We are so excited to have this new & unique offering in our private gardens and very soon our Yoga and meditation pavilion!  Wake up or set into the sun with a private or group Yoga session with Erin Dunphy, The Lavender Inn’s very special Yoga teacher and practitioner.  Erin has been practicing Yoga for 5 years and has studied at the Yoga Works in Westlake, under Nona Chiang & Lainie Devina, along with many other guest Yogies and teachers.  Trained in the various forms of Yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Prenatal and more, Erin’s focus is on Hatha Yoga, which is geared towards breath work, mental clarity & balance.   Although this may be the focus, she is versed in many practices and is able to accommodate any personal pursuits.

Hourly private classes are $15 per hour, per person.  Group Classes of 5 or more are $10 per person.
To schedule a class please contact The Lavender Inn @ 805.646.6635  or email attn: Erin  Innkeeper@LavenderInn.com

cindyThai with Cindy Liu
Sunday July 29 @ 1 pm

We are thrilled to present this exciting class with Cindy Liu, founder of LooHoo’s Asian Comfort Food!  Cindy’s approach to Pan Asian food is to source local, organic & seasonal ingredients and create unique Asian Comfort Foods that accessible to everyone.  LooHoo’s facebook page will give a great sense of the unique things she has in store for this class!
The Menu Includes:   “Limon-grass” summer Spritzer, Kaffir Lime and Coconut Rice, Hot and Sour Noodle Salad, Red Curry paste, Panang Beef Curry, Stir fried Seafood with Thai Chili paste

This class is limited to 12 participants.  $65 per person

Kitchen Basics & Techniques with Chef Dave  
Sunday August 12 @ 1 pm chef dave

Join us for this very hands-on class, as Chef Dave demonstrates fundamentals of timing course dinners, basic knife skills, safety & sanitation, kitchen equipment use, dessert assembly & presentation and much more…  This class will have everyone participating and in the end enjoying the fruits of their labor!
The Menu Includes:   Asian Style Napa Cabbage Slaw with toasted Almonds, Stir Fry with Orange Katsu Chicken, Rice Noodles with Peanut sauce, Barley Minestrone, Fresh Berry Tart
This class is limited to 12 participants.  $60 per person

 

Upcoming classes… Menus coming soon

Aug 25 Light Italian Fair with fresh pressed Regalo Olive Oil

Sept 9 Fresh From Farmer’s Market with Suzanne Landry

Sept 26 Sushi Sashimi & Tempura with Chef Dave

Nov 11 Step up your Holiday meal. Brine, Roast & Fry Turkey  Chef Dave

Dec. 1 Holiday Entertaining & Presentation   with Chef Dave

Also look forward to Mexican Cuisine with Sandy,  Pastries & Baking and Parents on the go….  Dates & menus will be updated soon
Father’s Day Grilling with Chef Dave   
Sunday June 17 @ 1 pm

Join us for this very special Father’s Day Class as Chef Dave demonstrates in detail Grill Cooking, Barbecue and other outdoor cooking techniques, including Grill care and preparation, utensils & Tools, Dry Rubs, Marinades, Seasonings, Cedar Plank & Wood chip Preparation and use, Low-n-Slow,  classic BBQ, Steak Grilling, Hot & Fast and perfect grilled Vegetables.  If you’re serious about outdoor cooking, then this is a class you won’t want to miss.  This is the perfect Sunday after the Ojai Certified Organic Farmers’ Market for Dad!

The Menu Includes:  Cedar Plank Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze, Chipotle Grilled Tri Tip or Flank Steak with Avocado and Tomato, Cilantro Lime Chicken with Jicama Slaw, Grilled Vegetables, Salsas and Accompaniments

Bring your appetite! Everything else is provided!

This class is limited to 12 participants.  $75 per person . Call The Lavender Inn for your spot!  805.646.6635

Diana

Join us at the Lavender Inn Sunday June 24th at 1:30 pm during the Ojai Lavender Festival weekend, as Diana Hall teaches you basics of Botanical Illustration.  This class is geared towards beginner and intermediate level students and introduces drawing skills needed for accurately illustrating plants in graphite and color pencil. You will learn to render plant forms with conviction and clarity through drawing exercises and techniques focusing on close observation of the plant form. These exercises include contour and gesture rendering as well as linear perspective. The effects of light on basic shapes will be related back to natural forms and surfaces of plants.

Diana Hall is a graduate of the California College of Arts & Crafts and is a member of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. She has taught at the L.A. Arboretum and the Theodore Payne Foundation.

The class will take place at Ojai’s lovely Lavender Inn where students will spend time in the Inn’s lovely garden.  Suggested materials to bring:

• Drawing tablet: 11″ x 14″ or 11: x 17; smooth-finish paper (not textured)
• 2 pencils HB & 2B (any maker– Berol, Faber, Derwent)
• Conté crayon for smooth glide in quick sketch and warming up exercises.
These supplies are available at Michael’s, Ojai Creates, and Ventura Creates.
Diana will provide any other supplies that may be needed.

Handouts and limited supplies, as well as water and a snack, will be provided; you are responsible for bringing materials listed on this supply list, as well as whatever you may need for the sunny outdoors: sunscreen, hat, etc.

