This sleepy little country village has a special tranquillity perfect for unwinding in a three-day outing. Creative people as well as fugitives of Los Angeles
’s fast lanes have long been drawn to Ojai (pronounced “O-hi”) for its quiet, unhurried pace. Tucked in a deep coastal valley, extending from the 6,000-foot Topa Topa Mountains at the edge of Los Padres National Forest to the ocean, Ojai’s miles of orange groves brim with golden fruit. Avocado trees drape the rolling foothills, and the hectic world seems far away. Small wonder that Ojai was the setting for the mystical, beautiful valley of Shangri-La in the movie Lost Horizon, starring Ronald Colman. In this cozy town you can tee off at two championship golf courses, play tennis, browse and shop at fine galleries and boutiques, tour artist studios, and pedal a bike along a meandering creek down country lanes where horses graze in sunny pastures. You can visit a museum, “take it off ” in style at a chic health spa resort
, picnic in uncrowded parks, purchase just-picked oranges and avocados to tote home, and stay in a legendary world-class inn. Camping, fishing, and boating are available in nearby Lake Casitas, site of the 1984 Olympic rowing and canoeing events. Highlights include: a resort, golf, tennis, a spa, parks, orange and avocado groves, museum, hiking and biking, antiques, galleries, and fishing and boating. The detailed itinerary in this chapter is a driving tour that features extensive recommendations for sightseeing attractions, recreational activities, lodging, restaurants, shopping, and more.
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