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Visit Oaks at Ojai for Mother-Daughter Delight

Walking trail in Ojai Mother-Daughter weekend

Ojai makes it easy to want to take walks

Go Here for Active, Quality Mother-Daughter Time

Riding a bike, taking fitness classes, walking in nature, exploring new places — these are a few activities I really like. What I LOVE is spending time with my daughter. Therefore, when the Oaks at Ojai offered me the opportunity to visit their spa for a weekend with her, I skipped and hopped right over. (Actually I also lay on a massage table that involved a pixie orange scrub and appealing scents. A visit to the Oaks includes some relaxation too, for sure!).

Although the Oaks at Ojai in southern California bills itself as “the only spa retreat in the US designed for women over 40,” my 24 year old and I found a lot to do. We could easily have stayed much longer on our Mother-Daughter weekend.

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We baby boomer women are smart and clever moms, right? Many of us also have grown daughters whom we’d love to spend more time with. Am I right again? Let’s just say I found it easy to entice my one and only up from LA to meet me for a weekend of pool classes, hikes in the nearby mountains and meadows, massages, window shopping, and healthy dining.

Mother-Daughter weekend at the Oaks- Karina and the tub

Spa within a spa!

We both got a kick out of our spacious room and bathroom. I convinced myself that even if I snored, our beds were so big, comfy, and spread out that my daughter would not hear me. That turned out to be true but it could have been the fact that she hit the cardio equipment and hot tub so was merely exhausted. My blog, my version rules (heh heh).

On our second morning I opted to hike alone while my daughter headed to her massage. We reconnoitered for lunch, where I promptly spilled my iced tea. Yes, we can still embarrass our children even when they’re grown. (Note to those considering a trip to the Oaks at Ojai – they were very kind about my mishap.) We managed to fit in a bike ride and lounge time at the spa as well. That evening we ventured to a trail on the edge of town where we both fell in love with the views and plantings along the way.Mother-Daughter bike ride at Oaks at Ojai

The balance we found between active and relax time; between together and apart time must have been perfect given my daughter’s question as we checked out. “Mom, when can you take me here again?” We baby boomer moms know the translation for that is: “when can you pay for me to come with you again?”  Hey, none too soon. Though the Oaks at Ojai comped us this visit, it does not hurt to dangle the “return on my dime” carrot to have another Mother-Daughter retreat at one of the area’s most accessible, affordable, longtime spas. Spaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

Mother-Daughter weekend/ Baby frog in hand Oaks at Ojai

The wildlife. Other than my daughter, I mean

Mother-Daughter goodie bag in Ojai

We’re good with the goodie bag that greeted us

To see more pretty pictures and stories of past adventures at the Oaks at Ojai, read these posts my clever sister wrote:

The Perfect Getaway: The Oaks Spa in Ojai

Tangerine Dream: It’s Pixie Month at The Oaks at Ojai Spa

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Kymberly Williiams-Evans, MA