The Spanish Village Art Center was established in the late 1930s and is Balboa Parks best kept hidden gem! I have been to Balboa Park a handful of times now and today was the first time I stumbled upon the Spanish Village Art Center. I had no idea this place even existed in Balboa Park.
The "cool streets" of Hillcrest and North Park have amazing microbreweries and have built quite the reputation. Fruitcraft is one of the newest additions to this hipster neighborhood and it is not your average tasting room.
I have never been to Spain (on my bucket list) and Cafe Sevilla gave me a beautiful glimpse of this country.
O'Side is a laid-back beach town with an emerging culinary scene that's perfect for a girl's weekend getaway. To take all the stress out of the planning, I put together the ultimate weekend itinerary.
Succulent Cafe is nestled between two buildings and the space is utilized beautifully. It is the perfect spot to unwind and savor a nice cup of coffee.
When I arrived at the SpringHill Suites Marriott in Downtown Oceanside, CA, I immediately fell in love when I pulled my car into the entrance and was greeted by a beautiful huge succulent living wall.
Last year I visited Ramona Valley, CA and had an amazing time, so I was thrilled to visit another family owned winery, Beach House Winery. One of the main reasons I love visiting boutique wineries is the laid back vibe, friendly service, and the intimate experience.
Every Thursday night Oceanside's Sunset Market gathers local farmers, artists, and chef's from all over the world. It's a wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening with friends and family (this means your fur baby too!) with live entertainment and an amazing selection of gourmet cuisines.
Holy Matcha opened its doors this month (March 11, 2017) and I immediately fell in love with the interior design. I simply adore baby pink walls and cute succulent arrangements.
Oceanside is really bursting into the culinary scene and before I stopped by three amazing restaurants that were using local produce, I went straight to the source: Cyclops Farms.
An exciting night at this speakeasy comes with "House Rules" that really elevates the experience. There are two rules that I really love about this place: no selfies and dress to impress.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California: Venice Beach, El Matador Beach, Laguna Beach, La Jolla Cove, and this weekend I popped by Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California.
This was literally the first time I had dined at a 100% vegan establishment. I was in the mood for some meat, but the atmosphere and the selection of fun cocktails got me to stay.
La Jolla, California is a gorgeous hilly seaside community located just north of downtown San Diego. We wanted to to visit the most photographed beach in Southern California and we also wanted to check out those cute seals and sea lions along the beautiful coast.
I recently attended the Adobe MAX conference at the San Diego Convention Center (if you're a creative, you need to go!) and since it was a packed event, most of the hotels near the convention center were full. Thankfully, Sofia Hotel had a room available and I'm so glad they did because I really enjoyed my stay here.
Balboa Park is a gorgeous area with gardens, walking paths, museums, and of course, its world famous zoo.
I've only visited Long Beach a couple of times and it was to meet up with friends for dinner. One day, I went to Long Beach for a shoot and it was at Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch. I had no idea about this location and was surprised at how beautiful and peaceful it was. Surprisingly, it's located adjacent to California State University.
Southern California just doesn't want to cool down (it's November and 90 degrees), so I decided to check out the Pirate Tower one afternoon at Victoria Beach. This beach is right next to Laguna Beach, but I was told that it was in a residential area. This meant that it is away from the tourist crowds and sorta private.
Romona is a city that I stumbled upon by accident. I was looking for an Airbnb in San Diego and the only thing available was in a town called Ramona. I was desperate to stay somewhere that wasn't a hotel and booked the Airbnb the night before my arrival.
We are both coffee people and both have a Nespresso machine sitting in our kitchen, so we love the Nespresso Cafe! There are a handful of them across the U.S., but the largest one is in Beverly Hills, California.
There used to be a show on MTV called Laguna Beach and I always wondered what this place was like. I never watched the show (it's first episode was in 2004!), but it's popularity definitely got me to notice the name Laguna Beach.
We wanted to stop by the Villa Blanca Italian restaurant because Crystal is a huge fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and one of the stars on the show, Lisa Vanderpump, owns this restaurant. We actually stopped by one of her other restaurants, Sur, a couple of years ago and ran into Mrs. Vanderpump herself! Crystal was so happy and Lisa was kind enough to take a picture with her. We weren’t so lucky this time, but still had a fun time at the restaurant.
This summer we decided to take a 4 day road trip through California. We didn't take the typical road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. Instead, we started our trip heading east from Los Angeles, then we made our way up north to the desert and the forest.
We wanted to visit Manzanar National Historic Site because it really hits home for us. It's not a site in the United States that is very well known. We actually found out about it recently through a friend. We knew the history behind it, but didn't know that the camp site was preserved.
Visiting Sequoia National Park has been on our list for quite some time. We've always heard that these tall and giant sequoia trees are quite a sight to see, so we were excited to include this location in our little California road trip.
Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful area located in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. You can go hiking, backpacking, bicycling, and fishing during the summer months or snow boarding and skiing during the winter months.
We found out about Wolf Mountain Sanctuary when we started researching places to visit near Lake Arrowhead, California. We read so many great reviews that we had to make a stop and see these wolves for ourselves.
Lone Pine wasn’t originally on our California road trip itinerary, but since it was so close to Manzanar, we decided to make a quick visit after we toured the Manzanar Historic Site. We loved this little town! Everything is western themed because the location is famous for western movies being filmed often back in the day. Hollywood still uses Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills for it’s movie set every once in awhile like Tremors and Django.
Cool restaurants and shops are pretty much common place to go when visiting any city, but what I like about LA are their juice bars.