Today, I'm picking up where I left off with the last post in Ojai, California.
We only had a few days there, and we hung out at the Rancho Inn quite a bit (did you SEE the last post??) but we tried to pack as much in as we could.
Before I begin, I need to mention there is a law in Ojai banning big box stores, and it has led to some delightful design store gems. Walking through the main strip in Ojai is a bit like stepping back in time- in a good way.
DeKor & Co
This shop is pure delight for the senses. It's impeccably curated, and it was all I could do to leave without armloads of goodies. Homegoods, tabletop, clothing, jewelry, fragrance- there was a little bit of everything. And a good selection of local and California based designers too. Walking inside, I felt that whoever buys for this store had somehow entered my brain and discovered everything I love without me even knowing these are the things I love. So good.
Fig Curated Living
On the main drag in town, there is a cute door with a succulent wreath beckoning visitors down a plant lined hallway. At the end of the hallway is an enchanting store called Fig Curated Living. Lots of unique items for the kitchen, gifts, a great card selection and a small, but wonderfully curated selection of baby goods. I picked up a pair of earrings there that I've worn just about every day since from Jax Kelly.
On the outskirts of town is an old gas station converted into a shop called Summer Camp. It's full of every well designed thing you would expect to find in a place called Summer Camp in Ojai, California. Not to be missed. Enough said.
One afternoon while Mr. Gooder was getting a massage at The Day Spa (which he highly recommends) I snuck off to Bart's Books- the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A. There's even an honor system for the books on the walls facing the street. If they're closed, simply slip payment in the slot. I was completely charmed, and after purusing many of the aisles, found myself a quiet sunny spot to sit and read.
Julia Rose & Company
I wanted every single article of clothing in this shop. To say the proprietor has exquisite taste would be an understatement. This is not fast fashion, folks. This shop is filled with timeless + effortless pieces, made with gorgeous fabrics from indie designers.
If festival wear is your jam, pop into this little clothing store.
The Farmer and the Cook
Our first night in town, we stumbled into The Farmer & the Cook with empty bellies and left with smiling faces. This spot is an organic market, Mexican cafe, pizza cafe and juice bar all rolled into one. Seems like a lot going on, but this is all you need to know: It's delicious. They also have an eclectic patio out front, where we could sit with the dogs and enjoy the sunset with a glass of rose´.
Ojai Ice Cream and Fudge
A pretty typical ice cream shop on the main strip in town. They have a few delightful surprises thrown in though- like this lavender flavored ice cream.
NoSo Vita Cafe
A modern and cute coffee shop with a few food items. We popped in one morning for breakfast tacos and breakfast sandwich. They also have a robust list of teas, kombucha on tap and their own chia fresca mix- which I thoroughly enjoyed. A perfect blend of sweet, tangy and refreshing.
We were pleasantly surprised by the food here. It was described to us as a roadhouse. Which, I get- it's situated on the highway and there're a lot of bikers that stop in there after a long ride. But, I assure you, this is not the type of food we had at roadhouses back in the Midwest. We happily devoured everything in site. Even classic offerings like burgers and fries were elevated with things like bacon jam and truffles. And the decor is the perfect amount of California roadside kitsch.
Knead Bread Company
A charming bakery and coffee shop with the most amazing sandwiches around. Oh- and there's cake too. (Just sayin')
Rainbow Bridge Market
We did a lot of shopping at this grocery store/ deli. It's along the lines of a Coop or Whole Foods type store, and probably one of the best independently owned ones I've ever encountered.
Last but not least, we did manage to squeeze in a hike in between lounging around the pool and stuffing our faces. The shelf road hiking trail was a great because it's nice and easy, and it gives you a birds eye view of the tangerine fields. A portion of the hike goes right through some of the trees too. (We may have picked one or two before heading back to town. Don't tell.)
Can't wait to get back to this California gem!