Planning vacations take a lot of work, they don’t tell you that growing up.
Remember back in the day when your parents had your vacations all laid out for you?
They had the hotels, cars, flights activities all sorted out, like magic it all came together & you always had the time of your life.
I assumed some sort of magic person would come tap me on the shoulder and say something like “Hey you’re due for a Vacation, here are your tickets, have fun.”
Lets all laugh together.
Since that doesn’t happen in the real world (besides those ads we all get from Travelocity and Hotwire.com) we must take the time to sit down & plan a vacations. Laguna Beach, CA was the first vacation I had planned for Shane & I.
Since I’ll avoid flying when I can, we drove. I love ROADTRIPS! Special thanks to Shane for driving, did I mention I love Roadtrips but don’t like to drive? I’m a great passenger; I’ll control the music, AC & occasionally fall asleep.
We landed a sweet deal in Henderson, NV on the way down (we’re all about those deals!)
First stop: Henderson, NV at The Hilton! It was gorgeous & it was right on the man-made lake, Lake Las Vegas. The night we stayed happened to be on a night where there was a small outdoor concert, we ate at a cute outdoor pizzeria & then had a summer night outdoor concert, it was my happy spot.
(I’ll apologize right now for the blurry pics- it was dark & I was running around smitten ♥)
Our next little place to call home was a small beachfront hotel. It.Was.Tiny. But newlyweds gotta save right? We figured, hey we won’t be in our hotel much, we just need a place to crash while we’re here.
Anyone else obsessed with little hole-in-the-wall food joints? Same. Greek Greek GREEK!
If you’re ever wondering why Seagulls think that your entitled to feed them it’s because of me, I can’t say no to feeding them. It’s a problem I know.
Ice Cream for me, Salt Water Taffy for Shane
Oh & if you’re thinking to yourself “Gee Madi, what’s with the Ice Cream soup?”
It’s because I like it that way. Chocolate on Chocolate with Chocolate Fudge please.
SHOUTOUT to Ralphs & their amazing delicious sandwiches
I wanted to show Shane everything I knew about Laguna. We use to go here almost every year with my family & I absolutely LOVE IT.
The cute little bakery my dad would go to every morning to get us chocolate croissants
My favorite Montage Beach (side note, our hotel was 3 miles away from this beach, & being right on Highway 1 we did not want to move our car from the hotel so, we walked hahaha sorry babe)
Ruby’s Diner, we hit it up on our trek back to our hotel, getting a Ruby’s Coke is a MUST/TRADITION while visiting
1,000 Steps Beach- exploring caves
Surfing. Ok so this one was Shane’s idea, he LOVES to surf but lets be honest, surfing in Cali vs. Hawaii is VERY DIFFERENT. Bless his heart, he surprised me with lessons from a local & off we went to go get pounded by waves. I’ll laugh about it now but it was pretty much a near death experience for both of us. I got sick from all the water that I swallowed & sand was embedded in my hair for a good week after. My favorite part was just sitting on the surfboard out past the waves looking down at all the fishies swimming in & out of the seaweed. On my last run I was able to stand up & ride in- that was pretty cool too but I was just glad I survived.
Note to self: Next time I surf make sure it’s in Hawaii.
On the way home- Henderson NV again, can’t go wrong this place so dreamy ♥
Two beds no problem
“Each adventure you plan, you will learn a little bit more each time, learning from your mistakes & develop new tricks to what works”- A Quote by Me
**A special shout out to family & friends who have worked hard putting trips together making every moment seem effortless as we all know the time, thought & energy goes in to everyone having a good time, a I have HUGE APPRECIATION FOR YOU**