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Santa Barbara's guide to what's new and undiscovered for home and garden, entertaining, style and travel. The resource guide below lists local happenings, boutique finds, travel destinations, food artisans and design professionals.

Day Tripping to Ojai, CA

Summer in Ojai is legendary, with orchards and farms filled with fresh crops, and the sunny days and warm nights are ideal for hikes and picnics.  The 40 minute trip from Santa Barbara is a scenic drive with breathtaking vistas. Quality boutiques, food destinations, spa services and activities will provide you with plenty to do for a relaxing day or long weekend.

 

 

Ojai appeals to those in search of a slower pace and a bit “off the beaten path” experience. Celebrities have always considered it a quiet weekend retreat, or the ideal location for a second home (so close to L.A., but worlds away from frenzied city life).  Most people gravitate there for the peaceful lifestyle and rural surroundings, embraced by visitors and residents alike.

At the base of several vast mountain ranges, Ojai’s natural beauty is breathtaking. There are trails to hike and bike, stunning sunsets, drives through fragrant citrus groves, seasonal roadside fruit stands, plus olive and lavender farms to explore.

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PLAY IN OJAI…

 

 

Rent or buy a bike from the MOB Shop and tour the many bikes paths and scenic backroads. The Mob Shop offers mountain, road and recreational bike tours in the Ojai area for all ages and physical abilities. Bike adventures range from one-hour trips to whole-day rides. All tours are led by friendly and knowledgeable guides.

Check out hiking trails,  Meditation Mount (for sunset picnics), schedule a Yoga Class at the popular Lulu Bandhas Yoga Studio, visit Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts.

If you’re interested in scheduling a visit to view exclusive properties currently on the market, contact Real Estate agents Kathy Titus or Patty Waltcher, showcasing premium estates and quality homes.

Established in 1947 by music aficionado John Bauer, The Ojai Music Festival has fostered a healthy spirit of eclecticism in its adventurous programs, gaining a worldwide reputation for attracting artists who are given artistic freedom as they perform exceptional pieces of classical music. Visit the website to purchase tickets online: www.ojaifestival.org

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SHOP IN OJAI…

 

 

The stated mission of the Porch Gallery is to keep the legacy of creativity alive and well in Ojai and beyond through artistic collaborations. The recently opened gallery represents emerging and established contemporary artists as well as producing ongoing artistic events throughout the valley.  310 E. Matilija, Ojai, CA 93023  213.321.3919.

Galerie102 is dedicated to thought-provoking contemporary art by emerging and mid-career level artists. With an emphasis on outsider art, the gallery focuses on painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video installations.
102 W. Matilija Street, Ojai, CA.

 

 

Modern Folk Living…Owner and curator, Wanda Weller’s impeccable personal aesthetic, passion for quality, and interest in sustainable materials and manufacturing influence her selection of products. What you’ll find in the store…clothing from Prairie Underground, Stewart + Brown, Matta, NAU & Patagonia and a selection of eclectic items for the home.
306b East Matilija Street, Ojai (Located behind Lulu Bandha’s Yoga)
  805. 640.0678

Hattie carries a brilliantly edited collection of contemporary women’s clothing and accessories. Current fashion favorites are selected with Hattie’s timeless classic style.  109 North Montgomery Street, Ojai, CA  805.646.8305

Julia Rose  has beautiful, versatile, comfortable women’s clothing for work and play that looks great both day and night. Lines include J Brand Jeans, Gant, Billy Blues, Johnny Was, Isda & Co, Vince, t-shirts by Enza Costa, Michael Stars, Bernardo, Hanky Panky, David Kahn. 335 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 805.646.8564

 

 

Barbara Bowman opened her clothing store on Ojai Avenue over 30 years ago.  The store is one collection that creates the beginning of a full wardrobe from just a few purchases. Clothing is her passion, and sending women out of the store looking chic and feeling great remains the thrust of her interest. 125 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA  805.646.2970

 

 

FIG first opened its doors in August 2013, featuring unique gifts for home and garden with a focus on local, handmade, and fair trade goods. Exquisite linens, ceramics and distinctive art and accessories. 327 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 805.646.6561

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EAT & DRINK IN OJAI…

 

 

Knead Baking Company, a family-run artisan bakery, infuses Ojai orange-tangerine honey and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables into its seasonal desserts and savory baked goods. Enjoy artisan breads and pastries, beautifully presented in their downtown Ojai location at 469 E. Ojai Avenue. The bakery sources as many organic local seasonal ingredients as possible, and carries organic fair trade coffee and teas.

 


 

THE OJAI FARMERS MARKET
Held on Sunday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Live bluegrass band provides background music for a amazing selection of citrus, baked goods, homemade soaps, local olive oil, and free range eggs. Ojai Valley’s rich citrus growing heritage and preference for locally grown and organic produce are yours to enjoy during your visit or to take home.  The Farmers Market is held behind the Arcade at 300 E. Matilija Street.

Ojai Beverage Company carries a vast selection of quality wines. The natural food store Rainbow Bridge should not be missed (211 E. Matilija St.). Pick up lunch from the deli and browse through the local and natural beauty products and health supplements.

 

 

The Farmer and the Cook is an all organic, vegetarian restaurant, store and bakery. Steve Sprinkel is The Farmer and his wife, Olivia Chase is The Cook. A vegan-friendly menu with a gourmet Mexican twist. On the weekends, they also serve pizza and farm specials seasonally planned and harvested from their farm. Off the beaten path in Meiners Oaks, but worth the quick drive from downtown Ojai. 339 W El Roblar Dr.  Ojai, CA  805.640.9608.

Enjoy Italian cuisine in a casual setting on the back patio at Osteria Monte Grappa (the owner was the chef at Pane E Vino in Montecito for many years). Westridge Market is the place to stock up on deli foods and supplies for the weekend. Family run for three generations, the shelves are lined with high quality artisan foods and the meat section is worth the visit alone.

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STAY IN OJAI…

 

 

Treat yourself to a stay at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. They often offer weekday packages and a list of special events; from cooking classes with top chefs to lectures, art inspired classes and yoga classes. The spa offers specialized treatments, a workout studio, spa cafe and two pools (for adults only…).

Kuyam  is the signature mud treatment at Spa Ojai. From the design and decor of the Kuyam chamber, to the use of healing clays and the sharing of a communal experience, the Kuyam marries the best of ancient traditions with the new.

 

Visit the Ojai Valley Inn website to learn more about this award-winning resort:  www.ojairesort.com.

If you’re looking for a more casual, less expensive option, check out the  Ojai Rancho Inn, conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Ojai with the walk/bike path directly behind the inn. The Ojai Rancho Inn is “rustic California meets the spiritual vortex”, recently re-invented by husband and wife team Kenny and Chris Osehan. Think nostalgic 1950’s motor court motel with updated hip and funky cabins featuring in-room jacuzzis and kitchenettes. 615 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 805.646.434.

The Emerald Iguana Inn provides a tranquil retreat that offers relaxation, privacy and the opportunity to rejuvenate your mind and spirit. Handcrafted furniture, fine linens and tranquil artistic surroundings.

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