As I mentioned a couple of months ago, my superstar husband won an award through work that allowed us to take an all-expenses-paid trip to The Montage at Laguna Beach. This was by far the nicest place we’ve ever stayed and unless Matt can manage to pull off winning this award again (not that I doubt his abilities, but it’s not easy to accomplish), we won’t be seeing the likes of The Montage any time in the future.
In an effort to remember what a glorious trip this was, I’m going to try to blog by day (it’ll be 3 posts all together – one of them is just a funny story and not a trip recap) and use full-sized pictures instead of a gallery, as the pictures really tell the story. (Sorry to facebook peeps, as much of this will be a repeat, but with more details.)
On Monday morning our flight left Lambert at 7:30, so we got an early start to our day. After making it through an impossibly-slow security line, we grabbed some breakfast at Burger King (not delicious, but have you BEEN to the St. Louis airport at the crack of dawn? Not many choices. Step it up, STL.).
Easy flight to Dallas, decent flight to Orange County, and a short bus ride and we arrived at the most beautiful place I think I’ve ever been. We knew we were somewhere amazing when a guy in a jacket escorted each couple from the lobby/front desk to their room (every room in the place has a view of the ocean). That and when we realized that the staff steps aside in the hallway or on the sidewalk when a guest walks past. Sheesh.
Here’s a series of room pictures:
Monday consisted of us registering with the people running the show, spending some time hanging out with friends poolside, a nap, and then the welcome reception on the Ocean Lawn. I was needing to pinch myself regularly this night.
Tuesday we woke up pretty early, but it was fine: breakfast on the lawn awaited us (this dining-on-the-lawn was special for our group; if you stayed at the Montage this is not a regular part of the stay)! The staff was well-trained in shooing the birds away from our tables. That was one thing I didn’t like: the birds. They are brazen. And I hate birds.
After breakfast, we went for a walk on the beach, seen here:
Ok…I’m gonna have to end it there for today. We spent the rest of Tuesday going into downtown Laguna Beach to shop a bit, laid around by the pool, and took naps. Tuesday night, which was our big formal event, will start the next post.