I feel that it is so important to escape your everyday life and environment from time to time to reset, rejuvenate and take time out for yourself. Not only does this allow to re enter your normal life with a fresh, relaxed perspective, but it also gives you something to look forward to in the lead up to a trip. Whether it is an extended weekend or a couple of weeks vacation, I feel that these “getaways” are crucial to a balanced life, at least for me anyway!
For those that know me well I LOVE to travel and it would be weird to think I did not have something brewing on the horizon. In NYC there is a winter break that the schools take towards the end of February and this year I decided to jump on board. Courtesy of some interesting travel experiences late last year I had flight vouchers to use, so in need of a winter blues escape I booked! I left behind the cold, icy, dreary weather of the city and took myself to greener pastures – California the land of 80 degrees and palm trees. If the happier weather wasn’t enough of a motivator I also have several of my closest friends living out on the west coast and what resulted was a week of complete bliss.
A few highlights included brunch at the Soho house in west Hollywood. We were treated to the feast buffet while brushing shoulders with some high end celebs including the ever gorgeous Chris Pratt who was behind me in the omelette line. A smoothie whilst wondering along Venice Beach and a sunset view while cruising the PCH was also quite spectacular. I can safely say that I do not take ocean views for granted now that I live in NYC – you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone I guess?
I then spent a glorious few days at Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara – what a devine little spot. I explored mountains filled with glorious wineries, stuffed my face full of cheese, sat ocean front for my morning coffee and sat by the fire pits in the late afternoon enjoying a good book. A ritual for me was my morning bike ride which took me way back to my childhood. With the wind beating against my face and the stunning scenery of SB at my fingertips I was on a complete high. I took myself over to Butterfly beach and into the lush town of Montecito past the mansions in the mountains and along various coastal routes – what a way to start each day!
I capped off my mini break with a day in LA connecting with two of my very first friends in the states – Lindsey and Jona. We had a fabulous brunch at a place called Republique which has the fluffiest french toast you will ever taste. I returned to the city with a glow to my skin and very full heart. If you are ever sitting on the fence about whether or not to book a trip – DO IT!!