Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Babymoon at Terranea

Babymoon: Success.

We're back from a blissful weekend in California that couldn't have been more perfect.  Terranea - a huge resort just south of LA in Palos Verdes - was THE perfect place to spend our last getaway before baby.  It was relaxing and indulgent and the views at every turn were out of this world amazing.  We kind of randomly stumbled upon the resort when looking for somewhere to go (like literally two weeks ago!) and didn't know much about it, but I am so thankful we took a chance and booked it.  It was incredible.

We headed out of Chicago's Midway on Friday and made it to LA at 3:30pm.  We grabbed our rental car and made the quick drive down to Palos Verdes, which in traffic took about an hour.  Just pulling up to Terranea I knew this place was going to work out just fine ;)  Service was impeccable the entire weekend, beginning with check-in where we were provided with complimentary waters and champagne (that I may have had a sip of, I couldn't help myself!).  We were pretty much giddy getting into our room with views of the resort and the Pacific Ocean.  


We were starving after a long day of travel, so we quickly got changed and headed down to Nelson's, the resorts casual restaurant with the best ocean front views.  It was a bit windy, but we were able to sit outside and take in the sights.  I even saw a whale at one point throughout dinner!  So cool.  Nick had a citrus chicken sandwich (that was so delicious that I'm attempting to recreate it for dinner tonight) and I had a lobster grilled cheese with tomato bisque soup, also yum.  After dinner, it was just about sunset time, so we set off on a little hike to watch it.


I wish pictures did the beauty of it justice - it was one of the best sunsets I've ever seen.  We weren't quite ready to call it a night afterwards, so we headed to another restaurant on property, Catalina Kitchen, for dessert and drinks.  We shared a chocolate cookie skillet with ice cream and it was amazing.  Warm and gooey and definitely set the tone for a 'eat all the things' weekend!  The restaurant is right along the main pool and it was a great way to spend our first night, getting into vacation mode, relaxing and listening to live music.  Upon getting back to our room, we were treated to macarons and sparkling water courtesy of the hotel, such a thoughtful gesture!


It was pretty gloomy each morning, so we got into a little routine to let the fog burn off: hike, breakfast, pool.  Saturday morning we were up super early, thanks to that 3 hour time zone change.  We set off to do some exploring at 7am.  The resort had tons of walking trails all along the ocean and that was such a nice way to start each morning (before all the eating began!).


Our room reservations came with a $60 breakfast credit each morning at Catalina Kitchen, so we hit that up after a long walk and then Nick took off for golfing while I relaxed back on the porch in our room.  I joined him for the last hole and then it was off to the pool for the day!  The resort has 4 pools on site and we spent Saturday at the main pool, which I can't believe I didn't get a picture of.  We managed to snag a couple chairs looking out over the ocean and camped out for something like 5 hours- reading, drinking (well, just Nick), swimming, talking and eating lunch.  Heaven.

The best maternity swimsuit for all my pregnant friends (also have this one that I loved)!

We headed back to the room to get ready for a night out with one of Nick's friends and his girlfriend that live in the area.  I did a terrible job taking pictures besides this one on our way out, but we went up to West LA to check out their apartment before grabbing a Mexican dinner at Mercado (allll the guac and fish tacos) and hitting up a candy store, Sockerbit.  It was a fun night and good to catch up!

dress // shoes (both on sale)

We were beat when we got back to the resort that night, so sleeping in on Sunday was a necessity.  When we finally pulled ourselves out of bed, we headed off on an extra long hike because we had big brunch plans.  Terranea has a little cove that you can go down into to check out the Pacific Ocean so that was our first stop.  The water was f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g!  But the views were awesome.


I pretty much live in this sweatshirt... // leggings 

We then hit up the golf shop and stores on property for souvenirs.  I think the adorable Brady look-a-like Jellycat was our best purchase!  And then, it was brunch time.  Catalina Kitchen (basically our favorite restaurant ever) does a pretty epic Sunday brunch - everything from waffles, omelets, pastries to cheese and meat platters to sushi to a seafood bar to pizza to a massive dessert station.  I think we ate for a solid hour and a half and it may have been my favorite part of the trip.  I'm convinced food tastes better when you're pregnant so I was definitely in my happy place.

