"Om" in Ojai, CA
About 20 minutes inland as one drives from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is a town of Spanish architecture, orange groves, and dusty mountains that seem to always glow in the hot sun. Ojai has a cool main street with a casual pizzeria, great Mexican restaurants, and fun boutiques and galleries. But the secret to finding solace in this dessert oasis is atop Meditation Mount, a modest center with exquisite panoramic views, plus classes and events to help grow your meditation practice. To keep the weekend a peaceful one, stay at the Ojai Retreat, a child-free, yoga-focused inn with a zen library and tree-house-like cottages dusted on the mountain's edge.