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Ojai to Santa Barbara

California's Central Coast

Breathe deeply, and let the calming energy of Ojai take over. If you've never heard of Ojai (pronounced "OH-HI"), you're in for an undiscovered delight. This is where hippie meets happy. Here, artists, philosophers, farmers, historians and bohemians conspire to escape the rat race and find their modern chi. Of course, this is still the California Coast, so get used to the fact that calming energy will combine with elegance and luxury. You’ll feel it too, as you sink into decadence at the award-winning Ojai Valley Inn with its gorgeous landscape, pool with a view, tranquil, full-service spa, artist’s cottage and apothecary, golf course and the list goes on. While you may want to escape the grid and get your mail forwarded here permanently, before you know it, we’ll be descending from the mountains to the sea as we head for Santa Barbara, the American Riviera. There’s nothing more invigorating than this picture-perfect ride from Ojai to Santa Barbara along the coastal bike path. Enjoy more fresh, local nouveau Californian cuisine as we explore the trendy Funk Zone, with its near-bottomless wine list and local charcuterie. Pedal high above the Pacific Ocean where every curve rewards you with another show-stopping view. Your shoulders have lifted. Your energy is high. Your chakras are in balance. And for a brief, fleeting and perfect pink moment, all is calm with the world.
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$3299 Per Person
Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Luxury
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
Reviews:
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Trip Wows
Dine al fresco on fresh, innovative cuisine prepared with ingredients from local farmers’ markets
Toast the week with dinner at Blackbird, one of the Funk Zone's newest, hottest restaurants
Savor with the pros and discover the region’s best olive oils with your own private tour and tasting
Experience the mystical powers of Ojai as you sink into luxury at Ojai Valley Inn, rated one of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best”
Golf, massage, yoga, spa-it’s all available in one of California’s chicest enclaves
Watch the Experience
I have participated in many group "adventure trips" and you gals/guys have it nailed. You've mastered blending fun, easy excitement and elegance. Thank you.
-Stefani

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Californian at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 45-minute shuttle to Ojai, you’ll get acquainted with your fellow travelers over a signature Trek Travel picnic prepared by your guides, complete with local, seasonal ingredients. Afterward, your guides will spend some time familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle to ensure a comfortable fit for the week. Then it’s time for a warm-up spin in the Ojai Valley which will end at your exquisite accommodations for the next two nights -- the Ojai Valley Inn. This resort is one of Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels and is a favorite among our most discerning guests, perfect for friends, couples and groups looking for some carefree, timeworn magic. This evening, we'll treat you to drinks and a sumptuous dinner of ever changing, locally sourced, Californian cuisine at The Oak, overlooking the beautifully manicured grounds of the Inn. As the sun sets, pause to bask in the glow of Ojai's "pink moment" where the sun bathes the Topa Topa mountains in vibrant, lavender-pink hues as it descends across the Pacific Ocean.

Today's Ride:

Ojai Valley Loop
Approximately 10 miles with 650 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Ojai Valley Inn

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Welcome to your first full day of Ojai tranquility. You'll ride the Pixie tangerine and Valencia orange-lined roads around this boho bedroom community, underneath the lumbering mountains surrounding this small valley on our way to Ojai Olive Oil Company. Sample these olive oils, freshly pressed and fragrant, and you may never buy another brand. Our olive oil expert, Alice, is a transplant from another time, and she’ll teach us the backstory of how this region became a unique supplier of premium oils. Afterward, head over to the tasting room and gift shop for some keepsakes and delicious reminders of our visit. Today is your chance to stroll along the Ojai’s Spanish-style shopping arcade, with its artsy shops beckoning you in, while freshly-pressed, local olive oils and honey compete for your palette’s attention. For lunch today, you get to choose from Ojai’s plethora of interesting options. If you are up for more riding, pedal up the twists and turns of Ojai Road and take in the vast, sweeping views of the Ojai Valley. This afternoon you'll have time to explore the town on your own or discover one of the many hotel amenities available, like a round of golf, massage at the award-winning spa (please note: advanced reservations are recommended and cost is not included in trip price), yoga and more. Regardless of what you choose, when the bells sound just before sunset, take a seat to capture the pink moment once again. Tonight, you'll enjoy dinner at one of our favorite, top rated restaurants in Ojai.

Today's Ride:

Casitas Springs Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Ojai to Casitas Springs to Ojai Valley Olive Oil Company
Approximately 24 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Casitas Springs Loop with Ojai Road Climb
Approximately 33 miles with 1,925 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Ojai Valley Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Slowly awaken your senses over a cup of coffee and incredible views of the surrounding mountains. You have one last chance to soak it all in before departing for the sea. After breakfast, we'll take the bike path toward Ventura and then head north along the seashore, toward Santa Barbara. Today's route offers captivating views of the ocean and you’re sure to see surfers riding some waves. As the marine layer burns off, you may even get a peek at the Channel Islands just a few miles from the coast. Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to spot a whale or dolphins along the way. We’ll roll up to a casual beachside grill for a delicious lunch, and if you haven’t had a fish taco yet, now is the time! After lunch, we'll continue our ocean-side cruise to Hotel Californian, in the heart of Santa Barbara. This surf city is the nexus of sun, sand, shopping and style, with high-end elegant villas nestled between quiet streets worn down by beach cruisers and flip-flops. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Opt for a nap by the pool, a walk along the ocean or to explore the many shops of Santa Barbara. Be sure to ask your guides for their favorite dining hot spots in town, as dinner tonight is up to you!

