Just a few miles up Highway 33, but a world away is the small town of Ojai. About 12 miles inland from Ventura, Ojai is the smallest city in Ventura County, and they are darn proud of it. Ojai’s charms are many. The community has long been known as a haven for artists, musicians and health enthusiasts. Ojai is a vibrant place with so much natural beauty that it gained fame decades ago when the area was photographed to represent Shangri-La in the 1939 movie, The Lost Horizon. (Ironically, Ojai was totally cut out of the movie after the premier showing in New York, because many complained the movie was just too long. However, the Valley remains the inspiration for the film.) Filled with delightful shops, art galleries and a host of places to retreat from the fast-paced lifestyle, Ojai invites you to walk its oak-shaded paths, taking some time to drink in the serenity of it all.