Legendary Resort Welcomes Picnic Season with Unveiling Of Artisan Market, Café and Boutique, Linus Bicycle Partnership and Picnic Program

May 19th, 2016

Ojai, CA (May 10, 2016) – Just in time for summer, iconic Southern California escape Ojai Valley Inn & Spa announces the opening of Libbey’s, a fresh artisan market, café and boutique concept, perfectly aligned with the launch of an elegant fleet of custom Linus bicycles and a farm-to-table gourmet picnic program. The resort’s Picnic & Pedal program pairs the vintage-inspired bicycles with customized baskets overflowing with artisanal treats to enjoy under one of the property’s historic oak trees, along with maps featuring bike-friendly trails and picturesque picnic spots throughout the resort’s stunning 220 acres.

Named after resort founding father, Edward Drummond Libbey, Libbey’s is a chic, airy artisan market, café and boutique offering light meals, designs and local gourmet food products bearing a distinctly “Ojai” style and sensibility. Equal parts stylish boutique and charming gathering spot, Libbey’s offers multiple settings for indulging in tangible touches of the spirit of the region. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook rolling greens, Libbey’s is a casually elegant, bright space featuring locally sourced, house made fare throughout the day with expertly prepared espresso beverages; seasonal wraps, salads and sandwiches; freshly baked pastries and a pop-up of McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, the locally based, gold standard in California creamery for nearly 70 years.

Gourmet gift options extend from olive oils and infused vinegars from Ojai farms to pasta created by resort Chef de Cuisine, Andrea Rodella, who perfected the art of pasta making at his grandmother’s side, growing up in northern Italy. Fixings for favorite Ojai menu items such as Lavender Scones, house made granola, and the famous Pete’s Warm Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie are packaged to recreate at home. The boutique displays a thoughtfully curated selection of treasures for home and wardrobe from a collection of like-minded emerging and established designers and brands such as Rifle Paper Company, Christian Lacroix, Hale Bob, Clare Vivier, Tkees Sandals and Johnnie O.

The Picnic & Pedal Program includes:

  • Complimentary use of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s custom Linus Bikes, striking white cruisers adorned with a shiny orange bell inspired by the area’s Pixie tangerines*
  • Customizable artisanal picnic menus for purchase from Libbey’s to stock the bicycle baskets
  • Map of the area’s many scenic, picnic-worthy stops

*based on availability

About Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Nestled in the bohemian enclave of Ojai is the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a luxurious retreat that has been one of California’s most revered destinations since opening in 1923. Located just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, the resort overlooks the unspoiled natural beauty of its mountain surroundings and celebrates the relaxed glamour of California’s past to create an unparalleled resort experience that is quintessentially Ojai. The resort recently turned the page to a new chapter with the unveiling of enhancements that further elevate the resort experience while remaining true to its authentic spirit and include: the chic outdoor oasis, Indigo Pool; new signature restaurant Olivella and Vine; and the thoughtfully refreshed, historic Wallace Neff Heritage Bar.

Set on 220-oak studded acres, resort guests can indulge in an abundance of active and peaceful pleasures with a George C. Thomas designed golf course; soul soothing spa therapies at the 31,000 square foot Spa Ojai; instruction that encourages creative consciousness in the Artist Cottage; essential oil blending in the Apothecary; multiple pools and more than five dining outlets with settings that range from fast-casual to fine dining. In 2015, the Inn was honored among the Condé Nast Traveler “Top 100 Hotels in the World” editor-selected “Gold List” and was selected by the Travel + Leisure readers as one of the “500 Best Hotels in the World,” affirming the Inn as a treasured destination that authentically combines the regions unspoiled spirituality with 21st century luxury.

For additional information and guest bookings, please visit www.ojairesort.com or call 1-800-422-6524.

About Linus Bike

Inspired by French bicycle design of the 50s and 60s we have created a bicycle that preserves the simple elegance and pure form of that golden era, but has all the benefits of modern comfort and reliability. At Linus we see bicycles not only for recreation and sport, but as a legitimate form of transportation. In our everyday life we take numerous little journeys, under 5 miles... to the store, the cafe, to work, etc. Besides the obvious joy of riding a bicycle, these small bicycle trips reduce carbon emissions, congestion, noise pollution, and make for a happier, more connected city experience. That’s Linus... a simple, affordable, elegant bike for riding around and doing stuff. For more information, please visit http://www.LinusBike.com/.

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