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I feel like I’ve been partyin’ for a week straight. Oh wait, I have! We just got back from our California vacation. Yesterday over dinner, we decided to rate our last three “big” vacations…they are also our only big vacations. It was unanimous: California was number one!

I have to say that planning had a lot to do with that. I used tripadvisor to find economical options for for hotels. First stop, Burbank, CA where we spent one night and two days touring the town. We  purchased CityPass booklets in advance which provided big savings on the typical Hollywood tourists destinations. We stayed at a trendy, boutique hotel called Tangerine  right in the heart of Burbank. Each room has chic, clean modern lines.  That works for this minimalist. And even though the hotel offered pastries from a local baker, we took the suggestion of other tourist’s comments on Trip Advisor, and had breakfast at Bob’s Big Boy .  I couldn’t resist ordering the ham steak with hash browns and a bowl of fruit.  A little tobasco sauce, and I was in heaven.

After two fun-filled days in Hollywood, we headed to Anaheim to check into another boutique hotel called the Ayres.  Y’all would have loved this place.

My curiosity was piqued, so I looked up “boutique hotel”.   They are properties typically operated by individuals or by companies that have a small collection.

Boutique hotels are often located in a unique or intimate setting and decorated in a stylish theme.

 I fell in love with the artwork that graced the hallways and even our bedroom.

  I really wished I could have snuck some of the prints home in my suitcase.

 The Ayres hotel was just a hop, skip and a jump, otherwise known as two miles, from Disneyland.

After a couple of days of playing in the parks,

we took a very scenic drive down 101 to Morro Bay where we visited some long time friends.

Morro Bay is a great little coastal community.  It was a great place to wind down after going nonstop.  I felt like I was in heaven with the proximity to the coast and the bay, and scenic mountain views.

Like I said, it is the best vacation we’ve ever taken.  I’ll be sharing more pictures and passing along some travel tips throughout the week.

Until next time,