I’m sitting outside in the wee hours because I can’t bear to go to bed and miss a moment of this night. The air is cool—no, frigid—but the balcony is heated, and I’m holding a warming glass of red wine, … Continue reading
Surfers paddle through the break of the Pacific Ocean in the distance as I sit on a balcony with morning coffee in hand, observing it all. The Southern California experience is many things, and I imagine watching surfers paddle out from my hotel room balcony plays a central role, or at least in my experience. After a couple of whirlwind days in Santa Monica, finding a more relaxing vibe at the Cape Rey Carlsbad in North San Diego County brings us to what I discover to be the epicenter of SoCal fun.
Beaches, outdoors, theme parks, relaxation and luxury all meet in Carlsbad, Calif., a small city just north of San Diego where the sunsets spill gently into the Pacific Ocean in a shimmering display of perfection. About two miles east of the Pacific Ocean sits the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, a sprawling property with more than 600 rooms, eight swimming pools, restaurants, two golf courses, a spa and so much more. A weekend was enough to sample everything the Omni la Costa has to offer, but it doesn’t mean you’d ever want to leave.
Sleeping in until 10 only to wake to a beautiful view of the Mississippi River isn’t an everyday experience. Getting to casually enjoy my cup of Keurig coffee with that view before going down for a swim in a historic hotel’s basement lap pool is also a rarity, especially for a family traveler. But on this overnight getaway to the Madison Hotel in Downtown Memphis without our son, it was an accurate picture of my morning. And this one-hour snapshot of the Madison Hotel doesn’t capture the full picture of what makes this property so unique – and relaxing.
For parents traveling with children one of the biggest challenges isn’t what the kids will eat in a foreign land or how many times the little ones will say how bored they are in a museum. The biggest challenge we have dealt with over our eight years of traveling as parents is finding privacy in a hotel room we are sharing with our son. We finally found it at the West Bay Beach Resort Holiday Inn in Traverse City. And no, we didn’t have to book adjoining rooms to gain that privacy. A recent renovation at the West Bay Beach Resort Holiday Inn ensured us we could have some privacy while giving our son the feeling of having his own room.