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Conejo Valley - OakHeart Country Music Festival Returns to Thousand Oaks

OakHeart Country Music Festival Returns to Thousand Oaks

Country music, ice cold beer and cowboy boots – it doesn’t get much better than that. OakHeart Country Music Festival is returning to Thousand Oaks this summer and we couldn’t be more excited! Here’s a sneak peek on what you can expect at this year’s event.

Since 2011, the festival has featured 10 or more local and national country artists and has grown to allow for an estimated 7,000 people in attendance. Headlining this year’s event is ACM-New Artist of the Year winner Justin Moore. We can’t wait to hear him sing some of his top singles including “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and “Kinda Don’t Care.” Among the handful of other performers is up-and-coming singer-songwriter Tyler Farr, The Voice contestant RaeLynn, and actress-singer-producer Rita Wilson. (We’re hoping Tom Hanks will make a special appearance!)

The all-ages festival has a little something for everyone. In between sets, you can grab a bite from any of the local food trucks or relax with a cold drink in the bar area. This 21 and over area will be equipped with games and activities such as corn hole, ladder ball and beer pong. There will also be dance floors at the festival with all-day line dancing and a fun kids’ area. You’ll also have a chance to buy a souvenir or two with a variety of vendors expected to be selling shirts, hats, boots, crafts and much more!

One of the coolest features of the event – it’s all for a good cause. For seven years, organizers have worked with the community to grow, and fund local and national charities. Another reason OakHeart Music Festival should be on your country bucket list! Grab your boots and join us at the OakHeart Country Music Festival on Saturday, June 2nd. Buy your tickets here.

While planning your trip to the must-attend event, you can also explore more of the exciting activities and attractions throughout Conejo Valley with these itineraries.

We’re going country in Conejo Valley this summer! Book your trip to see another side of Southern California.

Visit Westworld’s Center of the Maze in Agoura Hills

Calling all Westworld fans! Season one ended at the Westworld maze, leaving us all in suspense. Season two is almost here and if you’re like us, you’re pretty excited for the season to kick off. But do you know where Westworld was filmed? SPOILER ALERT: Right here in Conejo Valley.

It’s true! Many of the scenes from the popular series were filmed at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. The center of the maze? Yup, that’s here along with exteriors of Escalante. The area played a major role in season one and after seeing the latest trailer for season two, we’re sure to see more scenes from the show shot in Agoura Hills.

It’s no surprise that Westworld was filmed at Paramount Ranch. In fact, many movies and TV shows have been filmed in our backyard since the 1960s. You may recall the location is the backdrop to famous productions like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Jayne Seymour) and Hulu’s Quickdraw (John Lehr) and movies like Caught in the Draft (Bob Hope) and The Lake House (Sandra Bullock).

Take a look at the video below to see some iconic scenes from HBO’s Westworld and keep an eye out for our scenic “movie ranch” during season two. Or better yet, travel to Conejo Valley and see the filming location for yourself. Who knows, you may even catch a movie being filmed when you visit.

Westworld: Center of the maze in Conejo Valley

You may not be able to visit the set of HBO Westworld, but you CAN experience the center of the maze in real life by visiting #ParamountRanch in #ConejoValley! Read all about the filming location here. https://goo.gl/Q651mr Visit California

Posted by Visit Conejo Valley on Sunday, December 4, 2016

Catch the official season two trailer here and see if you can spot scenes from Paramount Ranch. The reckoning returns to HBO April 22.

Explore Conejo Valley this Spring

As springtime is upon us, so is the beautiful Southern California sunshine. In Conejo Valley, our surrounding hillsides and mountains are beginning to bloom as temperatures warm. Here are a few things to explore in Conejo Valley this spring.

Gardens of the World

We can’t think of a better way to enjoy nature during spring then at Gardens of the World. Bringing the beauty of the world to Conejo Valley, the gardens are a stunning sight to behold and a valuable educational tool for all ages. The cultivated garden is designed as if you’re traveling the world all in one place. You can go from an American Bandstand to a British Rose Garden to a Japanese Pagoda all in one stroll!

 Local Tip – Bring food to enjoy a picnic in the serene and peaceful surroundings. 

Golf  

If you’ve been daydreaming about the smell of fresh cut grass while perfecting your swing, you’re not alone! One of Conejo Valley’s top outdoor activities for visitors to explore is our beautiful golf courses. You can easily enjoy a day or two playing golf, taking lessons or just spending time on the driving range at any one of our eight, stunning golf courses.

