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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!

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
  • 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!