To reserve a seat please contact The Lavender Inn  805.646.6635  or stop by at 210 east Matilija street, Ojai.  Cost $40

ImageOjai Valley has a tremendous amount to offer for everyone… it’s a piece of heaven.

 

 

Cooking Fresh from The Farmer’s Market 

with Suzanne Landry, Organic Chef, author of THE PASSIONATE VEGETABLE

Sunday April 22  @ 12 pm

What new treasures will be harvested this spring? We are so excited to have Suzanne Landry teach another healthy choice class!  First you will meet us at the Lavender Inn then walk a few doors down to the Ojai Farmers’ Market where Suzanne tours and shares her depth of knowledge of vegetables, herbs, and other healthy foods.  Afterwards you will return to the kitchen where Suzanne will demonstrate and prepare bounty from the seasonal foods.

The Menu Includes:  Blood Orange Salad with Fennel and Olives; Spicy Fried Cauliflower with Yogurt Aioli Sauce; Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Organic Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette; Fresh Garden Quinoa Salad; Farmer’s Market Surprise Fruit Dessert  
This class is limited to 12 participants.  $65 per person
Contact The Ojai Culinary School at 805.646.6635
 
*  We would like to extend a very special thank you to Suzanne for participating & volunteering her time in this year’s InnCourage Retreat for Women with Cancer.  She took special care in demonstrating how the right foods can heal & provide energy as well as beauty.  The ladies of the retreat thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your care! 
Lavender Inn is in March Sunset as the place to stay in Ojai!!! Their letter to the us: We showcase the West’s best…Image …garden desings, its most exciting travel destinations….That’s why we’re proud to include your business in the latest issue of Sunset. You’re hard work and creativity deserve to be recognized by people all over the West.” http://www.sunset.com/travel/outdoor-adventure/spring-getaways-00418000070786/page6.html

The Lavender Inn is host to some of the most beautiful Memories.  We are so exited that the season has begun!

We offer the perfect Destination Wedding.  Whether you’re looking for an intimate Cottage Wedding for 10 of your closest friends and family or a Garden Wedding for up to 125 guests, we can accommodate all your special needs.

The Inn has 7 Rooms and a private Provence Cottage, perfect for the Bride.  If you choose The Lavender Inn for your wedding, it can accommodate up to 18 guests with a two night minimum on weekends.  Our rooms and prices vary and all can be viewed on our website www.Lavenderinn.com.

We have a local list of chefs, caterers, florists, and photographers and are happy to recommend some of our favorites!  Please note that we only provide the space and accommodations, gardens & facilities for your venue and that rentals, florist, music & caterers are your selection.   Should you like, The Lavender Inn  Wedding Planner, Beth Keenen, is available at additional cost to make your day a seemless and beautiful day to remember!

For additional information please view one of our wedding sites www.YourOjaiWedding.com .

Tours of the Inn are always welcome.  Please contact us to schedule an appointment, or if you’re in the neighborhood, just come on in.

Let The Lavender Inn create your unique Wedding Story.

Thank you for your interest in The Lavender Inn.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Beth Keenen,  Innkeeper and Weddings & Events Coordinator  805.646.6635

We love the holidays in Ojai and this year is we’re making it very special!  Not only have we started to deck the halls, but we have two special events.

Holiday Styling and Decor around the Home
Presented By Daniel Brady   Sun.  December 4th   1 pm
 This very special class is neither ordinary or a cooking class!  We are very pleased to have Daniel, our favorite Garden & Home stylist present this Holiday Home Decor Class.  Join us as Daniel shows you how to design your personalized wreath, style your mantles with magical displays, decorate your Holiday Buffet, create a Holiday dining table and personalized Center Piece.  Bring your favorite center piece container, Soup Tureen, Silver Punch Bowl, Ceramic or Basket so that you can leave with your very own creation!  Some of the other skills he will demonstrate are gold leaf, candle heights, and building an arrangement.  Don’t miss out!  Daniel’s approach to styling your home will leave you feeling more talented than Martha Stewart!  It’s going to be a blast!   This class is limited to 12 participants.  $65 per person
Lavender Inn’s 1st Annual Holiday Decor &  Gift Boutique
at the Lavender Inn Garden  Sun.  December 11th   11 am to 4 pm
Come do your special holiday shopping with us as you sip complimentary hot apple cider in our beautiful gardens!  Booths will be filled with Antiques, Fine Art, Crafts & Handcrafted Decor from Local Vendors, Artisans and Artists.  Enjoy your shopping outdoors and only two doors down from Ojai’s Certified Organic Market!
Hope to see you there.
Happy Holidays!

 

The Lavender Inn and Ojai Culinary School are welcoming Susan Landry to once again tour the Ojai Certified Organic Farmer’s Market and teach this very seasonal and unique culinary class!  Join us Nov. 13, Noon-3:30pm

Ojai Let’s tour farmer’s market together to see what mother earth has to offer this time of year. Sweet winter vegetables, fall fruits and fresh herbs is the start of something wonderful. Join us for a belly warming meal and a surprise dessert!!

The class menu includes: * Wild Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Dill * Cranberry Glazed Yam Casserole * Stuffed Delicata Squash with Chicken Apple Sausage * Spring Greens with Cranberries, Candied Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette * Roasted Root Vegetables (pictured below) and more!

