Sunday, July 21, 2013

west coast vacation // slo + la

as we continued our drive down the coast of california we made a stop at hearst castle. i can't even  begin to describe this magnificent estate so i'll let the pictures do the talking!

our next stop was san luis obispo to visit our good friends, kyle and niki. we had a relaxing afternoon lounging by the pool and exploring slo! i could definitely get used to the west coast pace of life.

after a day and a half in slo we started to make our way to la. we made a pit-stop in santa barbara and all i kept thinking was, 'i can't imagine that some people get to call this place home!' i wish we had more time to explore but we were lucky to have niki, who went to school there, show us some highlights!

from there we headed to la and arrived by the late afternoon. i was pretty excited as we drove into the city because i had never been to la before. we stayed at the sls hotel in beverly hills which was definitely an experience! after exploring the hotel we got ready for dinner at the jose andres restaurant, bazaar. since we live in dc we are used to the jose andres family of restaurants, however, the bazaar was beyond amazing. every single course was out of this world and so so so unique! i couldn't believe how different the menu was from the restaurants in dc. 
the next morning we decided to do the touristy thing and explore the city via the hop on hop off bus. la was the one area we didn't have any local friends to help show us around so this seemed like our best option and overall i felt like i got a good feel for the city.

yes... all of that food was for two people (from pink's hotdogs!) ... but when you wait in line for an hour you have to make it worth it!!

on our way out of town we briefly stopped in santa monica and venice beach. i wish we had more time to spend in each spot but i am thankful we at least had time to fit them in!