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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway


One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to have small weekend getaways. Before getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I planned an unforgettable weekend getaway with my daughter in Costa Mesa. With my daughter being an art student at Orange County School of the Arts, I thought that she would enjoy a getaway enjoying the artsy community of Costa Mesa, and it ended up being one of our favorite staycations ever.

Costa Mesa has some of the best small businesses to shop for the holidays in Orange County, and since I want all the holiday gifts that I will be giving this year to come from small businesses, we started our getaway by shopping during Small Business Saturday.

We got up early on Small Business Saturday and went to The CAMP where we had coffee and breakfast at Blackmarket Bakery. The bakery has some of the best coffee in town, and their pastries are unforgettable — we loved sipping on our coffee while relaxing on their outdoor patio while planning our day.

After breakfast, we walked next door to the SEED People’s Market. It was the first time that I had been in the SEED People’s Market, and it quickly became my new favorite place to get handmade items. They have a wide selection of beautiful jewelry, baby items, and clothing. I was able to purchase almost all my holiday’s gifts while in SEED People’s Market, and it felt good knowing that I am supporting many local artisans.

Next, we walked across the street to The LAB Anti-Mall where we did some more holiday shopping and was able to take some fun photos. If you have a teenager, they are going to have a blast capturing unique photos for their Instagram account at The LAB Anti-Mall.

We were starting to get hungry for lunch, so we drove over to SOCO & The OC Mix for lunch at Tackle Box. Tackle Box is home to season 11 Bravo’s Top Chef Brian Husky who is breaking culinary boundaries by creating delicious dishes.

We started lunch by having some of his well-known Chilaquiles. The Chilaquiles were just as flavorful as the ones you can find in Mexico and featured black beans, cotija cheese, pickled frenso, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa and a sunny-side-up egg.

Next, we had one of the best cheesesteaks this side of Philly – the “Cali” Cheesesteak. It is a must when dining at Tackle Box and featured ribeye, crispy onion, jalapeno and white American cheese. We paired the cheesesteak with a wedge salad, and I sipped on one of the most creative Bloody Mary’s I have ever seen.

Once we were fueled with some local grub from Tackle Box, we went over to The OC Mix where we did some more shopping. We were able to discover some new spices at Savory Spice Shop, got some new clothes from Eva’s Trunk and enjoyed a refreshing drink from Rich Elixirs.

After completing all our holiday shopping, we returned to our hotel, Avenue of the Arts – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, to rest and relax before going out for the evening. The hotel features beautiful rooms with chic decor. We relaxed by the pool and soaked up some of the last rays of sunshine before the cold winter weather rolled into Orange County.

Once we were refreshed from relaxing at the hotel, we got dressed up and walked across the street to South Coast Plaza where we had a light dinner at Season’s 52. I sipped on a glass of wine, and we shared one of their popular flatbreads for dinner.

After dinner, we walked over to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts where we enjoyed seeing the musical Waitress. My daughter has known every song by heart, and she fell in love with the production.

We ended our evening falling asleep in the comfortable beds at Avenue of the Arts – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. When the sun rose, we got dressed and drove over to Old Vine Café for breakfast. Old Vine Café is located in The CAMP where we enjoyed breakfast on their beautiful outdoor patio.

After breakfast, we drove back to SOCO where we savored all the sweetness that SusieCakes has to offer by experiencing a cake tasting. SusieCakes has been one of our favorite places for sweet treats for many years, and we found some new favorites during the tasting like their carrot cake!

Before heading home, we stopped by Coffee Dose to try some of their fancy lattes. We sipped on our coffee reminiscing about all the fun we had during our mother and daughter getaway.

Costa Mesa is one of the best gems of Orange County and the perfect place for your family to shop, dine, experience the best in entertainment and have an unforgettable staycation.

We are thrilled to be able to allow one of our readers to experience the same staycation that I had with my daughter in Costa Mesa. We are giving away the following travel package for two people for the weekend of January 12th.

One night at the Avenue of the Arts – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
2 Tickets to the Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen musical on January 12th at 7:30 pm
Pre-theater dinner (TBD)
$100 to South Coast Plaza
Certificates to Black Market Bakery at The CAMP
Costa Mesa SWAG

$700 value

Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Receive extra entries by commenting on our Facebook post, tagging your friends in our Facebook post or sharing our Facebook post. We will pick one random winner on January 1st. Weekend stay is only good for the weekend of January 12, 2019. Good Luck!!

Giveaway is courtesy of Travel Costa Mesa. Learn more about Travel Costa Mesa online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Such a great giveaway. Hope to win

  2. This sounds like the perfect weekend!

  3. Please pick me! I’d love to take my daughter for some special one on one time. We are in need of some good bonding. XO

  4. Who knew there were so many things to do in Costa Mesa!

  5. What a fun and adventurous staycation! I didn’t know there were so many fun things to do in Costa Mesa.

  6. I live in Costa Mesa and haven’t been to most of these places! Thank you for reminding me that I need to explore where I live!

