The Rich & Famous in Conejo Valley

The streets of Conejo Valley may not be as star-studded as the nearby City of Angels, but when you’re visiting, you still may bump into a few of the Hollywood elite who call Conejo Valley home. Here are a few places we suggest exploring around the region and you may spot a celebrity or two.

Looking to wine and dine while in Conejo Valley? You may run into Kris Jenner if you eat at Mastro’s Steakhouse. She’s been spotted dining here with her boyfriend Corey Gamble. If you enjoy shopping, head to The Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks. Shannon Dougherty, Pamela Anderson and Britney Spears are among the handful of celebs spotted shopping here on multiple occasions. How about taking a cooking class while on vacation? Head to The Lakes shopping center and you might spot James Van Der Beek. He’s hosted kid-friendly cooking classes at Lassens. In the mood for some sushi? Make your way to Yamato in Agoura Hills and you might see Kylie Jenner. Looking to explore Conejo Valley’s trails? Head to Point Magu State Park and you could see Reggie Miller. He’s one of the many celebrities who enjoys hiking in the beautiful mountains of Conejo Valley.

Open space, uncrowded streets and picturesque views appeal to many of us – even Hollywood’s rich and famous! Beautiful Conejo Valley offers privacy, fewer paparazzi and a safe, relaxed feel for the local celebs who live here. With plenty of sprawling mansions and gorgeous real estate to choose from, why wouldn’t they want to call it home?

While you may or may not spot famous residents when you’re in town, we can assure you that many of them have (or have had) a local address, and retreat to Conejo Valley after their busy schedules in nearby L.A.:

  • The Kardashian-Jenner Klan
  • Britney Spears
  • Justin Bieber
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Heather Locklear
  • Will Smith
  • Amanda Bynes
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Jaime Foxx
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Drake
  • Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
  • Denise Richards
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Many of these residents live in gated communities in Calabasas and the prestigious Hidden Valley neighborhood and have been spotted shopping, dining and playing at places in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. Rumor has it that celebrities like Conejo Valley precisely because they don’t get mobbed by paparazzi and fans. So, if you’re visiting and you spot one of these famous residents, play calm, act normal and be discreet if you try to snap a photo!

Best Places to Grab Pizza in Conejo Valley

Whether you torched some calories while hiking in Conejo Valley or worked up an appetite after a day of shopping, sometimes you just want to grab a pizza for dinner – even on vacation. With dozens of fantastic pizza joints, Conejo Valley is one of the best places for pizza lovers in Southern California.

Pizza Nosh – Known for its friendly service and a great vegetarian menu (in addition to plenty of selections for meat-eaters), Pizza Nosh is a low-key place to enjoy high-quality pizza in Agoura Hills.

Winners NY Pizza – This east-coast style pizzeria is a go-to spot for great pies, subs, pastas and salads. Go for The Meat Head if you’re feeling carnivorous, or the Vegi Delight if greens are more your thing.

Parma Pizzeria Napoletana – This family-run business is a must-try for pizza lovers. This pizza maker specializes in the Sicilian tradition, and is dedicated to making sauce and dough from scratch every day.

Greco’s New York Pizzeria – Located at the popular Janss Marketplace food court, come to Greco’s if you’re craving a giant slice with a nice, big soda.

Winner’s Pizza – Not to be confused with the Winners NY mentioned above, this Winners Pizza is equally delicious. It has every topping you could want, plus a few specialties like Buffalo Chicken pizza and Winners Eggpizza.

Toppers Pizza – If you dare to venture off the popular path of pepperoni or classic combos, try Toppers Pizza. With unusual toppings including carnitas and honey drizzle, you’ll have fun exploring this local pizza spot.

Pizza purists, vegetarians and foodies can likely agree that Conejo Valley has plenty of pizza for everyone. Don’t forget to keep this list nearby during your next trip in case a pizza craving strikes!

Cavalia Odysseo Coming Near Conejo Valley This Fall

Lights, camera, gallop! The world’s largest touring production is coming near the Los Angeles area this fall. Cavalia Odysseo, a Cirque du Soleil-style equestrian show, is making its first ever appearance in Ventura County this November.

The multi-million-dollar extravaganza features more than 100 horses, riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians who tell the story of the century-old relationship between human and horse! The high-tech theatrical performance is taking place under Cavalia’s giant white tent off Highway 101 in Camarillo, you can’t miss it!

Shows begin November 11 and run through December 10 with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Presale tickets range from $54.50 for an obstructed view to $214.50 for a VIP package. Children and senior discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased online at cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

You also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to this amazing show! Just head to our Facebook page here for details on how you can win two Gold section tickets. Organizers suggest wearing comfy clothes to the show. So, get ready to pack your bags and book your stay to see one unforgettable performance this fall!

