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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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Need more Reasons to Go? Watch these 7 Reasons to Experience OakHeart Country Music Festival in Conejo Valley

 

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!

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!

STAY
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.

Golf

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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.

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.

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