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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Randy’s Recipes: Summertime is Picnic Time

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Schools of the Ojai Valley

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Getting High 
on Highway 33

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A Different (valley) View

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Bart’s Books

By Tiobe Barron
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, London has its titular tower, San Francisco has its Golden Gate Bridge; Ojai has the Post Office tower, and Bart’s Books. Ojai’s iconic secondhand bookstore is a wonder that weaves together outdoor and indoor spaces, bookstore browsing, and something naturally and effortlessly “Ojai.”
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Randy’s Recipes: Celebrate the Holidays with Comfort Food

Story and photos by Randy Graham
The year 2020 has been tough for many of us. For those of us with a passion for cooking (and eating), it has been particularly tough, with restaurants closing their doors, not to reopen for the foreseeable future if at all.
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