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Cabo San Lucas: Inspired for Home

Mark and I just returned (last week) from a few days in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  It is called el paraiso entre los mares, Paradise between the seas, and it was.
We stayed at the Hilton Los Cabos and enjoy every maragarita, chip loaded with salsa and guacamole, and view.  Luckily, the hotel was designed so that nearly wherever you stood, sat, or lounged (it’s a vacation!) there was a beautiful view.
Now was more pleasant that the view from the hotel lobby’s bar La Vista.

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

By now you know my affinity for the Missoni stripe (which this wasn’t exactly, but it is certianly similar).  The bold colors, fabulous patterns, and pops of light really inspired me to bring this fun, festive ambiance home.

Start with a statement making piece of furniture, eye catching lighting, playful colors in the accessories (rugs and pillows), and of course the requisite margaritas glasses.

If this look feels muy bueno to you, here’s the details:

Top, L – R: Capiz Pendant at Pottery Barn,  Spruce Street Chair by Serena & Lily

Middle, L – R: Dash and Albert Negril Stripe Rug at Velocity, DuraClear Margarita Set at WilliamsSonoma, Julius Grass Storage Ottoman by CB2, notNeutral Season Hurricanes at DesignPublic

Bottom, L – R: Ada Watermelon Fabric by CalicoCorner, Magnificat Avocado Fabric by CalicoCorner, Ikat Fret by Robert Allen Fabrics at CalicoCorner, Abyla Pink Linen Fabric at Calico Corner

The best part of travel is the mental souvenir of inspiration, new recipes and new ideas.  More Cabo influence and inspiration to come!

Beverly Hills, What a Thrill

After hanging in the beach towns of Huntington and Laguna Beach it was time to get back to the city.  We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Monica to Beverly Hills.

As we got  closer, traffic seemed to be moving at a snail’s pace.

And then we realized why:

So, we had escaped DC and quick on our tail was the President, and his motorcade.  We continued towards our hotel, the Beverly Hilton and realized, there are a LOT of police nearby…  Wouldn’t you know it, the POTUS was staying at the same hotel that we were…

Now, about that hotel…  The Beverly Hilton is probably one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at.  It is not because of the top of line service (which is great), or the amazing room service, but because it knows who it is.  It is the center of Hollywood, the home of the Golden Globes and real Hollywood glamour.

The pool deck features the largest pool in Beverly Hills and at night the white wall surround becomes a swim-up movie theater playing California classic beach films.

The Beverly Hilton

The interior and exterior hallways feature stunning black and white photographs of the legends that made this town what it is.

The Beverly Hilton

The guest rooms are perfectly appointed with luxurious fabrics, glamorous details all without the sense of fuss, or stiffness of a luxury hotel.

The Beverly Hilton

The Beverly Hilton

Staying at the Beverly Hilton made me understand the phrase, “Beverly Hills, What a Thrill”!

Welcome to Huntington Beach

When we arrived in LA our first stop of our winding road trip was Huntington Beach.  The laid back beach town, friendly to surfing locals and landlocked tourists was a perfect choice to unwind after a long flight.

Image via Hilton.com

We stayed at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, a large hotel with an island feel.  With surfboard inspiration from the wall decor to the “Do Not Disturb” signs it was clear we had arrived in Surf City.

For the first two days of our trip we shuffled through the sand on Huntington and Laguna Beach and climbed (via rental car) up the cliffs of Laguna Beach for some real estate inspiration and admiration.

In Huntington Beach we met with a high school buddy of Mark’s at what seems to be “the” place to eat in Huntington Beach, Duke’s.  The restaurant sits squarely at the base of the Huntington Beach pier and is perfect for catching sunsets like this one.

The view is amazing and the food is exactly what you would expect, Hawaiian “inspired”, beach fare: fresh fish of all kinds, rice dishes, coconut and macadamia nut everything.  The best item of the night, without question isn’t even on the menu, it was the ahi tuna tacos.  These are worth asking for, and maybe or maybe not sharing with a friend.

If Huntington Beach is a surfer’s paradise, the artist in us all would love Laguna Beach.  With homes nestled high on the cliff side and down toward the beach, Laguna offers a landscape that is hard to find elsewhere and certainly not on the East Coast.  As you drive up the cliffs of Laguna Beach it is nearly impossible to not be taken in by the beautiful homes that are buried and built into the mountain.    The only thing more breathtaking is the view.

Custom Trolley Sign at Tuvalu

Closer to sea level are the prerequisite finds in any beach town: coffee shops, souvenirs, more ice cream shops than necessary, and in particular to this town a well edited collection of galleries and boutiques.

On Forest Avenue, you’ll find my favorite Laguna Beach store, Tuvalu, and it’s across the street neighbor 230 Forest Avenue, the site of my favorite Laguna Beach meal.

Shopping then eating.  Walking into Tuvalu, I immediately felt the urge to pull a Veruca Salt and ceremoniously declare, “I want it all”.  Seriously.  If you have a lust for coastal decor and an aesthetic that is more chic than chintz, this is your place.  Even the starfish seem sophisticated.

Off to lunch – the morning overcast has lifted, the air is cool and the sun is bright.  We sat outside at 230 Forest Avenue for a delightful and delicious Pacific coast lunch.

230 Forest Avenue, at night, via 230 Forest Avenue

Mark ordered something off the specials menu, and I had the Maui Onion Soup and the Field Greens Salad.  Here is the thing, I am not normally one to order a “field greens salad” – they aren’t generally too exciting, they typically are not different than a bagged salad.  But not here, no, sir.  Much of the produce we eat, the fruits, vegetables and salad greens come from California, so when we talk about eating fresh, and local, this is the place to do it.  Each bite of each field green was bursting with flavor and good preview of the many delicious meals yet to come.

Next stop, Beverly Hills, what a thrill!

California Dreaming

A few weeks ago Mark and I headed out west to California; the land of movie stars and swimming pools.  We went to escape the allergies of the Mid-Atlantic, to get some sun on our faces and really good food in our bellies.

Travel has a funny way of revitalizing of every sense.  This trip sharpened our sense of smell as we drove along the Pacific Coast Highway, delighted our sense of taste as we enjoyed food and drink along our journey, brightened our sense of sight as we stopped to take mental photographs of the idyllic and strengthened our sense of touch during a two-day yoga workshop.

In a week we visited: Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Ojai, Ventura,  Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Carmel/Monterey, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Oakland.

Over the next few posts I’ll share the hotel, food and activity highlights from an amazing vacation!  This trip was truly a California dream come true.