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Conejo Valley - Experience Life in Pompeii at the Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

Experience Life in Pompeii at the Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

If you haven’t been to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum yet, now is a great time to check it off your travel bucket list.

Whether you’re visiting Conejo Valley for the first time or you are a local looking for something new to see, the presidential library and museum is a special place – full of history, inspiration and information on the nation’s 40thpresident.

The special exhibits at the museum are another spectacular reason to visit. The museum regularly features unique exhibits that are worthy of a trip on their own, and the newest one is no exception. Beginning October 6, “Pompeii: The Exhibition” will be on display, and will run through April 2019.

Photo by: Exhibitions International

This awe-inspiring exhibit will bring visitors back in time to the fateful eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., which covered the busy city of Pompeii and all its residents in volcanic ash, abruptly halting life as they knew it.

Photo by: Exhibitions International

As archaeologists uncovered the remains of Pompeii and its people, they found that much of the site was frozen in time, preserved beneath layers of ash. Almost 200 authentic artifacts will be on display at “Pompeii” more than 2,000 years after they were buried. The exhibit will showcase everything from sculptures and frescoes to jewelry and ancient coins, and even full body casts and gladiator helmets. There will also be a simulated 4-D theater experience that allows visitors to see what it may have been like to witness the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Photo by: Exhibitions International

This exhibit is appropriate for the whole family, and the library expects it to be very popular, so consider pre-purchasing your tickets now, and get to work planning the rest of your trip to Conejo Valley!

Kick Back and Relax in Conejo Valley

Yes, National Relaxation Day is a thing, so on August 15, be sure to celebrate the right way while visiting Conejo Valley. We hope some of these places inspire you to kick back and relax!

  • Visit the Lindero Country Club – This laid back country club in Agoura Hills is open to the public, and has something for everyone. Spend the day lounging in a poolside cabana, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the club’s restaurant, or try a low-key round of golf.

 

  • Get a massage – What better way is there to unwind than to get a massage or spa treatment? There are a number of day spas and massage parlors around Conejo Valley, including In Touch Massage and Day Spa, which comes highly recommended by locals.

 

  • Lounge by the pool or hot tub – You may not even have to leave your hotel to relax. Many of the properties throughout Conejo Valley have lovely pools and inviting hot tubs.

 

  • Meander through the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden – Located in Thousand Oaks, this 33-acre open space is a peaceful place to take a stroll. The ample flowers, plants, butterflies, birds and trees create a beautiful ambiance that is certain to bring some tranquility and relaxation to your day.

 

  • Take a yoga class – Yoga may be the ultimate de-stressor and a perfect way to find some calm, quiet space. There are plenty of yoga studios around Conejo Valley, including Agoura Power of Yoga in Agoura Hills and CorePower Yoga in Thousand Oaks.

 

  • Malibu Creek State Park – This is a huge green space located southeast of Thousand Oaks. While many visitors go the park to take advantage of the great hiking trails, it’s also a nice spot to take a quiet walk or to have a scenic picnic with spectacular mountain views.

 

  • DeLiese Cellars – Looking to relax with a beverage? Savor some of the best local wine at DeLiese Cellars in Thousand Oaks. This locally owned wine tasting room offers a handful of varietals in a laid back, friendly place.

 

Whatever your ideal definition of “relaxation,” Conejo Valley is sure to offer a little slice of zen!

It’s Time for a Ladies Trip to Conejo Valley

Admit it, you’ve been putting off planning your next ladies’ trip. Well, we’re here to help make your next ladies’ trip in Conejo Valley effortless! Whether you are planning for a bachelorette party or a relaxing girlfriend getaway, Conejo Valley is the ideal destination. Read on to see why your next ladies’ getaway should be in this Southern California hidden gem.

Start Your Morning Right

Kick-start your morning with a stop for a local morning cup of Joe from Five 07 Coffee Bar & Eatery. Not into coffee? No problem! They also have flavorful smoothies, Acai power bowls, crapes, and California classic avocado toast.