  7. This looks like so much fun. Can’t wait to try some new restaurants and definitely want to indulge in some yummy desserts! woohooo!

  8. This is amazing!

  9. Aww how fun! My mother and I have never had a mother-daughter getaway. I’d love to spend a day with my husband though 😀 We haven’t had a vacation since our 1 year wedding anniversary 😮

  10. Please pick me. It would be a perfect wedding anniversary gift.

  11. Looks so fun! Would love a staycation with my teen daughter, it’s so important especially at this age.

  12. Would love to win this great getaway for my oldest daughter & I!

  13. This sounds amazing!!!!

  14. I so need a stagnation. A get away from mom boss I am but some self care and fun for me for once. It’s so hard getting that time for me and thinking of me. Food looks amazing and there is so much I need to see in my own backyard. Hope to win

  15. Okay I wanna do it exactly the same! Fabulous!

  16. This would be an amazing staycation, I would love to win!

  17. Wow sounds like fun!!!

  18. Great story, thanks for all the info

  19. This is the most incredible and generous giveaway! This would be such a lovely bonding time for my teenage daughter and I!

  20. I love Costa Mesa! So many awesome things to see and do. I would love to win!

  21. I could totally use a staycation,especially after finishing my school program and working fulltime – the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway!

  22. This would be amazing!!! A weekend getaway with my Husband would be great!

  23. I love Costa Mesa. The CAMP and Blackmarket Bakery are the best!

  24. This looks fun!

  25. Fun!

  26. What an amazing vacation so close to home!

  27. My husband works 6 days a week to support our 5 beautiful children and so i can be home with them! We NEVER get to do anything like this EVER. He is constantly giving his all to our family as well as i am myself. This would be absolutely incredible for us to do together!

  28. My daughter is 16 and shes the perfect age to enjoy shopping and hanging out on a mother daughter date since we have never done that because i have a younger son that i usually dont leave behind!

  29. This looks like so much fun! Would love to win this for my husband and I!

  30. Sounds like an incredible staycation 😊

  31. How fun!!! Staycations are the best mama!! Newly mama over here could really use any vacation!! Lol

  32. My mom and I would love this

  33. Omg this looks amazing!! Would love a staycation!

  34. Staycation is much needed for a family! this sounds like a ton of fun

  35. Wow looks like you guys had a lots of fun 🙂

  36. a quick OC vacation would be a ton of fun, going to the mall, watching a show, eating and staying at a hotel would be awesome and greatly appreciated.

  37. Looks like such a fun trip. My son would love it!

  38. I was your server at Seasons 52 that night! I remember you two, I thought it was so sweet you were having a mother daughter getaway and thought that’s something I want to do with my daughter when she’s older! Glad I was able to see the post.

  39. Looks fun, I love staycations!

  40. We are so lucky to have fabulous local adventures! I loved your pictures of your mother daughter weekend. I definitely want to check out omthe coffee shops and restaurants you visited.

  41. How exciting and what a blessing for someone. Xoxoxo

  42. I would love a staycation in Costa Mesa! It is such a beutiful city!

  43. coffee cup is the best

  44. What a fun way to celebrate with a daughter! Making lasting memories!
    Thank you!

  45. I could use a night away! Been a rough few months. Would lovebto win this getaway!

  46. This looks and sounds amazing! I can really use a weekend getaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win!Merry Christmas!

  47. I would love the staycation to celebrate my January 7th burthday! Relaxing and being pampered is every Mom’s dream!

  48. Love it!

  49. What an amazing mother:daughter time yuu had. Memories to last a lifetime. I’ve been to a couple of the places yuu memtionrd and many performances st segerstrom! Thanks for this amazing chance!

  50. Sounds like a lot of fun!!

  51. Would love the chance to do this getaway with my daughter 🙂

  52. What an amazing opportunity. I live in CM and feel like I never get around to new places.

  53. This is awesome!

  54. Love our city

  55. Wow, awesome giveaway and blog post!

  56. Soooooo cute!! I need your daughter’s Costa Mesa T-shirt!! 😍😍😍 …and I can ALWAYS use a cup of “Anti Bitch Serum”! 😂🤦‍♀️ Staycays are the best when you live in SoCal!! 💕

  57. This sounds amazing!!

  58. Looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to go!!

  59. I would love to win. It sounds amazing and I really need a vacay with my hubby. I tagged, I shared, and liked the post. I hope I win. Thank You.

