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Five Best Restaurants in Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The best part about planning a family vacation to Mayakoba is that you don’t have to leave the property. There is a wide variety of dining options between the three resorts, and there is complimentary shuttles available for guests staying at Mayakoba. When planning your upcoming visit, make reservations to dine at one of the five best restaurants in Mayakoba. La Laguna Fairmont Maykoba La Laguna offers a large breakfast buffet in the morning and an evening menu with a wide variety of authentic Mexican dishes. There is indoor seating as well as outdoor seating with views of the river and mangroves. El Puerto Fairmont Mayakoba This is the perfect restaurant to have a date night while staying in Mayakoba. It does have a family-friendly ambiance, and the cuisine is created...

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at La Laguna

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue On our last evening in Mayakoba, we were treated to an evening full of culinary delights at La Laguna at the Fairmont Mayakoba. La Laguna is located right on a river where families can bask in the beautiful water views. My daughter and I had a seat right on the waterfront where we could see animals frolicking in the mangroves across the water. The minute that the menu arrived, we were in heaven. They had my favorite Mexican dish on the menu – queso fundido. We started our dinner with some queso fundido that was pure cheese bliss. It is melted Mexican cheese that is paired with warm tortillas and chile morita salsa. You must try this dish when dining at La Laguna. We also enjoyed some freshly made guacamole, chicharron...

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Latin Asian Cuisine at El Puerto in Mayakoba

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The first thing that I wanted to do when arriving in Mayakoba was to have dinner at the highly acclaimed Richard Sandoval restaurant, El Puerto. The restaurant combines Asian and Latin cuisine that takes guests on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. We checked into our beautiful room at the Fairmont Mayakoba and then got dressed to have dinner at El Puerto. We took a seat at a table that looked out over Mayakoba, and we basked in the beautiful views of the sunset. Our meal started with a plate of freshly made sushi. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, but the lobster roll was the one that caught our attention. The sushi featured yuzu-truffle cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, and charred serrano-white soy sauce. We savored every bite of the...

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DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in June Lake, Mammoth Mountain, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My boys have always dreamed of doing a snowmobile adventure, so when planning our winter family getaway to June Lake, I made reservations with DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth. With the weather being unpredictable when we were visiting the area, I waited to tell the boys the news that we were going on a snowmobile adventure until the morning we were expected to go. I was so happy when I woke up that morning to see that we had clear skies and that the snow had stopped for just enough time for us to go snowmobile riding. That morning, we left June Lake and headed towards Mammoth where DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures is located. There was parking along the side of the road, and families were eagerly getting out of their cars,...

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Best Resort Kids Clubs

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

  When looking to plan your next family vacation finding a resort with a good kids club is key. These are the best resort kids clubs where your family can create unforgettable memories together. Tamarind A vibrant, Mediterranean-style beachfront resort situated on the platinum west coast of Barbados, families flock to Tamarind for a variety of unforgettable experiences and tropical island fun. The popular Flying Fish Kids Club keeps children comfortable and cheerfully entertained throughout their stay. Locally inspired Bajan activities including dialect lessons, pastry baking classes and beach cricket (Barbados’ sport of choice) are included in each stay. Pair that with unlimited non-motorized sports – snorkeling, surf lessons, stand-up paddleboarding – movie time and arts and crafts, and you’ve got the perfect kids club! Added touch: Kids under 12 stay free at Tamarind spring and summer 2017! Playa...

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L’Auberge Del Mar Reimagined Guestrooms

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  The 121 guest rooms at L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, located in San Diego’s coastal North County region, have emerged with a fresh new contemporary look masterminded by renowned Los Angeles interior designer Barclay Butera. According to Bob Harter, director of sales and marketing for L’Auberge Del Mar, the room renovations are part of a recently completed refurbishment program, which also impacts meeting spaces and select public areas. “All our latest upgrades are taking a cue from the surrounding surf, sand and sun,” he added. Providing an inspired take on the hotel’s oceanfront location, the new guest rooms have been redone with Butera’s characteristic modern beach flair – marked by clean, transitional “coastal chic” decor. According to Butera, who first redid the resort in 2008, each guestroom now sports a calming backdrop of crisp whites and subdued...

