Retro Hotel in Laid-Back Ojai Valley
Everything about the brightly lit, ultra-mod lobby of The Capri Hotel—from its all-white, midcentury furniture to its modernist glass walls supporting an A-frame roof—harks back to a time when airplane passengers wore suits and cocktails were a staple at the office. The hotel's retro entrance contrasts, however, with contemporary guest rooms sporting sleek furnishings, bright green walls, and a sizable 42-inch mounted plasma TV.
Each room also comes with a VCR/DVD player for in-room screenings of movies borrowed from the hotel's library of 400 videos, encompassing action thrillers, tearjerkers, and enthralling footage of Kennedy-era Agriculture Subcommittee hearings. Ground-floor rooms boast large fenced-in patios for soaking up the clean night air. Upstairs, private balconies offer views of the famous Ojai “pink moment” when the sunset fades into pastels, filling the sky with a soft blush.
Come morning, guests breakfast on fresh waffles served in the lobby before heading outdoors to lounge beside two modest pools and take in sweeping views of the Topa Topa Mountains. Mr. Vivian, the hotel's resident cat, stalks the grounds as yogis salute the sun under the watchful eye of a life-size Buddha statue. For further de-stressification, the in-house masseuse, Laura, rejuvenates both mind and body with massages designed to unclog blocked chakras.
Ojai Valley, California: Bohemian Living and Farm-to-Table Dining
The quirky, pedestrian-friendly hideaway of Ojai—which derives its name from a Chumash word meaning "moon"—is known for its fragrant orange groves and laid-back spirit congenial to artists and bohemians. Among many farm-to-table dining options, Farmer and the Cook serves organic, locally sourced food in the Mariner’s Oaks portion of the city, located a short drive from the hotel.
A stroll down Ojai Avenue, the town's main thoroughfare, showcases Spanish-style architecture and a host of attractions, including wine tastings, art galleries, and artisan pizza at local favorite La Fonte. On Sundays, the farmers' market purveys local delicacies such as cheese, avocados, and raw Ojai Chocolat made without dairy, sugar, or the assistance of Oompa Loompas.