More Ojai – The Ranch House

Tuesday, the only full day were were in Ojai, we got up and had our breakfast at the hotel:

breakfast

Then we went across the street to the path:

walk

Then we rode the trolley:

trolly

While taking in some more country side:

windmill

We also visited Barts Books!

bartsbooksoutside

That is the outside of the store, but its really hard to tell because the whole thing is open!  If you pick up a book outside, just pay for it here!

barts 

Pretty cool place.  Everything is so open in Ojai!

bartsoutside

I love bookstores. 

There is a super-dee-duper restaurant in Ojai that I have always wanted to go to.  I always expected to go with a date!  It’s kind of a romantic spot and since that romantic date never happened I decided that my daughter and I would go.  She is the love of my life and breaker of my heart anyway!

But… after the our morning walk, trolley ride, Barts and having pizza in town, we were exhausted and just kicked back at the Blue Iguana.  I didn’t think we were going to make it to the Ranch House.

bluiigafountan  

But we rallied.  I decided we would go and just have a couple of appetizers and drinks.  Non alcoholic for her of course. 

So off to the Ranch House we went.

entranceoutside

This is THE place in Ojai!  Its so… you just have to see it!

When you walk in, you are outside.

entrance

The place is a web of cozy seating areas and paths.

garden

garden2

They even grow grapes!

grapes

We got our seat right in the middle of bamboo!

table 

So tall!  My daughter ordered a Shirley Temple and I ordered my new fav wine!

bamboo

After you order you are free to get up and just roam the paths into the garden and just be. 

restback

Its a very small place and from the front (and even in the back) it looks like a ramshackle, but there is just something about the place.

stairs

Ponds and Buddha!

buddha path

budha1

I mean, how lovely!  We sat over the pond!

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So I took my new favorite wine and we meandered some more!

wine

Back at our table, I ordered pate:

pate

My daughter ordered shrimp:

shrim 

It started getting dark and the lights came on!  This is a little teahouse that was next to us.

teahouse

By the time we left, I felt like I was leaving a fairytale!

outsidenight

Now I can say that I have been to The Ranch House in Ojai!  Finally!  I hope you can visit someday!

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