Ojai Guide: Top 16 Things to Do in Ojai

 Stunning Ojai views at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.

Stunning Ojai views at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.

These are a few of our favorite things to do when exploring Ojai, California.

Breathtaking landscapes, resorts and spas, healthy cuisine, art galleries, exciting outdoor recreational activities and a mindfully focused community make Ojai a perfect wellness destination. It’s not hard to see why Ojai was recently named one of the top 10 wellness locations in the United States by TripAdvisor. If you're looking for things to do in Ojai, check out our list of activities that will inspire you and renew your spirit.

1. Visit a spa.

 The Lavender Inn Spa, Ojai.

The Lavender Inn Spa, Ojai.

Want to de-stress, relax and spend some time reconnecting with yourself? Whether you're looking for an all-inclusive spa experience, as offered at the Oaks at Ojai, or just need a couple hours of pampering, there are a wide variety of spa options. De-stress with a massage at the lovely Lavender Inn, rejuvenate at the The Day Spa of Ojai or indulge in spa experiences at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa (Spa Ojai). If you're looking for a massage on a budget, stop by AA Relaxing Station.

2. Enjoy the art.

 The Porch Gallery, Ojai.

The Porch Gallery, Ojai.

Take a walk along downtown Ojai Avenue and explore the various side streets to discover galleries featuring a range of art from local and international talent. Stop by The Porch Gallery to see the latest curated exhibition in this historic downtown Ojai building.

3. Browse outdoor books.

 Bart's Books, a famous outdoor bookstore in Ojai.

Bart's Books, a famous outdoor bookstore in Ojai.

Stroll over to Bart’s Books, a famous outdoor bookstore, where you will find a huge selection of books, including author-signed first editions. You’re sure to find a good book to take home!

4. Go glamping.

 Caravan Outpost, Ojai.

Caravan Outpost, Ojai.

Experience a unique overnight glamping adventure in a classic airstream at Caravan Outpost, located in a “garden-in-the-city” setting in downtown Ojai. 

5. Wine tastings.

 Tipple & Ramble, Ojai.

Tipple & Ramble, Ojai.

Enjoy wine tastings at a local winery or tasting room. Sample wines surrounded by ancient oaks and majestic redwoods at Topa Mountain Winery, where you'll hear live music on the weekends. Chill out with a glass of wine at the adorable Tipple & Ramble. You can also enjoy tastings at Casa Barranca Organic Winery Tasting Room and Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room.

6. Try fresh kombucha.

 Kombucha at Revel, Ojai.

Kombucha at Revel, Ojai.

If wine isn’t your thing, opt for a kombucha tasting. At Revel you’ll sip on fresh jun kombucha, an effervescent living health tonic known as the "champagne of kombuchas." We love the Pink Moment, a beautiful pink blend of hibiscus, ginger and orange zest.

7. Meditate.

 The view from the Ojai Retreat, a perfect location for quiet meditation.

The view from the Ojai Retreat, a perfect location for quiet meditation.

One of our favorite places for calm and reflection in Ojai, Meditation Mount was unfortunately damaged in the Thomas Fire. It's a beautiful place to meditate while enjoying gorgeous views of the Ojai Valley and the Pink Moment. Check meditationmount.org for updates about when it will be reopening.

We also love the Ojai Retreat for a beautiful meditation location. This five-acre retreat center, which provides 360 degree panoramic views and has three libraries, is open to the public during the day. With 12 guest rooms, this hilltop inn is a wonderful place to stay for a relaxing getaway.

8. Hike.

 Flowers in bloom in Ojai.

Flowers in bloom in Ojai.

Ojai is home to great walking paths and hiking trails. Many of the hikes will reward you with amazing views. For an easy hike, drive to the end of North Signal Street in downtown Ojai. Don’t forget water and sunscreen!

9. Live music.

 There are many opportunities to experience live music in Ojai, from shows at the Libbey Bowl to local musicians at The Vine.

There are many opportunities to experience live music in Ojai, from shows at the Libbey Bowl to local musicians at The Vine.

Attend a concert at the Libbey Bowl or enjoy a glass of wine and a local band at The Vine, right in the center or downtown. Established in 1932, The Deer Lodge offers delicious cuisine made from fresh local ingredients, good cocktails and live entertainment.

10. Ride a bike.

 The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa offers complimentary bicycles.

The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa offers complimentary bicycles.

Rent a bike at The Mob Shop in Ojai and take a leisurely ride down the nine-mile Ojai Valley Trail. If you prefer, the Mob Shop also offers a selection of guided tours where you’ll get the insider’s experience, stopping at historical landmarks and breathtaking views.

11. Sunset horseback riding.

 Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company offers sunset horseback riding in Ojai.

Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company offers sunset horseback riding in Ojai.

Ride into the sunset with a private guide from Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company. Bring your own picnic to enjoy a post-ride meal at the OsoRanch.

12. The Pink Moment.

 A sign at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa shares the daily time for the Pink Moment.

A sign at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa shares the daily time for the Pink Moment.

Ojai is famous for the Pink Moment, a magical moment that occurs when the sky in Ojai takes on a beautiful soft pink glow around dusk. This unique and special sunset is a must-see while in Ojai!

13. Farm-to-table cuisine.

 Outdoor sitting area at The Farmer and the Cook.

Outdoor sitting area at The Farmer and the Cook.

In Ojai, there are many restaurants where you can enjoy healthy cuisine made from fresh local ingredients. We love stopping by the Farmer and the Cook for a refreshing smoothie or a snack. For delicious Italian fare, Osteria Monte Grappa serves dishes featuring organic, locally sourced produce and local olive oil.

14. Coffee shops.

 Lattes at Beacon Coffee, Ojai.

Lattes at Beacon Coffee, Ojai.

Ojai is home to cozy coffee shops that are perfect for hanging out, sipping on lattes and people watching. Beacon Coffee has a cool hipster vibe with nice selection of beverages and baked goods. Wander next-door to Cattywampus Crafts for knitting supplies and craft classes. 

15. Experience the supernatural. 

 Ojai House, a new age crystal and gift shop in Ojai.

Ojai House, a new age crystal and gift shop in Ojai.

Visit Nutmeg’s Ojai House for new age gifts, crystals and jewelry. If you’re in the mood for a new age experience, you can get a psychic or astrology reading on-site. One Light of Love also offers psychic readings and spiritual counseling. 

16. Yoga.

 Try out a yoga class at one of the yoga studios in Ojai, such as Arrow Heart Yoga.

Try out a yoga class at one of the yoga studios in Ojai, such as Arrow Heart Yoga.

Try out a yoga class at one of the local yoga studios. Arrow Heart Yoga offers a variety of drop-in yoga classes and restorative workshops.

These are a few of our favorite things to do in Ojai! There is much to discover in this special town, nestled below the Topatopa Mountains. For more information about visiting Ojai, check out ojaivisitors.com.

—Lizzy Sherman