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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!

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!

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!

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!

 

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.

 

Eat, Drink, Repeat in Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks is a hub for great food, local wines and craft brews. When you’re in town, your itinerary is easy: Eat, drink, repeat!

Here are a few of the best spots around Thousand Oaks to savor a family meal, grab a cold (and crafty) one, sip a nice glass of wine, or enjoy some late-night fun and entertainment.

For the Whole Family

Looking for a family-friendly place for lunch or dinner? Thousand Oaks welcomes all travelers with a number of delicious eateries.

Himalaya Cuisine is a casual fine dining restaurant serving authentic south Asian food from the Himalaya. The menu features more than ten types of light appetizers, soups, salads and more than 30 entrees – both meat and vegetarian – showcasing the unique flavors of the Himalayas.

For something a bit more adventurous, try Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine. This restaurant is known for its unique style of cooking food in clay pots – a technique that comes from Brazil. Family-style dining will ensure everyone has fun trying different dishes.

If you’re in search of a place to just kick back and enjoy some foodie favorites, try The Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. A friendly atmosphere and expansive menu will offer something for everyone – especially the kids.

Out on the Town

Thousand Oaks is equally entertaining for the kid-free set. Whether you want to grab some late-night food or dance the night away, we’ve got you covered.

Grab a couple drinks and settle in at The Tipsy Goat, a local Irish pub with a lot of personality. The pub has daily food and drink specials, weekly trivia and karaoke, and games including pool, ping pong, darts and shuffleboard.

Brought your dancing shoes? Borderline Bar & Grill is a large country dance hall and live music venue in Thousand Oaks that promises a fun night out. It includes a full food and bar menu, pool tables and big screen TV’s.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more refined, try Sunland Vintage Winery, a go-to spot for wine enthusiasts. The family-owned wine tasting room features Italian inspired ambiance and friendly service, and is the perfect place to unwind as you sip your way through Italian and non-Italian varietals under the winery’s private label.

Good food, good beer and friends are guaranteed at Public School 805, a gastropub serving up delicious food and craft beer in Thousand Oaks. Public School 805 also promises “an education in the art of food and beer,” so come hungry, thirsty and ready to learn!

You may be surprised at all the amazing restaurants and watering holes you’ll find in Thousand Oaks. Check out a few more of them here, and start planning your next visit!

Quiet on the Set! Conejo Valley is a Hot Spot for Filming Movies

When you come to Conejo Valley, don’t be surprised if you spot film crews around town. Because of its picturesque scenery, open spaces and proximity to L.A., Conejo Valley has been an ideal place for movie-making since the 1920s.

The Conejo Valley’s film history is a little-known but fascinating attraction. While you’re here, take a drive around and see if you recognize any of the scenery! Here are a few popular local film spots and some of the movies that have been set there.

Westlake Village

This affluent L.A. suburb has been the backdrop of a number of films both past and present, from the 1920s version of Robin Hood to Karate Kid in 1984. More recently, the prom night scene in American Pie was filmed at a local residence, and the engagement party in Bridesmaids took place at the Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village.

Hidden Valley

The pastoral, country vibe of this off-the-beaten path area of Conejo Valley is a favorite among filmmakers. While it’s close to L.A., it is beautifully secluded and home to numerous equestrian ranches and wide-open acreage. Roadhouse (starring the late Patrick Swayze) and Seabiscuit were filmed here, among many others.

Agoura Hills

Home to Paramount Picture’s Paramount Ranch, which began operating as a film set in 1923, Agoura Hills has a storied past when it comes to films. The opening scene for Gone with the Wind was filmed in Agoura Hills, and the old Western Town film set at Paramount Ranch has been the location for hundreds of movies, including The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock.

Thousand Oaks

With well-manicured parks, pretty street views and homes of all sizes, Thousand Oaks has a rich film history, having been the set of hundreds of films over the years. In recent history, the best-known movies set in Thousand Oaks are The Adventures of Robin Hood, Memoirs of a Geisha and Tarzan.

