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3 Must Do’s When Hosting Visitors in the 805

Living in Southern California, you get a LOT of visitors. And living in Southern California, there’s a LOT to see and do. When you have visitors in town, it can be difficult to narrow it all down to just a few “must see” spots. We recently had Luke’s mom and sister in town from Wisconsin, and of course, high on their list of to-do’s was beach, wine tasting and shop.

So difficult to do in the 805, right?! HAHA not at all 🙂

Here’s a look at a few of our fave “go-to/must-see” local spots for out-of-towner guests:

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The Perfect Central Coast Getaway

During the last week that my husband was out on paternity leave, we decided that we wanted to do something memorable before he headed back to work.  After a bit of searching on the HotelTonight app [genius concept, btw!], we settled on staying at The Cliffs Resort, located right between Pismo Beach and Avila Beach.

[hint: there’s currently a TravelZoo deal for this place, which includes a free upgrade!]

Also, perhaps in a moment of insanity, we decided to bring our dogs along, as well!  Decidedly outnumbered with two pups and a 3-week-old infant, we …

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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 –

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Ocean Views + BYOBooze {Malibu Seafood}

::: originally published August 28, 2015 :::

Okay, so, it was one of those Fridays when you just need a serious end-of-week decompression, so Brett and I set out for some ocean views and seafood.  As I was sitting in Friday PCH traffic ::blegh:: I started searching for a new spot with coastal views and a reasonable price range (sorry not sorry, Nobu).

Suddenly, I remembered Malibu Seafood — don’t ask me how, but I think it was a Divine intervention. I saw that it was BYOB (score!) so I pulled off at the Malibu Canyon Ralph’s, grabbed a sixer of Blue Moon Summer …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Hayley and Nicole were able to attend a cooking class at The Wellness Kitchen at the Four Seasons Westlake Village and not only did they enjoy amazing food, but they learned so much about healthy eating and cooking that they haven’t stopped raving about the class {and even went to the store the next day to stock up on the recommended foods!}.  You can read more about their experience here.

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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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Beachfront + Affordable Al Fresco Dining {Padaro Beach Grill}

This weekend, we went beach camping with Brett’s parents — they drove their vintage trailer on its “maiden voyage” from Tahoe, and will be spending a total of 14 days camping in various locations across the 805!

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We met up with them in Carpinteria, which immediately made me crave fish and chips from Padaro Beach Grill.  This preggo woman was appeased (thanks, guys!) and we decided to have dinner there Saturday night.

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Too Fresh to Forget :: A Farm-to-Table Experience with Ocean Views

I recently went to Malibu Farm again {thanks to this gorgeous summer-like weather we are having right now!} and fell in love again– and so did Reese!  I mean the food, the ocean views, the adorable decor, and now they have expanded and added a full restaurant and bar as well as as Espresso Bar at the beginning of the pier.

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So basically if you haven’t you been to Malibu Farm yet, now is the time to go! …

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Best of…SUP Rentals {local.fitness}

Happy Work-It-Wednesday!

Can you believe that this weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer [Memorial Day]?!  I, for one, can’t wait to spend some more time at the beach.  Paddle boarding is one of my favorite ocean activities — not only because it’s a great workout, but it’s also a fun to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the 805.  Don’t stress about buying that huge SUP from Costco — there are so many places in the area to rent and take lessons!

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An Unexpected Local Getaway {Mandalay Bay}

You may or may not be counting down the days, but we’ve got a 3-day weekend coming up!  Needing a break, but not wanting to get too far out of town?  There is a surprising local getaway that doesn’t get nearly enough notice — Mandalay Bay.

…no, I’m not talking about the Mandalay Bay of Las Vegas fame.  And I know what else you’re thinking: Oxnard?? Really??

I was a doubter myself, until Brett and I checked in at The Mandalay Bay Embassy Suites for a quick weekend away.

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