Last week Jeremy and I celebrated out 10th wedding anniversary. We don’t get many chances to get away from the kids so we jump on any opportunity we get. As I’m sure you’re aware, I’m a huge animal lover. For the past few years, I’ve been seeing Stanley the Giraffe from Malibu Wine Safaris on Instagram and knew this was something I had to do.
The wine safaris tour was a little pricey but I will say, it was well worth the money in my opinion. We got to try several new wines (their Rose was amazing) and meet some super cool animals. It is definitely something I’ll remember forever.
Malibu Wine Safaris – Things to Know
- The wine safaris tours are approximately 1.5 hours long and it’s a good idea to arrive early
- The tours depart across the street from the winery itself with a shuttle running back and forth every few minutes
- You must book your tickets in advance, you can do so here.
- Malibu Wines will not allow children or young adults under the age of 21 to attend.
- Wear comfortable shoes because you will be climbing in and out of the truck and walking in the dirt.
- There are 4 stops on the tour. 2 wine tasting stops and 2 animal meet & greet stops.
After the tour
After the wine safari tour we were pretty hungry so we stopped off at one of our favorite LA Sushi spots, SugarFish, for a late lunch. The weather this time of year can go from 55 in the morning to 85 mid day which is really frustrating. It was super warm when we were done with the tour so I had to change into this adorable jumpsuit. It’s currently on sale for under $25 and it’s the comfiest thing ever. I do recommend wearing a bralette like this one underneath though as it is pretty low in the front and back.
Finding places to stay in Malibu was a bit tricky. The hustle and bustle of the Santa Monica area isn’t too relaxing to me. We ended up farther up the coast at the Embassy Suites Madalay Beach Resort in Oxnard and it was incredible.
Our second floor room had an ocean view room and was just steps from the beach. You could hear the waves crashing from the balcony and it was awesome. I also love Embassy Suites hotels because they have a managers reception on weeknights. Luckily, we happened to get there just in time and catch the sunset at the beach.
I changed clothes again before heading out because it was pretty cold once the sun went down. We were even lucky enough to get someone to catch a picture of the two of us. Since we couldn’t agree on a place to go for dinner so we grabbed a pizza and headed back to sit in the spa. Jeremy thinks it’s ridiculous that I brought so many outfits for our 2 day trip but with the vast weather changes they really came in handy. It’s also what inspired Monday’s capsule wardrobe post.
The next morning we drank coffee on the beach and enjoyed the sunrise before heading to the breakfast buffet. I love that they had grab and go options as well as a cook to order omelet station.
Exploring the Central Coast
After breakfast it was pretty much time to check out so we headed up to Santa Barbara. We do go there a lot, I know, but it’s always a different experience without the kids. We were able to visit attractions we don’t normally make it to such as the Chumash Painted Caves, we had a leftover pizza picnic at Mission Santa Barbara, hit up the Farmer’s Market and even got to try some new wines at Stearn’s Wharf.
Read more about our favorite things to do in Santa Barbara here.
All in all, it was an amazing trip and I highly recommend it to anyone!