Class limited to 12 participants, $65. To reserve, please contact Ojai Culinary School at The Lavender Inn at 805-646-6635.

Follow Suzanne on her YouTube Channel! 

Join us on Sunday,  September 25th   1 pm, as Suzanne Landry, Organic Chef, Author of the soon-to-be published cookbook “The Passionate Vegetable” is treating us to another class!  Suzanne’s last class, Farm to Table, was a huge hit, so The Ojai Culinary School invited her to cook up another class!

Suzanne’s approach to teaching you how to cook is just like being on the food network in person.  Her menus are seasonal, organic and accessible to everyone.  Join us for this very exciting class.  Suzanne also has her own channel on YouTubecheck it out!

The super fresh Menu Includes:  Tuscan Heirloom Tomato and Grilled Bread Salad, Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille over Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa Taboulli Salad, Jicama Slaw with Nappa Cabbage and Daikon Sprouts, Roasted Pumpkin with Herbs de Province

This class is limited to 12 participants and seats are going fast!  $65 per person

Contact The Ojai Culinary School at The Lavender Inn  805.646.6635

We are thrilled to present this exciting class with Cindy Liu, founder of LooHoo’s Asian Comfort Food!  Cindy’s approach to food is to source local, organic & seasonal ingredients and create unique Asian Comfort Foods that accessible to everyone.  LooHoo’s facebook page will give a great sense of the unique things she has in store for this class!

The Menu Includes:  Kalbi – Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Sam, Lettuce leaves & Garlic, Kimchi Fried Rice, Banchan (Korean Side dishes) including: JapChae (Chilled Noodles), Kimchi, Pickled Cucumbers, Sweet & Sour Daikon Radish & Sweet Caramelized Potatoes, all Served with Soju Cocktails

Sun.  September 11th   1 pm  

This class is limited to 12 participants.  $65 per person

To reserve your spot, call the Ojai Culinary School @ The Lavender Inn  805.646.6635

Sunday August 28 at 1:00 pm

Join Aparna, The Mistress of Spice as she shows you Ayurvedic methods of preparing Cooling Vegetable dishes.  This is the perfect way to keep cool in the heat of August!  The Menu for this class is eccentric, but Aparna has a way to show you how easy it is to prepare these unique dishes.

The Menu Includes, Cooling and Rejuvenating Jamaica Hibiscus Drink, South Indian Cucumber Salad with coconut, lime and cilantro, Avial- South Indian Coconut and Vegetable Curry, Fresh Fennel and Orange Salad, Delicious Mango Mousse.

This class is limited to 12 participants.  $55 per person

To sign up contact the Ojai Culinary School at The Lavender Inn
805.646.6635     210 east Matilija Street, Ojai

 

Farmer’s Market To Table  

Tour & Cooking Class     Sun.  August 7th   12 pm 

 

Join us as Suzanne Landry, author of the Passionate Vegetable, tours you through the Ojai Certified Organic Market to find the seasonal foods for the cooking class.  This will be a whole experience of cooking dishes that are made of freshly picked, seasonal & local vegetables & fruits and goods.  The class begins with a tour of the Farmer’s market, next door to the Culinary School and continues in the kitchen, where Suzanne will show you what amazing dishes you can make with the foods right in your back yard!  It doesn’t get Fresher than this!

The Menu Includes :  Stuffed Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese, Wrapped in Prosciutto, Tangerine & Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese, Wild Caught Salmon Quiche with Peas, Fresh Dill & Thyme , Chilled Strawberry Rhubarb Soup

 

Don’t miss out on this exciting and fresh class!
We are so excited about the next class at the Ojai Culinary School! Participation is limited to 12 seats!  $65 per person.  Call to reserve your spot!  805.646.6635

Come to the Spa at The Lavender Inn and do just that!

While you are in Ojai or staying at the Lavender Inn, treat your body and mind to wellness and stress reduction Natural Results Oriented Skin Care Facials and Specialized Massage Therapy.   Just outside the front garden is the convenient Spa at the Lavender Inn.  Enter through the dutch door into a serene, comfortable setting, while listening to the fountain outside, just before going into a treatment room and relax with a massage or facial.

If your looking for Natural Results Oriented Skincare Mary’s  treatments & products are a reflection of her commitment to pursue long term strategies for the health and beauty of your skin.  Treatments include European Facial, Microdermabrasion, Ultronic Ultrasound, Oxygen Facial, and Organic Medifacial & more.  Mary Utilizes Natural & Organic products including 302 Professional Skin Care Osmosis Skin Care.  Best of all, these products are available for purchase so that you can maintain and continue your treatment at home!

No matter what style of massage you’re looking for, Spa at the Lavender Inn will help you get it! We offer specialized massage that includes, Thai, Deep Tissue, Cranial, Swedish, & PreNatal massage and Hot Rock Therapy and more.  Mary will be happy to assist you in selecting the option that’s right for you.  If your staying at the Lavender Inn, you also have the choice to have your massage in the Romantic Suite or The Provence Cottage.

Contact Mary Nelson to schedule your appointment and design the treatments that are right for you!  805.646.2013

Come to Relax, Enjoy & Feel Better!

We’ve got some great Culinary Classes coming up and we’d like to share them with you!

