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If you're looking for a place to relax, unwind and embrace a healthy lifestyle, Ojai California is the place for you.

Find a FlipKey rental in this almost spiritual retreat and start your journey to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

About Ojai, California

Ojai sits in the Ojai Valley, not too far from the busy streets of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

But, they might as well be a world away as they’re so different from this peaceful spot.

A mixture of spas, specialist boutiques and relaxing retreats, Ojai is the perfect place to come for a New Age adventure.

People have been visiting here for centuries. The Chumash Native Americans called it their home, and that's where the name comes from – Ojai means 'nest' in the native language.

However, residents have now given it the nickname of 'Shangri-La' because of its natural beauty and focus on spirituality.

It's not just for them, though. The area is also popular with classic car and motorcycle clubs. So, don't be surprised if you see a few whizzing round.

It's a great place to visit all year round, if you can stand the heat – in summer it can reach over 100 F! But, the winters are mild, so we'd say visit then if you’re not much of a sun worshipper!

What to do

The best way to discover everything Ojai has to offer is just to walk through the town.

You can visit the small local businesses and sample their produce. Most specialize in eco-friendly items, including art, design and home improvement-related items (solar power is a big deal here).

You won't see any chain stores in Ojai – it's all independent and that’s just fantastic! Make sure to visit the Farmer's Market on Sundays to sample some of the fresh food available.

During the summer, go to one of the outdoor concerts at the famous Libbey Bowl. You'll be kept shaded by the oak trees and are sure to have a good time.

If you're up for an outdoor adventure, head to Los Padres National Forest. See waterfalls, take a dip in hot springs, have a picnic and hike through the hills. You'll probably want more than one day there, so consider camping at one of the sites.

If you want a tour of the area, sign up for a jeep tour or horseback riding adventure. They're both great ways to see the valley.

Top Ojai travel tips

During your stay, try to catch the Ojai Music Festival. It's usually the first weekend after Memorial Day. If you can't make that, see if you can go to May's Art in the Park events.

Even if you're focused on the spiritual aspect of Ojai, you should spend at least one day in the park and enjoy the spectacular views.

There are plenty of restaurants in Ojai for you to try. Some are a bit more unusual than others, so check the menu before you go in. 

For a peaceful retreat that’ll have you feeling at one with nature (and, the Californian sunshine), book your Ojai vacation rental on FlipKey, today!