October 19, 2012

Afternoon Tea and Sunset in Santa Monica

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

What a dream our stay at the Montage Beverly Hills with Maria and Josh was. We felt very, very fortunate to be able to have this experience, it was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity for us! When Maria invited us to come stay for the weekend, courtesy of their friends at the Montage, I had no idea what a treat we were in for! Everyone was so gracious and friendly towards us, even though, as someone pointed out in the last post’s comments, we didn’t exactly fit in with our cargo pants and flip flops, lol! :)

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

On Saturday the boys went to a Utah / UCLA game at the Rosebowl, and Maria and I had afternoon tea at the Montage.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Look who was our cute date for the afternoon!

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Caleb loved afternoon tea, too. They brought him out a big plate of fruit and a grilled cheese.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

He was also enchanted by the mellifluous harp player gently playing in the background. Such a lovely and peaceful environment!

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Oh my goodness, how gorgeous does this tier of treats look??

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Tea sandwiches.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

These little fruit tarts were out of this world.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Pistachio cream puff. Delish!

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Pumpkin cheesecake. SO good. Our treats were perfect for fall!

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

An autumn-spiced macaron.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

I have a serious obsession with scones. Bring on the scones! :)

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Lemon & Lavender chocolate cake. So good!

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

After a seriously wonderful tea, it was the perfect warm and sunny, not a cloud in the sky, California day for a lounge by the pool.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

But oh my goodness, we could not stop cracking up at how much fun Caleb was having with the fountains!

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

This little cutie was having the time of his life.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

When the boys got back from their game, we went for a drive through the Hollywood Hills and to the Santa Monica pier to watch the sunset. Ya’ll. How wild is this. The Montage has complimentary Mercedes Benz convertibles for every guest to use during their stay.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

I think we were in a little bit of shock! The boys took the car to the game, and when they got back, we couldn’t resist hopping in the back for a quick photo! :)

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

View of LA from Mulholland Drive.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Sunset at Santa Monica Pier.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

West coast sunsets always amaze me, the way the sun just dips into the water. It happens so quickly! There is nothing quite as awesome as standing on the shore, watching the sun as it disappears into the ocean.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

I loved taking Kevin here. I knew he would want to take a ride on that Ferris wheel! :)

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

After a wonderful day in California with friends, Maria and I came back to the room for a dessert and PJ party! We curled up on the couch and flipped through the room service menu. Everything sounded so good, so we definitely got a few to share! :) Loved the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and chocolate and vanilla gelato they brought up. No PJ party would be complete without cookies and ice cream! :)

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Next was the Montage Signature Cake with a crunchy praline crust and layers of creme brulee and chocolate. Heavenly.

Montage Beverly Hills Resort & Hotel

Our favorite was this apple crumble. We kept fighting over this one! :)

Thank you so much to the Montage Beverly Hills for a dream come true weekend. If you are ever in Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach or Deer Valley, definitely check them out!

And be sure to check out Maria’s recap of our stay at the Montage! Have a great weekend! :)



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16 Comments





1
Lynne October 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

Looks like you had a fun trip – awesome pics as usual – now I’ll go over & check Maria’s blog!

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Sandy_in_MD October 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

The Montage looks like a fantastic place to visit, and I am glad you enjoyed it so much. Wonderful photos – they are all great, but that sunset pic is divine!

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Heather @ Heather's Dish October 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

what an awesome weekend! and i love the shots you got of caleb – such a cutie pie :)

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

Absolutely gorgeous pics! That Caleb is adorable! I checked Montage out online and while beautiful, I’m gonna have to live vicariously through you on that one unless I hit the lottery.

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Stephanie October 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

I think one of the things I love most about you and your adventures, is that you aren’t afraid to indulge in delicious sweets! The Montage sounds like the most dreamy experience.

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Amy October 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Loved reading about the Montage…and especially loved your Sunset on the Pier and Ferris Wheel shots…gorgeous!

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Maria October 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Gorgeous photos as always! Thanks again for taking so many photos of our precious little pea:) We love them all!! We had so much fun with you guys! When is our next trip? Hopefully soon:) xoxo

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Paulette October 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

The food, the pictures of sunset at the pier are wonderful, wish I was there and yes as usual Caleb is a baby doll. Paulette

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Natasha McEachron October 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I’m in the middle of a sugar craving right now and I think it might have something to do with the tower of treats. Lovely pics and the Montage looks like a nice place to visit.

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Weekend Cowgirl October 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

What a wonderful trip. I might just be a “tad” jealous!

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Gerontologist October 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

It looks like you guys had a wonderful time. Caleb is so cute. I hope he had a car seat, even though we can’t see one.

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Nicole October 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

I love having tea, I’ll definitely have to check this place out one day.

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Jessica October 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Your pictures of Caleb are killing me! You always get the perfect shot Amanda!

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Jean October 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I miss your recipes.

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chris October 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Me too! Do you plan on posting them again or keep your blog more of a travel blog?

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Jaynie @Junabug October 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

Great photos! I love going to Santa Monica. A nice, relaxing tea time sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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