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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!

A Valentine’s Day To Remember

Believe it or not, Conejo Valley is chock-full of things to do for Valentine’s Day. The area is host to so many unique Valentine’s Day experiences, from the hotels, activities and restaurants, to make your sweetheart fall in love all over again! Gone are the times of chocolates and flowers, it’s all about the experiences you share. We’ve put together somewhat of a “cootie-catcher” to help you make your decision, and if you need more help, a description of each Valentine’s Day idea is laid out below!

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Thousand Oaks Inn
Guests can spend the day exploring the hundreds of miles of open space in Conejo Valley or shop at The Oaks Mall or Janss Marketplace located just a short walk away. This one is in the heart of the action, making for the perfect vacation.

Palm Garden Hotel
The Palm Garden delivers an exceptional level of personalized service and attention to each guest. Every morning, guests wake to a full complimentary breakfast, considered the best in Thousand Oaks. Resort-style amenities include a heated outdoor pool with cabanas, a putting green and life-sized chessboard for the kids at heart.

Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
The Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel features on-site amenities to create a memorable and relaxing stay. Enjoy a swim in our outdoor heated pool, unwind in our state-of-the-art fitness center, or enjoy a cocktail by our Liquid Lounge outdoor fire pit.

Hampton Inn & Suites Agoura Hills
Relax and unwind in one of the spacious guest rooms or studio suites. Select a room with a king or two queen size beds or a studio suite to enjoy a separate seating area with a sofa bed, wet bar or even an in-room whirlpool.

Hyatt Regency Westlake
This Mediterranean-style hotel boasts an outdoor pool and hot tub. This is the option for sweethearts who could use a little R&R for Valentine’s Day. Sit back and relax around the outdoor fire pits with your own s’mores kit and a glass of vino.

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Wine Tasting
Definitely not your typical winery experience, the Conejo Valley wineries will thrill your palate and take you on an adventure yet-to-be-discovered by many! With an exciting 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.

Hiking
Conejo Valley has numerous trails. Some lead you to waterfalls and even spectacular ocean views, like Mugu Peak. Use our online tool to plan your next hike. You can customize everything from location and difficulty to distance and elevation.

Electric Bike Ride
Conejo Valley is even a great place to be if you find yourself craving a bike ride but don’t want to bring your bike on vacation. There are so many rental options that you won’t have any problem finding some wheels to take out for a spin. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could even take an electric bike tour with Pedego 101.

Catch a Show
The Civic Arts Plaza always gives us a reason to get out and see a show. Whether it’s a community event or a big name star, we know we’ll be entertained at the Civic Arts Plaza!

Round of Golf
Golf is a great way to spend a day outside with your loved one. A little exercise and friendly competition is always a good idea. Enjoy a day on the course, practice your putting, take golf lessons or spend leisure time on the driving range at one of the Conejo Valley’s Thousand Oaks or Agoura Hills courses.

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DINE
Bistro 101 Jazz & Blues Lounge
Sip cocktails and dine on contemporary dishes while you listen to the jazzy sounds of local bands. This is where you want to be for a more intimate night out with your special someone.

Sabor Cocina Mexicana
Organic, farm fresh ingredients in rich authentic Mexican cuisine await at Sabor Cocina Mexicana restaurant—along with plentiful house margaritas and more. This is one of our favorite places to come back to time and time again.

Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine
Try something different at Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine in Thousand Oaks, known for its signature dish Moqueca Capixaba, prepared in a clay pot.

Hugo’s Restaurant
Come taste Hugo’s whole-food “stealthy healthy” meals. You’ll wonder how such simple ingredients can taste so good, feel so good – and be so good for you. They are constantly trying to dazzle your palate while preparing our dishes in the healthiest ways possible.

Q Sushi
Q Sushi offers an upscale dining experience in an unparalleled setting. Chefs at Q have created a modern Japanese menu meant to be enjoyed Izakaya style, while only using the highest quality fish and ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal items.

Whatever you choose to do for Valentine’s Day, we hope you have a sweet time! Click around our website to plan your perfect getaway to Conejo Valley today.

