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Coastal Breezes and Cuisine at Doheny Surf

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When checking into the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, I noticed the chic restaurant off to the side of the lobby. I took a peek at the menu and immediately knew that I wanted to have dinner with the family one night during our seaside staycation. After a fun day creating family memories at the beach, we returned to the hotel to have dinner at Doheny Surf. The restaurant has a coastal design that is perfect for families to enjoy an intimate dinner together. The one thing that I noticed in the restaurant is that they have a wood fire pizza oven which is rare to find in a hotel restaurant. The menu had a wide variety of culinary options making it easy for everyone in my family to find something...

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Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  While on our road trip to Monterey, one of our favorite stops was to see the bubblegum alley in San Luis Obispo. My daughter and I have always wanted to see the bubblegum alley in Seattle, and we didn’t even realize there was one in San Luis Obispo until a friend mentioned it to us. We put the address into the navigation in our Buick Encore and made our way to have some sticky “and stinky” fun. The biggest challenge of getting to the bubblegum alley was finding parking. The alley is located right in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, and parking is not easy to find. Once we found a parking spot, it was only a one-hour parking, so we had to make our visit to the area brief. The alley was located in-between two...

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Monterey’s Fish House

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

  After a long drive from Orange County to Monterey, we settled into our room at the Monterey Tides Resort, and then looked online for somewhere to get dinner. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Monterey, and one restaurant that stood out to us among the rest was the Monterey’s Fish House. Little did we realize that we picked Monterey’s most popular restaurant to go for dinner. We arrived at the restaurant close to 8 pm on a Thursday, and there was a line of people that wrapped around the side of the building. We took our place in line and waited for a table at the highly acclaimed restaurant. Once we got a table, the service was phenomenal. We got a small table in the back of the restaurant and had one of...

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Tonita’s Mexican Food in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Dining, San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  There is nothing I love more than authentic Mexican Food. While on our recent road trip to Monterey, we made a quick stop in San Luis Obispo to look at Bubblegum Alley and to have lunch. When we arrived in town, there were endless choices of places where we could stop for lunch, but it was a small taco shop on the corner that caught our eye, and we had one of the best lunches at Tonita’s Mexican Food. The restaurant is a small building that has a large outdoor patio with a beautiful view of lush plants and trees. We were a little deceived at first because the Yelp app was advising that the restaurant was closed, but when we turned the knob on the front door, there was a lovely lady at the counter ready to...

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Hilton Reinvents the California Road Trip

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  In California Summer starts in April. Travelers from around the globe will enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night. The package will highlight premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. The California Road Trip package features savings of more than $125 per night, with exclusive discount of up to 15 percent on Enterprise/Alamo and National Car Rentals, $25 food and beverage credit (available in MIX Restaurant only), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited access to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa and a California Road Trip Road Kit featuring exclusive discounts on local entertainment and attractions. Room...

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Visit The First Motel in the World

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  While on a mother and daughter road trip from Orange County to Monterey, we added a stop at the first motel in the world to our itinerary. The first “Mo-tel” was opened on December 12, 1925, and was closed in 1991. Since we love to travel, we thought it would be neat to have a chance to see where travel first started right in the heart of San Luis Obispo. We were driving a beautiful 2017 Buick Encore that made it easy to locate the destination with the vehicles seamless navigation system. The motel was located right on the side of the freeway making it easy for us to stop and take a look without adding a lot to our drive time. When we arrived at the motel, we pulled our Buick Encore into the parking lot, parked...

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Oceanfront Dining at Vizcaino at Monterey Tides

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I have been hearing a lot of buzz surrounding the cuisine being created at Vizcaino (previously Cafe Beach) at the Monterey Tides Resort. When planning a short weekend getaway to Monterey, I made reservations for us to have dinner at the highly acclaimed restaurant. We made reservations to have dinner right at sunset, and it was the perfect timing to have dinner at Vizcaino. We took our seat right next to big glass windows that provided us with beautiful views of the crystalline waters. We ordered our drinks and got ready to embark on an unforgettable dining experience. Our meal started by sharing the Queso Fundido. This dish is one of our favorites to have while in Mexico, and this dish had the same authentic flavors like the ones we enjoy...

