I recently went home to visit sunny Orange County for a long weekend. I lived in Laguna Beach before moving to Tennessee so I already knew the good places to go. There are a million things I love to do in the area. I could go on for days recommending things to see from San Diego up to Los Angeles. On this last trip though, I think I hit all the CRITICAL spots in the Orange County/Laguna Beach area. I just feel obligated to tell you my top 6 stops from my most recent vaca… and I hope I inspire you to do these too!
1. Walk all of Laguna Beach!!
Start at The Rooftop for breakfast (on Saturday and Sunday only). As you walk on the east side, make sure to stop into The Shop, Molly Browns Swimwear, The Hat Box, and Shelby’s for a toe ring (this one is on the west side)! Walk on the path all the way up past main beach to Diver’s Cove. It’s amazing!! On your way back, walk down Forest for some more shopping and cut over to Ocean and just go ahead and have a Composed Salad from Zinc. Done, Done, and Done.
2. Dinner at Broadway–
This restaurant is one of my favorites of ALL TIME. And if you know me… you know I eat out A LOT. It’s swanky and upbeat. The menu is always changing and the drinks are always good. The brussels sprouts are a must. And please get the Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail. I haven’t had a main dish from Broadway that I didn’t like. Just do it.. Just go! Its Killer.
3. Ride bikes on the Newport Peninsula-
Ride from the Newport Beach Pier all the way down to the Balboa Peninsula. Check out the waves at the wedge! And pick out your favorite house on the way back. When you return to the first pier, stop for a pitcher of Sangria at Sol Grill (even better at happy hour). It never hurts to grab some clam chowder at The Crab Cooker.
4. Take a Spin Class at Pop Cycle 2.0–
In Laguna Beach, this is the newest, hippest, and most addictive cycle studio!! They have everything covered. It is clean and stocked with earplugs, hair ties, rental shoes, lockers and lavender towelettes for post ride! You come into the room in the daylight, get your bike set up and ready to go. As soon as the class begins, the window shades come down and crazy lights come on. The lights flash to the beat of the music!! Their instructors have the most energy I’ve seen. Try to take Steph’s class!!
5. Have a sunset drink at The Fisherman in San Clemente –
It’s on the pier literally over the water. There are hot surfers running around everywhere. Dinner is great also, but you get a better sunset view on the bar side. I recommend the Trestle for a cocktail which is their take on a Pina Colada. I’ve been going to this place For-ev-er and it never gets old.
6. Indulge in a massage from Laguna Thai Massage
I meannnnnn… this was one of the best decisions I made all trip.I’m a deep tissue lover and they got in there good. I highly recommend this place.. as long as you don’t mind being a little exposed due to the nature of Thai massage and nothing but a teensy towel covering your buns. I took advantage of the early bird pricing: before 4pm, a 90 minute massage for $75.00 or a 60 minute for $49.00. Whoop Whoop!