Have A Meal With A View At the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Ojai is famous for its pink-hued sunsets, so much so that the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa keeps a daily timetable of when to be looking up over the surrounding mountains. But considering all there is to do during the day – a stroll past the herb garden to a swim in the family-friendly pool, a bike ride on rented wheels into town, a treatment and exercise class at the spa – it may be tough to remember exactly when the sunset will take place. But there’s no need to worry, just plan for an al fresco dinner at Jimmy’s Pub.
Overlooking the golf course on a curve under a grand oak tree, Jimmy’s Pub has all the dark-wooded fare of a traditional watering hole on the inside while its outdoor tables are bright and serene. Start with drinks, like the lavender lemonade made with vodka, and then go for the namesake burger topped with smoked Gouda and caramelized onions. After you glimpse the bubblegum sky with the last few bites of fries, head inside for a nightcap.
At breakfast, continue the habit of open-air dining with a reservation at the Oak. Outdoor seats are shaded by vines that line the patio while still providing views of the golf course in the distance. Try classic buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberries, or dip a spoon into house-made granola layered over vanilla yogurt.
When the day gets underway and the hours pass once again, you’ll know where to spend those precious last moments of light.