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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!

Cavalia Odysseo Coming Near Conejo Valley This Fall

Lights, camera, gallop! The world’s largest touring production is coming near the Los Angeles area this fall. Cavalia Odysseo, a Cirque du Soleil-style equestrian show, is making its first ever appearance in Ventura County this November.

The multi-million-dollar extravaganza features more than 100 horses, riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians who tell the story of the century-old relationship between human and horse! The high-tech theatrical performance is taking place under Cavalia’s giant white tent off Highway 101 in Camarillo, you can’t miss it!

Shows begin November 11 and run through December 10 with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Presale tickets range from $54.50 for an obstructed view to $214.50 for a VIP package. Children and senior discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased online at cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

You also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to this amazing show! Just head to our Facebook page here for details on how you can win two Gold section tickets. Organizers suggest wearing comfy clothes to the show. So, get ready to pack your bags and book your stay to see one unforgettable performance this fall!

Bring Your Dog to Conejo Valley

Ready to take a vacation but can’t find a pet-sitter? Just bring your pup with you! Conejo Valley is brimming with pet-friendly places – including several hotels and restaurants. Check out these dog-loving establishments during your next trip, and remember to ask the locals about other spots you can bring your four-legged friend.

Eat

From casual chains to hip cafés, pets are welcome at several restaurants in the Conejo Valley.

  • Lazy Dog Café, Thousand Oaks – This restaurant is a favorite among both locals and visitors for their seriously pet-friendly vibe. Comfortable patio seating is available for people and pups along with great food menus for both humans and Bonus points for the dog-loving staff!
  • Kristy’s Wood Oven and Wine Bar, Malibu – With views of Zuma Beach, both Fido and his or her humans will be thrilled with the experience at this upscale restaurant in Malibu. The dining room is reservation-only, but dogs are welcome on one of the restaurant’s gorgeous outdoor terraces.

Sleep

Whether you’re looking for luxury or something more low-key and centrally located, there are numerous pet-friendly properties in Conejo Valley. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Thousand Oaks – Whether you’re in town for a short visit or looking for a longer stay, the TownePlace is a conveniently located, wallet-friendly hotel in Thousand Oaks that will welcome both you and your furry friend. There are sure to be some equally pet-friendly restaurants nearby!
  • Sheraton Agoura Hills – Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, this hotel is a great location for exploring all that the region has to offer. With a fitness center, pool and beautiful scenery, this pet-loving property has all the amenities you’ll need.

These are just some of the many pet-friendly spots you’ll find in Conejo Valley. Book your stay, pack your bags and bring along your doggies for a memorable family trip!

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!

Take Your Fantasy Football Draft to Conejo Valley

American’s Sunday tradition of watching football is about to kick-off with the 98th season of the National Football League (NFL), which also means it is time to draft your fantasy football teams. While the gridiron gets its stripes, we’ve gone ahead and listed out the best sports bars in Conejo Valley for you to hold your fantasy football draft or to spend Sunday’s catching your favorite team’s game. Take a look at some of the sports bars Conejo Valley has to offer.

Twisted Oak Tavern, Agoura Hills

Twisted Oak Tavern was established in 2015 in the heart of Agoura Hills, bringing a modern take on the traditional tavern along with a brewery producing craft beers on site. Packed with TVs playing the hottest sporting events, Twisted Oak Tavern is a great sports bar for your next fantasy football draft.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Daily from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Cronies Sports Grill

Cronies is the place to join your friends and family for great sandwiches, hamburgers and salads while enjoying their famous Smokin’ Cold, 20 oz. Schooners. Watch your favorite sporting events on the many big screens in an open family-friendly style restaurant.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: You bet! Monday – Friday, times vary by location
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team 

Public School 805

A chef-driven gastropub serving craft beers that delivers “an education in the art of food and beer.” Public School 805 has plenty of TVs inside and outside the restaurant so you are sure to not miss any of the sporting action.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: They have them inside and outside
  • Happy Hour: “Recess” is Monday – Friday from 3 – 7 p.m.
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Finney’s Crafthouse

Located in Westlake Village, Finney’s Crafthouse is a locally owned restaurant and bar that brings upscale cooking to casual dining. Offering more than 30 craft beers on draft, a full bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails, fine California wines and seven HDTV’s perfect for seeing that winning touchdown.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Yup, from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Boney Mountain Tavern

Featuring more than 32 beers on tap, you will not go thirsty at Boney Mountain Tavern in Newbury Park. Sports memorabilia is mixed in with flat screen TVs so you never miss the action at this local sports bar.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Yes, along with weekly promotions. Check website for the latest specials
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery has its roots deep in the rousing tradition of Scottish, Irish and English Pubs. Originally started in Las Vegas, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery’s Thousand Oaks locations offers a festive atmosphere and the go-to place to watch sports, enjoy a cold beer and hang out with friends. Offering a delicious, mouth-watering menu, with more than 30 draft and bottled beers to choose from and an extensive spirit selection.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Yes, check location for days and times
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Draughts Restaurant & Bar

Where great food meets great draught beer, Draughts is a neighborhood favorite hangout for adults, college students and families. Located in Thousand Oaks, Draughts features 45 craft brews on draught and 19 HDTVs scattered throughout the restaurant.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Plenty of them
  • Happy Hour: Everyday from 3 – 6 p.m. and late night on Fridays from 9 p.m. until close
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

Located at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, Lazy Dog Restaurant has something for everyone. With its rustic vibe, a variety of beers on tap and numerous crafted cocktails to choose from, Lazy Dog Restaurant elevates the traditional sports bar to a new level.

