Today, I took myself on an end of the year date in Ojai, California. Ojai is nestled in a valley at the foot of the Topatopa mountains, some 80 miles north of Los Angeles. It’s unofficial motto, “There’s nothing to do in Ojai, and not enough time to do it,” perfectly sums up the distinctly laid-back vibe, eclectic boutiques, charming wine bars, and farm-to-table restaurants. It really does have such a relaxed, natural vibe that makes you feel like you’re much farther from LA than you really are.
I first stated my day at Knead Baking Company, run by a mother-daughter duo who got their start selling fresh-baked breads at Ojai’s farmers markets.
I then wandered into the cutest bookstore in the entire universe, Bart’s Books. It is the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the US, and you can spend hours perusing the aisles while soaking up the natural sunlight.
Then I went to some of the local boutiques, had a wine tasting flight, and then vegan food – the whole time thinking can this day seriously get any better?
A ten minute drive away from downtown Ojai is Meditation Mount, a meditation center up in the mountains. It is the most tranquil and serene place to look out over the Ojai Valley. I think it was also a great opportunity to quiet my mind and reflect on everything that happened in 2015. It was a year with a lot of ups and downs, per usual, but being in this special place helped me remember that I am exactly where I need to be.
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