Tucked away in the Ventura County hills, about 1.5 hours away from LA, rests the tranquil enclave of Ojai. A tourist destination as well as a popular spiritual retreat, little Ojai is just the spot for a bit of R&R, and a great getaway from all the noise and pollution down south.
Nestled in a valley among orange and eucalyptus trees and seemingly endless fields of green, the serenity is all encompassing. You can take a stroll along the shelf walk just out of town to see some great vistas of the valley below, go horseback riding on trails through sweeping green countryside, or go swimming in nearby Lake Casistas. It's sweltering hot in Ojai, so at some point you will most definitely want to take a dunk somewhere to cool off.
At the end of the day it's become very common to take a drive up to Meditation Mount, a spiritual center up in the hills, for a contemplative and, hopefully, quiet time to view the sunset. As the sun cascades behind the mountains, the sky turns a magical hue of pink and orange for as far as the eye can see. It's a truly meditative moment that anyone will enjoy.