Locals gather to toast the historic Neff Lounge Saturday evening. Drinks, they later discovered, were on the Inn. (Ojai Valley News photo by Bill Warner)
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The mood was nostalgic and the moment bittersweet when friends of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa's Neff Lounge met Saturday for one last toast within its walls. Renovation of the historic landmark was scheduled to begin the next day, and the glasses raised around 5 p.m. represented the final gathering of locals to enjoy the atmosphere of the Neff as several generations have known it.