Southern California Trip

in Travel, September 21, 2018

I am a Northern California native and am proud of it. I love living in the Bay Area more than anything. It’s not too crowded and the temperature is perfect most of the time. Northern California and Southern California are almost like two different states. I can typically tell when someone is from the north vs. south based on the way they dress, their lingo, and the way they act. I don’t go down to SoCal that often, but when I do, it is really fun!

My boyfriend and I went down to SoCal for a few days as the last summer hurrah! It was super fun and exactly what I needed before starting the school grind again. I feel like we did so much in just a few days. I am already craving that SoCal sun again and cannot wait to go back and do everything that we were not able to fit in this trip. Here is a rundown of what we did on our little getaway!

Day 1: 

We started our road trip down south at 8 am and got to LA around 2:00 pm. Our first stop was for lunch at ByChloe. I went a year ago in Boston and fell in love with it because it is an all vegan restaurant. This experience there was not as good, but I’d still be willing to go back and give it another shot.

Then we drove to our Air BnB in Mission Viejo. I’ve never been there, but I fell in love with it immediately. It was a nice suburb town and kind of reminded me of where I live. Another great thing about where we stayed is the fact that it was only a quick drive to Laguna Beach and the coast! We walked along Treasure Island beach and flew my boyfriends drone. I love the shots we got because they capture the beauty of Laguna Beach.

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After shooting some shots, we were so hungry. I really wanted to try Urth Caffe, specifically for their boba. We got the boba, which was really good, but decided to eat elsewhere because it was really busy. We got pho instead and it was the most delicious pho!

Day 2: 

When on vacation, I love waking up early and getting my day started so I don’t feel like I’m wasting any time. I woke up at 6:45 am and left our place by 7:00 am and headed straight to the beach. I ran along the pathway there, just to get a little workout in.

I then needed to get an acai bowl because I have to try an acai bowl everywhere I travel. I went to Banzai Bowls and  got the “Da Kine” bowl. It was okay, but not my favorite. Big Kahuna Bowls in Eugene will always be my favorite acai bowl.

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We were planning on going shopping at the Grove, but I decided I wanted to go mural hunting on Melrose Ave. There was one mural with the words “Anxiety Anxiety Anxiety” that I was looking for, but never found. It was sad, but it was still cool to see all the other murals on that street.

After walking around for 1.5 hours looking for murals, we went to Rodeo Drive. I feel like that is a must when in LA, despite feeling absolutely, ridiculously poor. We didn’t even bother going into any of the stores because we couldn’t afford one thing, but it was still fun. The street is so pretty and just picture perfect. One day I will be able to afford something… hopefully.

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After lots of walking, we were running out of energy, so we stopped by Alfred Coffee. I’ve seen this place all over Pinterest and Instagram and just had to give it a try. I got a matcha latte. It was really delicious and the inside was so cute! I really want to go to Alfred Tea next time I’m in LA.

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We drove around Beverly Hills a little because I love looking at all the gigantic houses and then we went to dinner. We had Japanese BBQ and it was super tasty.

Day 3: 

Once again, I started my day off really early. I drove down to the Monarch Beach Resort and managed to sneak into the gym there. That was a proud moment and I was especially happy that I got in a good workout. I walked around the resort a little bit and fell in love! It’s so nice and beautiful. I want to stay there next time I go.

Around 10:30 we left for the Broad Museum. I’m not a huge museum person, but I thought it would be something fun to do. The museum was actually super cool, especially the giant table and mirror room. We waited around 2 hours to go into the mirror room, which was 45 seconds only, but it was still cool.

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After the museum, we went to Santa Monica Pier. It was really crowded there, but it felt so good to be by the ocean. We were going to go on the ferris wheel, but decided against it. We walked along the pier and then walked around Third Street Promenade.

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Our last stop for the day was EATALY! I’ve loved Eataly ever since going there in Boston. It is so delicious and makes me feel as though I’m actually eating in Italy. We got some pizza and pasta for dinner. Of course we had to get gelato too to finish off the complete Italian meal. Ugh why is there no Eataly in the Bay Area?

Oh yeah. I almost forgot that we went to Urban Lights! Basically it’s just a bunch of light posts. It’s cool, but I think it’s a one-and-done sort of thing.

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Day 4: 

I woke up slightly later, but still went on my morning walk along the beach. I started getting a little hungry, so I stopped by Urth Caffe again and got a egg and spinach panini and a green tea boba. It was a good start to the day.

We packed our bags and headed to downtown Laguna Beach because I really wanted a souvenir from the trip. I got a “Laguna Beach” sweatshirt…it’s so cozy!

We then stopped at the Westfield mall and got Shake Shack. I love their milkshakes so much, but the food does not compare to In N Out in my opinion. But I am happy they are opening a Shake Shack at Stanford mall. Bringing a little East Coast to the Bay Area!

This trip was everything I could’ve asked for. I decided I love Laguna Beach so much and definitely want to go back soon. I could skip LA because it is way too crowded for me. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to go on this trip with my best friend. I already can’t wait for our next adventure together! Thanks for a fun trip Harry!

~Taylor

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