Ojai , California : Travel Guide
The quaint town of Ojai popped onto my radar when I was trying to find a fun place to spend Dean’s birthday this year.
After almost an hour of scouring the internet for the perfect romantic location , I stumbled upon the highly coveted Agave House which was featured in Vogue at the end of 2017. My heart was broken when I discovered it had been booked out for months, but was instantly mended when I discovered a studio cabin listed by the same host.
The beautiful rustic cabin cleverly named Wabi Sabi for its imperfectly-perfect structure was tucked away in the Ojai Valley. It was a short distance to town so we could make a quick trip for food but far enough that we felt closer to nature and were only steps away from a hiking trail. When I saw it was available, I booked it without hesitation .
We spent two days exploring everything Ojai had to offer. The first night we walked around downtown, stopping in shops filled with local artisan clothing and decor. We ate delicious Mexican food and indulged in perfect amount of chips and salsa while whispering quietly to each other that we had never met a nicer restaurant staff. Our final stop for the night was at their local grocery store where we picked up a bottle of wine and supplies to make s’mores for dessert.
When we made it back to the cabin after dark, we lit a small charcoal grill and roasted marshmallows. As we sat under the festival lights strung above the private patio, the only thing we could hear was the crackling of the fire and the crickets chirping. We both agreed while looking up at the stars that this type of quiet didn’t exist in Los Angeles.
if you haven’t been to Ojai, go! And make sure to follow my guide below – you wont regret it!
WHERE TO STAY
images from Airbnb
WHERE TO SHOP
Fig Curated Living - 327 E. Ojai Ave.
It was almost impossible to get me to leave this store. As soon as I was going to start walking towards the door, another cute nicknack would catch my eye. I was surrounded by air-plants, garden decor and endless handmade gifts from local and fair trade artists.
Summer Camp - 1020 W Ojai Ave.
This store was an old gas station reinvented into a bohemian paradise filled with decor, art, candles and beautiful southwestern rugs. Standing inside feels like you are part of a Tumblr photo.
Twice Sold Tales - 121 E Ojai Ave.
Dean and I left with more than a couple second hand books . The prices were so good we grabbed a bag full of novels for our second hand book store on Amazon and few for our personal collection.
WHERE TO EAT
Breakfast: Ojai Cafe Emporium - 108 S. Montgomery St.
If you want to grab a coffee and a pastry to go , this brunch spot has a separate bakery entrance. Try the Gluten Free Blueberry muffin. They serve it to you warm and its to die for!
If you have a little extra time to sit and eat, go to the restaurant side and order the Cinnamon Roll French Toast with an Oregon Chai Latte. If you prefer something savory over sweet, we also tried the Mediterranean Fresh Baked Quiche filled with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives & mozzarella cheese. Highly recommended!
Lunch/Dinner: Agave Maria's Restaurant & Cantina - 106 S Montgomery St, Ojai
Dean and I sat on their patio and enjoyed their endless chips and salsa before, during and after our meal. The staff is so polite and give great recommendations for food and cocktails based on your preferences.
WHERE TO EXPLORE
Just steps away from the Wabi Sabi Cabin is the entrance to this hiking trail. Although a lot had been burnt by a fire earlier this year, the hike was still beautiful. Along our walk we spotted new green and lavender plants sprouting from the dark patches left by the fire’s path. There were also some pretty cool birds , ladybugs and butterflies along the way.
If you want to golf, rent a boat or kayak , go to a water park or just enjoy a quick bite at the lake view cafe, heading to the lake may be a fun activity for the day.
Ojai Farmer’s Market - 300 E Matilija St
Positioned behind an arcade, you can find a farmers market every Sunday morning between 9am and 1pm. Go there and pick out produce locally grown by vendors in Ojai and the surrounding towns. Ojai Farmer’s market is known for their honey, freshly cut flowers and locally caught seafood. If you’re lucky you can also catch live music performances .