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Bike Safety Tips: A few Rules of the Road

Now that we’ve been embracing the bike life for National Bike Month in Conejo Valley for a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to review some rules and bike safety tips to use when you’re out there on the roads or trails. Proper safety will ensure you’re not unexpectedly sidelined during your visit!

Cyclists share the road with other vehicles and trail space with walkers, joggers and horseback riders. Let’s make sure we can all enjoy the spaces safely and side-by-side.

General Bike Safety

The first and most important safety rule in Conejo Valley and everywhere else: Wear a helmet! This is required by law for everyone under age 18, but it’s a good idea to wear one as an adult, too.

Along with wearing a helmet, remember to use common sense and pay attention when you’re riding. Listen, look and keep your eyes on the road for potential hazards.

Try to stay in your own lane when you’re on the road, and stay only on clearly identified trails if you’re riding on the Conejo Valley trails. Remember to obey all traffic signs, and watch for oncoming traffic including cars, animals, other riders and pedestrians.

Proper Road and Trail Behavior

Remember, if you’re cycling on the street, you are part of the traffic flow. Ride with the traffic; not against it.

When riding on a trail, you’re likely going faster than people on foot – and pedestrians always have the right of way. If you’re looking to get around someone, be sure to pass on their left, moving to the right only once you’ve passed them safely. Call out “passing on your left!” to avoid startling someone.

Need to stop for a quick breather or to check your map or equipment? Pull off the road or trail completely so you don’t get hit or cause an accident.

When you’re on a road with a bike lane, you must stay in the bike lane unless you’re turning left, passing someone or avoiding something in the road. If you are riding in a group, ride single-file both on the road and on the trail. This keeps the space clear of congestion, and helps everyone avoid accidents.

Night Riding

There’s something magical about riding under the stars, but it can also be a risky time to be on the road or trail.

If you choose to take a bike ride in the dark, you are required by law to wear a forward-facing white light. It should be bright enough to provide 300 feet of visibility in front of you and to your sides. It is also a good idea to wear bright or reflective clothing so that oncoming traffic can easily spot you.

OK, enough with the rules – keep these bike safety tips in mind and continue to have fun safely exploring the Conejo Valley by bike!

Celebrate National Bike Month in Conejo Valley

May is National Bike Month, and Conejo is the perfect place to celebrate. With an incredible network of trails through wide open spaces and cycle-friendly local roads, exploring the Conejo Valley by bike is a must-do activity.

Pack your gear, cue up your favorite playlist and put on some sunscreen – we’ve got everything you need for a memorable day of biking here in Conejo.

Get your gear

Whether you need to rent a bike for the day or want to get your own equipment tuned up, Conejo has you covered. Serious Cycling is a local favorite where you can buy or rent bike gear, including road bike rentals. JRA Bikes & Brews is another great place for rentals – and they’ll set you up with your morning coffee, too.

Want to amp up the fun during National Bike Month? Try renting an electric bike from Pedego 101 – which is the go-to place for easy-to-use, electric bikes that are sure to delight (and will save your legs a bit of effort).

Map your ride

Conejo is home to both picturesque mountain bike trails and scenic road bike trails, depending on which type of cycling you’re more comfortable with. Check out both options to see what appeals most to you. Either way, you’ll find a great itinerary with Conejo’s well-planned trails.

You may also want to consider trails that take you through one of Conejo Valley’s most remarkable local treasures. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area is an expansive national park located right in the Conejo Valley. With a variety of wildlife, sweeping mountain views on one side and breathtaking views of the California coast on the other, the 500-plus miles of trails running through the Santa Monica Mountains are unforgettable. Within the park, you’ll also want to explore Paramount Ranch – an iconic, old Western ranch where many movies and TV shows have been filmed.

When you explore the area by bike, you see a side of the Conejo Valley that many people never get to experience – and you won’t want to miss it.

Re-fuel & Unwind

We’re guessing you’ll be more than ready to grab some good eats and an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine at the end of your biking extravaganza. Fortunately, there are plenty of food and drink spots throughout Conejo that you can access by bike.

The rustic, historic and charming tasting room of Cornell Winery will leave wine lovers mesmerized and appreciative of the local wine culture. If craft brews are more your beat, try Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, a European-style brewpub with a delicious seasonal food menu and a list of beers all hand-crafted on site.

