My California Road Trip: Part 2

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Guys, I’m so sorry for the wait but here it finally is: part two of my love affair with California! Part 1 was all about San Francisco and Big Sur, so now it’s time to go a bit further and talk about the rest of my road trip. We continued from Santa Barbara to LA and ended with sunny ( and hot!) Palm Springs. As we booked our trip through Connections, everything went smoothly and in a couple of days we got to see and experience the best of California. Herewith my favorite places… just hop in the car, put on your favorite playlist and enjoy the breathtaking views!

Santa Barbara:
We stayed at the luxurious Bacara Resort (8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117) which is situated on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, just over 13 miles from Santa Barbara. It’s amazing for long walks along the beach as it’s very picturesque – it would be incredible for a wedding! I could watch the amazing sunsets for hours and I really enjoyed some relaxing time at the pool! The hotel is a slice of heaven in Northern Santa Barbara: breathtaking rooms, amazing pools, beautiful nature,…
Sitting on our balcony with a glass of wine and the sounds of the sea was exactly what we needed after a long drive.
For food, I would recommend Mesa Verde vegan restaurant in Santa Barbara (1919 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93109) for exciting menus that wont make you feel like you’re sacrificing anything.

LA:
Think of vintage cars, old Hollywood glamour and a cutting edge art scene. The City of Angels didn’t disappoint and stole my heart….I loved every single bit of this city!
Los Angeles definitely isn’t short of good eateries but I would recommend Café gratitude (300 S Santa Fe Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90013) for the best healthy salads and vegan dishes in town or for a more formal occasion try Tres by José Andrés (SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills, 465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048). I had a delicious tuna avocado ceviche and the most tasty banana chips I’ve ever tried.
Shopping:
- Catwalk Vintage (459 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036) is the best place to buy exclusive vintage luxury brands including Chanel and Louis Vuitton. The owners are amazingly friendly and if you make a good impression they will show you their archives.
- Cross Roads Trading (8315 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069) is a second-hand store with very affordable prices. You need to have patience and persistence to look for hidden gems but occasionally you can find something great and it will be well worth the wait!
Isabelle Marant (Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069) is worth a visit because the store looks incredible, despite slightly higher prices than Paris. It’s in a super cool area so you can take a morning to walk around and discover all the stores.
- In addition to Rodeo Drive, Violet Grey (8452 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069) is a must-go as it’s an amazing place to discover new beauty brands. Here, you can find a mix of products coveted by make-up artists.
Melrose Trading Post flea market (Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046) is one of the most amazing markets I’ve ever been to! There is so much to look at and you realise you need things you’ve never needed before! Vintage Levi’s, furniture, jewelry, decoration – there really is something for everyone.
Hotel:
I stayed at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel on Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212) and honestly, it has the best location: it’s next to Rodeo Drive, the ultimate luxury-shopping street. J Sitting outside on the patio, eating breakfast with a view on Rodeo Drive is like a dream coming true. Pretty Woman was filmed here, so you really get to experience some of the old Hollywood glamour as soon as you step in at the hotel. It’s also a great place to go for lunch. Definitely try the pancakes with fresh fruit and eggs benedict! Oh, and make sure you book a deep tissue massage at their spa. It was the best massage I ever had in my entire life ( and believe me, I had a lot of them) :)
Must-sees:
The Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign of course!

Palm Springs:
Palm Springs really surprised me, it was so much better than I expected! It’s a desert city known for it’s hot springs, great architecture and it’s 354 days (!) of sunshine per year. I loved the retro chicness and the amazing surroundings of this place. I would love to come back and spend more time here!
Hotel:
We stayed at Ace Hotel (701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA) which has a mix of cool, funky décor and a chic atmosphere. It’s not very luxurious but more a hipster kind of place. Every corner of this hotel is instagram-worthy J I loved ordering food by the pool ( their nacho’s with guacamole are delish!) and the breakfast was to die for!
Activities:
Visit The Palm Springs Art Museum Art institute (101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262), which houses a wonderful collection of modern and contemporary art.
Drink:
Melvyns (Ingleside Inn, 200 W Ramon Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264) is a very old school bar with live jazz music. Apparently when Frank Sinatra was living in Palm Springs he would come here all the time so it has an authentic atmosphere.

Voila, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my diary! XO Sofie  

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