one of my favorite summer events in south orange county is the sawdust festival in laguna beach. i make it a point to go at least once every summer to check out the vendors and artists. there is always such a great collection of painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelry makers and even glass blowers! this year was especially fun since my friend's band was performing! what a fun way to celebrate summer and local artists!
if you're in maui and you're looking for a little taste of luxury without breaking the bank, head to the grand wailea resort in kihei. it's one of the nicest hotels on the island and has breathtaking sculptures, landscaping and views. plus, there are some great restaurants, bars and shops to check out during your visit. unfortunately, you can't use any of the amenities if you're not staying at the hotel, but it's a great place to grab lunch or a happy hour drink and take in a little hawaiian luxury.