Ready to ride? Take a look at your calendar, check out some of the places you’d like to stay and get yourself to Conejo for National Bike Month!

Conejo Open Space Challenge 2017

Visit Conejo and join the Conejo Open Space Challenge 2017

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! The Conejo Valley is an ideal destination to visit this spring if you’re looking to reconnect with nature and get outside to enjoy some hiking, cycling, horseback riding or running.

You may not have guessed it, but the Conejo Valley is home to abundant outdoor space, including dozens of trails perfect for outdoor recreation. Picturesque trails and sunny skies are a wonderful way for visitors to catch their breath in the great outdoors and take in the natural beauty of Conejo.

Out on the trails, you can take a leisurely, quiet horseback ride while taking in the surrounding views. You can hike through hills and find your way to see waterfalls. Or, you can take it up a notch with a brisk trail run or a speedy mountain bike excursion, finding inspiration in the beauty around you.

To celebrate Conejo’s great outdoors, now through May 31, you can join in some extra fun on your trip with the Conejo Open Space Challenge 2017. This special fundraiser (put on by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency) encourages locals and visitors alike to experience the local trails – and hopefully to gain an appreciation of why it’s so important to protect and preserve them.

The challenge is to check out the 10 best and most beautiful multi-use trails around Conejo (or as many of them as you can). Explore them any way you want – on foot, bike or horseback. To show that you’re participating, snap a few photos while you’re out in the open and tweet, Instagram or email them. You’ll then be entered into a raffle for some great prizes!

The Conejo Open Space Challenge is a unique opportunity to make a difference while exploring a new destination. In addition to visiting the trails, you can donate to the Conejo Open Space Foundation. For all the details and a complete list of trails that qualify for the Conejo Open Space Challenge 2017 with links to maps of each, click here.

So, are you up for the challenge? There’s still plenty of time to plan your trip to the Conejo Valley before May 31st. Let’s get going!

Reasons to go to OakHeart Country Music Festival this Year

Country music lovers of Southern California can rejoice: the OakHeart Country Music Festival is returning to Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 3rd from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The sixth annual music festival follows last year’s sold out event, and a roster of exceptional country music artists combined with a wide range of amenities for attendees guarantee that this year’s gathering will be equally thrilling and a must-see.

Headlined by Grammy- and CMA-nominated recording artist Josh Turner, this year’s festival boasts an impressive line-up of performers. Among those scheduled to appear are Grammy nominee David Nail, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Drake White, Southern California’s own Morgan Leigh Band, country-rock cover band Highway Starr and more. In between sets, festival attendees can enjoy snacking on fare offered by local food truck vendors and relax with a cold drink in the bar area. Dance floors with all-day line dancing as well as a fun kids’ area will round out the festival’s featured activities.

While planning your trip to attend the OakHeart Country Music Festival, take advantage of the opportunity to explore more of the exciting activities and entertaining attractions offered throughout the Conejo Valley. Explore the beautiful scenery and majestic vistas of the area by taking a hike up Newbury Park’s 1,530-foot Angel Vista Peak and reveling in breathtaking views of the entire valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can further enjoy the Conejo Valley’s stunning environment by going on a horseback tour of one of Conejo Valley’s many trails. Prefer to appreciate the outdoors with slightly less physical exertion involved? Stop by the Conejo Valley Botanic Gardens in Thousand Oaks to take a leisurely stroll through one of fifteen flowering hillside gardens.

Of course, spending all day outdoors at a country music festival might put you in the mood for just relaxing, wining and dining. If so, explore one of the Conejo Valley’s many award-winning breweries or wineries for tastings and tours, or indulge in a wonderful meal as you take advantage of the valley’s booming culinary scene.

Whatever your interests are, seize the opportunity as you plan for a thrilling day of country music at the OakHeart Country Music Festival and explore more of what the beautiful Conejo Valley has to offer.

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Conejo Valley: The Gateway to Wine Country

Definitely not your typical, crowded wine tasting experience, the Conejo Valley wineries will thrill your palate and deliver a tasting adventure yet-to-be-experienced by many! With a welcoming wine trail all its own, check out why Conejo Valley’s wineglass is way more than half full, from Thousand Oaks down to Malibu and everywhere in between.

