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Here are some of my favorite places in Malibu and Santa Monica

STAYCATION~ Malibu Surfrider @thesurfridermalibu  A beautiful boutique hotel + a lobby shop filled with everything I want  and a stunning rooftop patio.

SM~ @santamonicaproper


COFFEE~Go Get em Tiger & LaLa on Montana ave. @lalalandkindcafe

EAT~@malibufarm I love either location at the pier

If you're into oysters @broadstreetoysterco

I just heard that I will love this place~ also on Main St. SM

@realcoconutkitchen Malibu & Tulum

DRINK~Juneshine Co. on Main st. @juneshineco

BREAD~ @breadblok Gluten Free + vegan options and the best shortbread cookies ever in life!

FLOWERS~Sunday & Wednesday farmers market

ZEN~ @themindry  Dreamy space with lovely gifts & zen

STROLL~ Zuma beach

MARKET CRUSH~@brentwoodcountrymart   @farmshopca







SLEEP~ Ojai Rancho Inn  by @sheltersocialclub 

Ojai Valley Inn @ojaivalleyinn

Lavender Inn~@lavenderInn Bed & Breakfast

Caravan Outpost @caravanoutpostojai

COFFEE~ Beacon Coffee  @beaconcoffee  211 W. Ojai Ave.

(best GF & vegan pastries) 

EAT~ Hip Vegan @hvojai  201 N. Montgomery St. 

The Nest @thenestojai for cauliflower tacos

BREAD~ @katesbread

SHOP~In the Field   @inthefieldojai  730 E. Ojai

Summer Camp  @shopsummercamp 1020 W. Ojai Ave.

Tipple & Ramble @tippleandramble + drink wine 315 N. Montgomery St.

Bungalow by Fig @bungalowojai  109 N. Montgomery St.

Blue (next to Beacon) 

GARDEN~ Forage  @forageojai  152 Baldwin Rd.

Found 203 Studio~203 N. Ventura St.

YOGA~Light & Space  @lightandspaceyoga 915 E. Ojai Ave.

STROLL~Farmers Market  @ojaifarmersmarket Sundays

BOOKS~ @bartsbooksojai

MARKET CRUSH~Rainbow Market 211 E. Matilija




SLEEP~rustic Treebones @treebonesresort

 Sort of rustic~Glamping at Ventana @ventanabigsur

Posh rustic~Post Ranch Inn @postranchinn

COFFEE~Big Sur Bakery

EAT~Big Sur Bakery  @bigsurbakery  @bigsurroadhouse

The Village Big Sur @thevillagebigsur

YOGA~Esalen one of my fav places. Yoga, baths, serenity, teachings and the yummiest food



SLEEP~So many choices. Depends on your vibe. The Kimpton Canary looks beautiful. Lots of choices on Airbnb or stay in Montecito or the Goodland Kimpton is cool too.  I am going to check out @hideawaysantabarbara next time

or try  @hotelcalifornian 36 State Street

EAT Loquita~ @loquitasb 202 State Street

La Superica Taco~I haven't been in ages. I am glad it's still there. It's one of those hole in the wall joints that has a line down the street!

Mesa Verde~I haven't been in 2 years but I was obsessed with this place. Plant based. Alta mesa area. 1919 Cliff Drive

Green Table ~I just heard about this one @greentablesb

BREAD~ @oat_bakery + Cheese by one of my favs Sproutcraft Creamery @Sproutcraft_creamery 5 West Haley St.

Helena Avenue Bakery @helenaavenuebakery 131 Anacapa

Grab some bread and get a charcuterie tray from @petitehosting

DRINK~ Municipal Wines @muniwine  22 Anacapa St. + a plethora of wine bars in the Funk Zone which is my favorite area to walk around. Go explore

Potek Winery ~406 E. Haley St. #1 at The Mill which looks like it needs to be on the list as well. I'll try these coffee spots and get back to you. @themillsb

Juice~@juiceranch 33 Park Way right around the corner from Backyard Bowls which has the best Acai Bowls and smoothies @backyardbowls

COFFEE~Lilac Cafe along with Vegan/GF breads & pastries. 1017 State ST.

