6 Things to Do in Ojai When You Need to Escape the City

There is something truly magical about Ojai, California. It's hard to explain the feeling when you're there, and mere words don't do it justice. I'm fortunate enough to live two hours away from this enchanting town and have been there several times since moving to Los Angeles three years ago. It's a spiritual epicenter with a warm and welcoming energy and close-knit community that keep you coming back for more.

The last trip I took was with Buick to launch its new 2018 Enclave Avenir, but it turned out to be so much more than that. It was a celebration of female friendships. I indulged in local wine, feasted on farm-to-table meals, and enriched my heart and soul with deep conversations. I laughed, I cried (with joy), and bonded with these incredible sisters. New friendships were made.

I was incredibly lucky to have visited Ojai before the Thomas fire raged through this region and most of Southern California, and while the towns were saved thanks to the tireless work of local firefighters, most of the mountains were burned. But now it's back and the surrounding environment is blooming back to its former beauty. If you're interested in planning a trip, here are a few things to do in Ojai (including where to stay and eat) that I highly recommend.