Start to sip your way through the Conejo Valley Wine trail at NABU Wines. This Conejo Valley gem produces wine with grapes from the local Santa Monica Mountains. Among our favorite varietals are Chardonnay and Syrah from Malibu, but dozens of other choices await.

Next, check out the recently expanded Sunland Vintage tasting room in Thousand Oaks, where Michael and Debby Giovinazzo welcome you to experience wines unique to their family label. What sets Sunland Vintage apart from others? They produce varietals of Old Italy, such as Nebbiolo, Montepulciano and Dolcetto, along with special proprietary blends including Tre Ragazzi, Delicate Princes and The Goddess.

While you’re at Sunland Vintage, enjoy a glass or two from Alma Sol Winery, a family-owned and operated micro-boutique winery that shares a tasting room with Sunland. Bringing together two vital elements needed to craft extraordinary wines –“soul” and “sun”– the winemakers embrace hands-on, artisan winemaking to produce primarily Bourdeaux blends. Alma Sol handpicks their grapes in small lots, respecting the fruit and guiding its natural potential.

Continue your winery exploration with a visit to the newest wine trail stop, DeLiese Cellars. The friendly husband-and-wife winemaking team will happily pour you a few sips of their famous Neveah Cabernet Sauvignon from Malibu (Neveah is “heaven” spelled backwards) or if you prefer white, try their Allure Chardonnay.

Round out your tasting trip with a stop at Aldabella Winery. This tasting room carefully selects wines from local growers, and is a warm and welcoming spot to relax and enjoy a few small bites with friends after a day on the trail.

Looking for more? Drive the canyon and check out the tasting rooms of Malibu (only 10 minutes up the road from Conejo Valley), and experience Cielo Wineyard, SIP Malibu Grapes, and Malibu Rocky Oaks Estates. To make it a real adventure, check out Malibu Wine Safaris, where you can meet a few exotic, four-legged friends out on the wine trail!

Pick up a wine trail map (available at all wineries) and discover the beauty and character of the Conejo Valley wine trail – “The Gateway to Wine Country.”

Adorable Animals Await at Malibu Wine Safari

It’s a wonderful time of year to escape to Conejo Valley. The weather is warming up, the crowds are mellow, and there’s never a bad time to relax and catch your breath. Make Conejo Valley your home-away-from-home for a few days while you hike, golf, swim, shop, eat…and meet some four-legged friends at Malibu Wine Safari!

One of the coolest (and cutest!) experiences Conejo Valley has to offer is the much-buzzed about Malibu Wine Safari. This is a totally new way to discover the beautiful wines of the Santa Monica Mountains while mingling with exotic animals (who just happen to be retired movie stars). These cuddly celebrities – including zebras, alpacas, camels and bison – are now relaxing at Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard, home to Malibu Family Wines, after a busy career in the spotlight.

Just 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles, adventure awaits with Malibu Wine Safaris. Guests are in for a fun, memorable experience as open-air safari vehicles transport them across the expansive, picturesque 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard.

The tour includes scenic stops where groups will get to take in stunning vista views while sampling some of Malibu’s best boutique wines, all from locally sourced grapes. Come ready to sip, savor and learn about the local, casual wine-making culture that creates unique yet palette-friendly blends – always better when enjoyed with new friends.

The best part? Each stop on the safari includes a chance to feed, pet and snap photos of some of the cutest animals you’ll ever meet (not cuter than your dog, of course!). They love a good carrot, and go nuts for bananas. And remember, these are former movie celebrities, so they are not camera shy and always hit the perfect pose.

Dress casually and be ready for a little rugged walking – you’re on a safari, after all! Leave flips flops and heels at home, and hey, if a little wine or dirt gets on your shirt, that’s OK. No one will judge you in Conejo Valley.

When you think of this adventure, think: the kind of fun you had as a kid at the zoo with all of the perks of being an adult!

After the excursion, head back into town to relax and have dinner. There are several great restaurants and brewpubs to choose from as you update Instagram with your favorite animal pic of the day. With wine and cute mammals in the mix, there’s sure to be something shareworthy.

So grab a friend, decide where to stay and start planning your trip to Conejo Valley today – the exotic animals are waiting to meet you!