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…

Why Idyllwild with Kids is the Perfect Weekend Escape

Why Idyllwild with Kids is the Perfect Weekend Escape

Idyllwild, Ca. Where the heck is that, you might ask? Well, tucked away in the San Jacinto Mountains is a wonderful little town bursting with an amazing culinary and art culture. From Palm Springs, a swanky California desert oasis, Idyllwild can easily be reached by Aerial Tramway. Fun and convenient. It only took us a little more than an hour to get there from Orange County. Idyllwild with kids makes for the perfect weekend escape, because one minute you are at the beach or desert and then next you are…

Ultimate Guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with Kids

Ultimate Guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with Kids

It is Christmas time in San Diego and what better to way to celebrate the holidays by the sea than by hanging out with some of the ocean’s most awesome wildlife friends at SeaWorld? It is a coastal Christmas complete with whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and Santa, of course. We may not have blizzards here in Southern California, but we sure know how to do the holidays! Here is your ultimate guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with kids! First, here are some festive shots from around the park!! Keep…

Celebrating a Disney Christmas with Kids

Celebrating a Disney Christmas with Kids

It’s that time of year again and what better way to celebrate the happiest time of year than taking the family to the happiest place on earth? That’s right it is time to celebrate a Disney Christmas with kids!!! Starting mid-November and running through early January Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney transform into a Christmas bonanza! So read along and get into the spirit! Disneyland: Christmas lights cover almost every surface of Main Street and don’t even get me started on the magnificence of the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!!…

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…

Your Guide to Knott’s Merry Farm with Kids

Your Guide to Knott’s Merry Farm with Kids

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned country Christmas (or at least Southern California’s version of one). With all the different décor styles and modern colors used to celebrate the holidays these days, there is something to be said about the comfort of tradition. Knott’s Berry Farm Christmas is classic merriment, complete with carolers, glittering trees and even snow. Taking visitors back in time, Knott’s Merry Farm brings Christmas to the Wild West with a decked out Ghost Town and Santa’s Cabin. So cozy and beautiful, it is a holiday…

What to Expect from The Polar Express in Arizona

What to Expect from The Polar Express in Arizona

For parents, Christmas is a crazy, hectic and an expensive time of year. For children, it is the season of excitement, cheer and magic. The best present I could receive as a mom is seeing the look of absolute joy on my sweet babies’ faces as they experience the wonder and whimsy of the happiest season of all. In my family Christmas is not just one day of opening a million presents, it is a month long celebration of getting together with family and partaking in seasonal festivities. Don’t get…

How to go RVing for Thanksgiving in Big Bear

How to go RVing for Thanksgiving in Big Bear

Although Thanksgiving is nice when celebrated at home, it is also a perfect opportunity for travel. We always plan a holiday-themed trip with the kids and sometimes it best for us to take advantage of the four-day holiday. Hmmm. Where should we go? What should we do? Let’s load up the RV and hit the road. RVing is a great option for holiday travel! Why? Well, even though site rates are higher during the holidays, they are usually significantly less than hotel rooms for a group our size. Many people…

What to do in Solvang with Kids

What to do in Solvang with Kids

Solvang, Danish for sunny fields, is a quaint little Danish village filled with European charm, windmills, and craft local brews, delicious local wine and decadent pastries. Settled in 1911 by Danish immigrants, Solvang remains a little piece of Denmark in Central California. With so many places to shop, drink and eat, it is best to make a weekend out of the visit, but it also makes for a fun little pit-stop on your way up (or down) California’s coast. We usually break up road trips with a visit to Solvang…

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…