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Things to Do at the Magical Ojai Valley Inn

Last November, business with my agency brought me to the sublime town of Ojai, California. The Amex Platinum (and its generous Fine Hotels $200 reimbursement) brought me to the Ojai Valley Inn. This gem, nestled in this small Ventura County town, has earned its reputation as one of the best hotels in America. Below: things to do at the Ojai Valley Inn while you’re staying in this piece of heaven.

Enjoy the incredible hospitality of the Ojai Valley Inn.

Try the pistachio mint smoothie at the Spa Cafe.

This smoothie is famous; at least three different folks recommended it, specifically. The menu says that it contains pistachio, mint, banana, almond milk, and agave nectar. I’ve been trying (without success) to replicate this recipe.

Schedule a spa treatment at Spa Ojai.

The 31,000 square foot spa facilities at Spa Ojai are incredible (the locker rooms as well as the lounge). While you sit by one of the many fireplaces and wait for your treatment, you can sip the delicious lavender lemonade and snack on homemade granola.

Me looking happy at the Ojai Valley Inn

Me, after my spa treatment. This is the face of pure bliss.

One of my favorite things to do: Stroll the grounds.

The staff is ready to take you anywhere you need (most travel via golf cart at this unique establishment), but I recommend turning down their offers and instead strolling the grounds. The 200 year old oak trees do not disappoint.

Relax in front of a fire pit.

Or, ride one of the free bikes.

How adorable are these Linus bicycles!