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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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8 Reasons to Plan a Family Staycation at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue Staycations are the perfect way for families to relax, refresh, and reconnect. While many families plan their staycations at resorts that are nestled along the beautiful Orange County coastline, Hotel Irvine offers a premier location for families to getaway from the daily stress for a weekend. When planning to attend the Hotel Irvine Block Party benefitting ISPS, we planned to spend the weekend at Hotel Irvine to see what OC families can expect when staying at the property. The hotel far exceeded our expectations for a family getaway destination, and these are eight reasons why your family should plan a getaway to this family-friendly hotel. Space One of the biggest struggles when traveling with a family of five is finding hotels that offer enough space for us to be comfortable. With...

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Descanso Beach Club at Catalina Island

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Catalina Island, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  One of the most popular destinations for families visiting Catalina Island to have a beach day is the Descanso Beach Club. The beach club has everything that families could desire for a family beach day. There are cabana rentals, luxurious beach chair rentals, kayaks, snorkel gear, turquoise water and ocean front dining. The beach club offers a complimentary shuttle from downtown making it easier for families to visit. Once you’re at the beach club, it is complimentary to sit on the beach surrounding the cove. The cabanas and beach chairs are available at an additional charge, and we recommend reserving them in advance (especially on weekends, summer and holidays). We arrived at the beach club after spending the first part of our visit touring the island on a golf cart. We found a table at the restaurant right...

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Ultimate Family OC Staycation at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the hotel The ultimate family OC Staycation is awaiting your family at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. When we found out about the hotel’s Random Acts of Summer special, we couldn’t wait to make reservations to create unforgettable memories at the center of SoCal. Not only is the Hilton Anaheim Hotel centrally located to all the family fun in Orange County, but they are also offering the Random Acts of Summer package that includes: Over $300 in savings at top so-cal attractions Accomodations Daily breakfast for four (a $100 value) Wifi ($14 daily value) Access for two to their first-class health club (a $28 daily value) After being away from my family for a busy three days covering the Disney D23 Expo, we came back together to bond as a family with a staycation...

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End of Summer Staycation at The Mission Inn

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 The time’s close for the school bell to ring, and the perfect time for an end of Summer staycation at the historic Mission Inn. The luxurious resort is one the most highly sought after staycation destinations in Riverside making it a special place to end your family summer memories. Currently, the resort is offering last minute end of summer packages to make your visit unforgettable. Reservations are available by calling 800.843.7755 or online End of Summer travel packages at The Mission Inn: Disneyland Package – Starting at $560 · Overnight Deluxe accommodations · A $50 dining credit to spend at any of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants · Disneyland tickets for two adults and two children (one day/one park) · Complimentary valet parking Splash Kingdom Package – Starting at $268 · Overnight Deluxe accommodations · A $50 dining credit...

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Day Trip to Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Featured, National Parks, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  I have always had a love for history. After bringing my kids to visit Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands last summer, I realized that the National Parks Service now owns the once privately owned Island, Santa Rosa. While Santa Rosa has been open to the public since 2011, it is still rarely visited, keeping it pristine, untouched, and a true island paradise off our local coastline. It is a true gem that was once a cowboy ranch, frequented by celebrities, and a legacy to a family who fought hard to keep the island and the ranch that their father had built. Before the island was owned by the Vail family, it was home to many Chumash tribes, leaving the island rich in history. When planning our first visit to Santa Rosa, there was not a lot...

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Romantic Weekend Getaway at Maison 140 in Beverly Hills

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the hotel When was the last time you had a romantic weekend getaway. For many moms, it is hard to find the time to getaway from their children to spend some quality time with their spouse. While I was in Los Angeles visiting Universal Studios Hollywood with my children, I stayed the night at Maison 140 in Beverly Hills. I discovered that it was the perfect boutique hotel to have to a romantic weekend away with my husband. From the moment that I drove up to the hotel, I fell in love with it. The front of the hotel has a clean, sophisticated look with a European flare. The hotel was built in the 1930’s and was once home to silent film stars Dorothy and Lillian Gish. Our evening at Maison 140 began...

