From Shopping Sprees to Happy Hour Hangouts, This Is How I’m Going to End My Hibernation
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger Post-Quarantine Activities OC
If you know me well, you know I’m no social butterfly. I take my evening glass of red on my couch quite seriously. But I have to admit, after three months of Zoom calls, no makeup and too much takeout, I am ready to emerge from my cave, slip on a pair of actual pants and see my friends. Here are 10 things I can’t WAIT to do after quarantine ends.
1 | Happy Hour Post-Quarantine Activities OC
5 o’clock cocktails combine three of my favorite things: freshness, friends and a slight buzz. So, it’s no surprise that happy hour drinks are at the top of my to-do list. While in quarantine, I’ve attempted the Moscow mule and the classic margarita, but something about an expertly crafted cocktail just puts me in good spirits.
SOCIAL Costa Mesa is my go-to place for a sensational sip. From their Shisho Boujee made with Reyka vodka, passionfruit, lime cordial and shiso to their Tini Apple—a “boozy slushee” with apple vodka, lime cordial and fresh green apple juice, you can’t go wrong. But since I’m more of a whisky/bourbon gal, I opt for SOCIAL’s classic old fashioned crafted with bourbon, rye, turbinado syrup, orange and Angostura bitters.
2 | Book a Staycation Post-Quarantine Activities OC
What is it about the smell of sunscreen that just triggers the “I-need-to-be-on-vacation-now” mentality? Don’t get me wrong, tanning in my backyard is lovely, but I can’t stop dreaming of a poolside paradise. Orange County is home to some heavenly seaside hotels including the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and Paséa Hotel & Spa, a Huntington Beach resort featuring a treehouse rooftop bar, breathtaking ocean views, wine on tap and butlers who will transport you to the beach!
3 | Shop ‘til I Drop Post-Quarantine Activities OC
While I am thankful I haven’t spent a dime on new clothes and accessories recently, I am itchin’ to browse through some of my favorite OC shops. Landers Supply House in Costa Mesa is one of my favorite places to visit for vintage finds and classic designs. They carry everything from Western belts and boots to fringe jackets, funky pins and badass bandanas. Owner Chance Owen also opened Landers Liquor Bar down the street—an open-air bar and kitchen with daring drinks and a disco ball.
When it comes to an all-day outing, Huntington Beach’s Pacific City is a total gem. Located just south of the pier, this seaside shopping destination has everything from eclectic restaurants and name-brand stores to quaint boutiques and summer treats. At this point, my cravings for a Bear Flag poke burrito and a Popbar with rainbow sprinkles are relentless.
4 | Attend a Gym Class Post-Quarantine Activities OC
The past few months, I’ve been forcing my 55-year-old mother to do HIIT workouts with me in our garage. I think it’s safe to say that we both miss the gym. So, one of my first to-dos post-quarantine will be to take a workout class at one of my favorite studios! RA Yoga, Pure Barre and Renaissance ClubSport offer an assortment of butt-kicking classes that whip me right into shape, including hot yoga, barre, strength training, spin, pilates, HIIT and more. I can’t WAIT to get back in the studio and get in a good sweat sesh.
5 | Host a Backyard BBQ
For me, the beauty of Southern California lies in our beautiful beaches and consistently warm weather. One of my favorite things to do in the spring and summer months is to dine al fresco. I love hosting a backyard soiree with smoked meats, cold beer and good friends. In other words, it’s much more fun when your dog isn’t the only one in attendance. So as soon as the 6-feet rule is no longer in place, I plan on cracking open a Modelo or Corona Hard Seltzer and sitting around the fireplace with mi mejor amigos!
6 | Take a Trip to T.J. Maxx
Okay, this simply had to be on my list. I saw a meme the other day that read: “Do you think T.J. Maxx will be serving alcohol at their reopening, or should I tailgate in the parking lot?”
I’ll just leave it at that.
7 | Watch Live Sports
If you know me at all, you know I am a sports fanatic. Soccer, hockey, basketball, football—I watch ‘em all. Rock & Brews Tustin is one of the best places to catch a game. The restaurant and bar serves the area’s best local and international craft beers on tap. If games are on, you’ll find me bellied up to the bar wearing my team’s jersey (Go Eagles!).
8 | Resume My Beauty Routine
Salons are a necessity right?! Well, maybe not. But my eyebrows, dark roots and dead ends sure need some attention right now. The Brow Boutique in San Clemente is the place to go for all things waxing, threading and plucking. But when it comes to hair care, Julie Page at Poetry of Hair sure knows how to weave in some gorgeous highlights! Check out her amazing work: @positivelybeyoutiful
If your beauty routine typically involves a weekly trip to the spa, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa offers the ultimate relaxation experience. Their Weekday Bliss spa package includes your choice of the Serenity Massage or a 60-minute Botanical Balancing Facial and is sure to put you in a SoCal state of mind.
9 | Grab Coffee With Friends
Fact: Coffee is not meant to be a drive-thru experience; it’s meant to be sipped with friends! Common Room Roasters, an industrial-style roastery in Newport Beach, is my go-to for a bag of beans and an afternoon pick-me-up. I look forward to grabbing a table and ordering my usual— an almond milk flat white!
10 | Give Hugs
I simply can’t wait to throw my arms around my friends and family. Expect a bear hug—you know who you are!