Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California


For many an Angelino, a quick trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city usually means hitting the beach. But for those in the know, a historic property 35 miles south of Santa Barbara is the perfect spot for a pleasing respite. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California, has long been the go-to vacation spot for the Hollywood elite, from Clark Gable to Renée Zellwegger.


The expansive property sits at the base of the TopaTopa Mountains. One can’t help but admire the profusion of lavender and other fragrant wildflowers. It makes you feel as if you’re in the Mediterranean. The Spanish-style main building houses 308 rooms and suites, all with large, carpeted sleeping and sitting areas and stone-floored, salmon-colored bathrooms, some with tubs that open onto the bedroom. Step out onto the patio and you immediately get a sense of peace just by breathing in the clean air.


The grounds are at once immaculate and wild. The par-70 golf course is admittedly well manicured but the greens use the natural undulating hills to challenging affect. The herb garden pergola is a great place to enjoy a glass of wine or just relax with a great book. The resort has a number of areas at which to rest.


If you do decide to do something more strenuous, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has a number of activity options. The two pools offer exercise and dining al fresco. Opt for the Herb Garden Pool. The adult-only spot features covered cabanas and hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Rent a bike and head to town on the paved bike path. The tennis facilities are exemplary and if you need a hitting partner, the staff pro will happily comply.


But let’s face it, you’ve come here for the spa and it doesn’t disappoint. Choose from an array of body treatments, water therapies, facials and innovative massages, all performed with expertise and a smile. The spa has a sizable aqua lounge with a sauna, steam room and hot tub. You may never want to leave.