Daytrips & Nearby Attractions – The Conejo Valley offers a peaceful retreat that’s a short drive to city attractions and beach retreats.
The Stagecoach Inn in Newbury Park, California, originally known as the Grand Union Hotel, was used as a resting area for people who traveled from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. It is California Historical Landmark no. 659 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Grand Union Hotel was built in 1876 near what is now the Ventura Freeway and Ventu Park Road. Its redwood lumber came by sea and was freighted up the steep Conejo Grade (between Thousand Oaks and Camarillo) by multiteam wagons. From 1887 to 1901, the hotel served as a regular depot for the Coast Stage Line, which carried both passengers and mail.
Today, the inn is owned by the Conejo Recreation and Park Department and operated as a historic museum. The museum includes a replica of Timber School (originally built in 1889), the carriage house and blacksmith shop, a nature trail, and the ‘Tri-Village’, a small group of three houses: the pioneer house, the adobe, and the Chumash village. There is also a gift shop located inside the museum. Volunteers operate the museum, although it is run by the Conejo Valley Historical Society. There is also a Jr. Docent program for children and teenagers aged 8–18.
Built by early landowners Jose Reyes and Maria Altgracia Reyes de Vejar, 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, while the adjoining park features a playground and picnic facilities.
From fossils to fill ‘er up, the California Oil Museum tells the story of the black bonanza that created wealth, work, and prosperity for generations of Californians. The Museum highlights the inner workings of the state’s black gold industry through interactive displays, videos, working models, games, photographs, restored gas station memorabilia, and an authentic turn-of-the-century cable-tool drilling rig. Visitors can exercise their wits and luck as California wildcatters, see how the Indians used natural oil seeps, watch a miniature drilling rig bore into the earth, and explore the memorable brands of gas bought by early California car drivers. Housed in the original Union Oil Company building offers docent-led tours of the upstairs where restored offices from the 1890’s provide visitors with a personal, hands-on experience of the early California oil business.
Zuma Beach is a county beach located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu, California. One of the largest and most popular beaches in the Los Angeles County, Zuma is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf. It consistently ranks among the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions in Los Angeles County.
Zuma Beach hosts several premier surfing events each year. With optimum wind conditions nearly daily in the late afternoon, Zuma draws many to kitesurfing on the northern end of Zuma Beach.
If you are looking for a truly unique experience, look no further. Here at Malibu Wine Hikes we have just the thing for you. First, We will guide you through the rolling vineyards of Saddlerock Ranch, then we will stop along the way to meet Stanley the Giraffe. He is soooo cool!! You’ll get to pet him, feed him, and if you’re lucky, he may even give you a kiss. Then it’s off to see the other exotic animals like Zebras, Llamas, Alpacas, Camels, and Water Buffalo. The scenery is beautiful and there’s a cool archaeological gem on
the property called The Cave of The Four Horsemen. It’s one of the best
preserved rock art sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. When we are finished we head over to Malibu Wines for a complimentary wine tasting of 5 locally grown wines. All of this is set in an amazing picturesque setting with live music on the weekends.
It is now Paramount Ranch Park in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Since then, the older sets have been removed, but there is a western town at the location for visitors to view. This remaining set of buildings continued to be used in filming, notably for the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman television series and the HBO series WestWorld.
The Paramount Movie Ranch was also was the home of the original Renaissance Faire from 1966 to 1989, and continues to be the home of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, held each May.
As part of the Santa Monica Mountain Range, the Chumash Indian Museum is surrounded with the natural beauty of lush meadows, large oak groves and native vegetation.
A variety of fowl and wildlife can be seen throughout the 432 acre park. Unique landscapes and rock formations as well as Chumash sites can be observed within the park.
Hiking is allowed within certain RESTRICTED areas, and all visitors must abide by the center’s regulations and guidelines.
The Garden is naturally suited to establish itself as the center for the teaching, study and enjoyment of any and all environmental activities. The Garden offers informative lectures to the public. Tours of the Garden provide the general public, schools, garden clubs and scout groups opportunities to enjoy the interaction between people and nature.
The Gardens of the World became a reality when Ed and Lynn Hogan, founders of Pleasant Holidays, decided to build a striking monument to commemorate the various cultures of the world. Their motivation was simple: to give something back to the community where they live and conduct their highly successful business, and the desire to share with others their travel experiences and the beauty they have seen during their travels around the world.
The Gardens of the World exist not only as a cultural contribution to the community, but as an educational tool. The mission of the Hogan Family Foundation is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit through the creation and operation of educational, civic-minded and humanitarian programs designed to encourage a more productive and contributory society.
The Getty Villa is modeled after a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. The building was constructed in the early 1970s by architects who worked closely with J. Paul Getty to develop the interior and exterior details.
The Getty Villa is free to visitors and is open Wednesday–Monday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is a state-of-the-art recreational facility that offers a variety of recreational, social, cultural, and educational programs and activities to meet the needs of the surrounding communities. This 30,000 square foot facility includes tournament level basketball courts, a full service fitness studio, a 35-foot realistic rock climbing wall, a multi-purpose room with patio, a dance/exercise studio, and a large banquet hall for special events and rentals.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center and The Air Force One Pavilion.
Located in Simi Valley, California the Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 40,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President.