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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!

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!

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

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!