About Ojai & Places To Stay


Ojai Valley

Ojai, a Native America name generally accepted as meaning either “the nest” or “the moon,” was home to the Chumash Indians who found sanctuary in its canyons, mountains and unique east east-west orientation, revering it as a place of healing. Today, the Ojai Valley is a haven for writers, photographers, artists, composers, and spiritual seekers who find inspiration in Ojai’s serene beauty. It is also home to a thriving arts community and boasts of world-renowned artists, downtown galleries, and numerous art-centric festivals. A charming historic Spanish-style town of 8,000 residents, Ojai is 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, 35 miles south of Santa Barbara and 73 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

For more information, call the Ojai Visitors Bureau 1-888-OJAI NOW or visit www.ojaivisitors.com.

Places to Stay

Places to Stay

The Lavender Inn – Historic Bed & Breakfast in Ojai
Built in 1874, The Lavender Inn is a Historic Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Ojai, one block north of Ojai’s historic downtown arcade. More than just a bed & breakfast, we have an on-site day spa, host customized Ojai weddings, offer cooking classes, created INNcourage, a  3 day retreat for women with cancer,  and participate in the Clean The World program.  We are committed to make your stay memorable whether you are exploring Ojai or just relaxing at the Lavender Inn.
210 East Matilija Street  Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-6635

The Ojai Retreat,  A hilltop getaway – (15% Off Sunday-Thursday and 10% off Friday-Saturday when you mention Ojai WordFest)
160 Besant Road, Ojai, CA 93023
Phone: 805.646.2536 • Fax: 805.646.0075
Email: info@OjaiRetreat.com
(Read letter about Ojai WordFest from The Ojai Retreat owner)

Su Nido Inn – “Your Nest in Ojai” – (15% Off when you mention Ojai WordFest)
Leave the ordinary behind…your artful Mission Revival suite awaits you with fireplace, kitchen, patio and the finest linens and amenities. Relax and refresh. The unique flavor of the Ojai village is just steps away…  Learn more
301 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023
(866) 646-7080

Casa Ojai Inn – “The Best Green Hotel in Ojai” – (15% Off when you mention Ojai WordFest)
Conveniently located in the heart of Ojai, California with magnificent Topa Topa mountain views and across from the newly renovated Soule Golf course (rated 4 stars from Golf Digest), Libbey Park (host to numerous festivals, concerts and events throughout the year) and numerous art galleries and spas… Learn more
1302 East Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
800-255-8175 or 805-646-8175

Thoughts on Ojai by Ojai WordFest Co-Founders


“Ojai is a place that is unhurried, thoughtful, active and inspiring. Ojai deserves to be represented with excellence and a restless spirit of inquiry. This is what we hope to achieve at Ojai Quarterly. People have a sense about Ojai as a Shangri-La, a place apart, shimmering with possibilities for living life to its fullest. My publication is a reflection and a reminder of that abiding principle.” – Bret Bradigan, publisher of Ojai Quarterly


“People have numerous and passionate reasons why they love Ojai: ‘pink moment’ sunsets, artists’ enclave, spiritual vortex, quaint small town, world-class hotels, spas and cuisine, Ojai Trolley, commitment to green living, slower pace of life, hugs every time you get out and about, the free range chickens who run on Lomita and later gift the community with fresh eggs, the roadside fruit and vegetable stands with their “honor system” method of payment, hiking in the Ventura river bottom and along Ojai’s numerous trails, the close-knit community and the Norman Rockwell-esque community festivals. Ojai’s charms are many. To read more about why I and others love Ojai, visit the Facebook page entitled simply:  I Love Ojai!” Sequoia Hamilton, Owner of Ojai Writers Workshops and  Global Writing Adventures

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