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Weekend getaways: From Los Angeles to Ojai

Looking for easy weekend getaways? Check out our top tips for where to eat, drink, play and stay in idyllic Ojai.

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Sespe Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest.

If you're looking for weekend getaways out of LA, the cozy, pastoral town of Ojai is a close and beautiful bet. Just an hour and a half north of the city, Ojai is a unique mix of old-school, hippie healers and artists and the new-school folks that are working to make that scene hip again. (Case in point, two of the more chic spots in town, Modern Folk shop and Ojai Rancho Inn, just hosted a class on the art of camp cooking). If you like your rural bike rides and rustic biker bars with a side of DJ'ed pool parties and fine dining, this is the spot for you. And oh, the dining! Ojai exists in a small, Mediterranean micro-climate, which means everything grows here, from olives and grapes to an abundance of citrus. Local businesses (there are no non-local businesses, really, save for an out-of-place Jersey Mike's and a few banks) take advantage of this bounty, so meals in Ojai are super fresh and always reflect the season. The wine, too, is locally made and—as a bonus—brought right to you, with tasting rooms dotting the downtown strip and saving you the (sober) drive out to a vineyard. If you're more outdoor-inclined, Ojai makes a great stop before or after a trip to Los Padres National Forest, just north of town. Whether you come for the wine, the hikes or the small-town feel, Ojai is a special spot for easy weekend getaways. 

The best Ojai hotels
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The best Ojai hotels

The top Ojai hotels for your weekend getaways, from an all-inclusive resort to a rustic-chic motel.

Ojai restaurant & bar guide
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Ojai restaurant & bar guide

Find the perfect Ojai restaurant or bar for your weekend getaways, from tasty tapas to a live music lodge.

What to do in Ojai
Things to do

What to do in Ojai

What to do in Ojai during your weekend getaways, from olive oil tasting to outdoor book browsing.

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