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Conejo Valley: A Look at What’s New in 2018

From restaurants and breweries to trampoline parks and painting, Conejo Valley is buzzing with new hot spots as the year begins. Take a look at what’s new and start planning your 2018 trip today!

Food & Drink

  • Be one of the first to check out Five07 Coffee Bar & Eatery in Thousand Oaks, which opens this January! The eatery will include tea and espresso drinks of all kinds from the coffee bar, bright and flavorful smoothies, Acai and power bowls and more filling items including crepes, sandwiches and dressed-up toast.
  • Agoura Hills is welcoming some tasty new restaurants this year, too. Naked Ramen has officially opened a brick-and-mortar location after operating as a pop-up only in recent years. This is the place to go for an authentic, delicious bowl of ramen. Charm Thai Cuisine also recently opened, which features Thai favorites in a modern yet warm atmosphere.
  • Inspired by the owner’s patriotic lineage, the recently opened 14 Cannons Brewery in Westlake Village is a must-see for beer aficionados. The brewery is reinventing the craft brew experience and features beautiful craftsmanship, from a copper top bar to hand-crafted wood décor. Its flagship beer, Tyrannicide IPA, is sure to go down smooth. And for any “Bachelor” fans out there, the owner and builder of this brewery also built The Bachelor Mansion!
  • Also new to Westlake Village, the farm-to-table restaurant Moody Rooster recently opened and offers guests a culinary experience inspired by local, seasonal ingredients in a fun, rustic atmosphere. Head chef and owner Collin Crannel’s resume includes upscale eateries around Los Angeles, including a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Arts & Entertainment

  • If you’re looking for something totally different to do during your visit to Conejo Valley (or if you have older kids who need to burn off some energy), check out DoJoBoom Extreme Air Sports at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks. This recently-opened location is the place to go for a major adrenaline rush – with a range of athletic endeavors including obstacle courses, trapezes, giant trampolines, a rock climbing wall and much more.
  • While most visitors may not think to check out the local library, bibliophiles may be interested in the new Author! Author! program at the Thousand Oaks branch library. The program just launched, and will feature two authors each month to discuss and sign copies of their latest books. You can learn more at the library’s website.
  • Looking for a little fun after some shopping, dining or hiking? Painting with a Twist is a newcomer to Thousand Oaks, and offers paint-and-sip style events led by a team of talented local artists.

There’s surely more new sights and places to discover this year, so book a trip soon and be one of the first to explore Conejo Valley in 2018!

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!

Crank Up Your Spirit with Holiday Lights in Conejo Valley

Conejo Valley is glowing with holiday spirit! Many local residences have turned on their holiday lights, and these dazzling displays are a sight to behold. While you’re visiting, check out the best and brightest spots, according to locals.

Private Residences & Neighborhoods

Is there anything better than driving around neighborhoods to see festive lights with a cup of hot chocolate in hand and your favorite Christmas station turned up? Here is a list of streets with holiday lights in Conejo Valley that we recommend checking out (just remember to be respectful as these are private residences).

  • 10291 Principe Place, Santa Rosa Valley
  • 4321 Fireside Lane, Moorpark
  • 469 Highland Avenue, Simi Valley
  • 538 Brisbaine Avenue, Thousand Oaks (one of many brightly lit homes on this street)
  • 1700 Shetland Place, Thousand Oaks
  • 1566 El Dorado Drive, Thousand Oaks
  • 5332 Via Patricia, Thousand Oaks
  • The North Ranch neighborhood, Thousand Oaks (cruise Upper Ranch Road and Golf Course Drive for spectacular lights)
  • Candy Cane Lane in Camarillo – Just outside Conejo Valley at the corner of Dunnigan and Gemini Streets in Camarillo visitors will find “Candy Cane Lane” – one of the most festively lit streets in the area!

More Lights & Holiday Fun

You’ll find even more sparkle and spirit at these popular Thousand Oaks shopping destinations.

  • The Lakes at Thousand Oaks (2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks) – In addition to a stunning lights display with giant snowflakes and poinsettias everywhere, The Lakes has a special Holiday Ice Rink that is open through January. Bundle up and enjoy ice skating all afternoon and into the evening!
  • Janss Marketplace (275 Moorpark Rd. East, Thousand Oaks) – This local shopping destination shines all month long. Check out the Holiday Lights Spectacular, which takes place December 15 to December 23 and includes 3D light shows every evening. There are also free holiday train rides every weekend. Santa’s Village also opens December 15, which features face painting, storytelling and photos with Santa.

Ready to celebrate the holidays in Conejo Valley? Make your escape for a little shopping and light-viewing before Santa comes to town!

