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Catalina Express Commodore Lounge- What’s Inside

If you’ve been itching to get out of town lately or go on an island vacation, look no further than your own backyard! Catalina Express took us from Downtown Long Beach to Avalon, California in one hour. It’s our own local paradise across the sea! Here’s a look inside the Commodore Lounge which is the VIP lounge on the Catalina Express. I think it’s worth the upgrade! CHECKING-IN If you’ve never been to Long Beach Downtown Landing, you will want to get there at least an hour before your departure. There is a loading zone and a parking structure. (Note: overnight parking is $15 per day.) Their terminal is pretty … READ MORE >>

Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel Staycation Two Parks in Two Days!

Most recently the KNOTT’S HOTEL in Buena Park renovated. The hotel is literally down the street from us so why would we stay here? Because… Two parks in two days! When you’re busy having fun all day, the last thing you want to do is get in a car and sit in traffic. Everyone is super tired and a long car ride can be a drag especially for the driver. Sometimes, it’s nice to just go up to a hotel room and relax before going back out a second day. The rooms were comfy with modern furniture, and because of the heat wave last week, we looked forward to lounging poolside. The … READ MORE >>

Travel: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

We were in Ojai, California celebrating our birthdays this year. My husband is celebrating his 40th birthday, and we had family visiting from out-of-state. They were also on Spring Break. The month of April is a big birthday month for our family. There were a total of five celebrating birthdays including mine so we wanted to make it special for everyone with a birthday trip. Ojai is about a two hour drive from Orange County. We were pleasantly surprised and blown away by all the amenities and “Ojai Hospitality” at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. We were surrounded by Golf Courses and mountains! Now I know why celebrities come up … READ MORE >>

Belmont Park Adventure in Mission Bay

When we were staying at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay, Belmont Park was seen across the way. Sure we could walk over, but have you seen my sister-in-law’s itinerary?? We were on a “tight” and I mean “tight” schedule. After all, they were touring sunny SoCal in one week remember? With a couple of hours to play before dinner, we drove ourselves over. =) Belmont Park/(c) Let’s Play OC! Hot Tip: As you soon as you decide it’s on your “To-Do”, sign up to receive coupons HERE. The one that we were especially looking for was RUSH Laser Tag and shortly after I registered my email, I scored this: … READ MORE >>