Hummingbird Inn - Ojai, CA

One- or Two-Night Stay with One Bottle of Wine and Two Bottles of Olive Oil at Hummingbird Inn of Ojai

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Serene Inn near Los Padres National Forest

When legendary film director Frank Capra needed a stand-in for Shangri-La during the shooting of the 1937 movie Lost Horizon, he chose Ojai, a small mountain town located about 80 miles north of Los Angeles. In the novel on which the film is based, author James Hilton describes his fictional paradise as a remote, idyllic place tucked away in the Himalayas. Ojai fails to meet that last qualification, but it makes for a convincing replica of paradise in every other regard, thanks to its location amid the 6,000-foot peaks of the Topatopa Mountains, near the crystal-clear Lake Casitas and the lush Los Padres National Forest. The serenity of the landscape extends to the Hummingbird Inn of Ojai, where the crown of Chief Peak mountain can be seen from various vantages and dozens of colorful hummingbirds—the inn’s unofficial mascots—flit and flutter around the property.

Each guest room features hardwood floors, a flat-screen TV, and a soothing palette of neutral earth tones. In the morning, a free breakfast spread awaits guests, whose days can include a dip in the outdoor pool or a visit to massage therapist Laura Hathaway for onsite massages incorporating aromatherapy and organic oils. Explore Ojai by renting one of the inn's complimentary bicycles or by hitching a team of hummingbirds to their low-flying dirigibles.

Ojai, CA: Artsy Small Town in Peaceful Mountain Valley

In Ojai at dusk, the light from the setting sun reflects off of the Topatopa Mountains in such a way that the face of the mountains starts to glow with a distinctive rouge color. Locals call it the "pink moment," and Ojai is one of the few places in the world where this phenomenon occurs. You can get a nice view of this event at Meditation Mount, a New Age center.

Serenity and simplicity seem to be some of the defining characteristics of Ojai, contrasting it with the sprawling Los Angeles, located about 90 minutes southeast. Ojai has just a handful of traffic lights and some well-kept bridle paths. The city also used to be home to the peaceful Chumash tribe, who believed that the land's east-west configuration gave it magical powers. Spiritual traditions still linger; today, the town features a number of sites, spas, and shops dedicated to holistic healing and meditation.

Many restaurants in Ojai rely on local farms to source their food; the produce grown in town is well-regarded enough that residents of neighboring towns have been known to travel to Ojai on Sunday mornings for the weekly farmers' market.

There's also a strong artistic presence in town, due in no small part to former resident Beatrice Wood, a renowned sculptor. She worked until her death at age 105. You’re likely to stumble upon the works of local artists hanging on the walls in the area's restaurants and shops, and many artists open up their studios to outside visitors.

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What You Get

Stay for two with one bottle of wine and two bottles of Regalo olive oil

  • Option 1: $85 for a one-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $165 value)
  • Option 2: $149 for a two-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $295 value)

Book by: 12/28/12
Travel by: 4/30/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Complimentary daily breakfast
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and hot chocolate
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Complimentary WiFi
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The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/28/12
  • Travel by 4/30/13
  • Not valid 11/22-11/25, 12/25-1/1/13, 2/14-2/17/13, 3/20/13, or 4/25-4/28/13
  • 1/person, +1 as a gift
  • 1/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • CC required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Fri-Sat night stays require an add'l $25 fee per night
  • 10% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

  • Bedding varies by room
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2–4, depending on room type
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge
  • Flat-screen TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Rollaways: available for $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $20 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 45 miles from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA); about 90 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • By car: about 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles

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