Los Angeles to Ojai
Los Angeles is experiencing an urban rebirth, making the city more than just the sum of its disparate parts. The downtown core and eastern neighborhoods like Echo Park lead the way, offering sophisticated art galleries like Regen Projects and MAMA within walking distance of high energy cafes and restaurants like Salt's Cure and Grub. Check out a show at indie concert venues like The Echo before heading to low-key watering holes like Monty Bar. Adventure can also be had in this bustling metropolis; try breaking a sweat rockclimbing at LA Boulders or LA Cycle Tours' "I climbed it" tour.
After breakfast at an old school diner like Nick's Café, jump in the car and set out toward the small mountain town of Ojai. Just under two hours from downtown L.A., Ojai is everything La La Land isn't. Spend a mellow afternoon poolside at the Emerald Iguana Inn before wandering down Main Street, tasting the area's wines at the Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room before grub at family-run Azu California Tapas. The next day, go climbing at a nearby canyon with Ojai Rock Climbing, then grab lunch and a delicious smoothie at NoSo Vita, before surfing world famous Rincon point, a quick 30-minute drive from Ojai's Main Street. The nearby reservoir, Matilija Lake, has some decent fishing, along with some hot springs close by worth detouring for.
Los Angeles to Ojai:
Distance: 80 miles
Travel Note: Take 101-N so you hit some sweet water views from L.A. to Ojai.