Clare Vivier’s Guide to Ojai, California

The handbag and accessories designer gets refreshed at the spa and inspired by old books

ClareVivier“I first went to Ojai when I was in college. I’m from Minnesota, and I remember it feeling like a real California town. It’s an easy trip and has the perfect amount of rustic appeal. These days I go for the weekend and usually stay at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, or sometimes I’ll go with girlfriends and we’ll rent a house through Airbnb. We’ll make delicious meals with food from the great farmers’ market. I also love Bart’s Books of Ojai, which is full of crazy, old used art and design books. I get a lot of inspiration from those.”

theessentials_masa_tREAD ALOUD: The owners of Bart’s Books of Ojai like to boast that their establishment is the largest independent outdoor bookstore in the nation.

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This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package