Ojai

10 Nov

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To celebrate our first wedding anniversary yesterday, Brian and I drove up to Ojai for the day- a sleepy little town 80 miles from Los Angeles. Ojai holds a special place in my heart. One of the last times I was there was for a weekend Manifestation Retreat with my dear friend Jen Pastiloff. That was the same weekend I drove home to a house filled with candles and roses and one very adorable and nervous boyfriend standing in the center of it all with a diamond ring in a box. Talk about manifestation! Now every time I think about getting engaged to Bri, I invariably think about Ojai.

So it seemed like a perfect place to get away for the day to celebrate year one of marriage.

The plan was to wake up early and be out the door by 8am but like most plans go we weren’t on the road until 10am. Mapquest advised us to take a different route then either of us had ever taken before. One that had us coming in the back way instead of the coastal route. Brian and I like driving new routes so we went with it. The weather was absolutely perfect for a drive through the mountains. The light was simply perfection. I kept excitedly pointing out the window and saying….Seriously?!?! How gorgeous is that?!??

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On the itinerary for the day…

A stop at Meditation Mount, a 32 acre garden perched above Ojai with a gorgeous view of the valley. We wandered the grounds taking in the natural beauty- it was so serene.

After Meditation Mount we strolled through the main drag of town exploring all the little shops. I fell in love with a new store called Fig Curated Living. If I could have, I would have purchased every single thing in that store. But since that wasn’t an option, we settled on a new Christmas tree ornament in the shape of the state of California. We thought it would be a sweet reminder every holiday season of our first wedding anniversary spent in Ojai.

Next up was lunch at Osteria Monte Grappa, an Italian place in town. We sipped on wine and beer and dined on bruschetta, avocado salad and spicy sausage pasta.

After filling our bellies we made the short drive to Old Creek Ranch Winery to go wine tasting. The last time we went to this winery it was for Brian’s 30th birthday and it was pouring rain. So this was the first time we got a good view of the property and it is lovely, it’s surrounded by rolling yellow hills. After wine tasting indoors (which is an incredible deal…ten different wines for ten dollars) we both picked our favorite (a glass of rose for me and a glass of grenache for Brian) and found a spot on the patio over looking out over the hills and took in the warm afternoon sunlight.

After finishing our glasses of wine we decided to make the drive back home, this time taking the coastal route in hopes we would catch a beautiful sunset over the water. Boy did we time it right…it was the perfect way to end the most perfect 1st anniversary.

Love you, Mr. Glodney! Here’s to many many many more.

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all photos by Brian Glodney 

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19 Responses to “Ojai”

  1. hunting for bliss November 10, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Gorgeous photos! Give your hubby props for me 🙂 I’ve heard of Ojai and now I must visit. Looks like a great weekend getaway! xoxo

    • kate365til November 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      You must visit!! It is such a sweet little town, Let us know when you do…because we will meet you for lunch! xo

  2. Lonifoundherself November 10, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Happy anniversary, Brian and Kate! You two are the best.

  3. barbarapotter November 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    I remember that weekend and your exsciting day and so happy you went there to celebrate. Love the pictures.

    • kate365til November 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks mama barb! Happy Birthday again! xoxo

  4. the usual bliss November 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    I grew up spending every New Year’s Eve in Ojai. I love it! It’s been a while since I’ve visited. Hmmmmm….
    What a lovely celebration of love! Congrats, Kate!

    • kate365til November 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

      You MUST let us know when you go to Ojai again….we will meet you to wine taste!! Thanks for your sweet words:) xo

  5. Sally Davis November 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    One of my best friends in the world lives in Ojai and it is one of my most fave places on the planet. So happy it’s special for you as well. Happy Anniversary and many many more! xo

    • kate365til November 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

      I couldn’t agree more…Ojai has a special energy about it. It always takes my breath away. Thank you for your sweet words! xo

  6. righteousbruin9 November 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Now, THAT is a perfect wedding anniversary! YES, to many more.

    • kate365til November 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Thank you, Gary! Your thoughtful comments always mean the world to me!

  7. di @ life of di. November 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Your hubby is a great photographer! These are all wonderful. I really like the Christmas tree ornament too! Marty and I stopped through Ojai on our way up the coast and really enjoyed ourselves. I wish we would’ve had more time to explore! It looks like there is more to do there than we even realized!!

    • kate365til November 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

      The christmas tree ornament kinda melted my heart. I can actually envision it on our tree in thirty years. You guys must come back to Ojai….with the beautiful baby Charlotte. xo

  8. Miss Lynzie November 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    That ornament is perfection! Also, the light in those last few photos of you two on the rocks? I mean, it just doesn’t get any prettier. Love you two! Happy Anniversary, Glodneys!! xo

  9. cravesadventure November 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Looks Like You Had a Wonderful Time In Celebrating Your 1 Year Anniversary – Happy Adventuring You Two 🙂 Happy Weekend1

  10. Amy November 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    What a special place for you to have that has become part of your story as a couple 🙂
    Those photos are just gorgeous too!

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