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5 Options For A Relaxing Ojai Getaway

August 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: The Ojai Retreat)

(credit: The Ojai Retreat)

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

Located about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Ojai draws visitors from near and far to the majestic valley filled with citrus groves and surrounded a mountain range. Spending a weekend there offers a chance to unwind in a town filled with fun outdoor activities and a thriving arts community. Accommodations in Ojai range from the luxurious Ojai Valley Inn & Spa resort to the campsites at Lake Casitas, small boutique hotels, as well as yoga and spiritual retreats.

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

905 Country Club Road
Ojai, CA 93023
www.ojairesort.com

For the most luxurious options in the valley look no further than the sprawling Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The picturesque views of their world-class golf course and the surrounding Topa Topa mountains surround the charming architecture. The resort features so many amenities and activities including golf, tennis, bikes, art classes, spa treatments, and five restaurants. Some guests never leave the property and enjoy exploring the gorgeous resort on foot or by golf cart.

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

Ojai Rancho Inn

615 West Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023
ojairanchoinn.com

Part of the Shelter Social Club, Ojai Rancho Inn is a haven of rustic modern design with cozy cabin-style rooms with king sized beds, Jacuzzi tubs, kitchenettes, and eclectic accessories. The property features a pool and large garden event space. Bicycles are available to borrow to bike into town and around Ojai. The Ojai Rancho Inn has become a destination for artists and designers to take a vacation, plan retreats, and to attend their monthly concerts and would be the perfect location for a modern DIY wedding.

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

(credit: Julie Wolfson)

Emerald Iguana Inn

110 Pauline Street
Ojai, CA 93023
www.emeraldiguana.com

Nestled in the wooded neighborhood north of downtown Ojai, the Emerald Iguana Inn is a quiet hideaway. A green mosaic iguana greets guests at the entrance of this boutique hotel filled with furniture and art from Bali. Hotel reservations for guests 14 years and older makes this tranquil boutique hotel a great destination to relax and unwind. The rooms are large and light with some two-bedroom and two-level options.

(credit: The Ojai Retreat)

(credit: The Ojai Retreat)

The Ojai Retreat

160 Besant Road
Ojai, CA 93023
www.ojairetreat.com

This hilltop non-profit educational retreat center on five acres features 12 guestrooms in their main house and cottages. For educational retreats they have conference rooms and two outdoor venues including a collection of books on spirituality, philosophy and offering by local Ojai writers. The Ojai Retreat hosts films, yoga workshops, lectures, and book signings.

(credit: Lake Casitas)

(credit: Lake Casitas)

Lake Casitas

11311 Santa Ana Road
Ventura, CA 93001
www.casitaswater.org

Close to Ojai, there are more than 400 sites for camping at Lake Casitas. Some campsites are lakeside, while others are surrounded by trees. Many have views of the lake with space to accommodate tents, trailers, campers, and RVs. The campground map helps visitors choose the perfect location for their outdoor adventure. The Casitas Lake area offers picnic areas, fishing, boating, bike trails, and hiking, plus the Casitas Water Adventure Park with waterfalls, bridges, slides and a lazy river nearby.

Julie Wolfson (@juliewolfson) is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She covers travel, lifestyle, art, pop culture, cocktails and food for Cool Hunting and several other media outlets. Most days you’ll find her out and about in Southern California and around the world tracking down stories about talented people doing amazing things.

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