This is a list of activity recommendations for three days, two nights in Ojai, California.
- Ojai, California
- Ojai is a local getaway destination of choice in Southern California as it sits inside a valley, making it feel a world away from industrial Los Angeles.
- Most visitors to Ojai arrive by way of Los Angeles or coastal California. Ojai is 83 miles north of Los Angeles, a 1 hour, 45 minute drive and 15 miles inland from the Pacific Coast, a winding 30 minute drive. Southern California’s traffic is notorious for adding time to your drive, so plan accordingly.
- We recommend visiting on a weekend – arrive late Friday afternoon and depart Sunday afternoon.
The land that we call Ojai today is a tale of transformation. It began as a home to the Chumash Indians before becoming a cattle ranch, then later into land for oil prospecting.
In 1874 it was founded into the city “Norhoff,” later named Ojai. It was Edward Drummond Libbey who financed and created the downtown we see today, that includes “a Spanish-style arcade, a bell-tower reminiscent of the famous campanile in Havana, and a pergola opposite the arcade” (Su Nido Inn, 2020).
Ojai’s name comes from the Chumash word meaning “the Nest” or “Valley of the Moon.” As the sun sets, the light hits the mountains, turning them a gorgeous pink hue fondly referred to as the “pink moment” by locals.
The town’s ban on big-box commercial retailers in favor of locally owned small businesses contributes towards the community-centric, homely atmosphere.