A Guide To Ojai

Ojai has been high on my list of places to visit for quite some time. My mom and I have been trying to go on a girls trip there for years now and somehow the timing never worked out. This year we made it a priority to finally get there for a quick weekend getaway. Ojai is one of those magical places that turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for. It is a no frills town filled with curated shops, great restaurants and dreamy miles of citrus trees. It was so relaxing to get out of Marin for a few days and experience a part of California that I haven’t spent much time in. Even though the trip was short, we decided to drive which was perfect for a quick pit stop in Montecito on the way!

{Where To Shop} One of the best aspects of Ojai for me was the beautiful home decor stores. It was nice to be able to take my time browsing through all of the products and take in the layered interiors. I knew ahead of time I wanted to get my hands on some beautiful locally made ceramics which I found right away at Summer Camp. My other favorite stops include In The Field, DeKor & Co. and Bart’s Books.

[every detail at In The Field is better than the next. I couldn’t stop taking photos!]

{shop my monogramed bag }

{Where To Eat} I got a lot of great suggestions for places that I should check out, so when we got there on Friday we checked into our hotel and then headed to Tipple and Ramble for a glass of wine. The weather was perfect for sitting on their large outdoor patio filled with fun details like banana leaf printed day beds and an old pink trailer turned into a bar. We then went to Osteria Monte Grappa for dinner, which I highly recommend for good Italian food. On Saturday morning we rented bikes at our hotel and rode to Knead Baking Company where I had a freshly made bagel and their blood orange juice.

We didn’t stay at the Ojai Valley Inn, so on Saturday we decided to go there for lunch. They have multiple restaurants and even if you are not a guest at the hotel you can walk around the property and explore all of the gorgeous details. We stopped at the Oak for lunch which looks over part of the golf course and a massive oak tree, a perfect setting for a hot day. 

{giant bougainvillea outside of Knead}

{Where To Stay} The Ojai Valley Inn is definitely the big draw in this area, but on the weekends a standard room can be well over $600 a night, so we decided to stay at the Emerald Iguana Inn which I loved! This property is nestled off the main street and feels so serene in a sea of palms. We had a two bedroom cottage with a cozy living room and kitchen right next to the pool. This hotel doesn’t allow children, so the pool area is really quiet. They offer inexpensive daily bike rentals and have wine and cheese set out every evening around 4pm.


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  2. Chrissy McDonald says:

    Ah I miss that show! It is so much fun and filled with inspiration!

  3. love this! My mom and I have been wanting to go for years after watching Brothers and Sisters.

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