Ojai, CA

I’m in love with California, especially Ojai.

I really am. I consider myself super lucky to live in a state where you can drive an hour or so and be in a completely different world. One of my favorite quick trips is to Ojai, CA. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from LA but make no mistake, it’s not just a one night excursion. You’re going to want to stay for weeks.

Ojai is relaxing, peaceful and totally gorgeous. I’ve been a handful of times and have stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa each time. It’s one of my favorite hotels in California, hands down. The Ojai Valley Inn was our first stop on our LA – SF road trip a few weeks back. We headed out pretty early and arrived in town before lunch in order to get in a quick tour of a local olive oil company.

On the Road: Ojai, CAOn the Road: Ojai, CA

After I satisfied my carb craving by stuffing my face with lots of bread and trying every olive oil known to man, we headed into town for lunch.

On the Road: Ojai, CA | What's Gaby Cooking

After lunch it was time to hit the hotel. We checked in, dumped out bags and headed to the pool. The pool at The Ojai Valley Inn is gorgeous and quite. Well, technically there are 2, but we were at the adults only pool which was 100% peaceful and gorgeous. It wasn’t too crowded either so we were able to post up in one of the private cabana areas and recover from our extremely long 1.5 hour drive. (jk)

After getting in some pool time, we headed back to our room to change for dinner and then give ourselves a tour of the property. Just wait till you see some of the surroundings at the hotel. I literally wanted to move in. Aida and Lillian had to drag me outta there the next morning.

Oh and I can’t forget about this…. which was waiting for us as we got to our room. I was in heaven.

Cheese Platters  at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

The view from our room was gorgeous…

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Balcony View

Suites at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Famous Ojai Valley MountainsPink Champagne in Ojai

Ojai Valley Inn GardensOjai Valley Inn Garden

The pink moment is something that Ojai is famous for! At a given time every day, the mountains look a little bit pink when the sun hits the right angle. Ojai Valley Inn Pink Mountains

The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

We dined on the property at Marvilla and then hit the sheets early since we wanted to be up and take advantage of the complimentary fitness classes the resort has to offer. We did a hike and then yoga before grabbing some breakfast sandwiches and heading to Santa Barbara.

I am seriously in love with Ojai and can’t wait to go back. Next time I’m for sure bringing along my husband as it’s kind of the perfect romantic getaway for us in LA.

Here are some links to my fav places in Ojai and other funs things to do that I’ve done in the past!

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

HIP – a vegan cafe

Marvilla at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

The Spa at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai Olive Oil + Tour 

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17 comments

  1. Jenny Flake

    What a beautiful place to travel! We are always looking to see more beautiful spots of California! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. LisaR @ Who Stole My Baby?

    I’m surprised there’s no orange juice with your cheese platter. Get it? Because Ojai sounds like “OJ”? Aww, that’s not very funny.

  3. Paula

    To quote John Fogerty : “Oh, Lord, stuck in Ojai again…” Guess he didn’t know when he had it lucky, did he? Great song though! 🙂

  4. naomi

    This is exactly why I love CA. So much to discover and see still – and – I’m a Californian! So lovely and beautiful – this is going on the weekend getaway list!

  5. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I was following this trip on IG and was so jealous. =) What a gorgeous spot!

  6. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Beautiful photos! I am equally in love with California, but I’ve never been to Ojai. I need to make the trip. I also want to hunt down the school where they taped Easy A.

  7. Julie @ Table for Two

    oh my goodness! you make me want to jump on my plane and fly on over to Ojai! It looks absolutely gorgeous! you’re so lucky you can make these weekend getaways so easily on the west coast – i want to move out there! haha

  8. marla

    Oh girl I love Ojai ~ have not been in years but your post has inspired me to head back out that way!

  9. lynn @ the actor’s diet

    I went to Ojai once just for a daytrip from LA but never stayed over…now I think I need to!

  10. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    I considered honeymoon in Ojai because it looks so beautiful! I decided on a tropical place, but I still REALLY want to go someday soon!

    • Gaby

      go for your 2nd honeymoon!! (on your 1 year wedding anniversary) I’m totally starting that trend 🙂

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