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  • New York Times, December 2015

    Hotel and Tour News: Exploring Victorian London; Celebrating Soufflés

    Hotels around the country this December are going the extra mile to help their guests feel as though they’re at home...

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  • St. Augustine, December 2015

    When mom and dad need a break, so do the kids. Finding just the right balance of kid-friendly and adult activities, hundreds of resorts across the United States have geared up to make your next family vacation just as peaceful or energizing as you want...

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  • CBS Las Vegas, December 2015

    Luxury resorts are typically defined by impeccable style, elegant furnishings and unrivaled service. But in California, where exclusive lodging is practically the norm, some have set the gold standard for contemporary luxury and classic sophistication...

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  • Fox News, December 2015

    When it comes to family vacations, it’s all about balancing recreation with relaxation. Dedicated childrens’ activities are important, but so are spa treatments, fine dining and a little alone time for mom and dad...

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  • Yahoo News, December 2015

    For many, Los Angeles is a dream destination in and of itself. And it’s not hard to understand why. From the beautiful beaches to the vibrant night life, from the world-class restaurants to the lure of celebrity sightings…

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  • Santa Barbara Magazine, December 2015

    Next time you need a mental health day, the new Indigo Pool at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is magically transporting...

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  • Orange County Register, December 2015

    Home (or close to it) for the holidays: How area hotels go all out with decorations

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  • The Desert Sun, December 2015

    Hail to the Chief! Stay like a U.S. president

    With campaign season ramping up, thoughts turn to all things presidential. In the world of travel, that translates to “presidential suites”—those amazing executive penthouses and indulgent guest accommodations...

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  • DuJour Magazine, December 2015

    Known for its Mediterranean climate and calm, country feeling, Ojai is home to vineyards, hot springs, swimming holes and beautiful hiking trails—and is the perfect destination for escaping Los Angeles. Here are some of our favorite spots...

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  • The New York Times, November 2015

    The Somadome is a cocoonlike pod that physically envelops an individual and is promoted as relieving stress through LED color therapy, meditation and energy healing...

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  • The Bulletin, November 2015

    Surrounded by all of this amazing art and creativity, with the added bonus of being able to tap into a spiritual vortex, I found myself wondering: Could I, indeed, be an artist? Ojai was the perfect place to throw my fate to the winds...

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  • Vogue, October 2015

    Nestled in a valley at the foot of the Topatopa mountains, some 80 miles north of Los Angeles, the sleepy town of Ojai has a well-deserved reputation as California’s very own Shangri-La: It provided the backdrop for Frank Capra’s 1937 movie Lost Horizon...

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  • Conde Nast Traveler, October 2015

    The Top 20 Resorts in Southern California: Readers' Choice Awards 2015. 

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  • Bloomberg Business, October 2015

    The first wisps of fall in the Northern Hemisphere are here, with chilly mornings, falling leaves, and sudden craving for apple pie. Right away, people ask for cozy restaurants, preferably with fireplaces, that are a comfortable distance from their home cities...

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  • Robb Report, October 2015

    A new way to try meditation and experience its benefits—decreased heart rate, an elevated sense of well-being, stress relief, and relaxation—has recently been introduced at two spas, one on each coast: Spa Ojai at the Ojai Valley Inn...

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  • Well + Good, September 2015

    An early creation of spa genius Sylvia Sepielli’s, the spa here is known as a refuge for holistic (and self-) healing. So in addition to spa treatments and the usual fitness classes, you can do qigong, meditation, and many styles of yoga...

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  • 805 Living Magazine, September 2015

    The sweet-and-salty food trend is hardly a trend anymore. It's become ubiquitous in restaurants and packaged foods alike...

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  • In Style Magazine, August 2015

    It's not often you get fitted out with the ultimate sunglasses by the pool. But Oliver Peoples has set up a pop-up eyewear shop at the new Indigo Pool & Bar at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa to correct that oversight...

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  • AFAR, August 2015

    Here are the five coolest things to do in and around L.A. this week...

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  • The Chalkboard Magazine, August 2015

    In L.A. an hour drive can get you a mile on the 405, through the In-N-Out Burger drive-thru on a Saturday night - or straight to the quiet, heavenly city of Ojai…

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  • Red Tricycle, August 2015

    Have you been there, done that in Santa Barbara and San Diego and looking for another laid back, family-friendly escape for the day or weekend? Consider the artsy, mountain town of Ojai...

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  • The Wall Street Journal, July 2015

    When the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver wanted to attract younger travelers and add some pizazz to the nearly 40-year-old hotel, it ditched the jazz music in the lobby...

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  • Los Angeles Times, July 2015

    These wellness oasis scattered between Los Angeles and San Francisco fall into three broad categories...

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  • Los Angeles Times, July 2015

    Just in time for summer: The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has rolled out a new adults-only pool at the storied resort northwest of L.A....

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  • New York Times, July 2015

    OJAI, Calif. — On a recent Sunday morning the sidewalk in front of Porch Gallery Ojai buzzed with shoppers toting organic grocery bags to and from the nearby farmers’ market...

