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Discover Yosemite Tour

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest Yosemite is a beautiful place to visit in the winter, but many families get nervous about driving around in the National Park when there is snow and ice on the ground. When I went to Tenaya Lodge on a Mother/Daughter weekend getaway, I didn’t want to drive around Yosemite in the snow alone with my daughter, so we made reservations with the hotel concierge to have a tour of Yosemite National Park with Discover Yosemite Tours. The morning of our tour, my daughter started the day with a relaxing yoga class at Ascent Spa, and then we met our driver for the day, Glenn. Glenn greeted all the children on our tour with coloring books and provided the adults with a map of Yosemite. He told us a little bit about himself and then...

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Skates and S’mores at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort I love making s’mores, and I also love ice skating. Here in Southern California where we live, it doesn’t get cold enough to build a fire to make s’mores, and it rarely ever gets cold enough to the point where you want to go ice skating. When my mom showed me the itinerary for our trip together to Tenaya Lodge, and I saw s’more making and ice skating on our schedule, and I got so excited. Whenever we travel somewhere cold, my brothers and I almost always try to go ice skating. We also love making s’mores. The only thing that I was sad about was that I didn’t have my brothers to go ice skating with, but when we arrived at the resort, there were other kids that I had...

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Dine Inside of a Life-Size Gingerbread House

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue While our family was visiting Great Wolf Lodge this holiday season, we had the most memorable experience dining inside of a giant life-size gingerbread house. The gingerbread house is located in the lobby of the resort and is adorned with candy treats. The gingerbread house features: 663 pounds of gingerbread dough 5,635 Square feet of Gingerbread 70 Gallons of Icing 1,152 Peeps 450 pounds of Mike & Ikes 135 pounds of gumdrops 85 hours of icing 160 hours of house creation Everyone who visits Great Wolf Lodge during the holidays is drawn to the beauty of the life-size gingerbread house. Inside of the house is a circular table where families are invited to have an unforgettable dining experience. The second it was time for our family to dine in the gingerbread...

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Best Yosemite Hiking Trail for Young Children

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Tenaya Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places that I have visited in the world. After coming back from a mother/daughter getaway to Yosemite, I have been getting a lot of questions about whether or not there are hiking trails fit for younger children. In the past, I have always recommended the Mirror Lake trail because it is mostly paved (good for strollers) but on this trip, I discovered my new favorite trail for younger children, Lower Yosemite Falls Hiking Trail. I wish that I could take credit for discovering this awesome Yosemite trail, but it is all thanks to our incredible tour guide with Discover Yosemite Tours, Glenn. Glenn knows every detail about Yosemite National Park, and since we had a lot of young families with small children on our tour,...

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Southgate Brewing Company Beer Tasting Dinner

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Dining, Family, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the resort After a fun day exploring Yosemite National Park, we returned to Tenaya Lodge to have a beer tasting dinner featuring beers from the popular Brewery, Southgate Brewing Company. Southgate Brewing Company is located near Yosemite in Oakhurst and is a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors of the area. They are known for making the best brews in the area along with delicious bites. I am not a big beer drinker, but I fell in love with all the beers I tasted during the tasting with the Tenaya Red IPA being my all-time favorite. The tasting dinner began with coconut shrimp with a cucumber cilantro sauce paired with the Gold Diggin Blonde beer. The shrimp had the perfect amount of crisp and the beer brought out the flavors of the...

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Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Winter Deals

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Deals, Travel | 0 comments

  This fall and winter, Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts invites you to ditch the snow boots and grab the sunscreen while taking advantage of great travel deals at 15 beachfront resorts in warm-weather destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. As part of the “You Are Here” promotion, this group of resorts is exclusively offering up to a $400 resort credit per room, per stay in premium rooms for a minimum of four nights. Plus, some resorts increase the resort credit the longer you stay. The booking window is open now through Dec. 31, 2016 for travel between now and March 31, 2017. Must use promotional code 93B and guests who book directly on receive the lowest Marriott Rewards® Member Rates. Known for stunning beachfront locations and premium amenities, the 15 participating resorts are situated throughout...

