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California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

Hi loves! I just got back from a beautiful vacation in Cali with John. While we had really aggressive plans for what we wanted to do on our first leisure trip to California, we ended up being sooo lazy and pretty much lounged on the beach and at our hotel pool for most of the trip. We did go to some adorable restaurants that were worth sharing with you which I’ll be posting about soon, and we got to rent bikes and take a ride to Venice Beach..photos of that are coming soon as well! Here are a bunch of photos from the first few days of our trip, and I’ll be following up with the rest later!

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in ManhattanWe stayed at the Fairmont Marimar Hotel in Santa Monica, which looks over the beach atop a massive cliff. To get to the beach, we had to walk down a path that was built into the side of the cliff. It was really cool! It was a nice refreshing walk in the mornings, and with the palm trees as far as we could see paired with unique colorful beach houses along the way, we didn’t mind the walk at all and it was a great way to start the day.

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

Perry's Beach Cafe Santa Monica California | Minnie in Manhattan

 

Perry’s Beach Cafe became our morning go-to for beach snacks and Johns daily coffee. There are several Perry’s cafes conveniently lining the stretch of beach in Santa Monica, and the food was delicious. Pictured above are Steak Tacos and a Chicken sandwich. The tacos came with corn chips and salsa, and the sandwich came with these really crunchy homemade potato chips.

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California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

 

Minnie’s favorite part of this vacation by far was the balcony of our hotel room.  Overlooking the beach as well as the hotel courtyard and pool, she always had something to look at. If the door to the balcony was open, we could be sure she was out there! John and I actually prefer hotel rooms with “ocean view” (views of the ocean as well as the town), instead of just a straight up oceanfront view because at night, the streets are always lit up and its enjoyable to watch. The ocean view at night is just complete darkness. We loved starting each morning with coffee on the balcony with Minnie, and finishing each night with a dessert or a drink out in the fresh air.

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

California Vacation | Minnie in ManhattanFor dinner on one of our first nights in Cali, I wore Nastygal’s Tulum crop top paired with white cutoff denim shorts from Forever 21. It was a perfectly simple outfit to walk around Third Street Promenade and have dinner at one of the restaurants on the strip. We chose a Mediterranean restaurant and one of the french fries was so long I wore it as a mustache 🙂

California Vacation | Minnie in Manhattan

Santa Monica California Sunset | Minnie in ManhattanThe beauty of all the palm trees and the gorgeous sunset views were so captivating! Stay tuned for the rest of my photos from Cali 🙂

 

 

Comments 8

  1. You just missed the huge waves – which would have kept you awake at night. They have been rattling our windows.

    Third Street Promenade is one of my favorite places to shop and people watch. Our favorite Broadway Deli is gone and we have not picked a new “go to” restaurant yet.

    1. Hi Artandsand, I wish I can return to California more often! I’ve been missing Santa Monica since the moment I left. You’re so lucky you get to visit Third Street Promenade regularly 🙂

  2. Looks like a lot of fun! Minnie is absolutely adorable and I enjoyed looking at all your wonderful pictures. I saw that you were featured on Cozy Little House and thought I’d stop by.

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