  60. Would love to win this! Costa Mesa is great!

  61. This is a great opportunity, good luck to all!

  62. Looks like the perfect mother and daughter weekend!

  63. This sounds like a great time

  64. Thanks for the ideas!!

  65. Three daughters of mine and i would love a fantastic getaway midst crazy year with struggles and doctors visits this time of the year!!

  66. Our three daughters and I would love the getaway! Our life has been a tough one including the doctors visit my little one has been going through due to her heart condition!

  67. Your article is a great reminder of the importance of making time for special moments with our teens! Thank you! And this prize sounds amazing. Who knew so much fun was to be had in Costa Mesa? There is a world beyond south coast plaza 🙂

  68. What a fun experience!

  69. Such a great article and a good Mother/daughter experience.

  70. You had me at “staycation”

  71. What a fun time!!

  72. What a fun time! Would love this!

  73. I would love to have a ‘getaway’ in my own backyard! Loved the article and all the info your blog shares on every post!

  74. I want to win 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

  75. Wow!,what an amazing staycation you had with your daughter:), thank you for sharing!
    If i were to win this, it would be the perfect gift for my daughter on her birthday, since she is actually born on Jan-11
    I can’t imagine a better way to spend time with her!


  76. It sounds like you had an awesome time. Spending specialmother daughter time is important. This would be a birthday weekend treat for me if I won.

  77. Amazing!! Staycations are the best! Very cool giveaway thank you!

  78. How fun!!! I love following your blog- I’m always thinking how much fun you must have doing it all!

  79. Didn’t know all this was over there. Will have to check it out

  80. A staycation would be awesome!

  81. My hubby and I would love this!!

  82. This would be a perfect staycation! Dinner and the theater is so fancy too!

  83. This would be so fun! I NEED a stay-cation and I love musicals!

  84. What an amazing experience! We would love to be able to do this!

  85. Oh boy! Sounds like an amazing opportunity!

  86. A staycation sounds divine!!! And a perfect relaxing treat after the busy rush of the holidays. 😊

  87. This is totally an epic Mother/Daughter getaway!!! 🙂

  88. What a perfect date night! ❤️

  89. Costa Mesa ROCKS! Thankso for the great story covering all of my favorite places.

  90. Wouldn love to win this! That’s actually the weekend of my daughter’s birthday. Would be so fun to surprise her with a mama/daughter getaway.

    • Congratulations! You are our winner! We hope you and your daughter have an amazing getaway!

  91. My teenage son has been dying to see this play! I think a Mother/Son getaway would be awesome too!!

  92. This sounds like such a wonderful time. Would love to win!

  93. Looks like a great weekend! Love Costa Mesa!

    • My husband and I also love one on one kid times! With the 4 kiddos it gets tough. My daughter knows every Dear Evan Hansen song unfortunately have not been able to take her to see it. This would be an awesome opportunity for mom and daughter bonding with my eldest. Thanks for the opportunity! -Theresa @sdpromom

  94. Would love a mini close to home staycation!

  95. super fun!

  96. Close to home staycation? Sigh me up, please!

  97. What an I ncredible weekend 🙂

  98. Would love this staycation

  99. Sounds amazing!! Would love to win!

  100. This looks amazing. I had no idea such cool stuff was right here!

  101. This looks amazing!

  102. I work across the street from the camp. This would be cool to win and go see all it has to offer

  103. My sister will be visiting that week, would love to win!

  104. Love you guys!! Glad to see you guys still leading happy and healthy lives! Can’t wait to go shopping with you guys at south coast!

  105. This would be awesome!

  106. This would be amazing! Jan 12th is my birthday too

  107. What great memories you are making!
    Would love to do this with my daughter…

  108. Wow!!! What great memories you are making!
    Would love to do this with my daughter…

  109. Sounds like a fun staycation! I used to be a theatre performer and would love a night out at a show!

  110. This giveaway is the best!!! I’d love to win this staycation 🙂

  111. Looks fun

  112. I am in serious need of a staycation!! 🤞

  113. Incredible giveaway! Never enter these things but this one is so great. Thanks so much for the great tips abt Costa Mesa! Seriously, who knew?

  114. It looks like you had an amazing time! I would love to do this with my daughter!

  115. Thank you for the opportunity.

  116. This would be so wonderful!! My daughters’s birthday is in January and she is in musical theater!!

  117. A mother/daughter weekend sounds amazing! 💛

  118. This is an amazing and fun giveaway.

  119. Wow! I love staycations!! Yes, please 😀

  120. My daughter and I need some mommy and me time!

  121. Amazing! Would love to win with my mom!

  122. I can use a staycation! pick me.

  123. Costa Mesa is the perfect destination to share great views, great shopping, great laughs, and great memories with your mom!

