Opening this weekend – Boccali’s Pumpkin Patch!

Less than five minutes east of downtown Ojai is Boccali’s Restaurant: a rustic, picture-perfect little piece of paradise that’s not to be missed.

The Boccali family has lived and farmed in Ojai for generations, and they serve up super-fresh Italian food — most of which they grow themselves, either on their Upper Ojai ranch or right behind the restaurant.

In the spring, locals love Boccali’s for their warm, just-baked strawberry shortcakes. In the summer, we crave their best-you’ve-ever-tasted tomato salads.

And no fall in Ojai is complete without a trip to the Boccali’s Pumpkin Patch. Behind the oak trees that surround the restaurant are countless pumpkins of all shapes and sizes — literally!

Wind your way through the rows of corn and hay bales, and choose from all sizes of pumpkins — mini to “Big Mac” beasts. They’ve also got green crook-necks, lumpy gray Hubbards, gourds, Indian corn, and lots more.

Let the kids run around in the hay maze, and if you’re here on the weekend, be sure to take a free hayride around the patch and enjoy Ojai’s incredible scenery.

And once the sun goes down, the ghouls come out for the Haunted Hayride (Fridays and Saturdays). The Boccali clan goes all out with this one, recruiting lots of friends and family to give you an elaborate, ever-changing creep show through the “haunted” cornfields.

For an extra-special treat, gather around the campfire Oct. 11 or 12 and hear scary stories about the ghosts of the Ojai Valley, as told by famous ghost stalker Richard Senate. Every other Friday and Saturday night, hang out and sing songs by the campfire with local musicians.

 

Tips from the locals:

• Don’t go home without tasting the Strawberry Shortcake. (Seriously.)

• Be sure to bring cash or checks; Boccali’s doesn’t accept credit cards.

• The Haunted Hayride isn’t TOO scary, but is generally suited for kids ages 6 and up.

• If you’re going for dinner, head out a little before sunset and catch that legendary Pink Moment while sipping on the Boccali Vineyards “Pink Moment” Rosé Syrah. (They grow their grapes in Upper Ojai and they offer several varietals by the bottle and glass.)

The details:

- Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta, 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai; Open Monday & Tuesday form 4 to 9 p.m., Weds-Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

- Pumpkin Patch: Oct 5 to 31. Sunday through Thurs. from 10 a.m. till dusk, and till 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

- Daytime Hayrides: Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free

- Haunted Hayrides: Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, from 7 to 9 p.m.; $8

- For more: (805)-646-6116 or www.boccalis.com

 

Announcing Ojai’s Original “101 Things To Do”

101 Things to do while in Ojai

From the very beginning, Ojai has been known for its resort-like environment and lush fertile valley. Many consider it a well-kept secret; however, it didn’t start off that way. In the late 1800’s Ojai, then called Nordhoff, was advertised in eastern newspapers and was proclaimed as the “great
sanitarium and health resort of California.” There was even a contest offering free land to whoever would
build a hotel. In 1874, Abram W. Blumberg answered that challenge by constructing the
Nordhoff Hotel, also known as the Ojai Valley House, and finally as the Ojai Inn. This original Ojai hotel was demolished in 1917 but it began a trend. Other resorts followed and by the turn of the century there were over 10 resorts, lodges, hotels and inns in our small hidden valley. In 1898, the Ventura River and Ojai Valley Railroad built a branch line to the Ojai Valley, thus encouraging growth by providing better access to farmers at the east end of the valley and promoting tourism. The tracks maybe gone today; however, the right-away still exists and now serves as a pedestrian, bike, and equestrian path that extends from Ojai to the Pacific Ocean.

Not much has changed in Ojai over the years and that’s what makes it so special. It may give the impression that there is not much to do in Ojai. Well, that is not the case and that is why the 101 Things to Do While in Ojai list was created. For more than 100 years Ojai has been known as a destination with many wonderful things to do and see. Now, with the 101 Things to Do While in Ojai list, the secret is out!
Make your reservations today and visit Ojai. (www.ojainow.com)

Springtime is here in Ojai

Ojai Hospitality Group Inc.

 

Springtime is here in Ojai!  (Check out for you self on our webcam)

 

Wishing you could spend some quality time enjoying our Ojai wonderland.  Yes, there is enough to go around, although we have some long time Ojaians that want to keep our little valley a secret.

2010 is now a memory and the 2011 has welcomed Ojai with snowflakes.  Yes, the last time it snowed in the town of Ojai was about 13 years ago.  We generally get snow cap mountains which you can see for yourself on our webcam overlooking the Topa Topa bluffs, however, not in town.  The days will now grow longer, and we turn our thoughts to the many blessings we have enjoyed in the year gone by. Despite the many challenges in today’s world, we find our hearts are filled with gratitude, and here are some of the reasons for our contentment.

OUR GUESTS! We feel truly fortunate that so many interesting and friendly people pass through our doors. After 30 years of welcoming travelers to Ojai, the pleasure of saying “Thank you for choosing our Inn” is still genuine. We understand that travel can be stressful and that satisfying dreams is a tall order, so the kind comments and thoughtful feedback we receive is always welcome. We appreciate every single visitor who crosses our thresh-hold and gives us the opportunity to help him or her enjoy the very things we cherish about the Shangri-La.

OUR STAFF! Having tenured staff who remember your guests and address them by name is a treasure beyond price. Not a day goes by when we are not aware that the world of hospitality often has a revolving door that can rapidly channel staff in and out. The fact that our staff stays with us for years is an honor of which we strive to be worthy. From the laundry to the maintenance crew, from the front desk to the housekeepers, we thank you all, each and everyone, for your dedication and commitment. Our guests feel like family, because our staff is our family!

OUR OWNERS! It probably goes without saying, but a well-run property can only operate successfully from the top down. Having a family ownership since the beginning, and knowing that this same person built the property from the ground up, we are able to ensure that the Inn will always look and feel her best.  We truly appreciate our guest input on areas of improvement and suggestions because ourCasa Ojai has felt the loving care of our owners whose taste, instincts and attention to detail have led to our success. Thank you, Ben and Wendy!

OUR CITY! It is so uplifting to live in such a unique and inspirational spot! Ojai always seems to be on the mind of our travelers.  Whether hearing about Ojai through TV shows such as Brothers & Sisters or such recent hits as Easy A or simply knowing about Ojai for its outdoor beauty, activities and arts. Our sublime climate, our perfect secret valley size, the presence of world-class theater and arts, the blend of native cultures, delicious cuisine, the beautiful natural surroundings, all these things combine to keep us here and allow us to offer a variety of experiences to our visitors.  That’s what keeps our families here and that’s what keeps our guest coming back!  Please visit us soon, as we will keep you filled with activities while maintaining our motto of “your comfort is our concern”.

 

For those who have yet to visit, we invite you to discover the charms of our city and our Inn! And for those who return to us again and again, our thanks for helping us create a home away from home in Ojai!

From all of us at Ojai Hospitality Group, we hope to see you soon!