Leave a comment

Resorts of Ojai, Ca.

Louise Speaks:   As usual the most important thing to Patricia, author of “1000 Places To See Before You Die” are places to sleep or places to eat.   Ojai is a spanish style colonial style village just north of Los Angeles.  The hidden town was the setting for Frank Capra Lost Horizon in 1937.  Ojai was the tranquil sunny paradise that served as the perfect movie set.  There really isn’t that much in Ojai, but there are two very nice resorts.

100_5795Our first stop was at The Oaks at Ojai.  The Oaks at Ojai is an all-inclusive destination spa.  The Oaks is a peaceful, healthy fitness retreat offering guests everything from guided hikes into the mountains, to aquatic workouts under the warm Southern California sun, and winding down the day with calming restorative yoga.  The Oaks provides a casual, welcoming environment in the unique town of Ojai, known for being franchise-free and foot-friendly.  Guests can come on their own or with a friend for a quick two night getaway, a long vacation, or even just for a day of pampering and feel the embrace of a truly caring staff.

 One thing I found very unique was that while on our tour we didn’t see any men.  I asked about this and was told that men are definetly welcome but it seems to atttack women most due to the spa packages.  It seemed to be the perfect place for a girls getaway or a mother / daughter weekend.    The hotel manager gave  a wonderful tour so that we could get a sense of the calmness the resort had to offer.  She also explained to us that if a single woman choses to come to the resort alone, they offer to supply a room mate.  Not sure how good of an idea that is to share a room with someone you have never met, but it does open up the door to going to a resort without having to pay double occupancy.

100_5800The stay at the Oaks at Ojai include several choices of programs and activites geared towards health and wellness.  as well as all your meals.  Treatments go from Skin Care to Salon Services and everything in between.  Meals are based on calories and are pre determined, but they do have a second choice in case there are allergies or other concerns.  However, there is not a menu selection it is two choices only.  Most stays are for at least two days, but they have weekly rates as well.

Ojai Bell Tower 1Across the street from the Oaks at Ojai is the Ojai post office.  The post office is famous for it’s 50 foot bell tower.  You can go up the tower to see views of the Ojai Valley.  There is a small courtyard complete with fountain right next to the post office where you will see many of the locals sitting there with their pets reading a book.  The main street in town has many shops and places to eat and of course ice cream.  Although Ojai is an agricultural town it’s many specialty shops attract plenty of tourist.

CasaElarPoolOur final stop in Ojai was the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  In 2006 the legendary Ojai resort debuted 305 guest rooms and suites, a new lobby and entrance, new golf shop, new restaurants, and new ballrooms and meeting spaces, while preserving its original charming architecture and unique sense of place.  Throughout the years, the Inn has hosted many celebrities, musicians, dignitaries and politicians.  Ojai Valley Inn & Spa retains its sense of place staying true to the people who first built it.  Amid an unsurpassed natural landscape with diverse appeal to families, couples, golf getaways, girlfriend getaways and multi-generational guests, the Inn remains one of the finest resorts in North America.

pinkThe Ojai Valley Inn is lined up with an east-west mountain range.  The Inn is one of the few spots  in the world to have a “Pink Moment” which occurs as the sun is setting.  The fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink for several minutes on the Topatopa Bluffs, over 6,000 feet above sea level at the east end of the Ojai Valley.  It is a rare and magical moment that thousands of visitors come to Ojai annually to see.

I personal love the town of Ojai.  It is a pet friendly town with so much to see and do.  Between shopping, eating and having the cutest ice cream shop one could easily spend a most enjoyable day here.  I would rate the town of Ojai, a B.  I’m not that sure about staying at the resorts but I could easily spend a day in Ojai and enjoy every minute of it.


Thelma Speaks:

Leave a comment

Meditation Mount, Ojai, CA

Louise Speaks:  This stop actually took place on December 28, 2014.   I’m posting this under January 1, 2015 because it is part of the first trip of many in 2015.  After taking off for a year, I had to start someplace.

bThe first stop on the trip was at Meditation Mount in Ojai, CA.  I thought it would be a peaceful place to stop and take a deep breath as I started on this new adventure.  There is no charge to explore the mount but they do ask for a donation.  It is a self guided trail that leads to a very tranquil place to just sit and enjoy one of the most beautiful, tranquil sites I have ever been.

2You start by walking through the circle of life pagoda that leads to several types of gardens.  There are so many types of flowers and water lillies in ponds with small water falls that you can’t tell which is more beautiful the sites or the sounds.  Meditation Mount is a sacred site on 32 acres of land at the east end of the Ojai Valley in Southern California. The Mount is a remarkable place of peace and beauty.  It is comprised of five separate buildings in and amongst extensive gardens. The premier structure is the auditorium featuring a mostly glass facade overlooking the Ojai Valley.  Most large gatherings are held here.  A meditation room is always open.  The office building includes a classroom and a visitor lounge, which offers a reading library, tea, fresh water and a cozy space for relaxing.  The remaining three buildings are residential, housing some staff and special overnight guests.

dsc_6602At the end of the trail, through the gardens, pass the ponds and waterfalls is an overlook view point that feels like you can see into heaven.  There is a bench to sit on and just take it all in.  What a great way to start a new journey.

This stop was not in Patricia’s book “1000 Places To See Before You Die” but it is worth a stop if you have a  the time.  It’s not my usual sort of stop but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path this is worth the detour.  I would give it a C rating, just because of the beauty.

Thelma Speaks:

Leave a comment

2014 Has Come and Gone

Well 2014 has come and gone without one single entry.  It has been a trying year with many emotional down falls…So many that it didn’t allow for even one trip.  Even though there were no trips, no sites, no adventures, no blog post, the desire to travel and explore was never off my mind.

Thelma and Louise went their separate ways in 2014 and one may not be certain if they flew off the cliff or not.  It was a wild ride for awhile with many mishaps, so it’s up to your own imagination to wonder what really happen.  2014 could be a story for CSI or Forensic Files to research and solve this mystery.

But Thelma and Louise reunite in 2015 and the reunion has begun  with a trip.  A 10 day journey up the coast of sunny California actually did start in 2014 but I haven’t gotten around to blogging until now.  There is so much to see in the great state of California, that it is not going to be completed in one stretch…it is going to take many trips and many miles.  So be prepared to watch for the blog posts and hopefully this year will be the start of another great adventure.  This is Louis (Marlene) traveling the World, “One Page At a Time”.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.