Travel Blog: Laguna Beach & Los Angeles 2017

And I’m back! If you haven’t seen my LONG post with lots of photos of my favorite parts of California (in San Diego), go check that out here.

Saturday PM

Since Saturday AM is in the last blog, let’s start around 11 am when Ben and I headed to La Jolla Coves. SO MANY SEALS AND SEA LIONS.

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We left La Jolla, stopped to get a bite at Chipotle and then got to our next Air BnB right outside of Laguna Beach. Super cute, but I don’t have any pictures for some reason – just video. The only issue is she didn’t supply us with any toilet paper, paper towel OR shampoo/body wash, which was pretty annoying.

ANYWAYS.

At this point Ben and I were tired … tired of traveling, tired of eating SO much (who knew?!) and missing our puppy.

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We couldn’t decide on dinner because neither of us were hungry and it was SO hot out that we didn’t want to move… so we finally just decided to go to a local grocery store, make some homemade fajitas and head out to Laguna Beach around 8 pm.

Oh man, Laguna Beach …

First off, it was $20 to park a mile away from the beach – TWENTY DOLLHAIRS. Once we parked, we walked and there were SO many people it was just ridiculous. We walked around for about an hour before we realized we were just miserable and headed back to our Air BnB. Basically we found out on this trip that Ben and I are NOT good at touristy places and we really wish we would’ve just stayed in San Diego.

Sunday

Okay, back to being positive about our trip. Sunday we woke up and were both feeling much better. We headed out to get me a coffee and an acai bowl (YUM) before heading back to the apartment. We got in a short workout and then headed out to lay by the pool for a bit.

Travel Blog: Laguna Beach & Los Angeles 2017It had cooled down a TINY bit, so we put on some workout gear and headed out to hike the caves nearby in Laguna Woods.

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We actually had a really great time, which we weren’t necessarily expecting since Laguna hadn’t been our favorite stop so far. And we DID see a rattlesnake, but luckily it was far enough away that I didn’t flip the F*** out.

We both grabbed takeout (Ben: Subway; Me: Thai food) and went home to hang out and repack for the rest of the evening.

Monday

On Monday we woke up bright and early to head up to LA with our rental car, which we dropped off around 7:30 am at the airport and my cousin came and picked us up. We hung out with him, his wife and puppies for a couple hours before heading down to Venice Beach.

I don’t know what it was, but I was over this trip by this point. I really loved how laid back and kind everyone in San Diego was and I was over the crazy, rude tourists and scary homeless people (seriously, a woman tried to hit me in the head while we were eating lunch on a patio). Nevertheless, we walked from Venice Beach up to Santa Monica to hit up a sushi place (that was closed …) and then sat down to eat at the aforementioned patio which I unfortunately don’t remember the name of… but the food was good!

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We walked down to the Promenande area (I have no idea if I’m spelling that correctly), walked in a few stores and tried to get my stomach to calm down (story of our LIVES on this trip – my stomach was not happy) and then walked to Sidecar Doughnuts which Ben wanted to try based on a recommendation from Amanda Bucci. I thought they were good, but nothing super special!

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Probably because they weren’t crazy like Donut Bar! 😂

We took a (very expensive) Uber back to my cousins’ place and took a nap.

After our nap, we got up, ran to Chipotle for dinner and then spent the rest of the evening catching up with family.

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Tuesday

On Tuesday we hung out at my cousins’ place for a few hours in the morning before heading to the airport.

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It was a pretty bumpy flight back, but Harry Potter got me through …

And then we both fell asleep at home haha! We did pick up this munchkin on Wednesday, though!

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I think I just like getting sleeping pictures of Ben. 😋

And those were my trips! Remember to check out my recap of San Diego (which was my favorite part of the trip) if you haven’t already!

Travel Blog: San Diego 2017

Whew, y’all ready for a lengthy post? I promise there will be lots of pretty pictures, LOTS of food (aka donuts) and some fun times. I’ve cut these posts into two, and will also have YouTube videos up soon in case you’re more interested in finding out more that way. Okay, enough blabbing, time to go!