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Exploring the La Jolla Sea Caves – Sunny Jim Cave

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

  I’ve kept seeing an online discount for kayaking into the La Jolla Sea Caves for years and decided to be spontaneous by surprising the kids with a visit for the first time this afternoon. The kids and I jumped into the car and made our way down the 5 freeway to La Jolla where we were about to embark on the most memorable day trip of our summer. One of the most popular ways to visit the sea caves is via kayaks, but since I was with the kids alone, I didn’t want to attempt to kayak without another adult to help ensure the kids were safe on the water. There is one place that families can visit the sea caves without water access, and it is hidden inside of a small store on the La Jolla Shores...

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Five Tips for Camping with Kids

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  Taking the kids camping can be one of the most exciting, fun and exhilarating vacations you’ve ever had…or one of the most frustrating, annoying and miserable ones. It all depends on setting your expectations and putting in the time to properly plan it. The most important lesson can be lifted from the Boy Scouts motto, “be prepared.” Having interacted with families seeking a camping adventure at Newport Dunes for more than 20 years, I have witnessed, firsthand, the trials and tribulations they face and I’ve developed some basic tips that will ensure that your entire family will be “happy campers”: Get Involved Include you children in the planning process and try a test run in the backyard. Teach the children how to pitch a tent, help them become familiar with the sounds of the outdoors, point out constellations,...

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Royal Disneyland Staycation at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Disney, Featured, Staycation, Theme Parks, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the hotel Families can experience the royal treatment when taking their next Disneyland staycation at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. The hotel is located just a block away from Disneyland Resort and offers guests an interactive royal staycation experience. After celebrating the kick-off of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort, our family was treated like royalty during our stay at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. Upon checking into the hotel, we escaped to our beautifully remodeled room that made our children feel like they were sleeping inside a real castle. The room featured bright, fresh colors with castle-themed accents. Our family of five was able to settle into our room comfortably with plenty of room for a rollaway bed while still having enough space for our children to move around....

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Romantic Getaway at Island Hotel

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the property When was the last time that you had a weekend getaway with your husband? If you’re anything like me…it’s been awhile. As my husband and I approached our 17 year wedding anniversary, we planned a romantic getaway at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. When the kids got out of school last Friday, the weather was perfect for an afternoon swim. Since their Grandparents were not picking them up until 4pm, I surprised them by taking them to the hotel to swim. We checked into the hotel, and were advised to take the elevator up to visit the Island Club. Upon entering the Island Club, the kids were in heaven and wished that they were going to have the opportunity to stay with us when they saw the all-you-can-eat candy and...

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Family Guide to The Ronald Reagan Library

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the LA Visitors Bureau The Ronald Reagan Library has been a place that I have wanted to take my children to visit for many years. While it just seems like it is just a short drive to this part of Los Angeles, it can be quite a long drive from Orange County – especially if you’re driving with young children. When I found out about the promotional event, Culture L.A., where families could have a significant discount on a local hotel and museum tickets, I immediately booked a family staycation getaway to Los Angeles. We reserved a night at the Werner Center Marriott that is just a short distance from the Ronald Reagan Library. When we first checked into the hotel, the kids immediately dashed down to the indoor pool where they spent...

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A Fabulous Day at The Flower Fields

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the Flower Fields My husband, son and I visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We were there as part of a special media tour. It was very fun and informative. We learned many new things about The Flower Fields that we had never known before today. These things were shared by Paul Ecke III (the Ecke Family started the flower fields) and also by the General manager of The Flower Fields Fred Clark. Our Journey through The Flower Fields started on an antique tractor ride. Once we boarded the tractor our tour began. We headed towards the field furthest away from the tractor start. The Ranunculus are planted sequentially so that the first bloom start all the way on the field to the left and then move towards the right as the weeks...

