12 Hours in Malibu

It's been far too long since I've sat at my computer to pen a post. I had been feeling creatively drained and looking for the passion I have for this to come back out. Things were busy, not having many nights off to relax, working hard to finish my yoga teach training certification and most importantly, keeping up with my career. Things are starting to find a natural pace of and ease and after a nice long chat with Katie of The Somm Journey I am ready to jump back in the game. Some things about posting will be changing - aka 3-4 times a week rather than 5 - and I'll be putting a lot more time and effort into each post to make sure it's something useful, informative, exciting, etc. Now let's get to todays post: My recommendation of how to spend a perfect 12 hours in Malibu. 

As part of my 12 trips in 12 months goals I went out to Los Angeles in May. I love to visit LA. It's one of those cities where I leave refreshed, but also know that I wouldn't want to call it home. It's not my scene, it takes more than it gives on a regular basis but damn do I love a quick trip. My sister lives in LA which makes it an incredibly easy trip to justify. We spent a lot of time in Hollywood, but the last day I drug my family out to the Mailbu Winery to do yoga. We then spent our morning hopping to two other restaurants with phenomenal views that made for the perfect day before hopping on the red eye back to Kansas City. 

STOP 1

The Malibu Winery! I have written about this place a time or two before and I can't seem to make a trip to LA without stopping in here. I had seen on Facebook that they sometimes will do yoga on Sunday mornings and it was just my luck that they were doing it this Sunday as well. So I packed my yoga mat and we made our way to the winery. The yoga was followed by mimosas and that is definitely the way to my heart. 

You can take the experience up a notch and bring a small picnic and buy a bottle after class. Enjoy a good conversation with your friends or family that you convinced to come with you after a zen morning practice. Perfection. 

STOP 2

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe. This is not a far drive from the Malibu Winery and having lunch with your toes in the sand is quite honestly an amazing time. It's one of those moments where the table could be completely silent and that would have been perfect. Simply being surrounded by people you love in a gorgeous place with the breeze flowing through your hair and the smell of the salt water on the tip of your nose. Oh, and you can get a cocktail in a pineapple, so that is pretty cool too. The wait was a little long, but when you can walk along the beach and enjoy a cocktail at the restaurants bar you can easily fill those passing minutes with something that will fill your bucket. 

STOP 3

Dukes Barefoot Bar. This is the kind of bar where you sit with a view of the ocean and watch the waves crash against the glass in front of you. Only the glass separates you and your cocktail from the nature of the ocean. 

We did make one more stop that Sunday that was a total failure. It was a cute winery with an amazing patio and awful wine. I wish I could post about it to help fill up a full day for you, but I refuse to post about a place I wouldn't go back to twice. So maybe it's more like 8 or 10 hours in Malibu, but surely you can find another place to enjoy a great meal, drink, or just be surrounded by your friends! 

What are other spots in Malibu that I should go to next time? 

Cheers!
Jacque