Call me biased, but I truly believe California is one of the most beautiful states to explore 😍. It has some of the most iconic destinations and sights in the U.S., yes! Plus, there’s SO many hidden gems no one really knows about. Conejo Valley is definitely one of these hidden gems.
I had the pleasure of embarking on a little staycation here and it blew me away. The scenic hikes, stunning beaches, and incredible dining made me question why I don’t leave my West Hollywood bubble more often!
It’s easy to stick to your neighborhood when you live in Los Angeles since it’s humongous and requires a car to properly explore. I always kind of resented that about LA, but this staycation completely shifted my perspective. It made me realize how lucky I am to live in such a diverse city with so many beautiful areas to explore right in my backyard.
If you’re making a trip out to Southern California or looking for an easy LA staycation spot, don’t skip this part of town! Conejo Valley will open you up to some of the region’s best kept secrets, while still supplying you with all the qualities that make Southern California so great.
Keep reading for my quick guide to Conejo Valley!
Where is Conejo Valley & How To Get There
Conejo Valley stretches across both Los Angeles and Ventura County, and is made up of the cities shown above.
From LAX, it’s about 1-2 hours away by car (depending on traffic).
Where to Stay in Conejo Valley
Here’s the best places to stay in Conejo Valley that accommodate all kinds of travel budgets:
- Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks Inn
- Hampton Inn & Suites
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Towneplace Suites by Marriott
- Hyatt Regency Westlake
- Palm Garden Hotel
What to Do in Conejo Valley
Conejo Valley has something to offer all travelers! It’s home to some of the most beautiful shopping centers and spas if you’re looking to relax. If adventure is more your thing, the coast and Santa Monica Mountains have you covered.
Here’s my top things to do in Conejo Valley:
- Go shopping at the The Oaks or the Westlake Promenade & see a movie.
- See a live concert or play at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Conejo Players Theater or The Canyon.
- Have a spa day at Halo Salt Spa.
- Explore the Santa Monica Mountains by foot and witness some of the most breathtaking hikes! You can also do this on horseback if you rather!
- Try out Goat Yoga at Lavenderwood Farm.
- Go wine tasting and feed some cute animals at Malibu Wine Safari.
- Have picnic in a garden, either at Gardens of the World or the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden.
- Go museum-hopping! Some local favorites are the Getty Villa, the Stagecoach Inn museum, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
- Spend a day at Zuma Beach, one of the most iconic Malibu beaches.
Where to Eat & Drink
The food and bar scene alone are enough of a reason to put Conejo Valley on the map! Here’s all restaurants and nightlife you don’t want to miss:
- The Lazy Dog– Popular New American hot spot with an extensive food and drink menu
- Uncle Af’s– Gourmet sandwiches made with fresh, local ingredients
- Nektar Juice Bar– ACAI BOWLS!
- Flatiron Bagels– Quick breakfast spot with daily fresh-made bagels
- Carrara Pastries– Italian bakery with pastries and gelato
- Plata Taqueria– Gourmet Mexican cuisine, as well as speciality margaritas and craft beer
- The Old Place– Hearty American food served in a restaurant that looks straight out of a Western film
- Q Sushi– Upscale sushi restaurant with high quality fish and a seasonal menu
- Oak & Iron– Craft cocktail bar with beautifully constructed drinks served in an equally beautiful setting
- 14 Cannons Brewery– Award-winning craft brewery, as well as a showroom
- Tipsy Goat– Festive and spacious local spot with Irish pub bites and bar games
- NABU Wines: Winery and tasting room where you can sample local wines produced in the nearby Malibu Mountains
- Tarantula Hill Brewing Company– Brewery with a wide variety of local, craft beers, artisanal food, and live music
Have I convinced you to add Conejo Valley to your SoCal bucket list?!
Conejo Valley is seriously such a hidden Southern California treasure! I always knew it housed many of my favorite nature spots and landscapes, but my staycation made me realize how much more it has to offer on top of that!
I will definitely be returning sometime soon (and by soon, I mean this week! 😂). If you haven’t added Conejo Valley to your bucket list yet, get to it! It does not disappoint!!
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* This post is sponsored by the Conejo Valley tourism board, but all opinions are my own.