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8 great weekend getaways that won’t break the bank

If you live in Los Angeles … Consider Ojai, California

Framed by the Topatopa Mountains, Ojai is a Shangri-La for artists and wellness-seekers, with near-perfect weather, a boho vibe, and smog-free skies. The Gridley Trail and Shelf Road offer heart-expanding views of the valley, and nearby Los Padres National Forest is a great one-stop spot for hiking, climbing, fishing, and swimming.

Back in town, take a class at Lulu Bandha’s Yoga Studio ($15 for drop-ins) — and be sure to take in Ojai’s “pink moment” (a.k.a. sunset) from Meditation Mount, a 32-acre retreat with gardens and nooks for relaxation and mediation.

If you time your trip right, you can catch concert pianist Jeremy Denk premiere “The Classical Style,” his comic opera based on Charles Rosen’s tome of the same name on Hadyn, Mozart, and Beethoven, at this year’s Ojai Music Festival (June 12 to 15). For classical music fans, the debut is reason enough to load up the wagon and head for the hills — or the valley, rather.

Stay at the Lavender Inn, a converted 1874 schoolhouse with eight cheery rooms — we love the sun-filled Tree House, with breathtaking mountain views right outside your window (from $130 per night). Come dinnertime, try the squash and goat cheese tacos at “off the truck” Mexican café Farmer and the Cook, or hit up Hip Vegan for quinoa salads, tofu burgers, and root beer floats.

Travel time: About two hours, depending on traffic. Take the back roads — CA-118 W to CA-126 W via CA-23 N, and then onto State 150 — that wind their way through sand formations, citrus groves, and stone fruit orchards.

Check out the full article here: https://theweek.com/article/index/260634/8-great-weekend-getaways-that-wont-break-the-bank

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