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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!

Meet Stanley at the Malibu Wine Safari!

Looking for an experience to make your visit to Conejo Valley more memorable? Look no further than the Malibu Wine Safari, which takes visitors on a wine tasting adventure through the thousand-acre Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard.

The wine may be great, but the company is even better. Saddlerock Ranch happens to be home to a number of retired animal celebrities who starred in countless Hollywood films, and now they are living the good life as visitors spoil them with attention.

One of the most popular animals on the safari is Stanley the Giraffe. This famous, friendly fellow loves to eat, take photos with new friends and get lots of good petting from visitors. When you book your safari tour, make sure you select the Giraffe Tour or the Vineyard & Lunch Tour – these are the two options that will bring you up close and personal with him.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when meeting Stanley:

  • Make a funny face in photos. Stanley likes people with personality!
  • If you don’t like animal kisses, keep your distance. Stanley’s giraffe tongue is big enough to lick his, or your, whole face.
  • Snacking is Stanley’s favorite activity, so if the guides allow you to feed him, make sure you have some giraffe-friendly snacks in your pocket!
  • Always, always give him some petting, or his feelings might get hurt.
  • Remember to be gentle and respectful of Stanley and all his celebrity pals!

Want more Stanley? Follow his antics on Instagram, and be sure to read up on Saddlerock Ranch and make your reservations before you visit!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!