Ready to go scene-spotting in Conejo Valley? Plan your visit now, and if you stumble upon a film set, remember to keep quiet!

 

Unsinkable Exhibit Comes to Conejo Valley

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is a must-see attraction when coming to Conejo Valley. But did you know that the library and museum hosts some exclusive exhibits throughout the year? It’s true, and the latest exhibit to grace the Reagan Library is of titanic proportions.

Titanic at the Reagan Library is a brand-new, never before seen exhibition spanning 10,000 square feet of the museum. The exhibit reunites hundreds of Titanic artifacts that have not been together since the ship’s fateful night in 1912. Titanic at the Reagan Library honors the 1,500 souls who perished in the tragedy, along with the 267 brave American seaman who perished on the Thresher and Scorpion.

Holding the exhibit at the Reagan Library is the perfect combination. President Reagan was instrumental in preserving the historic site of the Titanic by issuing the 1986 RMS Titanic Memorial Act to designate the wreck as an international maritime memorial. With President Reagan’s historic act for the Titanic site, it is important to note that the exhibit tells the complete story of the Titanic without using any artifacts off the ocean floor. This historic collection of real artifacts from the Titanic combines real stories with real artifacts from real people onboard the ship.

In addition to the real artifacts from the ship, the exhibit also includes props, sets and costumes from the blockbuster movie “Titanic”. Museum goers will be able to see a full-size life boat from the movie and the set of Rose and Cal’s Suite. It is truly a one of a kind display of history. You won’t be able to catch this exhibit anywhere else but at the Reagan Library!

The historic exhibit is open at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and will conclude on January 8, 2018. For additional information on the exhibit, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com.

Sounds of Summer

Summer is almost here and so is Conejo Valley’s summer concert series! We’ve got a great lineup coming to the area this year. Grab your blankets, lawn chairs picnics and join us at the Conejo Community Park for some fun summer sounds. All concerts are free and start at 5 p.m.

May 29: LA ALLSTARS

This high-energy 10 plus piece band will hit the stage with a dynamic show and outstanding vocalists covering multiple music styles, including current hits, classic rock, rhythm & blues, Motown, disco, standard jazz, and swing. Their powerful musical style provides original performances that are hip, edgy, and contemporary. LA ALLSTARS will have you on your feet dancing to the beat all night long!

July 4: Walking Phoenixes

Join us for the Independence Day performance. Special guests Jenna Ryin and Alana Marie start the concert off with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, followed by the Walking Phoenixes, taking the stage Johnny Cash-style with their signature “all black” three-piece suits to perform not only some of Cash’s biggest hits, but also a number of country-style patriotic selections.

July 23: The Neil Deal

Bringing decades of music from legendary rock music groups Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and Neil Young to life, this highly acclaimed Southland tribute band The Neil Deal performs an extensive catalog of hit songs tracking Young’s multi-generational career, including his remarkable years as a solo performer.

August 13: Green Today and Blink-180TRUE

Performing Green Day music from a span of over 20 years, Green Today brings the songs, look, harmonies and hooks that Green Day fans deserve. Paying tribute to Blink-182, Blink-180TRUE performs a true-to-era show highlighting songs from the band’s 1995 to 2003-era concerts, complete with exact band attire plus the jokes and stage antics that cemented Blink-182 as an arena rock staple in the early 2000’s.

September 4: Melvin Seals and JGB

Based in San Francisco, Melvin Seals and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity, and remarkable musical chops to the table. In 1980, Seals joined the Jerry Garcia Band, taking over the band’s leadership after Jerry’s untimely death in 1995. Under Melvin’s direction, the original group- slightly renamed “Melvin Seals and JGB” – pays tribute to Garcia by performing his songs and remaining faithful to his style. With band members who are part of the original Jerry Garcia Band, this shows promises to be a real treat!