Ojai, California | Conscious Travel Guide
SMALL TOWN CALIFORNIA
I packed my bags for Santa Barbara a few days ago to visit friends and cheer my husband & his dad through a century road race they had signed up for in the teeny Dutch village of Solvang. I don't like weekend trips because I feel like I barely have enough time to settle in to a place before it's time to go so I made plans to visit nearby Ojai for a few days too.
Ojai is a small town nestled in the valley of the Topatopa Mountains. We visited after a big winter rain storm, so everything was strikingly green.
I'd been dreaming of sleeping in one of the magically designed Shelter Social Club hotels for a long time, so I made a reservation at the Ojai Rancho Inn. We arrived to a folksy Oakland band setting up by the pool and weather warm enough to don swimsuits and dive in.
I have never been to a friendlier hotel than the Ojai Rancho Inn.
OTHER PLACES TO CHECK OUT:
Lunch at Ojai Deer Lodge
Tour & tasting at Ojai Olive Oil Company
Dinner at Farmer & The Cook
Meditation at Meditation Mount