The Beach House at Lovers Point is so romantic if you’re taking that special someone day or evening. Panoramic views, full bar and heated outdoor patio you will not be disappointed in this restaurant with an amazing California cuisine menu. We arrived at 6:30pm, let me just say words cannot describe how beautiful this restaurant is at every angle. They have plenty views from every table, with great service and food. You will put it on your list as the best place to dine. The Solarium is the outdoor patio which recently got an update. Solar panels to shade you from the sun and protect you from foggy weather. Take a look at some scrumptious photos from dinner.
Our final excursion, a 30 minute drive from our Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel, California to a place of wonder and discovery. It has been known that one can express anything through art and our host has done just that. In her formal day a stock broker then clinical psychologist Patricia Qualls always came back to her first love, art. She asked us each to find a painting that spoke to us and the one above was by far a cherry in my eye. It reminded me of a dancing ballerina in a pink and gold tutu. A painting is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes and each one of great pieces of work gave a story that will live on a lifetime.
Her motto to follow your passion is how people should live. Take a look at more of her extraordinary pieces from her collection.
A special thank you to Patricia Qualls for inviting us into her artist studio.
Open Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Tuesday by Appointment
Northern California boasts some amazing landmarks. Celebrating 70 years of serving the City of Carmel, this boutique hotel has the views and service to prove you’re in the right place. Its marvel beauty comes at a perfect time to explore the masses. Donna Hofsas and her husband Fred bought a few small cottages in the late 40s to begin what is now a 38 room phenomenon. Its European style was my favorite part, throughout the property its influence gives the place a unique vibe.
The mural is right outside the front of the hotel by Maxine Albro this piece was painted and competed in 1957.
Donna and Fred stayed on the property while it was being constructed. The family suite room 9/10 are available to guests today and are the original cottages Fred and Donna occupied. This property is amazing, with panoramic views of the ocean it truly takes your breath away. Upon arrival the hotel planned a special schedule for us to enjoy while we were in town. You too can have a special schedule catered to you and your party, just ask the front desk for recommendations and they will take care of the rest. Did I mention that Carmel is a pet-friendly and so is Hofsas House.
We checked into our rooms with wine and cheese waiting which was a nice treat from the drive. Hofsas House offers a variety of services. Continental breakfast is apart of your stay. With partners at six different golf courses in the area. A couples massage, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel walk by the sea passport, a walking trail, you can even have your room decorated for an anniversary, romantic getaway or birthday.
We met with Carrie Theis the owner who took great care of us, she made sure every detail was covered down to the food menu. As we headed off to the poolside meeting room, our first activity was honey tasting with Jake Resisdorf.
This 14 year old entrepreneur started this business as a school project. He was so interested in the subject and how bees are treated he wanted to do more and Carmel Honey Company was born. Did you know the honey bought in grocery stores are fake? When Jake told us about how the nutrients are watered down and put on the self I have since stopped buying it. Honey has a lot of beauty capabilities. You can use it as an acne mask in the evening time before going to bed. If you have bad breath eat a teaspoon of it and then brush your teeth afterwards. If you’ve had hiccups you can eat a spoonful of honey may get rid of them.
As we wrapped up our honey tasting, dinner was on our minds. Dinner at Abalonetti’s came at a perfect time. The lighting of the restaurant was divine, service impeccable and the company and conversation made it worth every bite.
The food, let me just say that the food lifted you unto a place of being. I was stuffed by the end of the meal. Dessert came out and I almost passed out. lol
After dinner we had a girls mixer in our rooms and that was a real treat. As the first day came to a close the remaining days of the trip was too marvel. Come back to follow my journey in Carmel.
A special thank you to our organizer Padma Media from the Lifestyle Bloggers Collective sponsors for an amazing experience. Check out the swag bag we received.