Day Spa Retreat

Now that you’ve fed your belly, it’s time to feed your soul with some well-deserved pampering at a local spa. The natural beauty of Conejo Valley will allow you to catch your breath and relax. Try an invigorating salt treatment at Halo Salt Spa for “halotherapy” or try more traditional spa offerings at Nirvana Day Spa. Either way you’ll leave relaxed and rejuvenated.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

No girlfriend weekend would be complete without a shopping trip. From the old world charm of The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch and scenery at The Lakes to impressive stores at The Oaks, Conejo Valley’s retail scene has a store for every shopper. When you’re ready for a lunch break, each of these locations has numerous restaurants including the popular Umami Burger. Insider tip: try the truffle fries! You can thank us later.

Get Wild

Take a walk on the wild side of Conejo Valley with an unforgettable experience at Malibu Wine Safaris. Tour their ranch located in Malibu and get up close and personal with zebras, llamas, and the famous Stanley the Giraffe. The rolling vineyards surrounding you make the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable gal-pal experience.

Sip the Grapes of Conejo Valley

Take the afternoon easy and wander to a couple rolling vineyards for wine tasting. Visit DeLiese Cellars to try varietals from various regions of California or stop by Cornell Winery for a charming atmosphere to sip on wines from central coast mountains.

Taste a Different Side of Southern California

Treat yourselves to authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Petra in Thousand Oaks. Serving up traditional recipes in a vibrant environment, the food will not disappoint! Or escape to New Zealand with unique Kiwi fare at Aroha. This fine dining experience is sure to awaken your taste buds!

Girl’s Night Out

If the group is up for a night on the town, get those boots on for dancing at Ventura County’s largest country dance hall, Borderline Bar & Grill. You’ll sure to have a boot-scootin’ good time! For a trendy atmosphere and great live music, watch the stage at The Canyon. If musical theater is more your style see what is playing at Cabrillo Music Theatre or Conejo Players Theatre. 

Are you ready to see another side of Southern California with your gal-pals? What are you waiting for? Book your next ladies’ getaway to Conejo Valley here!

Explore the Great Outdoors of Conejo Valley

From hiking to biking, and even horseback riding, Conejo Valley is the ideal destination for those with an adventurous spirit looking to take a breath and explore! Here are a few ways you can enjoy being outside in Conejo Valley.

Wake Up to Some Fresh Air

Start your morning early with a scenic hike in Conejo Valley where outdoor recreation is abundant. Your adventure awaits on more than 140 miles of trials that lead to mountaintops with sweeping views, waterfalls and the California coastline. If you would like to stay off your feet, many trails also welcome mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Hit the Green

The stunning surroundings in Conejo Valley make it the ideal location for a day of golf. Several pristine golf courses are available for those looking for a lesson, driving range or a full round.

Powered Pedals

If your feet are barking after a day of hiking or golfing, try a little electric power. Pedego 101 Electric Bikes offers rentals so you can experience Conejo Valley in a new way. If you’re feeling up for it, ride down to Paramount Ranch to see the staged western town that is a popular set for TV shows and movies. You might recognize the buildings from Westworld or Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Around the World

Enjoy a peaceful walk through Gardens of the World where you can travel to Japan, Italy or even France right in Conejo Valley! Take in the gorgeous plant and water features with a picnic lunch from Rhineland Deli or a good book.

Toes in the Sand

Venture out to Malibu with an easy drive to the beach. Zuma Beach is known for wide sands and excellent surf. If you want a better look at the surroundings, venture out on one of the nearby trails to a scenic overlook.

Cheers to a Good Meal

End your day of exploring by indulging in a hearty dinner at Treehouse Tavern. This classic Americana-themed tavern and grill will provide a refreshing new stop to your travels. Or head to Umami Burger for a must-try burger and thirst quenching craft beer, wine or craft cocktail.

There is so much to explore in Conejo Valley! Start planning your visit today to see another side of Southern California.

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!

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!

OakHeart Country Music Festival Returns to Thousand Oaks

Country music, ice cold beer and cowboy boots – it doesn’t get much better than that. OakHeart Country Music Festival is returning to Thousand Oaks this summer and we couldn’t be more excited! Here’s a sneak peek on what you can expect at this year’s event.

