ISSUE 87  |  Into the Wild

The Ojai Rancho Inn: A Roadhouse for Modern Mystics

August 26, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Wake up, draw back your indigo tie-dye curtains, check out the serene pool surrounded by woven leather beach chairs, contemplate a hike or a swim—it’s the kind of Southern California scene dreams are made of. The owners of the Ojai Rancho Inn, Chris Sewell and Kenny Osehan (the team behind the Shelter Social Club), were looking to channel the mysticism of Ojai’s bohemian era when they redesigned the roadhouse, drawing on the work of Los Angeles artists. Bonus points: just down the road from the Ojai Rancho Inn is the Krishnamurti Foundation, miles of olive groves, and Beatrice Wood’s old house and studio.

Sewell and Osehan worked within the tight confines of Ojai’s city permit structure (one with a fierce dedication to preservation of land), maintaining the original 1950s structure and pool while updating and infusing the hotel with midcentury furniture and amenities like an airstream trailer and rental bicycles (pets are allowed for a small fee).

Photography courtesy of Ojai Rancho Inn except where noted.

Above: For more information visit Ojai Rancho Inn and see AT‘s visit to the hotel. Photograph via IT Hunter.

Above: Photograph via IT Hunter.

Above: Classic deck chairs by the pool, a leftover from the original roadhouse, with slight upgrades.

Above: A grouping of handmade pendant lights from Heather Levine  whose pieces are featured throughout common areas and bedrooms.

Above: Terra cotta pots of succulents on a mantel.

Above: Artwork above the beds is a mix of pieces by Adam Pogue and jewelry designers All For the Mountain. The indigo tie dye curtains are from Lookout and Wonderland. Photograph via IT Hunter.

Above: Vintage telephones match the decor. Photograph via IT Hunter.

Above: Photograph via The Girl Scout Camp at Ojai Rancho Inn on The Glitter Guide.

Above: The bedrooms feature vintage midcentury furniture sourced from Amsterdam Modern.

Above: Enamel wall sconces with caged bulbs. Photograph via IT Hunter.

Above: The woven leather deckchairs with metal frames are from LA-based designer Eric Trine.

Above: As with the Shelter Social Club’s other hotels, bicycle rentals are available for exploring nearby paths.

Above: Trine chairs around an outdoor fire pit—semi-private decks are available off of some bedrooms.

Above: Photograph via The Girl Scout Camp at Ojai Rancho Inn on The Glitter Guide.

Traveling in and around Ojai? See our favorite restaurants, shops, and hotels in the Los Angeles Area in our City Guides. See Heather Levine’s lights in a completely different space in Le Mary Celeste: Coastal Cool in the Middle of the Marais.