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Ojai City, California: An Idyllic Vacation Destination

Summary: The city of Ojai is an oasis of calm and serenity in the middle of a land that has always been restless and unease, full of history and events. It is also an art center of California, gathering world known cultural events in area such as film, painting, sculpture, and other forms of art. But Ojai’s best asset is its spectacular setting, wonderful views and opportunities, warm hotels and kind people.

Everyone dreams of that perfect vacation, in an idyllic, stress-free, and clean location, with excellent accommodation and recreational facilities for the whole family. To most people, this scenario remains a dream, an eldorado. To the knowledgeable, it exists in reality. Can you picture in your mind’s eye what the original ‘Garden of Eden’, or ‘Shangri-La’ must have looked like? Then be ready to see the modern one. Welcome to Ojai, a small city in Ventura County, Southern California, USA. A most interesting place to have your next unforgettable vacation, the city has a population of about eight thousand souls.

This town is located less than twenty kilometers from the Pacific Ocean coast in Southern California, and within ear shots of the cities of San Buenaventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. It is about fifteen minutes drive from San Buenaventura, and less than an hour by car from either Santa Barbara or Los Angeles. The location of the city within the valley of the same name, which is surrounded by hills and mountains on two sides, and a river running between, gives it a most scenic beauty.

The valley was given its name by the Chumash Indians who lived in it before it was settled by a Spaniard, Fernando Tico who built a ranch there in 1837. Ojai in Chumash language means ‘Valley of the Moon’. Fernando Tico sold his land holdings to some oil prospectors in 1853. The new land owners built a city and named it Nordhoff. The German sounding city name was changed to Ojai during the First World War in 1917. The unsurpassed scenic beauty of this area makes it a veritable destination for movie sets and film festivals. The valley was the location for the famous 1937 Frank Capra film, ‘Lost Horizon’, which depicted the mythical utopia called ‘Shangri-La’.

This place is also the home of the Ojai Film Festival, which annually showcases independent films from around the world. The film festival holds every year in mid-summer. The scenic beauty of the area is further accentuated by the superlative efforts put in the environmental development of both the city proper, and its surrounding countryside by the city authorities. As proof of their determination to maintain the town as the ultimate destination for every stressed out big city dweller, and keep the metropolis spotlessly clean, the city council has instituted a two day street cleaning exercise per month. All cars are moved off the city streets and side-walks, while both roads and drains are given thorough scrubbing.

As if to take a cue from the city council, Ojai hotels are a beauty to behold. From the rustic country style cottages to the most modern, elegant, well appointed architectural styles, all hotels are pleasing to view. The interior of each hotel is most comfortable and tastefully furnished. All types of accommodation are provided by Ojai hotels. From the cheap but comfortable single room, to two or more bedroom apartments, right up to suites and condos. Your choice of accommodation is limited only by the size of your purse, or the depth of your pocket. The Topatopa mountains on the north side and the Sulphur mountains to the south, enclose the valley, which is drained by the Ventura River. Every evening, just before sunset, you can watch the surreal beauty of the hallow cast over both valley and city by the brilliant shade of pink on the Topatopa Bluffs. Ojai City is one vacation destination you will remember for a long time after your first visit.

About author : Razvan Marian Jr is a freelance writer with more years of experience in the field. He is very fond of traveling and manages a blog about Ojai hotels, blog which can be found at