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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 | 0 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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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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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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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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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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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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Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue Staycations are my favorite kind of family vacations. It just takes a couple of minutes to toss a couple of outfits into a bag and be poolside at a hotel relaxing within minutes. Because staycations are always far less stressful than major vacations, our family tends to take staycations a lot throughout the year. It is a perfect way to stop, relax, and recharge as a family without a big cost or stress. We found ourselves overly stressed about the start of the school year, so we took our kids to San Diego for the weekend to stay at the new Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside and relieve some of their back-to-school anxiety. The new hotel is centrally located within walking distance of some of the best family attractions in downtown San...

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Unforgettable Santa Cruz Island Adventure

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in National Parks, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Ventura An adventurer at heart, visiting Santa Cruz Island was the favorite day of our journey in discovering Ventura County. Rising early was a breeze, just like a little kid off to play and the explore an island! Upon arrival at Ventura Harbor, we were greeted by Cherryl from Island Packers, the boat that will take us on the quick hour trip across the sea. Island Packers has been in business for 47 years, as we learned Cherryl’s dad owned the company which she enthusiastically continues to oversee. The boat will carry 100 people max, so make sure you reserve early. A few helpful tidbits to know before traveling on your island adventure, especially if you plan on staying awhile to enjoy the islands. You can purchase food and beverages on the boat,...

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Best Family Hotel in La Jolla: Hyatt Regency La Jolla

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Last year, we started spending a lot of time in La Jolla. We created unforgettable memories kayaking into sea caves, whale watching, visiting the sea lions, and dining at cutting edge restaurants. The one thing that we have not experienced was staying the night together as a family in La Jolla until recently. Instead of making our summer trip a day trip, we made it a weekend getaway by staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The Hyatt Regency La Jolla is located just a short distance from the crystalline La Jolla waters and activities. The moment that we arrived at the resort, we were greeted by the charming staff. Our kids relaxed in the children’s lounge while I checked us into our room for the weekend. The moment that we...

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La Jolla Strand Beach

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed in La Jolla as a guest of the Hyatt While staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, I wanted to visit a beach that didn’t have the crowds that La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove have. The staff at the hotel recommended we visit La Jolla Strand Beach for the afternoon, and it was one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited. Since the beach isn’t overcrowded, parking is easy at La Jolla Strand Beach. We parked our car and carried our beach gear for just a few steps until finding a perfect intimate cove to spend the afternoon together as a family. There are lots of various rock formations along the cliffs that carve out the beach creating a lot of places for families to feel like they have the beach all to themselves....

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Family-Friendly Asian Cuisine at Cafe Japengo

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Dining, Family, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue While staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, we had an unforgettable dinner at Cafe Japengo. When we first made our reservations at the restaurant, I was concerned that it might not have enough kid-friendly options, but the staff at the Hyatt ensured me that it was the best choice for dinner, and they were right. After a day of fun in the sun, we walked across the street for dinner. The staff welcomed us and found a comfortable table for us to enjoy dinner. While looking over the menu, I was overwhelmed with the large variety of healthy options on their kid’s menu. From udon noodles to a bento box, there was something for all of my children to enjoy. We started dinner with the house made chicken potstickers topped...

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San Diego Staycation at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort San Diego is one of my favorite summer staycation destinations with the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina being one of the premier resorts for families. The resort is centrally located right on the waterfront and is just steps away from the popular Gaslamp Quarter. With summer right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to plan a family staycation at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, so we had a pre-summer getaway. I made plans to stay during my son’s birthday weekend so he could enjoy some relaxation by the pool and have dinner at a restaurant he had wanted to try, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. When we first arrived at the resort, we checked into our luxurious room that had beautiful panoramic views of San Diego. There was a small...

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Getting Prepared for Summer Camping

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Staycation, Travel | 66 comments

 Sponsored We have tried camping a couple of times with our children but was never able to have a successful camping trip because of being unprepared. We never invested in a proper tent, camping stove or camping light. The result was a terrible camping experience that left us not wanting to camp ever again. Well, as our kids have been getting older, they continually ask us if we can go on a family camping trip, so we made the commitment to purchase the proper camping supplies at Kohl’s, and give it another try. Kohl’s has a great selection of camping supplies from tents to stoves making it an easy one-stop shopping destination to prepare for our weekend camping trip. We invested in a really nice (and pretty) Coleman eight-person tent, a Coleman 3-in-1 propane camping stove, and a Coleman...

