The Cluff family wants to extend the most heartfelt thanks to the wonderful community of Ojai that has always embraced The Oaks at Ojai. Over the last 40 years, our family has grown to include so many incredible people both employees and guests and we hope that the love shared will continue and the Oaks’ legacy will remain. We thank everyone who helped to build those memories and we look forward to the future where more memories are made.
Don and Sheila Cluff announced today that they are officially retiring from The Oaks at Ojai. “We have been honored to own and operate The Oaks for the last 40 years, it has been a wonderful part of our lives, and now it is time to enjoy our 7 grandchildren, they are growing up so fast!”
Sheila said, “Don turned 86 last year and I have finally persuaded him to set down his briefcase and enjoy some time with our children and their families”.
The Oaks has been at the forefront of the health and wellness industry since opening in 1977, having won numerous awards and introduced many people to the Ojai Valley. Founder, Sheila Cluff, is widely recognized as a leader in the spa industry, often referred to as The Grandmother of Aerobics. In addition to being a global authority in health and wellness, Don and Sheila are also regarded as stewards of the Ojai community through their support of many local efforts, including the Ojai Land Conservancy.
The Cluffs noted that The Oaks’ front doors had never been locked until the Thomas fire, “The Oaks has been a 365 day a year passion. We are grateful to the many people that have been a part of The Oaks, we are so fortunate for the decades of support, and now we are excited to start a new year with new adventures as a family” said Cathy Cluff.
The Oaks has been closed since the Thomas fire, with the last year focused on the insurance process and the careful repair of the building, which sustained extensive smoke and ash damage. Cathy said, “With the fire damage behind us, we are exploring partnerships that will allow this 1918 historic gem to see another century of welcoming people into our beautiful valley”.