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Please enjoy this McCool Travel look at some fun, happy, and cool things to do in Conejo Valley California.
The Conejo Valley region includes Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills and it is a short distance to the glorious Malibu beaches and Hollywood—the movie capital of the world. Conejo Valley is home to amazing hiking and natural scenery, movie sets, and even a Presidential library.
Conejo Valley Tourism hosted us, to explore things to do in Conejo Valley California and share discoveries and thoughts with the McCool Travel network.
Cool Things to Do in Conejo Valley California
Hiking in Conejo Valley
Hiking in Conejo Valley is magnificent, including along Mulholland Highway, in Malibu Canyon, and within the Santa Monica Mountains. In Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks, a short hike leads to an absolutely surprising and amazing waterfall. Thank you, Jessica Lipowski, for the recommendation.
Cool California waterfall, prickly pear forest, and an ancient Indian cave. This is natural Conejo Valley, yo.Visit Conejo ValleyVisit California
Since 1927, hundreds of movies and television shows have been set on the 2,700 acres of Paramount Ranch. You might recognize the classic western town setting from your favorite movies and shows, like The Mentalist, Weeds, Westworld, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. A short hike along the stream and up a hill leads to an overlook over the western town.
Hanging out at Paramount Ranch and waiting for a movie to break out. Recognize these scenes from any show or films?Visit Conejo ValleyVisit California
Reagan Presidential Library
Located in Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library commands a majestic setting on top of a mountain. Walk through an actual Air Force One airplane and Marine One helicopter, see a section of the Berlin Wall, and learn more about Ronald Reagan—from his childhood through presidency.
The current Titanic exhibit is really cool. The ship was found during his presidency, actually as a result of a top secret project. Visit the exhibit to see Titanic artifacts, stories, re-creations, and connections to the popular movie.
My meeting at the Oval Office, President Reagan portrait made of jelly beans, and a Titanic lifeboat. Cool stuff at Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Visit Conejo Valley
Conejo Valley Road Trips
On a clear day in Conejo Valley, drive through the majestic Santa Monica Mountains and be rewarded with views to the Pacific Ocean. Mulholland Highway is perhaps the most popular road trip in Conejo Valley but take time to explore and find your own favorite. Most roads on the south side of highway 101 eventually lead to highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway, PCH) in Malibu.
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Carved out of Agoura Hills and named after the famous New York state university, Cornell California is one funky place. The village consists of a few buildings and has a classic, old time, wild west feel. Cornell Winery supports local wineries and craft artisans.
Peter Strauss Ranch
Located across the street from Cornell Winery, Peter Strauss Ranch offers hiking, picnicking, and summer concerts and other events. A funky art exhibit recently ended but we saw a few remnants during our visit.
Places to Eat in Conejo Valley
Stella’s Gourmet Restaurant, Newbury Park
Visit Stella’s for the entertaining menu but stay for the delicious food. I mean really, come on, one menu item is the Patty Hearst, a fully loaded hamburger with a missing patty. Get it? Stella’s captured my heart—through my stomach, as the saying goes—with this King’s Hawaiian Bread French Toast.
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Ladyface Ale Companie, Agoura Hills
As if I would not be impressed with a place serving local craft beer, cool food, and wonderful specials at 3pm, we walked into a filming of a Travel Channel show. So, yes, I am impressionable, but if Ladyface is good enough for the Travel Channel researchers, it works for me.
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Lure Fish House, Westlake
A great place for fresh seafood in Conejo Valley is Lure Fish House in Westlake. Lure specializes in mesquite charbroiled fresh and sustainable seafood from trusted sources. The menu at Lure changes everyday to reflect the local catches. Among the items we tried was super fresh halibut from Malibu.
Jinky’s Kanan Cafe, Agoura Hills
More than one person mentioned Jinky’s for a classic local breakfast in Conejo Valley. OK, I got the hint. Jinky’s breakfast menu offers a dizzying array of American and Mexican (and hybrid) options. While we went to the Agoura Hills location, there is also a Jinky’s Cafe in Thousand Oaks.
Make no mistake, the reason to go to Moonshadows is for the epic view of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you relax with a glass of wine, order a bowl of soup, or eat an entire meal, bask in the glory of being on the edge of the world.
Rocking this view for lunch. All that is missing is you.MoonshadowsMalibu, CaliforniaVisit Conejo ValleyVisit California
That is a McCool Travel summary of some things to do in Conejo Valley. When you visit Conejo Valley on future trips, kindly let them know that McCool Travel sent you.
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