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Creating Holiday Memories at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Tenaya Lodge is the perfect place for your family to relax, reconnect and get into the holiday spirit. The first night that we arrived at Tenaya, we enjoyed an intimate wine tasting in the lobby with exquisite wines from Idle Hour Winery and then we had a festive Mix and Mingle dinner with Kris Kringle. The minute that we stepped foot into the room, we were transported into a magical world filled with the Christmas spirit. There was live music playing, a large variety of culinary options and Kris Kringle himself. We savored the culinary creations made by the chefs at Tenaya while listening to the beautiful music. Once my daughter was done enjoying her dinner, she sat on Santa’s lap and told him everything on her Christmas wish list. Once...

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Morning Yoga at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue During my stay at Tenaya Lodge, I woke up early and got to take a morning yoga class. There is literally no better way to start the day than with relaxing your body. Yoga is something that I really enjoy doing to calm my senses and forget about all of the chaos of the real world. When my mom told me I was going to be doing yoga while in Yosemite, I couldn’t wait! When I got up in the morning, I put on my yoga pants and headed down to Ascent Spa. When I was at the spa, I went to a mat and started doing some easy yoga poses. Once the class had begun, I was in my own little world of yoga. The instructor had us doing basic...

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Idle Hour Winery Tasting in Yosemite

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue After driving from Orange County to Yosemite, I was ready to spend the evening relaxing. We checked into our room at Tenaya Lodge and then joined our friends for some small bites and sips of wine from the popular Idle Hour Winery in Oakhurst. While the adults were tasting the different wines crafted by one of the most talented winemakers in the region, Anna Marie dos Remedios, the kids enjoyed cups of warm hot cocoa with mini marshmallows. Idle Hour Winery is owned and operated by Anna Marie dos Remedios and Deb Payne who started the winery focusing on these traditional methods: native yeast fermentation, gravity flow racking and the use of neutral French Oak. The wines boasted rich flavors, and the tasting was the perfect start to our vacation in...

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Family Staycation at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored When it comes to staycations, families living in Orange County have so many options, but when it comes to a beachside getaway, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a premier choice for locals. The historic vacation destination has recently undergone a major renovation and offers guests plush accommodations just steps away from the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean. As our children are getting older, it is becoming harder for all of our family to be able to come together on the weekends. The minute that I noticed that my high schooler had a weekend free of commitments, I planned a weekend getaway to The Ranch at Laguna Beach. We packed our beach gear into the car and drove down the coast to the resort. We checked into our room, and within minutes our kids were on a...

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2016 Cyber Monday Travel Offers

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Travel | 0 comments

  Everyone likes a good deal and we all know that Cyber Monday is one of the best times of the year to snag one. The following deals at resorts throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America and even Europe can be booked on Cyber Monday, November 28, 2016. You can visit Cyber Travel Deals for more info. All deals are subject to blackout dates and based on availability. Additional restrictions and room category limitations may apply. New offers are added daily. Booking window differs per property. CONTINENTAL U.S. FLORIDA Hotel: The Palms Hotel & Spa Offer: 25% off best available rates, starting at $149/night Valid for Travel: December 4th 2016 – October 31st 2017 How to Book: with promo code PROCYBER Booking Window: November 25-28, 2016 Hotel: Circa 39 Hotel, Miami Beach Offer: 25% off best available...

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10 Things to do in Puerto Peñasco

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Peñasco, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Mexico Puerto Peñasco is a quaint fishing village located along the Sea of Cortez that is just about a 45-minute flight from Tijuana. When families arrive in Puerto Peñasco, they will feel a sense of calming come over them as they bask in the beautiful ocean views and savor local cuisine. When bringing your family to visit Puerto Peñasco, these are ten things that you must do when visiting the area: Swim in the Sea of Cortez The Sea of Cortez (known by Jacques Cousteau as the world’s aquarium) is one of the most beautiful bodies of water on our planet. The water has a higher salt concentration which gives your body a healing effect while floating in the water. Make sure and bring along a snorkel and goggles because fish are everywhere...

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Exploring Coit Tower in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

  It has been a longtime dream of my daughters to visit San Francisco. One of the things on her list to see when in San Francisco is the historic Coit Tower. The tower is a 210-foot tower located in the Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco. Lillie Hitchcock Coit left a part of her estate for beautification of the city, and the money was used to build the tower in 1933. Before checking into the Grand Hyatt San Francisco for the night, we had lunch at Golden Boy Pizza, and then drove over to see Coit Tower. The tower is at the top of the highest point of San Francisco, and it was a little scary driving up the 90 degree angle street to see the tower. The only problem with visiting the tower was that there was...

