Where to stay in Ojai

LODGING:

One of our sponsors, the Oakridge Inn motel in Oakview, about 5 miles south of Ojai proper (toward Ventura), is offering a special discount to Bowlful of Blues attendees. They are more likely to have rooms when places within the Ojai city limits are sold out. Just tell the manager Scott or any staff that you are attending the Bowlful of Blues.

Ojai has become a very popular tourist destination so lodging can be hard to come by. You can find a full selection of accommodations at the Ojai Visitors Bureau “Places to Stay” page. The Ojai City Council has banned short-term airbnb type rentals within the city limits but they are still available in the unincorporated area around Ojai.

For a stylish stay, we recommend the The Blue Iguana Inn and the Emerald Iguana Inn. As with anywhere in Ojai, the sooner you book, the better. These two places are extremely popular. Larger, more conventional motels along Ojai Avenue (Highway 150) include Casa Ojai, Hummingbird Inn, Capri, and Chantico Inn.

 

CAMPING:

There are two campgrounds near Ojai in the Los Padres National Forest. Both are managed by the Parks Management Company at 805-434-1996 or campone.com. The recommended choice is Wheeler Gorge Campground, located on the North Fork of Matilija Creek on the Maricopa Highway about 6 miles north of Ojai. To ensure a campsite, we recommend reserving online as soon as possible. Rates start at $23/night. Rose Valley Campground is a more remote camping experience with a waterfall just 1/4 mile up the trail. The only drawback is that you cannot reserve a space so no guarantee that you will find a campsite.

Another good option is Dennison Park, a Ventura County-operated campground located a few miles east of Ojai. It is the least expensive at $20/night.

The fourth option is Camp Comfort, another county-run campground located on San Antonio Creek on Creek Road between Ojai and Oakview. Camping runs $40/night.

PLEASE NOTE: No campfires or open flames are allowed at this time in the National Forest due to high fire danger.