Pregnancy, Travel

Babymoon #2 – La Jolla, California

We did receive discounts for this post, but all opinions are completely my own! 

I’ve written before about the importance of getting away with your spouse for some quality one on one time, and we are so grateful we got to do it again for a little weekend babymoon in La Jolla, CA.  Daniel’s cousin was getting married in Temecula and wanted no kids at the wedding, so my mom and sister were awesome enough to come out for the weekend to watch Elijah while Daniel and I escaped to the beach.

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Vacation for me is the beach.  I love the water, waves, sand, air, and atmosphere.  I repeatedly joke (semi seriously) about selling everything we have and buying a shack on the beach and a little beach hut shop.  So this trip to the La Jolla Shores Hotel was a perfect little bit of relaxation before baby boy number 2 chaos begins!

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The La Jolla Shores Hotel is a beautiful hotel that is literally right on the beach.  Down the elevator and around the corner we had our toes in the sand.  Here are the highlights from our trip!

The Room

Our room was beautiful! It was located on the 3rd floor with a peek a boo view of the ocean and beach with the hotel’s garden just below us.  It was clean, the beds were comfy(saying something if I can call anything comfy at this point), and the décor looked like the San Diego beach.

We actually stayed in two different rooms on our stay due to a small mix up in the dates, but everything was fixed, we had a room that had an even better view for the first night, and our trip was still wonderful.  The room we stayed in the first night would be great if you are travelling with kids because there was a kitchenette!

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The view from the front of our room just outside the door

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The Food

Oh my gosh the food on this trip was amazing!  Daniel and I have been vegan since April, and Albuquerque is an awful place for that! Well, La Jolla/San Diego is the opposite and it’s amazing!  The Shores Restaurant at our hotel had several vegan options for us that were all so good! We ate there twice and got room service lunch once(try the Beyond Vegan burger – SO good!) because it was so good (the hotel graciously covered one of our meals, but we honestly would have probably still gone twice). Not to mention the views of the ocean are unbeatable, especially at sunset!

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Dinner views from the Shores Restaurant

Our other favorite which we ate at twice for breakfast was Trilogy Sanctuary.  It’s an all vegan restaurant and yoga studio in the village of La Jolla with a beautiful rooftop patio with ocean views.  They make their own cauliflower eggs that were delicious!

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Next door is another vegan café called the Green Door.  We had a delicious veggie burger here and they had some really good sounding desserts!  Surprisingly I have not been into dessert that much this pregnancy, so we didn’t try any.

Brockton Villa was the other local place we ate at that wasn’t vegan, but had soy chorizo and great views of the cove and the sea lions.  The smell of the sea lions was a little unappetizing to me, but if you had little kids with you, they would love it!

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Sea lions outside Brockton Villa

The Experience

My favorite experience of the trip was waking up every morning (at 6:30 – 7:00 am because we’re so used to it), walking to the cutest little coffee shop(Brick and Bell) for a Mexican Mocha, and walking along the beach with our coffees.  There was a cool pier that we walked to, and we explored the neighborhoods a little because it would be sort of a dream to live there!  The ocean in the morning is the perfect setting for great conversation and dreaming!

Once the sun came out all the way we went out for some beach time!  The La Jolla Shores Hotel provides chairs, towels, and umbrellas.  They will even set them up for you!  This is a great pregnancy perk to not have carry the extra stuff!

It was perfect for our babymoon, but it was also so kid friendly! The beaches did get pretty crowded, even on weekdays, but it didn’t bother us at all.  It really didn’t feel too busy or bustling for us, and we loved the idea of bringing kids here later on!  Yes, we spent our time away talking about our little one, like most parents.

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May have been resting my iced coffee on my belly as we walked…

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The sunsets on this beach are stunning. It was such a treat to get to watch the sun dip below the horizon over the Pacific Ocean.  Just beautiful.

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The wedding in Temecula was also beautiful and they looked so happy, but I was glad to be back at the beach for one more morning before saying goodbye!

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We absolutely loved this trip!  It seems like a lot of people’s idea of a babymoon is a getaway to some tropical paradise, which don’t get me wrong that’s awesome, but the travel and prep that goes into that kind of a trip makes it just a little less relaxing while pregnant. La Jolla was such a short flight from Albuquerque, no passport needed, no need to worry about food or bugs, and it was such a beautiful beach to relax on! La Jolla Shores Hotel is a special place that we will be returning to! A big thank you to everyone at the La Jolla Shores Hotel for your hospitality and making our babymoon so special and relaxing!

 

Next up, preparation and then the chaos of 2 boys!

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