Since 2011, the festival has featured 10 or more local and national country artists and has grown to allow for an estimated 7,000 people in attendance. Headlining this year’s event is ACM-New Artist of the Year winner Justin Moore. We can’t wait to hear him sing some of his top singles including “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and “Kinda Don’t Care.” Among the handful of other performers is up-and-coming singer-songwriter Tyler Farr, The Voice contestant RaeLynn, and actress-singer-producer Rita Wilson. (We’re hoping Tom Hanks will make a special appearance!)

The all-ages festival has a little something for everyone. In between sets, you can grab a bite from any of the local food trucks or relax with a cold drink in the bar area. This 21 and over area will be equipped with games and activities such as corn hole, ladder ball and beer pong. There will also be dance floors at the festival with all-day line dancing and a fun kids’ area. You’ll also have a chance to buy a souvenir or two with a variety of vendors expected to be selling shirts, hats, boots, crafts and much more!

One of the coolest features of the event – it’s all for a good cause. For seven years, organizers have worked with the community to grow, and fund local and national charities. Another reason OakHeart Music Festival should be on your country bucket list! Grab your boots and join us at the OakHeart Country Music Festival on Saturday, June 2nd. Buy your tickets here.

While planning your trip to the must-attend event, you can also explore more of the exciting activities and attractions throughout Conejo Valley with these itineraries.

We’re going country in Conejo Valley this summer! Book your trip to see another side of Southern California.

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.

Explore Conejo Valley this Spring

As springtime is upon us, so is the beautiful Southern California sunshine. In Conejo Valley, our surrounding hillsides and mountains are beginning to bloom as temperatures warm. Here are a few things to explore in Conejo Valley this spring.

Gardens of the World

We can’t think of a better way to enjoy nature during spring then at Gardens of the World. Bringing the beauty of the world to Conejo Valley, the gardens are a stunning sight to behold and a valuable educational tool for all ages. The cultivated garden is designed as if you’re traveling the world all in one place. You can go from an American Bandstand to a British Rose Garden to a Japanese Pagoda all in one stroll!

 Local Tip – Bring food to enjoy a picnic in the serene and peaceful surroundings. 

Golf  

If you’ve been daydreaming about the smell of fresh cut grass while perfecting your swing, you’re not alone! One of Conejo Valley’s top outdoor activities for visitors to explore is our beautiful golf courses. You can easily enjoy a day or two playing golf, taking lessons or just spending time on the driving range at any one of our eight, stunning golf courses.

Local Tip – At Los Robles Greens, you’ll feel like you’re at a private country club, as the course is often referred to as a public course in a private course setting!

Wine Tasting

If you’re a wine lover, the Conejo Valley wine trail is sure to please your palate this spring. From Thousand Oaks down to the gorgeous, rolling canyons of Malibu, a one-of-a-kind tasting adventure awaits you! Our various wineries offer everything from Africa-inspired safaris to an at-home atmosphere tasting room.

Local Tip – At Malibu Wine Safaris, you can meet exotic, four-legged friends while wine tasting!

Zuma Beach

Hear the sound of the waves and relax at Zuma Beach this spring. Just over the hill in Malibu is the beautiful Zuma Beach, which is known as one of the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions in Los Angeles County. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the sea breeze, take a surf lesson or have a picnic – the possibilities are endless!

Local Tip – We hear Zuma Beach is popular among Hollywood’s elite, so you may see a celebrity or two while you’re here!

Great Outdoors

Grand views are a hike away in Conejo Valley! With 140 miles of outdoor recreation and 12,000 acres of open space, you’ll never run out of things to do outside. From hiking to biking, and even horseback riding – into the mountains you must go! Even if you just enjoy being outside, the miles of trails include short, easy jaunts and longer, tougher treks.

Local Tip – Head to Malibu Creek State Park and you can hike to the outdoor set of the popular television series M*A*S*H.  

There is so much to explore in Conejo Valley this spring! See another side of Southern California and book your trip today.

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!