Tuesday, February 22, 2011

stay - the lavender inn

since i'm off this week and heidi was able to take tuesday off, on monday morning we headed up to ojai, the first time for both of us. just a mere 72 miles away, ojai is a delightful small town (population: 8,000) located in ventura county. we settled on the b&b called the lavender inn and couldn't have been happier with our selection.

just one block away from downtown (i.e. ojai ave.), the lavender inn is a converted schoolhouse from 1874 and is just the 2nd building in ojai to be considered a city landmark. it has 7 rooms and an attached cottage, so for this trip we booked the craftsman room. however, they keep all of their available rooms open to view, so one can check out the respective rooms and their unique color scheme. the bottom two below are from our bathroom...

with all the rooms situated upstairs, the downstairs consists of the main living room (w/fireplace!), den (w/computers, books & DVDs), the dining area and kitchen. one of cool perks of your stay is complimentary wine & cheese everyday at 5pm. mind you, this is not something where they toss out a bottle of chardonnay and some kraft singles - it's the real deal holyfield. i counted over 12 types of cheeses (including goat, stilton blue, cheddar jalapeno & triple cream), different crackers, samosas & mushroom tarts right out of the oven, fig jam, etc., to go along with a few varietals from select ojai vineyards.

not to be outdone, breakfast is even better! served between 9-10am, tuesday's spread included a delectable quiche, fresh fruit, yogurt, applewood smoked bacon, sausage, warm banana bread and cereal to go along w/the prerequisite coffee, tea & OJ. you can nosh in the dining room or head outside, so we opted to eat on the patio overlooking the beautiful courtyard.

although our stay was such a short one, we had such a great time that it's yet another place where it's not a question of if we return, but when...

the lavender inn
210 e matilija st.
ojai, CA 93023

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