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 then plan a visit to Conejo Valley. It is conveniently located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Whether you’re visiting the area for the first time, or you are looking for something new to see, you will find plenty of fun things to do in Conejo Valley.
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.
The hotel is set up courtyard style with the outdoor area as its centerpiece. There is a large heated pool and hot tub. You will find comfortable cabana-style seating, a 6-hole putting green, life-sized chessboard, and firepits.
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 guest enjoy free Wi-Fi and complimentary buffet breakfast at Brendan’s.
Set in one of California’s most beautiful spots is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 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.
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.
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.
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 which is parked in this space actually carried seven U.S. Presidents from Nixon through Bush, around the world.
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!
The Marine One Helicopter from President Johnson’s time in office can also be found in the Pavilion. Like Air Force One, you are able to walk through that as well.
More things to do in Conejo Valley:
Try the Five 07 Coffee Bar & Eatery for breakfast. They serve tasty eats and specialty coffees made with locally sourced beans. Enjoy your meal in their artsy community cafe. You can also get acai bowls, crepes, smoothies sandwiches and dressed up toasts.
For a fast, healthy lunch or dinner opt for a meal at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. 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.
You won’t find any GMO or rBGH in their dishes. They strive to use local produce and phosphate and hormone-free meat, fish and chicken. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that their food tastes good. Sharky’s has very reasonable prices too that make it easy on your wallet.
Other Eateries in Conejo Valley include:
- Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill
- Twisted Oak Tavern
- Ladyface Ale Companie
- Plata Taqueria & Cantina
If you are heading south of Los Angeles during a California vacation check out our adventures in Torrance. With so much to see and do in Southern California, 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.