There are certain destinations so idyllic and serene that their beauty impersonates art. Experience sketches of Spain in Southern California when you Escape to a one-night stay for two at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.
Mediterranean temperatures perfectly complement the Tuscan architecture at this AAA Five Diamond property, only 30 miles from Santa Barbara and 80 miles from LA. Craft a plan to visit on Sundays through Thursdays, from June 1 to July 31 ($289) or August 1 to October 31, 2012 ($309), or Fridays and Saturdays, from August 1 to October 31, 2012 ($329); two vouchers can also be combined for a two-night stay.
The signature Ojai Nest linens and California-chic décor earned the hotel a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List in 2010, but it also was named one of the magazine's Top 25 Spas in North America and one of the Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World. And those are just a couple of the awards.
Allow the hotel staff to draw up a breakfast of regional fruits, house granola, and organic eggs at Oak Grill. Then, it's off to enjoy still life with spa passes for two, which give you access to the spa pools, sauna, and locker room facilities. It's easy to be tempted by the spa's menu when it includes treatments like the Shangri-La––a sugar foot scrub, lavender body buff, and warm-oil scalp treatment––alongside a number of massages and facials.
With your body of work feeling like an objet d'art, dip into one of four invigorating pools. And for a truly avant-garde resort experience, visit the Apothecary. There, you can create your own unique collage of scents to wear on the town.
In the afternoon, you'll want to canvas the resort's 220 tree-covered acres, including its renowned 18-hole championship golf course. Scale Meditation Mount and take in picturesque views of the valley, stroke the waters of Lake Casitas by boat, or rent bikes and carve a path into town. There, you can brush up on Ojai Valley's local flavors at the farmers' market and take in performances at Theater 150.
At night, sate your palette with fine dining at Maravilla while you witness the day's best exhibit: the Ojai's Pink Moment. Watch from the veranda as the sunset colors the mountains a gorgeous pink while you enjoy a gallery of locally sourced dishes, including baby beets topped with Ojai Pixie tangerines, and Cypress Grove Chevre Purple Haze goat cheese; sautéed prawns served with parmesan polenta; and rhubarb-glazed pork with quinoa and barley pilaf.
Paint yourself a picture-perfect getaway that will be a masterpiece of a memory no matter how you frame it.
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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
A One-Night Stay for Two in an Ojai Room on Sundays through Thursdays ($289-$309) or Fridays and Saturdays ($329) on Select Dates; Breakfast for Two; Spa Day Passes for Two; and More
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