Thursday, February 27, 2014

California Dreamin'



This past weekend, I went to California for the very first time! We were only there from Friday to Monday and we fit so much into our trip! We stayed in Santa Monica, making trips to Venice, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, and Universal City. Yes, all in 3 1/2 days.

Now that I'm back in 7 degree Chicago, I need to reminisce, so I figured a blog post full of pictures of warm weather would make my heart happy.

Here was our trip in a nutshell:


Our hotel was the Ambrose in Santa Monica. I dubbed it a "modern vintage" hotel - it was eco-friendly, yet had "old school" TVs and wooden TV cabinets... It was really nice nonetheless, and we were easily the youngest couple in the place until the day we checked out. 


Right after we landed, our first means of business was eating a tasty cheeseburger from In-&-Out Burger! Jason had been to Cali before, so he told me this was a must. I admit it was pretty delicious for a fast food burger, and a meal there was cheaper than any meal I could ever get at McDonald's (not that I would actually eat a burger at McDonald's!).


Our first destination was the Venice Beach Boardwalk to explore the surf and skate culture it's best known for. It was really foggy that day on the beach, so we didn't spend too much time there before heading to our hotel. We made a point to go back to the Boardwalk for souvenirs the last day in town, on our way to the airport. I got to take lots of pictures of the palm trees and graffiti art, too!


Hollywood is honestly NOT that exciting. It reminded me of a cross between Times Square and Wisconsin Dells. Lots of people, very little space, and tons of cheap t-shirts that will fall apart before you get home. I did like seeing the Walk of Fame, I thought that was cool, but I don't imagine taking the time to go there again.


Car stalking in Beverly Hills is AWESOME. We saw loads of pretty Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and even a Bugatti. I'm also positive I saw a Real Housewife of Miami there, even though that sounds crazy.


Santa Monica Pier and the beach there is gorgeous. If I could live there, I would, no questions asked.


My favorite part of the trip was our tour of Warner Bros. Studios. Our guide took us on the set of the Big Bang Theory AND took us into the archives to take pictures of the real Central Perk. We got to sit on the couch and everything! We also saw all of the Batmobiles from the different Batman movies!! Yay! FUN FACT: The cast of "Entourage" filmed a scene for their new movie on the patio where our photos above were taken!


The Third Street Promenade was a fabulous shopping strip, similar to Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Jason is convinced he saw James Marsden, but who knows!? We also went to the Grove and Century City Mall in L.A., a mall in Downtown Burbank, and Universal CityWalk. Lots of shopping on our trip!


The Coffee Bean is so good, I wish we had those in Chicago. Starbucks gets old after a while! We made a trip there everyday! I loved their Iced Coffees.


Cliff driving is dangerous, especially when it's accidental! We took the first route that came up on our GPS driving from Beverly Hills to Universal City, and that was a mistake. We literally drive through Canyon Park, with L.A. 6,000 feet below us. I'm not even exaggerating. It was terrifying. Gorgeous photo, though, no?


Rusty Mullet, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Redwood Grille, On The Waterfront Cafe, The Sidewalk Cafe... Yummy! The Bloody Mary above, from Rusty Mullet, had bacon in it. BACON! I also managed to try 5 craft beers between Karl Strauss and On The Waterfront.


More photos to come! 
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3 comments :

  1. Wow, you visited so many places in those 3 days! Amazing, I guess you had so much fun :) Hope I will visit Califronia some time too :)

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  3. Wow. Puts my vacation to shame...

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