First on the menu is Ellen Sherwood‘s class Aromas From An Italian Terrace  Sun.  July 17  1pm, right after the Farmer’s Market next door.   Although this class is full, a stand-by list has been started, and if enough individuals sign up, we will be hosting another class Sat.  July 6th 1pm

Ellen‘s philosophy is that the most satisfying food is the simplest… Perfect for entertaining!  Imagine yourself on a terrace enjoying perfect bites of sensual food  from Italy surrounded by family, friends, and guests… Ellen leads magical classes guiding you to create Italian cuisines and flavoring the class with the language and culture of Italy in a way that you will be comfortable doing it yourself!     Andiamo!

The Menu Includes :  Spicy Shrimp with Garlic & Parsley, Grilled Seasoned Skirt Steak Topped with Arugula, Tomato, Lemon Salad, Pizza featuring Ricotta, Summer Squash, Zucchini and Tomatoes, Joey’s Olive Oil Cake with Mascarpone Cream & Pistachios, Vanilla Gelato topped with Balsamic Sauce garnished with frozen Black Grapes

And coming this late Summer & Fall, we’re excited to have some more exciting classes.

August 7 Farmer’s Market to Table , which includes a tour of the Ojai Certified Organic Market next door to the Inn & cooking class with  Suzanne Landry, who will be demonstrating what you can cook with fresh seasonal foods.

August 28 Aparna, The Mistress of Spice will be teaching “Cooling Vegetarian Foods”, and it couldn’t come at a better time.  Her menu will include, Cooling and Rejuvenating Jamaica — a hibiscus drink, South Indian Cucumber Salad with coconut, lime and cilantro, Avial– South Indian Coconut and Vegetable Curry, Fresh Fennel and Orange Salad , Delicious Mango Mousse.  Did you ever notice that the countries nearest the Equator have the Spiciest foods?  As it turns out, that’s the way you can stay cool.  Can’t wait to see why?

September 11 Korean BBQ made with locally sourced ingredients with Cindy Liu   LooHoo’s .  So excited to have Cindy teach her first class with us. “LooHoo’s® Inc, is based in Ventura County, California and is committed to supporting the local economy, and engaging in sustainable and scalable business practices.”  This should prove to be a very exciting class!

October 9, Look forward to another amazing Tuscan Dinner hosted by Ellen Sherwood.  These dinners have been a huge success and although 60 seats are available.  They go fast!!!  so sign up soon.  The menu for this dinner is not yet set but you can take a look at the last Tuscan dinner we had to get some idea about how grand it is!!

Classes are limited to 12 participants so be sure to sign up soon.  If you can’t, make one of our scheduled public classes, then you might consider an intimate, private class designed by you!    Contact us  for details, or visit our site.

Create your own Private Class!   Let us cook up a celebration for you – whether it’s a birthday, a bridal shower, or just a group getting together. We can tailor your class to your group’s cooking skill level and type of desired menu. Chefs will work side by side with your group to create a memorable meal. See below for more on private classes.

So many more great classes coming up… stay tuned, or sign up for our newsletter to get  a once a month announcement by clicking on the the join our email section on the bottom left of our site.

Hope to see you there!

To Watch a short Video of Ellen doing a demonstration for HGTV, visit our Facebook page!

In  October of last year, we discovered a little kitten next to our front porch, keeping dry from the rain.  We tried to grab it to bring it inside to keep warm, but he ran off.  For the next several days, we kept food out to see if it would return, but didn’t.  It was the next week when we saw a whole litter running towards the neighbors house, but we couldn’t see exactly where they went.

Beth decided to go to Noah’s Apothecary to buy some cat food and find out if there was any way to save them and find a safe home for them. While she was there, she ran into a good samaritan that, as a hobby, would gather stray kittens & cats, nurse them to health and find homes for them.  Sure enough this good samaritan, found the kittens and their mom, took them to vet and cared for them until she found them all a home.

Several days after the kittens and mother were taken away for care, we noticed a mature black & white cat roaming around the area we found the kittens.  He would return daily and when he’d see us would run to Inn’s garden.  We were convinced that he was the father and felt terrible that we might have separated him from his family.  We couldn’t tell for certain and by then it was too late.  All of the kittens found a safe home.

One day in November, we finally saw where the cat was hiding.  Underneath the outside staircase in our garden.  We started to leave food out for him and made him a little bed, but we never saw him.  Finally, Beth set out his food one morning and she sat next to it calling out for the cat.  It took a while, but sure enough, the cat came out from underneath the building and slowly went to eat his food.  Beth did this for days, until he gained enough trust and let her pet him.  She couldn’t have been happier.  At that point he was officially  the “Lavender Inn Cat”.

Although he was no longer afraid to come out and eat, he never let us get too close. In January we had our annual INNCourage Retreat for Women with Cancer.  One afternoon while all the ladies were lounging in the garden, the cat came out of nowhere, approached one of the Ladies and sat right on her lap.  Her name was Hope.  You can see the picture above with Hope.  So Beth and Kathy finally gave him a name, Mr Hope.

It was at that moment that Mr Hope’s life was forever changed.   Mr Hope greets all the guests in the garden, sits with them for breakfast & demands to be pet.  There’s only one type of guest that he doesn’t like… the dogs.

