Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff drive up to Big Sur (FameFlynet)
The "Glee" actress turned 27 on Thursday, just seven weeks after her boyfriend Cory Monteith was found dead from an accidental overdose in his hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia.
While sources tell omg! that Lea had a small birthday gathering with friends last week, she also spent Labor Day weekend having a belated celebration with BFF Jonathan Groff.
Lea and Jonathan drove up the coast from Los Angeles to Big Sur, California for a relaxing getaway.
Dressed in an orange dress and denim jacket, Michele was photographed smiling on Saturday as she and her former "Glee" and "Spring Awakening" co-star stopped to fill up their car with gas.
Lea tweeted on Monday:
Lea and Jonathan stayed at the Post Ranch Inn. The five star hotel is a luxurious and hidden retreat, which no doubt came at a very necessary time for the actress.
Lea Michele smiles on her way back to the car (8/31/13)
"We're in the middle of filming it, and it's incredibly hard," Matthew Morrison told E! Online's Marc Malkin on August 25. "We've mourned Cory, but now we're mourning Finn. So it's kind of like two people in that one person. It's incredibly hard and we're staying strong together and I have to say Lea has been the most strongest of all of us."
Lea made her first public appearance since Cory's passing at the Teen Choice Awards last month when she dedicated her Choice TV Actress award to her fallen love.
"He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile, and his beautiful, beautiful heart," a teary Lea said. "So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and became a part of all of our hearts and that's where he'll stay forever. So thank you guys so much. Thank you."
Monteith was found dead in his hotel room on July 13 at the age of 31.
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