It was about year ago when I first saw the most amazing fireplace decoration ever on Instagram. Made of white brick with the cutest cacti and succulent collection on the mantle was just how I would decorate a fireplace if I would have one. Shortly after, pictures stared popping all over Instagram and luckily the fireplace wasn’t in a private home, it was at the Ojai Rancho Inn – a rustic, southwestern, woodsy cabin feeling motel run by Shelter Social Club who also own the Agave Inn in Santa Barbara and the Hamlet Inn in Solvang. After browsing their website I new Patrick and I had to spend a weekend here. Being booked each time we felt spontaneous to drive to Ojai we finally reserved a room in advance for our anniversary. Yay! Ojai Rancho Inn is a real gem when it comes to relaxing and enjoying a weekend in Ojai. Their rooms are cozy and although located just off the street pretty quite. Every room has a small front porch to sip some coffee in the morning or to read a book while the noon sun is too hot. We also enjoyed some dinner on this porch and the atmosphere was great as around as where so many other couples sitting on their porches – some drinking wine, some playing cards and others just soaking in the setting sun. For all mermaids they also have an pool area with fire pits around, green grass, a tepee for some nap time if you like. Perfect spot for some sunbathing with following cool down in the pool. I really enjoyed that the pool wasn’t too crowded. Actually it was only us and one other couple. This might be different in the summer months. A really nice complimentary feature are their free bikes. You can rent a bike and just behind the motel there is the Ojai Valley Bike path for a little bit cruising in the morning, noon or evening. You can also go and discover Ojai with all its pretty homes and beautiful gardens. One evening we had a dinner in their backyard which a big community table, some small ones, light strings and a small stage for concerts. Imagine this: summer evening, string lights are on, people are sitting on blankets, nibbling on some snacks, orange scent is in the air and a band is playing. Ok, I’m going back definitely. And if you feel like you need to do some shopping after all the napping, relaxing and sunbathing you can do that too at Ojai Rancho Inn, directly in their office as they have always a small pop up shop with products from local artist and makers. This time there was a San Francisco shop, Gravel & Gold, presenting some beautiful items. We had a really pleasant time at the Ojai Rancho Inn and it would be definitely my choice also for the next time. Is this a place you would also like to stay at? Have you stayed at any other Shelter Social Club places? Would love to hear about it.
OJAI RANCHO INN NOTES: