The Ojai Valley has long been a haven for discerning travelers seeking spa retreats, wellness, outdoor experiences, unique dining, and exceptional wineries.
Located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and 45 minutes south-west of Santa Barbara, the Blue Iguana Inn is your gateway to downtown Ojai and ideally located directly across from the renowned Ojai Valley Trail, connecting downtown Ojai to the Pacific Ocean. If you're looking for a way to get around, try Roadrunner Shuttle.
Surrounded by the Los Padres Mountains, Ojai is celebrated for its ideal climate thus fostering its many festivals, including the Ojai Film Festival, The Music Festival, Ojai Peddlers Fair, studio artist tours, Poetry Festival, Lavender Festival and Storytelling Festival.
The passion each vintner brings to their wine is also witnessed in Ojai’s distinct tasting rooms, including Ojai Vineyard, Topa Mountain Winery, Majestic Oak Vineyard, Old Creek Ranch Winery, Boccali Vineyards and Winery, and Casa Barranca.
From casual to Fine Dining, Ojai has many restaurants to choose from. Osteria Monte Grappa is Ojai 's new pizza and sandwich restaurant. Try evening dining on the patio or Azu for a great Martini and Mediterranean food. Or try The Ranch House, Feast Bistro, and Ojai Cafe Emporium. We also recommend Boccali's Pizza, East End Restaurant and Bar, and Rainbow Bridge. Ask about our dining partners, NoSo, Ojai Cafe Emporium, and Westridge Midtown Market, offering Iguana guests great discounts. The gourmet chocolates at Chocolats du Cali Bressan from French chocolatier Jean-Michel Carre are not to be missed.
Boarding and Day Schools
The Ojai valley contains some of the country’s best private middle and high schools. Families come from all over the world to enjoy special events and school activities. Many stay on in Ojai for restful vacations.
The Blue Iguana Inn is a perfect home-away-from-home that allows you to conveniently enjoy the many wonders of Ojai, Southern California’s Shangri-la.
Additional Vacation Options:
Golf at Soule Park - This 18-hole, par 72 course is a pleasure to play from start to finish with 6,475 yards of rolling fairways winding their way through old oak and pine trees set along the base of the Topa Topa Mountains.
Guided Tours by Trails by Potter -
Ventura to the Beach One Way Bike Ride - Suited for intermediate levels. This leisurely bike ride is approximately 2-hrs, 16 miles. You will take the scenic Ventura bike path down hill, to Ventura Beach. Package includes Raleigh and Schwinn bikes, helmets, water, snacks and experienced guides. Also included is a complementary van ride back to the Iguana.
Orchard Ride Guided Bike Tour - Suited for intermediate levels. This ride is approximately 1½ - 2--hrs, 7-9 miles, through the orange groves in the East End of Ojai. We stop halfway for a snack & continue through the flat lush green valley floor whilst the majestic Topa Topa Bluffs stretch above us. Package includes bikes, helmets, water, snacks and experienced guides.
Guided Hike - A two-hour hike into the beautiful foothills of Ojai, learning about nature and the history of Ojai with expert guides. Your hike can be as relaxing or as strenuous as you like. Snacks and water are included.
Rock Climbing - Climbing lessons are available for first timers and experienced climbers and anything in between. No previous experience necessary. Ages 10 or under MUST be accompanied by an adult. All equipment is supplied including rock climbing shoes. The routes are in the Ojai Valley and Ventura County on good quality sandstone, ranging from 5.5 to 5.11 grade and totaling 80 to 120 feet in height. Click here to learn more.
More information and additional tours, including rock climbing and tennis, can be found at the Trails By Potter website.
Ojai Angler - Professionally guided fresh water world class trophy bass fishing. More.
Herb Walks - Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer are interpretive walks and hikes with an emphasis on edible and medicinal plants.
Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours - explore to Ojai's back country in a 6 or 7 passenger jeep driven by an expert guide