Dune Coffee @dunecoffee

Merci Montecito @mercimontecito

SHOP~ Peruse this cute little stationary/ gift store while you're waiting for you Back Yard Bowls @foliopressandpaperie

In Montecito~ @montecitocountrymart


CACTUS~ Lotusland..I really want to go someday

MARKET CRUSH~Savoy Wines 18 West Anapamu @savoycafeanddeli

STROLL~Farmers markets Tues & Saturday

WANDER~Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is one of the prettiest churches I have ever seen. Def worth a little jaunt to Montecito. 1300 E. Valley Road. The Santa Barbara Courthouse




SUMMERLAND~ On your way to Santa Barbara make a stop into Summerland. There are some amazing new cool shops + coffee + wine tasting

These were my favorite spots for a quick stop along the way~

COFFEE  ~@fieldandfort  your first stop off the freeway. Grab a coffee and wander the kitchen essentials and well curated shop and/or Sit outside and enjoy a beautiful pastry and coffee...but don't sit long because just down the street is more spectacular shopping. 2580 Lillie


Just dropped some of our Mexico inspired candles off at Hacienda by @bonita_lifestyle_  So definitely stop in to check those out. Scents of Tulum, San Miguel and the Yucatan + she has a beautifully curated shop with books, clothes, Frida essentials and more. 2272 Lillie

Cactus, candles and gifts @botanik_summerland  Peruse the little garden and take home a cactus or two. 2329 Lillie

Porch is a must see for rugs, books and design @porch_summerland

And this place is just dreamy @thewellsummerland  So much inspiration, antiques  and  little nooks to shop. Textiles, furniture, candles, antiques, rugs and garden delights.

More design inspo @gardeshop

STAY~If you decide to spend the night before your next stop and/or if you decide you're going to redecorate your whole house and need more time...(after perusing the above shops) This place looks cute @staygoldensummerland

FLOWERS~ + Local, organic produce, artisanal foods & flowers


DRINK~ @summerlandwine 

Summerland, Santa Barbara + and then detour to Los Alamos, Los Olivos ,Solvang or new on my radar ~ New Cuyama @cuyamabuckhorn


Solvang~The Landsby @thelandsby @coastrangerrestaurant


SLEEP~ The Bodega House @thebodegahouse 

Skyview @skyviewlosalamos  (I stayed here when it was still a its a roadside motel so I've go to check it out now. There was a time when the accommodations in Los Alamos were slim pickings. I am so glad someone decided to update this quaint little place.  I've heard great things about their onsite restaurant Norman as well.

The Alamo by @sheltersocialclub  They did an amazing job with this renovation. It's so cute now. The first time I stopped into Los Alamos my friend and I looked at this hotel and said thank god we didn't choose this one, it looks like escaped convicts are hiding out in there....true story! Now it's adorable & cozy just like all of the hotels in the Shelter Social Club family.

EAT~ Bob's Well Bread @bobswellbread 550 Bell St.

Pizza~Full of life 225 Bell St. 

Bells @bellslosalamos   406 Bell St. this is new for me so I will add it to the see ya soon list.

DRINK~ Bodega Wine Bar @bodegalosalamos  273 Bell St.

Municipal Wine Makers 425 Bell St. ~so cute

Babi's Beer Emporium & Sister property Casa Dumetz right next door 388 Bell Street


STROLL~Bell Street.. just one long street to see it all. At the beginning or end depending on where you come in, you can also stroll the Depot Antique Mall.




SLEEP~All of these places were booked because I was planning last minute but they all look amazing for someone not planning last minute!!

