Ojai, California Grand Finale: wine, shopping, cocktails

The final day of my girls getaway to Ojai, California just might have saved the best for last: shopping, a vineyard tour and cocktails. I really did not want to come home! Being so used to all of the name brands that dominate the Strip in Vegas, I found Ojai’s boutiques especially Β adorable, and I loaded up on unique knickknacks to take home. Catherine and I also talked up the owners, who knew everything about Ojai and the surrounding areas. It had been a long time since I’d spent 20 minutes in a store just chatting! But we had nothing but time, strolling the main drag in the California sun. This was my kind of day.

Our first stop shopping on Ojai Avenue: Kingston’s Candy Co. Kingston’s, an old-fashioned, colorful pop and candy store. I picked up a few items, from sour mints in the cutest tin to fun Ojai postcards.

Kingston’s is owned by Holly Thrasher, whose sister, Sarah Jaimes, was so impressed by her business, she opened one in Santa Barbara. I love that. It’s called Kingston’s Candy Co. #2. I’ll have to check it out sometime!

My second stop was Kava, where I bought a bunch of knick-knacks, including an awesome designer matchbook for candles, a beautiful wall hanging and a gorgeous bowl.

There are several vineyard tours around Ojai, but we checked out The Ojai Vineyard. It was fascinating. Not only did I learn more about wine-making than I’ve learned in my lifetime, the vineyard’s manager had us mesmerized with his passionate talk about the generations required to learn the art of wine-making and how people fall into so many traps on their search for certainty. Live life! It’s messy! He was such an inspiration. Plus, one of his wines is THE favorite of the staff at Milos at Cosmopolitan here in Vegas. It was a great side trip/follow-up to our olive oil adventures of the previous day.

After our fabulous day, we finished with a beautiful sunset. Ojai has its own saying: pink moment, which happens every evening during sunset. How do you think it compares to other sunsets?

Our favorite Ojai hot spots.

To Stay:

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa


Kingston’s Candy Co.

Kava Gifts

Busy Babes


Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room

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  1. A perfect ending.

  2. It was. πŸ™‚ I wish I had recorded the wine-maker and had quotes for you. He was awesome!

  3. I would go nuts in Kingstons. I love different types of soda pop. I wonder what the cucumber pop taste like. Which flavors did you get?

  4. I love the colours – even though I wouldn’t drink them πŸ˜‰

  5. Cat picked out all the soda to try! I remember one of them being mojito… I bet the cucumber is actually refreshing!

    I also was a sucker for the colors. πŸ˜‰

  6. I’m intrigued by the Ojai Vineyard’s manager talk about the search for certainty. That’s not something you’d expect on a winery tour. Cool. Beautiful sunset!

  7. He was fascinating! He said so many wine snobs want to “get it” but that it takes generations of families to learn, and it’s always growing and changing… He inspired me to stop striving for perfection!

  8. I remember going to Ojai as a kid, but it was no where as cool as you’ve made it! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

  9. sounds like you had a blast…

  10. Love the selection in Kingston’s. The Transylvania Punch would intrigue me far too much to pass up. Cucumber…yeah not so much.
    Beautiful sunset too. Glad you had a relaxing weekend!

  11. It was the cutest store!! And the scenery and sunsets were so beautiful.

  12. That sounds like a great day. I love little boutiques where you can just explore.

  13. What a great way to end your trip. From yours posts it seemed like you had a fantastic time!

  14. Ahh, I would loved to have been with you- so much fun! I can’t wait to get to Ojai and I might just copy your itinerary minute by minute!!

  15. Loved the sunset photo! I remember driving through Ojai last month and thinking that I wanted to hang out there more sometime. This is a good reminder to do so sooner rather than later!

  16. I was just unpacking my purchases today. Memories!

  17. I want to go!!!!

  18. Sounds awesome! You look gorgeous in your photo!

  19. Thank you!! The bartender stood up on a stool for us. I really wanted that angle haha.

  20. Sounds like you guys had alot of fun! I am very jealous of you being in Cali.

  21. I have to say that the sunset is gorgeous!

  22. Weren’t the colors stunning? I was amazed I got that photo with my dinky point-and-shoot — looking over rooftops!

  23. Sounds like the perfect way to end your quick getaway to Cali πŸ™‚

  24. I promise not to stretch it out any longer πŸ˜‰ Haha

  25. This looks like awesome shopping! And the winemaker had a wonderful philosphy

  26. Those colourful wine barrels are ridiculously cool. I’m a dork, I know.

  27. I think I’d like to go to Ojai!

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