Huntington Beach, Ca
Tip: bring a camera for fab photo opps. And definitely make a reservation and plan ahead, knowing the bonfires go out 10 p.m.
Stay at the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel in downtown HB with a recently completed a $3-million makeover. This boutique beachfront base camp is situated just steps from the Huntington Beach Pier. You’ll feel instantly at home in this Cali oasis, featuring a surfer vibe, open-air lobby (with plush seating and games for kids), fire pits, and more.
Our room was both colorful and beautiful- plenty big for our family of four. Seriously, it's VERY convenient- you can walk everywhere...to the beach, restaurants, and shopping.
Buena Park, Ca
Snoopy tuck in services! Opt for a special room and Snoopy comes to tuck in the kiddos! A great ending to a jam-packed getaway.
Why go? Simple. It’s a gem. Knott's Berry Farm amusement park is clean, organized, fun, and not overly crowded. And staying at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel is both convenient and special, packed with everything Snoopy! (Pictured here doing brunch with the big dog himself.)
The hub of Buena Park is Knott’s Berry Farm, definitely the destination of choice for Buena Park visitors. From a factual perspective, it’s a 160-acre amusement park; the twelfth most visited theme park in North America in 2015. The park features 35 rides including roller coasters, family rides, children's rides, water rides, and historical rides.
Four Seasons Aviara, Carlsbad, CA
Probably my fave pic. Mini Four Seasons robes. These boys sure live a good life! You can too- Aviara is a fab (and affordable!) alternative to a pricey VRBO.
This Carlsbad, CA property is one of the few Four Seasons locations that offers residence style living equipped with fantastic resort amenities. Apartment-style rooms feature living space, dining area, loaded kitchen, washer/dryer, lavish bedrooms, and A-list bathrooms. Staff is amazingly accommodating and the property is flawless.
Simply put- they cater to you. Upon arrival, they start pampering your entire family, including your kids. This was the set-up in our bathroom- a bubble bath with named sponges awaiting my sons.
Catamaran Resort, Mission Bay, CA
Check out the Catamaran’s seasonal luaus- it will tire your kids out. The San Diego summer tradition is a festive celebration of Polynesian food, music, and dance. The luau experience includes a lei, Mai Tai, all-you-can-eat buffet, and entertainment. A bayfront room over spring break can go for $500/night, but rooms start at $229 in October, so if you can get away in the fall, it’s a better deal.
This is your backyard. It's located on San Diego’s Mission Bay and across the street from the Pacific Beach shoreline. Instead of staying on busy Mission Beach, treat your family to a bayside stay. It’s quiet, inviting, and downright picturesque.
I really consider the Catamaran an ideal home base in San Diego. It’s steps from the bayfront walking path, giving guests the option to stroll, ride, or run outside their hotel door. You can walk to a local playground located on the sand. You can walk to the grocery store. You can walk to downtown Pacific Beach. And you can walk to Belmont Park, the entertainment district on Mission Beach. Simply put, it’s extremely convenient.
Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale, AZ
With so many family-friendly things to do, the kids are occupied, parents are satisfied and everyone is happy. I gotta mention the importance of picking a resort that flaunts luxury, cleanliness, care and ambiance. With plenty of restaurants, activities and amenities, your fam will be all smiles.
Yes, you want to cater to kid stuff, but at the same time, us mamas need posh pampering! Indulge in a highly rated 5-Star hotel…you deserve it. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is everything you could imagine and more. Plenty of stuff for kids, and luxury for us parents...
We spent the next day at the Sonoran Splash Pool equipped with two waterslides and a shallow kid’s area where my boys played for hours. (Oh, and they felt quite comfy in a cabana- definitely reserve one instead of stressing over securing lounge chairs.) Plenty of room for plenty of people, and plush seating for relaxing.