11 Weekend Getaways From Los Angeles You Want To Plan | Journey + Leisure

Less than a hundred miles north and about fifteen miles inland among rolling hills, farms, orchards, and olive trees, Ojai is a peaceful escape from the traffic and crowds in LA. Surrounded by the Topatopa Mountains, the small town and surrounding areas are just a short drive from Los Angeles for a breath of fresh air. A walk through the city center reveals pleasant streets with art galleries, bookstores, boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

The old Chumash, who settled in the valley, believed in its mystical powers, and many people today claim that Ojai is a “vortex”, a concentrated source of energy. Others point to the “pink moment” when the sunset paints the sky in bright rose tones.

The scenic nine mile long Ojai Valley Trail has a paved side for cyclists, joggers, and hikers, as well as a dirt road for horse riding. The olive trees of the Ojai Olive Oil Company are more than just a beautiful landscape. They offer rich oils and other products that can be tasted and purchased.

Stay at the five star Ojai Valley Inn and unwind with a luxurious spa treatment, play golf or tennis, experience beekeeping, bird watching or horse riding, or relax and enjoy the view from your balcony. The Inn’s new culinary venue, the Farmhouse, offers cooking and baking classes, tastings, demonstrations and events led by renowned chefs.

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