The valley we now call Ojai was settled by the Ancient Chumash Indians spanning more than 10,000 years ago. They believed that the valley holds mystical powers and that a magnification of energy exists exuding a peaceful sacredness that can be felt. This energy that first drew the Chumash to the valley has been celebrated through the years and many believe today that Ojai is a ‘vortex’ – an unseen force that concentrates energy. Some equate this vortex to the valley’s unusual positioning of the mountain range that runs East to West, and that this helps hem geological tremors and atmospheric energy. Others point to geology and that the stratified mountain rocks inlaid with quartz can harness energy, transmitting it along lines like subway trains filled with good vibrations. The Pink Moment, a rare and magical moment that draws thousands of visitors to Ojai every year happens as the fading sunset creates a brilliant shade of pink for several minutes on the Topa Topa bluffs- over 6,000 feet above sea level. Whether you believe in this energy or not- there is something about the Ojai Valley that cannot be described – but can be felt- and the only way to explain it, is to visit for yourself.
Today, downtown Ojai is filled with art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Home to artisans of every calling, farmers, hippies, celebrities, spiritualists and of course the famous Ojai Valley Inn.