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Conejo Valley - 13 Things We Are Thankful For In Conejo Valley

13 Things We Are Thankful For In Conejo Valley

In the gorgeous and vast Conejo Valley, there’s no shortage of things to be thankful for; but this Thanksgiving, we’d like to give a shout out to just small sampling of businesses, locations and activities we are happy to have at our fingertips at any given moment. This is by no means a definitive list, we could go on and on about local people and places we love, but we’ll get this list started and you can tell us what you love!

 1. Local Brewers
Our local brewers are putting Conejo Valley on the map for beer lovers! With spots like Five Threads, Westlake Brewing Company, Figueroa Mountain, The Dudes, LadyFace and more, there’s never a brew that we can’t find. The people are pretty great, too!

2. Conejo Valley Wine Trail
Who needs to travel all the way to Napa when we have our own wine trail right here in Conejo Valley? Cheers to weekend wine trips in our own backyard!

3. Zuma Beach
When you live in a region with an average 347 days of sunshine per year, a beach is somewhat of a necessity. Fortunately for us, we’ve got Zuma beach right over the hills!

4. Backbone Trail
We are so excited that Backbone Trail is finally open after 40 years of waiting! This trail connects two counties across hundreds of miles of trails, and we can’t wait to explore it all.

5. Wildwood Park
Wildwood Park is one of our favorite places to go for a relaxing, scenic hike. We will never tire of trekking to Paradise Falls and jumping in the water on a warm day.

6. Paramount Ranch
We have the opportunity to catch a glimpse at Hollywood every now and then with shows and movies being filmed in our neck of the woods, and Paramount Ranch is a frequent filming location! Not only is it a really cool old western layout that’s fun to explore, but shows like HBO’s Westworld are filmed here too!

7. Thousand Oaks Botanic GardensFrom the sweeping vistas at the peak of the Garden through fifteen unique, hillside specialty gardens, and onto the hiking trail along the stream, the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is a destination not to be missed!

8. Gardens of the World
Where else can you find a cultivated garden designed as if you are traveling the world in one place? At Gardens of the World, you can travel from an American bandstand to a British rose garden to a Japanese Pagoda all in one stroll.

9. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Anytime we want a great museum day, we get to head out to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. This place is full of greatness, has rotating exhibits, and you can even board Airforce One in all its Reagan glory.

10. Pedego 101 Electric Bikes
Have you ever tried riding through canyons like ours on a regular bicycle? If that’s your thing, we are in awe of your stamina! We, on the other hand, are thankful that Pedego 101 is there for us when we want to bike the hills and take in the views, but just can’t find the strength in our legs.

11. Golf Courses
Who likes to golf? We do! That’s why we are happy to be home to about seven courses for every level of experience.

12. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
The Civic Arts Plaza always gives us a reason to get out and see a show. Whether it’s a community event or a big name star, we know we’ll be entertained at the Civic Arts Plaza!

13. Photo Worthy Sunsets
It’s always nice to finish the day off with award worthy sunsets, and Conejo Valley has no shortage of them. Our phones are loaded with photos of the sun passing behind the hills.

With the holidays near, we are working on putting together an interactive map of all the best places to see holiday lights! Whether your favorite place to see sparkly lights is on a house, boat or business, tell us all about it! Click here to submit your favorite spots.

Our Favorite Local Coffee Spots

Sometimes we need a good cup of joe to get us out of bed, other times we just want the delicious taste to make us smile. Either way, we’re glad Conejo Valley has plenty of latte options to cure our cravings. It doesn’t matter if we are looking for a flat white, PSL, breve, mocha or cappuccino, these spots have got us covered (without needing to hunt down a mermaid cup).

Beanscene Espresso
Beanscene Espresso not only serves up an awesome menu of caffeine goodness, but they are also committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment for anyone who stops in. The baristas here are the bomb and will accommodate whatever half-calf, quad-shot, extra syrup creation you have in mind.

Ragamuffin Roasters
Ragamuffin is dedicated to producing handcrafted, artisan coffee at only the highest quality. They roast in small batches and methodically hand brew taking care in each step to provide you with the best result possible. This spot pours their hearts into every cup (not literally), so you know you’ll get the very best every time.

Bean Crazy Coffee
Bean Crazy is all about keeping it local and making sure the quality is top notch. They have over 25 specialty roasts ranging from dark to light, all blended and roasted to perfection. They have been roasting beans in Conejo Valley for 20 years, so we consider these guys to be family.

Carrara Pastries
If you want to feel like you’ve just traveled to Italy for a cappuccino and some indulgent treats, Carrara Pastries is the place for you. Brothers and co-owners Damiano and Massimiliano Carrara – natives of Lucca, Tuscany in Italy – know just how much an Italian dessert can warm the soul. This is one place we have to visit regularly or the withdrawals start setting in.