Bring Your Dog to Conejo Valley

Ready to take a vacation but can’t find a pet-sitter? Just bring your pup with you! Conejo Valley is brimming with pet-friendly places – including several hotels and restaurants. Check out these dog-loving establishments during your next trip, and remember to ask the locals about other spots you can bring your four-legged friend.

Eat

From casual chains to hip cafés, pets are welcome at several restaurants in the Conejo Valley.

  • Lazy Dog Café, Thousand Oaks – This restaurant is a favorite among both locals and visitors for their seriously pet-friendly vibe. Comfortable patio seating is available for people and pups along with great food menus for both humans and Bonus points for the dog-loving staff!
  • Kristy’s Wood Oven and Wine Bar, Malibu – With views of Zuma Beach, both Fido and his or her humans will be thrilled with the experience at this upscale restaurant in Malibu. The dining room is reservation-only, but dogs are welcome on one of the restaurant’s gorgeous outdoor terraces.

Sleep

Whether you’re looking for luxury or something more low-key and centrally located, there are numerous pet-friendly properties in Conejo Valley. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Thousand Oaks – Whether you’re in town for a short visit or looking for a longer stay, the TownePlace is a conveniently located, wallet-friendly hotel in Thousand Oaks that will welcome both you and your furry friend. There are sure to be some equally pet-friendly restaurants nearby!
  • Sheraton Agoura Hills – Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, this hotel is a great location for exploring all that the region has to offer. With a fitness center, pool and beautiful scenery, this pet-loving property has all the amenities you’ll need.

These are just some of the many pet-friendly spots you’ll find in Conejo Valley. Book your stay, pack your bags and bring along your doggies for a memorable family trip!

Mingle with Locals in Conejo Valley

There’s no better way to explore a new place than checking out the best local hangouts. Conejo Valley is no exception. While you can experience a number of fun tourist attractions, there are also some great places to mingle with locals. Plus, with a roster of celebrities residing in Conejo Valley to get away from the hustle and bustle of neighboring Los Angeles, you may even see a member of the Hollywood elite when you’re in town!

The Oaks in Thousand Oaks – With fashion and food galore, this indoor-outdoor mall is a premier shopping destination in Thousand Oaks, frequented by many Conejo Valley residents. According to locals, celebs drop in here regularly for their own shopping sprees, too.

Old Place Restaurant in Agoura Hills – Reviews say this restaurant is one of Agoura Hills’ best kept secrets. Make reservations for a memorable dining experience, and check out Cornell Winery & Tasting room next door while you wait for your table.

The Dudes’ Brewing Company in Thousand Oaks – Beer lovers in town know that The Dudes’ tasting room in Thousand Oaks is a prime location for some of the best craft brew in the region. Grab a CalifornIPA or a Blood Orange Amber to get a true taste of SoCal’s local brewing scene.

Thousand Oaks Farmers Market – With the popularity of local farmers markets, it’s no surprise that Conejo Valley is home to a few. The Thousand Oaks Farmers Market is one of the best in town, and has been around since 1991, providing local bounty every Thursday all year long. Grab some fresh, local produce to have on hand as a healthy snack during your vacation.

Ready to plan your trip to Conejo Valley? A few local spots will make a welcome addition to your itinerary while you’re here. See you when you get here!

Fill the Bins in Conejo Valley

We’re approaching the last few months of the year, a time where many in our community give back to those in need. We at the Conejo Valley Tourism also think it is a great time to give back to those in the Conejo Valley community that make it unique and we want to encourage locals and visitors to fill the bins and give back to the community.

This year, we are partnering with the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank to increase non-perishable food donations. Founded in 1971 by a group of people who felt that no person should ever go hungry in the Conejo Valley, the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank has been providing food assistance to friends and neighbors in need for more than 40 years. Through this partnership, Conejo Valley Tourism has provided donation bins to hospitality businesses that are part of the tourism district.

The food bank will accept non-perishable food items including canned vegetables, stews, beans and chilies; dry pastas such as spaghetti and macaroni and cheese; additional boxed items including potatoes, cold cereals, crackers and cookies. Visitors and locals alike can donate non-perishable food items from October 2 until November 17 to the following 14 donation locations:

  • America’s Best Value Inn (Thousand Oaks)
  • Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks Inn (Thousand Oaks)
  • Courtyard by Marriott (Thousand Oaks)
  • Hampton Inn & Suites (Agoura Hills)
  • Hampton Inn & Suites (Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park)
  • Homewood Suites (Agoura Hills)
  • Hyatt Regency Westlake (Westlake Village)
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites (Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park)
  • Motel 6 (Thousand Oaks)
  • Palm Garden Hotel (Thousand Oaks)
  • Premier Inn (Thousand Oaks)
  • Quality Inn (Thousand Oaks)
  • Sheraton Agoura Hills (Agoura Hills)
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott (Thousand Oaks)

If you are visiting Conejo Valley between now and November 17, we encourage you to fill the bins with food for the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank! To learn more about the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank, please visit http://mannaconejo.org/.

