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The cozy, pastoral town of Ojai is a beautiful bet for those looking to get away from LA or explore California, with a unique mix of old-school, hippie healers and artists and the new-school folks that are working to make that scene hip again, and both an abundance of things to do in Ojai and the surrounding area.
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.