THE PINK MOMENT GOES PUMPKIN: One might be forgiven for immediately sensing a whiff of springtime whenever Ojai pops into mind. After all, it is the place where the famous nightly "Pink Moment," that soft hue that seems to capture both hills and sky as the sun says its farewell for the day, holds colorful court. Look also to the local orchards and groves and fields, the verdant spreads that hold copious amounts of lavender and tangerines when the weather warms up, as well as all manner of growable goodies. This all does bring the springtime to mind, both the notion of "pink" and the taste of citrus, but Ojai has a secret: It rocks the whole autumn season exceedingly well, from its mellow afternoons to those crisp post-sundown breezes to the nearby pumpkin patches, like the one at Boccali Ranch. If pumpkin and pink are just about your favorite colors, and you adore Ojai-o-sity any time of the year, look to the artist enclave for fall packages and extras at the local inns.
THE EMERALD IGUANA INN... and The Blue Iguana Inn both have a Fall Into Autumn Gift Basket & Package available (a "seasonal gift basket" that includes local wine is just one goodie) while The Oaks at Ojai is offering a Bring a Friend Discount over the first two thirds of November. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is doing it up with a midweek package through Nov. 26, 2016 (a $50 nightly resort credit is on the roster) while the Lavender Inn has a Foodie Package offering flavor to "select Sundays" through Dec. 16 (taking part in a cooking class will nab you $15 off a Sunday stay). Perhaps your favorite hotel in the area has something afoot (so best call and check). Ready to celebrate The Pink Moment at a time of year when pumpkin-y orange rules? Start here and plan your before-the-holidays sojourn to the captivating, pink-of-sky town now.