Other Lodging in the Ojai Valley
For those of you not staying at the Ojai Retreat, there are a number of other accommodations in the Ojai Valley. Please note, due to the geography of the Valley and that fact that the Ojai Retreat isn't right in downtown Ojai, you will either need to have a car or call a taxi to get back and forth (unless you bring your bike!). All of the lodging we've chosen is no more than about five miles from the Retreat, but they definitely aren't in easy walking distance. We suggest that you pool your resources with friends and colleagues and be nice to those who are driving here so you can hitch rides with them!
Hotels, Motels, and Inns
Fairly budget accommodations on the edge of downtown Ojai. Clean and nice, but nothing fancy, with a pool and spa. Located on the East end of downtown Ojai.
Emerald Iguana Inn
These folks actually have two Inns: the Emerald Iguana, which is in Ojai proper and is a genuinely enchanting small collection of rooms and cottages, and the Blue Iguana, which is also charming but slightly less upscale and a little cheaper, and is located on Highway 33 between Oak View and Ojai.
Best Western Casa Ojai
For those of you who are Pacifica alumns and who miss the delights of the Carpinteria Worst Western, here's your chance to recreate the magic. Like most Best Westerns across the world, but newly remodeled. Has a pool and spa, and the Ojai Trolley picks up at the curb -- you could wend your way to the base of the hill where the Ojai Retreat is located via the trolley, if you're willing to do a bit of a trek up to the Retreat.
A charming 19th Century Inn originally built as the Ojai Valley's first schoolhouse and enlarged over the years, the Lavender Inn is smack dab in the center of downtown Ojai.
Theodore Woolsey House
Another historic B&B, very charming and not too outrageously priced. Out on the East end of the town of Ojai.
A no-frills, clean motel in Oak View. Some of the best prices for lodging in the Valley, and owned by very nice folks.
A midrange hotel/motel with three diamonds from AAA. They have a pool and spa and are located on the East end of downtown Ojai.
Ojai Rancho Inn
Once the Rose Garden Inn, Ojai Rancho Inn has new owners, and from what we hear, a facelift. They have good prices on rooms and a couple of small cottages and offer a pool and spa as well. They're located on the Western edge of Ojai proper.
Ojai Valley Inn
The cream of the crop in Ojai -- a luxury resort and spa with the prices to match for those of you who really want to spoil yourself. Watch for movie stars and other celebrities; this is a popular LA escape for the beautiful people. For all that, it's not snooty, though, (after all, this is Ojai and we don't do star struck!) and the spa is truly sybaritic.
Su Nido Inn
A brand-spanking new inn, very lovely, very Spanish Revival. Right around the corner from downtown Ojai -- a great location, as it's within steps of what Ojai offers, but on a quiet street. Suites arranged around a private cobbled courtyard...Zorro awaits...
Lake Casitas is our local reservoir, settled beautifully in the Ojai Valley near Oak View. There are 12 separate campgrounds with multiple sites for tents, tent trailers, campers and RVs. Campsites feature fabulous views of the lake or mountains, picnic tables and fire rings, nearby camp stores, bathrooms and shower house.
Wheeler Gorge Campground
In Los Padres National Forest, this vendor-managed campground is much smaller than Lake Casitas and is quite lovely. Almost of the campsites are right along a gorgeous year-round creek, with old oaks, sycamores, and birch trees abounding. Located along Highway 33 as it heads up into the mountains. It can get busy on the weekends, so book soon if you're interested.