And thank goodness for being pregnant and not caring about putting a swimsuit on because one pieces magically cover everything ;)  After we feasted, we got ready and headed to the spa to hang out for the day.  We had day passes that got us access to the pool, gym facilities, sauna & steam rooms, private hottubs and all of that goodness.  I mean, just look at that view...


It was amazing, but unfortunately really really windy since it's on the point tip of the resort.  We were literally uncomfortable sitting out there after a couple hours being wind blasted and decided to try our luck back at the main pool.  It was still windy, but much more bearable so we hung out there for the rest of the afternoon.

At about 4pm, Nick and I split up - he went back to the spa for a steam and to get ready and I showered and relaxed back in the room.  It was so nice to take the worlds longest shower and then sit out on our porch, soak up the sun and read for a couple of hours, I was beyond relaxed.  Nick came back a little while later and we headed up to the lobby for a quick drink and then to Catalina Kitchen since we were determined to try it for every meal period, ha!  Our pizza and burgers for dinner did not disappoint and it was a great final night.


Monday morning came way too soon and we were off to the airport again.  It was such a quick getaway, but SO perfect in every way.  I wouldn't have changed a thing, except maybe moving in and never leaving ;)  We're back home now - more relaxed, a little tanner, with lots of memories and ready to take on these next 10 weeks.  So thankful for one last getaway just the two of us!

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46 comments

  1. You look so great! Yay for babymoons, it looks like you two had a terrific (and relaxing!) time!

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  2. What a perfect babyboon and all those pools and relaxing views to take in is just perfect!! You guys looked great and quick question that tote you have by the pool - the one with just the lounge chairs - where is it from? love it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Wow, it looked beautiful! Such a great baby moon getaway (and no worries about Zika! haha) You definitely have me wanting to go there now.

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  4. You look so adorable! And it looks like a wonderful, peaceful trip!

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  5. This looks like the best trip! Those views! Gorgeous! And you look absolutely adorable - pregnancy suits you!!

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  6. Sounds like the perfect getaway girl!! How gorgeous do you look in all these pictures, I'm especially jealous of that bathing suit bump pic! This resort looks gorgeous and those views, breathtaking. Bummer that it was windy, but still sounds like a wonderful last trip before baby!

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  7. What a gorgeous resort, so glad you guys were able to work everything out and relax and be pampered at such a beautiful spot for your babymoon. Love that you guys went for beautiful hikes every morning before hitting the pool, and those sunset pics - wow! And LOVING that striped dress on you! <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. Wow! What a practically perfect trip! I'm so happy you guys got to have that time away and at such a fabulous place!! Putting that on my must travel list!!

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  9. What an amazing babymoon!! Definitely looks like y'all picked the best place - the views are amazing! You look fantastic!!

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  10. Your babymoon looked amazing! I was so jealous checking out all of your snaps! Glad you guys had an amazing time and your hotel sounds perfect! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  11. SO glad you enjoyed your trip!! You look beautiful!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  12. So many gorgeous pictures! And you look just fab! Hope y'all had the best time!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  13. Your weekend sounds like absolute heaven and you look so beautiful pregnant! What a cute baby bump!

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  14. This sounds like a dream and your pictures are seriously incredible. So glad you got to get away and enjoy it...thanks for sharing, this spot sounds great!

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  15. This babymoon looks like a dream! :)

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  16. Such a beautiful destination for your babymoon!! You are looking so cute too :)

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  17. Looks like it was such a perfect time! Your bump is too too cute lady! Literally like a little basketball under your shirt ;) Glad you had fun! xx

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  18. Your trip looks AMAZING!! I'm loving all of those views, the food and all the time you got to relax. Also, you look absolutely gorgeous and so cute with your bump! Welcome back. Hopefully the weather will turn around here soon.

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  19. What a beautiful place! Looks and sounds like you guys had the best time! Also, how on earth do you look that amazing while pregnant?! When I saw the pic of you in the swimsuit on Insta I showed it to the girl I was with and we were both talking about how incredible you look!

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  20. I think I feel more relaxed having just read this! What an amazing babymoon! The resort and your room were absolutely beautiful! Lobster grilled cheese?! I need one of those!

