Located in the heart of the Ojai Valley, Ojai Village (downtown) is where the magic happens. Here you will find coffee shops, wineries, boutiques, our one-screen movie theater, the Libbey Bowl, and many restaurants. You can also hop on the 14 mile bike path and walking trail which can take you to the ocean. Stop by the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, or take a yoga or pilates class at one of the many studios. Homes in this neighborhood range from historical to new construction.
The city of Ojai is known mostly for its hotels and services catering to tourism, recreation including strong hiking, and spiritual retreats, as well as for a strong farmers’ market on Sundays and an abundance of local organic agriculture. It also has an abundance of small businesses specializing in local and ecologically friendly art, design, and home improvement—such as galleries and a solar power company—as chain stores are forbidden by Ojai city law to encourage local small business development and keep the town unique.
There are three public libraries in the Ojai Valley: Meiners Oaks Library, Ojai Library, and Oak View Library.
The city’s self-styled nickname is “The Shangri-La of Southern California”, referring to the similarities between the health-and-spirituality-focused region and the mystical sanctuary of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon.
Ojai’s culture is heavily focused on ecology, health and organic agriculture, walking/hiking, spirituality, music and local art. It is often seen as a hippie-friendly city, and many New Age shops exist. Local festivals often promote peace activism and ecological awareness and an understanding of multiculturalism.