Glen Ellen~ Beltane Ranch @beltaneranch

Calistoga~The Bungalows, Brannan Cottage Inn @brannancottageinn @thebungalowscalistoga

Healdsburg~ Cottages at Healdsburg @cottagesathealdsburg (i did walk by and they are super cute)

Forestville~Farmhouse Inn @farmhouse_inn

Jenner~Timber Cove @timbercoveresort (i did stay here and loved it)

Mendocino~Glendeven Inn-The Beach Trail cottage. Glamp at Mendocino Grove if that is your style. . I did a drive-by on these~Sea Rock cottages, Little River Inn, Heritage House. The Four Sisters Inn group has some cozy stays right in town. I did not stay at these, just admired them from the outside. Super convenient as they are all right in the middle of town. @foursistersinns Blue Door Inns

Santa Rosa~The Warrington House on Airbnb looks amazing

Elk~Harbor House Inn + eat. I did drop in and it is stunning.

Sea Ranch~Sea Ranch Lodge @thesearanchlodge

Marshall~The Coal and Feed. Home rental. Looks amazing

Inverness~The A frame on @airbnb (it's black-you've seen it)

Cambria~White Water. A reimagined road side stop. Had to see what all the hype was about...because you know ..FOMO! @whitewatercambria

Paso Robles~ @pasoroblesvacationrentals  Lots to choose from here  + these look cute @stablesinnpaso

Sebastopol~Acre Coffee, Taylor Lane
Healdsburg~Black Oak Coffee @blackoakcoffee
Mendocino~The Waiting Room by Cafe Beaujolais

Point Arena~Little Green Bean Roastery

Healdsburg~Chalkboard, Barndiva, Campofina & Little Saint (vegan) coming soon
Mendocino~Fog Eater (a wonderful vegan & GF experience) , Good life bakery, Ravens at the Stanford Inn @stanford_inn, Cafe Beaujolais @cafe.beaujolai + The Brickery and The Waiting Room
Santa Rosa~I heard Spinster Sisters is good but didn't have a chance to go
Inverness~Saltwater Oyster & Depot

Tomales Bay~Blink and you'll miss the whole town but they have a couple of cute places including ~Route One

Calistoga~Vegan choices at Lovina @lovinacalistoga

Napa~ @myccasa Vegan tacos

Sonoma~Taub Outpost @sonomaoutpost
Sebastopol~The Barlow + shop + food + wine + stroll @thebarlow707 (such a cool concept + eats + wine tasting + another cute grocery store~COMMUNITY
Antique Society @antiquesociety.sebastopol
Concord~Elsie Green @elsie_green
Mendocino~Folklore (the cutest shop in town), Village Sock Shop (for OG crew Mendocino socks) @villagesockshop
Pt. Reyes~Captain Oko (it wasn't open but It looks really cool) @captainokodesign
Inverness~Gallery by Tom Biagini @tombiagini
Olema~Tamaone @t_a_m_a_o_n_e art & pottery + dreamy goods
San Anselmo~@beachhousestyle Beach + Vintage
Mill Valley~Lulu Design Studio @luludesignsjewelry +stroll all the cute places to eat etc at The Lumberyard. The Goods down the street has gorgeous cashmere throws and shawls. @thegoodsmv
Larkspur~ Marin country mart @marincountrymart  Bring your credit card (s) so much good stuff to shop & eat

Cambria~Slabtown Mercantile (lovely curation)  @slabtownmercantile + The shops at the Garden Shed 


Mendocino~The whole town + the beaches and state parks

Cambria~The beach boardwalk (across from all of the hotels on Moonstone beach)

Sebastopol~California Sister @californiasister/

Cambria~Grow in the Garden Shed shops and Sea + Green @cambria_gardenshed

Healdsburg~The Nectary @thenectary
Cambria~The Hidden Kitchen + Gluten free waffles @hiddenkitchencalifornia + Cayucos . If I wasn't vegan, I would drive up to either location for the waffles. They look unbelievable. Do it !!
Paso Robles~ @neighborhood_acai

Healdsburg~Quail & Condor (cutest little bakery) @quailandcondor
Mendocino~Mendocino baking company @mendocinogf
Mill Valley~ @flourcraft Gluten Free bakery
Marin Country Mart~Johnny Doughnuts

