FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
WF awards

Ojai Keeps Its Cool … and You Can Help!

by Elyse Glickman

Mar 1, 2018

Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com

Destinations / North America

Throughout California, even the most glamorous destinations need to take the good with the bad. Although year-round sunshine makes its towns idyllic places to live and visit, paradise is sometimes visited by the realities of natural phenomena and global warming.

 

Ojai (30 minutes inland from Ventura and Oxnard and 90 minutes from downtown Los Angeles) was one of the affected communities. And although much of Ojai was physically spared, thanks to the quick action of brave firefighters and first responders, the community has come together to roll out Ojai Love, facilitated by the non-profit HELP of Ojai.

 

The town-wide promotion, through March 31, 2018, encourages regular and first-time visitors to Ojai to help the local people and businesses by purchasing a hotel room package and enjoying the rustic, arty and family-friendly destination. The packages offer 10 percent off the room rate and a $10 donation made in their name, while several restaurants and attractions offer their own additional discounts.

 

“Visitors provide a boon to our local economy, and shopkeepers and restaurants thoroughly enjoy sharing Ojai’s culture,” said Veronica Cole, spokesperson, Ojai Love Campaign. “While Ojai is known for its upscale and sophisticated mix of spas, wine bars, galleries, and fine dining spots, there are lots of wide open spaces where families can casually reconnect and enjoy the outdoors together. It’s easy to unwind and experience quality time with the family. Spring is the perfect time to visit with mild and welcoming weather.”

 

Two horses in mustard field, springtime, Ojai, CA

Two horses in mustard field, springtime, Ojai. Photo: Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com

 

Cole adds the Ojai Love program has something for every kind of family, from families with young children to adult children planning a weekend of rest and relaxation with their parents, and at different price points.

  • While Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a locally celebrated luxury property, there are plenty of down-to-earth activities parents, kids and teens will enjoy, from Geocaching Tours and family treasure hunts, to weekend craft classes, to beekeeping and honey tastings. There’s also the Camp Oak program for kids ages (4-12), offering full and half-day activities that will allow them to discover Ojai’s natural treasures while parents can get away for “me-time.” The property will also offer several Easter events on April 1.
  • Families with older kids will enjoy the outdoorsy packages offered by Casa Ojai Inn, which include hiking, bike rentals, jeep tour packages and fishing tours.
  • Blue Iguana Inn is one of those rare places that perfectly balances grown-up sophistication and family-friendly space and amenities. Lodging options include multi-bedroom suites, bungalows and vacation houses to fit every family size. It’s minutes from the town center, and also located close to a bike path leading to Ventura County and the beach.
  • Centrally located Ojai Rancho Inn offers a pool, Jacuzzi and bike rentals, and is an easy walk from tennis courts and Libby Park.

 

Once the matter of lodging is settled, visitors can get back to nature with an assist from

 

Mob Shop bike tours and rentals, Ojai Rock Climbing, Soule Park Golf Course and Ojai Land Conservancy’s numerous guided and individual hike suggestions listed on its website.

 

Spring Field, Mustard Seed, near Lake Casitas, Ojai, California

© Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Cruises
Jul 8, 2024

Margaritaville at Sea’s “Islander” Makes Maiden Voyage

Family travelers will delight in Margaritaville at Sea’s Islander, which set sail on her inaugural voyage in June 2024, departing from Port Tampa Bay to Cozumel, Mexico, on a four-night journey. The ship boasts 12 decks accommodating 2,650 passengers. The ship will now continue to sail four- and five-night cruises to Key West and Mexico, before venturing to Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman on six- and seven-night itineraries in 2026.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Hotels
Jul 4, 2024

Peak Pursuits Adventures Awaits from East West Hospitality

East West Hospitality offers family travelers exciting experiences in California and Colorado with its new Peak Pursuits program. With help from East West Hospitality’s expert Guest Experience team, guests may customize the curated itineraries to best fit their needs.

Cruises
Jul 2, 2024

Holland America Line, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Invited Fans to Name Rescue Moose

Holland America Line and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center teamed up to offer family travelers a chance to name a rescue moose. Suggestions were accepted on a designated post on the cruise line’s Facebook and Instagram pages through June 23. Holland America Line gives cruise-goers the chance to view Alaska’s wildlife responsibly from its ships and on shore excursions. AWCC rescues injured and orphaned animals, offering them spacious enclosures and quality care.

Travel to Madrid with the Family and Find Activities to Keep Everyone Happy!

If life were a city, it’d be Madrid. Sometimes it can be quite the challenge to find a destination just right for the whole family. Different tastes and ages make agreeing on where to go seem impossible. Unless, of course, the destination you have in mind is Madrid. With all of its new immersive museums, musicals, soccer stadiums and monuments like Royal Palace, anyone who suggests coming to the capital is sure to get a unanimous yes!

Hotels
Jul 1, 2024

Embrace the “Cool-Cation” Craze and Escape High Temps at These Hyatt Vacation Club Hotels

Escape the heat this summer and take family travel to one of these Hyatt Vacation Club “cool-cation” destinations.