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Ojai in Central California is a divine destination to commune with nature and restore your spirit. Whether you stay in a mountain estate near the golf course, a cottage near the quaint downtown district, or a villa by the lake, this expansive-yet-secluded environment is a perfect place to nurture your soul. Ojai is a community that embraces a kinder, gentler, and natural ethic where local craft boutiques and ecologically friendly businesses are abundant and chain stores are nonexistent.
Home to the legendary hippy, flower child, and environmentalist, Ojai is a place to indulge in natural pleasures. Learn about cutting-edge ecological innovations, organic agriculture, and alternative health in an environment that thrives without pesticides and other modern conveniences that have proven to be toxic to the environment and our spiritual evolution.
Ojai is a popular destination for those interested in exploring their spirituality. Take a spiritual retreat and retune your soul to the harmonious vibrations of nature.
Pamper yourself with massage, facials, and bodywork at the Ojai Valley Inn.
Take a stroll, hike, ride your horse or bike through nearby mountains or the paved 9.5-mile Ojai Valley Trail and immerse yourself in Ojai's abundant natural glory.
The Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix bicycle race is held annually in early April, covering a one-mile circuit that encircles the Libbey Bowl in downtown Ojai.
The Ojai Tennis Tournament is held in April, serving as an early competition for aspiring players. This historic tournament was founded in 1887, and it is the oldest tennis tournament in the Western region of the United States.
The Ojai Music Festival commences on the weekend after Memorial Day. It features world renowned musicians and composers that have included Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Aaron Copland, and more.
The Ojai Wine Festival is held at Lake Casitas in early June, and it often coincides with the music festival. Thousands of wine lovers sample products from over 30 wineries, and the proceeds go to charity.
Each August, The Ojai Playwrights Conference offers play writers an opportunity to comingle with directors and producers and develop their projects. They receive a director, cast, and plenty of guidance and feedback to nurture their plays. Amateur and professional play writers from around the country flock to Ojai for this two-week event. Many writers credit their experience at the conference with providing the inspiration and courage needed to complete works that have later been featured in major venues that include on and off-Broadway theaters.
Tee off in the serene and challenging environment of Ojai, surrounded by majestic California mountains and big open skies. The Ojai valley has two major golf courses. The fun and expansive Soule Park Golf Course, was recently rated within the top 40 courses in America. The highly praised Ojai Valley Inn Golf Course, has been hailed as a marvel of golfing architecture. This 18-hole, 6,292-yard course was designed by George C. Thomas to provide a challenge for experienced golfers while allowing novice players to have a great time as well, and it has been granted a par 70 rating of 71.
Ojai has a Mediterranean climate that brings hot, dry summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures usually peak in the-low-to-mid 90s in July and August, and winter brings temperatures in the-mid-to-high 30s from December to March.
If you're planning a road trip to Ojai, coastal scenic route Highway 101 provides awe-inspiring vistas and glorious views of the Pacific Ocean, and it has eastern exits north and south of Santa Barbara that lead past Lake Casitas and onto Ojai. Most tourists arrive at the Santa Barbara Airport and rent a car to complete their journey.