Day Trips from Orange CountyApril Leonard ~ June 14, 2017
I’m sure we all wish we had a fabulous vacation planned for this summer; Hawaii, Mexico, Europe or even Australia. Counting down the days till you get to escape reality is seriously exciting. But not all of us have the budget, the time, or adventurous friends to join us on such a trip. Luckily, living in Orange County means you're not too far away from some of the best places to take a day trip to. So plan a day, or a weekend escape, at one of the following places and you’ll get that little escape from reality that is well deserved.
Heading up to Malibu is currently at the top of my list. Brunch at Malibu Farm on the pier, overlooking the ocean with a mimosa in hand sounds like the perfect way to start the day. After brunching, head over to Malibu Wine Safaris where you can pet some zebras and giraffes, gaze at the rolling landscape and most importantly: taste wine while doing so. If you still want more post safari, be sure to follow it up at the Malibu Wines tasting room.
Palm Springs is one of my all time favorite escapes. If you’re into white, modern, 60’s inspired architecture and love some palm trees, then head out for a not too long 2 hour drive and enjoy. Palm Springs hosts a variety of trendy hotels, and most of them allow you to spend the day lounging at the pool with a drink in hand. Downtown has some amazing restaurants as well, my top choices being Las Casuelas and Lulu California Bistro. Of course there is some fabulous vintage shopping as well, although that summer desert heat might have you staying poolside all day.
Heading south to San Diego is another easy day trip from Orange County. Grab some breakfast at Holy Matcha or Communal Coffee and then you’ll be ready to start the day. From there you can wander through Gaslamp, spend the day at a rooftop lounge or head to Coronado for some lounging at the beach. On the way back home to Orange County I often make a quick stop in La Jolla, where you can grab some dinner and see some amazing views before heading home for the day.
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