Are you into awe struck moments and staring off into sunsets? Peace and quiet, you say? Well in Ojai you’ll find a place homegrown and reminiscent of the 1960’s. And no, you won’t find a Starbucks, or any other corporate chains as they’ve been outlawed by local government. It is truly a place to “get away” as they say.
You may have heard of their famous “pink moment”, as the locals call it. Atop Meditation Mount, a nonprofit meditation center, the sky explodes with beautiful sunset hues. Spectators show up an hour before sunset to take a seat on benches and prepare themselves for a showcase of pink cotton candy clouds and warm yellow light that shines over the bluffs. Its array of pink colors envelope most of the landscape and as twilight nears it turns crimson, gold and coral.
A lot of the attraction to Ojai lies in the outdoor atmosphere and their 24 hiking trails. There are beginner level trails and more advanced trails, it is also very important to bring a map if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain. These trails do consist of biking and rock climbing too if you’re looking for something a little adrenaline inducing. As an option, vistors can always go for the 15 mile drive over to the Pacific Ocean and take in the salt water air. But rest assured that there will be plenty of time for tranquility and sound mind.
The resorts local to Ojai pride themselves on holistic experiences. From spas that use healing techniques of the Chumash Native Americans, stone massages, chakra rebalancing to outdoor yoga & pilates – even organic spray tans! If you’re looking for a well-deserved detox look no further, Ojai is the place to get it. Now most people looking for high luxury will likely stay at the Ojai Inn & Spa, that’s nearly all inclusive amid its 220-acre property that underwent a 90 million dollar overhaul a few years back. But if you’re like me, you may be interested in the retro appeal of Capri Hotel. The rooms have been redone but still stay true to their 1960’s vibes – fun, and inviting! The most unique feature being the vinyl record players they house in many rooms accompanied by a small library of vinyl, with a more extensive collection they keep at the front desk. They also accommodate guests with small pets if you book a room with a garden patio – with additional outdoor space for them to stretch their little legs too.
When you’re ready for some shopping, you can visit their main street that reflects the artists who live there with their many galleries and boutiques. If you’re visiting on a Sunday I suggest a walk-through of their Ojai’s Certified Farmers’ Market for their homegrown variety.
Article Written by Melissa Rice, 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team