  124. I love going to the LAB, is urban outfitters still there? I haven’t gone in years.

  125. With 5 Kids at Home my husband and I really need some Good Staycations !!!!! 🙏🏻🎅🏻

  126. Would love this for my daughter and I. So cool you are doing this.

  127. Sounds like fun! Would love to win!

  128. wow now this is amazing !

  129. Would love this! Good luck, everyone!

  130. I want to win!!! I sooo need this!!! This will be so perfect for me! 😎💛
    Jen @bebejennn

  131. It is nice to explore around OC. It will be an amazing experience for my kids! They love staycations! Hoping to win and experience this amazing city! Merry Christmas and thank you for giving this opportunity to other families!

  132. I would love my first night away since having my twins 3 years ago near home. This would be such a treat and much needed me time. I just stopped tandem nursing on their 3rd birthday in September. I’ve co slept with them since and still do.. I haven’t had a full nights rest in 3 years! Don’t get me wrong I love the position I’m in but I would love to have a night away ☺️

  133. Thanks for the chance! I’m embarrassed to admit I live in neighboring HB and have rarely visited any of the cool places you explored!

  134. Sounds like a blast. Hope I win!! 🙂

  135. That’s my son’s birthday weekend, he’ll be 17 & would love to do this!

  136. Well this sounds amazing! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

  137. What a great getaway!!! Would love to enjoy it with my daughter too!!

  138. Sounds like a great mother-daughter memory in the making. Would love to win!!!

  139. What a fabulous giveaway. This be a lovely getaway

  140. This would be so much fun, would love to take my mom!

  141. I would love to do this with my daughter!

  142. This would be an amazing experience for my daughter. She is so hardworking at borh school and athletics.makes me proud of her work ethic and her kindness and joy.

  143. I need a staycation because I work hard. I also want to visit my BFF that lives near there

  144. Wow! Thanks for highlighting all of the neat things Costa Mesa has to offer.

  145. This would be such an awesome getaway! It looked like you guys had so much fun!

  146. I’m feeling lucky!

  147. 🤞🏼Fingers crossed!!

  148. Awesome article! I love hearing about your adventures!

  149. Love to experience this mini getaway!

  150. I grew up doing mother daughter trips with my mom. So fun and special for the two of you.

  151. This would be heaven for my daughter and I!

  152. This is so amazing

  153. I love this blog! Winning this giveaway would be just what this tired teacher and mom needs.

  154. We neeeeeered, I mean, we would looooove a staycation away! Traveling for work 80 hrs per week means this would be a nice treat!

  155. This would be so fun!!!

  156. Sounds so fun!! This will be a perfect little staycation for me and my momma! She def deserves it! 💕🤞🏼

  157. Dying to see Dear Evan, would love to win!

  158. I’d love to do this with my nest friend ❤️

  159. I love that you had mother/daughter time together! My mom is 66 on January 7th, would love to take her on a staycation for her birthday.

  160. My daughter and I would LOVE this!

  161. Looks awesome!

  162. Sounds like fun! We would love to win!

  163. Looks like you and your daughter had a great staycation! Thanks for all the great suggestions and pics!

  164. My favorite thing to do in Costa Mesa is catching a show at segerstrom! Such a great theater!

  165. I would love to take my mom! She does so much for my boys and I! It would be an awesome surprise!💕

  166. Costa Mesa… it just my BFF hometown. Wpuld love to be closer to her 😉

  167. I love to shop at South Coast Plaza when I’m in Costa Mesa.❤

  168. I’d love to win!

  169. My favorite thing to do in CM is go to SOCO!

  170. I love going to dinner at Vaca and catching a show at Segerstrom 😍

  171. I would love to spend time in Costa Mesa with my daughter who is a Senior before she heads off to college. 🙌🏼❤️😭

  172. I would love to do this with my daughter who is a Senior graduating in May! ❤️💯🙌🏼

  173. My favorite thing to do in Costa Mesa is head to Ikea followed by my daughter’s favorite, Mitsuwa!

  174. This would be amazing!

  175. My favorite thing about Costa Mesa is South Coast Plaza.

  176. Favorite thing to do in Costa Mesa is walk around the Camp: eat, drink, shop & dessert! 😊

  177. Love all the fun restaurants and exciting venues in Costa Mesa! Perfect spot for a staycation!

  178. I love all of the amazing kid friendly activities the Fairgrounds puts on for our kiddos, and we love cruising around South Coast Plaza!

  179. Favorite thing to do in Costa Mesa is visit the South coast plaza!!

  180. Favorite Costa Mesa family activity is going to the OC Fair every summer!

  181. Favorite Costa Mesa activity is going to the OC Fair every summer!!

  182. Was the winner announced?

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