OJAI, CALIF.—Ojai Valley Inn & Spa recently announced the arrival of an on property apiary and launch of an immersive beekeeping experience for guests.
In partnership with Ojai Valley Bee Club, the resort’s beekeeping excursion began at the beginning of last month. With each excursion, guests receive an immersive, hands-on beekeeping experience. The outings include an educational journey, tour of the hives, and raw local honey tasting on the patio of the Inn’s new apiary set amidst a lavender and wildflower-studded meadow.
“We’re thrilled to introduce this distinctive new program and offer an immersive beekeeping experience to our guests,” said Heather Dillon, Director of Public Relations at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. “All of the Inn’s menus are inspired by local growers and farmers and we take pride in offering unique guest experiences that showcase first hand, all that goes into the making of California’s outstanding cuisine.”
Guests meet the beekeeper at the Inn’s new Discover Ojai Center for a brief introduction on bees, followed by a scenic ride to the Mistletoe Meadows where they don protective suits for a guided tour of the apiary. The immersive excursion, which includes a lesson on the importance of bees on the ecosystem, concludes with a tasting of raw honeys from local artisans, which have subtle notes of local lavender, sage, and wildflowers, among other native plants also found on Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s 220 acres. A selection of local honey infused menu items can also be enjoyed at the Oak restaurant.
The Beekeeping Experience includes:
- Use of protective beekeeping suits;
- Interactive discussion on bees and their role in the ecosystem;
- Guided tour of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa apiary;
- Local raw honey tasting; and
Local honey themed parting amenities.