Brady and I just got back from celebrating my brother’s wedding in San Clemente, CA. We only had a few hours to explore on Friday afternoon before the rehearsal, but in that short time, I fell in love!
If we ever moved back to Orange County, San Clemente is where I want to be.
Word of caution: I am not a style blogger, so I am sorry if these photos seem awkward.
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San Clemente Pier
For the wedding, we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites San Clemente. The hotel may have not been my first choice but it was a 5 minute walk to the wedding venue and a longer but manageable walk down to the pier. It would be perfect for families since the rooms are all suites!
Once we checked into the hotel (the hotel staff was amazing the entire weekend and gave us an early check in), Brady and I took the one and a half mile walk to the pier for lunch.
Fun Fact: There is an Amtrak and an OC Metrolink train station right along the beach. There’s a handful of restaurants and shops within walking distance and of course, there is the beach!
Pierside Kitchen & Bar
For lunch, we meet some of my family at Pierside Kitchen & Pier. The restaurant is right across the beach with a small outside patio that over looks the beach and pier.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone in the Orange County area. My family and I ordered everything from a salad to grilled cheese to a burger to an ahi sandwich to scallops. Pierside is great for parties that might want a little bit of everything. The drinks were also good. I had a peaches and cream beer that I want to have every night of the week.
Bear Coast Coffee
When I travel, my plans tend to center around food and coffee. Bear Coast Coffee is a must stop if you are in San Clemente or even in the surrounding area. Located a few store fronts down from Pierside, Bear Coast Coffee is a small little store that is perfect for grabbing a cup.
Bear Coast is even perfect for breakfast. I woke up early on my brother’s wedding day and decided I needed a cold brew before having to meet everyone to get ready. With my cold brew, I ordered a breakfast bowl with spinach, avocado, a prosciutto chip, and a soft-boiled egg. It was a great way to start a busy and exciting day.
I’ll never be a style blogger because when I find an outfit or two that I love, I just want to wear it everyday of my life. Although, I don’t think you can go wrong with a short sleeve blouse, distressed shorts, a hat, and Birkenstock Sandals – if I’m wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Do you have a summer uniform? What do you always have to do when traveling?