Tifa Chocolate & Gelato
At Tifa Chocolate & Gelato, you can have your coffee and drink it too. In addition to delicious lattes, you can grab a sweet cup of gelato to balance out your treat. They also have a collection of classic board games to play with friends while you are winding down with a cup.

If you’ve already had your coffee fix and are in search of something a little stronger, we’ve got a list of the best places to grab a beer and watch the game or have a girl’s night over a glass of red. From local wine varieties to special brews, Conejo Valley has something for beer enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike. Check out our list of wineries and brewpubs to hit next time you visit. 

Stargazing in Conejo Valley

Life is fast and life is busy, and we have just what you need to slow down this fall. Come to Conejo Valley and roll out a cozy wool blanket in some of our favorite spots for stargazing.
The area offers more than a handful of perfect spots to get away from urban light spill and under dark skies and dancing stars.

Oak Canyon Community Park near Agoura Hills is not a very far trek out of town, and offers nicely dark skies for its proximity to the 101. Gates close at dusk, but pedestrians and cyclists can stay until 10pm.

Sandstone Peak Trailhead is perfectly nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. The air is cleaner and the mountain views are beautiful. The extra dark skies here are popular amongst serious stargazers. It is especially nice considering the large, safe parking lot just across from the Circle X Ranch.

Moorpark College Observatory takes you up close and personal with the cosmos. The observatory offers public programs with “exceptional celestial events,” the chance to sit in on an astronomy lab – plus – maybe you’ll get a chance to peer through the observatory’s 12-inch reflective telescope while you’re there. The experience is unique but also limited so plan and schedule your visit early.

Now that you have some hotspots to check out, here are a few things you’ll want to pack for your night out:

  • Red flashlight. This is to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. You can pick up a multi-filtered flashlight before heading out and don’t forget to put a filter on any other lights like your smart conejoblog2
  • Blanket or folding chair. True stargazing and mapping out constellations can take time; so don’t forget to bring something to help you get comfy.
  • Layers to stay warm. While the hike out may get your blood flowing, the time you spend scanning the sky may mean cooler evening temps. Dress in layers to keep your focus on the stars rather than on your shivers.
  • Bug repellent. Unless it’s the dead of winter, there may be some pesky pests buzzing about. Spray or apply your preferred repellent to keep these buggers off.
  • Friends and family! Don’t forget good company. Stargazing is at its best when shared with friends or family. Name stars and constellations together or make up new ones. That’s the fun!

Pack your newfound stargazing tools, invite a friend and plan your trip!

What is Conejo Valley?

There’s a place with miles of mountain trails, vibrant cultural hot spots, nearby access to some of Southern California’s most beautiful beaches, and incredible local food, wine and brews. “What is Conejo Valley?” you may ask. The short answer is: Conejo Valley. The long answer…well, just read on!

Sunshine Abounds

Get rid of those bad-weather blues, Conejo Valley is home to 347 days of sunshine per year! Ditch the umbrella and grab the shades, this is SoCal after all.

Don’t Be Afraid of Day Trips

Hit the beaches of Malibu just 15 minutes away, and come back to your home away from home with enough time to clean up for dinner. Or you can cruise on down to Los Angeles for a day among the stars; see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, catch a basketball game at the Staples Center or hit the town at one of the many celebrity hot-spot restaurants.

A Foodie’s Dream

Conejo Valley is a foodie’s dream. The area offers approximately 400 unique dining options for whatever your palate prefers. Dine on delicious sushi, explore authentic Latin cuisine or dive into a juicy burger paired with a locally brewed beer.

Retail Therapy

When all you want is a little retail therapy or in-town entertainment, hit one of the many scenic shopping centers, historical museums, art galleries or theaters.

Get Some Fresh Air

140 miles of outdoor recreation and 12,000 acres of open space, and you have a dream location for anyone who can’t get enough hiking, biking or horseback riding. Even if you just enjoy being outside, the miles of trails include short, easy jaunts and longer, tougher treks.

Discover the Culture

The area’s rich history provides unmatched opportunities to visit a presidential past, marvel at Hollywood heritage or see how the frontiersmen lived when the only way to travel was by stagecoach.

Gateway to Wine Country

We haven’t forgotten the wine-lovers; explore the Conejo Valley wine trail beginning in Thousand Oaks and ending in the gorgeous rolling canyons. The various wineries offer everything from Africa-inspired safaris to an at-home feeling tasting room.

Beer on Beer on Beer

Conejo Valley’s beer scene is booming, with seven handcrafted local breweries serving up flavorful pints of hopped-up, malty, floral or refreshing beers for whatever you prefer. Some breweries in town feature live music and full food menus, while others stick to the beers they do best.

Chart your own course when you use our Interactive Map of Conejo Valley! Whether you’re looking for a delicious restaurant, the perfect golf course, day trips for the family or a hotel for your stay, use our map to click away at whatever activity catches your fancy and build a custom itinerary. Your next trip to Conejo Valley is just a click away.