Remembering President Reagan

President Ronald Reagan was a man of many accomplishments throughout his lifetime; from the silver screen to the world stage, he lived his life to the fullest. Everyone knows he was the 40th President of the United States, most people know he was actor, but we’ve got a few fun facts that you may not now about the former president.
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  1. After Reagan graduated from college in 1932, he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he became a radio announcer and sports broadcaster at Station WHO. In 1937 he went to California to report on the Chicago Cubs spring training season. While he was there, he took a screen test for Warner Brothers. The studio offered him a contract, and Reagan’s acting career officially began.
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  1. In 1937, President Reagan signed a seven-year contract with the movie studio Warner Bros. Over the next three decades, he appeared in more than 50 films. Among his best-known roles was that of Notre Dame football star George Gipp in the 1940 biopic Knute Rockne, All American. Another notable role was in the 1942 film Kings Row, in which Reagan portrays an accident victim who wakes up to discover his legs have been amputated.
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  1. From 1947 to 1952, Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild. During this time, he met actress Nancy Davis, who had sought his help after she was mistakenly listed as a possible communist sympathizer on the Hollywood blacklist.
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  1. On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed an Arizona judge, Sandra Day O’Connor, to the Supreme Court. She was confirmed two months later, becoming the first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.
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  1. Three and a half tons of red, white, and blue Jelly Belly jelly beans were shipped to Washington, DC for the 1981 Inaugural festivities. Blueberry, one of Jelly Belly brand’s most popular flavors, was developed in 1980. Its blue color completed the other flag colored Jelly Belly jelly beans, the red (Very Cherry) and white (Coconut).
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Visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to find out even more incredible details about the life of Ronald Reagan. Plan your trip to Conejo Valley today!

Did You Know WestWorld Was Filmed in Conejo Valley?

You may not be able to travel to HBO’s WestWorld, but you can see the center of the maze in real life right here in Conejo Valley.

SPOILER ALERT! For years, Paramount Ranch has been a movie set for well-known productions. This area has been the filming location for the television shows Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Hulu’s Quickdraw as well as the movies Caught in the Draft (Bob Hope) and The Lake House (Sandra Bullock). Most recently it has served as the Wild West where Maeve struts her stuff and plots her revenge, as well as the center of the maze where Dolores seeks to find the truth.

Check out the video below to see the most famous scenes from HBO’s WestWorld shot at Paramount Ranch and keep your eye out for our scenic “movie ranch” during the season finale.

After the series writers tie up some loose ends and open a million more on Sunday, December 4th, come visit Conejo Valley and see the set for yourself and, hey, maybe you’ll even find Arnold here waiting for you.


Located less than 30 minutes from Malibu and 45 minutes from L.A., the Conejo Valley offers all of the fun yet none of the crowding of nearby destinations. Catch some relaxation at a hotel in Conejo.

13 Things We Are Thankful For In Conejo Valley

In the gorgeous and vast Conejo Valley, there’s no shortage of things to be thankful for; but this Thanksgiving, we’d like to give a shout out to just small sampling of businesses, locations and activities we are happy to have at our fingertips at any given moment. This is by no means a definitive list, we could go on and on about local people and places we love, but we’ll get this list started and you can tell us what you love!

 1. Local Brewers
Our local brewers are putting Conejo Valley on the map for beer lovers! With spots like Five Threads, Westlake Brewing Company, Figueroa Mountain, The Dudes, LadyFace and more, there’s never a brew that we can’t find. The people are pretty great, too!

2. Conejo Valley Wine Trail
Who needs to travel all the way to Napa when we have our own wine trail right here in Conejo Valley? Cheers to weekend wine trips in our own backyard!

3. Zuma Beach
When you live in a region with an average 347 days of sunshine per year, a beach is somewhat of a necessity. Fortunately for us, we’ve got Zuma beach right over the hills!

4. Backbone Trail
We are so excited that Backbone Trail is finally open after 40 years of waiting! This trail connects two counties across hundreds of miles of trails, and we can’t wait to explore it all.

5. Wildwood Park
Wildwood Park is one of our favorite places to go for a relaxing, scenic hike. We will never tire of trekking to Paradise Falls and jumping in the water on a warm day.

6. Paramount Ranch
We have the opportunity to catch a glimpse at Hollywood every now and then with shows and movies being filmed in our neck of the woods, and Paramount Ranch is a frequent filming location! Not only is it a really cool old western layout that’s fun to explore, but shows like HBO’s Westworld are filmed here too!

7. Thousand Oaks Botanic GardensFrom the sweeping vistas at the peak of the Garden through fifteen unique, hillside specialty gardens, and onto the hiking trail along the stream, the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is a destination not to be missed!

8. Gardens of the World
Where else can you find a cultivated garden designed as if you are traveling the world in one place? At Gardens of the World, you can travel from an American bandstand to a British rose garden to a Japanese Pagoda all in one stroll.

9. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Anytime we want a great museum day, we get to head out to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. This place is full of greatness, has rotating exhibits, and you can even board Airforce One in all its Reagan glory.

10. Pedego 101 Electric Bikes
Have you ever tried riding through canyons like ours on a regular bicycle? If that’s your thing, we are in awe of your stamina! We, on the other hand, are thankful that Pedego 101 is there for us when we want to bike the hills and take in the views, but just can’t find the strength in our legs.