We’re thrilled that he’s made his home at the Inn and we wanted to share his story.

Join us on Sunday, June 26th at 1pm, as Jennifer Vasich, Author of The Lavender Gourmet, shares her experiences of blending Lavender & Herbs into her recipes.  It’s the perfect way to complete your sunday after visiting Ojai’s Certified Organic Farmer’s Market next door to the Lavender Inn.  And if came to Ojai to be at the Lavender Festival, it’s the perfect way to find culinary uses for your fresh picked Lavender, especially if you got it from the New Oak Ranch, who will have a booth at the Festival.

One of this year’s speakers at the Ojai Lavender Festival, Jennifer is also the founder of the Michigan Lavender Festival and Successful author of the popular Lavender Gourmet, has a very interesting history on how she became a Lavender Connoisseur.

Join us at the Ojai Culinary School.  The Menu includes, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Mediterranean Salsa with Toasted Pita, Lavender-Feta Fattoush (salad), Grilled Chicken Marinated in Lavender Lime Marinade, Rice Pilaf with Toasted Almonds and for dessert…….Lavender Watermelon Sorbet 

Participation is limited to 12 people.  $65 per person  Call to reserve today  805-646-6635

The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is right around the corner.  On June 25th from 10 am – 5 pm, Libbey Bowl and downtown Ojai will be filled with people from all over the world enjoying the sights, aromas, colors and  textures of Lavender.  Ojai has seen this festival grow for eight years to a festival that boasts over 5,000 visitors a year and growing!

This is a festival for every age!  Bring your family & friends to enjoy Art, Craft, Food and Music!

As always, The Lavender Inn has a booth at the festival and will be doing a raffle for a One Night Weekday Stay at the Lavender Inn, which includes a Room  with balcony for two, Wine & Cheese in the evening & a Full Breakfast in the morning.

Come to our booth and sign up for the raffle or visit the Inn (just one block away) and go for a tour of the Inn.  You’ll be happy you did.  The gardens are beautiful!

The mission of the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is to demonstrate and promote the many uses of lavender, to broaden public awareness and to educate potential growers/farmers about the benefits of plants that celebrate the Ojai Valley’s Mediterranean climate, and to promote Ojai as a unique and welcoming destination.  Hope to see you there!

 

The Lavender Inn is not just a Bed & Breakfast.  It has become a platform for finding ways to help others.

Over three years ago, we started a retreat for women with cancer called INNcourage.  Once a year we close our doors to the general public for three days, to provide a space for healing, INNcouragement, comfort & love for women with cancer.  Members from our community extend themselves to contribute dinners, lunches, massages, facials, yoga, counseling, and love, while we provide the place to rest, make friends, elevate souls, have time to one’s self, think about nothing and, of course, have a delicious breakfast.

When these beautiful ladies attend the retreat, they come in not knowing that when they leave, they stand taller, smile longer and feel lighter.  You’ve heard it said before… “It takes a Village…” and we can’t thank those that participate in life changing retreat enough.  Thank you:  Feast for feeding our souls, Ann & Mary for relaxing our bodies, Brook for Healing our hearts, Casey for bringing out our inner beauty, and so many more.

INNcourage is not a cure but it is a REfresh button.  Read more in this amazing article written by Heath Croft in Innkeeper Quarterly.

Another amazing program that we’re involved with is Clean the World.  The Lavender Inn has joined  Clean the World  in their effort to help save one million lives each year by donating it’s slightly-used soap and shampoo.  These products often end up in landfills and contaminate fragile ground water systems.

The Clean the World program is helping to save lives around the world by donating discarded soaps & shampoos so that those less fortunate can benefit from the practices of good hygiene.  3.5 million children under the age of 5 will die this year to two deadly diseases – acute respiratory infection & diarrheal disease.   Even more tragic than these is the facts that these deaths could be prevented by up to 65% through simple hand washing with bar soap.  Today in the United States alone, we will throw away 1-1.5 million bars of soap.  We save unfinished soaps and shampoos and deliver them to the program and distribute to those in need.  For ways that you can contribute from home, click here. 
It doesn’t end there.  All of the ladies from the the Lavender Inn contribute in being of service to others in our special way.  Wether it’s making cash donations to causes, assisting someone in the community or simply being there in conversation, Kathy, Beth, Diana, Caitlin, Genoveva, Tanya, Pam, Michelle, Vanessa & Conchita are always here to lend a helping hand.

Our Gardens have never looked so good.  Thanks to our fabulous Gardener Daniel, the efforts of our Innkeepers and the SPECTACULAR spring we’ve had, our gardens have flourished.

Our Front porch and garden is a perfect place to lay back on chaise, read a book, people watch and enjoy the soothing sound of the fountain.  It’s a great place to hide yourself  behind the veil of roses and flowers and still be part of the Ojai activities.

The main garden off of the breakfast veranda has a beautiful, large, green lawn, a pond, a gazebo flanked by vines and flowers, hidden seating areas and a breakfast nook.  It’s perfect for so many activities like crocket, reading, enjoying your home cooked breakfast, having a picnic, lounging, meditating, inviting friends to enjoy tea or simply kicking back and enjoying the view of the mountains.  We’ve had so many great events in this garden, including weddings, yoga sessions, Women’s Socials, Tuscan dinners, family reunions, outdoor cooking classes, to name a few.  This year the garden is flourishing with beautiful flowers, tall trees and hundreds of frogs in the pond.