Bar Stats:

  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • TVs: Only in the bar area
  • Happy Hour: Yes, check location for days and times
  • Good for Groups: Bring the whole team

 

Catch a game or hold your fantasy football draft in Conejo Valley this season!

Rise and Shine with the Sun in Conejo Valley

Vacation is not exactly synonymous with rising at dawn, but the breathtaking sunrise views in Conejo Valley are worth at least one early wake-up. The Conejo Valley has an incredible network of trails and wide open spaces, making it easy to get out and reconnect with nature. Grab your coffee canteen and a cozy blanket, and take an early morning hike to one of these spots for an unforgettable sunrise!

Cistern, Lookout & Cage Creek Trails Loop

Located in Agoura Hills, these trails are fairly short, and offer quick access to grand views above Malibu Creek State Park. The Cistern Trail connects with the eastern part of the Lookout Trail, where you can hike to see the sun rise over the Goat Buttes, a sandstone rock formation.

If these trails are too challenging or you want something nice and easy to start the day, simply find a spot inside Malibu Creek State Park, where low-key trails promise equally beautiful sunrises.

Lange Ranch & Woodridge

A well-planned trail system loops in and around Lange Ranch & Woodridge, a beautiful open space in Thousand Oaks. Whether you want an easy stroll (it is early morning, after all), or a more challenging hike to earn your sunrise photo op, there are a number of different hikes that lead to incredible scenic views in every direction. 

Sandstone Peak

Looking for a challenge? The highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, Sandstone Peak in Malibu, features striking views out to the Pacific coast and east toward the Conejo and Simi Valleys. You can take a peek at the sweeping ocean views, but you’ll have to tear yourself away to turn inland and catch the stunning sunrise from the east. There’s plenty of time to gaze at the ocean after the sun is up!

Angel Vista via Rosewood Trail

Most accessible via a moderate four-mile hike on the Rosewood Trail, Angel Vista in Thousand Oaks has some of the best views of the Conejo Valley. With panoramic, 360-degree views, you’re sure to catch the first light of the day at its finest.

These are just a handful of the many places to catch day break in the Conejo Valley. Are you ready to find your sunrise here? Take a look at our trails page and video below to find the best sunrise hike for you. Go ahead and start planning a memorable summer trip!

 

Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival Comes to Conejo Valley

Friends, Romans and countrymen of Conejo Valley, lend me your ears! This summer marks the 21st annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in Conejo Valley. The festival will take place at Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University.

Produced by Cal Lutheran’s professional theater company, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, the festival will hold two productions of William Shakespeare’s plays including “Love’s Labour’s Lost” taking place on June 30, July 1-2, July 7-9 and July 14-16, and “Julius Caesar” on July 21-23, July 28-30 and August 4-6.

Bring a low-profile lawn chair and a blanket and watch one or both of the productions this summer in Conejo Valley. While advance ticket sales are not available, we do have an opportunity for you to win a set of four tickets to the festival. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for details on how you can win a pack of four tickets to Conejo Valley’s own Shakespeare event!

The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and entertainment. General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. Individual tickets are available at the door only. For lawn box reservations or more information, visit kingsmenshakespeare.org or call 805-493-3452.

 

Quiet on the Set! Conejo Valley is a Hot Spot for Filming Movies

When you come to Conejo Valley, don’t be surprised if you spot film crews around town. Because of its picturesque scenery, open spaces and proximity to L.A., Conejo Valley has been an ideal place for movie-making since the 1920s.

The Conejo Valley’s film history is a little-known but fascinating attraction. While you’re here, take a drive around and see if you recognize any of the scenery! Here are a few popular local film spots and some of the movies that have been set there.

Westlake Village

This affluent L.A. suburb has been the backdrop of a number of films both past and present, from the 1920s version of Robin Hood to Karate Kid in 1984. More recently, the prom night scene in American Pie was filmed at a local residence, and the engagement party in Bridesmaids took place at the Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village.

Hidden Valley

The pastoral, country vibe of this off-the-beaten path area of Conejo Valley is a favorite among filmmakers. While it’s close to L.A., it is beautifully secluded and home to numerous equestrian ranches and wide-open acreage. Roadhouse (starring the late Patrick Swayze) and Seabiscuit were filmed here, among many others.

Agoura Hills

Home to Paramount Picture’s Paramount Ranch, which began operating as a film set in 1923, Agoura Hills has a storied past when it comes to films. The opening scene for Gone with the Wind was filmed in Agoura Hills, and the old Western Town film set at Paramount Ranch has been the location for hundreds of movies, including The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock.

Thousand Oaks

With well-manicured parks, pretty street views and homes of all sizes, Thousand Oaks has a rich film history, having been the set of hundreds of films over the years. In recent history, the best-known movies set in Thousand Oaks are The Adventures of Robin Hood, Memoirs of a Geisha and Tarzan.

Ready to go scene-spotting in Conejo Valley? Plan your visit now, and if you stumble upon a film set, remember to keep quiet!