Local Tip – At Los Robles Greens, you’ll feel like you’re at a private country club, as the course is often referred to as a public course in a private course setting!

Wine Tasting

If you’re a wine lover, the Conejo Valley wine trail is sure to please your palate this spring. From Thousand Oaks down to the gorgeous, rolling canyons of Malibu, a one-of-a-kind tasting adventure awaits you! Our various wineries offer everything from Africa-inspired safaris to an at-home atmosphere tasting room.

Local Tip – At Malibu Wine Safaris, you can meet exotic, four-legged friends while wine tasting!

Zuma Beach

Hear the sound of the waves and relax at Zuma Beach this spring. Just over the hill in Malibu is the beautiful Zuma Beach, which is known as one of the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions in Los Angeles County. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the sea breeze, take a surf lesson or have a picnic – the possibilities are endless!

Local Tip – We hear Zuma Beach is popular among Hollywood’s elite, so you may see a celebrity or two while you’re here!

Great Outdoors

Grand views are a hike away in Conejo Valley! With 140 miles of outdoor recreation and 12,000 acres of open space, you’ll never run out of things to do outside. From hiking to biking, and even horseback riding – into the mountains you must go! Even if you just enjoy being outside, the miles of trails include short, easy jaunts and longer, tougher treks.

Local Tip – Head to Malibu Creek State Park and you can hike to the outdoor set of the popular television series M*A*S*H.  

There is so much to explore in Conejo Valley this spring! See another side of Southern California and book your trip today.

Travel Back in Time in Conejo Valley

Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks are full of historical experiences that will take you back in time and teach you about the rich history our region has to offer. Conejo Valley is full of cultural experiences where you can travel through time and immerse yourself in history. Take a look at some of the must-see historical experiences for your next trip to Conejo Valley.

Chumash Indian Museum

Step back in time at the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks. Review the exhibits on the history of the Chumash people before stepping outside to explore the 432-acre park complete with a demonstration village, wildlife and large oak groves.

Stagecoach Inn Museum

Learn more about travelers from the past at the Stagecoach Inn Museum in the historic Garden Union Hotel built in 1876. The hotel served as a regular depot for the Coast Stage line, making it the perfect location to house the historic museum. Check out Simple Sojourns’ visit to the museum for a sneak peek at what’s in store.

Paramount Ranch

Dust off your boots, put on your cowboy hat and step into an old western at Paramount Ranch. The area features several miles of moderate scenic hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains. Take a look at movie sets featured in more recent TV shows including The Mentalist, Weeds, Westworld and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Take a look at how McCool Travel spent their time visiting this iconic site.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Experience a bit of American history at the renowned Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views of Conejo Valley, visitors can walk through a replica of the Oval Office and step aboard the impressive Air Force One. Don’t forget to wave from the steps for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity! See how Any Tots spent their time at the library and museum.

Reyes Adobe Historical Site

Built in 1850, Agoura Hills’ first home represents 150 years of exciting California history. The Reyes Adobe Historical Site features outdoor displays and furnished rooms that bring the past to life for visitors. The barn is now a museum displaying a site timeline with illustrations of grants, artifacts and photos relating to the property, courtesy of the families associated with the Reyes Adobe.

Getty Villa

If you are a fan of ancient art, then the easy and scenic drive to Getty Villa will be well worth an afternoon trip. The first-century styled Roman country house displays exhibitions of ancient art from the stone age to the fall of the Roman Empire.

Which historical site are you most looking forward to visiting during your next trip? We challenge you to check out all of these locations during your next trip to Conejo Valley!

Get Your Game On at Sports Academy in Conejo Valley

In Conejo Valley, we may be known for our great outdoors, but did you know we’re also home to one of Southern California’s topnotch sports facilities? Sports Academy located in Thousand Oaks is often called the Disneyland for athletes. The all-inclusive facility offers a variety of sports programs and services for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Maybe you’re looking for a unique meeting space, a team building exercise or a way to hone in on your athletic skills. The Sports Academy is truly a one-stop-shop for athletes. Here are a few of our favorite features of the 96,000 square-foot facility.

  • One of the first things you may notice inside here is the two indoor beach volleyball courts. That’s right – there is literally sand! It’s the ideal place to perfect your serve before heading to Zuma Beach. The facility also has five regular volleyball courts, five basketball courts, a turf field, batting cages and pitching mounds, and a variety of exercise equipment. You won’t run out of things to do here.
  • Looking to expand or learn about tactical training? We have the answer. Duane Dieter, who has taught the nation’s premier special operations and law enforcement forces, offers world-renowned tactical training classes at Sports Academy. His courses are intriguing and a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t find anywhere else in Southern California.
  • Another unique feature of the facility is their Mindset Development program, which incorporates sports science with mental skills training. Their distinctive tools are a great way to see an athlete’s growth. It’s pretty cool too!