Hidden Gems of Thousand Oaks Make a Memorable Trip

While it’s difficult to uncover any true hidden gems when you travel these days (thanks, Internet), there are still a few spots around Thousand Oaks that are off-the-beaten path. These unique places—including little-known eateries, majestic parks and arts & entertainment—are sure to be a memorable addition to any Thousand Oaks itinerary. The best part? You may not have to wait in line, search for a parking spot or take your turn for a photo op! Read on to discover these gems.

If you want to get outside…

Gardens of the World: This privately-owned garden is a beautiful, quiet retreat from the bustling city around it, and pays homage to various world cultures. Come here to relax, take a walk or a tour or enjoy reading a book in the sunshine.

Conejo Creek Dog Park: If you’re traveling with a canine companion, you’ll be thrilled with the Conejo Creek Dog Park in Thousand Oaks. It offers 3.5 wide open acres for playing and running with lots of local, happy pups to befriend!

Time to Eat!

Mouthful Eatery: This Peruvian-style eatery gets rave reviews from locals who can’t get enough of the fresh, flavorful dishes and vibrant ambience. The menu includes the popular “La Sarita,” a pork sandwich, as well as tasty salads and refreshing beverages – we recommend trying the cucumber & mint lemonade!

Little Calf Creamery: Occupying an unassuming storefront at the Conejo Valley Plaza Shopping Center, the Little Calf Creamery is said to have some of the best homemade ice cream in the region. The creamery also includes a full menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as a kids’ menu.

Literary and Theatrical Pursuits

Conejo Players Theatre: If you’re a theater buff, you’ll want to take some time to check out a show at the Conejo Players Theatre. This community theater is committed to providing affordable theater experiences – including musicals, plays and improve comedy – for locals and visitors all year long.

Grant R. Brimhall Library – While you may not think to visit a local library on vacation, the main library that serves Thousand Oaks boasts more than 80,000 square feet of space, including a stellar children’s section if you’re looking for something to occupy the kids for a couple hours. This one is worth visiting!

Sprinkle a few of these hidden gems into your Thousand Oaks itinerary when you plan your next visit. They’re sure to offer you a glimpse of Conejo Valley that you may not have otherwise experienced!

Conejo Valley Plays Backdrop to the Best of the Silver Screen

In addition to the many great movies that have been filmed in Conejo Valley, dozens of TV shows have also been set in locations throughout the Southern California region over the past 50 years. From pastoral ranches to tucked-away mansions to the majestic Santa Monica Mountains, beautiful Conejo Valley is a go-to location for TV production for good reason. Walk through the decades with us as we take a look at some of the best TV shows filmed here.

1960s-1980s

The iconic, 14-season Western series, Bonanza, also calls Conejo Valley home. Many scenes throughout the years were shot at the Janss Conejo Ranch, a previously wide-open space located in Wildwood. Much of the land has since been developed for homes and retail space.

The 1970s hit show M.A.S.H. was also shot in Conejo Valley. Malibu Creek State Park, which was formerly owned by 20th Century Fox, was home to the set for 11 seasons and 251 episodes. Today, visitors can still go to Malibu Creek State Park to see the restored set.

1990s

Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, which has been the set for countless films – especially Westerns – has also seen many TV sets. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was filmed at Paramount Ranch in the 1990s, and fans were allowed full access to watch the show being filmed each week.

Beverly Hills, 90210, was perhaps one of the most formative series of the 1990s. While the show is based in Los Angeles, and more specifically Beverly Hills, an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 was filmed in Thousand Oaks.

2000s

Sweet, bubbly Summer Roberts may have been one of the most beloved character from everyone’s favorite sun-drenched, teenage drama of the early 2000s, The O.C. In the show, scenes at Summer’s house (which was fictionally located in Newport Beach) were filmed at a stunning, 7,350 square foot mansion in Agoura Hills.

In the hit show 24, President Charles Logan is seen living at a presidential retreat while under house arrest in seasons 5 and 6. This home is located in Hidden Valley, a small community in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles.

Lastly, since 2008 the show The Biggest Loser was filmed at King Gillette Ranch, near Malibu Creek State Park. In a more recent episode, contestants went on a run from Hidden Valley to Camarillo.

Next time you come to Conejo Valley, spend an afternoon scene-spotting and Hollywood sightseeing. You may stumble upon some other former TV sets, or perhaps a show in the making!

Catch a Sunset in Conejo Valley

Whether you’re here to check out the beaches of Malibu or want to explore the wide-open trails of Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Valley rewards its visitors daily with spectacular sunsets. Take in the golden rays on a sun-kissed beach, or hike up a hill for views that will take your breath away.

