We took the kids on an early Spring Break to California this year. My husband had some meetings in LA, and the kids started Spring Break at the end of the week, so it worked out perfect! We always love an excuse to visit our California friends and their kids; they are like family to us. We met in Chicago 15 years ago and have remained friends ever since. The past 5 years we have gotten the kids together; they look forward to it every year.
Our friends live in Palos Verdes, which is right past Redondo Beach. It’s a charming suburban neighborhood that sits up on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The views are amazing!
We surprised the boys at school pickup, and it was the best! I literally had tears in my eyes it was so sweet. They were thrilled to be reunited.
The first day, the boys had to go to school so we took my kids to Manhattan Beach for the day. We did the beach (right by the pier), walked around downtown and had lunch at Nick’s in Metlox. Which is a cute area with restaurants, shops and a grassy area in the middle where the kids love to play.
It wasn’t all that warm, but the kids loved it regardless! A few hours in the sun felt glorious 🙂
Nick’s in Metlox is SO good; the kids can literally play while you watch them via the patio. This Kale/Salmon salad was out of this world.
Jon had been in meetings all morning but met up with us later for lunch and shopping
We always love to hit up the manhattan beach creamery
The splendid store in MB is always great; I love their stuff for everyday wear. I got a few pieces from the new Margherita Missoni x Splendid line.
Friday Jon went to UCLA. Health House was chosen as one of the projects for the Anderson School of Management MBA program. In the project, they built out a growth plan for Health House. We were very fortunate to be included as one of their projects this year.
While the guys were at UCLA, we took the kids to downtown LA, to the OUE Skyspace which resides on the top of one of the highest building in LA. There is a slide that goes down the side of one floor of the building. I was SO nervous; it seems as though my fear of heights has gotten worse as I have gotten older! But, it really wasn’t all that bad. The slide itself is about 10 seconds long, if that. You don’t even have time to be scared 🙂
The views were amazing; we could see the entire city
After the sky slide, we dragged the kids to Bottega Louie which is a hot spot on DTLA. They have a great menu; everything from salads, to sandwiches and pizza and pasta dishes. Their cocktails are pretty amazing too!
There is also a bakery/macaron shop attached to the restaurant that the kids of course loved. They were up there with Laduree as far as taste and quality
Saturday it was rainy, so we walked around Riviera Village. They have such cute shops and little restaurants. I loved I Kelly design for both their home decor and fashion/accessories selection
Saturday night we finally had an adults night only evening! We went to Fishing With Dynamite which is one of our favorite Manhattan Beach spots. It is a tiny seafood restaurant that has food that is to die for. Their Hamachi and Oysters are some of the best I have ever had! It only has about 10 tables, and some bar seats so make sure to make a reservation if you want to go.
Sunday was gloomy in the morning, so we did one last walk to the beach…
We took the kids to a great family friendly spot; Brio Coastal Kitchen. They have a wonderful patio and lots of activities for the kids to do like Jenga and ping pong.
Right before we had to leave, the sun came out so we soaked up the last few hours before heading to the airport.
As always, it was a wonderful trip. Thank you to our lovely friends for hosting us for the week and for always bringing the fun to our family!!!