The second half of our trip was in southern California, and it was equally as incredible as the first part.
The short flight from Oakland to LA was one of the prettiest - starting out along the coast line then over mountains. Not to mention, the flights back and forth are super cheap!
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When in the Bay Area, I felt like we were constantly on the go + seeing things, but this part was much more laid back. We checked out a couple beaches (and mimosa brunch specials). One of my favorite stops was visiting McGee and Co.'s Costa Mesa storefront. I've followed their interior design founders, Studio McGee, for a while, so I was pumped when I saw their brick + mortar was so close to our air bnb. I wanted to buy everything but managed to limit myself to just a small, decorative basket because: Packing. It's the perfect size to house my fiddle leaf fig!
It's no secret that my husband is a crazy Disney person, so of course, we had to go to Disneyland and California Adventures. So many people have asked how it compares to Walt Disney World. In short, Disneyland was a lot of fun, but they don't really compare since WDW has 4 parks with room for expansion. That being said - Disneyland is where the magic all began which makes it special in and of itself, and there are so many other fun things to do + see in the Anaheim/Long Beach/LA area while visiting... Like a Dodgers baseball game with your brother and husband.
My brother's a big Dodgers fan, and it was cool being at an older stadium, trying some of their famous ballpark eats (hello truffle fries!), and, of course, singing during the 7th inning stretch.
Following our Disney and Dodger days, the last part of our trip was dedicated to family. We had delicious Vietnamese cuisine, homemade barbecue, pastries and spent time with 30+ of my closest family - big family over here! I heard Kaison say that it was one of his favorite trips of all time, and I don't think I could agree more.