Sports Academy has several meeting spaces ideal for events. While you’re here, you may even run into a professional athlete. We’re told many famous players call Sports Academy their second home. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip or meeting in Conejo Valley today and learn the secrets to fitness and much more!

Explore Genghis Khan Near Conejo Valley

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is one of our region’s most unique attractions. Located in nearby Simi Valley, visitors can step aboard Air Force One used during Reagan’s presidency and view an exact replica of the White House Oval Office. However, exciting features of the museum expand past these two impressive displays. Exclusive exhibits are presented here throughout the year and we couldn’t be more excited about the newest arrival and only Southern California stop – Genghis Khan!

The Genghis Khan exhibit showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest collection ever to tour. The one-of-a-kind exhibit portrays Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror in history as he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great. Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey.

Here are a few things you’ll discover while visiting the breathtaking exhibit:

  • Learn about Genghis Khan’s earliest struggles.
  • Learn how Genghis Khan united warring tribes in order to form an unrivaled cavalry.
  • Explore the equestrian culture and innovations in weaponry Genghis Khan mastered.
  • Learn about the recreation of Karakorum, which became the capital of the Mongolian Empire.
  • Explore the vital trade route along the Silk Road.
  • Trace the influence of Genghis Khan in images of modern Mongolian life.

The thrilling exhibition features more than 200 spectacular objects, including rare and sophisticated weapons, costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts from 13th-century Mongolia.

The Genghis Khan exhibit is open at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum through August 19, 2018. Get your tickets today and plan your next trip to Conejo Valley!

Photo Credit: Dino Don Inc./ The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Commemorate Presidents’ Day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Liberty. Opportunity. Determination. National Pride.

These were some of the most important values to President Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, and they are ideals to remember on Presidents’ Day this year.

If you find yourself in Conejo Valley over the long weekend, a visit to the spectacular Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is a wonderful way to commemorate the federal holiday. (And yes, the library will be open!)

This expansive library and museum honors Reagan’s life and legacy with 125,000 square feet of exhibits and galleries. In addition to the awe-inspiring exhibits, the grounds of the library are a beautiful place to walk and reflect.

With so much to see, here are a few ideas to help you navigate the property so you can make the most of your visit. And remember, the price of admission will cover everything on site, so schedule plenty of time to explore!

Annual Presidents’ Day Celebration

The annual Presidents’ Day Celebration will take place February 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy special festivities, music, All-American food and much more during this welcoming event.

Must-see Exhibits

  • Air Force One – Visitors may step aboard the same Air Force One that Reagan used during his time as president.
  • Berlin Wall – In memory of the miraculous day that Reagan called for the tear-down of the Berlin Wall, the museum has a piece of the wall on display.
  • The Memorial Site – The library is also where President Reagan is laid to rest alongside his wife, Nancy Reagan. A Memorial was built in his honor, and is a special place to pay your respects for the 40th president.
  • Oval Office – Imagine yourself in the halls of the White House and step into the replica of Reagan’s Oval Office, decorated as it was during his time as president.

Whether you’ve been to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library before, or have been hoping to make a visit, this is the perfect time of year to do so. Check out nearby lodging and get ready to come to Conejo Valley this month!

Plan Your Next Vacation to Conejo Valley

Ever feel like you just need to getaway to catch your breath? We have the perfect solution for you! Today is National Plan for Vacation Day making it the perfect day to start planning your next trip to Conejo Valley. Located in Southern California and north of Los Angeles, Conejo Valley offers a relaxing retreat away from city life. We’ve gone ahead and put together some itineraries to inspire you as you plan your next vacation to catch your breath and find your balance!

Go Back in Time

Calling all cultural and history buffs! Conejo Valley is full of cultural experiences where you can travel through time and even immerse yourself in ancient art. From Presidential libraries to old western movie set locations, Conejo Valley showcases its rich history and culture at every turn. Find out more with this two-day itinerary.

Travel for your Taste Buds

If you are a foodie – or an aspiring foodie – looking for a culinary experience, then your retreat to Conejo Valley will be nothing short of delicious. Offering hundreds of options for your culinary delight, check out a few recommended spots for your next tasty trip.