11. Golf Courses
Who likes to golf? We do! That’s why we are happy to be home to about seven courses for every level of experience.

12. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
The Civic Arts Plaza always gives us a reason to get out and see a show. Whether it’s a community event or a big name star, we know we’ll be entertained at the Civic Arts Plaza!

13. Photo Worthy Sunsets
It’s always nice to finish the day off with award worthy sunsets, and Conejo Valley has no shortage of them. Our phones are loaded with photos of the sun passing behind the hills.

With the holidays near, we are working on putting together an interactive map of all the best places to see holiday lights! Whether your favorite place to see sparkly lights is on a house, boat or business, tell us all about it! Click here to submit your favorite spots.

Stargazing in Conejo Valley

Life is fast and life is busy, and we have just what you need to slow down this fall. Come to Conejo Valley and roll out a cozy wool blanket in some of our favorite spots for stargazing.
The area offers more than a handful of perfect spots to get away from urban light spill and under dark skies and dancing stars.

Oak Canyon Community Park near Agoura Hills is not a very far trek out of town, and offers nicely dark skies for its proximity to the 101. Gates close at dusk, but pedestrians and cyclists can stay until 10pm.

Sandstone Peak Trailhead is perfectly nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. The air is cleaner and the mountain views are beautiful. The extra dark skies here are popular amongst serious stargazers. It is especially nice considering the large, safe parking lot just across from the Circle X Ranch.

Moorpark College Observatory takes you up close and personal with the cosmos. The observatory offers public programs with “exceptional celestial events,” the chance to sit in on an astronomy lab – plus – maybe you’ll get a chance to peer through the observatory’s 12-inch reflective telescope while you’re there. The experience is unique but also limited so plan and schedule your visit early.

Now that you have some hotspots to check out, here are a few things you’ll want to pack for your night out:

  • Red flashlight. This is to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. You can pick up a multi-filtered flashlight before heading out and don’t forget to put a filter on any other lights like your smart conejoblog2
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  • Blanket or folding chair. True stargazing and mapping out constellations can take time; so don’t forget to bring something to help you get comfy.
  • Layers to stay warm. While the hike out may get your blood flowing, the time you spend scanning the sky may mean cooler evening temps. Dress in layers to keep your focus on the stars rather than on your shivers.
  • Bug repellent. Unless it’s the dead of winter, there may be some pesky pests buzzing about. Spray or apply your preferred repellent to keep these buggers off.
  • Friends and family! Don’t forget good company. Stargazing is at its best when shared with friends or family. Name stars and constellations together or make up new ones. That’s the fun!

Pack your newfound stargazing tools, invite a friend and plan your trip!

What is Conejo Valley?

There’s a place with miles of mountain trails, vibrant cultural hot spots, nearby access to some of Southern California’s most beautiful beaches, and incredible local food, wine and brews. “What is Conejo Valley?” you may ask. The short answer is: Conejo Valley. The long answer…well, just read on!

Sunshine Abounds

Get rid of those bad-weather blues, Conejo Valley is home to 347 days of sunshine per year! Ditch the umbrella and grab the shades, this is SoCal after all.

Don’t Be Afraid of Day Trips

Hit the beaches of Malibu just 15 minutes away, and come back to your home away from home with enough time to clean up for dinner. Or you can cruise on down to Los Angeles for a day among the stars; see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, catch a basketball game at the Staples Center or hit the town at one of the many celebrity hot-spot restaurants.

A Foodie’s Dream

Conejo Valley is a foodie’s dream. The area offers approximately 400 unique dining options for whatever your palate prefers. Dine on delicious sushi, explore authentic Latin cuisine or dive into a juicy burger paired with a locally brewed beer.

Retail Therapy

When all you want is a little retail therapy or in-town entertainment, hit one of the many scenic shopping centers, historical museums, art galleries or theaters.

Get Some Fresh Air

140 miles of outdoor recreation and 12,000 acres of open space, and you have a dream location for anyone who can’t get enough hiking, biking or horseback riding. Even if you just enjoy being outside, the miles of trails include short, easy jaunts and longer, tougher treks.

Discover the Culture

The area’s rich history provides unmatched opportunities to visit a presidential past, marvel at Hollywood heritage or see how the frontiersmen lived when the only way to travel was by stagecoach.

Gateway to Wine Country

We haven’t forgotten the wine-lovers; explore the Conejo Valley wine trail beginning in Thousand Oaks and ending in the gorgeous rolling canyons. The various wineries offer everything from Africa-inspired safaris to an at-home feeling tasting room.

