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The town retains an updated Bohemian vibe and is host to seasonal arts festivals including the Ojai Valley Music Festival, Ojai Valley Film Festival, and Ojai Shakespeare Festival.
Its Mediterranean microclimate is perfect for olive growing, making the Ojai Valley area a destination for olive oil lovers.
An elegant and informal artist colony, the seaside town of Laguna Beach is a seven-mile stretch of coastline punctuated by scenic coves, curvy canyons, and small streets lined with shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Visitors flock to Laguna in the summer, not just for the beach, but for the annual Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters, a 90-minute narrated performance of (living pictures), set on a stage in an outdoor amphitheater with actors posing in hyper-realistic, recreated works of classical and contemporary art that will fool your eyes.
Step into the family-owned Majestic Oak Vineyard and Tasting Room for an afternoon glass of wine on the private outdoor patio or head to the subterranean tasting room for a flight.
Browse the shelves of Bart’s Books, an indoor-outdoor bookstore, then for a buck, ride the red and green old town-style Ojai Trolley from downtown to the five-star Ojai Valley Inn.
Also make time for a visit to the Sawdust Festival where over 200 Laguna Beach artists exhibit their works, including painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture, hand-blown and fused glass, photography, and even scrimshaw.
Considered a traveling landmark and the truck that spawned the L. food truck scene, Kogi BBQ serves up Korean-Mexican cuisine including their signature Spicy Pork Tacos, Kimchi Quesadillas, and Short Rib Sliders.At the Meditation Mount, visitors are invited to mindfully wander the International Garden of Peace where six Universal Principals are engraved on boulders to encourage Creative Mediation, a “Group Meditation in Service to Humanity” — a method of building personal spiritualism that ultimately serves the greater good.The town where Marilyn Monroe and Joe Di Maggio spent the first night of their honeymoon has become a viticulture and culinary mecca for its acclaimed vineyards and olive groves.Make it a day of “vineyard sports” visiting some of the various wineries offering outdoor games.Find a spot on the deck of the 38-acre Eberle Vineyard with views of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the horizon where a glass of wine is a nice foray into a match of bocce ball or a game of Cornhole.