You’ll often get a taste of our organic herbs & vegetables from our Herb & Vegetable Garden.  Depending on what we’re serving for Breakfast or Wine & Cheese, you might sample fresh picked Basil, parsley, Dill, Sage, Oregano, Rosemary, Kale, Strawberries, Squash, Tomatoes and so much more.  We’re fortunate to have this great Ojai weather and be able to grow food and share it, year round.

If you’re staying in the Provence Cottage, you’ll get to enjoy your own private garden with beautiful flowers, a fountain, lounge chairs and a breakfast table, all shaded by our grand Mulberry tree.  It’s the perfect garden for peace, quiet, & privacy.  If you don’t need a garden of your own but would enjoy having views of the gardens and the mountains, you might enjoy staying in the Garden View Room or Lavender Garden Room with private terraces or the Tree House Room with 180 degree view of the gardens and mountains!

If you haven’t seen our gardens, come visit and we’ll be happy to give you a tour!  You can enjoy more pictures of our garden in our photo gallery.

The Lavender Inn is happy, once again, to be hosting The Women’s Business Social on June 8th from 6-8 PM.  Women from Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and some times San Diego County, come to socialize, network and make new connections.

This event should prove to be yummy!  Since Ellen Sherwood will be serving up a delicious menu to go along with the cocktails!  The Menu includes: San Miguel Mediterranean Pizza, Fresh Arugula Salad with cherry tomatoes and signature lemon dressing, Vanilla Gelato with black grapes & balsamic sauce. If you miss out on her delicious food at the social, consider coming for one of her amazing classes, as she will be teaching a class at the Ojai Culinary School on July 17th.

No More Nylons is sponsoring the Women’s Business Socials to promote vibrant, worthwhile conversations between women in business.

The Socials create a free, professional network, to bring the AMAZING women together to talk, connect and promote the work they love doing. That’s what No More Nylons is all about. Doing the work you love… and being who you are. If you’re new to town or even visiting, this is a great way to soak up the local flavor and get to know the women that make this town purr…”

Hope to see you there!

Every once in a while we receive calls from parents or families organizing a reunion or grandparents having a get away with their grandchildren, asking whether we are kid or baby friendly.  We’re happy to say that not only are we child friendly, but we embrace it!  We love having families with children stay with us.

The Lavender Inn is like being at home.  Our large fenced garden is safe and perfect place for kids. We have a pond with frogs, a beautiful lawn, a hammock, and outdoor games.  If that’s not enough, we are one block from Libbey Park with a huge children’s area, one block from the new skate park, five blocks from the kids club and Rec center, four blocks from the bike rentals and bike path, and walking distance to hiking overlooking the Valley.  What more could you ask for?

To top it all off, we’re always ready for a special breakfast and evening snack for the little ones.  Just let us know what you need.

It always surprises us to hear that we are the only ones to allow newborns at the Inn.  Bring your Pack & Play and we’ll make room for you and your precious one!

When you book with us, let us know your children’s ages are so that we can best suggest the appropriate room or rooms.

Hope to see you and your family soon!

The long awaited Opening Gala of the NEW Libbey Bowl June 4th.  The evening consists of dinner and a concert.  Ojai is going to be starting the Summer in style!  For more information on the history and long path to the restoration of the bowl, visit the official website.

If that weren’t enough, the following week is the classic 65th Ojai Music Festival.  June 9th-12th, Ojai Valley will be filled with sounds of amazing music.  For more information on the 2011 program, visit the Music festival website.

The events in Ojai, on the first week of June are a perfect way to start the summer in the Valley.  If you can’t make those, consider the Lavender Festival, Art in park, Ojai Film Festival, Ojai Wine Festival and everything in between.   For more listings visit Ojai Events and check out our Calendar.

… and what better place than the Lavender Inn to book your stay!  We’re at the center of it all and walking distance to most of the festival events, hiking, restaurants, shopping and more.  Come for a tour.

See you soon!

The Lavender Inn has been getting a lot press in recent years and we’d like to share with you what people are saying.  Visit our Press Page for some of the publications.  Here’s a recent article by  Sue Richter in Examiner.com .  You might also enjoy seeing what our guests are saying by visiting our Trip advisor site.

Hope these inspire you to visit!

It's gorgeous and peaceful at New Oak Ranch

The lavender season is rapidly approaching and New Oak Ranch, Ventura County’s favorite destination for lavender lovers will once again be open on weekends for U-Pick lavender. Beginning Saturday, June 18th,  our friends and owners Bill and Karen Evenden will welcome visitors on weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm through the end of July.

Fields filled with long, graceful rows of aromatic lavender traditionally evoke romantic thoughts of distant European destinations…glorious Provence, Tuscan hill towns, even the islands off the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.  But now visitors enthusiastically add Ojai, California to the list.
Touted for its beauty, aroma and healing properties, lavender has been cherished for centuries and in recent years, it has become a popular choice with gardeners thanks to its draught tolerant attributes.  And creative cooks around the world are discovering its interesting and pleasing flavor when used in their favorite recipes.

