Why you'd want to live in Ojai
Ojai is a very unique town that is absolutely stunning, off the beaten path, and just 12 miles from the ocean. Ojai is rich with history, culture, amazing food, and endless activities in the outdoors. Originally inhabited by the Chumash Native American Tribe, they called the valley Ojai, which derives from the Chumash word 'awhay' meaning "moon". Ojai is quite laid back and slow paced, but don't let this fool you - the town is anything but boring! Monthly activities and events embrace the small town culture and are what make Ojai, Ojai. The annual Ojai Music Festival takes place every June and hosts exceptional artists from around the world. Mid-June also brings the annual Ojai Wine Festival, which was named by Sunset Magazine as one of the top five “Food and Wine Havens in the West”! The “Art in the Park” event was created by the oldest non-profit center in California, the Ojai Art Center, and features live music, food, and a student exhibition area. Several other annual events include the harvest of the indigenous Pixie Tangerine every April, the Ojai Valley Lavendar Festival, and the Ojai Film Festival. Ojai also offers a wide range of culinary delights for such a small town. For a special night out, visit Suzanne’s Cuisine and enjoy its creative menu, focused heavily on local ingredients. It is heralded as the best restaurant in all of Ojai. Azu offers a comfortable setting with many wines and Spanish & Mediterranean cuisine. Agave Maria's is the best Mexican food that you will have. Don't forget to try the Pixie Margaritas! Osteria Monte Grappa is excellent for larger groups and an amazing Italian meal. If you are looking for more of a comfort food choice, Ojai Pizza hits the spot. Ojai has an enticing array of outdoor activities including golf, tennis, bicycling, hiking, and Cloud Climber Jeep Tours. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy offers miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, and Lake Casitas brings locals out to boat, fish, camp, kayak, and hike around the lake.