I totally get the California lifestyle now :) I recently visited my travel buddies who live in Corona Del Mar and we had an incredible time. If Austin had a beach, it would be the best place on earth, but it doesn't! Living down the block from the beach for a few days did not suck! We started our vacation by watching the sunset just two blocks from their house. Followed by an amazing sushi dinner at Sota.
Our friends are regulars at a few of the restaurants in their area (all walking distance!) so we really got the royal treatment when we were out to dinner.
We spent the next few days exploring Orange County, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and getting some much needed sun and relaxation. I insisted we hop over to Balboa Island for a frozen banana, because duh :)
On our final day our fantastic hosts set us up on a Duffy Boat ride around the harbor. This is a great way to see all of the sights and enjoy the ocean breeze. That was of course until our boat broke down and we had to be rescued. It was a hilarious moment that I'm sure we will be laughing about for a long time.
Visiting friends who live in another city is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I know we will be back to CDM soon!