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Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Carlsbad, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I love bringing my children to museums wherever we travel. Every time that we go to Legoland, I always see the sign directing towards the Museum of Making Music, and I finally made plans to visit this hidden gem in Carlsbad. My children love music. My two older children have self-taught themselves to play the guitar and the piano. They are gifted with music, and I knew they would be thrilled to visit this unique museum. The museum is located in a series of office buildings, and people could easily drive right past it without ever knowing that it was there. We parked the car and walked into the museum where we would learn all about the history of music. At the entrance of the museum is a small gift shop...

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Lunch and Sun at Sands Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the highlights of our trip to Mayakoba was taking the complimentary Mayakoba shuttle over to Banyan Tree Resort to have lunch at Sands. Sands Restaurant is located at the Banyan Tree beach club and offers guests beautiful views of the turquoise waters and sandy white beach. When we arrived at the restaurant, we first spent some time at the beach club. The staff helped to set-up towels for us by the pool, and we relaxed on the lounge chairs while listening to the crashing ocean waves. We splashed in the water, took a short walk along the beach and then while we were resting in our lounge chairs. Suddenly, we heard the sound of someone blowing a conch shell. We jumped up out of our chairs to see what...

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Water Fun at the Carlsbad Lagoon

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Carlsbad, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Carlsbad Every time that we go to Legoland, my kids notice the watersports happening at the big lake next to the freeway in Carlsbad. When planning a recent weekend getaway to Carlsbad, I made plans to bring the kids to experience all the water fun happening at the Carlsbad Lagoon. When we arrived at the Carlsbad Lagoon, there was plenty of parking. Our kids jumped out of the car with excitement, ready for some fun in the water. There are many different types of water sports available at the lagoon, and my two kids each wanted to do something different. My older son wanted to experience the thrill of riding a jet ski, and my daughter wanted to do a more relaxing activity by doing stand-up paddleboarding. Because of the age of my...

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The Monkeys of Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of Mayakoba When I was booking a mother and daughter getaway to Mayakoba, Mexico, I learned that they have wild monkeys who live in the trees surrounding Mayakoba. While flying to Mexico, my daughter couldn’t stop talking about how excited she was to have the possibly of seeing a wild monkey in the jungles of Mayakoba. The minute that we checked into the Fairmont Mayakoba, we asked the front desk about the monkeys. The advised us that many monkeys are living around the Fairmont Mayakoba, and guests do frequently see them at the resort. They are a wild animal, so we were not guaranteed to see one while staying at the resort. Throughout our stay, we asked many people if they had seen a monkey. Everyone we asked had told us that they had...

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Cougar Vineyard and Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline While visiting Temecula, we had the best time exploring different wineries with Grapeline Wine Tours. The tour guide took us to many wineries where we sampled some delicious wines. One of our stops was at Cougar Vineyard and Winery where we had lunch and tasted some of their wines. The best part of this winery is the location. It is located at the top of a hill, and guests visiting the winery can relax on their outdoor patio while sipping on wine and enjoying the magnificent views. Our visit started with having lunch in their barrel room. We enjoyed fresh sandwiches made from their restaurant while enjoying a glass of their wine. The sandwiches were just what we needed after working up quite a large appetite touring various wineries in Temecula. Once...

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Mayakoba Oceanfront Dining at Brisas Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a fun morning shopping at El Pueblito and exploring a cenote, we returned to the Fairmont Mayakoba to have lunch at Brisas Restaurant. Brisas Restaurant has beautiful views of turquoise waters and a white sandy beach. It is a restaurant concept created by the popular Richard Sandoval who is known as the “father of the modern Mexican cuisine” and serves local seafood and fine cuts of meats. When we arrived at the restaurant, we took a seat at a table next to the glass where we would enjoy looking out at the crystalline waters while savoring the delicious cuisine. The restaurant is decorated with blue and white colors that created a relaxing ambiance for everyone enjoying lunch that afternoon. The menu was vast and featured foods from the raw bar,...

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Lorimar Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline While on a couples getaway to Temecula, we made plans to have a do a wine tasting tour with Grapeline Wine Tours. Our tour guide picked us up from Pechanga Resort & Casino and took us to our first stop on tour, Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. Our visit began with one of the winemakers giving us a semi-private tour of the vineyards. We were able to sample different Lorimar wines while strolling throughout the vineyard. The vineyards were beautiful, and it was the perfect place to reconnect with my husband. The wines at Lorimar were one of my favorites that we tasted while on our tour. They gave us generous pours and let us taste as many of their wines as we wanted. Since I prefer white wines, I loved that they...