Visitors to New Oak Ranch, located in the scenic Upper Ojai Valley are invited to wander the seemingly endless rows of gracefully curving lavender, clip an aromatic bundle (clippers are provided), snap a photo, purchase lavender products or olive oil and enjoy a picnic lunch under a sprawling walnut tree. And if the timing is right, they might even find a still in operation – a chance to observe and learn how the intensely aromatic and highly valued essential oil is extracted from the plant.

In addition to lavender, New Oak Ranch produces Ojai Pixie tangerines and outstanding extra virgin olive oil created from the properties’ 1400 olive trees.  No doubt, the crops and landscape create a definitely Mediterranean atmosphere.   Visit the Ranch and slow down:  experience the country air.  But please, don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

U-Pick Lavender begins the weekend of June 18th and runs through July 31st.
Hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and weekdays by appointment (please call 805-640-1189).
Admission to the Ranch is free but there is a $5.00 per bunch cutting fee.
New Oak Ranch is located below the Ojai Foundation at 9599 Ojai-Santa Paula Road – just 6 miles east of Ojai and 12 miles west of Santa Paula.
For more information about New Oak Ranch – or for a map, please visit our website at http://www.newoakranch.com.

This is so fun and not to be missed!!!

Our pets are part of our family.  Going away for a day or two can add stress to your life and your little furry friend.  No need to worry about them while you are away. Take a day (or two) trip to the Lavender Inn for much needed R & R and truly relax while you have your pride and joy right by your side. Bring your dog, your cat, or even your bird. Not only will they soak up the sun along with you, but will soak up the love and attention from the wonderful staff and guests. Check out more on our pet friendly policies on our website.

The Ojai Culinary School is busy teaching “Gourmet Cook Wanabes” simple techniques to make delicious dishes for family and friends.  Upcoming on April 17 is “Fish Cookery“. The menu includes  Dijon Chardonnay Sauce with a local fresh fish, Curried Shrimp on Toast, Basic Ceviche, and a Sushi Roll Demo.  The class taught by Master Chef Dave, is attended by mother/Daughters, couples celebrating special occasions and individuals who want to learn how to prepare palate pleasing meals.

Join us December 23rd through January 3rd, at the Lavender Inn for another Art show!  Just in time for Christmas and a chance to buy a little something for yourself.

As our last one was so successful, we are making it a quarterly event.  Winter Colors of Ojai is a two person show featuring Caitlin Jean Petersen (Photographer) & David Paul Dobek (Artist).

Sunday February 13  @ 1:00 pm

Romeo & Juliet’s Verona

A Valentine Tradition

You are sitting in an intimate courtyard looking up at their small ornate balcony while nibbling on cichetti (chee ket ee) (small bites to eat), sipping a lovely Valpolicella wine from the Veneto and about to enjoy a delicious multicourse meal that you helped to create.

This very special Valentine celebration meal at the Lavender Inn.  You will be dining after our hands-on Valentine feast is prepared.

Stationery, envelopes & writing instruments are provided to the cooking class participants prior to class starting so love letters can be written & then delivered during our after dinner wine & luscious dessert flights.

The Menu Includes:

Minestrone di Verdure al Verona (scrumptious vegetable soup)
Costicine di Maiale (spare ribs)
Lamb Chops Scottadito ai ferri
Grilled Zucchini v   Veronese Salad

Hazelnut Cake v Fagottini Strawberry Biscotti v Peach Bellini Gelato

Espresso

Vini del Veneto:  wines from the Veneto

$75 per class participant Hosted by Ellen Sherwood & the Ojai Culinary School

CBS Evening News provided a wonderful profile of Clean the World

co-founder Shawn Seipler and our response to the cholera outbreak

in Haiti. Watch as Clean the World lives its mission to help stop

the spread of preventable disease and promote a “hygiene

revolution” through simple hand washing with soap.

The Lavender Inn is proud to be a part of such great efforts.  For more on our contributions, please visit our site.

Sunday December 12  @ 1:00 pm

A Chocolate Lover’s Dream! Join Kate Dunbar of  Petite  Rêve Chocolates as she demonstrates how YOU can make the impossible at home … including Rich Chocolate Truffles with a Cocoa Powder, fresh crushed Peppermint and Chocolate shaving covering served with a Dark Chocolate Truffle infused Tea &/or an Espresso , Chocolate Pot de Creme, & Chocolate Brownie with dried Cherries & Port Wine Chocolate Ganache Glaze.  This class is limited, so don’t miss your chance to make your dream come true!  $65 per

contact the Ojai Culinary School to reserve a seat @ 805-646-6635

Indian Feast

A FUNDRAISER for The Ganga Prem Hospice in Rishikesh, India.

Join us for a VEGETARIAN FEAST created by The Mistress of Spice, Aparna Khanolkar.  Enjoy Live Classical Indian Music, Cello and Santoor Raagas.  EXPERINCE Henna and Bindis and poetry of India

The MENU includes,

Rasam Soup (a tangy spicy tomato brothy soup with curry leaves), fried Papadums, 3 Chutneys , assorted Pakoras, Vegetable Pulao, Naan, Baingan Bhurta (roasted eggplant in a tomato ginger sauce), South Indian Coconut Kootu with assorted Vegetables, Blackeyed Peas Curry, Kheer (rice pudding) and Date Balls for dessert. Mango Lassi or Pear Martini

India Festival — A Celebration of Ancient Magnificence
Nov 11, 2010  6-9p.m.