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Family-friendly Adventures in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

  While the city of Ojai may cater to an adult clientele, there are still a number of ways for families to connect and enjoy their time together. From food to shopping to local culture, kids and kids-at-heart will find amusement in their getaway. If you’re in town on a Sunday, explore the weekly Farmer’s Market. Food samples, local crafts and fresh air makes for an easygoing afternoon. The local toy store contains distractions and entertaining ways to pass the time. And stroll down the Arcade (no video games here!) to treat yourself at the ice cream or frozen yogurt shops. Prefer to be more mobile? Hop on and off the Ojai Trolley Service. Departing from Ojai Avenue and the Arcade and commuting as far as Whispering Oaks, it runs from 5:36 a.m. to 8:56 p.m. during the week,...

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Dining at The Oaks in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When you’re traveling, there are typically three major expenses towards the top of your list: transportation, accommodations and meals. Once those are covered, your remaining budget is bonus. What if we told you one destination combines two of those expenses? Over in Ojai, The Oaks not only includes your room, but makes a point of feeding diners healthy cuisine. Guests are always welcome to eat elsewhere, but having prepared lunches and dinners onsite takes the guesswork out of locating a restaurant. If you plan to head out on an excursion, the kitchen can pack your meal to-go. Special nutritional needs and alternative options are also available. Make the most of your stay by taking advantage of this amenity. Weekly menus are posted in The Oaks lobby. While evening meals are typically...

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Girls’ Getaway in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Ojai, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Visited as a guest of the venue A girls’ getaway doesn’t necessarily mean boarding a plane or heading to Vegas. Traveling a few counties over can be just as reenergizing to your mind and body, if not more so. We recently traveled to The Oaks at Ojai for a few nights, hoping to spend some quality time with our partner-in-crime. We split our time between on-site and nearby activities. Our first day, we stopped by Hip Vegan for lunch al fresco. Fresh vegetables and grains were the perfect way to kickoff our getaway. After check-in, there was time to catch an afternoon Qigong class. Focusing on centering and balancing ourselves, it was what we needed to get into a relaxed mindset. We also got to talking with Eve, who was visiting for some “me time”. She just received a...

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The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Best of OC, Museums, Staycation | 2 comments

  “Oh, the places you’ll go.” That is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss, and so true about sharing the world with our children. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to go exploring, and when you explore, you find hidden gems just like we did while on a recent staycation in Laguna Beach. During our staycation, the weather wasn’t as sunny as we had wished, so we made the best of our little getaway and went exploring the different art museums in Laguna Beach. That was when we discovered an amazing hidden gem – The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery. The gallery didn’t have any signage to show us exactly what is was, but a piece of Dr. Seuss artwork that was in the window caught the eye of my younger son...

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Where to Eat, Sleep and Play in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Laguna Beach is our favorite place to getaway from the daily stresses of life and experience a family staycation right in our backyard. We always feel like we are in paradise when staying in Laguna Beach because of the beautiful waters, delicious cuisine, and fun children’s activities. We have made it easy for families to plan their upcoming Laguna Beach getaway with everything you need to know about where to eat, sleep and play in Laguna Beach. Where to Stay The Inn at Laguna Beach Looking for a resort with an ocean view? The Inn at Laguna Beach offers guests some of the best resort ocean views. The rooms are decorated beautifully, and it is centrally located within walking distance to the most popular Laguna Beach restaurants. They offer complimentary wine hour at their rooftop bar and cookies...

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Paisano’s at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Dining, Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a fun day exploring Temecula wineries with Grapeline Tours, we returned to Pechanga Resort & Casino to have a romantic dinner at Paisano’s. The minute that we stepped foot into Paisano’s, we were treated like royalty and had a delicious authentic Italian dinner. We started dinner by sharing the Bruschetta Con Pomodori that featured tomato, basil, baby arugula, olive tapenade, goat cheese, roasted garlic and a balsamic pipette. The dish was beautifully presented and was the perfect start to our dinner at Paisanos. My husband and I sipped on a glass of wine while sharing our favorite memories from spending the day exploring Temecula Valley wineries together. There were so many delicious dishes on the menu that it was hard for us to choose just one. One of my husband’s...

