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Keep Cool in Conejo Valley this Summer

Vacation season is here, which means it’s summertime in Conejo Valley! If you find yourself visiting when the mercury begins to rise, you’ll be pleased to find plenty of ways to keep cool while discovering another side of Southern California.

Here’s a roundup of the best ways to keep cool in Conejo Valley this summer!

 

  • If you love to shop, Thousand Oaks has you covered with the Oaks Shopping Center, which is completely indoors and offers every store and boutique imaginable. You can also pay a visit to The Lakes, an outdoor shopping plaza with plenty of air-conditioned restaurants and shops to provide a break from the heat.

 

 

  • If a museum isn’t your scene, you can get some indoor activity and exercise in at Boulderdash Rock Climbing, which offers climbing for all abilities and ages. Or head to Sports Academy where you can play all types of sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball and much more.

 

  • Of course, not everyone wants to spend their whole vacation inside. Cool off in the water at the breathtaking Zuma Beach in Malibu! Long stretches of sand and crashing waves will greet you at one of the area’s most popular beaches.

  • Come evening, the temperatures may begin to cool down, but there’s still plenty of fun waiting for you inside one of Conejo Valley’s concert venues. Catch a rock concert at The Canyon, a trendy yet comfortable venue in Agoura Hills, or visit the grand Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for a pleasant evening of performing arts.

 

 

  • Finally, the best way to stay cool during your visit is to relax poolside at your hotel. From luxurious pools to cabanas, our hotels offer something for every style and budget.

See you this summer in Conejo Valley!

Pedal into Conejo Valley

It’s National Bike Month, and Conejo Valley is the perfect place to ride!

If you’re an avid cyclist spending time around Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills or Newbury Park for bike month – or even if you’re a weekend cruiser – you’re in for a treat. The area is home to a vast network of both road bike and mountain bike trails that wind through expansive open space and some of Southern California’s most spectacular scenery.

Here are eight ways you can celebrate National Bike Month in Conejo Valley this May.

  1. Fuel up: Savor a hot cup of coffee or grab an ice-cold smoothie before hitting the trails at JRA Bikes & Brew, which doubles as a bike service center and equipment shop. This is a go-to spot for both mountain and road bikers to lounge, plan their rides and gear up.
  2. Buy or rent your gear: If you want to enjoy National Bike Month, but you don’t have your own equipment, pay a visit to Michael’s Bicycles in Newbury Park. The shop features everything from bikes and equipment to clothing and accessories, so you’ll be well-prepared for a couple days exploring Conejo Valley by bike. If you’re a serious cyclist and ready to splurge on something shiny and new, you’ll also find a range of bikes for purchase at Michael’s.
  3. Join a group ride: If you’re not ready to ride solo, you’ve come to the right place. Conejo Valley Cyclists is a local club with a range of weekly rides for all experience levels. Visitors are welcome!
  4. Explore a road bike trail or two: Conejo Valley Cyclists also shares several great road bike trails with the public, so check them out here and map your route.
  5. Check out a mountain bike trail: There are 140 miles of scenic trails throughout Conejo Valley. For a beginner-level ride, try the Potrero Ridge Trail in Newbury Park. For a moderate ride that also offers beautiful glimpses of nature, try the Modelo Trail in Agoura Hills.
  6. Take in a view: With numerous trails offering spectacular views of mountains to the east and the California coast to the west, Point Mugu State Park is an excellent choice for a bike ride, especially for more experienced riders.
  7. Wind down: With convenient bike parking as well as a full lineup of craft beers on tap and a locally-sourced food menu, Twisted Oak Tavern in Agoura Hills is a bike-friendly business offering a great spot to slow down after a long day of biking.
  8. America’s Premier Cycling Event: Taking place near Conejo Valley on May 14 is the popular Amgen Tour of California cycling road race. Stage 2 of the men’s competition kicks off at Ventura Pier. Come cheer on some of the world’s top professional cycling teams as they make their way through California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines.

You can learn even more about the cycle scene in Conejo Valley here, so start planning and enjoy National Bike Month with the rest of us!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Conejo Valley

If you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Conejo Valley, you’re in the right place. Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Newbury Park are home to dozens of excellent eateries featuring festive foods and tasty drinks. Check out our round-up of the best options for tacos, margaritas and more!

