Thursday, December 8, 2011

The honeymoom -- Part 2 (and a GREAT place to stay in Malibu)

Okay, so after a couple of nights in Santa Barbara we headed down the Pacific Coast Highway.  Our destination:  Malibu.

Malibu actually encompasses a 27-mile stretch of highway, and as we rolled into town, we explored the area a bit.  We ventured up a huge hill dotted with swanky mansions and happened upon an open house.  Mike and I had stopped at an open house in Santa Barbara, too; a 2-bedroom piece-o'-crap property near the water with an asking price of $1.6 million.  Unbelievable.

So since we were already in the open house mood, we decided we'd check out this place, too. 

Oh, yeah, we could totally be comfortable here

"Maybe they'll have free food," I said, recalling the scene from I Love You, Man where Paul Rudd met Jason Segel. 

The house was brand new construction and sure enough, the developer (I think his name was Eric) offered us chicken burritos the minute we walked in.  He was a super nice guy and we got a private tour since we were the only ones there.

Check out the view, and how the living room opens to the outdoors. 

Outside and over to the right, there's another outdoor living area.  Oh, the parties we could have!

Nice bathroom...
But ours at home is awesome, too!
 Very cool.

Mike is so good at small talk--as if we were serious buyers.  "Yeah, we live in Vegas...  I have a software development company... We were just looking at a property in Santa Barbara..." he said.  

Honey, I'm thinking, we pulled up in a freakin' Scion.

It was great fun looking around.  Soon Eric's friend Jeff came by and we listened to some B Tribe music from the outdoor sound system.  We asked about places to stay while in Malibu, and Jeff suggested the Malibu Beach Inn, owned by music mogul David Geffen.

FANTASTIC referral!  I can't recommend this place strongly enough.  Located just south of the pier, it is fabulous!  Every room is right on the ocean.

Rooms have a fireplace and are tastefully decorated

View from the balcony
We were lucky and got a great deal--$299 which included a $130 credit toward dinner, which was incredible.  Bonus:  we had the waterfront dining room all to ourselves.  Perfect.

If you're looking for a nice place to relax, this is it. 

... or maybe you want to frolic on the beach in your sexy granny-skirt bathing suit.  (I'm no Kim Kardashian, but she might want to consider one of these.)

Queerest person in Southern California
My beloved groom pretending he doesn't know me
Our last stop was Marina Del Ray, where we had lunch with my friend Nina, the Mona character in my book, before heading back to Vegas.    

Oh, we had so much fun!  GREAT job on the honeymoon, Mike!

Thank you all again for your kind words of happiness for our marriage.  We are very, very lucky!


raydenzel1 said...

Once again you are the happiest woman on the planet! Congrats.
Hawaii is expensive and you don't get much, but it is Hawaii!
Trade wind breezes, ah, the life

Mandy said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I'll have to remember the Malibu Beach Inn the next time we head out there. By the way, at first glance I thought Mike was holding a bong on the beach!! Silly me!


Julie D said...

Sounds like fun! I love pretending to be home buyers, too funny! And yet, sooooooooo you two!

How's it feel to be a Mrs again?

Vegas Linda Lou said...

I LOVE being Mrs. Mike!!!

Mimi said...

Sun, beaches, mansions, what a honeymoon Linda!
It's cold here, sigh...

Tender Heart Bear said...

I am glad to hear that your honeymoon was really good for both of you. I always tell people that if they do not like the way I look with what I wear or how I talk to them then don't bother being around me. So don't ever worry how you look it is how you feel inside that matters.

The pictures are great and thank you so much for sharing them.

Mike Dennis said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time, Linda. Best of luck to you both.