Here are five of the best places in Conejo Valley to view a stunning California sunset.

Zuma Beach: In the mood to relax? Soft sand, excellent surf and front-row sunset views are abundant at Zuma Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles County. Come during the late afternoon when surfers are out to catch the best waves, and stay for the awe-inspiring sunset.

Westward Beach to Paradise Cove: If you’re looking for a little more activity after your beach day, just south of Zuma Beach you’ll find a quintessential beach hike from Westward Beach. This moderate, four-mile trek takes visitors along the glittering Pacific Coast for front-and-center sunset views.

Sandstone Peak: Also known as a prime spot to catch a sunrise, Sandstone Peak is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is a moderate, three-mile upward climb, so bring plenty of water! Panoramic views of the Pacific Coast will greet you at the top – the perfect place to watch the sunset sparkle over the ocean.

Mugu Peak at Point Mugu State Park: Point Mugu State Park, located in Malibu, offers a five-mile stretch of beautiful beaches, and is also the entry point for the trail that will take you to Mugu Peak. While this is a more challenging hike, the jaw-dropping views of sky, sand and ocean that await hikers at the top of the trail are well worth it.

Tarantula Hill: Located in Thousand Oaks, Tarantula Hill is accessible with an easy, one-mile hike to the top. It isn’t beachfront, but it promises sweeping 360-degree views at the top and a peaceful spot for taking in a gorgeous So-Cal sunset.

Ready to discover your favorite sunset view in the Conejo Valley? Explore the many trails, attractions and places to stay, and come visit us soon!

Take Your Fantasy Football Draft to Conejo Valley

American’s Sunday tradition of watching football is about to kick-off with the 98th season of the National Football League (NFL), which also means it is time to draft your fantasy football teams. While the gridiron gets its stripes, we’ve gone ahead and listed out the best sports bars in Conejo Valley for you to hold your fantasy football draft or to spend Sunday’s catching your favorite team’s game. Take a look at some of the sports bars Conejo Valley has to offer.

Twisted Oak Tavern, Agoura Hills

Twisted Oak Tavern was established in 2015 in the heart of Agoura Hills, bringing a modern take on the traditional tavern along with a brewery producing craft beers on site. Packed with TVs playing the hottest sporting events, Twisted Oak Tavern is a great sports bar for your next fantasy football draft.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Daily from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Cronies Sports Grill

Cronies is the place to join your friends and family for great sandwiches, hamburgers and salads while enjoying their famous Smokin’ Cold, 20 oz. Schooners. Watch your favorite sporting events on the many big screens in an open family-friendly style restaurant.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: You bet! Monday – Friday, times vary by location
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team 

Public School 805

A chef-driven gastropub serving craft beers that delivers “an education in the art of food and beer.” Public School 805 has plenty of TVs inside and outside the restaurant so you are sure to not miss any of the sporting action.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: They have them inside and outside
  • Happy Hour: “Recess” is Monday – Friday from 3 – 7 p.m.
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Finney’s Crafthouse

Located in Westlake Village, Finney’s Crafthouse is a locally owned restaurant and bar that brings upscale cooking to casual dining. Offering more than 30 craft beers on draft, a full bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails, fine California wines and seven HDTV’s perfect for seeing that winning touchdown.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Yup, from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Boney Mountain Tavern

Featuring more than 32 beers on tap, you will not go thirsty at Boney Mountain Tavern in Newbury Park. Sports memorabilia is mixed in with flat screen TVs so you never miss the action at this local sports bar.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Yes, along with weekly promotions. Check website for the latest specials
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery has its roots deep in the rousing tradition of Scottish, Irish and English Pubs. Originally started in Las Vegas, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery’s Thousand Oaks locations offers a festive atmosphere and the go-to place to watch sports, enjoy a cold beer and hang out with friends. Offering a delicious, mouth-watering menu, with more than 30 draft and bottled beers to choose from and an extensive spirit selection.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Yes, check location for days and times
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Draughts Restaurant & Bar

Where great food meets great draught beer, Draughts is a neighborhood favorite hangout for adults, college students and families. Located in Thousand Oaks, Draughts features 45 craft brews on draught and 19 HDTVs scattered throughout the restaurant.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Everyday from 3 – 6 p.m. and late night on Fridays from 9 p.m. until close
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

Located at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, Lazy Dog Restaurant has something for everyone. With its rustic vibe, a variety of beers on tap and numerous crafted cocktails to choose from, Lazy Dog Restaurant elevates the traditional sports bar to a new level.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Only in the bar area
  • Happy Hour: Yes, check location for days and times
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

 

Catch a game or hold your fantasy football draft in Conejo Valley this season!