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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!

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

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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.

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

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!

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!

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!