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Why Visit Borrego Springs with Kids

Get off the beaten path with a family vacation in Borrego Springs, California. It’s a quirky area inhabited by about 3,500 residents in the middle of the desert. Although it’s located within San Diego County, you’ll feel worlds away from the beachy vibe of SoCal in this desert village. Here’s what to do in Borrego […]

Guide to Carlsbad, California for Families

Carlsbad is probably not the first place that pops to mind when you think of a California vacation…but maybe it should be. Often overlooked in favor of its popular neighbor, San Diego, this laid-back beach city has plenty of fun for families. Carlsbad is just 36 miles north of San Diego International Airport and less […]

Romantic Things to Do in Carmel, California

Mention Carmel to someone who’s been there and they’re likely to sigh dreamily and say, “Ohhh, I looove Carmel.”  I couldn’t really understand the appeal…until I went there myself. There’s not a whole bunch of stuff to do in this Central California coastal town. But that’s the point. Carmel is about connection with nature and […]

Why Couples Love Monterey, California

Looking for a place to get away from it all and connect with your honey? You won’t find a more romantic destination than Monterey and its sister city, Carmel. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and fell in love with Monterey (and with each other, all over again!). When comparing these two […]

Best California with Kids Destinations

California is so jam-packed with fun for kids, you may not know where to begin planning your family vacation. As a mom and former Californian who has explored much of the Golden State’s shores, theme parks, and cities — let me help you narrow down your choices with this list of the nine best places […]

Huntington Beach with Kids – The Ultimate Surfer Town

California’s Pacific Coast is lined with darling beach towns, each with its own flavor and stretch of beach. For the ultimate surfer town, take the family to Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City USA. Craving a laid back beach vacation? Check out these eight fun things to do in Huntington Beach with kids. 1. Soak up the surfer […]

Tips for Visiting Disneyland with Teens and Tweens

Is it good idea to visit Disneyland with teens and tweens? YES! Kids of all ages love the magic of Disneyland. Of course, Disneyland with big kids differs from visiting with young children. In many ways, it’s better. There’s no need to squeeze in naps, plus your family can enjoy later nights at the parks […]

Top 12 Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Many parents worry there are not enough Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers, but amusements for all ages abound at this California theme park. The best part? The entire family can enjoy most of these activities together. As a Disneyland enthusiast and former multi-year Annual Passholder, I have visited the Happiest Place on […]

Fun Things to Do in Burbank, California – The Media Capital of the World

Looking for fun things to do in Burbank, CA? Grab your sunglasses and thank your adoring fans, because we’ve got a Burbank travel guide worth celebrating! Whether you’re supplementing your Los Angeles or Disneyland vacation, or you’re coming to California specifically to explore the Media Capital of the World, follow this list of activities for […]

Best Hotel Pools Near Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Looking for the best hotels near Disneyland with swimming pools? When you’re ready for a little break from the theme parks, heading back to the hotel for a swim provides a refreshing change of pace. These hotel pools near Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are so fabulous, you might have a hard time convincing the […]

Best Hotels for Families in San Diego County, California

The right hotel will make a huge impact on your San Diego family vacation. Take a look at this curated list of San Diego hotels for kids and choose the one that best meets your family’s needs based on location, amenities, budget and focus of your trip. Paradise Point Resort & Spa Best Hotel for […]

Guide to Christmas Time at Disneyland with Kids

Disneyland is the merriest place on Earth to celebrate the winter holidays. Even Scrooge himself would find it impossible not to revel in the joy of the holiday season at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks. Here’s what you need to know before going to Disneyland with kids at Christmas time! Find Disneyland Resort […]

Best San Diego Zoo with Kids Tips and Itinerary

As a multi-year San Diego Zoo member and mom of two animal-loving children, I have spent A LOT of time at this world-renowned zoo. I know which animals children love to see, the best places to eat, and the special extras that make San Diego Zoo with kids memorable. This zoo is huge so you […]