A 24-Hour Getaway in Ojai by Modern Muze

Sometimes all it takes is a 24-hour getaway to disrupt the mindset, to have some wild adventures, to eat delicious and nourishing food, and to completely reset the mind and body. Ojai, known as the the "Valley of the Moon", is one of the rare and special places that offers it all. Ojai has nature, beauty, delicious food and wine, great places to stay, kind locals, well-designed shops, spa options, and an essence that almost reminds you of childhood, where everything seems to slow down, but with a genuine spike of curiosity and play around every corner.  
This past weekend, Zulay Henao, her French Bulldog "Chloe", and I, set off on a Modern Muze adventure to Ojai with the intention to mix it up, have some laughs and adventure, and nourish our minds and bodies "glamping" style.
Here are our favorite finds and what not to miss in Ojai...

Julie_Skon_Ojai_Modern_MuzeThe Caravan Outpost, in downtown Ojai, takes airstream camping to the next level. From interior decor details like vintage records and thoughtful books, to nightly smores by the fire pit, a well-styled store to purchase local Ojai goods, and beach cruisers to take around town, the laid back yet inspiring vibe of the Caravan Outpost makes you instantly feel comfortable and adventurous. It is the perfect place to stay for a unique getaway (and we can't wait to go back).

Before you make your reservation, check out their website and pick your favorite of 11 airstreams, or the tiny house on the property, each is creatively designed differently. *dog-friendly airstreams available. 

More of our favorite places to stay in Ojai: Ojai Rancho Inn for a hipster twist, cozy cabin-like rooms, and a fun laid-back bar and pool scene. If you're in the mood for luxury and a beautiful spa, the Ojai Valley Inn is the place to go.

Zulay_Henao_Ojai_Modern_MuzeOjai is a health-loving foodie's paradise. Surrounded by rows of citrus groves, fields of lavender, olive oil trees and farms, Ojai has the essence of natural and delicious food. Our first stop? The Farmer and The Cook (as seen in the photograph). The Farmer and the Cook is one of those rare bliss points of a restaurant, where healthy, flavor, and completely satisfying meet. They feature beautiful smoothies, great coffee, and filling dishes, don't miss our favorite - the Chard Enchiladas.  

A few more of our favorite stops and restaurants in Ojai: Make sure to stop by Ojai Rotie for a great local and foreign wine menu, yummy bites, and welcoming locals (if you are a rotisserie chicken fan, you will love this spot)! Also, head to NOSO Vita Social Cafe for the best breakfast burrito in town and AZU Restaurant and Bar for craft cocktails and tapas to share. 


Ecotopia_hot-Springs_ojai_modern_muzeThe Ecotopia Hot Springs are one of Ojai's best-kept secrets. From the moment you arrive, the pure beauty shifts any stress you were carrying to instant relaxation. There are 3 hot springs that are surrounded by mountains, with an ice-cold river to cool off in flowing right next to each pool. Ecotopia is truly pure paradise!

A few things to know before you go...The Hot Springs are clothing optional, no photographs are allowed, reservations are required keeping it at low occupancy for more privacy. Visit Ecotopia's Website for more info.

Other Adventures to have in Ojai: Grab a Bike from your hotel or rent an electric bike from Bob's Bicycle Shop to get around town. Or, submerge yourself in nature on the bike path that runs 15 miles from Ojai all the way to the beach in Ventura. Bring your hiking shoes! There are beautiful hikes all around Ojai, including waterfalls. Ask a local for their favorite spot and get off the beaten path. 

Julie_and_Zulay_OjaiThis picture is just a small representation of  how you will feel after experiencing the incredible Kuyam Treatment at the Ojai Valley Inn. Rejuvenated, refreshed, glowing, peaceful, are just a few of the words that we use to describe it. "Kuyam", means a place to gather, and the experience is based on an ancient tradition held by the Chumash. The Ojai Valley Inn is the only location in the country that offers this service and it is really special to go with a friend, a lover, or a group. Within the treatment, you sit in a beautifully tiled room listening to a guided meditation while instructed to put three different types of healing clay on your body. Herbs like lemongrass and essential oils fill the room while it heats, and you decompress as the nutrients from the clay are absorbed. Afterward, enjoy a private patio and access to the stunning Ojai Valley Inn Spa and pools for the day. 

Other Mind & Body experiences to explore in Ojai: Make a stop at the outdoor book store Bart's Books and treat yourself to a new read in a very special setting. Visit Light + Space for yoga, meditation, music classes, and events.  

Shop_ojai_modern_muzeOjai has it's own special style and aesthetic. Take a walk or bike downOjai Avenue and you will have your pick of shops. Be sure to eplore the side streets as well, as that are filled with inspiring shops. Our first stop was The Novella Fox (as seen in the photo), a cute shop with vintage finds, home goods, and skin and body products.

Our other favorite shops to visit in Ojai: In the Field and  Shop Summer Camp


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