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Ojai resort wants to teach you more about lifeWhile the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa bills itself as a "spa village," a better description might be Getaway University, with its campus full of activities and honest-to-goodness classes in the finer points of life.
The Ojai Valley Inn is a little off the beaten path, 13 miles off Highway 101 with the exit just north of Ventura. This detour takes you to the Ojai Valley, a serene setting amongst a picturesque range of modest mountains. About 10 miles long and three miles wide, the valley has just enough room for a small town—a kind of artists' enclave—and the sprawling 800 acres occupied by the Ojai Valley Inn, its village and its golf course.
The inn dates back to 1922 when a wealthy Ohio glass manufacturer and philanthropist commissioned famed architect Wallace Neff to build a country club in a Spanish Colonial style. The 18-hole golf course was designed by George C. Thomas, also a famous designer. Even those who don't golf can still appreciate today the broad fairways and scenic vistas that are visible from almost every part of the property.
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