Wednesday

So, the trip started on Wednesday, August 30th. I went into work until noon, came home to finish packing (mind you, I literally just moved OUT of my apartment the night before, so my stuff was everywhere) and then got to the plane station (heh) for our flight. Of course, yo girl had an ALMOST anxiety attack as soon as we got into the air, but with lots of coaxing from Ben, I made it through the quick and harmless 3.5 hour flight.

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We arrived in San Diego around 7:30 pm PST, headed to our Air BnB and then out to visit our first food location, Barrio Star.

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After some food, margs & AMAZING service at Barrio Star, we walked back to our Air BnB and passed out.

Thursday

We woke up really early (aka 5 am) on Thursday, so we did a few things around the place (which was super cute by the way) and headed to our reservation at Great Maple.Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017
As you can see, we got quite a bit of stuff! I got their “Pickle Mary” which was really good and then Ben and I shared their specialty – maple bacon donuts. OMG SO GOOD. I also had vegan hash and Ben had brisket hash (I think?), but they were all out-shown by the donuts!

After “breakfast,” we walked to a nearby Trader Joe’s, grabbed some food we could make/take with us places and then stopped by a super cute coffee shop to get me some caffeine.

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One thing we noticed in San Diego was everyone was SO nice and helpful – servers and just random locals on the street.

After (or maybe before?) the coffee, Ben and I passed by this cute little wall where you could write in something you want to do “Before you die” which I took full advantage of and wrote in “Work for Myself.”

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Ben is becoming a very good blogger photographer, by the way. 😉

We got an Uber back to our place … so here’s a few pics of that before I forget! There was a hammock in the back that we took full advantage of as well, which is where the cute pic is taken.

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The best part about the place, though, was the location. We were right near Little Italy, close to the Gaslamp District (but not TOO close) and the neighborhood was super cute and safe.

A little later in the day, we took the ferry over to Coronado Island for the rest of the day.

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The island was super cute, so we hung out on the beach and walked around before heading back to get dinner.

Dinner was at Bencotto, a little Italian place in Little Italy. Our food was really good (appetizers and wine were the best IMO) and our server was outstanding. We sat outside enjoying our food and company, before walking back to our place.

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On our way back, I convinced Ben to stop quickly at Queenstown Public House for a quick drink because I just wasn’t ready to go home yet (mind you – we had been eating at SUPER grandma/grandpa times because we were still stuck on central time).

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Friday

So, Friday marked one year since Ben and I met *in person* for our first date back on Sept. 1, 2016 so we definitely made the day a celebration.

We were up early and headed to the airport to get our rental car before driving off to Torrey Pines for a hike.

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Besides seeing the biggest spider I’ve ever seen, we had a great time (no pics because I was running away quick AF, let’s be honest.)

After Torrey Pines, we stopped in quick at In n’ Out because Ben’s never had it and I lovvvvvve it. Unfortunately it did not love me, and I was pretty sick the rest of the afternoon.

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Once we got my stomach under control, we hit up the Cabrillo National Monument and tide pools.

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(P.S. You still with me? I told you there were a lot of photos!)

Once we were through with that, we were pooped and sweaty and sticky, so we headed back to our Air BnB for showers, a quick rest and then got ready for our dinner out. Initially we had planned a fancy anniversary dinner, but then realized that just wasn’t “us” and instead went to a more chill outdoor place called Indigo Grill.

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Ben looked super handsome BTW, but we didn’t get any pictures together … of course. He got steak, I got fish (and a couple of drinks) before heading home to hang out in the hammock. Perfect anniversary night.

Saturday AM

So, I’ll switch over this post soon since we were only in San Diego in the morning before heading to Laguna Beach, BUT I can’t NOT tell you guys about Donut Bar.

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I may or may not have went a bit overboard with the donuts and donut pics.

And then we died. KIDDING. There’ll be another post on Tuesday wrapping up my trip 🙂

Whew, thanks for getting through it, but I think travel posts are the most fun! We loved San Diego and the rest of the trip wasn’t as jampacked, so stick around for those blog posts!

Have you ever been to San Diego?