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Malibu Travel Guide with Mazda USA

Back in December we planned to split our month trip up by stopping in California to see our family and also take Covid Tests before traveling over to Hawaii. We partnered with Mazda USA on this trip to get one of their newest model cars (Mazda CX-5) to drive up the scenic route to Malibu. We have been to Malibu many times and this was the first time we actually were going to stay at Calamigos Guest Ranch! My best friend was supposed to get married at Calamigos almost a year ago, and then well you know that story. We decided to still stay at the resort and highlight the property while in town. I personally think there is no where better to stay in Malibu right now then Calamigos Guest Ranch. The entire area is a private 250 acre ranch with all types of animals and the perfect place to escape city life to feel safer. Below is everything you need to know!

How to get there:
We flew into LAX airport and picked up our Mazda rental. This car was perfect for a family with two car seats in the back and we were able to get 2 large checked bags, and two carry on, plus several backpacks into the trunk. From LAX, Malibu is about 40 minutes up the coast.


Where to stay:
Calamigos Guest Ranch: A luxury private resort in Malibu. We stayed in an Estate Suite, which has its own private pool area. I loved that these rooms fit two kings comfortably! I have never stayed in a room that had two king size beds side by side! I also loved how spread out the resort was and that you could walk to several different pool sections. As a Guest at Calamigos you also have access to their exclusive beach front club.


What to do:

  • Malibu Wine Hikes with Kurt: This is a family friendly easy 2 mile hike around the Malibu property. If your kids are older, look into the safari tour where you can be chauffeured on a vehicle!
  • Bliss Beach Picnic: This was one of my favorite days and set ups on the beach in Santa Monica. They have several locations.
  • Calamigos Beach Club: If you are staying on property at Calamigos Guest Ranch, the resort offers a free shuttle to this private beach area.
  • Malibu Pier: Take the kids down here to walk and explore the area. Make sure to grab breakfast at Malibu Farm Cafe!
  • Horse Back riding: We did this one year and It will always be my favorite a sunset. Several places nearby offer horse back riding!



Where to eat:

  • The Malibu Cafe– on property at Calamigos Guest Ranch. Due to Covid they are allowing you to order takeout and then dine in the grass, enjoy the cornhole and ping pong games with the kids.
  • Malibu Farm Cafe: On the Pier, enjoy the views and frose!
  • Nobu Malibu: Our favorite of all Nobus! Amazing food and views. Book 30 days in advance!

Malibu Cafe Naps
Mazda Rides down PCH

We loved having the Mazda car rental available at all times to scoot around town. My favorite feature of the car was the bluetooth radio and the fact the sunroof went all the way back for fresh air. The ride was so smooth. Thanks Mazda USA for the ride around town and Calamigos Guest Ranch for having us! We can’t wait to schedule another visit soon!

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Malibu Travel Guide

We have come to Malibu California many times but this is the first time we stayed at a hotel for the weekend and we absolutely loved the entire set up!  The weather was mid 60s in January and we enjoyed being able to be out on the beach for a day.  Here is my weekend run down to enjoy Malibu with the Fam!

Where to Stay:
Malibu Beach Inn: Ocean front hotel located right off the PCH in the heart of Malibu.  This is one of the best locations if you plan to explore all Malibu has to offer.  The hotel is part of the leading hotels of the world club & also a Virtuoso property (which has amazing perks!).  Here is everything we enjoyed about the hotel:

  • Ocean front rooms! Each room has a balcony over looking the pacific ocean.  It was very relaxing to wake up and open the doors to the sound of the ocean!  The rooms also felt like you were more in a guest house versus a hotel room with the high ceiling beams and fireplace.  It was so cute.  Also all the amenities in the room were top notch, even the toilets were heated!
  • Daily beach yoga offered!  Confirm the night before with your concierage for a session from 8am-9am.
  • The beach- daily lounge chairs are put out with towels for easy use.  They have a huge supply of kid beach toys too!
  • Carbon Beach Club: Their onsite dining, we enjoyed eating here for breakfast one morning!  So many healthy options.  The inside bar seemed like a local hang out nightly, with a great vibe.
  • Onsite spa


