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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!

Instagrammers Take Conejo Valley

We may be able to tell you the latest restaurant openings, best hiking trails for your skill level and our favorite breweries, but it’s even better when visitors and locals share their own experiences.

Here’s a look at some of the best Instagram posts we’ve seen lately that highlight what we love about Conejo Valley!

This is a great shot of Paramount Ranch by @shooneek. The popular Hollywood filming location makes for a memorable stop (and photo backdrop) during a hike or bike ride on some of the area’s awesome trails.

One of the coolest experiences Conejo Valley has to offer is the Malibu Wine Safari. Taste some the beautiful wines of the Santa Monica Mountains while mingling with exotic animals, who just happen to be retired movie stars! @leesha_danae captured a great shot of our beloved Stanley.

We’ve been obsessed with Five07 Coffee Bar & Eatery since it opened, and for a good reason. Look at these gorgeous drinks from @jcadventurez!

@patriciamizenofficial captures a perfect beer flight from The Dudes’ Brewing Co. in Thousand Oaks. Who else could go for some cold craft brews on a hot day?

There is truly so much to see and do in Conejo Valley! Book your trip today to see another side of Southern California.

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.

Taste Your Way through Conejo Valley

If you’re a foodie looking for a culinary experience, your retreat to Conejo Valley will be delicious! From breweries to family restaurants and fine dining, Conejo Valley has something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite places to eat and drink in Conejo Valley.

Breakfast Delights  

Wake up your senses with a warm cup of coffee so you will be ready to take in the serene landscape of Conejo Valley. Swing by Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters for a handcrafted roast made from the highest quality coffee. Pair your warm mug with Natas Pastries and be sure to try the famous crisp puff pastry filled with custard. These Portugese creations are worth a few decadent bites!

Grab a Mouthful

For lunch, we suggest heading to Mouthful Eatery, which offers creative versions of classic sandwiches, salads, plates and deserts. Wash the mouth-watering menu items down with fresh-squeezed lemonades. Another local favorite is Hugos in Agoura Hills. Taste wonderful foods from their kitchen that are sure to dazzle your palate.

Go Wine Tasting  

Spend the afternoon getting a taste of Conejo Valley with many local wineries. A micro-boutique winery that sources premium fruit, Alma Sol, is family-owned and operated. Next up is the Sunland Vintage Winery tasting room where you can actively participate in the experience and become part of the old Italy tradition. For a taste of France, try the beautiful Giessinger Winery which features Malbec, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Carignan wines.  For a unique wine-tasting experience head to Malibu Wine Safaris for a chance to see exotic animals like Stanley the Giraffe and even hike through the rolling vineyards.

Sip Craft Brews

End your day with the warm and inviting atmosphere at Ladyface Ale Companie. While the craft brew scene in Conejo Valley was started here, Ladyface has expanded with a focus on their culinary options. California versions of European country-style dishes along with seasonal produce make this menu a foodie’s paradise. Agoura Hills has the merry Twisted Oak Tavern for beer, food and music as well as the historic Treehouse Tavern & Grill. For a little fun and games, head to the Tipsy Goat for a laid-back atmosphere and shuffleboard or ping pong.

You may be surprised at all the amazing restaurants and watering holes you’ll find in Conejo Valley. You can also check out a few more options. Start planning your visit today to taste 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!

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

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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.