I can’t believe I’m finally sharing these images! So this past September Matthew and I took a week-long trip to California. I was lucky enough to have my own personal tour guide during our travels! Matt went to Stanford and spent many years living in various locations in California, so he was very excited to show me around. We started the trip in San Francisco, which I had been to before but was so excited to go back and explore it with someone who was more familiar with the local spots etc. In San Fran we biked the golden gate bridge, ate my first artichoke in Sausalito, caught a Giants game at their beautiful stadium overlooking the ocean, got lost in nostalgia at Amoeba Records, and of course ate about every 2 hours.
From there I got a nice tour of Matt’s alma mater. I always enjoy visiting college campuses especially if they are completely different from my college experience. After exploring the campus we made sure to hit up In-and-Out burger on our way to Big Sur!
A road trip on Highway 1 has always been on my bucket list but of course, I didn’t realize how twisty and wild the ride would be….I ended up having to take Drymamine which caused a little drowsiness but at least caught a few beautiful photos on the way. It’s truly a spectacular view. We stayed the evening at Ventana Inn & Spa, which was such an amazing experience. If you ever find yourself in Big Sur, you must check this place out. From the views, the branding, the rustic but luxary look of the entire place, and the dining experience….this place is a class act. We had two meals at their restaurant and I have to say it was the best food and best dining experience I’ve ever had. We also enjoyed the heated pool which was open all night!!! We had it all to ourselves and it was incredibly romantic.
Of course leaving Ventana and Big Sur was hard to do but I was excited to finally see what L.A. is like. I had always wanted to see what L.A. was like and Matt was so excited to show me around. We started the trip with a bang by staying at Chateua Marmont. Our room was spectacular and felt like a old movie stars apartment. Because we were a guest in the hotel, we were able to dine in their restaurant which is crawling with celebs! We had a lovely time spotting a few of our faves. Matt’s being J-La and Chris from Coldplay and mine being Neve from Catfish
The next evening we stayed at the Bel Air Hotel which was a totally different experience from the evening before but just as lovely. During our time in L.A. I got to see the Holloywood sign, the stars on the sidewalk, and I went shopping on Rodeo Drive just like Pretty Woman!
The last night we spent at Shutters which is a lovely Santa Monica Hotel overlooking the beach! We were able to rent bikes from the hotel and ride around exploring Santa Monica and Venice Beach! It was such a hoot! Needless to say, my sweet butterbean spoils me and I feel so blessed to have such a adventurous man in my life.