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  • MSN.com, July 2015

    Any parent knows that going on vacation with kids is a major production. Where do you go and what do you bring?  How do you keep the little ones entertained?...

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  • Town & Country Magazine, July 2015

    America's left coast is chock full of the same things that make East Coast vacations magical: maritime culture, fresh seafood, outdoor sports, and gorgeous natural landscapes...

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  • Haute Living, July 2015

    The new haute trend for hotels is luxury yoga and meditation for their guests. Now instead of going to a spa or a retreat, guests wishing to unwind from the day-to-day stresses can vacation..

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  • Forbes, June 2015

    Hotels didn’t invent mindfulness or meditation, of course. Monks have been doing it for millennia, and mainstream devotees have been practicing for decades...

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  • Observer, June 2015

    The perplexing contraption was called the Somadome: one of a very small group of prototype meditation pods cropping up in luxury spas across the country. One is Ojai, California, at the 5-Diamond Ojai Valley Inn & Spa...


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  • Travel+Leisure, June 2015

    A traveler is never fully dressed without a great pair of sunglasses. That’s why these three hot spots are bringing the lenses to their guests with creative eyewear collaborations...

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  • Ventura County Star, June 2015

    OJAI, Calif. - When it comes to using lavender as an ingredient, most chefs agree: a dab’ll do ya...

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  • Time Out Los Angeles, June 2015

    Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is the quintessential Ojai escape for Angelenos seeking a relaxing break from hectic city life...

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  • Hotels Magazine, June 2015

    When Alex Kim took the managing director position at California's Ojai Valley Inn & Spa at the start of this year, he did so in large part for personal reasons...

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  • Coast Magazine, June 2015

    It’s a Saturday morning inside Lulu Bandha’s airy yoga studio on a downtown Ojai side street, and our instructor, Katie, asks if anyone wants to share community announcements...

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  • New Beauty, June 2015

    More of a DIY meditation pod than an actual treatment, the Somadome merges ancient healing remedies with modern-day technology...

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  • Self Magazine, May 2015

    There are few wellness retreats on the planet as storied as SoCal’s picturesque Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The 350-room spa hideaway can trace its roots back to the 1920s and has been immortalized in Pat and Mike, which stars Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey...

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  • Vogue, May 2015

    The unofficial start of summer has arrived, and while you can check in to your flight for that long-awaited Memorial Day getaway en-route to the airport, you may not have had time to check off the requisite beauty maintenance from the proverbial list...

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  • Los Angeles Confidential, May 2015

    After a morning yoga or Pilates class, recharge your muscles and mind in the resort’s new Somadome personal meditation pod...

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  • Association News, May 2015

    Abundant valley sunshine and fresh ocean breezes instill a sense of well-being for groups that meet in Central California...

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  • The Coast News, May 2015

    Here’s what I like about Ojai: It’s laid back, mostly walkable, sits in a lovely valley surrounded by cinema-quality mountains, and exudes an everything’s-right-with-the-world vibe. Ojai is the reward for working hard and for surviving the drive through Los Angeles...

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  • 7x7.com, May 2015

    With Memorial Day around the corner, we've got long weekend getaways on the brain—and the beautiful little town of Ojai is top of mind. Only 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara, nestled in a lush, green valley, with bewitching orange blossoms filling the air, Ojai is all about unwinding, good food, and indulging in some good old R&R...

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  • AFAR, May 2015

    There’s a comfortable stillness to the acres of Ojai Valley Inn and Spa that’s apparent even when a cacophony of voices fills the air. Sunlight shines brightly against the resort’s white façade, which gleams in unison from the restaurants, accommodations, spa, and pools outstretched on shaded grounds...

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  • LA Confidential Magazine, April 2015

    Now that you've spoiled your pet rotten with over-the-top gifts, treat your favorite furry sidekick (and yourself) to a getaway in honor of National Pet Week (May 3-9). And if your pet happens to be busy next week (lounging all day is ruff, you know), not to worry-these seven nearby hotels offer pet-friendly amenities all year long...

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  • The Meeting Magazines.com, April 2015

    Experiencing a destination as a local, not a tourist, is certainly a trend in leisure travel, and one that has impacted corporate group travel. Accordingly, planners often seek to create offsite events that immerse participants in the local culture and make them feel apart of it...

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  • Syvnews.com, April 2015

    Mother's Day is May 10 and what better way to reward your favorite mom than with a relaxing spa-cation. Whether you take the spa-cation with her on Mother's Day weekend, May 9-10, or give her a gift certificate for future use, your wife, daughter, sister, best friend, or even your own mom, will be sure to enjoy one of these relaxing getaways...

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  • World Golf.com, April 2015

    The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is about a 90-minute drive northwest of Los Angeles in the village of Ojai (pronounced O-high), but it's a world away from Hollywood...