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Dinner under the Stars at Saffron in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Dining, Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Mayakoba is a magical place. When the sun goes down, the stars light up the sky, making it the perfect place for couples to reconnect together. While I was staying in Mayakoba, we made plans to have dinner at Saffron, Banyan Tree Resorts signature restaurant. The restaurant features Thai cuisine to be savored while sitting on a wood deck that floats over water and surrounded by lush tropical mangroves. We took the complimentary resort shuttle from the Fairmont Mayakoba over to Banyan Tree Resort for dinner at Saffron. We walked over to the restaurant where we saw the beautiful deck with twinkling lights strung over the tables. They guided us to a table overlooking the water where we were about to go on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. There were so many...

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Breakfast at Journey’s End at Pechanga

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to have breakfast out. It is such a treat to not being the one having to flip pancakes for hungry children in the morning and to have someone else cook for me. While I was on a weekend getaway to Temecula with my husband, we made plans to have breakfast at the highly acclaimed Journey’s End at Pechanga. I had heard a lot about this restaurant from friends who had visited the area and couldn’t wait to sink my tastebuds into some of their culinary creations. The restaurant is not located in the main resort building, but they offer a complimentary shuttle for guests over to the golf course lobby where Journey’s End is located. When my husband and I arrived at...

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Farmer’s Market at El Pueblito in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Mayakoba One of the best things about bringing your family to visit Mayakoba in Mexico is that everything your family needs is within the Mayakoba community. While we were visiting Mayakoba, I wanted to do a little shopping to bring home some souvenirs, and when I learned that they have a farmer’s market at El Pueblito on Sunday afternoons, I made plans to bring my daughter to support local small businesses. El Pueblito is a replica of an authentic Mexican plaza. Mayakoba offers a complimentary shuttle to El Pueblito for guests staying at any of the resorts within Mayakoba throughout the day. When we arrived at El Pueblito, all of the local vendors were setting up their booths featuring their homemade foods and crafts. We took our time walking around to each booth...

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Exploring Cenote Burrodromo in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Mayakoba It has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl to explore a cenote in Mexico. When I learned that I would be going to visit Mayakoba that is located in the Yucatan peninsula, that is home to the largest amount of cenotes, I knew I couldn’t leave without visiting one. There was so much to see and do in Mayakoba that I didn’t have time in my schedule to drive to see one of the popular cenotes in the area. While I was shopping with my daughter around El Pueblito (authentic Mexican plaza), someone told me that there was Cenote Burrodromo just a short walk away from the town. I was overwhelmed with delight, and once we were done shopping at El Pueblito, the Mayakoba shuttle driver directed...

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Travel to a Natural Oasis at 29 Palms Inn

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Do you ever have those moments in life where you feel so lucky to be exactly where you are at the moment? Well, we had one of those experiences when we visited the 29 Palms Inn. Sometimes you get the chance to discover a real gem! We felt that way when we drove thru the front entrance at The 29 Palms Inn. A beautiful natural Oasis in the high desert, located adjacent to Joshua Tree on 30 acres of natural reserve. The property is so unique that we wanted to explore it immediately but the sun was setting on this special evening, and we needed to locate our cottage. Our home for the night was the West End Cottage; a spacious two bedroom, one bath including a kitchen, cozy living room...

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Winter Family Travel Deals

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

  Want to take the family away this winter? Don’t know where to go? We have found the best winter travel deals available for families at the most desired vacation destinations. It’s Always Sunny in Jupiter, FL Where: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa // Jupiter, FL What’s the Deal? With the resort’s “Here Comes the Sun” offer, guests receive 20% off rates and daily breakfast for two. What You Get: A tropical oasis located on a stretch of secluded beachfront dotted with natural dunes, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal getaway for travelers looking to soak some rays and unwind without breaking the bank. Take a dip in the resort’s pristine pool, kick back with island-inspired cocktails by the fire pit or new hammock garden, and indulge in decadent oceanfront meals, all while enjoying the sunshine and...

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Big Bear Horseback Riding

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Big Bear, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Did you know that you can go horseback riding in Big Bear? Yes! This mom of adventure had no idea. I’m here to tell you; it is such an amazing way to take in the mountains! Recently, I was with a group of friends visiting Big Bear, and while a few of us had been on a horse in the past year, some of us hadn’t in about ten years. So we were happy to discover that we could have a guide join us who knew the trail and the behaviors of each horse. Collectively, we were ready to do this and trust our horses to lead the way. Baldwin Lake Stables in Big Bear pairs each rider with the perfect horse; based on an individual’s body type and experience. I...

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