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Settled in a small valley in the state of California, approximately 90 miles away from Los Angeles, is a little town known as Ojai (pronounced oh-hai), which is home to an estimated 7500 residents. However, don’t let its size fool you; this tiny town has lots to offer for both locals and tourists who want to see new things and create amazing memories. Ojai, named after the Chumash word for moon - “awhai”, used to resemble a western town before it burned down in 1917. Since then, it was given a quaint, Spanish-inspired makeover. Although there may be more popular destinations in California, Ojai is a hidden gem that’s known for its lush scenery, an impressive local art scene, fascinating museums and a local cuisine that’s worth the trip. As a matter of fact, tourism in the town has continuously gone up in the past few years, with more and more people wanting to see what Ojai has to offer. With that said, locals and visitors alike can utilize Bounce’s short-term storage services during their stay. Bounce has local partners scattered across Ojai, giving an option for people to securely drop off their items while they go have a look around town.
With the intention of providing everyone the option to explore the best of Ojai minus the burden of carrying heavy luggage, Bounce has proudly partnered with a number of local businesses for short-term storage. We intentionally chose locations that are strategically placed near main transportation hubs and popular tourist areas to make it easy for you to leave your things and move around the city. With Bounce, you no longer have to worry about excess baggage throughout your stay in Ojai.
Top Things to Do
Ojai may be a little town but it has no shortage of things to do and places to see. A lot of the visitors are after the scenic trails and breathtaking views of the Los Padres National Forest, which is just a stone’s throw away from town. Apart from the beautiful nature, however, Ojai also has plenty of cultural offerings – from unique museums and eclectic shopping districts to exquisite dining and drinking options. Here are some of the spots you shouldn’t miss when in Ojai.
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts: Situated in the Upper Ojai area, the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is a local museum that was founded to honor the life and works of its namesake. Beatrice Wood was a well-known artist and craftsperson during the early 1900s. Throughout her life, Wood made great contributions to contemporary art, which is evident in the displays within the museum. Apart from Wood’s personal works, the facility also features creations by other up-and-coming artists. (Bag-check policy: Visitors are not allowed to carry big backpacks or luggage inside the museum. One option would be to store your bag in one of Bounce’s partner businesses in the Upper Ojai area).
Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art: Ojai has an unexplainable charm that draws a lot of people in. For those who want to know what makes this small town special, the place to check out would be the Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art, which is located along West Ojai Ave. Established in 1966 by volunteers, this non-profit organization aims to promote the town’s history, culture and art. Through the museum, visitors learn about Ojai-related information such as significant events, notable people and places, and local stories. (Bag-check policy: No large bags are available inside the venue. For those travelling with luggage, store your items in one of Bounce’s partners in the West Ojai Ave area.)
Human Arts Gallery: Nestled along East Ojai Avenue is the Human Arts Gallery, a museum that truly encapsulates what Ojai is about. Since opening its doors in 1975, the museum has become an institution. The Human Arts Gallery features an array of arts and crafts, including folk-art furniture, jewelry and other interesting pieces. (Bag-check policy: There’s no coat-check area in the Human Arts Gallery. For visitors with big bags, you may drop off your things at a Bounce partner in the area of East Ojai Ave.)
There are many things about Ojai, California, that make it a unique destination, one of which is its shopping scene. Here, you won’t find the usual retail chains and big designer brands. Instead, your options include small boutiques and locally-owned shops that make for an eclectic and distinctive shopping experience.
Books: Reading material is abundant in Ojai, and the best place for great book finds is Bart’s Books. Nestled at the corner of streets Matilija and Canada, this charming bookstore was established in the 1960s by Richard Bartinsdale and has since become one of the town’s most beloved shops. Bart’s is the biggest independently-owned bookstore in the United States and is home to nearly a million reading materials, including first editions. The bungalow also features a courtyard with chairs where customers can read.
Antiques: Ojai is a haven for vintage lovers who want to find the best antique collections. When in town, there’s no better place to check out than Treasures of Ojai, a 7,000-square feet shopping complex filled with antiques curated by several dealers. The vendors at Treasures of Ojai specialize in hand picking items such as vintage clothing, Native American jewelry, musical instruments, furniture, classic records and fine jewelry, among others.
Home décor: Ojai is one of the best places in California to curate rare and unique home décor. In fact, there are a few notable places in town that have gained recognition for their products. DeKor & Co, owned by Swedish interior designer Isabelle Dahlin, is a home goods shop that offers everything from furnishings and décor to kitchenware. Another famous home décor shop in Ojai is Fig Curated Living, a tiny curated shop that features products mostly made by local artisans.
Olivella: Olivella is the signature restaurant at the extremely popular Ojai Valley Inn, which is frequented by notable politicians, Hollywood celebrities and other prominent people. The restaurant focuses mainly on local California cuisine with a touch of Italian, providing for a unique dining experience. Olivella seats about 240 people and has an intimate atmosphere featuring Tuscan-style chandeliers with soft lighting.
Boccali’s: Located at the east end of town, Boccali’s is a vintage family-run restaurant that has been around for more than a decade. The beloved dining spot, which prides itself on being the “Original Ojai Italian,” features a menu of pastas, pizzas and other Italian staples. What’s even more impressive is that they grow their own vegetables, such as eggplants, tomatoes and basil.
Ojai Deer Lodge: Serving food to locals since 1932, the Ojai Deer Lodge has been an institution in the tiny California town. This spot is the real deal – it’s the perfect place to eat good comfort food and drink a few beers or cocktails. The lodge also has live music by local and visiting bands.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Ojai?
Ojai offers several scenic parks including 城山公園, 柴内公園, and キリン公園.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Ojai?
You can find local tourist information at 下野市商工会館, Tourist Information, and 下野市役所 国分寺公民館. Additionally, guideposts can be accessed at Guidepost to make the most of your trip.
Where can I store my luggage in Ojai?
We've partnered with local Ojai businesses around the city who offer a dedicated storage room or a designated area that's off limits for customers.
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