With how fast paced life can be these days, it’s easy to daydream about taking a lavish vacation, and consequently overlook the beauty that’s in our own backyards. A “staycation” is only a hop, skip and a jump away and can curb our appetite to get away. Ojai Califonia is my personal “staycation” of choice. Granted, I do live in the paradise of the Santa Barbara bubble. But for those of you who reside in a more urban setting, Ojai is definitely an amazing secret garden escape that everyone should explore. The last time we skipped out of town through the Santa Barbara Mountains we stayed at a lovely hotel called Chantico Inn and loved it! Free waffle breakfast, umm yes please!
Courtesy of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
There is something truly special about this town. Apparently there’s a tradition that has been passed down for over 100 years, that my boyfriend and I were unknowingly made a part of on this visit. One of our friends recommended we have dinner at Sea Fresh Seafood, which turned out to be divine. When we finished and asked for our bill, the waitress informed us that our entire meal had been paid for by an anonymous guest. Evidently, we had just joined the lucky community of couples who have been identified as “young love” and had the bill taken care of anonymously. So cool! So on our 20th staycation to Ojai, we will pay it forward!
So next time you start planning an extensive vacation, start by seeing what’s in your backyard and enjoy a staycation!
By the way, love this! Check out Travel and Leisure 3 Days in Ojai.
Author: Jessica Girard