California's Small-Town Ojai Makes For The Most Tranquil Getaway

Known as the Golden State, California has it all. It's a mecca of entertainment yet surprisingly has many pockets of peace. Whether you're looking for pristine beaches offering breathtaking views of the picturesque California coastline, or a mountainous region for a change of terrain, the beauty of California has a lot to offer. When many think of where to visit, the bigger cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco come to mind. However, there is one place that offers pure relaxation — Ojai.

Located about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, Ojai is an inland favorite for lovers of nature and wellness. The town offers a break from the hustle and bustle of many big cities in California. With fewer than 8,000 residents, via World Population Review, Ojai is a small town that leaves its visitors feeling rejuvenated. The region is a hub of wellness and there will be no shortage of activities to assist with engaging your inner yogi. Farm-to-table cuisine and meditation are aplenty and there are even 74 scenic hiking trails per, All Trails. Your journey to wellness is right at your fingertips.

From the palm tree-lined streets, citrus fields, and incredible architecture Ojai is in a league of its own. It's no wonder why the gem-like city makes for one of the most tranquil weekend getaways.

Ojai offers some of the best spas

It's all in the name, literally. Per Visit California, the word "Ojai" is Chumash for "nest," which is exactly what the town provides to its visitors. Tucked away in the Topatopa Mountains, many consider the city to have healing powers that make a visit to Ojai necessary. Apart from its stunning natural beauty and approach to wellness, the region is said to have a few top-tier spa experiences. Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn was recently awarded Forbes most-prestigious Five-Star Rating — making it one of only 102 spas in the world to obtain the major accolade, via Ojai Visitors. The property itself is surrounded by lavender and sage while overlooking the

If that wasn't enough, there is even a spiritual wellness center on-site, per the spa's website, where artists and creatives melt away any outside stressors by taking in the lavender and oak trees scenery overlooking the Topatopa canyon. According to Spa and Beauty Today, the expansive spa recently went through a $5 million renovation to upgrade the prestige amenities such as treatment rooms, guest suits, and public spaces.

If you're looking for a low-key spa experience, check out Bamboo Creek Spa. The renowned spa prides itself on delivering a budget-friendly approach to wellness where guests can have relaxation without the price tag, according to its website. No matter your decision, you can't go wrong as Ojai has a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to restoring your mind, body, and spirit.

Come for the pink moment, stay for the art and farm-to-table dining

Many come to experience the "pink moment," the time before sunset that creates a peaceful and warm hue. If you're interested in viewing it for yourself, consider making the trek to Meditation Mount to witness the Pink Moment while surrounded by Ojai's native plants. However, Ojai is so much more than the perfect pink moment. The hub is located about 5 miles from downtown and offers prime panoramic views.

Plenty of visitors are drawn to the scenic setting and down-to-earth artistic vibe that Ojai exudes. In addition to the best spas in the world, the town is also home to top-tier art galleries and museums. A trip to Ojai wouldn't be complete without a deep dive into what makes this gem truly magical. The Ojai Valley Museum of History & Art highlights a bit of history while showcasing art from its creatives.

However you choose to build your itinerary (or lack thereof) Ojai will leave a lasting impression. From meditation and relaxation to creativity and farm-to-table dining, you'll be in good hands while visiting this enchanting village.