A Southern California Ojai retreat: a stay at The Blue Iguana Inn

When you arrive at Ojai, California’s Blue Iguana Inn, the first thing you’ll feel is peace. If you have kids in tow, it will be because of the lush gardens, tucked-away lawns, outdoor pool, and spacious lodging options. If you’re vacationing kid-free, it will still be because of all those things, plus the hush of quiet and ample space for meditation, reflection, or simply a nap or two. Either way, The blue Iguana’s sense of timeless beauty cast by the surrounding mountains and exquisite landscaping and architecture will cause you to turn to the person next to you and say, ‘This is special.’

Blue Iguana Inn

Located near the Sespe Wilderness Area 90 minutes from Los Angeles, The Blue Iguana and Ojai feel a million miles from the bustle of Southern California. The property is perfectly suited for slow days and languid evenings: everywhere you turn between inn rooms and bungalows, you’re met with winding paths, stone fountains, outdoor patios, and plenty of benches, tables, and lawn-side lounge chairs. During my stay, we made use of our full kitchen for perfect meals outdoors under the light of a tea candle on the outdoor table, and soaked in the hot tub and pool under a sky of stars. During the day, we explored Ojai’s many shopping and outdoor recreation options.

Blue Iguana Inn Ojai

The Blue Iguana features inn rooms, suites, and bungalows (with up to two bedrooms) as well as a large Hacienda House which could house an extended family of up to seven (and enjoys its own large patio and lawn). If you’re visiting without kids or with teens, the Emerald Iguana Inn offers even more luxurious lodging for guests 14 and older.

Blue Iguana Inn

Date last visited:

September 2012

Distance from the interstate:

Off Highway 33 (from Highway 101).

Lodging prices and amenities:

Lodging prices ranged from $129 for an inn room to $229 for a two-bedroom bungalow at the time of our visit. Our bungalow included a bedroom with king bed, living room area with double-bed futon, full kitchen, one bathroom, and an outdoor patio in front and back. Inn rooms can include patios or balconies. All ro


The Blue Iguana offers a full-scale continental breakfast every morning with cereals, baked goods, healthy nut breads, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, juice and coffee. It’s more than enough to satisfy families and adults. Bungalows have full kitchens and dining space, and Ojai is only minutes away with many dining options.


From Los Angeles, take I-405 to Highway 101 and then Highway 33. Travel 10 miles and pass the Hwy. 150 turn-off to Santa Barbara. At that signal, go straight. The Blue Iguana is located half a mile past on the right side just before the corner of Hwy. 33 and Loma Dr.