Oh Hi, Ojai!
After years of stressing to plan epic birthday ordeals, I decided to scale back this year and opted for a much simpler celebration. This past weekend, one of my best girlfriends and I drove to Ojai, CA for a mini vacay. If you don’t know Ojai, it is a destination for the artsy and spiritual, and also draws people in for its geography and agriculture. Lucky for us, Ojai is only about an hour and a half hour trip from LA so it was the perfect getaway.
There are plenty of things you could consider “vintage” (I might be fishing here…) but best old thing we took part in was the Matilija hot springs, naturally occurring hot baths among the sulfuric rock. Yes, it smelled terrible and there was certainly an eclectic group of inhabitants (ie: the bunny man below) but we were still happy to smear clay on our faces and soak up the stinky, black water with a bunch of weird strangers! When in Rome! We also visited one of the best farmer’s markets I’ve ever been to and I bought a beautiful basket made by women in a co-op in Ghana. We had breakfast at an adorable bakery called Knead, dinner at a perfect little pizzeria called Boccali’s (the BEST strawberry shortcake), went wine tasting at the Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room, and stayed in an impressive suite Blue Iguana Inn (highly recommended).
Below is the trip in pictures. Enjoy, and visit Ojai if you get the chance! And thank you, Ojai, for a beautiful birthday! 🙂