Gaby’s Guide to Ojai

Gaby’s Guide to Ojai brought to you by Capital One!

Ojai is one of my favorite weekend getaways! It’s a hop, skip and a jump from LA and you’re instantly transported into a little magical town tucked into the mountains with major glow-y vibes!!

Gaby's Guide to Ojai

 I’ve spent a handful of weekends in Ojai the past few years. It’s been a stop on numerous road trips, our destination of choice for a few weekend getaways, and my dad has the occasional business meeting there so naturally I always invite myself. I’m a great daughter like that 🙂 Farmers Market / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

This past weekend Thomas and I jumped in the car for a quick weekend getaway before all the holiday madness starts because when the opportunity to partner with Capital One for a weekend travel guide comes along, you take it!! Did you know that the Venture Card from Capital One is a travel rewards credit card offering double miles on every purchase anywhere, anytime, and without the restrictions commonly found in rewards programs? Basically my dream come true! YOU decide when, where and how they want to use your miles. And they’re redeemable on any travel-related expense – from flights to hotel stays and rental cars (or Uber rides!!)

Ojai is a hop skip and a jump from Los Angeles. If you don’t live in the area, you could fly into LAX or Santa Barbara, snag a rental car and be on your way. The drive is easy and gorgeous as you wind your way up a mountain before getting to Ojai which is tucked into the cutest valley that literally has pink and purple sunsets on a daily basis.

So next time you’re looking for a weekend getaway – do it Ojai style!! Gaby’s Guide to Ojai coming at ya in 3, 2, 1….

Ojai Certified Farmers Market – You know I’m a sucker for any farmers market and the Ojai market does not disappoint! It’s a mixture of farmers, florists and some pre-made food and it happens every single Sunday! (Rain or shine!)

Farmers Market / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Farmers Market / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Farmers Market / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Farmers Market / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Farmer and the Cook – While not on the main drag of Ojai, Farmer and the Cook is churning out some of the best food in the town. We go for breakfast/brunch every single time we visit and the breakfast tacos are not to be missed. Chips and Guacamole too – because that’s an acceptable thing to eat no matter what time of day! 

Farmers and the Cook / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Farmers and the Cook / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Farmers and the Cook / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Papa Lennon’s – Pizza. The best in town. The end.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa – My favorite hotel in Ojai, hands down, is the Ojai Valley Inn! The rooms are bright and gorgeous, their cheese plates are top notch and you’ll probably never want to leave the property. Between the two pools, the fragrance garden and the golf course, it’s basically everything you could ever ask for in a resort. FYI—if you pay with your Venture Card from Capital One, you’ll earn 2 miles for each dollar spent and you can redeem the miles you’ve earned to erase part or all of the cost!

Ojai Valley Inn / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Ojai Valley Inn / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Ojai Valley Inn / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Ojai Valley Inn / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Ojai Valley Inn / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Agave Maria’s Restaurant & Cantina – I mean, it would basically be sacrilegious of me to not taste test all the chips and salsa in town and Agave Maria’s are winners. Go for the chips and the margaritas and basically everything else on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

Azu Restaurant – No matter who I’m traveling with, it’s a pre-requisite that you like to share and that’s exactly why I love Azu! Grab a glass of wine (you don’t have to share that part) and then order all the tapas on the menu for the table. Everyone gets a bite and you can sample your way through the entire menu!

Hip Vegan – While I am not a vegan, (hello, I love cheese) I’m not opposed to a vegan meal every once in a while! Hip Vegan is one of the best vegan restaurants I’ve been to, regardless of the city. All the food is super fresh, made in house and leaves you full and majorly happy. Get the falafel. You’ll love it.

Hip Vegan Cafe / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Ojai Olive Oil – I’m all about an olive oil tasting and Ojai Olive Oil is the place to do it! Sample everything they make, starting with olive oil and then move on over to their infused vinegars. Grab a few bottles before you head home because you’ll be sorry if you leave empty handed!

Ojai Olive Oil/ Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Boccali’s – Pizza, wine, breadsticks, garlic bread… what more could you ask for!!

Ojai Coffee Roasting Co. – It’s the locals’ favorite and they make a mean cup of coffee. They also make some crazy good coffee art, which if you’re like me, you’ll appreciate because it makes for the best instagram ever!

Ojai Roasters / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

Knead Baking Company – The cutest little cafe tucked right around the corner from Ojai Coffee! Their flatbreads are delicious, homemade cookies can’t be missed and their bagels are made fresh every day and if you get there early enough to have one fresh out of the oven then your life will forever be changed for the better!

Knead Bakery / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Knead Bakery / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Knead Bakery / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin) Knead Bakery / Gaby's Guide to Ojai (@whatsgabycookin)

So here’s the game plan: If you don’t already have the Venture Card, think about it!! Then use your miles to book a trip (Ojai is my winter travel destination of choice because it’s not freezing like the rest of the country plus its beautiful and the food is delicious), send me an invitation and then I’ll see ya there!

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  1. Great write-up! I think I will change my credit card – mine has so many restrictions, I never seem to be able to use my miles for anything. Thanks for all the info. Love Ojai and need to go back!

  2. Gorgeous pictures and mouth watering food, what a great post. I adore California and we go there all the time but have never been to this area. This is a must visit.

  3. Well, this is eerie. I’m going to Ojai… tomorrow! I haven’t been there since I was a kid, so this will definitely come in handy. Impeccable timing! 🙂

  4. Ojai has been our secret getaway for years — I guess it’s not so secret anymore 😉

  5. We live in the Midwest, and really love areas like this. For now, we are tied to our jobs and can only look at the wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Need to make my way back to Cali to visit Ojai!! Looks beautiful! Perfectly captured through these photos!

  7. Gaby, what a fun trip! I’d love to visit Ojai … the food, market (beautiful). Glad you had a great time!

  8. Can I please come visit you and just go on a farmers market tour?? I have so much fresh produce envy!!

  9. Ohh-hi (Ojai) there Gaby,
    I’m all up in your dish. Not sure what im intrigued with most- your bootstrap expeditions & visual fun-slingin or the fact that i found you at the expense of my deviant behavior and voyeuristic grams of gettaway.
    Have fun decoding that.
    ~Skyler Gigabytes

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