Weekend Getaway to Malibu, California

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Every now and then, I just need to go on a quick getaway with my chicas. The other weekend my friends and I decided to fly out to Malibu for the weekend for a brief escape from our hectic corporate jobs and entrepreneurial hustles. Here’s how we spent our short weekend—what we loved and what we thought was so-so.

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ZUMA BEACH

Every time I venture out to Los Angeles, I always like to explore a new beach. Last time I went, I explored Santa Monica Beach and Point Dume. This time, we hit up Zuma Beach. We were not disappointed at all. We had a really relaxing evening with zero crowds and stayed until the sunset. Make sure to watch the video for the beautiful drone sequence of what Zuma Beach looks like from an aerial view.

Zuma Beach in Malibu

DINNER AT MOONSHADOWS MALIBU

Pretty much every restaurant I go to on the Pacific Coast Highway is always wonderful, and Moonshadows Malibu was no exception. I purposely choose restaurants along the PCH to enjoy the beach views when I dine—but I’ve never actually experienced eating out there at nighttime until I went to Moonshadows.

The vibe was very sexy. The blue lighting, music, and view of the ocean from the patio set the mood. If you’re ever looking for a perfect date spot in Malibu, this is it.

Moonshadows Malibu

MALIBU WINE TASTING

Ok, so obviously a wine tasting in Malibu is not that interesting when you consider the actual vineyards you can go to in other Californian cities. Of course, if you’re going to travel to California to do a wine tasting, there are much better places to visit (like Napa Valley). If you really like wine and you are in the Malibu area, then definitely do a wine tasting just for fun. But if you specifically want to travel to California to experience the wine scene, plan to go somewhere else that’s known for its wine.

Overall, we had a great time during the wine tasting, but the particular tour we went on was overpriced for what it was. While it was nice being chauffeured around to the different wine spots, we probably could have just taken Uber. Or maybe that’s just the rebellious traveler in me who usually avoids doing tours—I tend to find my own route when I travel rather than being glued to the hip with a tour guide.

Wine Tasting in Malibu

BRUNCH AT L.A. CHAPTER

On our way back to the airport on Sunday, we decided to stop in downtown L.A. for brunch. The restaurant, L.A. Chapter at Ace Hotel, was such a great pick! Los Angeles has tons of great restaurants and this was one of them. Brunch was delicious and filling—plus there was a guy who worked there named Zion that some of my friends were crushing on. They seemed to really enjoy the restaurant for that reason in particular.

L.A. Chapter at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles

ROOFTOP COCKTAILS AT UPSTAIRS

You can’t dine at L.A. Chapter without heading up to Ace Hotel’s rooftop bar that’s so appropriately called Upstairs. Hands down, some of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted in Los Angeles. I’m also really big on ambiances, and just like Moonshadows, the ambiance at Upstairs was very sexy. The DJ was fantastic, the views were beautiful, the décor was chic, and the overall vibe was very chill.

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles

Be sure to watch the video at the top of this page to get more of a feel for what each of these places is like!

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Weekend in Malibu, California

  • Meg Cale

    First. Your blog is gorgeous. Great job on the design. Second, I loved this article so much that I pinned it. The restaurant tips are EXACTLY on point with my interests. I love a great brunch and dinning with a view is ALWAYS better.

  • Brianna

    Sounds like a lot of great dining options around! The pics from the beach are lovely! What a great place to watch the sun set!

  • Ariel Samangka

    That beach touched with the light of the sun as it appearing to be more captivating. I as well would love to have a drink on the roof top. The food must be very delectable. Keep chasing sunset !

  • Mohit Agarwal

    Great post. I liked the most is the sea side dinner at the moonshadow. It would feel so great to enjoy the food in the cool breeze from the sea.

  • Those L.A. beaches are just gorgeous. Such great weather too. I’m sure the cocktails aren’t bad either!

  • Adelheid Bethanny

    love this post! I definitely love wine tasting, i mean who could resist good wine. The beach is gorgeous, would love to visit one day!

  • I’m going down to LA to visit a few friends next month and am glad you mentioned Zuma Beach, as I will now look into going there! I love that it is not too crowded. Very beautiful drone footage 🙂