A Family Friendly Guide to Ojai Valley Inn

If you haven’t escaped to Ojai for a getaway yet, you’re missing out. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, something family friendly, or both, Ojai Valley Inn is the spot! Alan and I have spent time in Ojai and it’s in our rotation of places we just want to keep coming back to whenever we can. Alan loves the slow pace of the town and the architecture, while the food and vintage shops keep pulling me back. Harlee loves the endless poolside treats and swimming all day. All of us love leaving Ojai Valley Inn in a completely relaxed and rejuvenated spirit. Here’s my family friendly guide to Ojai Valley Inn.

Family Friendly Guide to Ojai Valley Inn

Rent a bike (and pack a picnic). OVI offers Linus bike rentals. If you’re traveling with a tot, they also offer bikes with attachments making it a perfect family activity. We love to pack a picnic at Libbey’s before heading out to explore on our bikes. The basket also comes with a detailed map leading you to perfect spots to hang out and have your picnic. I may have also napped at one of our stops!

Spa time for Mama. One of the best things about OVI is the Spa. It is the SPA of all spas so definitely make time for some me-time at the spa and then head over to the adult serenity pool for a little afternoon siesta.

Pixie Pool or Bust. If you asked me my thoughts on kids’ pools 5 or even 2 years ago, I would have told you how much I hate them. But the Pixie Pool at OVI isn’t any ordinary kids’ pool. It has a larger pool, hot tub, and a tot pool that’s just under 2 feet deep. I didn’t have to stress about Harlee as she was obsessed with the baby pool. She went back and forth with us between the two pools so it was a lot of fun. I have to say, for a kids’ pool, the Pixie Pool is pretty chill, it’s not a wild circus! Plus, I can sip on wine while Harlee plays in a safe and beautiful space.

After dinner S’mores. What’s not to love about s’mores?! Grab a s’mores kit at Libbey’s and head to the green by the large Oak tree and enjoy the pink moment while toasting some marshmallows. Plus, it’s a great way to make new friends. Harlee had fun running around on the golf course with the other tots.

Cocktails at Wallace Neff.  Use the babysitting service to get some alone time with your beau. We love dinner at The Oak or Olivella, but drinks at Wallace Neff is romantic, relaxing and just what the getaway needs. I suggest ordering from the extensive wine list – you won’t be disappointed. Fun fact: Wallace Neff is the father of “California” style architecture and lived in Pasadena, so naturally Alan is all about hanging at the Wallace Neff Heritage Bar.


If you’re looking for more things to do in Ojai, check out this guide.

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