The Rich & Famous in Conejo Valley

The streets of Conejo Valley may not be as star-studded as the nearby City of Angels, but when you’re visiting, you still may bump into a few of the Hollywood elite who call Conejo Valley home. Here are a few places we suggest exploring around the region and you may spot a celebrity or two.

Looking to wine and dine while in Conejo Valley? You may run into Kris Jenner if you eat at Mastro’s Steakhouse. She’s been spotted dining here with her boyfriend Corey Gamble. If you enjoy shopping, head to The Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks. Shannon Dougherty, Pamela Anderson and Britney Spears are among the handful of celebs spotted shopping here on multiple occasions. How about taking a cooking class while on vacation? Head to The Lakes shopping center and you might spot James Van Der Beek. He’s hosted kid-friendly cooking classes at Lassens. In the mood for some sushi? Make your way to Yamato in Agoura Hills and you might see Kylie Jenner. Looking to explore Conejo Valley’s trails? Head to Point Magu State Park and you could see Reggie Miller. He’s one of the many celebrities who enjoys hiking in the beautiful mountains of Conejo Valley.

Open space, uncrowded streets and picturesque views appeal to many of us – even Hollywood’s rich and famous! Beautiful Conejo Valley offers privacy, fewer paparazzi and a safe, relaxed feel for the local celebs who live here. With plenty of sprawling mansions and gorgeous real estate to choose from, why wouldn’t they want to call it home?

While you may or may not spot famous residents when you’re in town, we can assure you that many of them have (or have had) a local address, and retreat to Conejo Valley after their busy schedules in nearby L.A.:

  • The Kardashian-Jenner Klan
  • Britney Spears
  • Justin Bieber
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Heather Locklear
  • Will Smith
  • Amanda Bynes
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Jaime Foxx
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Drake
  • Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
  • Denise Richards
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Many of these residents live in gated communities in Calabasas and the prestigious Hidden Valley neighborhood and have been spotted shopping, dining and playing at places in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. Rumor has it that celebrities like Conejo Valley precisely because they don’t get mobbed by paparazzi and fans. So, if you’re visiting and you spot one of these famous residents, play calm, act normal and be discreet if you try to snap a photo!

Best Places to Grab Pizza in Conejo Valley

Whether you torched some calories while hiking in Conejo Valley or worked up an appetite after a day of shopping, sometimes you just want to grab a pizza for dinner – even on vacation. With dozens of fantastic pizza joints, Conejo Valley is one of the best places for pizza lovers in Southern California.

Pizza Nosh – Known for its friendly service and a great vegetarian menu (in addition to plenty of selections for meat-eaters), Pizza Nosh is a low-key place to enjoy high-quality pizza in Agoura Hills.

Winners NY Pizza – This east-coast style pizzeria is a go-to spot for great pies, subs, pastas and salads. Go for The Meat Head if you’re feeling carnivorous, or the Vegi Delight if greens are more your thing.

Parma Pizzeria Napoletana – This family-run business is a must-try for pizza lovers. This pizza maker specializes in the Sicilian tradition, and is dedicated to making sauce and dough from scratch every day.

Greco’s New York Pizzeria – Located at the popular Janss Marketplace food court, come to Greco’s if you’re craving a giant slice with a nice, big soda.

Winner’s Pizza – Not to be confused with the Winners NY mentioned above, this Winners Pizza is equally delicious. It has every topping you could want, plus a few specialties like Buffalo Chicken pizza and Winners Eggpizza.

Toppers Pizza – If you dare to venture off the popular path of pepperoni or classic combos, try Toppers Pizza. With unusual toppings including carnitas and honey drizzle, you’ll have fun exploring this local pizza spot.

Pizza purists, vegetarians and foodies can likely agree that Conejo Valley has plenty of pizza for everyone. Don’t forget to keep this list nearby during your next trip in case a pizza craving strikes!

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!

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.


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.

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.


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.

Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel unveils $6 million renovation

Located in the rolling hills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Conejo Valley, Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel has just completed a $6 million renovation. Guests will enjoy the modern yet comfortable feel of the hotel’s refreshed public areas, including Share restaurant, Liquid Lounge, the lobby and the grand ballroom. Pops of rich color blend perfectly with the gleaming wood accents, complementing the boutique style and resort-like amenities of the hotel. The property’s guest accommodations have also received a facelift including the 280 guest rooms; all suites and corridors; the fitness center; and the outdoor heated pool. Guest rooms provide a relaxing haven with a neutral, earthy color palate and crisp white bedding. For more information, visit - guest rooms