My wife loves getting her hair done by her friend in Ventura (Elaine at Matiz) but it has become a bit more inconvenient to do that since we live in San Diego now. But she does such a good job we make it a point to get out there to her! So we decided to make it into a two day trip. I spent the day with our boy walking around downtown Ventura, popping into shops and getting coffee. We found some coupons for an AirBnB on https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/airbnb-coupon-code-35-discount/. We then headed up to Ojai for our AirBnB. We use AirBnB almost exclusively when we plan a trip (rather than our cross country road trips where we stay at whatever cheap hotel works for our itinerary) and we love it. We’ve even used it on our trips to Europe. It’s so much better staying in a house or private apartment when you visit new places because you can really live like a local. Plus you can find really unique spaces.
Our first night we went to Ojai Beverage company and had this AMAZING mushroom truffle bruschetta and a veggie burger. They have a whole shop out front with wine, beer, and liquor, or you can just get some from their menu while you eat. Their whiskey was SO CHEAP compared to other places I’ve been. I got an Aberlour 16 for $10… which is usually closer to $15 or $18 for a dram. And the pour was at least 2-2.5oz.
The next morning we walked around town and popped into a bunch of shops. One of our favorites was Fig. It had a lot of homewares and decor by local people and others. The setup and design was really cool too. We had lunch at The Farmer and the Cook and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. Then we headed to Summer Camp just to check it out. It’s your typical hipster “general store” with overpriced artisanal soaps and mugs and paper goods. But the place looks really cool and makes for a great Instagram post haha! We then headed to Ojai Olive Oil where we tasted a bunch of olive oils and finally found one that has the peppery flavor that we loved so much from our olive oil tasting experience in Tuscany a few years ago. The rest of the day we just hung out in the AirBnB, I picked up food to eat in, and took a damn bath! Having a baby makes things a lot more difficult because it is hard to plan your time properly and you need to bring SO MUCH more stuff when you travel. But the trip was still great and we can’t wait to take our next one. Follow me on Instagram and check the hashtag #merandtimneverstop for all of our travels. Outfit details at the end of the post. I love my Brixton Burnes plaid jacket!
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