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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest After exploring Teotihuacán and having lunch at Restaurante Gran Teocalli, we returned to Mexico City to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is one of the most sacred places in Mexico City and where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. We first visited the newer circular shaped Basilica where we had a once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Juan Diego’s cloak. In front of the image was an escalator that keeps visitors moving back and forth in front of the image to avoid overcrowding. I rode the escalator multiple times, and couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful image. Then we walked into the church where a service was happening. The beautiful music...

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Restaurante Gran Teocalli

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest After spending the day exploring Teotihuacán, everyone in our group had worked up quite an appetite. We had heard a lot about the popular dining destination, Restaurante Gran Teocalli, so we decided to stop for lunch before heading back to Mexico City. The minute that our bus arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by their friendly staff who were all dressed-up in traditional tribal outfits. They were playing music and dancing as we entered the restaurant for lunch. Once we were inside the restaurant, we were seated at a comfortable table and given a tour of the massive buffet. My favorite part of the buffet was the quesadilla bar where we could customize mini quesadillas just the way that we wanted. They were so delicious that I couldn’t help but go back for...

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Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun and Moon

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest The highlight of my trip to Mexico City was visiting Teotihuacán and hiking to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. After visiting the Teotihuacán Museum, we made our way to the front of the majestic pyramid where we would hike up hundreds of tiny stone steps to the top of the pyramid. The moment that I saw the pyramids, I was overwhelmed by their beauty. I had to catch my breath for a moment as I looked around at what was once the place of the most powerful rulers in Mexico. There are two pyramids; The Pyramid of the Sun, and The Pyramid of the Moon. There were hundreds of people making their way to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, and I couldn’t wait to join them. The city...

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The Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween Staycation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue When looking for the best place to have a Halloween staycation with your family this year, The Great Wolf Lodge is the place to have a epic Howl-O-Ween getaway. Last week, our family had a weekend getaway to the premier vacation destination, and it was one of the best family staycations we have ever had. We checked into The Great Wolf Lodge on a Friday afternoon, and then took the shuttle over to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Our kids trick-or-treated, enjoyed tasty Halloween-themed treats, and watched the fireworks twinkle over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Once the clock struck midnight, and Disneyland started to close, we made our way back to The Great Wolf Lodge where our children would dream of cake pops and lollipops. Our family would spend the weekend in...

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A Glimpse Back in Time at Museo Teotihuacán

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest The first thing that we did when arriving in Teotihuacán was to visit the museum located at the archeological site. It was the perfect way to start our visit to the magical place by allowing us to learn about the history of the indigenous people who once lived in the region. It took us about an hour to slowly explore the museum, but I could have spent all day reading about the history. Teotihuacán means “place of the Gods,” in Aztec and the city first formed in 150 BCE and 200 CE. The museum is filled with thousands of artifacts from the Mayan, Aztec and Toltec civilization. There are small plaques in front of each display case that talks about the items in each glass case along with a little bit of history behind...

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Golden Boy Pizza in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Dining, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

  The one thing that we had on our mind when traveling to San Francisco was pizza! Immediately after crossing the Bay Bridge, we drove to North Beach for lunch. The pizza place choices were endless, so we went with a friends recommendation, and had lunch at the popular Golden Boy pizza place. When we arrived, there was a line that wrapped around the corner with people excited to sink their taste buds into a slice of Golden Boy pizza. The aroma of freshly cooked pizza filled the area surrounding the restaurant, and my mouth was watering. Once we got to the front of the line, it was hard to make a choice. The restaurant offers cheese, pepperoni, combination, and the most famous – clam pizza. Everyone in our family got something different so we could all share, and...

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Almara Restaurant in Mexico City

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When first arriving in Mexico City, I checked into my beautiful room at the Galeria Plaza Reforma hotel, and couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some delicious food. Since I was tired from my travels, I didn’t want to explore the city on my first night, and had a relaxing dinner at the restaurant next door to the hotel, Almara Restaurant. The moment that I walked into the restaurant, the staff made me feel at home. They found me a table right by the window where I could see people walking along the cobblestone streets and a beautiful iron sculpture. Since I was visiting the city during the month of the countries biggest celebration, Mexico’s Independence Day, there are select cultural food offerings available at restaurants during the month...

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