Ojai: Best Known Secret in Southern CA

OJAI | California

When visiting Southern, CA most tend to stay on the coast and we don't blame them, who doesn't want to enjoy a day on the beach? However, only 25min off of the 101 HWY you'll find one of our favorite hidden towns that has so many goodies to offer you wont want to leave! People from all over visit Ojai for its quaint shops, eclectic festivals, and adorable small town vibe. 

Fellow bookworms: you MUST check out Bart's Books. It's an outdoor book store filled with tons of nooks and crannies for you to curl up with in a puddle of sunlight. Lose yourself in this outdoor labyrinth of books. We dare you to walk away empty handed. 

Visit one of our favorite wineries: Topa Mountain Winery. We're obsessed with their rosè! Enjoy it outside with your BYO-picnic in their cute outdoor patio.

If you're always craving pasta like us, be sure to visit Osteria Monte Grappa for the best Italian food in Southern California. Next door you can find Food Harmonics - the best place to make all your organic dreams come true. We highly recommend the avocado toast for brunch! Across the street is The Nest, where you can enjoy the best vegan pizza we've ever tasted while taking in the sun on their adorable patio. One more favorite spot down the street is Azu. Don't miss this spot for outta-this-world tacos and other delicious entrees!

Ever experienced a kombucha bar? Revel offers seasonal varieties of Jun kombucha on tap! For those who've never had Jun, it's the champagne of kombucha. Hungry? You can pair your bubbly glasses with a fresh acai bowl. Walk away charged and ready for a full day.

Visit during April and it's Pixie Month in celebration of the Pixie Tangerine! You'll find this tasty treat showing up in restaurants, spas and galleries. Start off with a Pixie margarita, add on a Pixie scrub, and take home a Pixie painting. 

East Ojai Ave + The Arcade is packed with tons of decorated boutiques with one of a kind finds. We became the most obsessed with a shop called Fig. This curated living store had us head over heels with their knick knacks. We had to keep our hands in our pockets otherwise we would've bought everything. 

Another adorable shop we discovered is Summer Camp. Located just outside of the main strip across from Topa Mountain Winery, it's the perfect spot to pick up adorable knick knacks and goods!

Finally, stop over at Deer Lodge for a delicious burger, fries, and one of their 20 craft beers on tap. Don't forget their $5 Happy Hour menu served ALL day Monday, and 3-6 PM Tuesday through Friday! It has a rustic cabin feel on the inside if you want a break from the sun, or get a little sun kissed outside on their patio.