Resort History

A Storied History

1923

Edward D. Libbey's dream for his beloved Ojai Valley began to take shape as his private country club and golf course were built to harmonize with the unspoiled beauty of this rural paradise.

1925

Mr. Libbey died and never saw his hotel built; however, the architectural plans were safely archived.

1934

Architect Austin Pierpont added 22 guest rooms per the original drawings of architect Wallace Neff. These rooms are now known as the Wallace Neff Historical Rooms.

1942

A different kind of glory distinguished the Ojai Valley Country Club when it was transformed into Camp Oak for a military training center for a battalion of 1,000 Army troops.

1944

The Army turned the base over to the United States Navy for a rest and recuperation facility. When the government finally auctioned off the last of the Quonset huts and barracks, the property was returned to private ownership.

1947

Don Burger, along with some influential investors, purchased the Ojai Valley Country Club. The resort was reopened as Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club. This began the Glamour Era of the Inn, and Hollywood's brightest stars sought the tranquil pleasures of the resort.

1952

Starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Pat and Mike is filmed at the Inn.

Mid 80s to Mid 90s

Seven Senior PGA Tournaments were held at the Inn.

1985

The Crown family of Chicago purchased the property and completed a $50 million dollar renovation.

1987

Golf course architect Jay Moorish was commissioned to renovate the golf course.

1997

Benchmark Spa Ojai was completed under the direction of architect Bill Mahan. The resort became known as Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

2000

The 100th anniversary of the famed Ojai Tennis Tournament is celebrated, with some matches being played at the Inn.

2003

A $90 million dollar property-wide renovation was begun.

2006

Early 2006, with the opening of the Artist Cottage and Apothecary, this major renovation was completed. The legendary Ojai resort debuted 305 guest rooms and suites, a new lobby and entrance, new golf shop, new restaurants, and new ballrooms and meeting spaces, while preserving its original charming architecture and unique sense of place.

The resort was first awarded the coveted Five Diamond Award for excellence in the hospitality industry and has achieved this distinguished accolade annually since 2006.

Today

Throughout the years, hosting many celebrities, musicians, dignitaries and politicians, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa retains its sense of place staying true to the people who first built it. Amid an unsurpassed natural landscape with diverse appeal to families, couples, golf getaways, girlfriend getaways and multi-generational guests, the Inn remains one of the finest resorts in North America.



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