I love California, its one of my favorites places. This first stop on my 7 wonders of California Love brings me to Santa Monica. It is 3 miles long, covering 245 acres of sand along Santa Monica Bay. Early one morning I enjoyed the bike and walking path. During the day you can catch a chess game or picnic. Most of the inspiration for the post is dedicated to the Santa Monica Mountains.
For a fun activity visit the most famous attraction, Santa Monica Pier. Legend has it the pier produced 500 lbs Black Sea Bass that got away.
Istrolled down to set up next to the lifeguard station for a little R&R. It was a relaxing afternoon. Right across the way, Annenberg’s Beach House just so happened to be in view. Did you know that its open to the public and you don’t have to be a member to enjoy the facility? It was by far the best beach discovery. Santa Monica has a host of hotels and restaurants. If you’re in the mood for a movie Arclight Cinemas has a great show or two to take you over the moon. This was just another Fall day in California.
P.S. Here is a snippet of Santa Monica Love the e-book.
I wanted to hear the sound of his voice. I kept telling myself go to the beach. Listen to the beach waves, as he whispers sweet sayings in my ear. Beachie Beauty, he would always call me, meet me at Santa Monica Beach for this tidal wave of love. I had only wanted to hear his voice, then I turn around to see him carrying a picnic basket of goodies. Can I join you? Sure only if I can give you a head rub. Me a head rub. Yes you, a head rub. He placed the basket near her phat thigh……. Excuse me is that a tattoo on your phat thigh. Why, yes. Yes it is. Thats funny it looks just like my companies logo….. To be continued
Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California is where we take our journey. Zuma Beach is one of the cleanest wide sand surf spots in Los Angeles County. It has 14 lifeguards’ towers that are protected by the Los Angles Fire Department. Patrons are encouraged not to swim or surf in front of the lifeguard Headquarters between towers 8 and 9 because of the rip in the current.
You can do any of these activities while on the beach. Swimming which, lifeguards is provided during the day. It has great surfing waves. Wind surfing, I would really like to try. Diving, Volleyball Courts with restrooms and showers to clean off the excess sand. They also have wheelchair access for those in need. When we plan our beach outing with the kids. Plan on staying the entire day with it picturesque views of the ocean. A normal beach day would consists of boogie boards, life vests a blanket a light picnic and an idea of staying until the sun sets.
Did you know that it is a film hot spot? Some of my favorite television shows and films has been mentioned or seen in action. Baywatch, I Dream of Jeannie and Planet of the Apes to name a few were shot or mentioned on Zuma Beach. I use to play dress up like Jeannie from the hit show I Dream of Jeannie when we had the Halloween parade at school. Playing dress up is one of my favorite things to do. Zuma Beach was mentioned in one of the episodes. Now if you know me, Planet of the Apes with Charleston Heston is a favorite of mine. So when I found out that a small scene was filmed here I had to go check it out.
Zuma Beach is known for hosting surfing events throughout the year. Its charity efforts include the Malibu Nautica Triathlon to benefit Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. This event alone raised a little over 250k in 2008. Aside from its great views and serene feelings, you can go fishing and camping. Stop by Wylie’s Bait & Tackle for fishing supplies before you head over to the Malibu Beach RV Park. Wake up to the sound of ocean waves as your morning meditation. After your morning exercises send your significant other out fishing, he will enjoy the catch of the day. Any of the many activities like wind surfing will keep you afloat for the evenings Sunset. So are you ready to take your staycation?
Why not, Zuma Beach? Til Next Time. #beachiebeautyapproved
I spent Valentine’s Day ziplining through California’s Redwood Trees. Yes, It was scary and fun at the same time. I conquered my fear of heights. Mount Hermon Adventures has a Redwoods Canopy Tour where you can zip line 150 feet above ground. The tour is 2 hours set for up to 8 people. Cost of the tour is $89 per person and it’s so worth every penny. Our tour guides were the best. I even got to hug a 1,000 year old red wood. How cool is that? If you are near or plan to visit the area check it out. Be sure to ask for Erica and Cameron to guide you. #beachiebeautyapproved
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