Napa~Monday Bakery

DRINK~'re in wine country
Healdsburg~BloodRoot Wines @bloodrootwines , Bar bravas

Napa~ @outlandnapa 

MARKET CRUSH~ I have a thing for markets
Mendocino~Corners of the Mouth
Santa Rosa~Miracle Plum
Healdsburg~Oakville grocery, Dry Creek General Store
Point Arena~The Co-op Arena Market
Elk~Elk Store & Matson Mercantile
Olema~Due West Tavern & Market
Pt. Reyes~Palace Market
Valley Ford~Cheese & Creamery

Cambria~Soto's True Earth Market

PACK~Wanderlust Journal & Camp cards to send from the road



SLEEP~The Pendry @pendrysandiego  DT
Estancia La Jolla @estancialajolla La Jolla
The Guild @theguildhotel DT

Surfhouse Boutique Hotel @surfhouseadventures Encinitas

EAT~ Little Italy for all kinds of eating, drinking and cafe inspiration + donuts

Devils Dozen 2001 Kettner @devilsdozendonuts

Pretty enough to check out~

@juneshineco@barkindred@iamildandy@pancakelordssd@youandyoursd    @holymatchaa

COFFEE~Communal Coffee Both locations are the cutest North & South Park
 @communalcoffee + gifts + flowers
2335 University Ave. & 2221 Fern 
The Grounds Bean Bar 1571 La Playa @thegroundsbeanbar

Oceanside~ @risingco

YOGA~Four Moons Spa @fourmoonsspa Drop in for yoga or reflexology. Encinitas

FLOWERS~Native Poppy  3009 Grape Street @native_poppy

SHOP~ Pigment 3801 30th St + 2 other locations
@shoppigment lots of gift ideas



SLEEP~Don't sleep near the railroad tracks or PCH. Do find something quiet near the beach. Check out Airbnb or a place I am curious about @twelvesensesretreat

EAT~So many choices here! @herbandsea  @restaurant.valentina @birdseyekitchen   @waverlycardiff 

DESERT~ Adorable little window serving homemade ice cream in waffle cone tacos + vegan and GF available @littlefoxcupsandcones

COFFEE~There are a lot of coffee shops in Encinitas and surrounds so here are just a few that I had time to try @coffeecoffeeleucadia 970 N. Coast

@betterbuzz 578 S. Coast  @loftycoffeeco 90 N. Coast

Also Oceanside on your way~ @risingco coffee + locally curated goods

FLOWERS~Plant Beach Farm is the cutest little farm store + flowers.

Luecadia Floral & Plant. (in the same complex as Threadspun)

Sunday Farmers Market. Plants and pots in abundance at @landmarkplantco

Look at pretty flowers at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. @the_flower_fields

SHOP~ Definitely check out Threadspun @threadspun. Well curated shop with ceramics, jewelry, cards and generally cool stuff. Vuori clothing is based in Encinitas so if you've been wondering about the coveted workout pants-try them on at the local shop. @vuoriclothing


SLEEP~I think the best ideas are these homestays/airbnb when it comes to Joshua tree.

Some favs on IG~ @thejoshuatreehouse








Mojave Flea~Yucca Valley @mojaveflea

Holistic Ranch~ @holisticranch 55818 29 Palms Hwy

Acme 5 Lifestyle 55870 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley


Industry of All Nations @industryofallnations

Shop Wheelhouse @shop_wheelhouse

COFFEE~Joshua Tree Coffee 61738 Twentynine Palms Hwy

EAT~ La Copine 848 Old Womans Spring Rd.  @lacopinekitchen

Dez Fine Food~Grab & Go @dezfinefood

Natural Sisters Cafe~ @thenaturalsisterscafe

Kitchen in the Desert @kitcheninthedesert29 

6427 Mesquite, 29 Palms


YOGA~Meditation at @integratronofficial

STROLL~The park obviously

Farmers market on Sat. 

