Last weekend, my mom was in town from Colorado for a few days, so I took her to some non-touristy LA locations that I love. I brainstormed quite a bit on which places I should take her, and one location that popped into mind first was Malibu. Malibu is one of those places that you can drive an hour and feel like you are in a different place completely. Now that I have had a few trips to Malibu, I know some good go-to places that you shouldn’t miss if you are taking a day trip there!
Where to Eat:
1. Malibu Farm– This is my absolute favorite restaurant, probably in all of LA (if you count Malibu as LA). There are two restaurants, the Pier Cafe and the Restaurant. If you want a formal experience with a more diverse menu, head to the Restaurant, which is the first thing you see when you walk to the pier. Be aware that they usually stop serving around 2pm on weekends and there is almost always a wait. If you want a more casual experience, head to the Pier Cafe. You get part of the menu that the Restaurant has and your food comes out really quick (and still high quality)! I’ve eaten at both and love both of the experiences.
2. Nobu Malibu– If you want to go a bit more high class and see some celebs, I recommend you go to Nobu. I personally have not been there, but I hear you’ll always have a story after you go there!
What to Do:
1. Adamson House Tour– I wouldn’t have found this place had I not been wandering around Malibu with my mom and Jack, but I’m sure glad we stumbled upon it! This is where most of the pictures above were taken. The Adamson House is a historic house where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. It was once home to the Chumash Indians, and later to the Rindge family. It is an enchanting site with beautiful landscaping and flowers of all kinds. The home was my absolute dream home. We went after the tours ended for the day, but I’m sure inside the house is just as enchanting!
2. Malibu Lagoon State Beach– Before or after you tour the Adamson House, head to the beach right outside the grounds. It’s full of surfers and locals, two things to look for to know it’s a good beach! The beach itself is very relaxing- you can find people reading books and lounging all day.
3. Malibu Wines– This is a winery and outdoor tasting room nestled in the mountains off Mulholland Way. It’s a really fun day trip, but you have to have the whole day to stay there! They also put on some really cool events like Yoga & Mimosas, Sips N’ Giggles (comedy shows), and movie nights!
Where to Stay:
I haven’t stayed overnight in Malibu, but if you have any suggestions on where to stay, I would be more than happy to try them out as a little weekend getaway and add them to my guide! Hope this guide gives you some good ideas for a lovely day in Malibu!
Also, one last note: Thank you to UsTrendy for featuring my Santa Barbara Travel Guide in their most recent Trendsetter Takeover! Maybe I should do these travel guides more often, what do you guys think?!
Photos: Jack Van Leeuwen