Located just 90 minutes from Los Angeles and 30 minutes from the beach, the Ojai Valley is perfectly situated to take advantage of the best California has to offer. Its charming downtown corridor is characterized by Spanish Revival architecture and is filled with excellent restaurants, shopping, and wine and beer tasting opportunities. At the heart of it, all is the rambling Libbey Park, which features a large playground, tennis courts, and a world-class outdoor amphitheater, the Libbey Bowl. This artistic community is home to several galleries as well as the state’s oldest nonprofit art center but is also the hub of cutting-edge contemporary music with the annual Ojai Music Festival.

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Surrounding it all is the Los Padres National Forest, a wonderland offering myriad outdoor adventures — from casual morning hikes to world-class rock climbing. It’s not surprising, then, that its people are passionate about the environment, and support numerous organizations like the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and its 2,000-plus acres of land free and open to the public.

Ojai is also a popular destination for spiritualists, as the home of the Krishnamurti Foundation and the Krotona Institute of Theosophy. And Ojai’s geographic orientation — it runs east to west, rather than north to south as most valleys do — has led some to hail it as a unique energy vortex, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking reflection, inner healing, and self-realization. The Chumash Native American tribes, too, have considered this area a sacred place for thousands of years.
But Ojai is also a thriving agricultural region that supports some of the best citrus, avocado, olive and lavender crops on the West Coast and beyond. A tight-knit community full of bohemians, outdoorsmen, artists, and innovators, Ojai stands as one of the jewels in California’s crown.

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The Ojai Tennis Tournament

By Steve Pratt

The Ojai Tennis Tournament has always been about history, traditions, and community involvement. It is also big on moments.
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A Sweet Taste of Ojai

By Misty Hall
These days, we’re all about our tastings — wine, beer, bourbon, tequila, cheese, the list is always growing. Anytime you can combine food, drink, and friends with a little learning is a guaranteed good time.
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The sweet, sweet citrus

By Misty Hall
If you’ve ever been to the Ojai Valley, you probably know how we feel about our citrus. We turn our noses up at the greenish-tinted imports at the supermarkets, and instead seek the goods grown right here in the valley. Whether it’s at the Ojai Farmers Market, one of the many roadside fruit stands, or the mecca of Ojai citrus, Friend’s Ranches Packinghouse, we know where to go to get the freshest, most flavorful stuff available.
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Bald Eagles!

By Misty Hall
Did you know we have bald eagles here in the Ojai Valley? And that it's a pretty big deal, historically, in the county? In 2013, Ventura County witnessed something that hadn’t happened here since 1922: bald eagle chicks hatched on the mainland. For almost 100 years, the only location in the region that had seen bald eagle hatchlings had been out at the Channel Islands. But six years ago, two chicks, nicknamed C1 and C2, made their debut at Ojai’s Lake Casitas.  
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Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Words by Misty Hall/Photos by Nathan Wickstrum

I love this time of year. The plants are just starting to wake up, turning the hills an increasingly vibrant shade of green. In some places, the wildflowers are already starting their show. And with all the rain we’ve had so far this season — 20 inches in Ojai and 34 inches up at Nordhoff Ridge, according to the Ventura County Watershed Protection District — there’s actually water flowing!
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Good People Making Great Beer

Words by Misty Hall
When I first met Jack Dyer, he and his wife, Kelley, had recently moved to Ojai with the dream of starting a brewery here. As a local journalist (and, I’ll confess, a craft beer lover) I followed Jack and his business partners through their attempts to develop a taproom on a parcel east of the Park and Ride. For a variety of reasons, the project never quite got off the ground. Jack and his partners turned their focus to Ventura, where they found an ideal spot near the beach for the first Topa Topa Brewing Company taproom. About a year later, they began plans to expand to a second taproom, this one in Santa Barbara. While those two locations kept them plenty busy, Ojai was still on their minds.
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