A Weekend Getaway: Costa Mesa & Santa Ana

Instill a little adventure into your life & get away to a nearby city. I ventured to Costa Mesa & Santa Ana, CA. for a couple of events. The two cities are about 60+ miles away from home, so the journey only took around an hour to get to. Take a look at my weekend in photographic form!

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We headed out on Friday & had some time to spare before my late lunch collaboration with Gypsy Den. Stay tuned later this week for a full feature review on this cool coffeehouse & eatery! With an extra hour to explore, we found parking in downtown Santa Ana & went to Native Son Alehouse for a brewski. 

skateboard decks

outside seating

They had a bunch of different brews on tap & a nice open second-story patio with a view of the downtown street below. The turnout was quite mild on Friday, but when we went again on Saturday for East End Block Party, hosted by Top Acid, & it was absolutely jampacked with a line out the door. On Friday, I got the Anniversary Ale from my own personal favorite brewery, Lost Abbey.

nadastrom
 rock n roll

After a beer & after Gypsy Den we had plans to see Nadastrom play at The Wayfarer. The Wayfarer is a trendy bar with a stage & full food menu. There was plenty of room to eat at the booths, sit by the bar, or lounge near the stage. The environment was friendly & loud. Eventually a dance circle formed; it was fun & humorous to watch. Nadastrom included some trippy visuals to watch on the TVs -- Disney, pizza, robots, & various clips peppered the screens. Events at The Wayfarer are for those aged 21+.

santa ana graffiti
live graffiti

On Saturday, we attended East End Block Party in downtown Santa Ana for a cool mixture of vintage boutiques, live bands, graffiti artists, & more. There was an array of people from families with children, young teens in love, & senior citizens with fluffy dogs. I ended up buying some $1 records: Marvin Gaye's Dream of a Lifetime, Crosby, Stills & Nash's Daylight Again,  Ice T's VI: Return of the Real, & a few more!

santa ana car show

It was an eventful weekend to say the least, but it's nice to be back home. Travel will give you a plethora of experiences & the thankfulness of the comfort that is your own bed. How was your weekend? Any part of my weekend that looked particularly fun? What's your favorite thing about travel? :]

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55 comments

  1. Wow, looks like you had fun! I love traveling because of the memories you create :)

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Memories are long-lasting. It's such a bargain. :]

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  2. The block party looks like a lot of fun! I need to start going out and about more, especially since the weather is getting warmer now. One of my favorite things about traveling is of course, getting to do things! I feel like a big part of it is that you're putting in effort and money, so might as well get as much as you can out of it!

    becky | star violet

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    1. Travel costs money, but the memories are priceless! :]

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  3. superb pics..

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  4. Looks amazing! I agree, travel is always incredible and makes you glad to come home.

    Amy Ann
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    1. Definitely Amy Ann. Home sweet home. :]

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  5. It looks like you had a great time! I would love to visit the vintage boutiques - literally my fave types of things!
    Sarah xxx || www.whatsasssays.com

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    1. They were pop up shops so that was something new! :]

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  6. ooh can't wait to see your collaboration. i can see those items look amazing!

    xo, Carla
    www.carlaviolet.com

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    1. It'll go live on Friday. So stayed tuned. :]

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  7. Sounds like the perfect little getaway this weekend!! So much fun vintage shopping :)

    xx 365Hangers

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  8. Looks like you had a fantastic time. Awesome pics.
    xox
    Lenya
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  9. awesome post, cant wait to see your gypsy den collab :)

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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    1. The collab will be up Friday. Yum! :]

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  10. This sounds like such a fun weekend. Everyone says that they want to travel but don't realize you don't always have to go far to achieve that goal. Kudos to you for taking advantage of all the fun places surrounding you!

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    1. You don't have to go far at all to truly explore. Great point. :]

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  11. This looks so fun! I am in San Diego and Coronado right now and it is beautiful!
    ~~Megan~~
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    1. SoCal is having the nicest weather! :]

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  12. The den sounds lovely! I love a good cocktail :)

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  13. The den sounds lovely! I love a good cocktail :)

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  14. Loving these pictures! Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a great trip:)

    xx
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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Such a good trip. :]

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  15. What a fun weekend! Day trips really are a great way to feel like you're taking a trip without spending a ton!

    xx,
    Susie

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    1. Oh yeah. They're the best & a nice refresher. :]

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  16. cool idea! i've been to santa ana once for a concert but i didn't really get to explore the area

    danielle | avec danielle

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  17. Lovely pictures! I love travelling because I like to discover new places & get to know people from all over the world. It's fun (;
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. So fun. The experience can't be surpassed. :]

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  18. Great photos! Looks like you had a fun:)

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  19. Wow lovely photos, what a gorgeous place!

    RedLip&Love

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  20. Looks like you had a great time!! :)

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  21. cool, great pics :)

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  22. Beautiful pictures darling!
    Kisses,
    Anna
    www.workingchix.com

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  23. You were in my neck of the woods! Love the Gypsy Den so much! :) Glad you had a fun getaway!

    be the plebeian

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    1. Darn, we missed each other! I went to university in the OC. :]

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  24. My weekend was good but not as eventful as yours!
    xo
    alysamadisun.blogspot.com

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  25. love it :)

    kisses from dubai ♥
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  26. Sounds like it was a good weekend :) And you got some great deals!

    Mili

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    1. Oh yes! Can't wait to share with you guys. :]

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  27. Looks like fun! Such a cute post!

    Kate xx
    www.prettydressesinthelaundry.com/www

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  28. Looks like it was a great road trip! Those are always fun as you get to try new out new things! Fabulous pictures!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Yeah, even a short trip can spice up your life. :]

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  29. Lovely photos! This looks like so much fun :)

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

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  30. Love the photos, looks like you had a great weekend :)

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