Sunsets Over the Ocean in Laguna Beach

Hey guys!  As promised yesterday, today I’ve got a little recap of the second stop in my Cali road trip… Laguna Beach!  My first trip to the O.C. was in 2010 when the Hubs and I visited Newport Beach.  I absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to go back.  You see, I am truly from the Northeast.  I grew up in a suburb of Boston enduring freezing cold winters and I now reside in New York City, the epitome of the urban jungle.  But I have a little secret…my social security doesn’t start with a 0 but a 5.  Yep, I was born on the west coast!  I was born in Washington state and as a result, I think there is some part of me deep down that believes I belong on the west coast.  Hence my love for Southern California.  Well, that and I LOVE LOVE LOVE being on the water and at the beach.  So whether its nurture or nature, I love the west coast and Laguna was no exception.

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We stayed at 14 West Laguna Beach.  These are small self-contained apartments and I cannot recommend them enough.  They are right off of the Coastal Highway so you literally cross the street and you can get to the beach.  They are so unbelievably clean!  The whole place smells like clean laundry!  Plus they were so cute!


Morning coffee

We even had a fireplace in our room!


We ate lunch at the Orange Inn across the street from our hotel and it was absolutely delicious.  If you are ever in Laguna, you should definitely go there!

orange inn Collage

It is so California with surfboards on the ceiling and everything!   

I’ve declared before that I am no much of a runner.  But the Hubs and I decided to hit the beach early in the morning for a run together.  Now if I had views like this everyday, I would maybe consider taking up running!

Run 1

Run 2

Run 3

Run 4

Run 5

Luckily we experiencing a little bit of an Indian summer and the weather was nice enough to get to the beach. As I mentioned yesterday, we did a little stand up paddleboarding.


And also lay on the beach just watching the waves and relaxing.


I actually liked that the weather was warm enough to go to the beach but cool enough in the afternoon that we could go back to the hotel and chill out in the spa!


We went to the best place for dinner called The Deck.  It overlooked the beach and we saw the most amazing sunset from our table.

Dinner 2

Dinner 1


Plus the salmon was good too!

Dinner 3

Our last stop on our Laguna trip was to Huntington Beach.  When the Hubs and I were in Newport in 2010 we saw the U.S. Surfing Open.  It was so cool!  Huntington is a classic surfer town.

Huntington Beach Collage

I honestly loved Laguna so much I wish I could have moved there stayed longer.  But we had to move on to the next stop on our trip.  Check back to find out where our next stop bring us!

Readers, have you ever been to Laguna Beach or anywhere in the OC?  Have you ever gone running on the beach?  Do you like fireplaces in your hotel rooms? 

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  1. Your pictures are making me so jealous, what I would give to be in Laguna beach right now!

  2. I’ve never been to the west coast! But I am dying to go one day soon! Well, technically….I was in Portland for FitBloggin, but I feel like CA is the REAL west coast. Lol

    • I am right there with you. To be the west coast is Cali and Portland was more the northwest. I guess there is technically not that much of a difference but it’s just how I think about it!

  3. Apparently I need to make it to Southern California! Gorgeous. That beach would make me a runner too!

    Those apartments were adorable and the whole trip looked amazing.

  4. Fun, Fun, Fun! Those apts looked super cute and clean even in the picture. You were working that yellow top!

  5. Oh does this bring back memories! I lived in LA for three years between 97-2000 and I frequented Laguna because it’s so absolutely gorgeous! That hotel is amazing and I am drooling over your view, run, spa, dinner – ok – all of it!!! Such an amazing post. Soak it up my friend because it was like 40 degrees here today. Booooo!

  6. Wow!! Everything looks so beautiful!! Wish I could go visit :)

  7. Your pictures are stunning!! I am beyond jealous. I have never been to the OC, dying to go though. On second thought, I haven’t been to a beach in ages!! An ocean beach that is. We go to the ‘beach’ at the cottage but it definitely isn’t the same!

  8. Those pictures are so insanely beautiful! wow. I need to put that on the bucket list. stat.

  9. I hear ya on being an East coast girl but feeling a bit like a West coast girl at heart. I was born & raised in New Jersey, but when I moved to California, I was like ah yes I’m totally meant to be a California girl! I love fireplaces anywhere really – they always make a space seem cozy. I need to start making fires in my house since it’s getting chilly at night in Northern Cali!

  10. Those are some great shots! The apartment you stayed at does look so comfortable. I love that bed! And clean is always the most important thing.

    Your outfit is adorable!

  11. I’ve been to Laguna one but visited LA several times. You look like you had a blast! I love that hotel you posted, I will actually be in the OC next month for a wedding so I’m going to check it out. The pricing is not bad at all!

    PS: Cool fact about the Social Security thing. I had no idea that’s how they figure out the numbers. I just assumed it went in order. Mine starts with a 6, maybe that means California!

    • Yeah it probably does! I only knew about it because my entire family is born on the east coast and all of their socials start with a 0! Definitely check the hotel out. It’s great!

  12. One of my favorite places! I love all the pictures and I need that yellow top!!! Where did you get it?

  13. this looks so wonderful and makes me realize how much of a vacation i need!

  14. Laguna Beach looks amazing in the morning and at night. Many years ago I drove through!

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