There’s nothing like a day trip to make you feel renewed. I’m all about traveling, but sometimes a week long or even a weekend just isn’t feasible. So lately, I’ve been all about day trips – last time to Ojai and just yesterday, to Laguna Beach.
We started the day with a hike because I always feel best if I start my day with exercise. Plus, hiking to me is an adventure. There are so many beautiful places to see, it’s endless. We started at the Nix Nature Center Parking. There’s a beautiful center with bathrooms and a helpful ranger to guide you on the best hike. Depending on your time and interest in difficulty, he can direct you to the best area. We did about a two mile loop by a beautiful lake and it was gorgeous, but next times I’m really interested in hiking the Top of The World. It’s going to be a steep one but I hear the views are amazing.
If you know me then you know I love coffee. Any road trip is not only filled with healthy snacks but definitely, coffee! It’s been hot, so these Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee drinks have been a good alternative when you’re busy on the go and need something refreshing.
It was just a day trip but our plans were slightly more aggressive. From hiking, to beach to pool time, then dinner, we needed to be prepared! Some things that I always carry with me for day trips are: good reads (something fashion related, of course), sunnies (my choice is always Karen Walker. I literally can’t find any other brand I like), Eos Lip Balm (I’m so hooked. Is it the shape, I don’t know, but these lip balms are amazing), L*Space Swimwear, Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee and accessories (because I always feel so bare without them).
WHAT TO DO IN LAGUNA: the beaches are so tropical they will make you feel like you’re in Hawaii. I was so amazed by them all and I’m even from San Diego. After hiking if you’re planning a beach day, I suggest finding parking in a residential neighborhood (turn up Jasmine street from the 101) and you won’t have to worry about parking for the entire day. There are so many beautiful places to explore but we ventured Mertle Beach and it was gorgeous. Another must see beach is Crystal Cove.
One must see while you’re there is the Montage Hotel, it’s absolutely stunning! The beaches are absolutely beautiful but the spa and luxury hotel facilities will absolutely make you feel completely renewed.
For dinning, I have tons of recommendations for you but we didn’t get to them all. We had happy hour at The Montage but after we caught the sunset at K’yas. The view is gorgeous right the ocean so you can see the entire coastline. They have great food, too. We had an amazing salmon salad and sweet potato fries because I’m so hooked on those. I was also recommended Las Brisas for mexican, The Deck for happy hour and Carmelitas for more Mexican.
Regardless where you go, I hope this post inspires you to get out and travel, if only even for the day. If you need an extra kick on the go, try Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Wishing you all a safe weekend! XO
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