The Locals-Only Guide to Ojai, California

Dana Covit

Cutting inconspicuously away from the California coast, tucked between mountains and amid fragrant orange groves, is the city of Ojai. It’s miraculous how peacefully bucolic this place can feel, it being so very close to the Los Angeles metropolis (just shy of two hours away). Less popular a destination than Santa Barbara yet with all the necessary fittings for a rejuvenating stay, Ojai provides a little taste of wine country, on a smaller, cozier scale than Northern California’s destination towns. It’s the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway—though you might be tempted to stay much longer. To ensure you hit all the spots necessary to solidify your love, we’ve scouted the best places to stay, eat, and entertain yourself. Read on.

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