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7 Reasons Why Brunch is a MUST at Outpost {The Goodland in Goleta}

As soon as we drove up to The Goodland Hotel located in beautiful Goleta, just miles north of downtown Santa Barbara, we were instantly obsessed. And I mean, instantly. Everything from the font used on their signage, the dreamy airstream trailers and green grass lawn out front, the eclectic decor and vibrant colors all throughout, the laid-back Southern California facade that transports you to a swank yet breezy Palm Springs hotel in the 70’s — yeah, I’d say The Goodland had me at hello. 

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A sunny day date escape {Point Dume, Malibu}

Summertime means long nights and lots of beach days. One of my favorite local beaches is Point Dume in Malibu. Surprisingly, even having grown up in Thousand Oaks, I hadn’t been to Point Dume until last year (I know, I know. WHAT!?). I’ve been all over the coast to countless beaches, but for some reason, Point Dume was never on the list of go-to’s. But I’ll tell you what, it is now and here’s why –

Point Dume - LL805Point Dume - LL805For our day date, we headed …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

This weekend, we will be celebrating our own Hayley’s 30th birthday (!!!) camping and boating at Lake Nacimiento!  That’s right, we will be traveling up to our more northern 805 destinations, and making some fun stops in the area.  Here are our favorite stops on the way to Lake Nacimiento, on today’s Five Friday Faves!

1. Casa Dumetz Winery [Los Alamos] — great place to stop for some wine on your way up to more wine country!

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Top 10 Favorite Local Beach & Lake Campgrounds

There’s nothing like the warm, summer nights to make you crave a good camping trip, or two 🙂 Who doesn’t love waking up in a tent, beach-side, to the crackling sound of fire pits and the delicious smell of bacon?? Plus, it’s my 30th birthday this weekend- and I mean, what better way to celebrate than by camping at the lake!?

There are so many campgrounds to choose from (which is another reason why we love the 805!), so today we are highlighting our top 10 favorite camp spots.

Refugio State Beach {more info here}:

Located off the 101 North, 20 miles west of …

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Five Friday Faves {Memorial Day Weekend Edition}

Helloooo, long weekend! (we’ve been waiting for you!)

1. I (Nicole) will be heading up to visit my in-laws in Lake Tahoe, and will be hitting up some of my favorite stops along Hwy 395.  Can’t wait to sink my teeth into some Dutch Crunch Pullaway bread from Schat’s Bakkerÿ!IMG_3868IMG_3868 tahoe2tahoe2Don’t miss this post if you plan on heading up to Mammoth, June, or Tahoe this weekend …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Collection at River Park Fashion Show

Get your tickets now, because they are going fast!  This Sunday, May 22 at 10am, several of the shopping center’s leading fashion retailers will contribute to the afternoon’s spring fashion showcase — models and their adoptable canine companions will be showing off the latest spring looks from M Fredric, Francesca’s, LOFT and many more!

Nosh on appetizers, have your makeup done at the Beauty Bar, and get a sweet swag bag filled with merch — sounds like a win-win to us, right?!

2. California Strawberry Festival [Oxnard]

I mean, who doesn’t like strawberries?!  Try your hand at one of …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Conejo Valley Days

A local favorite. Don’t miss it this weekend!  Tonight is Country Western Night, Saturday is Rock N’ Roll Night, and Sunday is Latin Beat Night — there is something for everyone, including rides, food, wine, live entertainment, and even dance lessons!

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2. Carpinteria

I (Nicole) will be heading here for the weekend for some beach camping with my in-laws and their adorable re-vamped vintage trailer, as they take it out on its maiden voyage!  This is a special place to us, …

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Are You a Camper or a Glamper? Or both? {local getaway}

We have the perfect getaway for you — so perfect, in fact, that I almost want to keep it secret. But we wouldn’t do that! Just keep it on the DL so all of LA doesn’t catch on to how awesome the 805 is 😉 JK!!! kinda…

Anyway, here’s the scoop –

You’ve heard us talk about our LOVE for Santa Barbara and camping a few times before, so here’s a little more.

Ocean Mesa Campground and El Capitan Canyon, both located north of Santa Barbara, offer something for everyone — the glamper and the camper! El …

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Carry-On Necessities {Airplane Kit DIY}

Yeah yeah yeah, I know this is a “local” blog, but sometimes we have to leave this area that we call Paradise, and check out the rest of the world 😉

By the time you read this, I will be winging my way to Maui for our 7th anniversary/babymoon (yes, I’m preggers — yayyy!).  And, Hayley is currently in South Africa with her hubby for a 2 1/2 week adventure + safari!  Needless to say, our team at LL805 has a serious case of wanderlust.

This post was originally inspired by our latest trip a few months ago, which involved a 12 1/2 hour long plane …

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Five Friday Faves [Our 2nd Blog-iversary!]

Happy 2nd Blog-iversary to us!

We are so thankful that you have been faithfully following our journey through (and around) the 805 — which as far as we’re concerned, is the best-kept secret of Southern California, am I right?!

Don’t mind our moment of nostalgia, but here are five of our favorite events and happenings that we’ve taken part in over the past year!  And now, in no particular order…

1. Yesss-Syrah! 

The Tasting Room at Four Seasons, Westlake Village hosted a fan-TASTIC wine + food pairing, featuring Syrah wines from four vineyards in Ballard Canyon.  

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