Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Ojai, known as an artist’s, spiritual, and naturalist’s outdoor sports paradise . The creative culture, the charming Ojai Village, and the majestic setting of the Ojai Valley provide memorable activites, and these are some of our favorites. Our friendly staff is happy help make arrangements during your visit in Ojai.
HIKING – Situated at the edge of 2 million acres of the Los Padres National Forest, Ojai offers myriad opportunities to trek, hike, mountain climb and camp. Whether you walk along paths at Ojai Foundation or Meditation Mount overlooking the valley (which resembles Tuscany or the south of France) or you hike up to watering holes and waterfalls, you will want to return. Just within walking distance to the Inn, there are 2 trails… Pratt trail & Shelf Road trail. Ask our Innkeepers how to get there. For the ultimate hiking tours, you’ll want to talk to Stacy & Ian of Trails by Potter. They’ll take you on guided hikes that include learning about the native flora, herbs & history. They also have package tours that include, Hike & Wine and Hike & Olives.
EVENTS – Special events during the year include the Ojai Music Festival (www.ojaimusicfestival.com) , Ojai Film Festival (www.ojaifilmfestival.com), Ojai Valley Lavender Festival (www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.com), The Ojai tennis Tournament – one of the oldest tennis tournament’s in the U.S.
BIKING – Ojai has an abundance of biking options for everyone, whether it’s a simple ride through the Village, a rugged mountain bike through the countless trails in the canyons & foothills, or a scenic street ride through the endless, winding roads in the Valley. The favorite ride is the 20-mile bike path from Ojai to the ocean! Two places you have to check out are Trails by Potter & the hip MOB shop, where you can rent bikes around the corner from the Lavender Inn. If you bring your bike, you can store it inside our garage.
FRIEND’S RANCH PIXIE TANGERINE TASTING TOURS – Visit the Pixie tangerine farm and enjoy Ojai’s citrus season, stroll the orchard, talk with the farmers and taste all sorts of citrus! Tours available Saturdays in March and April.
MEDITATION MOUNT – Take a short drive up the hill at the other side of the valley for a peaceful setting with a view, a spiritual sanctuary center open to the public! Take walks, enjoy guided meditation and yoga. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 until Sunset. 805-646-5508
ROCK CLIMBING – There’s some great Rock Climbing in the Valley and Ian from Trails by Potter, is happy to take you there! Routes range from 5.5 – 5.11 and up to 120 ft, so everyone at every level will enjoy it.
BART’S BOOKS – This is Ojai’s landmark outdoor bookstore, a collector’s paradise of used books. This is just 2 blocks down the street. www.bartsbooks.com
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS – See the permanent collection of renowned artist Beatrice Wood and comtemporary artisits. Gallery is open Sat. & Sun. 11-5. www.beatricewood.com
OJAI MUSEUM – Relics of yesteryear together with artifacts of the Oak Grove people and Chumash Indian cultures are displayed. Attractions often include local Ojai artists. www.ojaivalleymuseum.org
ART & OLIVE TOUR OF OJAI – For a special afternoon, visit the studios of some of Ojai’s premier artisans including the famous potter Otto Heino. Tour our olive groves & taste the varieties of our award winning oils at www.OjaiOliveOil.com
PLAYS – Call 805.646.0117 for schedules at Ojai Art Center.
SWIMMING & EXERCISE – Ojai Athletic Club – One free day pass is available to use the club to swim in the Olympic-size pool, play tennis, or exercise in a class or weight room for a small daily fee/person. Check with our innkeeper on the small fee for additional passes to the club..
BOATING, BASS FISHING &, during the summer, WATERPARK Less than 15 minutes away at Lake Casitas is one of the best bass-fishing lakes in the world. www.casitaswater.org Perfect for any age and So much fun on a hot day!
SURFING – 20 minutes to the beach in Ventura. With advance notice, we can arrange surf lessons.
TENNIS – Local Stacy Potter teaches individual, group, stroke production, and game analysis. She has played professional tennis and was on the USC team. Call 805-646-0382 or www.
WATERMARK RESTAURANT – in Ventura. Of course this is one of our favorites because we own the restaurant. But, you won’t be disappointed if you are able to stop to eat on your way in to Ojai or on the way home. The historic decor and the food and service are beyond description, so please check out the website (it’s amazing!) www.watermarkonmain.com
SUNDAY TRIP – Arrive in Ojai and park at the Lavender Inn. Peruse the Sunday Farmer’s Market, only 2 doors away, for fresh, local items. Keep your fresh purchases in our frig until you leave the next day. Return for a lunch cooking class from 1-3:30. Relax and enjoy the rest of your evening at the Lavender Inn and a dinner at one of the restaurants across the street. Monday morning take a hike before breakfast! Just go around the corner and up the hill to the start of Shelf Road where you can capture the warm colors of the tapestry of Ojai!
Ojai is truly an experience for everyone! There is so much more… Spas, Restaurants, Workshops, Seminars, Festivals, Skateboarding… You name it, the Valley has it!