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Dining Guide at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

If you’re wondering what kind of dining options are available at Great Wolf Lodge (GWL) Southern California, I’ve got the 411! Years ago, Great Wolf Lodge didn’t know much about food so they used to serve frozen burgers and fried food, but you’ll be happy to know they have come a long way from that, because GWL understands that about 25% of their hotel guests have food allergies, and it is important to them to use quality fresh locally-grown organic produce. For example, we tasted a few items during a special media preview presentation like a garden salad, mushroom risotto, and a gazpacho (cold vegetable soup). The dishes were so fresh … READ MORE

Escape to Island Spa Catalina

One of my most favorite thing to do when I’m on vacation is to visit a spa. Traveling is stressful as it is when you’re packing for the whole family, making sure everyone arrives on time, and making sure you don’t forget anything. I like to find time for myself to relax even if it’s for an hour. When were visiting Avalon over spring break, I explored ISLAND SPA CATALINA, and it was amazing!

Great Wolf Lodge Scooops Kid Spa (Mommy & Me)

Sometimes you need to make a little time to celebrate being a girl, wear tiaras, and feel like a princess. Needless to say, I was the best auntie of the day. Also our mani’s and pedi’s came with an ice cream treat at the end! At Great Wolf Lodge in SoCal, there’s a spa designed for kids called Scooops Kid Spa. It’s great for Mommy & Me or in this case, girl time with my niece. Hint: It’s open to the public! You don’t need to be hotel guests to experience Scooops and the first two hours of parking is free with validation. For our appointment, we all borrowed their … READ MORE

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals – CIVR

We go to Catalina Island a lot because it is absolutely beautiful out there, and it is a short boat ride off Southern California Coast. We have stayed over as a couple before children, a day trip with a large group for July 4th, and now as a family with kids. A great option for overnight stays with large groups and families is renting a house with a full kitchen. You can save money cooking your own meals, and it feels like home away from home. CATALINA ISLAND VACATION RENTALS (CIVR) offered to host our family while we were on Spring Break one year, and our home rental for two nights was a modernly decorated two bedroom condo centrally located to all the attractions in Avalon Harbor. As you may already know, most everything on Santa Catalina Island is within walking distance. We were steps from the water as well as from the Vons Grocery store. We walked about four blocks with our luggage to our condo which was also a block from Crescent Ave. (Note: CIVR have both houses and condos all between one and three blocks of the downtown area). We walked everywhere this weekend and all of our activities were conveniently about two or three blocks from where we stayed. Check out this property where we stayed at on Beacon St. from CIVR.

CATALINA ISLAND: What’s Inside the Commodore Lounge at Catalina Express?

Get the VIP treatment! When you upgrade your Catalina Express tickets for $15 each person, you will receive Commodore Lounge benefits such as beverage tickets, priority boarding, snacks, and reclining seats! You will feel the VIP treatment right away! For example, when you start to line up for boarding, you will notice a special waiting area for “Commodore Lounge” ticket holders. The lines are much shorter, and you board first! Comfy leather seats that recline, drink service, and snacks – This is the way to travel!

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