Sometimes a restaurant is awesome just because of the food. But other times they offer way more than just a great meal and it blows your mind that you never knew about it. That is totally the case with Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel. I recently got a chance to check out the restaurant. Yes, the food is killer. But it’s so much more than the food.
Who wants to win a ‘daycation’ to this gorgeous Laguna Beach location? The answer is ALL OF YOU! Click through to enter the contest to win your own day use of one of the private beach bungalows at The Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach! And be warned, you are going to super jealous of the fun family beach day I had there last week!
This rad view is what you will see off your private patio in front of your private bungalow. What is a bungalow exactly? It’s like your own private living room only a few feet from the ocean!The Pacific Edge Hotel (a Joie de Vivre Hotel – the same cool peeps that own the Saguaros in Palm Springs and Scottsdale!) is located about half a mile from Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Their hotel rooms have recently undergone a refresh but what I’m super excited about, especially for you locals, is their private bungalows! The hotel has 5 bungalows, each designed by a local company that you can rent for day use. Arrive right at 11 am to make sure you get the most out of your beach day. And since you don’t have to “check out” until 8 pm, you will really get to take advantage of your ocean view. The hotel recently invited a few of us bloggers, and our kids, to come spend a few hours at the beach to check out the bungalows. Every single detail is thought of. From the crazy cool designs in each room, to the attendants that make sure you are well taken care of. This is THE way to do the beach. And you can enter the hotel’s giveaway for a ‘daycation’ below!Local jewelry designer, Gorjana Griffin, recently did a refresh on their bungalow and it is absolutely stunning! Everything in the room was coastal inspired with all these great layered textures and the prettiest color palette. The rooms seriously look like they are straight out of a home design magazine. The rooms are not huge, but have seating for at least 7 people plus you have a private patio right outside the door with deck furniture. The rooms are super comfortable and I have no idea how they keep everything looking so nice considering these are being used by people getting wet and sandy on the beach below. (You can see a better view of this full room in Mary’s instagram post – bottom right corner).Each room has air conditioning and a flat screen TV making this a great spot for the kids (or you) to take a break from the sun (although I didn’t check to see if they get Bravo…).The rooms also feature a kitchen area with fridge stocked with beverages to keep you hydrated. No outside food is allowed, but The Deck on Laguna Beach (one of two restaurants that are part of the hotel) can take care all of your food and beverage needs. This bungalow is designed by the Sailor Jerry Rum company. Notice that the colors are a bit darker and more masculine and a totally different vibe than the one I previously shared with you above. How relaxing does this look!!!! Hotel staff says that people rent these bungalows for a fantastic family beach day but also for bridal showers, or sometimes even to watch Sunday Football! I might even watch football if I got to watch it in one of these. The other three bungalows are designed by Fox, Billabong and XS. The Sailor Jerry room also has this cool vintage pinball machine that the kids couldn’t get enough of.And each room comes with a legit bathroom. This is strictly for use by those people in your bungalow with you. Which means this isn’t your typical beach bathroom. Like a normal hotel room, shampoo, conditioner and soap is provided. How awesome that you can take a quick shower to clean up before dinner if you want! My kids rinsed off in here after getting super sandy at the beach which meant I didn’t have to return home with half the beach in my car. Once you arrive at your bungalow, you don’t need to go anywhere, for anything. You will have a server to help you with all your food and beverage ordering. The food from The Deck on Laguna Beach was SO delicious! This is certainly not how I usually eat while at the beach. But guess what, now that I know it’s available, I think I only want to do the beach this way…Because cocktails. Alcohol is not allowed on the sand (although you can get food and regular beverages delivered right to your lounge chair), but you can enjoy one of the Deck’s specialty cocktails in your bungalow or on your patio. I mean, that view totally doesn’t suck. The drink didn’t either.There are lunch options to please everyone including the kids. This caprese was fresh and perfect for a beach side lunch. The burger looked crazy good and that mac and cheese was good enough for me to steal from my son. Did I mention dessert? Along with the plated dessert options available on the menu, they also have ice cream bars for the kids. The kids definitely enjoyed the cold treat on a this hot day! Getting to have an attendant set out a beach lounger for you is such a luxury. And look how close you are to the water. This is the perfect situation for sitting and relaxing while still being able to keep your eye on your kids playing in the water.
