Travel: Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach, California

 

There is something magical about the fog rolling in off the ocean in the afternoon. The damp air, the smell of the seaweed and salt water, the crashing waves and the color of the turbulent waters below. A stop on Pebble Beach, home of the famed golf course and beautiful homes, gave me just the taste of the ocean I was missing after driving north following all of SoCal’s sun.

 

The ocean will always a piece of my heart, even though I live in a mountainous land-locked state. Some people hate the fog in Northern California, but it is just so pretty and matches the jagged landscape so nicely. What do you love about the ocean? The smell? The creatures? The sound?

 

 

Pebble Beach, California
My brother and I kicking the sand around.
Pebble Beach, California.
Creatures in the tide pools.
Pebble Beach, California
I wish I could end everyday reflecting with this as my backdrop.
Pebble Beach, California.
Just me pretending to the be queen of the world.
Pebble Beach, California
Waves crashing on the rocks – can you imagine trying to get to land hundreds of years ago from this coastline?
Pebble Beach, California.
A dark and dreary bench overlooking the foggy coast.
Pebble Beach, California.
Pools of water moving with the tides.
Pebble Beach, California.
Fog rolling in on Pebble Beach, California.

Travel: Malibu Dreams

Malibu, California

Oh Malibu, how much I love you. I can’t get the ocean out of my head! And fresh, steamed seafood with the ocean breeze coming across Highway 1 — the Pacific Coast Highway? Dreaming as I look through these pictures from last year. We stopped in Malibu after a morning spent exploring Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. A late lunch at Neptune’s Net was a favorite memory from the whole trip. Highly recommend stopping here and ordering from the steamed side of the restaurant, not fried, for a really wonderful meal.

We drove back down to LA through the Topanga Canyon, which is a beautiful drive! But the whole time, all I could think of was the beach, the sunset and the food.

Louis Vuitton, Rodeo Drive
A little shopping on Rodeo Drive. The staff here were wonderful and incredibly accommodating.
Neptune's Net, Malibu, California, Seafood
Freshest streamed seafood and veggies from Neptune’s Net in Malibu.
Neptune's Net, Malibu, California, fresh seafood
Shooting oysters in the sun.
Malibu, California
Overlooking Malibu Beach from Highway 1.
Neptune's Net Fast and Furious
Neptune’s Net, which you may remember from an appearance in the Fast and Furious movie.
Malibu, California
Sun starting to set in Malibu.
Malibu, California
Surfer’s silhouette in the setting sun.
Malibu Barbie
I’m no Malibu Barbie, but when you’re here, you’ll feel just like her!
Malibu, California
Sea creatures for exploring on the beach.
Malibu, California
This place is heaven.
Malibu, California
Back up on the PCH looking down on Malibu Beach.
Malibu, California
On this bench, I could sit writing for the rest of my life and be happy as can be.

Travel: Loteria – Hollywood, California

Hollywood California

Loteria in Hollywood, California was introduced to me at the recommendation of a good friend and traveler. We stopped in on their outdoor patio for homemade guacamole, superb micheladas and fresh Mexican food. This place is nicer than street fare Mexican, but not so nice we couldn’t rest our tired feet after our first day in California.

Highly recommend it for an early evening dinner before walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which in itself, isn’t much to see. Chinese Theater and the people watching are great – but make it a walk after a great meal – and not much more than that.

Hollywood California
Hollywood California
Loteria, Hollywood
Loteria in Hollywood California is a great place for upscale Mexican dining. The black beans are phenomenal!
Loteria, Hollywood
Enjoying the menu of fresh, authentic with a twist Mexican food.
Loteria, Hollywood
Daily specials are good – but be sure to ask your server what they reco! You won’t be disappointed.

I love simple foods and a relaxed atmosphere on my first day traveling. What’s your favorite food to recharge with on the first day?

Travel: Toes in the sand

Santa Monica Pier, ocean, california
Toes in the water at Santa Monica Pier.

The first glimmers of spring are appearing in Colorado and it has excited for all things summer. Dreaming about the ocean in Santa Monica or Venice Beach, California.

Santa Monica, California
Basking in the sun on the pier.
Santa Monica Pier pelican, California
My brother with the Santa Monica Pier pelican.
Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Monica Pier.
Venice Beach, California
Palm trees on Venice Beach.
Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Ocean, California
So pretty to be under the pier and looking out at the Great Pacific ocean.
Venice Beach, Surfing, California
Surfboards on the walk to Venice Beach.

The beaches of Southern California are a must visit. Can’t wait to return this summer — have you been? What do we need to see in San Diego?