Beer on Beer on Beer

Conejo Valley’s beer scene is booming, with seven handcrafted local breweries serving up flavorful pints of hopped-up, malty, floral or refreshing beers for whatever you prefer. Some breweries in town feature live music and full food menus, while others stick to the beers they do best.


Chart your own course when you use our Interactive Map of Conejo Valley! Whether you’re looking for a delicious restaurant, the perfect golf course, day trips for the family or a hotel for your stay, use our map to click away at whatever activity catches your fancy and build a custom itinerary. Your next trip to Conejo Valley is just a click away.

Say “I Do” in Conejo Valley

Choosing a wedding venue can be a daunting task. Catering, décor, rentals, dance floor – there are many factors to consider that can make planning this major milestone overwhelming! Relax. We’ve rounded up a few venues that have weddings down to a science. Plus, they’re downright gorgeous.

Beauty and luxury await you behind the gates of Sherwood Country Club. Lush green hills dotted with ancient oaks and roses set the scene for a romantic landscape complete with mountain views. The Georgian-style main clubhouse boasts a dramatic entryway, private dining rooms, spectacular terraces and a stunning ballroom that overlooks the golf course and mountains. The grounds offer several exquisite wedding settings. From sprawling manicured lawns to serene trickling waterfalls, the club’s talented team can create your dream look at Sherwood Country Club!

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Framed by views of Malibou Lake and surrounding mountains, Malibou Lake Mountain Club is the perfect place to say yes to forever with the one you love. Large or small, intimate or open, quiet or festive – weddings at Malibou Lake can be configured for a Southern California dream ceremony and reception. Twelve tall French doors open to a gently sloping lawn bordered by stately eucalyptus and pine trees. Boasting 15-foot ceilings, the spacious ballroom lets in both sunlight and moonlight for guests to dance beneath.

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Image Credit: Malibou Lake Moutain Club

Oak Canyon Ranch is a scenic and secluded treasure. A unique blend of country and mountain spaces, the venue’s open, majestic landscapes lend way to magnificent views. The property consists of 48 acres of matured oak trees, numerous buildings (including a large reception hall and lodge), small cottages for staging and dressing, and plenty of convenient parking nestled in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains. With its elegant interior and rustic exterior, Oak Canyon Ranch is another perfect place to host the wedding of your dreams.

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Image Credit: Oak Canyon Ranch

Homewood Suites by Hilton Agoura Hills completes renovation of property

To demonstrate its commitment to providing guests with the highest quality accommodations, Homewood Suites by Hilton Agoura Hills has just completed a major renovation. Improvements were made to the lobby, guest rooms, business center, fitness room and meeting space. The lodge, where the hotel serves a complimentary full breakfast buffet and evening reception with beer and wine Monday through Thursday, also received a renovation. The three-story, 125-suite hotel is the launching pad for Southern California business or vacation travel. Located off the 101 Freeway in Conejo Valley, Homewood Suites by Hilton is a scenic drive away from Malibu beaches and vineyards. For more information, visit http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/homewood-suites-by-hilton-agoura-hills-AGOHWHW/index.html.AHR-3520-017-KQWN

Shoppes at Westlake Village Now Open in Conejo Valley

The new Shoppes at Westlake Village provides yet another reason to visit Conejo Valley. Recently opened, the beautiful shopping center incorporates a unique blend of handpicked restaurants and stores as well as a place to gather with friends and family.

Designed to resemble a European village, shoppers can wander the trellis-covered pedestrian walkways as they visit shops or relax in the various lounge areas soaking in the quaint ambiance. The central water feature provides a dramatic focal point and creates a magical and lively atmosphere.

“Many people gather around our main fountain that features jets and lights programed to music. Several of our restaurants have great outdoor patios which bring a lot of life to the center,” said Amber Bromiley, property manager.

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Dining options at the Shoppes at Westlake Village were specially selected to cater to an assortment of palates. From pizza, burgers and sandwiches to more elegant gourmet restaurants, there is something for everyone. Those looking for healthy fare will have plenty to choose from, and those craving something sweet will enjoy one-of-kind pastries and gelato. Shoppers can even take a break and sip a specialty beer. The mix of popular Santa Barbara restaurants, national chains and local eateries at the Shoppes at Westlake Village include:

Much like the eclectic dining options, the Shoppes at Westlake Village features a wide variety of both unique boutiques and well-known merchants. From high-end retail to bargain shopping, the Shoppes at Westlake Village appeals to all consumers. Stores include:

Visitors to Conejo Valley can have it all – wine, outdoor activities, beautiful landscapes, dining and now shopping – just 45 minutes from L.A. Visit the Shoppes at Westlake Village website for more details on the stores and restaurants.