California Dreaming: Los Angeles

The hubs and I celebrated our first anniversary with a 10 day trip around California. We have never been to the West Coast; and it did not disappoint. Our first stop was Los Angeles where we were upgraded to a Mustang, which Wade loved. I loved it because it meant I didn’t have to drive.  From the airport, we headed straight to Venice where we explored the beautiful Venice Canals (my favorite part of LA) and strolled up and down the Venice Beach Boardwalk. We grabbed an amazing late lunch from Cerveteca with the most delicious Baja fish tacos and Mexican corn.

The Santa Monica Pier was next on our list and only few miles north of Venice. Santa Monica was less crowded and more our style. We walked out to the end of the Pier before heading to our hotel to check in.

Our hotel wasn’t anything to write home about, but in a convenient location (right around the corner from the Hollywood Walk of Fame) and had free parking. (so a great choice for those of you on a budget)

For dinner, we had a California staple, In-N-Out Burger which was right around the corner from our hotel. We ate super late (admittedly, past 9pm) and the place was packed.

The next morning we headed to the Griffith Observatory to take a hike to the Hollywood Sign.  We knew we wanted to take the short & sweet Hollyridge Trail which is about 3 miles, but supposedly has the best views of the sign.  We searched high and low for the entrance to the trail and after some research, headed back towards town for Beechwood Drive, a residential community, to find the trail head.  Parking along the street is scarce but I suggest driving up as far as you can, (the road blocked off at Sunset Ranch) keep in mind any parking as you drive up and then turn around at the top and snag the last spot you saw/ Confession we grabbed the first spot we saw and walked for about 10 minutes before realizing we were still 2 miles from the start of the trail.

After a nice hike we headed into Larchmont Village to go grab a Almond Macadamia Latte from Go Get Em Tiger and window shop. I just loved the feeling of the town. The houses were adorable and all unique with perfectly manicured lawns.

For lunch we headed to Son of a Gun near Beverly Grove and ordered the Mahi Fish dip to snack on (highly recommend). Wade and I ordered the fried chicken sandwich w/ spicy pickle slaw & rooster aioli and shared a side of kennebec french fries w/ the most amazing malt vinegar aioli. Wade and I agreed that this was the best meal we had on the trip by far.

Before heading to the LACMA, we stopped next door at Joan’s on Third to grab some sandwiches for the next day. We would be driving the famous winding road, Route 1, up the Pacific Coast to Carmel by the Sea and wanted to have a picnic lunch halfway on the beach. This place was adorable. I could have stayed to look at all the neat foods they had for hours. The whole shop encompassed my dream kitchen: wooden rafters, white subway tile, farm tables, etc.

To avoid parking fees, we parked a few blocks away from the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and stopped in at an adorable vintage shop called TINI (This is not IKEA) and I was in heaven. Unique items were from floor to ceiling. Naturally I snapped a few photos to take some of the inspiration back home with me. As we were exiting Wade turns to me and whispers “That’s Scott Disick” I somehow panic and walk outside. (I guess I am more star shocked than I thought)  Wade walks in to get another look. I wait outside and out walks “the Lord” Disick. Wade was right! I looked at the photos I had snapped earlier and in the corner of one (above) you can see a bit of him. I can check seeing a famous person in LA off my list. Now off to the Urban Light display outside the LACMA…

It was time for a drink so we headed to the prettiest patio in LA, The Eveleigh. You would never know this place was located on a busy street. When you enter, you instantaneously feel like you stepped into a secret garden or something. If that isn’t enough, Eveleigh’s  tequila infused lemonades are just what you need on a hot day.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame was right around the corner from our hotel, and being the corny tourists we are, we checked it out. The squares went on and on. Winnie the Pooh even had a star. It was fun strolling Hollywood Blvd and checking out all the people dressed in costume. We headed back to our hotel and smelt the most amazing smell coming from the taco truck parked outside, so tacos it was for dinner and an early night in. In the morning we started our 10 hour trip to Carmel! Stay glamorous LA!
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