Venice Skate Park
1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice
Afternoons at the skate park are a thing for Cali kids, and no half-pipes are more iconic than the ones on Venice beach, the birthplace of LA skater culture. Kids are welcomed by the older, experienced crowd and the combination of the cooling breeze and the mesmerizingly good skating makes it appealing to every member of the family.
Beal Rd., Calipatria
While the man who spent more than thirty years painting a tribute to God on a mountain in Southern California wouldn’t have called himself as an artist, what he left behind is an absolutely wonderful specimen of folk art. Leonard Knight recently passed away, but Salvation Mountain is still open, thanks to a group of local volunteers and Knight groupies. It helps that Salvation Mountain is located right near Slab City, a famous campsite haven for hippies, travelers, and “snowbirds,” who continue to watch over Knight’s masterpiece.
Pageant of the Masters
650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
Thanks to an incredibly driven and talented artistic community, Pageant of the Masters has long been an OC tradition that's gained global recognition. Actors pose as art subjects to literally bring well-known works of classic and contemporary art to life on the stage. It's both mesmerizing and magical to see the unparalleled effort—and attracts art enthusiasts in droves.
DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Napa & Sonoma Bike Tours
For the adventurous: A six-day long excursion through the best of California wine country.
The Ojai Vineyard
109 S. Montgomery St., Ojai
At the Ojai Vineyard tasting room (a firehouse in its past life), you can work your way through 300-plus wines on offer, though the deliciously elegant Ojai-vineyard grown Syrahs, Pinots, Chardonnays, and Sauvignon Blancs are the main draw—and a testament to owner Adam Tolmach’s purist approach to winemaking.
Shelf Road Trail
Shelf Rd., Ojai
On the gentler side (a 3.5-mile out-and-back), Shelf Road Trail passes through fragrant tangerine orchards and leaves you at a scenic lookout over Ojai Valley. Ask your concierge if someone from the hotel can drop you off at the trailhead near Shelf Road, as the street parking (while plentiful) can land you far from the trailhead on weekend days.
Ojai Olive Oil Company
1811 Ladera Rd., Ojai
A quick but winding drive outside town, the Ojai Olive Oil Company opens its groves to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays; a guided walk through the history-rich property is a lesson in the virtues of sustainable farming. Exit through the gift shop for certified-organic olive oils of every variety to take home.
Ojai Meadows Preserve
1601 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai
For wildlife spotting, Ojai Meadows Preserve is sprawled over 58-acres of lush wetlands and counts bobcats, rabbits, and over 40 bird species as residents. The project is actually a restoration led by a local conservation group, which runs environmental education programs and guided tours year-round. If you come on your own, there's an accessible trail that makes for a low-key, 30-minute hike.
10340 Reeves Rd., Ojai
Lauded by locals as one of the most spiritually sound spots in the valley, Meditation Mount is prime for catching a famous Ojai “pink moment”—or a guided, walking, and full-moon meditation, depending on the day. Time it so you're there around sunset, and bring your camera.
Last Chance Trail
Santa Paula Canyon, Ojai
Hike Last Chance Trail for sweeping views of Santa Paula canyon and its several waterfalls. At a little over nine-miles long, it’s best suited for experienced hikers. In the summer months, some of the waterfalls empty into swimming holes that are perfect for cooling off on the long trek.
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