Last weekend I took a quick weekend trip up to Ojai with one of my girls and it was a super fun weekend of relaxation, music and scenery. My friend had a special surprise treat for me on Sunday and took me into the Santa Barbara hills for a fun afternoon at Cold Springs Tavern. I have a serious love for “off the beaten path” places and this one did not disappoint. Located off of Hwy 154, the tavern was set up over 125 years ago as a stagecoach stop allowing long distance travelers to rest and enjoy a delicious meal. In 1941, the tavern and its property were bought and Cold Springs Tavern still remains a great “rest stop” for travelers and locals in the area. A bar with live blues, an outside area to eat and drink, and a quaint and delicious restaurant was all I needed to seal my love for this new discovery. The historical moments that are on the grounds to explore include an old “Road Gang House” built by a Chinese road gang to stay in while building a toll road through the San Marcos pass in 1868. Another point of interest is the Ojai jail that was built in 1873 placed to keep the other building company. Top it off with a tiny little shop of hand made things and a blog post was in order.
The cute little shop was hosted by master beadworker Julia Pfeifer and her collection of amazing work. She has been designing in the field of micro-beading for over 25 years which is a craft that has been almost forgotten since the 1920′s. Her work proves that history can remain in tact with each of her one of a kind collector’s pieces. I was completely mesmerized by her work and she was such a lovely lady.
The scene of this historical enclave was special and felt like nothing had been touched in over 100 years.
The music was perfect for the environment and was part of what made the place so special. A great blues band and a dance floor is all we need to let the good times roll and for the dancing to begin.
After all the music and dancing was over, we headed to the tavern and had a delicious rustic dinner in the coziest environment. Truly, I’m not sure if one thing has changed in this restaurant since it was built. It completely reminded me of my family’s log cabin in Texas and I felt right at home. The decor is so classic and every little piece hanging on the wall tells a story of the history of the place.
The day at Cold Springs Tavern was blissful and I didn’t want it to end. We met some super fun ladies and all celebrated the day together with dancing and tequila. What more could you want on a Sunday? Play on, play on….
Thanks to my girl Lindsay Lohden for the photography help.
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