What to do:

  • Malibu Wines:  We have booked a safari tour many times and always love it!  You can visit Stanley the Giraffe to feed him food, stop for wine pairings, and see all the animals on the property.  Make sure to sign up for the malibu wine hike tour if you have kids.  If you are 21 or older you can sign up for malibu wine safari tour instead here.
  • Malibu Cafe:  This is a great spot also on the property to have lunch or a fun dinner with the family.  They have life size chess, ping pong, corn-hole, and live music!  It’s a huge area where kids can run around free while you enjoy a drink too :).
  • Ride horses through the Malibu mountains:  We did this two years ago and it was one of my favorite experiences.  Children can ride if 6+years.
  • Visit Malibu Beach Pier: (within walking distance from Malibu Beach Inn if you stay here).  Cute restaurants and fun to walk the pier with kids.

Where to Dine: (all ocean front views)

  • Carbon Beach Club- Mentioned earlier, enjoy breakfast/lunch/dinner here at Malibu Beach Inn.
  • Nobu:  This is one of our all time favorite spots, amazing sushi and food. Make reservations 30+days in advance!
  • Malibu Beach Cafe
  • Dukes Malibu
  • Malibu Farm or Malibu Farm Cafe (both located on the pier)


We love you Malibu!  <3

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Airstream In Malibu

         

 

I had been eyeing this Airstream in Malibu for years now.  I first saw one of my favorite bloggers (Amber Fillerup) visit it and blog about it here!  I then started seeing it pop up all over social media after Taylor Swift did a shoot for Vogue and Kortney Kardashian did a stay-cation with her boyfriend!  We decided to bring the kids, and all our friends met at the top to watch the sunset with appetizers & Wine.  Luckily my sister and dad were with us, so they took the kids at bedtime back to Santa Monica and let us enjoy the place to ourselves!  There is only one bed, so its best suited for a couple.  We did have some of our friends come camp out on the mountain right behind us though- so that could be an option for a big group!

But let me tell you, it is worth the hype (and hike!).  We chose to do one night and Yeirdon wished we had stayed their the entire time (I mean he is a doomsday-prepper and all haha).  If you’re into “glamping” with a once in a lifetime view, stay here.  I was happy we just did one night, I like to be social and explore area (eat out nonstop) when we visit cities.  We did go to Nobu the night we stayed at the airstream, and I immediately regretted leaving and have to drive back in the pitch black up the 5 mile dirt road back to the airstream. (minor anxiety attack).  Other than that, waking up to the sunrise on the side of the mountain at 6am with no one else around but animals was surreal.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You need an SUV to get to the airstream, I don’t think any Ubers/taxis will take you there (its off a beaten path)
  • The sun sets on the airstream side, so if your going to enjoy it and get your pictures in do it at sunset!
  • Follow the fall itinerary below the provided us, make sure to grab wine/groceries (they have a mini kitchen on site)
  • The bathrooms are open air
  • Bring bug spray, tennis shoes
  • Stay on the lookout for wild animals!
  • Bring “on the go chargers” for all your electronics, there is no service there!

This is the Itinerary we used for one day with them:

FALL ITINERARY:

Assuming you have the entire day off, go to malibu EARLY and either spend the day at the beach or go hike one of the many great hikes in the area (google Malibu best hikes). Finish the hike by noon, go grocery shopping in point dume or Trancas market so you can then check in by 2pm at the latest at the airstream and enjoy an amazing afternoon at the property. You can do a small hike up there if you want but odds are you will not want to leave!
If for any reason you run out of wine, Neptune’s net restaurant sells some and is only 8 minute drive down.

* Make sure to bring an iPhone cable to plug into the battery or stereo for your music and have an “offline” playlist ready as there is no reception for Spotify.

Don’t hesitate to do this if you’re in the area, I had to reserve it for one night months in advance!  If you click this link you can get $40 off your first time booking airbnb!  (this isn’t sponsored by airbnb, I paid for our stay. They give each user a coupon code to give people and that is mine).

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