Posted at 8:00 am , on February 2, 2018
I mentioned here that we started a list of things we want to do now that we’re living in Southern California, so I thought I would share. I love to do anything outdoors, especially hiking or anything to do with the ocean, and there are also random activities and restaurants I’ve been wanting to try.
I’m definitely still learning my way around here, so maybe some of these will get knocked off the list once I learn more about them, and I’m sure there are lots I’ll be adding as I learn about new things, so I’ll update this every once in awhile to see where we’ve been and what we thought, and any new additions.
On that note, if you have any recommendations for things or places you love to visit, please leave them in the comments section!
Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
Weekend trip to Catalina Island
Rent this AirBnB Airstream in Malibu
Run and Yoga at Santa Monica Pier
Stay overnight at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Movie on the rooftop of the Montalban Theater
Camp at Joshua Tree National Park
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Weekend away in Palm Springs
Rent paddleboards in Long Beach
Go to a Speakeasy
Skating at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego
Griffith Park Observatory
Visit the Flower Market
EggSlut (I’ve been here a couple of times, in Vegas and Venice, but it’s so good I’m going to leave it on here.)
Salt and Straw
Ivy at the Shore
Grand Central Market
Creme and Sugar
Anaheim Packing House
Bridge to Nowhere
Rose Valley Falls
Top of the World
Del Cerro Park
Shipwreck Hike (we actually did this last weekend, post coming soon!)
Posted at 8:00 am , on March 27, 2015
Spending this weekend in LA, rolling around in a big pile of girls. Excited for twisted tea by the pool, dancing all night, and no boys allowed.
Not excited for the 5 hour solo drive to get there, but slightly cheered by the prospect of the epic 80’s and 90’s playlist I made to keep me company on the road.
Posted at 12:54 am , on January 25, 2014
Just a few more pics of our trip to L.A. last weekend. We ended up doing everything I had on my list, and lots of other things, like spending the day cruising down the PCH and checking out Venice and Huntington.
We were there for four days, and didn’t have any real concrete plans so it was very relaxing. We ate lots of yummy food, and found hoards of 49ers fans in Huntington beach to watch the football game with on Sunday. The niners lost, but it was a beautiful day, and it was $3 mimosas so I wasn’t too upset.
Also I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) on the trip and at the beach, and loved every second of it. Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal.
|It made me endlessly happy that there is a restaurant called Pink Taco and that their sangria was basically the nectar of the Gods
|Santa Monica pier at night
|Kt von D’s tattoo shop. I was very excited, her eyeliner makes my life complete
|Grauman’s Chinese theater, the Harry Potter cast
Posted at 1:44 am , on January 23, 2014
I signed up for AirBnB awhile ago, but hadn’t had a chance to use it yet. After the new year I got an email from them offering one night free if you booked two nights, so I decided to give it a try when we went down to L.A.
We found this amazing house to stay in, it used to be an old Catholic rectory, turned into a home by a cool musician and his wife. Our stay was lovely, he worked nights and slept during the day so we barely saw him and had the place to ourselves, and it was one of the most beautiful and most unique places I’ve ever stayed.
There was a lot of stained glass windows, and lots of tiny little details that really made it special. I also loved his collection of musical instruments, scattered around the house as decoration, and also ready to be played at any time.
Our first AirBnB experience was awesome, I’m planning a trip to New York in March (I’ve never been, and I’m soooo excited, I’ve wanted to go since I was little) so I’ll definitely be looking around to find a neat place to stay there during my visit.
Posted at 12:01 am , on January 22, 2014
We had a truly gorgeous long weekend in L.A., it was upwards of 80 degrees every day we were there. One of the things I had been wanting to do was hike Runyon Canyon, we did the Hollywood sign hike last time we were in town, so even though it was sweltering, we grabbed some waters and set off.
After spending 45 minutes searching for parking we finally made our ascent. The hike is beautiful, if a little crowded, with scenic views of downtown L.A. and the Hollywood sign. It’s also a dog park so there are dogs of every shape and size coming up and down.
It’s not a very strenuous hike, there are some stairs that are kind of hard to navigate but other than that it’s a pretty easy, pretty quick hike, I would definitely recommend it if you’re in town and want to get some exercise and some sun.
|Stark can not hang
|made it to the top
Posted at 10:38 pm , on January 16, 2014
Happy long weekend!
We are driving down to L.A. tonight, leaving right after work. I’d much rather drive down at night, it’s just 6 hours of singing and sleeping and then I wake up and we are there (sorry Derek).
We don’t have a lot of plans, we’re going to tour a few universities tomorrow, but other than that we’re just going to creep around and explore, and try to decide if it’s somewhere we’d want to live.
Other tentative plans include:
A visit to the Santa Monica pier (and the Brandy Melville store right beside it)
Breakfast at Toast Bakery
A hike at Runyon Canyon
Dessert at Bottega Louie
Visiting with Derek’s family
And we found a really neat place to stay on AirBnB, it used to be a Catholic rectory so it has really neat architecture and stained glass windows, and a huge garden. And also a claw footed tub. I may never leave.
I’m prettttttty excited to get going, is it 5 o’clock yet?