Saturday, September 18, 2010

I’m Back and Ready for Fall !

Hello everybody! Wayne and me had a wonderful 4 days in California! We stayed in a place called Hawaiian Gardens, CA. It is 1 mile from Knott’s Berry Farm and just a few from Disneyland, but we didn’t do either! :)

We asked about a beach and were told about Seal Beach….oh my gosh what an incredible place about 7 miles down the road!

I am not going to bore you with tons of vacation photos but I have to share a few…..ok…more than a few!

IMG_2141 This was our room, it was a La Quinta and had been built in December of 2009. It was spotless and fresh and very very nice. Not to mention only 65.00 a night! We were right down the street to just about everything! Next time you go to Southern Cal with the kids, you might think of calling this place.

So, the first night…..


Seal Beach at dusk, we walked down the pier and there was Ruby’s!

IMG_2151 we had a great meal, with Kobe hamburgers…

IMG_2152 do I look tired? No…not al all! 6 hours in the car was not fun!

IMG_2154 These made up for it tho…..:)

IMG_2149 the houses that back up to Seal Beach….lucky folks!

The next day we went back down and shopped a little on their Main Street…..and ate at a place called Woody’s.

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IMG_2168 Fun Bike Shop!

IMG_2173 Same houses during the day, you click on any photo to see them larger.

IMG_2176 Ruby’s was at the end of this pier.

IMG_2175 IMG_2174 It was cold! Even the birds were hunkered down….


These wonderful trees were along the house that backed up to the beach, I had to take a few shots of them and the sweet little cottages, probably worth a million or more!

IMG_2182 IMG_2183 Does anyone know what these are????? The flowers are huge and beautiful!!!!!!

IMG_2180 Not remodeledIMG_2186 Remodeled

Their own corner store…..


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Look at these!!!!!


It was so wonderful, even the “modest” neighborhoods" way away from the beaches were neat as a pin and very well taken care of through most of the cities…..well…this is all for now, I have laundry to do! I just want to remind you to put in a comment at the 1st Anniversary post ( I have some wonderful things for my giveaway!!!! And Monday I have a little Halloween surprise! Have a great weekend everybody!


Nan said...

Oh I bet you had fun these places are so pretty and neat. A nice get away for you.

nannykim said...

Looks like a fun time.....but cold? the birds were cold? how could that be?????????

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sandy Sweetie...
I love this share. This place looks a lot like Huntington Beach where we stayed one week. Oh it was so beautiful, and I have got to tell you I ate at Woody's and somewhere even have a t-shirt. They had the best darn burgers I had ever eaten. Yummy....

I also ate at Ruby's at the end of the pier. We had such a great time. We sat next to the glass windows and watched the surfers below, and there were even a few folks fishing from the pier. It has been about 4 years ago, but it was so much fun. I got up early every morning when the beach opened at 6 and walked. I met so many interesting people out searching for shells also. What fun it was.

Oh Sandy you brought back a beautiful memory, and I so thank you for it. I am thrilled that you all had a wonderful time. No place like home though, no place like home. You look wonderful sweetie. Just wonderful.

Hope you have a restful weekend. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Sandy!

Thanks for sharing your great pictures with us. So glad you had fun. That Ruby's looks like a fun place. The houses are so cute too! See you Monday!

Debbie from NJ

Andy's Attic said...

So glad you had such a fun time!! The cottages are cute as a button. And I love the corner store...probably full of treasures.

Celestial Charms said...

Sandy, I really enjoyed looking at your trip photos and your description of them. Seems like a wonderful place to take a holiday. Glad you returned safely. Have a wonderful weekend.

Cindy said...

Sandy that looked liked a great area to visit!!I will put that on my dream list!!

I think those are trumpet vines..but I'm not sure.

Welcome home. Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Anonymous said...

Sandy - you have made me a bit homesick but I am so thrilled you had a wonderful time. Welcome home. ~Kelly

Unknown said...

Sandy, I feel as though you have taken us right along with you! California seems like such a wonderful place. Cute as can be photo of you! I'm so glad you had such a nice time, and thank you for sharing your trip with us! E

genie said...

Happy Saturday Night, Sandy....Your picture album was super-duper. I loved everyone of them, but the diner ones put the grin on my face. Buddy and I just love diners...especially the ones that are retro-deorated. I have always wanted to get to the west coast, but so far no luck. Guess I will just have to remember growing up on the Atlantic for my coach memories. Loved the post.

Genie from Buttons for Baga

Anonymous said...

I know this area fairly well as my son worked for Seal Beach for about a year while in college in Long Beach. He was an intern - but, you know that little Main Street is just so much fun to walk around! There is a yummy Mexican restaurant right there on the beach side - did you visit it? I love the shabby stores on Main Street, too. I'm glad you had fun. I bet you drove right past me on I-10! Too bad I didn't know, I could have waved! Or run you out some coffee and cake for the road!

auntbeth54 said...

It all looks wonderful. I'm glad you had a great trip.Next time consider us up here in the Redwood Empire (Northern Calif). First Saturday of every month in Eureka is Arts Alive! Many venues, both galleries and stores have wonderful displays from our huge art community, also free delicious food and live music in many spots. All fun and free.

vivian said...

Looks like a fun trip. Ive never been to CA and will probably never get there, so I like seeing the pictures! That burger looked sooo goood! Glad youre back safe and sound!


how wonderful to be at the ocean! Lucky YOU! Maybe next year we can take a vacation to the beach.
It's always nice to come back home.
deb :)

NanE said...

Welcome home! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I could almost taste that burger! I just got back from vacation last week and it is so hard to go back to work. Have a great week, Nan

Little Messy Missy said...

Looks so good! I really want the burger!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Looks like you guys had a fun time there! Love the photos taking us all along.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves during your trip. That menu looks adorable and those cottages...dreamy. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos, what a beautiful place! That burger smothered in onions has made me STARVING now!! :)

Anonymous said...

Ruby's is one of my fave restaurants for many years - discovered it in the early '90s when I was walking in the mall at lunchtime with a co-worker & a Ruby's worker gave us free lunch tickets to celebrate their grand opening...immediately loved the 40s music and decor - it still always puts me in a good mood and, the best turkey burgers I've ever had...(stomach growling as I write this) I think I'm gonna go today - lucky me we have one very closeby! :)

Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker said...

Thanks for the post! My husband and I lived in Hawaiian Gardens for 2 years when we first got married. My husband was in the Navy and stationed at the Naval hospital-we lived in an apartment building on Bloomfield Ave. Your post brought back all kinds of memories-Thanks!!!

Our Rural Life (aka Cornbread Fed) said...

For my high school graduation gift, my very "well-off" great aunt gave me the gift of a trip to California with all the trimmings, nothing held back. We did San Francisco, Carmel, Los Altos, San Jose. I loved the little seaside towns with the old motels and I loved those little houses like the ones you show here.

Jenny said...

What a fun trip AND you escaped the heat! Thanks for letting us tag along.

Little Chicks Info said...

We went to the same places! You'll have to see my "Ruby's" posting at my blog...wasn't it so invigorating seeing the ocean and feeling that ocean breeze? It revives me like nothing else! Glad you had fun, thanks for sharing the pics! Christine @

Little Chicks Info said...

PS - Love your blog background & header...amazing & spooky!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Looks like you had just a fabulous nice! Love all the photos!

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