There’s a town once inhabited by the Chumash Indians where the sky turns pink at sunset over the rolling hills and mountains. A place with a Mediterranean climate and exceptional harvests. It’s called Ojai, and it’s just a scenic 90-minute drive from Los Angeles.
Ojai is home to magnificent olive and citrus groves, natural springs, scenic hiking trails and one of the most picturesque sunsets in all of California. Though the town is small, it’s brimming with unique experiences, sights and tastes. Relaxation more your thing? You’re in luck, as Ojai is known for its world-class spas too.
If this is your first time planning a trip to Ojai, we encourage you to use our helpful guide to customize the perfect experience just for you!
Our guide is broken down into three parts. In this post we cover the best times to visit Ojai and where to stay. In addition we created rundowns of 15 Fun Things to Do in Ojai and 10 Awesome Places to Eat in Ojai.
Now, let’s getting started on how to plan the perfect trip to Ojai…
Best times to go
April for Pixie Month
The town of Ojai celebrates the sweet, seedless Pixie Tangerine during the month of April. Unique to Ojai, there are over 25,000 pixie trees and when at their peak (April) you can smell the sweetness in the air. Local businesses get together and commemorate the Pixie through pixie-centric themed cocktails, meals, classes, deals and infused products. Hotels and spas also offer special packages throughout the season. -> More information
June for the Lavender Festival
In June, the town pays tribute to the lavender plant during the annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival. Taking place at Libbey Park, the festival pays tribute to the fragrant plant that grows prominently in the valley’s Mediterranean climate. Expect lavender everything from vendors and hotels to food and more. -> More information
June for Ojai Music Festival
Rocking out since 1947, the Ojai Music Festival is described as a “transcendent musical communing.” Each year a new music director is selected and given the freedom to create a four-day immersive music experience. -> More information
Where to stay
The Oaks at Ojai
Nestled in the arts community, The Oaks at Ojai is a health and fitness destination spa helping guests unwind, relax, and rejuvenate through a menu of wellness services. Built in the 1920s, the Spanish Mission Revival grounds offer 46 guest rooms that include lodges, cottages, courtyard suites and mini spa suites. With a focus on nutrition, fitness and wellness, the all- inclusive spa includes nutritious meals, fitness classes, outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, bike tours) and access to a pool, whirlpools, eucalyptus steam room and redwood saunas. Spa services such as facials and massages can be found on the à la carte menu for an extra fee. The Oaks is a great retreat for those looking to recharge, unwind, get fit or spend time with their girlfriends. -> More information
Built in 1874, the Lavender Inn is a charming bed-and-breakfast that puts guest experiences first. With eight uniquely decorated rooms to choose from and complimentary gourmet breakfast every morning, guests are treated like family. We suggest having your breakfast on the veranda overlooking the flourishing garden filled with herbs and flowers. In the evenings, the inn hosts tapas and wine hour, a nice way to unwind from a day of exploring Ojai. The inn also offers cooking classes at their Ojai Culinary School, guided outdoor adventures and a full-service spa. -> More information
Ojai Rancho Inn
Refurbished with the perfect hipster touch by Shelter Social Club, this old motel is now a very popular hotel destination for young folks looking to unwind in style. The rooms have a rustic charm with king beds, semiprivate patios, a mini fridge and palo santo to burn in the room. In the mornings, enjoy the complimentary coffee, and if you’re looking for a drink spot, look no further than their very own wine bar. -> More information
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
If you want to go all out and splurge, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is the place to do it. Built in 1923, the resort sits on a huge property housing its own golf course, pools, spa and a handful of resturants. With a AAA Five Diamond rating, the modern Spanish Colonial style rooms can feature fireplaces, private balconies or patios that overlook the golf course and mountains. -> More information