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Ojai Valley of the Moon
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Many visitors just like to saunter through the town, viewing the art galleries and studios (25 of them!), along with shops, antique and gift stores, the Ojai Museum or Bart’s Books, an enormous outdoor bookstore. You can see a play at the Ojai Art Center Theater, or study the pottery of Beatrice Woods in her studio, or look at the gardens at Krotona School of Theosophy. There are beautiful places to hike, including the nine-mile Valley Trail. Afterwards, you can go to Meditation Mountain to watch the sunset.
Casa Barranca Wine Tasting (organic) 208 E. Ojai Ave. Deer Lodge Wild game 211 E. Matilija The Ranch House Garden setting among bamboo, bakery and herb garden 500 S. Lomita Ave.
Garden Terrace Fresh and imaginative food 1002 Ojai Ave.
Lavender Inn Romantic B&B w/ culinary school in an 1874 Schoolhouse Blue Iguana Artistic and stylish 11794 N. Ventura Ave. Camp Comfort RV hook ups 11969 N. Creek Rd. Foster Park RV hookups 438 Casitas Vista/Santa Ana Rd.
Mobile home parks Ojai Oaks 950 Woodland Ave Golden Oaks MH Estates 1273 S. Rice Ojai Valley Estates 1975 Maricopa Hwy Mira Valle MH Park 1202 Loma Dr Ojai Villa Estates 70 W. Baldwin Rd w w w .umhm ag .c om
Photos courtesy Ojai Chamber of Commerce
ucked into the mountains between Ventura and Santa Barbara—and just 85 miles north of Los Angeles—lies this wonderfully artistic and spiritually diverse community. It’s no wonder that this little paradise was the location for shooting the 1939 movie Lost Horizon (ShangriLa); one sees hues of honeyed light throughout the day and a soft “pink moment” as the sun begins to set. Here one can find serenity for the soul through meditation, practitioners of the healing arts, retreats, spas, or just walking along the many paths and through the lovely parks. In the evenings there are varied opportunities for wining and dining as well. Ojai Village, as the natives call it, is blessed with both a river and beautiful Lake Casitas nearby for boating, fishing and kayaking. All year round there are festivals of one kind or another, featuring wine, art, jazz and other kinds of music, films, poetry, storytelling, and ever so much more. There are bicycle races, a Peddlers Fair and the longest held amateur tennis tournament in the US, with its famous Tea Tent decorated with spectacular floral arrangements. It’s ranked among the top three “best tennis town in the US,” and there’s golf too, both private and public.
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