You don't need to travel far to enjoy a fun little getaway. While my summer has been spent locally for the most part, I have still been able to get out and experience the beauty that Southern California has to offer. Whether that be a drive down the coast to San Diego, a visit to the wineries in Solvang, or just walking around my own neighborhood, there is so much to experience around Los Angeles.

A perfect staycation can be planned with a day in Malibu. The temperature is usually cool, the sun is always shining, and the salty fresh air makes you forget about all the smog over the hill.

MASH Hike at Malibu Creek State Park
This beautiful 4.75 mile hike is the exterior shot of the hit television series MASH. This is an easy hike with incredible views. The hike can be extended to just past 6 miles if desired. The hike hosts a creek and many old oak trees. When you reach the MASH set, it is the turn around point for the hike. Note that it does cost $12 to park there, but this money goes to keeping our state parks up and running.

Malibu Farm Pier Cafe
After your hike, grab lunch off the Malibu Pier at the Malibu Farm Cafe. Although a bit pricy, the view is worth every cent. We spent the 4th of July here and enjoyed a seat on the patio overlooking the ocean. Their dishes are all farm to table, organic, and delicious. Known for their Frose, I also love their green tacos and burgers. Note that parking is a bit hectic there. You can pay for parking outside the restaurant if it is available, but I recommend finding free parking down the street and enjoying the walk.

Malibu Wine Safari
Nothing says a fun afternoon like wine paired with feeding a llama. With a variety of safari tours, including one that allows you to feed the famous Stanley the Giraffe from The Hangover, and another with just mimosa tastings, there are many options for all different winos. Bonus, you never know who you may run into. You could see Jennifer Love Hewitt. Or that triplet comedian from America's Got Talent.

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