Drop Your Bags at the Tradewinds Island Grand

Drop Your Bags at the Tradewinds Island Grand

Imagine waking up to palm trees swaying in the breeze, to the turquoise sea sparkling in the sun and to the sand feeling as soft as powder sugar? It is not a just a fantasy, this is for real. While staying at the Tradewinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach, we woke up to paradise every day. Not only is the location gorgeous, but the resort caters to families. Although this HotMama isn’t afraid to make any accommodation family-friendly, I just love when resorts make it easy. The property is…

Drop Your Bags at Tucson’s Arizona Inn with Kids

Drop Your Bags at Tucson’s Arizona Inn with Kids

85 years ago an extraordinary woman by the name of Isabella Greenway opened her simply fabulous inn in Tucson, Arizona. Surrounded by the comforts of home, yet equipped with all the luxuries of an extravagant resort, the Arizona Inn remains timeless. During the depression, the inn was a symbol of hope in dark times. Today, it continues stand to strong, rising out of the desert like an oasis, beckoning guests of all types to come, stay and play awhile. And beckon guests it does. For decades the inn has attracted…

Why You Should Stay at the Fireside Inn Idyllwild

Why You Should Stay at the Fireside Inn Idyllwild

As a couple, HotDaddy and I have been visiting Idyllwild since 2003, becoming quite a tradition. Since having our beautiful and wild babies, Idyllwild has shifted from a romantic escape to a family retreat. Despite our number of visits, it wasn’t until 2010 we discovered the Fireside Inn when we were looking to mix things up and stay closer to town. Only 3 blocks from the village, Fireside Inn in Idyllwild was the perfect choice. Keep the Cost in Check: Normally in this section I would suggest visiting during off…

Checking for an Apple Farm Inn Christmas with Kids

Checking for an Apple Farm Inn Christmas with Kids

Every season, we like to take our family on a holiday inspired travel. One of our favorites is checking into the Christmas Wonderland that is The Apple Farm Inn. Here, we let our holiday spirit be filled with cheer. Sparkling lights drape over every surface casting a warm glow, jumbo garland adorned with over-sized ornaments frame the windows, doors and staircase and a fire roars in the lobby as guests are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and refreshments. It truly is as breathtaking as it sounds, which is why we…

Why You Stay at Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego

Why You Stay at Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego

Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, the Best Western Hacienda Hotel is our favorite place to drop our bags. The location is fantastic. You are walking distance from all the restaurants, shops and historical sites. This makes staying here extremely convenient, especially if you plan on partaking in all the opportunities to enjoy wonderful tequilas and tasty yard beers.  Even though we travel with kids, we make our rounds to our favorite watering-holes. If you would like to know where to drink in Old Town, check out…

New York New York Hotel Las Vegas

New York New York Hotel Las Vegas

What I love about Las Vegas is the ability to travel the world by simply hotel hopping. Each hotel boasts global themes in outrageous ways, Vegas-style. Paris, Polynesia, Hollywood, Venice, Egypt, are just some to name a few. One of my favorite places to drop my bags is the New York New York Hotel Las Vegas. Why? Well, for a number of reasons. Location, great rates, layout of casino, great pizza, and my favorite pub around, Nine Fine Irishmen! So, come on. Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for…

The Kirklee Hotel

The Kirklee Hotel

Built in 1902, the Kirklee Hotel is now a converted Edwardian townhouse set in a residential neighborhood on the beautiful west end of Glasgow. It also happens to be where we lived for 2 ½ weeks this past June. Before this trip, I had never stayed at a B&B, but I’m glad we had this chance. Instead of going for a standard hotel, we opted for a more quaint and traditional Scottish experience. The Kirklee Hotel gave us just want we needed. Rates: Room January-April May Onwards Single £65.00 £68.00…

The Mirage

The Mirage

The Mirage in Las Vegas opened in the fall of 1989 and my first visit was the summer of 1990. I was six years old. My family fell in love the Polynesian-themed hotel and has stayed at The Mirage every year since. My family will never let me live down the time we were in Vegas for a wedding and I cried because we weren’t staying at The Mirage. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it was home. I grew up there. In fact, I recently celebrated my 30th birthday…