BREAD~LUNA sourdough and Wild bread Bakery


Wine and Rock shop @wineandrockshop

Provisions and skin care  ~@holisticranch Organic Grocer 

Joshua Tree Bottleshop @joshuatreebottleshop

Desierto Alto @desierto_alto

ZEN~ Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs @twobunchpalms



SLEEP~All time favorite @korakia 

For future~ @laserenavillaspalmsprings

@sandshotelspa  @sparrowslodge    @lescactusps

EAT~Azucar  @azucarpalmsprings at La Serena Villas

339 S. Belardo Road

Birba @birbaps  622 N. Palm Canyon

Recommended by @jainaleeortiz ~Mister Parker's at the Parker Hotel @parkerpalmsprings + the @holidayhouseps is one of her favorites 

DRINK~Bootlegger Tiki @bootleggertiki They had me at Aloha~

Bar Cecil @barcecil

WANDER~Take a hike at Indian Canyons.

 The Living Desert @thelivingdesert

Soukie Modern Rugs @soukiemodern 1345 N. Palm Canyon
and my favorite~ Thick as Thieves  @shopthieves

183 S. Indian Canyon Dr.

Mojave Flea Trading Post @mojaveflea

COFFEE~Ernest Coffee @ernestcoffee  1101 N. Palm Canyon

Cafe la Jefa @cafelajefa

SWEETS~Kreem     @ilovekreem 170 E. Palm Canyon 

CACTUS~Mariscal Cactus & Succulents

MARKET CRUSH~On the Mark  @onthemarkpalmsprings  111 N. Palm Canyon





SLEEP~Hotel Joaquin @hoteljoaquin  love the vibe, the pool, the bikes and the food 

Casa Laguna Hotel @casalagunahotel  Beautiful Spanish style, lovely pool, gorgeous design, great hospitality.

or @lacasahotellb A historic hotel right in the middle of LB. Spanish style rooms and a roof-top bar

Splurge ~Monarch Beach Resort Away from PCH so it's very quiet. Just a golf cart away to a pretty beach. Amazing pool areas. Beautiful rooms with luxurious bath tubs. Spa, juice, golf..basically you don't need to leave @monarchbresort

EAT~ Malibu Farm @malibufarmlido  Newport Beach Lido Village I'm a huge fan of Malibu Farm 
Gracias Madre~@graciasmadresocal
Coastal Kitchen @coastalkitchendanapoint  ~recommended by a local.

Laguna~ @eatahba

TACOS~ Rasta Taco 170 Beach St. @rastataco  & La Sirena Grill on Mermaid St.

BREAD~ Bread Artisan Bakery   @breadartisanbakery

SHOP~LALA  @kerrycassill  1145 S. Coast Hwy

 @the.garage.collective  1524 S. Coast Hwy Cutest store in Laguna. So many treasures!!

Cutest little farmers market + quality goods @thesalthorse

Ligne Blanche~@ligneblancheca Dreamy tops, dresses, linens , bags & more

1175 South Coast Highway. Lovely French owner with great taste.

STROLL~Farmers market Sat ~521 Forest Ave. Catch my friend @breadartisanbakery + purple roses at the flower stand

Heisler Park~lovely walk along the cliffs

SAND~Prettiest beaches & coves. Victoria beach. Thousand steps for exercise (really only 220). The Strand. Divers Cove. Crescent Bay. Table Rock. Totuava

COFFEE~ Laguna Coffee Co @lagunacoffeeco  (recommended by my friend who owns the Bread Artisan Bakery)

Anastasia Cafe  @anastasiacafelaguna another local likes Anastasia

SMOOTHIES~SEJUICED Organic Juice bar. Newport Beach + juices, bowls and drive to NP worthy gluten free & vegan avocado toast @sejuiced

The Stand~OG Vegan spot. 238 Thalia Street. @thestandlaguna for smoothies

MARKET CRUSH~ Sapphire Laguna 1200 S. Coast Hwy. 

plants & flowers~



More inspiration found at my travel IG~ @keeplefttravel Inspired by travels driving on the other side + the surprises, synchronicity and adventures that await when you make that left turn when you planned to go right..



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