My recent trip to California has been one of my most amazing travel adventures so far. I’ve been seriously thinking about moving here! I love the vibes and feel of the west coast. Usually, I would take a vacation around January in high hopes of breaking up the Buffalo winter, but this year the sunshine came early –
And I ain’t mad about it….
So what’s so great about this place? A few simple things that I love most about exploring the world:
Sunrise and Sunsets
No alarm clocks
Working out along the beach
After I went through the usual madness and chaos at LAX, I settled down and wasted no time getting my trip started. I try to plan my itinerary and see as much as I can, but sometimes its better to spend more time in less places. It’s impossible to see ‘everything’ in LA during 10 days, but I was totally ok with that. I’d rather create real memories at a few places, rather than rush around to all the spots and not fully indulge in the experience.
My first stop is obvious – the beach. I was able to visit 5 beaches during my stay here – Zuma, Malibu, Venice, Seal and Newport Beach. Each beach was so different and had a different feel. My favorite was Newport Beach. Breathtaking beauty!
Here are the rest of all the major highlights of my trip that included fun places, great food, and all the small happy things that made this trip so special:
The Sunset Restaurant
When we arrived in Malibu, the wind was NO joke. It was too cold to sit on the beach, so instead we sat in the car, sipped cold drinks, and listened to an 80’s music playlist.
For dinner we made reservations at a really nice restaurant, The Sunset, located right along the coast. The views were gorgeous, and the food was yummy. Never worry about not finding a vegan or vegetarian option around LA – they’re everywhere!
– Iced Tea + Lemon Water
– Mushroom Flatbread with Grilled salmon, mashed potatoes and broccoli
Oh hey Venice, you pretty….
Venice Beach, Venice
Here’s a view from the famous Venice boardwalk…so much to see and do here. We walked along Venice beach front and had drinks and lunch, then spent a couple hours on the beach.
Seal Beach – Long Beach, CA
Crazy waves, chilly breeze, but so relaxing. I was in this spot for awhile..
Green Table Cafe – Los Angeles
I had absolutely no problem finding vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Green Table Cafe however, is my favorite spot. All of the yes on this one. Friendly service and a ton of coffee, smoothie, food bowls, salads, and vegan burgers to choose from.
My top pick?
Avocado toast with cream cheese topped with almonds, with a side of salad. Add the tastiest caramel almond milk latte. Yea…I can get used to this…
Oh wait…there’s more. The Veggie tuna burger is sooo good. Yum!
Sunsets at Malibu, CA
If you’re looking for a beautiful sunset, you need to go to Malibu along the beach and sit by the ocean. It’s amazing, and you’ll thank me later…
Night on the town in Burbank, CA
Put on a summer dress, red lipstick and some heels, and have $5 margaritas at Los Amigos Bar + Grill. Great food!
Runyon Canon – Los Angeles
Definitely the highlight of my Cali trip! I love hiking and being in Mother Nature, so I knew I had to visit this place. It’s a 160-acre park at the east end of the Santa Monica mountains. Don’t forget your water though, because you’ll be climbing uphill before you even get to the entrance! It’s still worth it, and you can see the views of the city once you reach the top.
Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica
I finally made it to the Pier and had a chance to take some shots
More from Santa Monica beach
and views from the coastline…
Wander through the palm lined 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
You will find
– street performers
– shopping at every corner
– palm lined streets
Hollywood – Walk of Fame
There were many stars, but I found Queen Latifah’s one of the stars I wanted to catch. This was a very crowded day so we couldn’t get everywhere. So worth it though!
What would a day at the beach be without fresh mangos and the most perfect sun rays?
I’ll choose this over a snow storm anyday!
This was the perfect change I needed and it came at the right time. Maybe I will call this place my new home soon? I’m an east coast girl all day – but there’s something about the west coast that brings out a different side of me. There are so many more adventures to come, and I can’t wait to take you along with me. This just might be the start of something new….
Thanks for reading luv, and see ya in the next one xoxo