Whether you’re into hiking, biking, wine tasting, or lounging by a pool, you’ll never run out of things to do in Ojai during your weekend getaway. Ojai Avenue is perfect for a stroll, and the valley’s hiking is simply the best. Spend an afternoon walking through the town’s citrus or olive groves or peruse the titles at the outdoor bookstore. There’s an abundance of wine tasting right in the heart of downtown, as well as funky shops, a beautiful museum and even a celebrity taxidermist.
Here are a few things to do on your next visit to Ojai:
Wine Tasting at Casa Barranca – This award-winning certified organic winery was one of the first out in the Central Coast. You don’t need a designated driver to visit. They have a tasting room right in the main part of Ojai. They’ll pour flights of their most popular wines, or you can buy bottles to go or to drink at the bar. If you go, be sure to try the Arts & Crafts Red.
Book Browsing – Bart’s Books is one of those magical places you’ll stumbled upon. The shelves of this outdoor bookstore are packed with an extensive collection of new and used titles from Sci Fi to Self Help. The center of the shop is an old house surrounded by a maze of bookshelves with tin roofing and open air seating for reading. While you’re there, pick up the Hip Hiking Guide, written by three generations of Ojai women.
Bike Riding – Ojai Valley Bike Trail is a great trail for all riders. It’s not too challenging, there’s lots of shade, and you can complete a one-way leg of the ride in under an hour, leaving plenty of time for other Ojai activities. The views from the ride are stunning, so make sure to pack a camera, as well as lots of water and some cash for lunch.
Outdoor Adventuring – This National Forest has over 1,200 miles of maintained trails and 875,000 acres of designated wilderness. Its diverse ecosystems range from semi-desert in the interior to redwood forest on the coast, and are home to a wide range of flora and fauna. It’s one of the best spots for car camping, backpacking, hiking, biking, fishing, and just getting away from it all.
Random Must See – Even if you’re not in the market for a deer head or a stuffed duck, stop by viral video star, Chuck Testa’s Taxidermy shop (in an extended garage next to his house) and check out his craft. He’s great at what he does and loves visitors. If you visit, you may be treated to a show and tell by Mr. Testa himself. You might event get a few motorcycle stories and pose for as many pictures as you want.