California Days 4 & 5

Happy Monday, ya’ll!  We are headed home from California today.  Here’s a look at the rest of our Saturday and Sunday!


We relaxed most of Saturday afternoon after our long morning hike (we were exhausted and my husband is still not feeling great).  Saturday night we made it out to Balboa Village in Newport Beach for Dinner. 


We looked up restaurant suggestions on yelp and found a moderately priced seafood restaurant with great reviews right on the water.  When we arrived, we were surprised that the restaurant was IN the boat station… My husband’s exact words, “Um are we eating IN the boat station?”  🙂

The restaurant we had dinner at is called Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom and it was delicious.  It exceeded our expectations and it was very reasonably priced! My husband got us 2 glasses of wine from the bar while we waited for our table (we made a reservation, but waited about 10 minutes for a window seat by the water) and the total was $9 for 2 glasses of wine.  WIN!

There were so many great options on the menu. My husband started with the crab cake and thought it was so good.


For our entrees, I got the Grilled Swordfish (I had this almost every night for dinner on a recent vacation to Spain) and Jon got the Coconut crusted Salmon.  We both thought our dishes were amazing!

The best part about this restaurant though was watching the boats drive past during dinner.  And a big plus, during the holidays all of the boats are decorated with lots of lights.  These pictures are horrible and do not do these boats justice, but you get the point 🙂

After dinner, we walked along the boardwalk (which reminds me of my summers at the Jersey Shore) and did a little shopping before stopping in a local bar for a quick drink before heading back to our hotel.  

He loves me, I swear 😉


Sunday morning started with breakfast at the hotel then some lounging around.  Late morning, I made my way to the hotel gym (I love working out in new places when I travel) to get in a quick workout.  

I warmed up with 25 minutes on the elliptical with hill intervals and then came up with this quick, but effective workout.  Let me know if you give it a try 🙂


After resting most of Sunday, we headed to the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point to grab a drink and watch the sunset at 4:43pm (some friends suggested we do this and we are so thankful they did!).  

The sunset was stunning! And the views were just beautiful from all angles.

We enjoyed our wine while watching the sunset.

It was really breathtaking. 

Oh California.. how I love you.

Me and Jonny and the beautiful Dana Point.


The Christmas decorations at the Ritz Carlton were so beautiful too!

Pretty Christmas tree!

We drove about 15 minutes to our dinner destination in Laguna Beach.  Some old favorite songs came on Pandora… do you guys like these songs?

We ate at C’est La Vie and it was really good.  We had the tuna tartar appetizer to start then I had the Salmon and Jon had the Seafood Linguine for entrees.  Both were yummy! 

Since it was still pretty early, we decided to walk to a nearby restaurant (Brussel’s Bistro) for one more drink and dessert.  


We both got wine and Jon got the chocolate molten lava cake.  YUM!

That wraps up our time in California!  We are heading home now! Can’t wait to get back to our pups and our home! 

Questions for You: Answer in the comments!!

1. What is your favorite dessert? 

2. Have you ever been to Laguna Beach?

3. Do you prefer cardio or strength training?






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