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Rise and Shine with the Sun in Conejo Valley

Vacation is not exactly synonymous with rising at dawn, but the breathtaking sunrise views in Conejo Valley are worth at least one early wake-up. The Conejo Valley has an incredible network of trails and wide open spaces, making it easy to get out and reconnect with nature. Grab your coffee canteen and a cozy blanket, and take an early morning hike to one of these spots for an unforgettable sunrise!

Cistern, Lookout & Cage Creek Trails Loop

Located in Agoura Hills, these trails are fairly short, and offer quick access to grand views above Malibu Creek State Park. The Cistern Trail connects with the eastern part of the Lookout Trail, where you can hike to see the sun rise over the Goat Buttes, a sandstone rock formation.

If these trails are too challenging or you want something nice and easy to start the day, simply find a spot inside Malibu Creek State Park, where low-key trails promise equally beautiful sunrises.

Lange Ranch & Woodridge

A well-planned trail system loops in and around Lange Ranch & Woodridge, a beautiful open space in Thousand Oaks. Whether you want an easy stroll (it is early morning, after all), or a more challenging hike to earn your sunrise photo op, there are a number of different hikes that lead to incredible scenic views in every direction. 

Sandstone Peak

Looking for a challenge? The highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, Sandstone Peak in Malibu, features striking views out to the Pacific coast and east toward the Conejo and Simi Valleys. You can take a peek at the sweeping ocean views, but you’ll have to tear yourself away to turn inland and catch the stunning sunrise from the east. There’s plenty of time to gaze at the ocean after the sun is up!

Angel Vista via Rosewood Trail

Most accessible via a moderate four-mile hike on the Rosewood Trail, Angel Vista in Thousand Oaks has some of the best views of the Conejo Valley. With panoramic, 360-degree views, you’re sure to catch the first light of the day at its finest.

These are just a handful of the many places to catch day break in the Conejo Valley. Are you ready to find your sunrise here? Take a look at our trails page and video below to find the best sunrise hike for you. Go ahead and start planning a memorable summer trip!

 

Did Someone Say “Shopping”?

Celebrating Girlfriend’s Day with a little getaway? Come to Conejo Valley to indulge in a day of unforgettable shopping! Whether you love the charm of local boutiques or the glamour of a fabulous mall, Conejo Valley is the perfect place for some serious retail therapy.

To help you plan your trip, here are some of the best shopping experiences awaiting you.

For Of-the-Moment Fashionistas

If you’re in search of brand names and the latest looks and fashion, you’ll be delighted with these great finds.

  • The Oaks – Offering a bigger, brighter mall-going experience, The Oaks is a mecca for shopping and dining. It features major retailers like Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Apple, as well as a number of great restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory and the Lazy Dog Café.
  • The Westlake Promenade – The Westlake Promenade offers a lovely outdoor shopping experience that you won’t want to miss. Check out a variety of upscale shops (Lululemon among them) and trendy restaurants, or catch a movie in luxury at the Cinepolis.
  • Janss Marketplace – Featuring specialty and discount stores, local food and drink, places to get pampered, and entertainment (including a summer concert series), Janss Marketplace will surely have everything you’re looking for during a shopping spree.

For the One-of-a-Kind Seekers

Looking for local boutiques or a piece that you can’t get anywhere else? Try one of these local favorites. 

  • The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch (Thousand Oaks) – This mission-style town center offers more than shopping – its beautiful architecture, friendly charm and unique shops, restaurants and entertainment space create an experience than you can find anywhere else.
  • Whizin Market Square (Agoura Hills) – Inspired by local boutiques and artisanal creativity, Whizin Market Square is a treasure trove for antiques, handmade jewelry, books and eclectic eats and drinks. Enjoy this truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience while you’re in Conejo Valley.
  • The Lakes (Thousand Oaks) – The Lakes will satisfy shoppers with a picturesque setting and a unique selection of stores and restaurants. Saunter through your favorite shops before taking a stroll around the beautiful grounds. The Lakes also features year-round entertainment.

No matter where you choose to shop, you’re sure to have a blast when you’re shopping in Conejo Valley. Grab your girlfriends and start planning your getaway now.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival Comes to Conejo Valley

Friends, Romans and countrymen of Conejo Valley, lend me your ears! This summer marks the 21st annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in Conejo Valley. The festival will take place at Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University.

Produced by Cal Lutheran’s professional theater company, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, the festival will hold two productions of William Shakespeare’s plays including “Love’s Labour’s Lost” taking place on June 30, July 1-2, July 7-9 and July 14-16, and “Julius Caesar” on July 21-23, July 28-30 and August 4-6.

Bring a low-profile lawn chair and a blanket and watch one or both of the productions this summer in Conejo Valley. While advance ticket sales are not available, we do have an opportunity for you to win a set of four tickets to the festival. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for details on how you can win a pack of four tickets to Conejo Valley’s own Shakespeare event!

The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and entertainment. General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. Individual tickets are available at the door only. For lawn box reservations or more information, visit kingsmenshakespeare.org or call 805-493-3452.