90 Years of Memorable Moments
A Brief History of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
In 2013, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa was honored to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Hosting many discerning guests throughout its storied history, including celebrities, musicians and political dignitaries, the Inn proudly retains its sense of place and unrivaled commitment to our guests, showcasing dining excellence, indigenous activities and an unsurpassed natural landscape. During the 2013 legacy year, we invited you to find your moment and capture the distinct essence of Ojai. Last year docents led historical tours every Saturday morning at 11 am, memorabilia of a bygone era was displayed throughout the resort, our historical coffee-table book, Moments in Time, was released, and the Inn featured a roaring 20s cocktail menu available during this celebratory year. Historical items have carried through into 2014, and we're still celebrating. Please feel free to explore our heritage vitrines and a self-guided tour of historic pictures and objects in our Neff Building. We look forward to seeing you for our 100th Anniversary in 2023!
The Inn’s distinguished founders and famous glass manufacturers, Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Libbey.
Celebrities played a large role in the storied history of the Inn. Today Hollywood A-Listers still flock to the secluded accessibility of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.
Renowned golf architect George C. Thomas, Jr. designed our legendary course which was hailed as "a marvel of golfing architecture."
Former President Ronald and Mrs. Reagan considered the Inn one of their favorite getaways.
Famous golfers and celebrities have enjoyed our championship golf course for over nine decades. Al Demaret, Jimmy Demaret, Jack Benny, Ben Hogan, George Fazio and photographer Scotty Chisholm enjoy a friendly game in the early 1950s.
Connecting the first 22 guestrooms to the clubhouse by a tiled hallway in 1934, the award-winning Neff building retains its original ambience and sense of place.
Largely responsible for developing the region’s distinct architectural “California style,” architect Wallace Neff built a clubhouse to harmonize with the natural rural beauty.
Built in 1923, the original iconic clubhouse, with its sweeping staircase, remains a charming place to relax and unwind.
A favorite spot during Ojai’s temperate summers, the Inn’s main pool was the big draw for guests.
Esteemed golfer Jimmy Demaret represented Ojai Valley Inn on the PGA Tour during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He demonstrates the famous form that earned him 31 victories on the PGA Tour.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Drummond Libbey’s original 1924 invitation for guests to enjoy “the courtesies” of the Ojai Valley Country Club.
Along with former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter attended the 1990 inaugural U.S.-Japanese Summit at the resort.
During World War II, the U.S. Army renamed the property Camp Oak and used the golf course for training facilities.
An Army battalion of 1,000 troops slept in tents on the golf course during the 1940s. After the war, the Navy arrived and used the property for rest and recuperation facilities.