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Travel Back in Time in Conejo Valley

Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks are full of historical experiences that will take you back in time and teach you about the rich history our region has to offer. Conejo Valley is full of cultural experiences where you can travel through time and immerse yourself in history. Take a look at some of the must-see historical experiences for your next trip to Conejo Valley.

Chumash Indian Museum

Step back in time at the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks. Review the exhibits on the history of the Chumash people before stepping outside to explore the 432-acre park complete with a demonstration village, wildlife and large oak groves.

Stagecoach Inn Museum

Learn more about travelers from the past at the Stagecoach Inn Museum in the historic Garden Union Hotel built in 1876. The hotel served as a regular depot for the Coast Stage line, making it the perfect location to house the historic museum. Check out Simple Sojourns’ visit to the museum for a sneak peek at what’s in store.

Paramount Ranch

Dust off your boots, put on your cowboy hat and step into an old western at Paramount Ranch. The area features several miles of moderate scenic hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains. Take a look at movie sets featured in more recent TV shows including The Mentalist, Weeds, Westworld and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Take a look at how McCool Travel spent their time visiting this iconic site.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Experience a bit of American history at the renowned Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views of Conejo Valley, visitors can walk through a replica of the Oval Office and step aboard the impressive Air Force One. Don’t forget to wave from the steps for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity! See how Any Tots spent their time at the library and museum.

Reyes Adobe Historical Site

Built in 1850, Agoura Hills’ first home represents 150 years of exciting California history. The Reyes Adobe Historical Site features outdoor displays and furnished rooms that bring the past to life for visitors. The barn is now a museum displaying a site timeline with illustrations of grants, artifacts and photos relating to the property, courtesy of the families associated with the Reyes Adobe.

Getty Villa

If you are a fan of ancient art, then the easy and scenic drive to Getty Villa will be well worth an afternoon trip. The first-century styled Roman country house displays exhibitions of ancient art from the stone age to the fall of the Roman Empire.

Which historical site are you most looking forward to visiting during your next trip? We challenge you to check out all of these locations during your next trip to Conejo Valley!

Get Your Game On at Sports Academy in Conejo Valley

In Conejo Valley, we may be known for our great outdoors, but did you know we’re also home to one of Southern California’s topnotch sports facilities? Sports Academy located in Thousand Oaks is often called the Disneyland for athletes. The all-inclusive facility offers a variety of sports programs and services for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Maybe you’re looking for a unique meeting space, a team building exercise or a way to hone in on your athletic skills. The Sports Academy is truly a one-stop-shop for athletes. Here are a few of our favorite features of the 96,000 square-foot facility.

  • One of the first things you may notice inside here is the two indoor beach volleyball courts. That’s right – there is literally sand! It’s the ideal place to perfect your serve before heading to Zuma Beach. The facility also has five regular volleyball courts, five basketball courts, a turf field, batting cages and pitching mounds, and a variety of exercise equipment. You won’t run out of things to do here.
  • Looking to expand or learn about tactical training? We have the answer. Duane Dieter, who has taught the nation’s premier special operations and law enforcement forces, offers world-renowned tactical training classes at Sports Academy. His courses are intriguing and a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t find anywhere else in Southern California.
  • Another unique feature of the facility is their Mindset Development program, which incorporates sports science with mental skills training. Their distinctive tools are a great way to see an athlete’s growth. It’s pretty cool too!

Sports Academy has several meeting spaces ideal for events. While you’re here, you may even run into a professional athlete. We’re told many famous players call Sports Academy their second home. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip or meeting in Conejo Valley today and learn the secrets to fitness and much more!

Explore Genghis Khan Near Conejo Valley

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is one of our region’s most unique attractions. Located in nearby Simi Valley, visitors can step aboard Air Force One used during Reagan’s presidency and view an exact replica of the White House Oval Office. However, exciting features of the museum expand past these two impressive displays. Exclusive exhibits are presented here throughout the year and we couldn’t be more excited about the newest arrival and only Southern California stop – Genghis Khan!

The Genghis Khan exhibit showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest collection ever to tour. The one-of-a-kind exhibit portrays Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror in history as he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great. Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey.

Here are a few things you’ll discover while visiting the breathtaking exhibit:

  • Learn about Genghis Khan’s earliest struggles.
  • Learn how Genghis Khan united warring tribes in order to form an unrivaled cavalry.
  • Explore the equestrian culture and innovations in weaponry Genghis Khan mastered.
  • Learn about the recreation of Karakorum, which became the capital of the Mongolian Empire.
  • Explore the vital trade route along the Silk Road.
  • Trace the influence of Genghis Khan in images of modern Mongolian life.

The thrilling exhibition features more than 200 spectacular objects, including rare and sophisticated weapons, costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts from 13th-century Mongolia.

The Genghis Khan exhibit is open at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum through August 19, 2018. Get your tickets today and plan your next trip to Conejo Valley!

Photo Credit: Dino Don Inc./ The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Commemorate Presidents’ Day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Liberty. Opportunity. Determination. National Pride.

These were some of the most important values to President Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, and they are ideals to remember on Presidents’ Day this year.

If you find yourself in Conejo Valley over the long weekend, a visit to the spectacular Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is a wonderful way to commemorate the federal holiday. (And yes, the library will be open!)