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  21. I'm so glad you had an amazing trip! The resort looks drop dead gorgeous - and I want all the food! PS - I seriously hope I look as good as you when I'm pregnant. You're glowing!

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  22. I cant even handle how cute you are momma!!!! Pregnancy agrees with you.
    Sounds so relaxing & nice - just what you both needed.
    I love the hotel gave you sparkling water to welcome you for your babymoon.

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  23. Loved getting to read this! We've looked at this resort the past few years to add in to our yearly trip out there but just haven't done it yet so your recap was great! I'm so glad you guys had the best time before the baby comes - all the food sounds amazing! And I agree with Karly - you look fabulous!

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  24. You are so cute, sweet girl! Love the photos! Quick question for you - since I'm going to be needing a maternity swimsuit this year (eek!) - did the Target one you linked to in your picture pull down at all in the chest? I've heard that some maternity one pieces pull down in the chest to accommodate the belly, and I definitely don't want that! Ain't nobody want the girls to be pulled down rather than up, lol! I grabbed a cute maternity tankini from ASOS (that is already sold out), but I think I may need one more option to get me all the way through summer!

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  25. So fun! What a great trip! We are doing a quick trip to San Diego next week and i'm so excited for the ocean views!

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  26. You look amazing, lady!! What an awesome trip - so relaxing, and all that food - yum!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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  27. You are SO adorable!! You look awesome, friend and SO does this trip. What a perfect place to getaway and eat and relax together!!! :)

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  28. Ah! that sounds so perfect! I think you nailed the babymoon! I have never been to California before, it looks so beautiful. And SO DO YOU! Love the striped dress you're wearing and I'm so jealous you can pull off baseball caps. Can't believe that baby is coming so soon!!!

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  29. What a gorgeous babymoon getaway! That citrus chicken sandwich sounds amazing, as does everything you mentioned at Catalina Kitchen!

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  30. Looks like you guys had an amazing trip! I'm loving all the bump pics! You are adorable pregnant!!

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  31. Beautiful photos, and glad you all had such an amazing trip! :)

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  32. Looks amazing!!!! I am glad you guys had a blast
    http://thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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  33. What a fabulous place to spend your babymoon! Looks like a gorgeous resort with serene views

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  34. You look so cute! It also looks like you guys had a really great time. I love the idea of a babymoon esp when it's your first. It's great to spend time together just the 2 of you because you'll never have that again!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  35. Fabulous!! So glad you two got in the last getaway before there are 3 :) You look fantastic and the digs aren't too shabby lol.

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  36. This looks INCREDIBLE! I absolutely loved California when we were in San Diego. I can't wait to go back! I'll have to tell my husband about this resort. So glad you had a great trip!

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  37. Oh my goodness I don't know where to start!! This all looks amazing. I'm so glad that you had such a wonderful babymoon. I love all of your outfits and the swimsuit - so cute. Lobster mac & cheese - yes, please. That sounds great. Share the citrus chicken sandwich recipe if you're able to recreate it too! That sounds tasty as well. Those views are amazing. So sorry you had to deal with wind though. Windy is basically my least favorite type of weather. Umm, okay...was that all I wanted to comment on?? I think so.... ;-)

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  38. Oh my gosh...you are just the cutest preggo ever! So, so glad y'all had a great getaway! It's amazing what a short weekend can do for you!

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  39. What a fun and beautiful trip! I will have to keep Terranea in my book for whenever L and I make it out west!

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  40. It looks like you guys had such a great trip! The resort is gorgeous and I love that you never had to leave! Resorts around LA are never crowded for some reason so they are just so much more doable and have the best vibe! You look amazing, too!!

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  41. What an amazing trip! It sounds like thee perfect baby moon. And you my friend are just all sorts of gorgeous!!!

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  42. This place looks amazing! Glad y'all had a great babymoon! -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

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  43. This looks like such a wonderful and relaxing getaway!

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  44. it seriously looks like an amazing babymoon and um, you are the cutest pregnant lady i ever did see. seriously. that brunch sounds amazing!

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  45. Wow, the resort looks beautiful! I'm so glad you had an amazing babymoon! :)

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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  46. That looks like the trip of a lifetime! What a great choice for your babymoon :) Obsessed with all of your outfits, those fringe sandals are so cute!

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