Looking to taste another side of Southern California? Maybe it’s time to take a road trip to Conejo Valley – it’s literally and figuratively a breath of fresh air. Nestled between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles is a place to enjoy fresh, local flavors paired with unique craft brews and wine. A place where you can catch your breath and expand your foodie side with over 85 restaurant options and plenty of things to do to keep you coming back for more.
Conejo Valley is full of hidden gems and culinary hot spots. Like The Old Place restaurant, which resides in a 100-year old post office. Located in the tiny 1890s canyon town of Cornell, between Agoura Hills and Malibu, this hidden treasure cooks up favorites like bone-in rib eye and sea bass over an open oak fire. However, be prepared for a wait – this place is small and popular. But the good news is you can head next door to the Cornell Winery & Tasting room to have a glass of wine while you wait.
If you’re traveling in the morning and wanting a brunch spot where you can hear the waves crash, head to nearby Malibu, specifically Paradise Cove Beach Café with big portions and yummy surprises, like the Carrot Cake Waffle! Their adult drink menu is pretty big as well, with island inspired drinks served in fruit. Speaking of libations, Rosenthal Wines is the only wine bar and tasting room on the Pacific Coast Highway. You can sip, savor and repeat while you enjoy a game of corn hole, or just relax and enjoy the vibe. Don’t forget to grab an insta-pic on their oversized chairs!
Craft beer lovers will also be happy to know there are six local craft breweries in Conejo Valley. Aficionados have been known to spend a few days or a weekend exploring them all. One of the first microbreweries in Conejo Valley is Ladyface Ale Companie. They feature award-winning, hand-crafted ales and innovative, globally-inspired seasonal and barrel-aged releases. The other five include: 14 Cannons Brewery & Showroom, Tartantula Hill Brewing Company, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., The Dude’s Brewing Company and Five Threads Brewing Company.
Of course, all the eats and drinks aren’t the only reason why people keep coming back to Conejo Valley. The endless outdoor adventure, captivating fine art and world-class historic museums, along with unique attractions and events all year long, are a great way to see another side of Southern California. For more info, visit Conejo.com/FoodTravel2020