travel announcement: going back back to cali cali


With arctic temperatures in Philadelphia this past weekend and snow falling outside my apartment window as I write this, I can’t think of a better time to make my latest travel announcement.

At the end of the week, I’m heading across the country to Los Angeles and Orange County, California!

Here’s the catch: it’s a work trip. This means the majority (read: almost all) will be scheduled with work events. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy the sunny, warm weather and a weekend escape from the winter cold on the east coast.

california palm treesPhoto via @_thewino on Instagram

Having only been to Los Angeles once before– oddly enough almost exactly one year ago for my honeymoon with Sean!– I wasn’t quite sure where to make my home base for the weekend. With events in LA on Friday and Orange County on Saturday, I felt confident that I could find a reasonable hotel somewhere between the two. After browsing all my regular hotel groups, I scoured online booking sites, and standard rooms in almost every neighborhood were $200 plus! Los Angeles hotels be EXPENSIVE.

manhattan beach Photo via @lazytravelers on Instagram

Luckily, and somewhat last minute, I found out a good friend would also be in LA during my trip, so we decided to bunk up together at her hotel in Santa Monica. A weekend in the sun with an ocean view? Don’t mind if I do.

So, how will we spend our time when I’m not working? My only requirements include a meal at In-N-Out and beaucoup du time in the sun (my pale arms thank you in advance, Cali).

See you soon, West Coast!


the wino




  1. February 16, 2016 / 14:57

    Are you going to the Women in Travel summit?

    • February 16, 2016 / 17:03

      no, unfortunately not! though a trip back to california in march wouldn’t be terrrrible…

  2. April 11, 2016 / 05:22

    If you are visiting Orange County, a trip to the sunny beaches of Huntington Beach is a great way to relax and enjoy the weather. Look us up and visit our food truck while in town!

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