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36 Hours in Newport Beach Seaside Staycation

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are lucky to have our own paradise right in our backyard and don’t have to travel far to enjoy a beautiful seaside staycation. Growing up in Newport Beach, it holds a special place in my heart, and is one of my favorite staycation destinations in Orange County. After a busy couple of days in Mexico with my children, we refreshed, recharged, and reconnected by spending 36 hours in Newport Beach, and created memories that will last a lifetime. We began our seaside staycation by checking into the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The resort is one of the oldest hotels in Newport Beach, and yet always stays updated with the current traveling trends. After checking into the hotel, we immediately went to the pool where my children giggled, splashed, and played for hours. The resort features two pools...

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Epic Family Staycation at The Pacific Edge Hotel

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue It has been a couple of years since we last had a family getaway to the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, and when I noticed the temperatures were getting warmer, I immediately jumped at the chance to stay near the beach for the weekend. The weather was perfect, the hotel was plush, the food was incredible, which made our weekend one of the best family staycations that we have had in a long time. We arrived on a Friday evening after the kids were done with school, and my husband was done with work. We checked into our room just in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Pacific ocean. The kids squealed with delight while watching dolphins jumping in the waves while the sun slowly disappeared on the...

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The Hilton Garden Inn Old Town San Diego

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed at the property as a guest While we venture down south to San Diego multiple times a year, we haven’t gone to Old Town for almost ten years. It was while on a staycation visiting Old Town, that my son had his first allergic reaction at the age of two, almost lost his life, and we have never returned until recently. When we heard the news of the Hilton Garden Inn opening their beautiful new property right in the heart of Old Town San Diego, we felt conflicted at first about whether we should return. We made the decision that there is just too much culture and history that we are keeping away from our kids by never bringing them to Old Town, so we made the choice to book a getaway. We parked our car at...

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Sneak Peek Photo Tour of The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  Orange County locals have been awaiting the time that The Ranch at Laguna Beach would open to the community for the ultimate staycation and for visitors to enjoy what we love so much about this beautiful place in which we live. Earlier this summer, we visiting The Ranch at Laguna Beach for breakfast and got a tour of the beautiful rooms at the boutique hotel. We spent many summer nights watching movies on the big screen of the resort lawn while our kids were soaking in the beautiful of the Laguna Canyon that surrounded us. We began our first visit to The Ranch at Laguna Beach by enjoying a delicious breakfast while watching guests playing a round of golf. Once we were done savoring the delicious cuisine prepared by the incredibly talented onsite chef, we jumped onto a...

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Five Things We are Excited about Great Wolf Lodge SoCal + 2-Night Stay Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, Staycation, Travel | 165 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for the Great Wolf Lodge SoCal to open their doors to the public. The family-friendly resort will be an epic Orange County Staycation getaway, and is centrally located in the heart of Orange County being just a short drive away from Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. With the opening just weeks away, we can barely contain our excitement, and these are the five things that we are the most excited about Great Wolf Lodge SoCal opening. The Water Park The indoor water park will feature 105,000 square feet of water play fun. Kids will scream with delight while sliding down one of the three-story body slides, go on a rafting adventure on the 476-foot long family raft ride or say “cowabunga” while spiraling down the Coyote Canyon pipe-style flume ride. The Dining...

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Exploring La Jolla Sea Caves with Everyday California

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Cool Places, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue After visiting the Holy Jim Cave in La Jolla last month, I couldn’t wait to plan a return visit to explore the La Jolla sea caves via the water. The one company that stood out to me amongst the others in the area was Everyday California. They share the same passion for preserving the ocean sealife and educating the community on the importance of our eco-system. We reserved our tickets in advance and stayed the night in La Jolla at the La Valencia. It was the perfect Mother/Daughter staycation overnight getaway. After a relaxing night in La Jolla, we woke up early in the morning and had breakfast at the Shorehouse Kitchen, which is directly next door to Everyday California. After my daughter and I had enjoyed a delicious breakfast, we...

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