Best tacos: Bad Ass Street Tacos  

If you’re craving street tacos, this is the place to go. Bad Ass Street Tacos are authentically prepared, delivered quickly, and are delicious and inexpensive. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available here too!

Best chips & salsa and best margaritas: Habanero Mexican Grill

Habanero is the perfect place for a Cinco de Mayo happy hour! Locals rave about the chips and salsa at this new establishment in Thousand Oaks, and many more say the margaritas are the best in town. What else could you want? If you’re hungry for more, the restaurant has a full menu with all the favorites.

Best upscale Mexican restaurant: Sabor Cocina Mexicana  

If you’re in the mood for a leisurely, full-scale dining experience, this is your place. Enjoy authentic, modern Mexican cuisine made with farm fresh ingredients on the restaurant’s gorgeous patio – but be sure to get there early or make a reservation as this is a popular dining establishment. Local tip – get their house margarita!

Best overall experience: Adobe Cantina

Adobe Cantina gets five stars for everything from its charming outdoor patio with lovely views to its refreshing margaritas to its lobster tacos and Chile Verde. All in all, we’d say this sounds like the spot to go for the full Cinco de Mayo experience.

Best Guacamole: Plata Taqueria & Cantina

If you’re all about finding the best guacamole around, Plata Taqueria & Cantina is the place to go! Their traditional guacamole dish is a local favorite known for its mouthwatering recipe of pico de gallo, jalapeño and cilantro mixed with avocados – a must-order!

Best Burritos: Latino Market & Grill

Latino Market & Grill brings in visitors from near and far just for their burritos – they are that good! From popular classic burritos to veggie burritos, this place has it all. The restaurant is known for serving layers of authentic ingredients. We recommend their Chile Verde Burrito!

Best Happy Hour: Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant

If you’re looking for a fun place to grab a margarita or some Mexican food for happy hour, head to Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant in Thousand Oaks. This place has happy hour daily, and even has a super happy hour in the afternoon! You can’t go wrong with Cisco’s Margarita and some tacos.

Best Atmosphere: The Alamo Bar & Grill

The Alamo Bar & Grill is known for its fun and lively atmosphere – a perfect spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Their complimentary chips are freshly made served with delicious salsa. Local tip – get their shredded beef tacos!

Are you hungry for chips and guac, yet? There are plenty of options in addition to these local favorites, so come explore for yourself and taste another side of California this Cinco De Mayo!

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.

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!

Mingle with Locals in Conejo Valley

There’s no better way to explore a new place than checking out the best local hangouts. Conejo Valley is no exception. While you can experience a number of fun tourist attractions, there are also some great places to mingle with locals. Plus, with a roster of celebrities residing in Conejo Valley to get away from the hustle and bustle of neighboring Los Angeles, you may even see a member of the Hollywood elite when you’re in town!

The Oaks in Thousand Oaks – With fashion and food galore, this indoor-outdoor mall is a premier shopping destination in Thousand Oaks, frequented by many Conejo Valley residents. According to locals, celebs drop in here regularly for their own shopping sprees, too.

Old Place Restaurant in Agoura Hills – Reviews say this restaurant is one of Agoura Hills’ best kept secrets. Make reservations for a memorable dining experience, and check out Cornell Winery & Tasting room next door while you wait for your table.

The Dudes’ Brewing Company in Thousand Oaks – Beer lovers in town know that The Dudes’ tasting room in Thousand Oaks is a prime location for some of the best craft brew in the region. Grab a CalifornIPA or a Blood Orange Amber to get a true taste of SoCal’s local brewing scene.

Thousand Oaks Farmers Market – With the popularity of local farmers markets, it’s no surprise that Conejo Valley is home to a few. The Thousand Oaks Farmers Market is one of the best in town, and has been around since 1991, providing local bounty every Thursday all year long. Grab some fresh, local produce to have on hand as a healthy snack during your vacation.

Ready to plan your trip to Conejo Valley? A few local spots will make a welcome addition to your itinerary while you’re here. See you when you get here!