Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
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Pushing the Reset Button in Ojai
It started with the drive. Usually driving from Orange County to Ojai can be a nightmare, but mid-morning Thursday via PCH through Santa Monica up to Oxnard was relaxing and absent of traffic. From Oxnard we weave through Route 33, past Johnny Cash's residence chronicled in "Walk the Line" and eventually come to the storied resort of Ojai Valley Inn. Many, many years ago the Chumash Indians used to be the only denizens in this verdant valley. Now it cradles meditation retreats, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, outdoor options galore and of course the five star resort where we chose to celebrate my wife's birthday. The Ojai Valley Inn's Spanish-hacienda style architecture blends seamlessly into the landscape, no obtrusive monoliths but a layout that reveres the environment. The Inn sits in the nest, indeed Ojai translates as "nest", of the Topa Topa mountains. At sunset when the light is right, the entire valley illuminates into an awe inspiring pink hue aptly named The Pink Moment. In the early mornings when there is a bit of moisture, parts of the valley are wisped with crystalline fog and a stillness that clears the mind. The Inn itself is a five star resort masquerading as a B&B. Plentiful, attentive but not overbearing staff cater to every need. World class golf, tennis, spa facilities and culinary options abound throughout the resort. We did not ever need to leave the property but did to adventure around Ojai proper and regrettably head home out of the Nest.
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