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The small town of Ojai often gets lost in the shadows of destinations such as Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, and Big Sur along California's central coast, but after a recent visit to the "Valley of the Moon," we began to understand what has made it a long-time getaway for those looking to escape L.A. and refresh in the powerful, healing aura that our bro Jaunted discovered.
Something that initially seems like a drawback is what turns out to be one of Ojai's best attributes: The fact that it is not located on the coast. Tourists coming to California understandably want to be near the ocean, yet same-state travelers (aka Cali locals) appreciate the change in scenery, change of pace, and the rejuvenating properties that live in the orchard-heavy landscape of Ojai.
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Even though The Bachelor has ended (congrats Sean and Catherine, we give it a year!), this only means that The Bachelorette is just beginning. According to RealitySteve.com filming has indeed commenced for Desiree Hartstock and her boys.
While Steve has hinted that he knows where the show will go after they do a few elimination rounds in LA, he hasn't spilled the beans just yet. But that's ok because our friend Johnny Jet has a first-hand scoop on where the Bachelorette filmed one of their dates--The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. And boy, it is not good. For the hotel at least.
Johnny and wife headed up to Ojai from LA last weekend for a nice quiet retreat. Instead they got helicopters, an over abundance of production crew and rude staff. He writes:
When I tried to pull up to valet, the hotel staff questioned where we were going — he almost seemed surprised we were hotel guests. He told us that only self-parking was available and he guided me to the parking lot as the Bentley was quickly coming up from behind. While waiting for them to finish their shot, I snapped the photo above. In between the retakes, we walked to the lobby to get a golf cart to the room since it’s a long walk and Natalie wasn’t feeling well.
Talk about rebound: Scarlett Johansson only split from ab-tastic hubby Ryan Reynolds in December, and she's already living it up with her newest man meat, Sean Penn. The two went public with their May-December romance at Reese Witherspoon's wedding and then went really public with a post-nuptials date at Jimmy's Bar at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.
The couple hit up the hotel bar for some drinks and late-night eats. The lovebirds sipped gin and tonics and ate one of the thin-crust, brick oven pizzas and a club sandwich.
While we were getting a preview of the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa’s upcoming Celebrity Chef Golf Classic last week, we poked around the resort’s Casa Elar, and spotted this Bentley golf cart just sitting there in the villa’s garage.
Apparently normal golf carts just aren’t good enough for the VIP’s that rent out five-bedroom villa. Of course, if we were spending $15,000 a night for a three-night minimum, we’d want a Bentley golf cart to ferry us around the property too…if not an actual Bentley.
Can’t pony up the cash for the Casa Elar? Don’t worry. The rest of us plebes (paying a measly $350 per night!) might just be able to sweet talk our way into an afternoon of pimpin’ in the Escalade golf cart we spotted elsewhere on the property.
Now if only there were a Batmobile golf cart…
What goes together better than chefs and golf? Well…probably lots of things, but it still sounds like a pretty fun combo to us. That’s why we headed up to Ojai last week to get a preview of the menu for the upcoming Celebrity Chef Classic at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.
Taking place Friday, November 13-Sunday, November 15, the Celebrity Chef Classic will bring together five chefs from around the country to cook up a gourmet weekend for Ojai’s guests, even while pitting them against each other on the golf course. The five participating maestros will be: Jamie West of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Todd Gray of Equinox in D.C., Ming Tsai from Blue Ginger in Massachusetts, Alan Wong from the Pineapple Room in Honolulu, and Budi Kazali from the Ballard Inn and Restaurant in Santa Ynez, making it a truly national event.
For starters MacPherson is a surfer dude who was behind the Swingers restaurant chains in Los Angeles. And he loves Mexico as evidenced by this quote he gave the NY Times last year, "I just went snowboarding in Colorado, and I go surfing in Mexico -- I'm a Mexican citizen."
Eric Goode also loves the West Coast as he owns a house in Ojai, California. Goode told the NY Times that he has owned the place for 20 years (hmm... he is older than we thought.)
"I wanted a place that was the opposite of New York," he said. "It's just a funny, sleepy town." Mr. Goode spent a couple of years in Ojai as a child and recently set up a sanctuary for 300 endangered turtles and tortoises from the Bronx Zoo -- a project that has increased his visits to Ojai to about once a month.
And he's pretty open about his hotel ambitions for Ojai, saying, "I would love to buy a hotel there." We better start scouting the area to see if there's a Section 8 building these guys would be willing to convert into a boutique hotel.