURVIVE?? It's an anxious feeling almost, where you want to get out because you feel suffocated by impending boredom.
(Sometimes I feel like this when I go home...LOL).
Well I was thinking that in Ojai I would feel that way......like get me out of here there's nothing to do! I need civilization and stress!
But it actually was the exact OPPOSITE.
By the end I was imagining my life there owning a tiny crystal shop in the town and going to the farmers market every week and knowing everyone in town....I actually felt compelled to slow down my life, to embrace the Ojai lifestyle.
I'm considering retirement in Ojai.
Keeping in mind I had back to back weekends there. Both with girlfriends and both magical none the less. We did lots of journaling, chatting, exploring, eating quality food, and sober activities. Aka my HEAVEN.
For background, Ojai is the home to many celebrities who want to get out of L.A. and a few hours up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica/Venice. It's nestled in the mountains, and everything has the same Spanish style design with a super hippie, laid back vibe. There were lots of families there and when we went to the farmers market, it was clear that everyone pretty much knew each other.
Perfectly described by Racked L.A....
What to do:
Go to Bart's Outdoor Bookstore: This is one of the most amazing things I've seen and Bart's is famous for it's outdoor bookstore. Whether you buy a book or not it's a must see.
Hike in San Padres Forest
Go to the Ojai Valley Day Spa: This spa is reasonably priced, and the facials and massages, are incredible.
Visit the Meditation Mount: I went here a few times! Such a good journaling opportunity as well as meditation session.
Ride Bikes: The bike trails are gorgeous and it's a super way to get out and be active.
Where to eat:
The Hip Vegan: So good, fast casual and filling.
Farmer and the Cook: Good for breakfast.
The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Restaurant, The Oak
The Ranch House: Super romantic and scenic spot.
Azu: Great for a nice dinner, right in the heart of town.
Suzanne's Cuisine: Gorgeous scenery for dinner.
The Rainbow Bridge: Quick spot for a quick breakfast (the acai bowls are AMAZING).
Where to shop:
Summer Camp: Super dope spot to find tons of random good like journals, jewelry and more.
Treasures of Ojai: Knick knacks and random items you didn't know you'd need.
In the Field: Intermix vibe, amazing and curated goods
Fig Curated Living: Such a cute store. Fig has amazing goods for your home and garden.
Where to stay:
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa: Gorgeous, and HUGE. It's like a plantation. Go here if you're going with your lover.
Ojai Rancho Inn: My personal favorite, rustic and cheap
Airbnb: Let me know if you need a recommendation for an airbnb spot! I can provide it.
The Lavender Inn Ojai: Right in the middle of town, it's a great location with a small Bed & Breakfast vibe.
Ojai is the PERFECT getaway (especially for those living on the West Coast), and I had so many quality moments during my time there. It was peaceful, and divine.
If you have any questions on Ojai, let me know! I am glad to chat further about it. Have you ever been to a place where you could imagine yourself living there?
Also, side note, it's been a slow start in January, lol. I am waiting some shot of inspiration or something! Anyone else feeling a bit slow?
Happy Monday! Busy week and the best friend is coming Thursday for a trip to Santa Barbara! Woo!