Living in LA offers so many awesome easy vacation destinations right in our backyard. My family is always on the prowl for our next long-weekend getaway. Our latest family adventure took us to Conjeo Valley, in the Northwestern part of Greater LA, and Ventura County. Conejo Valley met all our family’s holiday demands, including comfy and affordable accommodations centrally located near fabulous foods and attraction destinations.
Agoura Hills was our home away from home this trip. Conveniently located near the 101, and within minutes of my “must see and eat list.” The hotel’s pool area was our absolute favorite part of our stay. Located on the Santa Monica mountainside, the views from the hotel pool are photo worthy. Escape from the pressures of the outside world, while hanging pool side or relaxing by one of the hotel fire pits. The entire pool area is well maintained, and also features a hot tub.
The Sheraton Agoura Hill‘s rooms are comfortable. Our double-sized room was on the smaller side, but fine for my daughter and I. Let’s talk about the beds since its one of my favorite topics. For me, there is nothing worse than a stiff, or lumpy bed. You won’t find either here. I honestly had one of the best night sleeps on this bed. Loaded with beautiful, dreamy pillows, we slept in our cozy nests. I was especially thankful for the light-darkening drapes at sun rise.
Our stay didn’t give us enough time to dine at all the area’s destinations. While we didn’t eat at the hotel, the menu offers looked substantial. Plentiful options for breakfast, a buffet, lunch and dinner. The Hotel lounge was busy with plenty of spots to work, or simply sit back and watch one of their large screened TVs. Overnight parking at the Hotel is available for $14 per day, and valet parking is available. Sporty guests can workout at the Hotel’s on-site fitness center, or run outside along Agoura Road.
While traveling, we often try out local pizza places. While in Agoura Hills, we visited Parma Pizzeria Napoletana because it serves Detroit style pizza. A first for us! Four Tops Detroit Pizza was delicious. Topped with Cheddar, Mozzarella, Fontina & Provolone with stripes of marinara sauce. YES, please. This is currently my favorite pizza. The light and crispy crust was awesome. Doughs and sauces are fresh, and made from scratch in house.
For breakfast, we went to Wildflour Bakery & Cafe. The breads were beautiful, and their seasonal baked goods looked too good to eat. We ordered the french toast. Be prepared, the portion is huge. Loaded with bananas, berries and house made syrup, the plate is a must order!
On the second morning, CiCi’s Cafe was our dining stop. The service is impeccable, and decor is fancy, but it is a perfect spot for families to get together. Warning: they have the biggest menu, ever. It was difficult to come to a decision. I wasn’t in the mood for a decadent breakfast, so I went with a traditional eggs,potatoes and bacon entree. The potatoes were some of the best I’ve had. Cici’s Cafe is located in Westlake Village.
Another spot I wanted to try out was Mouthful Eatery. It’s recommended by the Conejo Valley site as well, as a friend of mine who often dines in this area. Mouthful Eatery serves up Peruvian-inspired food. My daughter was instantly attracted by the friendly decor of the restaurant. She checked out all of the artwork, and magnetic board which kept her busy until the food arrived. Choices include sandwiches, bowls, salads and they offer an extensive kids’ menu. I ordered the CRISPY PORK, it was packed with carnitas, and house made guacamole.
If your kids like Mac & Cheese, give this one a try. It features a really cool potato chip crust! Before you leave, grab some Alfajores. These little Peruvian shortbread cookies crumble in your mouth, and taste like a little bite of heaven. Want more dessert? Head to Natas Pastries for their Portuguese sweets. My to-go box included Nata, which is a crème brulee custard in a super flaky puff pastry, and their cream puffs. If you have time to stay, enjoy a drink in their cafe.
Read our recommendations on what to see while in Conejo Valley here.