It’s the best of everything. You get waited on and your kids get to get crazy in the water. This beach is private for the hotel so although there are people walking past, the area in front of the hotel is not that crowded. I have to be honest. I have never really taken my kids to the beach. And we live 20 minutes away. There is so much to schlep. With my skin cancer issues I shouldn’t be in the sun and I don’t understand how to lug and use a beach umbrella. You have to take lunch and snacks and drinks. And you are usually parking a long way from where you will end up. But THIS makes perfect sense to me. While we can’t afford to do this all the time, it certainly makes the idea of the beach possible for me. Seeing how happy my kids were playing in the water confirmed that we need to visit the beach more. And seeing as I got married in Laguna Beach, this is and always has been our favorite beach. But then this makes me think otherwise…We had such an amazing time getting to check out the bungalows at The Pacific Edge Hotel. Thank you to the hotel and staff who treated us like VIPs all day long as we enjoyed the surf and sand. Check out the hashtag #pacificedgelaguna on social media to see more pics from our fun day!
Now let’s talk pricing really quickly. The rates for these bungalows change based on the time of year and the day of the week. At the moment (July, 2015) rates start at $250 for weekdays and can be about $500 for weekends. Remember you can fit about 10-12 people per bungalow so you could easily split this cost among families or girlfriends. This price does NOT include food (again, minimums depend on several factors), gratuities or parking (over 1 car per bungalow). It’s best to check with the hotel for exact pricing and availability I just wanted you to know going in what the costs are so you can plan accordingly. I’m in the process of planning a girl’s day out here and the cost is totally worth it (as long as no one flakes out and I’m stuck with the remainder of the bill…)Don’t you want to spend a beach day in one of the bungalows? Enter the contest via the hotel’s rafflecopter widget below! And if you win, you have to invite me…ok, you don’t but it would be way cooler if you did.
*I was invited to spend a day at the bungalows to review them. All opinions are my own. Also, this contest is only sponsored by Pacific Edge Hotel. Head to this page to read all the rules and exact prize.
And are you as obsessed with Snapchat as I am? Here is my Snapchat Story straight from the beach! Bear with me, I’m new to Snapchat, youtube, videos etc. Not sure why there is a big black hole in there. Or why my voice sounds like I was on helium…
Hey Orange County peeps! Looking for something cool to do this weekend? Come check out the Style Festival at Brea Mall this Saturday, June 20th from noon to 5 pm! Refinery 29 and Simon have teamed up to bring you the latest in fashion, rad DIYs and the best in summer music! Check out the Style Stage to find out what the hottest trends for summer are. Visit the DIY and Beauty Stage to have your hair braided or make a DIY band tee! And don’t even think about missing MS MR play live! (I LOVE this band!) I’ll be there so come say hi! And be sure to follow Brea Mall on Instagram. I’ll be taking over their account from 12 – 1 pm sharing what is happening at the event!
Not in California? This event will be traveling around the country so head to one near you! And visit the Style Festival website to see all the details, like who is playing in your mall (Just an FYI, I’m seriously thinking about flying to Miami just so I can see my favorite IN LIFE, Twin Shadow). And be sure to check out the Style Festival Spotify playlist. It’s really all you need for summer.
Hope to see you Saturday!
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 . Noon – 5 pm . Brea Mall . 500 Brea Mall Way
This post is a looooooong time coming. These images got buried down in my photos so I kept forgetting to put them on my post schedule. But there is one thing that I have not forgotten about. And that is how delicious Sessions West Coast Deli is. My family popped in for a quick lunch while we were out and about in Newport a while back and YOU GUYS! All of it was crazy good. I’m not someone who sets out to eat a sandwich. In fact, I will usually check out EVERYTHING else on the menu before I eat a sandwich but then I saw the menu.
The menu features inventive sandwiches as well as some classics and also hot dogs and salads. And just look how cool the whole vibe is. That menu to the left is the kid’s menu. Again, these are from a while ago so it may have a different design now but I’m sure it is equally as rad.