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Grapeline Wine Tours in Temecula Valley

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When planning a couples getaway to Temecula Valley, a wine tour is the safest and best way to enjoy wine tasting. Before going to Temecula for the weekend, I spent a lot of time researching the different wine tour companies in Temecula, and Grapeline Wine Tours came highly recommended online and by our friends who have gone wine tasting in Temecula. I easily made reservations in advance online. We were given a specific time to be outside of Pechanga Resort and Casino. The morning of our tour, we had breakfast at Pechanga Resort and Casino and then walked outside the front doors of the resort where our tour guide was waiting for us. We boarded the bus, and our guide talked to us about what to expect throughout the day. Our...

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Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards in Temecula Valley

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline Our final stop on the Grapeline Wine Tour in Temecula Valley was to Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards. The winery was one of the most popular vineyards that we had visited while on the wine tour, and had some of the most delicious sparkling wines, with the sparkling almond wine being one of their most popular wines. We entered the winery and found two seats at the bar where we would embark on a delicious wine tasting adventure. The sparkling wines were some of the best sparkling wines that I have tasted with the Orange Mimosa and Peach Bellini being my two favorites. Chardonnay has always been my favorite wine and their “Yes Dear” Chardonnay was pure perfection. The winery had an extensive gift shop and plenty of outdoor seating to relax...

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Top Spring Break Family Escapes

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

  It is almost time for the kids to be off from school for Spring Break, and the perfect time to plan an unforgettable family getaway. When looking for a place to vacation with your family during the Easter holiday, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable vacation at one of these top Spring Break escapes. A Tropical Easter Getaway for the Gang Tamarind | Barbados Situated on the platinum west coast of Barbados, Tamarind, a contemporary Caribbean oasis, welcomes worldly travelers, couples and families alike to experience warm Bajan hospitality and play in an island paradise. Visiting this Spring? No need to worry about missing the Easter Bunny, he knows his way around the island. In addition to an Easter buffet lunch featuring live entertainment, Tamarind is hosting a special Kids Party and Easter Bonnet parade on the lush...

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Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline While on our Grapeline Tour in Temecula, we visited various wineries with Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery being one of our favorites. When we arrived at the winery, it felt like we were in the middle of a winery in Italy. The Tuscan-style winery is located at the top of the Temecula Valley hilltop and is surrounded by rows of grape vines. We entered the winery and were given poker chips for some tastings that were included with our tour. Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery had some of the best red wines that I have ever tasted. My husband enjoyed their Malbec wine so much that he purchased multiple bottles to bring home. It wasn’t just the wine that we enjoyed while visiting Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery but also their signature...

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Sun and Sunsets at The Inn at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Our favorite place to have weekend staycations is in Laguna Beach. When planning our recent Laguna Beach getaway, we made plans to stay at the highly acclaimed Inn at Laguna Beach. I have seen the hotel many times while walking along Main Beach or driving down PCH, and I couldn’t wait to stay and experience the resort. I picked up my kids early from school on a Friday afternoon and took them down to Laguna Beach. I parked my car in the resort parking lot and walked down to Main Beach to look at the tide pools. The tide was low, and it was the perfect time to see all the beautiful sea life living in the tide pools on Main Beach. After splashing our toes in the ocean, we walked...

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The Best Fish Tacos in La Paz

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

  Ever since visiting La Paz last May, I have been craving the fish tacos that I had at Tacos De Pescado El Estadio. They were the best fish tacos that I have ever eaten in my life, and I couldn’t wait to have more when I returned to La Paz. When planning our recently family weekend getaway, I made plans one morning to bring my family to Tacos De Pescado El Estadio for breakfast. Why fish tacos for breakfast? People who live in La Paz eat fish tacos for breakfast or lunch and then carne asada or al pastor in the evenings. Tacos De Pescado El Estadio is one of the most popular places that locals go for fish tacos for breakfast or lunch, and you’ll often see a long line on the weekends. Since the last time...

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Touching Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay Mexico

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest If you’ve been following our family travel adventures, then you know how much we love to have unique and adventurous travel experiences. A couple of years ago, I heard about how during a short period out of the year, families can touch wild gray whales in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. That’s right – you can touch wild gray whales!! I didn’t realize that Magdalena Bay was close to La Paz, Mexico until a friend of mine posted that it was whale season in Magdalena Bay on her Facebook page. The minute that she told me that Magdalena Bay was just a couple of hours drive from La Paz, I went online to book our airline tickets to visit La Paz to see the whales. Why can you touch gray whales in Magdalena Bay and nowhere...

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