Where Ojai farmers planted olive-oil trees in the 1880’s, Ojai Olive Oil’s family-led staff eventually refilled the sun-drenched valley with more than 2,000 new olive trees imported from Italy, France, Greece, and Spain. Located in the midst of a giant olive grove, the family barn contains an olive mill and tasting room. From November to January, workers hand-pick the ripened fruits and cart them into the barn, where the olives are processed within hours to prevent oxidation or fermentation. Using a cold-pressing technique, the staff creates the oils, then bottles and labels the final product to be sold at the Ojai Farmer’s Market, poured at the tasting room, or shipped off to vendors nationwide.
Each Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors arrive at the olive grove's barn to enjoy samples of the farm's products before embarking on a walking tour of the grove and facilities. While strolling verdant grounds that invoke images of a rustic Italian landscape, guides tell the story of the grove's history and its varieties of olives.
The Tudor-Craftsman façade of the 103-year-old Glen Tavern Inn has many claims to fame: the former headquarters of Union Oil, a onetime speakeasy, and host to stars such as John Wayne and Rin Tin Tin. However; today, it’s inhabited by Enzo's Italian Restaurant, whose chefs recreate classic Italian recipes. They churn out pastas such as Sicilian-style rigatoni with sausage and creamy marinara sauce or chicken cannelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta. Exposed wooden beams crisscross the ceiling in the dining room, where each weekend diners can applaud live entertainment or join in by playing their spoons.
Garman's Pub is a place where family, friends, strangers (soon to be friends) gather to enjoy good food, great drink, traditional entertainment and honest conversation. We are about people engaging one another in the epicenter of Santa Paula.
At the Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival, guests can belly up to 10 gourmet food trucks and sample toothsome fare in between stomping musical performances and competitive games of bocce ball duked out on 12 professional-grade courts. 30 minutes of court rental is covered with admission (teams can sign up at the festival), and 24 teams of four have the option to compete in the single-elimination tournament, vying for the $500 prize and the chance for a photo op with the nation's oldest bocce ball. Each team must pay a fee of $125 for entry into the tournament and the VIP lounge. Elsewhere at the jubilee, the grounds of Limoneira Ranch are speckled with meals on wheels, including sushi truck Temaki and Lickety Split's, a converted yellow school bus that vends frozen yogurt, iced coffee, and chocolate-coated detention slips. Although this Groupon does not cover food or drinks, festival-goers can purchase succulent, Texas–style smoked tri-tip from the It's In the Sauce BBQ food truck or wash back a frozen pomegranate lemonade from Del's.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: An authentic working drill rig from 1890
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
California's natural resources have defined the state's history and evolution, from the gold hiding in the hills to the oil bubbling just under the earth's surface. The California Oil Museum tracks the history of petroleum within California's borders, starting with the fossilization of organic matter. Then, through a series of interactive displays, videos, games, and restored gas station memorabilia, the museum's exhibits peel away the millennia. Visitors can relive the glorious early days of roadsters and highways through the vintage gas pump exhibit, or try their hand at old-fashioned oil siphoning with the restored turn-of-the-century cable tool drilling kit. The museum gives plenty of reasons to return, with rotating exhibits on science and history.
While Rhythm Earthsong's piano career is measured in decades—four of them, to be exact—his love for the instrument can only be measured in centuries. In the time since he first started tickling the ivory at the age of six, he's immersed himself in more than 300 years of piano history, listening and playing everything from Bach and Beethoven to Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck. After graduating from piano conservatory, he took to tuning and repairing pianos in his twenties, calibrating the hammers and replacing the strings on every kind of piano imaginable, except those cartoonishly suspended over busy city sidewalks. Along the path between these early projects and his current role as the sole proprietor of Earthsong Piano, he's found himself in the recording dens and on stages alongside some famous clients, including Elton John, Count Basie, Andre-Michel Schub, and Dave Brubeck.