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 the sleek white furniture, bright-green walls, and 42-inch mounted plasma TV found in each of the contemporary guest rooms.
All rooms also come 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 gripping footage of Kennedy-era Agriculture Subcommittee hearings. Ground-floor rooms boast large fenced-in patios; upstairs, private balconies offer views of the famous Ojai “pink moment” when the sunset fades into the pastel horizon, filling the sky with a soft blush.
Outside, two modest pools take in sweeping views of the Topatopa Mountains. Mr. Vivian, The Capri's resident cat, stalks the grounds as yogis salute the sun under the watchful eye of a life-size Buddha statue. On the included Ojai restaurant tour, guests sample select appetizers, entrees, and drinks gratis at local eateries. The eats range from Asian-fusion fare at The Buddha Lounge and venison barley soup at The Deer Lodge to caffeinated beverages at Coffee Connection and organic wine at Casa Barranca.
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 fare 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 chocolate made without dairy, sugar, or the assistance of oompa loompas.
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