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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Ojai Retreat Policies

Please read our policies below when booking your stay. Thank you.

  • 8% bed tax and 1% tourism tax will be applied to every guestroom reservation.
  • 10% discount for students and seniors (65 years and over).
  • Check-in begins at 3pm. We close for lunch from 1-2pm, and again at 5pm for the day. We cannot guarantee any early check-ins. We have a simple procedure for check-ins after 5pm.
  • Check-out is at 11am.
  • Delicious healthy buffet-style breakfast included in the Main House from 8-10am daily.
  • Free wireless internet.
  • Payments and cancellations: our regular cancellation period is 5 days. You will be charged 5 days ahead of your arrival. For instance, if you are scheduled to check-in on January 10th, your credit card will be charged on the 5th. There will not be any refunds given after 5 days. If you book within 5 days of your arrival, you will be charged at the time of booking and there cannot be any cancellation/refund afterwards. If you book 4 rooms or more, or stay for 1 week or longer, the cancellation period is 10 days. Cancellations must be made directly by calling and speaking to an office manager or by e-mail with a confirmed response.
  • Every reservation and every cancellation will be confirmed by e-mail.
  • Damages: any damages incurred by you will be charged to your credit card.
  • Directions: we are located on a secluded 5-acre hilltop and are a little difficult to find, therefore we suggest that you follow the street-by-street directions on the ‘location’ page.
  • Rates include use of the Living Room, Quiet Room/Library, Waterfall Garden, Shangri-La Terrace, patios and walking trails throughout the property, when events are not taking place. Events, yoga classes and massages are not included.
  • 10% surcharge on special holidays.
  • Rates as listed are for 1 or 2 people per room. For each additional person, there is a $40 charge per night.
  • 2 night minimum on Saturdays. For 1-night bookings on Saturdays a 25% surcharge will be applied.
  • Not suitable for children under the age of 12 in order to ensure tranquility. Children over 12 years of age are welcome when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • No smoking, no pets. If guests smoke or bring pets on site, there will be a fee of $100 charged to your credit card, plus any damages that may be incurred.
  • TV-free facility.