Ojai, California

by Michael Berry on January 17, 2011

We’re moving on from Palm Springs in April and have been considering other locations for our next adventure. Many of you may not be aware, but over a year ago we sold everything in Texas and are eventually headed to Hawaii but we have been drawn to the diversity and beauty of California. We’ve been staying in beautiful vacation homes from LA to San Diego and now Palm Springs. With our business we can live anywhere in the world, so why not. So more about Ojai.

We spent the weekend in Ojai (pronounced Oh-High) and had a ball. I think John Lennon, who spent over a year there, said it best when he called in “magical”. Many wonderful restaurants to choose from, great scenery, and a wonderful quaint downtown and it’s all just 70 miles North of LA. I got this description from a publication and at the end of this I have some pictures to share.

The  geologic structure of the Ojai Valley is essential to the charm and the spiritual influence with which it affects those who live within its gentle confines.

The Ojai Valley is ten miles long and three miles wide. The unique atmosphere  which impresses even the first time visitor is due to the transverse nature of the surrounding mountains, they lie in an East/West configuration, whereas most of California’s mountains run North/South.

The sun rising at one end of the valley and setting at the other provides the residents with lingering morning and evening sun, and some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets available anywhere.

When conditions are right (nearly all of the time) everyone in the valley stands transfixed for several moments at sunset watching the surrounding mountains turn a brilliant shade of rose. It has even been given a name, “The pink moment”.

Map Location

Ojai Valley from Meditation Mount

Mountain Stream

Ojai Valley Inn

Old Town

Pond

The Falls in Matilija Canyon

The Lake

Town Center

Trolley Cars

House We're Looking to Rent

Hope you enjoyed the view,


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Michael Berry January 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Yes it is truly magical. I’ve not seen another place like it in all my travels around the world.
Michael

Michael Berry January 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

You know Melissa I was lied to growing up in Texas that it was the most diverse and beautiful state. California has it beat hands down.
Michael

Pat & Lorna Shanks January 21, 2011 at 3:56 am

Michael,

Very cool! Looks like an awesome place to experience. Be sure to let us know what it’s like to call Ojai home.

Thanks,
~ Pat and Lorna
http://TheCoolestCouple.com

Michael Berry January 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I will we’re actually going to spend the weekend in the house we believe to be the one in February so I’ll give you a report.

Michael

Michael Berry January 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I will we’re actually going to spend the weekend in the house we believe to be the one in February so I’ll give you a report.

Michael

Pat & Lorna Shanks January 21, 2011 at 3:56 am

Michael,

Very cool! Looks like an awesome place to experience. Be sure to let us know what it’s like to call Ojai home.

Thanks,
~ Pat and Lorna
http://TheCoolestCouple.com

Willena Flewelling January 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

What an awesome, beautiful place!! I’m happy for you that you’re living exactly where you want to live right now. Thank you for sharing the blessing and the photos!

Willena Flewelling

Michael Berry January 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

You’re welcome Willena and thanks for your comments.
Michael

Michael Berry January 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

You’re welcome Willena and thanks for your comments.
Michael

Lori Robertson January 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Michael,

I am so jealous, it is beautiful, this is the perfect place to just relax grow your business and enjoy life my friend.

Lori

Michael Berry January 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Yes it is Lori and thanks for your comments.

Michael

Michael Berry January 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Yes it is Lori and thanks for your comments.

Michael

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