California. One of my favorite places to visit. And lucky for me, Alex’s family lives here so that means more trips to this beautiful state more often. The first time I went to Los Angeles was when Alex and I first started dating. I think we were only dating for a few months when he decided to book us a trip to visit his aunts and cousins back home. I loved it then, and I love it even more now! If you wanna catch what we did a few years back, click here.
This time around we visited Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. It was easily one of my favorite trips I have ever taken in my life. The amount of nature there is to see is incredible and the Airbnb we stayed at was so quaint and peaceful, literally made us feel like we were in the middle of nowhere. I’m so excited to share with you guys what we did!
Alex surprised me with this one. I’ll admit going up in the tram FREAKED me out. But the views were breathtaking. It’s the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world and it was built as a way of getting from the floor of Coachella Valley to the top of San Jacinto Peak (an elevation of 8,516 feet).
Parking is $8 and the tram ticket is $25.95.
Leonard Knight created this artwork out of adobe, straw and gallons of lead-free paint. Today, volunteers help maintain and preserve the site. Not kidding, Alex and I lasted a whole 15 MINUTES lol. It was 105 F. and there was not a single cloud in sight. Nonetheless, it was so beautiful to see in person. This place had been on my bucket list for years.
This one absolutely shocked me! Alex came across the Salton Sea as we were driving to Salvation Mountain. He noticed on his Google Map that we were driving next to an immense body of water. So we had to stop and see it for ourselves. We pulled into a parking lot and on one side we had the sea and on the other, it was all desert. I had never seen anything like it and there wasn’t a soul in sight which made it even more special. It felt so unreal to be there.
Joshua Tree is such a special town. Its beauty is beyond words and the way of living is so slow-paced and simple, I almost felt like I had gone back in time. Like I mentioned before, we stayed in an Airbnb for one night and had breakfast at this really cute spot called JT Country Kitchen. We got there bright and early at 6:30 am when they opened and ordered the french toast and blueberry pancakes. Everything was so good and the hospitality was absolutely charming. It’s family-owned and our waitress was one of the owners so that was really cool too!
This boutique hotel is nestled in Culver City, a cute town in Los Angeles County. The hotel has been around since 1924 so it was filled with history. When we heard that they offer Afternoon Tea, we just had to go! The menu was filled with a variety of teas, scones, small bites, finger sandwiches and I’ll never forget this one thing we ate, fresh strawberries and cream. It was heaven sent. Plus our waitress Pink couldn’t have been sweeter! After tea, she gave us a tour of the hotel which we totally weren’t expecting. If you’re ever in the area of Los Angles, this is hands down an experience you can’t miss.
Pricing for Afternoon Tea varies between $28-$39
An old favorite, Malibu Farm offers some of the best views of Malibu Beach. We ate at the cafe for breakfast and had swedish mini pancakes with whipped cream and berries, farm scrambled eggs, and multigrain pancakes topped with maple syrup and bacon bits. It goes without saying but we devoured everything. They believe in providing fresh farm-to-table food and it evidently showed in the quality of their ingredients.
I hope you guys liked this post! I love sharing my travels with you guys. I think we can all agree, it’s just so special when you get to visit a place you’ve never been to before.
Till next time friends!