About Ojai, California

Ojai is situated in a small east-west valley, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara. It is approximately 15 miles inland from the Pacific coast.

Since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of few towns in the world to have a “Pink Moment” occur as the sun is setting, when the fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink for several minutes on the Topatopa Bluffs at the east end of the Ojai Valley, over 6,000 feet above sea level. Nordhoff Ridge, the western extension of the Topatopa Mountains, towers over the north side of the town and valley at more than 5,000 feet. Sulphur Mountain creates the southern ranges bounding the Ojai Valley, a little under 3,000 feet in elevation.

The Ventura River flows through the Ventura River Valley, draining the mountains surrounding Ojai to the north and east and emptying into the Pacific Ocean at the city of Ventura.

The climate of Ojai is Mediterranean, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters, with lows at night sometimes below freezing. As is typical for much of coastal southern California, most precipitation falls in the form of rain between the months of October and April, with intervening dry summers.

The town of Ojai and its surrounding area is home to many unique recreational activities. Los Padres National Forest borders the town on the north, and many backcountry areas within the forest are accessible from Highway 33, which is the major highway through town south to north. To the west, the Lake Casitas Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, and hiking as well.

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Welcome to Ojai Valley

Heartfelt thanks to those who are calling with concern for Ojai Retreat. We are completely fine and unaffected by the Ojai area fires. We will be open for business starting Monday, 12-11-17. This weekend’s OPEN HOUSE is cancelled. Our next events will take place in 2018. Our email is down so please use these phone numbers to reach us prior to 12-11-17: DAYTIME PHONE – 805-646-2536 & NIGHTTIME – 805-512-6285.

Ojai Retreat is a haven of natural beauty and tranquility nestled on a five-acre hilltop with stunning panoramic views of the Ojai Valley. We offer 12 guestrooms, both in the Main House and in cottages. Most guestrooms have a private garden or patio. All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave, free wifi, and are TV-free and telephone-free. A delicious European-style buffet breakfast is served every morning.

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Ojai Retreat also offers three beautiful outdoor event venues, as well as a nature trail, and two meeting rooms in the Main House which contain books on spirituality and philosophy, and books by local Ojai authors.

Ojai Retreat is ideal for individual and couple getaways, as well as for group retreats, conferences and weddings.

Ojai Retreat is located 5 minutes from downtown Ojai, 20 minutes from Ventura and the Pacific Ocean, 50 minutes from Santa Barbara and 1 ½ hours from LAX.

The Los Angeles Times placed Ojai Retreat at the top of the list of places to stay in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

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“Beauty and peace: I visit family in Ojai at least once a year, and the Ojai Retreat is my home-away-from-home. I treasure its beauty and peacefulness. There are no TV’s or phones, and the atmosphere is quiet and serene. A lovely breakfast is served every morning in the main building. I’ve stayed in several rooms at various times, but I have my favorite. Each is different, so study the descriptions on the website.”

“Top of the world: If you are looking to recharge, commune with nature and enjoy a fabulous view, you need this place. The rooms are quiet and spread around the top of a hill with a 360 degree view of the valleys below. No TVs but there are microwaves and refrigerators in the rooms. Everything was spotlessly clean. The 5 acre property is located a short distance from downtown Ojai with a great restaurant at the bottom of the hill for dinner.”

“Peaceful Ojai Retreat: For my husband and I, this tranquil spot is our escape from city life and all its intensity. The clean accommodations, organic breakfasts and peaceful atmosphere are just what we are looking for to unplug and rejuvenate! The director, Ulrich and his warm and friendly staff are always available to help, if needed. They make every guest feel at home and do everything possible to make every stay special. We love this place!”