Visiting Ojai for the weekend? Here are some great places to stay and fun things to do while you enjoy the Ojai Valley
For a walking tour map of Ojai’s local shops, galleries and eateries, click here.
Hotels in Ojai:
The Lavender Inn 805-646-6635
Best Western Casa Ojai Inn 805-646-8175
Chantico Inn & Suites 805-646-8100
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa 805-646-1111
The Oaks at Ojai 805-646-5573
Su Nido Inn 805-646-7080
Capri Hotel 805 646-4305
There are numerous options for hiking in the valley; Shelf Road, Pratt Trail, Piedra Blanca and the Ventura River-Rancho El Nido Preserve to name just a few, Visit the Los Padres National Forest website for more information on hiking in Ojai.
Soule Park 805-646-5633 (public course)
Ojai Valley Inn 805-646-1111
Visit a working lavender ranch!
This year, 2016, Frog Creek Farm will be open for U-Pick Lavender. Frog Creek Farm is located about 6 and 1/2 miles east of town up Hwy 150. Look for the flutter flags and signs. Or ask for directions at one of our Information Booths at the Lavender Festival.
Movie any one?
The Ojai Theatre, is undergoing a complete remodel and is temporarily closed. In Old Hollywood Style, this vintage theater offers first run films daily at 7pm and at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Get away from it all
at Lake Casitas – Boating, fishing, camping, biking riding, picnicking and kid friendly water-park – All less than 15 minutes from the heart of town.
For the Wine Tasting Enthusiast:
Enjoy Old Creek Ranch Winery 805-649-4132, Casa Barranca Wine in the Arcade, Topa Mountain Winery or the Ojai Beverage Company (featuring a lavender cocktail), both just down the street from the festival. Also check out Or visit the Ventura County Wine Trail web page for more information.
In addition to the Lavender Lemonade served by the Teen Challenge ladies at the festival try the following :
For special lavender dishes try Seared Halibut Cheeks with Lavender-Thistle butter at No So Vita or Lavender Lemon Scones at Cafe Emporium. In addition sample Honey Lavender gelato at Papa Lennon’s, Lavender Creme Brulee at The Ranch House, Lavender Blueberry Smoothies at Farmer & the Cook or Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta (also try the Lavender Pixie Tangerine Martini) at Osteria Monte Grappa.
Lori’s Lavender Lemonade is featured at Bonnie Lu’s; Lavender Yogurt and Sorbet at Bliss; Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies at Knead Baking Co.;Lavender Ice Cream at Ojai Ice Cream; Lavender Ice Cream with Stone Fruit at Tipple and Ramble; Lavender Lemon Bars at Feast Bistro; Lavender Meringues and Lavender Creme Brulee at Marche Gourmet Deli and Lavender Berry Smoothies at O-Hi Frostie.
Lavender teas, coffees and sweets will be served at Ojai Coffee Roasting, Java Joes, Coffee Connection, Full of Beans and Bohemia. Or stop by Westridge Midtown Market and peruse their lavender display with discounted prices on Lori’s Lemonade, other drinks, sweets and beauty products.
Go shopping in Ojai. Many of our local retailers including Summer Camp, Rains, Rainbow Bridge, The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Carolina Gramm Ojai Tasting Room, Von’s and Meiners Oaks Nursery and the Ojai Valley Museum Gift Shop are offering Festival Day specials. Stop in at PSPACE, Nutmeg’s House, Soul Centered, Love Heals Boutique, Susan Cummings Design, Silver Boutique, Tartaglia Fine Art and Tavitt’s Cards & Gifts; White Sparrow Boutique; Treasures of Ojai Antiques; Ojai Baby; deKor&Co; Bookends Bookstore and Curiosities.
Then go relax with a Lavender Margarita at Agave Maria’s or Casa de Lago; Lavender Cheesecake and Lavender-Ritas at the Deer Lodge; Lavender and Stoli Lemon Drip at Seafresh; Hanger 1 Vodka Lemonade Cocktail or a Lemonade Cocktail at the Ojai Valley Inn; Lavender Verbena Champagne Cocktail at The Ranch House; Lavender Lemon Vodka Tonic at Suzanne’s Cuisine and Lavender Cocktail at Ojai Beverage Co.; a lavender martini at Soule Park Restaurant & Bar
Muse through the Museum
The Ojai Valley Museum has an extensive collection of Art, Native American Baskets, Pioneer Tools, and photographs of early days in Ojai. Be sure to check out Karen Evenden’s Cookbook in the Gift Shop “Ojai’s Table” which includes lavender recipes. And, by the way, all cookbooks at 25% off on the day of the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival!
Work it out
at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club – they offer visitor day passes available for purchase. The Club is home to an Olympic-size pool, beautiful tennis courts, and wonderful workout facilities. 805-646-7213