It’s Time for a Ladies Trip

Vacations are always better with your close gal pals! Grab the ladies and head to Conejo Valley to relax and unwind. Whether you are planning a bachelorette party or a relaxing girlfriend getaway, Conejo Valley is the ideal destination for your ladies trip.

Take a Breath in the Great Outdoors

Filled with plenty of options to explore the great outdoors, Conejo Valley is the ideal destination for those with an adventurous spirit to take a breath and explore. Conejo Valley has more than 140 miles of hiking trails, golf courses, bike paths and more! Find out how you can catch your breath in Conejo Valley here.

Conejo Valley has something to offer every type of traveler for their next vacation. Find your balance by booking your next vacation here.

Conejo Valley Restaurant Week

Attention all foodies! Bring your appetite and get ready to explore gourmet food during Conejo Valley Restaurant Week. From January 21– January 28, 2018, a handful of Conejo Valley restaurants are offering visitors a fixed priced menu or a discount on meals. Check out the list below of participating restaurants and come celebrate food in Conejo Valley. Bon Appétit!

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine – $40 Prix Fixe Menu

Enjoy a slice of exotic flair at Petra Mediterranean Cuisine. The family owned restaurant is offering visitors delectable appetizers to unique main dishes and much more. Their $40 Mediterranean feast includes three cold appetizers, three hot appetizers, one salad, chicken, kefta, beef or veggie kebab with rice, soft drinks, tea, coffee and Baklava for dessert. You won’t leave hungry here!

Fresh Brothers – 10% Off Orders

Keep it fresh at Fresh Brothers. From pizza to wings to salads and more, Fresh Brothers is offering visitors 10% off any menu item during Restaurant Week. Guests can enjoy the discount in store and online by using the FRESHFAN discount code. We recommend getting their deep-dish pizza, it’s delicious!

Himalaya – $25 Dinner Prix Fixe Menu and $15 Lunch Prix Fixe Menu

Make your way to Himalaya for some of the best Indian food around! The restaurant is offering two delicious prix fixe menus during Restaurant Week.

Lunch: For $15, enjoy their soup of the day, one appetizer, Chicken Tikka Masala or Sabzie Sangam Curry for your main entrée, along with Basmati Rice or Naan, Lentil and Mango Chutney.

Dinner: For $25, you’ll get one appetizer, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Shahi Korma, Sherpa Goat Curry or Matar Kauli for your main entrée, along with Rice, Naan, Lintel, Mixed Vegetables, Mango Chutney and one dessert.

Hatch Cafe & Market20% Off Orders

Hatch Café & Market is offering 20% off orders during Restaurant Week. The neighborhood eatery offers delicious items including breakfast, sandwiches, salads, snacks and much more. Local tip – get their avocado toast, it’s amazing!

Conejo Valley Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month. See why California is the No. 1 destination for food-loving travelers in America and book your trip to Conejo Valley today. While you’re here, make sure to also check out the dozens of other delicious eateries, brewpubs, and wineries around the region. Time to eat!

Check Out Conejo Valley’s Live Music Scene

In addition to dining, hiking, relaxing and shopping, Conejo Valley is a great place to catch a concert or enjoy live music! Whether you want to grab a drink with live, local music in the background or attend a popular concert, here are some of our favorite live music venues in the area.

Borderline Bar & Grill (Thousand Oaks) – Dust off your boots and head to Borderline for a night of country music and dancing! This is the region’s largest country music hall and also features a full dining menu and bar. Dance to your heart’s content on the 2,500-square foot dance floor, or play bar games and pool until the wee hours of the morning. A full list of acts and events can be found here.

The Canyon (Agoura Hills) – Listen, dine and dance at The Canyon, a beloved venue that celebrates popular bands of the past and present. The Canyon is trendy yet comfortable, with a fully stocked bar and a deliciously-crafted dining experience. Upcoming shows include a Led Zeppelin Tribute, The Temptations and Wilson Phillips.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza – One of the best venues around the region, the three-acre Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza features a variety of shows and concerts. Experience an abundance of culture and great entertainment at this prized local facility. Upcoming shows include the Beach Boys, The Boston Pops and Los Lobos.

Twisted Oak Tavern (Agoura Hills) – Whether you’re craving a craft brew or interested in the full dining experience, you’ll also enjoy live music throughout the week when you check out the Twisted Oak Tavern. This vibrant bar and restaurant features local ingredients and beer brewed on-site with a modern twist on the classic tavern.

Conejo Valley has live music experiences to suit any mood and style, so be sure to check out one of these spots on your next trip!