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San Diego Staycation at the Hilton Mission Valley San Diego

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the property San Diego is the premier staycation destination for families living in Orange County. With such a large variety of hotels in the San Diego area, it can be overwhelming when trying to find a hotel that best meets the needs of a growing young family. Recently, when planning a quick weekend getaway from the stresses of everyday life, we made reservations to stay at the newly renovated Hilton Mission Valley San Diego. The hotel is conveniently located near hotel circle within a short distance from Sea World, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. We started the weekend exploring the local museums at Balboa Park before checking into the hotel. Upon arrival, we were greeted by some of the friendliest employees we have ever come across while traveling. They helped us...

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Italian Romance at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Rekindle your romance this Valentine’s Day at The Resort at Pelican Hill. During the month of February, the resort has luxurious and romance packages for the the ultimate romantic Valentine’s Day. Ready for Romance Spa Suite Experience Embrace romance with an aromatherapy oil blending experience for two, followed by a couple’s Duet Massage featuring Aroma Intentions Massages with your freshly blended Ready for Romance oil. Celebrate your love together in the private Spa Suite with sparkling Prosecco, chocolate truffles and spa cuisine lunch entrees for two. $510* Monday – Thursday, or $590* Friday – Sunday Dinner of the Senses February 14 An intimate and sensual dining experience, Pelican Hill’s popular Dinner of the Senses stimulates each of the five senses of sight, touch, taste, scent and sound. Created by Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Chef Micah, the seven-course menu for...

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Romantic Getaway at Ponte Vineyard Inn in Temecula

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Staycation, Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of Ponte When was the last time you had a romantic weekend away without the children? For my husband and I, it has been since the birth of my third child who is now eight years old. With both my husband and I working long hours and the kids keeping us busy, we have found it harder and harder to find time to focus on our marriage. So, we sent the kids to the Grandparent’s house for the weekend and escaped to Temecula for a romantic weekend at the Ponte Vineyard Inn. The moment that we took our first steps into the picturesque vineyard and breathed in the fresh country air, a sense of tranquility came over us. The resort is nestled in-between miles of grape vines giving us a secluded feel in the...

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Five Best Places for Family Camping in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Best of OC, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 4 comments

  Camping can be one of the best ways to reconnect with your family. Roasting marshmallows over a fire and telling campfire stories will create lifelong memories for your children. Families don’t have to travel far to have an ultimate camping experience with Orange County being home to some of the most beautiful campgrounds in the state. Campsites are already booking up for the summer months so now is the best time to start planning your trip to go camping in Orange County.   The Newport Dunes 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 729-3863 Not good at pitching a tent? Your family can still get the same camping experience while “glamping” at one of the Newport Dunes cabins. Bring your swimsuit because your kids are going to want to take a dip in the water or...

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Couples Getaway to San Diego

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  When was the last time you and your husband found time to getaway for an overnight without the children? For my husband and I, it had been almost 10 years. After having children, we found that we never wanted to be apart from them. Then we learned that we can be better parents to our children by taking time away to strengthen our marriage. We attempted our first getaway without the kids a couple of months ago, but being close to LegoLand we found ourselves quickly calling the Grandparents to bring them down to see us. We were eager to try another getaway, so we found that San Diego was close – yet far enough away for us to enjoy time together. I grew-up sitting on my dad’s lap watching baseball games since I was just a baby,...

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Where can Metrolink take you?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We traveled as a guest of the Metrolink Metrolink makes going anywhere, anytime Saturday or Sunday cost-effective and very fun. We recently took a trip on the metrolink to San Juan Capistrano using a special ticket they gave us to promote their Unlimited Weekend Pass. For 10 dollars you can get one of these Unlimited Weekend Passes. With this pass you can go anywhere that Metrolink travels.This was our first trip taking the Metrolink, and I will say we were all around very impressed. Finding our destination was very easy with their online site,it had great ideas on where to go. Once we chose where we were going to go, all we had to do was look up times and then drive to the station and board our train. Our kids found this very fun. They loved being able...

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