Day 3 in California started with a walk through flowers Descanso Gardens in Flintridge and a flight over Malibu in a helicopter. But of course, not before brunch at the wonderful restaurant in the gardens.


This eating twice a day thing worked out pretty slick. No wonder Californians are in such great shape! 😛

Anyways, brunch was incredible. We ate outside under the California sun. We each had a mimosa, mine with grapefruit juice and Tyson’s with orange juice. The service was impeccable and the food was to die for. I had a version of chicken and waffles with a incredibly crispy and juicy bone in chicken breast and french beignets. The beignets were wonderful. I’m not sure how you can make bread juicy, but this one was.

Tyson had the special of the day which was eggs benedict but with salmon added. It was so savory and completely unexpectedly wonderful!

Now that our bellies were all full, we toured the gardens. This place is enormous. I feel like we would need to have at least a full day or two in order to see everything they have to offer. For a Sunday morning, it was fairly empty, despite the parking lot leading us to think otherwise.

In January, the camellias are in bloom. There is actually an entire garden dedicated to them. And rightfully so, they are absolutely gorgeous. There is also a garden for roses and ancient ferns. The roses weren’t in bloom yet, but the ferns were taller than me!

Helicopter Time

We had an appointment at Orbic Air in Glendale to take a helicopter tour over Los Angeles, Malibu and Hollywood. We were there a bit early, so they gave us each a mimosa while we waited for our pilot.

couple drinking mimosa at orbic air glendale california

I have to confess, I have never been in a helicopter. Or any flying aircraft smaller than an airplane honestly. To say that I had big metal butterflies in my stomach would be an understatement. Getting into the helicopter and only having a small lock to keep me inside was nervewracking.

However, I knew it was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I bucked up and put on a smile. Our pilot took us over quite a few celebrities houses and over Universal Studios. Seeing Hogwarts from above was pretty amazing. The Hollywood sign was pretty wonderful too! But the best part was when they landed on top of Malibu Canyon.

santa monica pier aerial view

A Life Changing Stop

Tyson arranged everything with this helicopter ride, so I knew virtually nothing about it other than it was happening. So when we stopped on top of the canyon, I thought we were just stopping to take some gorgeous pictures of the canyon and ocean. Which we did, but Tyson had more planned.

While our pilot was taking pictures of us in front of the ocean, Tyson pulled a fast one on me. I was turning around to head back to the helicopter when he pulled my hand and turned me back around to face him. When I did, he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand.

I started tearing up and so was he. We were both so happy, we couldn’t even speak! He pretty much said something along the lines of, “Wanna?” And I could barely get out “Yes”. There were tears and smiles and giggles. It was absolutely perfect on all accounts and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Our pilot was sneaky and brought champagne, cheesecake and strawberries for us to celebrate with. I’m sure Tyson helped arrange it, but it was such a surprise! We spent about 20 minutes up there on the top of the canyon before we had to go. BTW…I have no idea what I was doing in the picture down there, but…yeah…we’re going to let it go LOL

couple drinking champagne in malibu canyon

After getting back into the helicopter, it was time to go to Malibu and our AirBNB. The sunset on the way up PCH was incredible and fiery. We had to stop at a beach along the way so we could relish in it just one more time before we couldn’t go back to the beach before we left.

sunset over the pacific ocean in malibu

Dinner Oceanside in Malibu

We had dinner at a oceanside restaurant called Geoffrey’s. We of course, sat outside again. It was so dark and the ambiance of the patio was dim and romantic. They had tall warmers around the entire outdoor area that made it nice and toasty. I wasn’t at all chilly in my short sleeve dress.

woman at a table at geoffreys in malibu by the ocean

We had a watermelon margarita each, which did not go with our main course. We also had complimentary bread and herb butter. It was amazingly delicious. It was a great precursor to dinner.

We had jumbo coconut shrimp to start with. There was this delicious berry/tomato jelly stuff on the side that went perfect with it. I had seafood paella and Tyson had duck two ways. I have never had paella before, but I was trying to make a conscious effort to eat fresh seafood every day while we were in California and I was so glad that I did. It was way better than I expected it to be. It was also WAY more involved than I expected it to be as I had to take the mussels and clams out of their shells.

Tyson’s duck was insanely good. It was moist and tender. I’m also not a fan of spring rolls really, but this one was fantastic! Geoffrey’s really does a great job of creating a romantic spot for dinner with great drinks and even better food. It was an amazing ending to a great day.

Have you been to Malibu? What was your favorite part? We’re always looking for amazing things to do on our next vacation! Leave me a comment with what we HAVE to do next time! Click here for the awesome end to our trip!

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