Where to Stay and What to Do in Conejo Valley, California

With Southern California’s seemingly endless days of sunshine, it is a great place to visit any time of year. If you are looking to escape from the crowds in Los Angeles, plan a visit to Conejo Valley. It is conveniently located between LA and Santa Barbara. They have a strong arts community including museums, music venues event. Together with several hiking trails, biking centers, horseback riding ranches and great places to eat it all makes Conejo Valley a great destination for a vacation.

Where to Stay

The Palm Garden Hotel, which is found just off of Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks, makes a great home base for exploring Conejo Valley. This urban hideaway is just a short drive from the Malibu coast, shopping, restaurants, wineries, hiking and more.

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The hotel is set up courtyard style with the outdoor area as its centerpiece. There is a large heated pool and a hot tub. You will find comfortable cabana-style seating, a 6-hole putting green, a life-sized chessboard, and firepits.Thousand Oaks Hotels Southern California

The Palm Garden rooms and suites have recently been refreshed with a contemporary style. There are several with luxury upgrades including high-end end linens and a 42″ flat screen HD TV. All guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and complimentary buffet breakfast at Brendan’s.

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What to Do

Set on one of the most beautiful spots in Southern California is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. It should definitely be on your lists of things to do in Conjeo Valley. The one-hundred-acre site is perched high on a mountain top with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Things to do in Conejo Valley

Many people aren’t aware that a Presidential Library is not a traditional library. You don’t visit them to check out books. Rather they are museums and archives that preserve the history of our American Presidents. They are educational and entertaining and perfect for visitors of all ages.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Conejo Valley

Each American President redecorates the Oval Office to reflect his own tastes. At the Ronald Regan Presidential Library, you can see an exact, full-sized replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office. It looks just like it was during President Reagan’s tenure in the White House. He used earthy tones, western art, and collection of Paul Rossi bronze saddles to decorate his office.

Things to do in Conejo Valley California

Although I enjoyed seeing all of the galleries, documents, and artifacts on view at the library, the most impressive exhibit to me is Air Force One Pavilion. The Air Force One 27000 sits squarely in the center of the room. This plane carried seven U.S. Presidents, from Nixon through Bush, around the world.Things to do in Conejo Valley

Visitors can board this 52-passenger, Presidential plane that was in use throughout Reagan’s presidency. As you walk through The Flying White House you’ll get a look inside the cockpit, view the command center, the galley kitchens, and the different cabins for the secret service, staff, news media and the President himself. Notice Reagan’s hallmark jar of jelly beans on his desk!

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In addition to Air Force One, the Marine One Helicopter from President Johnson’s time in office is also located in the Pavilion. Like Air Force One, visitors are able to walk through this aircraft as well.

Things to do in Conejo Valley Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

More things to do in Conejo Valley:

Where to Eat

Five07 Coffee Bar and Eatery in Southern California

Try the Five 07 Coffee Bar & Eatery for breakfast. It is an artsy community cafe in the Conejo Valley. They serve tasty eats and specialty coffees made with locally sourced beans. Together with their acai bowls, crepes, smoothies sandwiches, and fancy toasts, Five 07 is the perfect place to start the day.

Places to Eat in Conejo Valley

For a fast, healthy lunch or dinner opt for a meal at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. There are several locations in the greater Los Angelas area. Luckily, there is one located close to the Palm Garden Hotel. Sharky’s is passionate about serving healthy food. They use natural and organic ingredients to make their burritos, tacos, salads, and pizza.

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill

They strive to use local produce and phosphate and hormone-free meat, fish, and chicken, therefore it is not surprising that their food tastes good. You won’t find any GMO or rBGH in their dishes either. Sharky’s has very reasonable prices as well which makes a great option for an inexpensive meal.

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill Southern California

Other Eateries in Conejo Valley include:

Finally, if you are heading south of Los Angeles during a trip to Southern California also be sure to check out this guide for what to do in Torrance. You will likely enjoy exploring this area as well.

Disclosure: Complimentary accommodations, meals, transportation, and some activities were provided by Visit Conejo Valley. No other compensation was received for this review. This post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.

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  1. We’ve visited California so many times but have never heard of Conejo Valley! Now we abosolutely need to visit someday! Especially the Ronald Regan Presidential Library, since we’d love to see the replica of the oval office and also the interior of the helicopter! So cool! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Dana Freeman November 5, 2018 at 8:04 am · · Reply

      When I first hear the words Presidential Library I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it was one of the most interesting museums I have been to in a long time.

  2. Wow ! this place looks so amazing. We have been to california couple of time in past 2 years, but never heard of this Conejo Valley. We will make sure, when we head there in early next year, we visit this place and stay at this wonderful place. Thanks for introducing us this awesome place.

  3. We stayed in the Conejo Valley getting our scuba certification down in Agoura Hills. We walked right up to the Ronald Reagan Library but it was closed. Next time we’re in the area we’ll have to check it out.

  4. What a great place to spend some time! We have been talking about another road trip through California and places like this are right up our alley. The Air Force One Pavilion is super impressive! And the Palm Garden Hotel looks like a great fit for our family, the kids would love the pool and a courtyard layout means its super easy to keep track of everyone.

    • Dana Freeman November 8, 2018 at 8:20 am · · Reply

      If you do a road trip and are looking for a spot south of Los Angeles check out Torrance. The beach there is quite a hidden little gem. We were just there as well.

  5. I’ve never been to California and Conejo Valley seems like a great place to include in a California itinerary. A tour inside Air Force One must be interesting. I would love to try the Malibu Wine Hike, as well. 🙂

    • Dana Freeman November 8, 2018 at 8:15 am · · Reply

      I really wanted to fit in the Malibu Wine Hike but didn’t have time this trip. Gives me a reason to go back!

  6. Seeing AirForce One would be the highlight for me too! I have never been to this part of California and it sounds like the Palm Garden Hotel is the perfect base camp to explore the area.

  7. Thoroughly enjoyed this virtual tour of Conejo Valley in California. There is a lot that I have heard of California and now discovering the Conejo Valley is yet another learning. Would love to see the library and the museum. It sounds pretty huge and the view from the high mountain would be breathtaking. I love Mexican food and seems like there are good options here.

  8. I often work right by this Presidential Libraries and I have never been. I had no idea there was so much cool stuff. I will have to create some time to check it out soon.

  9. I really hope this area of Southern California isn’t be affected by the fires right now. I recently went to the Ronald Reagan museum and it was truly something. Loved going inside Air Force One!

  10. I’ve had a odd desire to visit a Presidential library. Don’t really care which one, although seeing that Regan’s has an Air Force One, I might put this at the top of my list.

    • Dana Freeman December 2, 2018 at 11:45 am · · Reply

      I had never been to a Presidential Library before. I was always put off by the word ‘library’ not really understanding they are really museums. Regan’s is excellent. I am sure you will enjoy it if you get there.

  11. What a fantastic and informative article! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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