This expansive library and museum honors Reagan’s life and legacy with 125,000 square feet of exhibits and galleries. In addition to the awe-inspiring exhibits, the grounds of the library are a beautiful place to walk and reflect.

With so much to see, here are a few ideas to help you navigate the property so you can make the most of your visit. And remember, the price of admission will cover everything on site, so schedule plenty of time to explore!

Annual Presidents’ Day Celebration

The annual Presidents’ Day Celebration will take place February 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy special festivities, music, All-American food and much more during this welcoming event.

Must-see Exhibits

  • Air Force One – Visitors may step aboard the same Air Force One that Reagan used during his time as president.
  • Berlin Wall – In memory of the miraculous day that Reagan called for the tear-down of the Berlin Wall, the museum has a piece of the wall on display.
  • The Memorial Site – The library is also where President Reagan is laid to rest alongside his wife, Nancy Reagan. A Memorial was built in his honor, and is a special place to pay your respects for the 40th president.
  • Oval Office – Imagine yourself in the halls of the White House and step into the replica of Reagan’s Oval Office, decorated as it was during his time as president.

Whether you’ve been to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library before, or have been hoping to make a visit, this is the perfect time of year to do so. Check out nearby lodging and get ready to come to Conejo Valley this month!

Plan Your Next Vacation to Conejo Valley

Ever feel like you just need to getaway to catch your breath? We have the perfect solution for you! Today is National Plan for Vacation Day making it the perfect day to start planning your next trip to Conejo Valley. Located in Southern California and north of Los Angeles, Conejo Valley offers a relaxing retreat away from city life. We’ve gone ahead and put together some itineraries to inspire you as you plan your next vacation to catch your breath and find your balance!

Go Back in Time

Calling all cultural and history buffs! Conejo Valley is full of cultural experiences where you can travel through time and even immerse yourself in ancient art. From Presidential libraries to old western movie set locations, Conejo Valley showcases its rich history and culture at every turn. Find out more with this two-day itinerary.

Travel for your Taste Buds

If you are a foodie – or an aspiring foodie – looking for a culinary experience, then your retreat to Conejo Valley will be nothing short of delicious. Offering hundreds of options for your culinary delight, check out a few recommended spots for your next tasty trip.

It’s Time for a Ladies Trip

Vacations are always better with your close gal pals! Grab the ladies and head to Conejo Valley to relax and unwind. Whether you are planning a bachelorette party or a relaxing girlfriend getaway, Conejo Valley is the ideal destination for your ladies trip.

Take a Breath in the Great Outdoors

Filled with plenty of options to explore the great outdoors, Conejo Valley is the ideal destination for those with an adventurous spirit to take a breath and explore. Conejo Valley has more than 140 miles of hiking trails, golf courses, bike paths and more! Find out how you can catch your breath in Conejo Valley here.

Conejo Valley has something to offer every type of traveler for their next vacation. Find your balance by booking your next vacation here.

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!

Conejo Valley Restaurant Week

Attention all foodies! Bring your appetite and get ready to explore gourmet food during Conejo Valley Restaurant Week. From January 21– January 28, 2018, a handful of Conejo Valley restaurants are offering visitors a fixed priced menu or a discount on meals. Check out the list below of participating restaurants and come celebrate food in Conejo Valley. Bon Appétit!

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine – $40 Prix Fixe Menu

Enjoy a slice of exotic flair at Petra Mediterranean Cuisine. The family owned restaurant is offering visitors delectable appetizers to unique main dishes and much more. Their $40 Mediterranean feast includes three cold appetizers, three hot appetizers, one salad, chicken, kefta, beef or veggie kebab with rice, soft drinks, tea, coffee and Baklava for dessert. You won’t leave hungry here!

Fresh Brothers – 10% Off Orders

Keep it fresh at Fresh Brothers. From pizza to wings to salads and more, Fresh Brothers is offering visitors 10% off any menu item during Restaurant Week. Guests can enjoy the discount in store and online by using the FRESHFAN discount code. We recommend getting their deep-dish pizza, it’s delicious!

Himalaya – $25 Dinner Prix Fixe Menu and $15 Lunch Prix Fixe Menu

Make your way to Himalaya for some of the best Indian food around! The restaurant is offering two delicious prix fixe menus during Restaurant Week.

Lunch: For $15, enjoy their soup of the day, one appetizer, Chicken Tikka Masala or Sabzie Sangam Curry for your main entrée, along with Basmati Rice or Naan, Lentil and Mango Chutney.

Dinner: For $25, you’ll get one appetizer, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Shahi Korma, Sherpa Goat Curry or Matar Kauli for your main entrée, along with Rice, Naan, Lintel, Mixed Vegetables, Mango Chutney and one dessert.

Hatch Cafe & Market20% Off Orders

Hatch Café & Market is offering 20% off orders during Restaurant Week. The neighborhood eatery offers delicious items including breakfast, sandwiches, salads, snacks and much more. Local tip – get their avocado toast, it’s amazing!

Conejo Valley Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month. See why California is the No. 1 destination for food-loving travelers in America and book your trip to Conejo Valley today. While you’re here, make sure to also check out the dozens of other delicious eateries, brewpubs, and wineries around the region. Time to eat!

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!