Sunset at Terranea
I never stop appreciating the rugged beauty of the California Coast. We’ve had a few excursions over the past few months that were pure magic. Spring is a wonderful time of year for a California beach vacation — days can be warm with crisp with bright blue skies versus the summer months when fog may be an issue.
We spent spring break at Montage Laguna Beach and Terranea Resort in Southern California. Both properties are oceanfront with mesmerizing views. Favorite moments from the trip include the photo above of sunset at Terranea. Their super-casual Nelson’s Restaurant has a perfect sunset view with outdoor tables and firepits to keep everyone toasty.
The bluffs and beach in front of Montage are more developed and manicured than around Terranea, but equally as beautiful.
The flowers in and around the bluffs are incredible.
This past weekend we had an overnight in Carmel-by-the-Sea. WOW. I’m still shaking my head in wonder as I think back to how turquoise and clear the water was at the beach … I grew up going to Carmel and I guess I’ve never been there when the weather and water were so bright. I thought I was in the Caribbean minus palm trees and rum drinks.
Another shot of the beach in Carmel. If you are thinking about things to do in Carmel with kids, be sure and check out Dana’s post highlighting the fun. It’s a special place — perhaps more dog-centric than kid-centric, but it is a great family weekend getaway (plus, Monterey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are an easy drive).
Finally, for a bit of Ireland-meets-California, a visit to the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay is in order. There is is a wide array of things to do in this area — check out Experience Half Moon Bay for details.
Walking South on the Coastside Trail.
A glorious view captivates all ages.
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