A mix of emotions again leaving another amazing place and San Diego we will be back! However we were excited to get back on the road, in the Wagon and drive on to the next location and this time it was Los Angeles.
Megs decided she was ready to take the wheel and after a quick lap of the car park we were on our way to Laguna Beach. I used to love MTV’s Laguna Beach so even though this was about 10 years later!! I was excited to check out the beach where so much drama happened.
Laguna Beach was beautiful but very small and not what I imagined at all. A small little town on the cliff top overlooking the beach, filled with quirky little boutiques and coffee shops it was cute and pretty. But I honestly thought it would be a lot bigger.
I guess we came a little out of season as the beach café wasn’t open so we jumped back in the car and with me behind the wheel, we drove onto our next stop…Huntington Beach.
The drive along the Pacific Coast Highway is amazing. All the way along the West Coast, passing beach after beach and view after view.
I loved seeing all the different spots and then finally we arrived at Huntington. A huge difference to the quaint Laguna. Huntington was big! Sand which went as far as the eye could see, a long pier lined with stalls and small shops with a restaurant/diner at the end and then a main high street with bars, restaurants, shops and cafes. It was a typical American beach filled with surfers, skateboarders and people playing volleyball.
We went for a wander along the pier and along the beachfront. Finally settling on BLK Earth Sea Spirits for lunch. This was the perfect spot and we sat outside on the balcony over looking the sea and soaking up the sunshine. I also think this was the healthiest lunch we had all trip, salads and juices all round we knew we were in LA! The food and view were amazing, would definitely recommend!
Refuelled and rested it was time for Fraser to drive us to our final beach of the day…Manhattan Beach. Matt’s university friend Phil, his wife Jess and their baby Greyson live here, so we decided to pop in and say hello, check out their gorgeous home and then we all headed down to the beachfront just before sunset.
We walked along yet another pier this one a little smaller but still just as pretty as the others, watched all the yummy mummies jogging with their babies and then finally found a little bar with a view of the beach, to have a proper catch up over a glass of vino or two (sorry Matt having to drive the final stretch to our hotel!) – Also sorry I didn’t seem to take any photos here, clearly too busy catching up!
As night fell, Phil and Jess had to get back to put Greyson to bed and we decided it was time to make a move and head to our hotel. Phil had already warned us about the traffic and how even though our hotel was only just over 20 miles away it would most likely take us a couple of hours to get there!
We were very grateful to Matt for driving us in the dark, with the crazy LA drivers, in lots of traffic but we finally made it to The Garland just after 8pm.
The hotel was so pretty, it had a retro modern theme, and the staff were super friendly and helpful, we checked in so quickly, dropped all our luggage into our beautiful rooms and then made our way down to the The Front Yard restaurant. Passing the stunning outdoor pool area which was covered in fairy lights and had a projector screen showing the film Matilda which people were watching from the pool, very cool!
The restaurant was packed and we were very lucky to get a table on a Friday night without booking, but the staff were so lovely and helpful. Turned out the majority of them are aspiring actors and actresses so Hollywood! We ate some delicious flatbreads and pastas and then shared a couple of desserts between us.
We ended the night under the stars by the pool, drinking wine and taking in our new, beautiful surroundings.
Love, Chloe xx