Things to do in Ojai
Nancy Michali trained at San Francisco’s renowned Tanta Marie culinary school before opening the Ojai Culinary Studio in a wood-floored house. The assortment of international cooking classes features ingredients from the on-site garden.
Taste the latest vintage of organic wines.
A modern-day general store with everything from jams to home gadgets.
Try a yoga-basics class at this downtown studio.
Handmade furniture and a great selection of local jewelry.
Visit the rustic studio workshop of Midcentury ceramist Otto Heino, who, at the age of 95, produces museum-worthy pieces.
This olive farm near town offers tours, free samples, and bottles of orange- and rosemary-infused oils.
Flirty tops by Nanette Lapore, Isabella Fiore bags, and other women’s favorites.
An open-air used bookstore set in the frame of a traditional (though roofless) house.
The Sunday market features organic produce, as well as artisanal soaps, candles, honey, and breads.
Pilgrims, gurus, and yogis have been drawn to these chaparral-covered hills for years. To see why, follow Reeves Road to the serene Meditation Mount where rock platforms seem suspended over the valley.
To avoid crowds at the Last Chance Trail, opt for the Shelf Road Trail, with its dramatic valley views.
Of the 24 hiking paths that crisscross the valley, the 6_-mile Last Chance Trail, which winds through the forested Santa Paula Canyon, is the most beautiful—and the most popular.
Visit the art-filled sultry little wine bar where residents and visitors alike mingle over glasses of regional favorites; the 54-bottle list includes three from the Ojai valley itself.