The spot itself is on the small side with a few indoor and a few outdoor tables. I can imagine at lunch hour this place gets insane. I highly suggest trying it out at an off time for a really great experience. And yes, I early bird at lunch too. It’s just more efficient.
But the food is the real star of the show at Sessions deli Newport Beach. It is a little bit more expensive than some other lunch spots but totally worth it. I had the Summer Zephyr with fresh mozzarella, marinated tomato, basil aioli, baby arugula with pickled onion and a balsamic reduction on a toasted french roll. WHAT!?! Super fresh, bursting with flavor and that roll! THIS is what a sandwich is supposed to taste like. Both my boys got Sessions dogs and added the toppings that they love, like the one above with guacamole and bacon. My husband got the Greatfella full of Italian meats and it was gone so fast I didn’t get a picture. But let’s talk about their homemade potato chips for a minute. I believe they are called Shaka Spuds and they are sent from heaven. With rosemary and parmesan cheese, these are something that must be experienced for yourself. I’ve thought about them several times since eating there. It has actually caused me to create a business plan in my head for a drive-thru potato chip operation. With these chips being the star of the show.
Have you been? Add it to your to-do list for the next time you are in Orange County! BTW this is not sponsored, I just like sharing yummy local spots with you. If you aren’t local, just pin it for your next trip!
Check out these other Orange County favorites:
Fig and Olive
*My son and I were treated to breakfast at our local Corner Bakery. And I enjoyed my oatmeal so much I’m sharing the recipe with you. All opinions are mine. Is it odd to say that I miss my youngest son? I’ve been with both my kids all summer, every day, except for a few quick trips. But I miss my baby. Although he was in preschool a few days a week, we still had a few days where we would run errands together, hang out together and do projects together. But since my other son is out of school too, they play more together and I do more chores around the house or errands by myself on the weekends. I miss my little buddy! So I decided to take him on a breakfast date with me to Corner Bakery. A month ago I got invited to a media event at our local restaurant. I couldn’t make that event so they sent me gift certificates so I could try out their featured menu items on my own. It was the perfect opportunity for me to reconnect with my little guy who starts kindergarten this fall!
And the Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal blew my mind! That is not an exaggeration. I REALLY liked it! And I get to share the recipe with you. But first, more on my breakfast date…
I got totally duped by this amazing looking bakery treat. I thought it was a pop tart so I told my son he could have it. Then, when we were asking about the flavors, I was told it was an Apple Hand Pie… So my son got pie for breakfast…This breakfast date was all about making memories so I just rolled with it. And he was delighted to get a hot chocolate too. And I got to eat some too. The pie was delicious.
It was so fun to be able to have a leisurely breakfast and chat with my son. We were not at all rushed and had a great time just hanging out. I think it is so good to be able to spend one on one time with your kids when you can. It is sometimes really hard to fit in but it is so important. I can’t wait to schedule something with my oldest!
But back to this oatmeal. This chilled oatmeal is the perfect oatmeal for summer. The Berry Almond Swiss Oats is a seasonal item on the Corner Bakery menu so hurry in to try it before its gone. Or you can use this oatmeal recipe at home, all year round!
- 6 oz. Old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup Dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup Currants or raisins
- 1 TBSP sugar (or to taste based on sweetness)
- 2 cups Low Fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups Skim milk
- Granny Smith apple, medium sized, chopped
- Banana, medium sized, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh strawberries chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/8 cup sliced toasted almonds
- Mix oats, cranberries, currants and sugar in a large bowl.
- Add yogurt and skim milk, mix well and let sit 15 minutes.
- Dice the apple and banana, add to oats mixture and let sit another 15-30 minutes.
- Top with fresh strawberries, blueberries and toasted almonds.
- Serve chilled.
While in the restaurant be sure to try some of their new menu items, released at the beginning of July, the Buttermilk Pancakes with Berries and the Spicy Asian Pork Hot Toasted Sandwich!
Thanks for breakfast Corner Bakery! We really enjoyed it!