A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Gooder had some unexpected time off, so we decided to pack the dogs in the car and hit the road for a mid-week trip. Neither of us had been to Ojai yet, and since it's spitting distance from LA, it was the perfect spot for an impromptu road trip.
We were immediately smitten. Every detail was taken into consideration- right down to the musky, woodsy stick of palo santo we were handed upon checking in. We felt like we were staying at a sleep away camp for adults- complete with a grill for cooking, fire pit, cornhole game and teepee on the common grounds.
The motel partnered with several designers to add special, unique touches throughout. My favorite were the ceramic lampshades by designer Heather Levine. Each room has different shades, and the lobby has 2 stunning chandeliers also made by her.
Other chic design touches: repurposed leather woven chairs on the patio outside each room by Eric Trine, artwork in rooms by Adam Pogue, and indigo tie dye curtains by Lookout and Wonderland.
The dogs especially enjoyed sitting outside on the patio each night, greeting fellow guests as they would come and go.
And how cute are these bikes?? Available to hop on and ride the short distance into town. There's even a wooded bike path behind the hotel that will take you straight there if you're too anxious to navigate in traffic.
There is soooo much great design shopping in Ojai (more to come on that in the next post) but you can start without even leaving the hotel with their small, and expertly curated, lobby shop.
While staying at the Rancho, you would be remiss not to pop into Chief's Peak- a tiny, desert, design jewel that opens to the hotel pool on one side.
I was particularly smitten by these mugs made by Kat and Roger, AND the quirky calligraphy each person's name was scribed in. Ok, ok- the tasty shrub cocktails and giant rosé in a can had my heart too.
Stay tuned for the next post- I'll be sharing some of the places where we dined, shopped and hung out during our stay!