A barefoot freckled farm girl in cutoff jeans and a gingham blouse presides over gorgeously dirty root vegetables: modern-farmer California.
It’s as if northern and southern California called a truce, started a new republic, and named it Ojai.
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Suddenly it seemed that Ojai was fashionable, trending—was becoming, yes, cool.
If there’s an unofficial ambassador of this city’s latest chapter, it’s Sewell.
His lodge on the western end of town has rough timber beds, handmade soap, a tepee and shuffleboard by the pool, Desmond Dekker on the sound system.
Some 90 miles north of Los Angeles and 14 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, Ojai has been a cherished place for any number of California cultures over the years: the Chumash Indians who first settled the valley; citrus and avocado ranchers; theosophists; Krishnamurti; and Hollywood stars, who’ve long owned discreet retreats here (Emily Blunt and John Krasinski recently moved in).
All of them are drawn at least in part by the town’s famous “pink moment,” a fleeting period before sunset when the jagged Topa Topa Mountains that frame the northern edge of this fertile valley take on a dusky-rose hue: It’s an enchanting time that draws the eyes up and clears the mind.