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  • Jet Setter.com, April 2015

    You've got the perfect playlist. A kick-ass new pair of shades. And the wide open road to explore. Now for the escape plan. Chelsea Bengier maps out the quickest driving getaways, from California's West Coast to New York's East End. As if you needed another reason to look forward to Friday...

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  • NBC Los Angeles.com, March 2015

    A STAR CITRUS, SO MANY WAYS: Typically when one speaks of many ways to approach a pixie tangerine, they're talking specifically, and solely, about recipes. You can juice it, throw it into a smoothie, use the peel as a garnish in an old-school cocktail...

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  • FoxNews.com, March 2015

    Forget the fairway. Say ta-ta to the ocean. Baby boomers entering retirement and Gen Xers discovering middle age are increasingly abandoning golf meccas and beach resorts for their corporate outings and buddy trips...

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  • Los Angeles Magazine, March 2015

    There are three things you need to know about Pixie tangerines. They are sweet. They are seedless. And they are easy to peel. Actually, you should also know that they are grown solely in Ojai where a motley collective of 52 farmers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and retirees have banded together to create the Ojai Pixie Growers Association...

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  • SFGATE.com, March 2015

    When the mythical Shangri-La appeared in Frank Capra's 1937 film "Lost Horizon," it was not a blue-screen backdrop that appeared on the silver screen but a valley known as Ojai, wedged inland between California's coastal cities of Ventura and Santa Barbara...

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  • LA Times.com, March 2015

    Ojai is home to the Pixie tangerines that are hitting store shelves and farmers markets right now. The town celebrates Pixie Tangerine Month in April, and you can expect to start seeing offers for things such as Pixie facials, Pixie cocktails and Pixie everything...

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  • Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, 2015

    Sometimes the difference between a good trip and an amazing one comes down to one thing: the hotel. And nothing stirs up as much heated debate in the Conde Nast Traveler offices as the hotels we're passionate about. So this year, we're doing something different with our annual Gold List by opening up our black books (which span six continents and 37 countries) to share the little (and not so little) details that excite us...

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  • Drink Me Magazine, February 2015

    The sprawl of Los Angeles puts a quick small-town getaway in the "easier said than done" category. But enter Ojai, California, just 80 miles from Los Angeles and with many of the perks of a California paradise including good food, drinks, and beautiful scenery...

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  • USA Today Travel, February 2015

    If money were no object and you had your pick of any hotel room in America for a night, which would you choose? The country's most in-demand destinations are filled with luxury options, but only the best of the best can get away with charging nightly rates that reach well into the five figure range...

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  • Haute Living, February 2015

    Where should you stay in the L.A. area for a truly romantic Valentine's Day getaway? Check out the indulgent packages available to lovers at these five haute hotels which include sexy little extras like a boudoir photo session, a helicopter ride and a lover's treasure hunt...

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  • Recommend.com, February 2015

    This Southern California, 305-guestroom, five-diamond property offers guests complimentary Mind and Body classes, bicycle rentals, WiFi, tennis courts, and golf practice facilities...

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  • Austin Monthly, February 2015

    A citrus-kissed breeze flows in and out of our open-air jeep as we ascend past lush olive ranches and orange groves to the top of Meditation Mount. The higher we get, the more layers become visible in the landscape: tufts of chaparral, pointillistic rows of organic farmland and the earthen foothills of the Topatopa Mountains...

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  • Golf Advisor, January 2015

    About 770 miles from top to bottom, no state boasts such a diversity of regions as California. So it's no surprise that the state's inaugural top 25 golf courses as rated by GolfAdvisor users features a wide assortment, from high-end courses in Palm Springs to hidden gems in the High Sierra mountains of NoCal...

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  • Travel Age West, January 2015

    Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has appointed Alex Kim as managing director. Kim, the former general manager of the Meadowood Napa Valley in Saint Helena, Calif., joins the 221-acre resort in Ojai, Calif., as it continues property enhancements that are set to be unveiled in the spring...

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  • Indagare.com, January 2015

    After a few nights in L.A, I ventured to Ojai (near Santa Barbara) and Palm Springs. My first stop was the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (905 Country Club Rd; 855-697-8780; www.ojairesort.com), which is a stunning property with a great spa and golf course...

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  • Smart Meetings Magazine, January 2015

    Ojai, California has a long-standing tradition of spas and wellness retreats, and this resort is leading the way. Golf, tennis, four pools and a first-class spa make this a top destination for getting away. A highlight is the Apothecary, which offers a custom blending class depending completely on a guest's subconscious...

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  • Fodors.com, January 2015

    Just 90 minutes northwest of Los Angeles, the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa bordering Los Padres National Forest, is a luxury destination specializing in rest and relaxation. Romance is in the air of this modern Spanish Colonial-style complex as the glow of lanterns that dot the gardens provide a welcome warmth...

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  • Santa Barbara Magazine, Winter 2015

    Despite our readiness to slather ourselves in the latest creams, we cannot help but think that in sprinting towards the New Year, perhaps it's time to get back to the basics. Nature's antidote? A bit of sun (or heat) and mud...

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