Day Five - Virginia Robinson Gardens
I like to call this day our "Beverly Hills" day because it was simple and everything was close to the hotel. We started with exploring a hidden gem and some beautiful gardens before walking down to the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch by the pool (we loved enjoying this last year the day we flew out to our honeymoon and thought about staying here but couldn't beat the location of our hotel) and doing some shopping on Rodeo Drive.
We kicked off our morning with lunch on the patio outside the hotel overlooking the start of Rodeo Drive (another one of our favorites last year so a repeat was in order).
Each time we make a "repeat" visit to somewhere we've been before we like to try to do something new or see something we haven't seen before. I thought it would be fun to tour a mansion while we were in town - the day before we walked through the grounds of Greystone Manor (a gorgeous, large property in Beverly Hills) and in the late morning we headed over to Virginia Robinson Gardens for a tour around the grounds.
It's right at the end of a normal Beverly Hills neighborhood, gated off like the other properties and the lady it's named after lived here until she was a month shy of turning 100. (They credit her long life to swimming, walking around the property and playing tennis every single day) We toured inside where we had to put booties on to protect the floors as well as not touch anything or take any photos and toured the gardens and throughout the estate as well. Everything was so interesting to see.
The hotel wasn't far from where we were so we decided to enjoy the nice walk to get to it (anyway to incorporate a little exercise). It was nice to walk through the pretty surroundings and nice houses.
Another favorite from the previous year, we're big fans of the cabana cafe next to the pool. It's an outdoor patio, fun setting and tasty "pool" food. Plus their margaritas are amazing.
When we got back from our adventures around town we immediately walked across the street to Rodeo Drive for some shopping. Derek got some fall clothes - of course he made the first purchase and I was a lithe ancy until I got something too - but the wait was worth it as I was treated to a very nice anniversary gift… which I'll be finally receiving in a few days! We also picked up my some Tory Burch flip flops for my mom as Stella has nice style too and ate the toe off of hers that morning.
We enjoyed some balcony time, relaxing and a sunset before heading out for dinner… Mexican. I've always been dying to go to the mexican place that Spencer was always raving about on The Hills because it looked so delicious. It did not disappoint - totally authentic, we sat out on the patio and each added a taco onto our meals - they were $1.50 - hard to turn down.
Each day my parents would send pictures of Stella… this was one of the ones today :)
Next time… Disneyland!