Today's Ride:

Ojai to Carpinteria
Approximately 34 miles with 550 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ojai to Santa Barbara
Approximately 43 miles with 850 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Californian

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Following a delicious breakfast, we'll head out for a full day of exploring the American Riviera. Pedaling along the beach, you'll enjoy the refreshing coastal breeze before heading up State Street toward Skofield Park. You'll pass by Santa Barbara's most famous cultural and historic landmark, the Old Mission, as you head toward the mountains. If you are up for a serious climb, take on the famed Gibraltar Road, snaking high above the coastline and providing eagle-eye views of the ocean and city below. The views continue to be dazzling as we descend back into town where you are free to enjoy lunch at a cafe of your choosing. We highly recommend you top it off with an espresso from our friends at Handlebar Coffee Roasters. This evening, we’ll go out in style with a farewell social hour and dinner at Blackbird, one of Santa Barbara's best new restaurants.

Today's Ride:

Skofield Park Loop
Approximately 22 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Skofield Park Loop with Gibraltar Road Climb
Approximately 35 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Californian

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

It’s our last Santa Barbara morning, so make sure you drink it all in. Soak up the last rays of sunshine by the beach, the hotel pool, or spin some miles on the bike. If you prefer to ride, we'll take you through Hope Ranch, a prestigious nook of Santa Barbara, and enjoy the seaside bike path one last time. You'll then have a chance to freshen up and check out of your room before shuttling to the airport.

Today's Ride:

Hope Ranch Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 730 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Ojai Valley Inn

Ojai, California

From former military barracks to a country club hosting Hollywood's most glamorous elite, Ojai Valley Inn is your source of inspiration, rest, and relaxation. With over 200 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, a lavish spa and expertly designed golf course, plus many more amenities, this impeccable resort has won a host of awards such as Conde Nast Traveller's Gold List, and Top 100 Resort Spa in the US, Travel and Leisure's World's Best Hotels, and it has won AAA's Five Diamond Resort Award 9 years in a row! Ojai Valley Inn will easily become your favorite oasis.
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Hotel Californian

Santa Barbara, California

New Hotel in 2018! Flourish. Romance. Panoramic coastal views. This hotel may be called the Californian, but it's pure Santa Barbara from its Funk Zone location to its two signature restaurants. You'll lavish in every luxurious touch, whether it's taking a break on the rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the palm trees and Pacific shoreline or treating your skin to a decadent purist oil blend at the surreal spa. This is truly one of the most impressive, incredible hotel options we've ever offered. The rooms are a magical mix of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and Moroccan flourishes, with modern touches from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. And even the facade tells a special story, with history dating back to the original 1925 hotel itself. Will it make you fall in love with the city? No doubt. Will you want to leave and actually see the sights? That might be up for debate.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200.

Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
23 miles
TOTAL MILES:
116 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,136 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
5,680 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain is widely varied, from flat, oceanside riding to rolling hills, and the steeper climbs around Santa Barbara and Ojai. The routes are designed so the harder riding is available on avid routes and the shorter rides feature the least hilly terrain. Ojai to Santa Barbara is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Olive Oil Tasting
  • Wine Tasting
  • Spa

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles (LAX)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara, CA

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles (LAX)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:15 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Barbara, CA

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.

We recommend flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) in Goleta, approximately 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. From just outside baggage claim you can take a cab to the meeting location. Cab rides from the airport to downtown will cost approximately $50. You may contact S R Transportation at 805 708 1403 to prearrange a taxi. Please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.

Due to better connections from most major cities, you may alternatively fly into Los Angeles (LAX) and take the Santa Barbara Airbus to Santa Barbara. Visit www.SBAirBus.com for more information. Alternatively, you may book a private car service through S R Transportation at 805 708 1403 for approximately $200 one way. Again, please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Californian (6 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Once everyone has arrived, the group will transfer approximately 45 minutes to Ojai, California.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, the Ojai Valley Inn (855 697 8780), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Californian where you will take a private shuttle to Santa Barbara's Municipal Airport to arrive at approximately 11:15 AM. From the airport you may catch a flight to your next destination, pick up a rental car, or take a taxi to meet the Santa Barbara airbus in Goleta. If you are flying out today, please do not book a flight before 1:00 PM.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

In an average year Santa Barbara enjoys over 300 days of sunshine. Expect temperatures in the mid 60s to upper 70s during the day and the mid 40s to mid 50s at night. Ojai, sitting further inland within a valley, you can expect very warm temperatures during the summer months with averages 20 degrees higher. Please prepare for a large disparity in temperatures. Rain is rare, but there is always a chance. Morning fog on the coast generally causes cooler temperatures until it burns off. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is a lively cosmopolitan city with plenty of opportunities for shopping, nightlife, and outdoor recreation. You can also explore some of southern California's other coastal cities, including Ventura, Onxard, and Los Angeles, which is located approximately 90 minutes south of Santa Barbara. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Customer Reviews

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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