The Ojai Valley is in the center of Ventura County around 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The pleasant climate plus picturesque hills and citrus orchards helped give the area a reputation as a place for healing. The discovery of hot springs in the nearby mountains only added to that reputation. Well-to-do families were drawn to the valley as early as the 1870s, and many of them built retreats in the area for long-term stays. Subsequent waves of development have come and gone, but Ojai never lost its charm and beauty.