At the Lavender Inn, 210 east Matilija Street, Ojai
805.646.6635    Innkeeper@lavenderInn.com
$70 per person. Seats are limited

Shiva

Art show

Red Curry Paste
Sunday, October 24th @ 1:00 pm

Join Personal Chef Wendy Wilson at the Ojai Culinary School, as she demonstrates how to make delicious Thai Cuisine with fun & ease.  The Menu will include, Sauteed lemongrass chicken, also creating red and green curry paste for a homemade curry, Thai chicken coconut soup, and spicy fried rice with shrimp.  For dessert, Asian spice cake with cardamom cream.

Class size is limited. Sign up soon.  $55

For more on Wendy’s work, please visit her website www.amusingcuisine.com

 

The Oak Tree Exploded

The Oak Tree Exploded

Caitlin, one of our Innkeeper’s took this photograph of our Sacred Oak Tree last year.   She was easily 200 years old when she died.  We tried saving her, but sadly she couldn’t hold on.

We’ll soon plant a new tree in her memory.

to view more of Caitlin’s photography please visit www.caitlinjean.com

Click here to view larger poster  Tuscan Sun Dinner

Join us for a Fabulous Tuscan Dinner at The Lavender Inn with Ellen Sherwood.  Sunday October 10, 2010 @  6:30 pm

$85 per person

Seating is limited, call or email for reservations  805.646.6635   Innkeeper@lavenderinn.com

Once again, ‘No More Nylons‘ & ‘The Lavender Inn‘ put on a successful Women’s Social!

Over a hundred women from miles away, gathered to share ideas, create new projects and simply socialize.  We enjoyed food created by Ellen Sherwood, a frequent guest chef at our Ojai Culinary School and perfectly mixed drinks from Watermark’s Jenell.

These events are truly inspiring and The Lavender Inn & Jodi Womack (no more nylons, founder) welcome all women to join on future events.

California Wine Month

September is harvest time in California and therefore has been named California’s Wine Month. Ojai celebrates California’s Wine Month with its beautiful wine country landscape, Ojai’s great new wine tasting rooms as well as our celebrated lifestyle and cuisine. Ojai’s commitment to sustainability and the environment is showcased throughout our wines, foods and people. Come and enjoy Ojai today.  Visit  www.ojaiwinetrail.com for details on discounts and package in the valley .

Jackson at Lavender Inn

If you didn’t know by now, we’re a PET FRIENDLY INN! Our dog guests can stay in the Topa Room or the Provence Cottage with a private yard and enjoy our large gated Garden.  We also provide you pets with a Plush Doggy bed, water bed, dog cookies and yard clean baggies.

Visit our doggie gallery and website

Vegetarian Feast hosted by Aparna…The Mistress of Spice

at The Lavender Inn on November 11,2010…amazing buffet,

live music, poetry.   Benefit for Gunga Prem Children’s Hospice

in N India   $65.00   Indian Attire Encouraged

Thursday’s Santa Barbara News Press – Our LAVENDER WATERMELON MARTINI with a mention of our Lavender Blood Orange Rum Cocktail.

“In a few days, the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival kicks off, which gave us here at Drink of the Week an excuse to go on a little trip to Shangri-La over the hill and see what lavender cocktails could be found. After all, the town is so well-known for lavender (and lemons, and oranges, and …) that we expected a sort of purple haze to envelop us. We stopped — where else? — at the Lavender Inn on Matilija Street, where owner Kathy Hartley was waiting for us with a few refreshing drinks.

Both use a lavender simple syrup that can be strong or weak depending on the flowers used. And not all varieties of lavender are good for cooking, so be sure. Mrs. Hartley made us a Lavender Watermelon Martini, which uses watermelon juice, lime, Skyy Vodka and the lavender syrup mixed into a refreshing concoction. As a follow-up, the Lavender Blood Orange Cocktail uses Malibu rum, blood orange juice and the syrup, rimmed with purple sugar. (No lavender flavor, that sugar, just color.) Both offer a respite from the summer heat, and both are available at the Lavender Inn. Yes, the inn is only open to guests, but if you’re in town for the fest, you know what to do …”

NIK BLASKOVICH/NEWS-PRESS

 
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Join us for this very special Father’s Day Class as Chef Dave demonstrates
in detail Grill Cooking, Barbecue and other outdoor cooking techniques,
including Grill care and preparation, utensils & Tools, Dry Rubs, Marinades,
Seasonings, Cedar Plank & Wood chip Preparation and use, Low-n-Slow,
classic BBQ, Steak Grilling, Hot & Fast and perfect grilled Vegetables.
If you’re serious about outdoor cooking, then this is a class you won’t want
to miss.
The Menu Includes:  Cedar Plank Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze,
Chipotle Grilled Tri Tip or Flank Steak with Avocado and Tomato,
Cilantro Lime Chicken with Jicama Slaw, Grilled Vegetables, Salsas
and Accompaniments.
Bring your appetite! Everything else is provided!
This class is limited to 12 participants.  $75 per person

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