TIP: If your trip falls on a Sunday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., swing by the Ojai Certified Farmers' Market, where a live bluegrass band provides background music for a dizzying selection of citrus, baked goods, homemade soaps, local olive oil, and small-batch honey. http://fathomaway.com/guides/usa/los-angeles/itineraries/weekend-in-ojai-california/
Come morning, the only thing you should be standing around waiting for is your four-minute French press. Skip the line at Bouchon Bakery and head for the coffee window next to the old railway inn where ritual roasters coffee and sweetie pie pastries are at the ready.
Crispy margarita pizzas from the wood-fired oven, bowls of house-made pasta, nearly 20 types of house-cured salami, and a deep Italian wine list present a real problem: making sure you’re hungry enough to really flex the many cheesy, carby, winey options. One solution: go for dinner, come back for lunch.
Break bread with the locals. By night, crusty artisan loaves from this brick-ovened institution grace the side plates of the best restaurants in town. By day, crisp-edged english muffins slathered with butter and eggy breakfast sandwiches soak up debauchery from the night before.
The hamburger: revered by live-to-eat enthusiasts and their eat-to-live (yawn) counterparts alike. The Western Bacon Blue Ring (onion ring, point reyes blue cheese, bacon, pickles, red onion, and bbq sauce) burger on an egg bun will give them something to talk about while they wait for a table.
A farm-to-southern-fried-pit-stop on the outskirts of town. Piping hot coffee, cornbread with maple butter, old fashioned grits, and hearty bowls of peppered brisket hash fortify, though it’s easy to veer in the direction of root beer floats and fried apple pies.
Muted, modern, minimalist decor designed with the luxe maximalist in mind. Tuck into pasta and wood-fired pizzas at Redd Wood (the casual counterpart to Michelin-starred Redd) before turning in for the night.
All the right elements of French country farmhouse lodging in the center of the culinary capital of the county (and arguably, the country). Laying claim to the most important meal of the day, brekkie-only restaurant Hopper Creek Kitchen makes a.m. mainstays (fruit porridge, duck ‘n’ donuts) worth the wake-up call.
Forward-thinking kid sis of Hotel Healdsburg merges ecofriendly decor and technologically advanced infrastructure for an easy-access option in the middle of town. Take advantage of local wines on tap at Spoonbar or purified water on tap in the lobby – depending on the time of day.
Romantic bungalows right out of Williams-Sonoma home with incredible bedding. Fireplaces, and wine. Just so, so much wine. Be sure to have a nibble at the lakeside lounge. It’s only open to hotel guests, which, considering the clientele, turns it into a Napa version of Soho House come nightfall.