I recently moved to California so I thought it would be a fantastic idea to explore the beauty of this magnificent state with the family. We loaded the car up with yummy Kosher food and began our California adventures. We were in search of a beach front property that could sustain the attention of my six year old and one year old, while giving my husband and myself a much needed respite from our incredibly busy schedules.
Our first stop was the stunning city of Santa Barbara. A picture postcard of luxury and beauty. The weather was mild at night and in the 70s during the day. We decided to situate ourselves at the award winning Bacara Resort. The perfect getaway for peace and quiet. Upon entering we were greeted by a superb front desk representative named Jonathan. He graciously gave us a stunning room with a view of the ocean.
Every morning we woke up to the natural beauty of the resort. We took full advantage of the private beach and my daughter swam daily in the opulent (and quiet ) pool. I even managed to escape to the women’s spa while my little one napped.
We ate our meals, "picnic style" on our balcony and had many quiet moments just sitting and gazing out on the natural beauty.
This hotel afforded us the opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect as a family.
On day three we decided to drive down to the Herzog winery. Unfortunately they were closed for an event but I heard the food was really great there. Oh well, on we went…and went and went…we hit Los Angeles traffic and ended up driving for 5 hours in hopes of arriving at Newport Beach.
We finally arrived at this breezy beautiful place and decided to stay at a meritage resort because our experience with Bacara was so great. We found the Balboa resort. Again, excellent customer service and nice accommodations. The resort is not as luxurious as Bacara but they were sweet. It is far more casual and not as exclusive (Bacara is on 78 acres with beachfront property. Nothing can beat that) . However, the front desk again was superb and the rooms were spacious clean and beautiful. My husband and daughter enjoyed a day of kayaking and fun.
Will report tomorrow on our next California stop.
– Helit Edelstein