Need A Weekend Getaway? Ojai, It Is

One of the best parts of living in L.A.? Leaving L.A. Seriously though, this city is surrounded by some truly awesome destinations — which makes getting out a town for a quick, romantic jaunt all the more appealing.
But, of all the locales, Ojai is our favorite getaway these days. Whether looking for a yoga-filled, tranquil weekend to relax and unplug, or a fun, spontaneous adventure with your new beau, Ojai is the place to beat. Ahead, the nine reasons you should plan a trip immediately. Oh, and did we mention that the drive there will take a little longer than watching an episode of Homeland. What is it you're waiting for again?
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Photo: Courtesy of Ojai Olive Oil.
Ojai Olive Oil
Visiting the Ojai Olive is kind of like touring a winery — except we might even like it better. The ranch offers free tours all day, every day for guests to visit the stunning, plush grounds, and learn about the process of making extra-virgin olive oil. After that, we recommend heading to the tasting room, before making a final stop at the ranch's store. Here, in addition to a couple of bottles of its signature olive oil, we purchased a jar of its homemade olive oil face cream, which turned out to be the most incredible find.

Ojai Olive Oil, 1811 Ladera Road (near Thacher Road); 805-646-5964.
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Photographed by Nancy Neil.
Ojai Rancho Inn
Wondering where to stay for your weekend away? Without a shadow of doubt, we wholeheartedly recommend the Ojai Rancho Inn. Owned by the genius team behind Shelter Social Club, the inn has got to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing spots we've ever laid eyes on. If you like the idea of rustic lodgings, but like your sheets to be clean and a private hot tub in your room, than we suggest you make a reservation soon. Plus, San Francisco's rad store Gravel and Gold just opened the Gold and Gravel Satellite Shop inside the inn. Ojai Rancho Inn, 615 Ojai Valley Trail (near Country Club Drive); 805-646-1434.
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Photo: Courtesy of Modern Folk Living.
Modern Folk
From a perfect mug by Heath Ceramics to a rad trench coat made of 100% sustainable materials, Modern Folk Living boasts a wide range of chic, eco-friendly items — without ever sacrificing great style.

Modern Folk Living, 306B East Matilija Street (near North Signal Street); 805-640-0678.
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Photo: Courtesy of Azu.
The Spanish-meets-Mediterranean eatery is the perfect spot for a celebratory meal — or, even for happy hour cocktail and some delicious tapas after a long day in the sun. And, if you do end up staying for dinner, we highly recommend ordering the steak frites, which comes with perfectly crispy sweat potato fries.

Azu, 457 East Ojai Avenue (at Fox Street); 805-640-7987.
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Photo: Courtesy of Deer Lodge.
Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge is one of those places that seems like it could only exist in a movie. Thankfully, it's real, and you'd be crazy not to stop by. Go for a beer and a quick bite, and end up staying there hours on end, thanks to the great upbeat vibes, cozy blankets, perfect music, and vast beer selection. The whole thing feels totally authentic to Ojai, and promises that rare, wholesome fun that we all craze.

Deer Lodge, 2261 Maricopa Highway (at North Alvarado Street); 805-646-4256.
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Photo: Courtesy of Summer Camp.
Summer Camp
Do you fill your home with small, intricate curiosities, and line them up on your mantle with the same precision as one might curate an exhibition? We do. And, if you're anything like us, consider Summer Camp your new mecca. Appearing like a mix between the set of a Wes Anderson film, and what you'd imagine a general store in Berkley in the '60s might look like, this place exudes cool.

Summer Camp, 1020 West Ojai Avenue (at Del Norte Road); 805-861-7109.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bart's Books.
Bart's Books
If you've been to Ojai, you know about Bart's Books. The beloved book store is unlike any other in the world, offering an incredibly extensive selection across all areas of interest. Whether in need of a fifty cent novel to read by the pool, or a first edition you've spent years trying to track down, we'd bet Bart's got it. Go there, and see if you can manage to spend under two hours exploring the shelves.
Bart's Books, 302 West Matilija Street (near Canada Street); 805-646-3755.
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Photo: Courtesy of Knead Baking Company.
Knead Baking Company
This bakery is dangerously good. From the exceptional artisan breads and delicious warm pastries to an egg, cheese, and wild arugula breakfast sandwich that we often wake up pining for, Knead Baking Co. doesn't mess around.
Knead Baking Company, 469 East Ojai Avenue (at Fox Street); 310-770-3282.
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Photo: Courtesy of Farmer and the Cook.
Farmer and the Cook
This organic, vegan market and restaurant makes unbelievably delicious food using all local ingredients. It's laid-back, friendly, and a great way to escape the sun and refuel on a hot day.

Farmer and the Cook, 339 West El Roblar Drive (at North Encinal Avenue); 805-640-9608.

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