Friday, July 15, 2016

Review: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

If you're looking to plan a trip to Disneyland for Mickey's Halloween Party or for the 2016 Holiday Season, staying at one of the Disney hotels has its perks and advantages.  Room rates tend to run high for the Disney hotels when compared to other area hotels, but the location, convenience and amenities offered cannot be overlooked.  We recently stayed at one of the Disney hotels for the first time earlier this year and have a feeling we'll be back here for our next trip.  

Read more for my review of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and the reasoning on why you should consider this hotel for your next trip to Disneyland.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

Mickey's 2016 Halloween Party:
The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues through September 5, 2016 and as soon as that is over, Disneyland will be rolling out the decorations for the Halloween season.  The Halloween Season at Disneyland will return this year from September 9 through October 31, including 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party.  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Visitor's Guide to the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located in Long Beach, CA on Rainbow Harbor and is one of the largest aquariums in the world.  The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species in various exhibits ranging in size and capacity.  The exhibits showcase inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific Ocea, with the the focus of three major permanent galleries, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, sunny Southern California and Baja and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Review: Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Hotel Overview:
The Hyatt Regency Long Beach has a prime location in Long Beach on the waterfront with dining, shopping, and entertainment options available all around.  The hotel provides easy access to all of the main area attractions including the Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village and the Pike Entertainment Center.  It would also be a great place to stay pre- or post-cruise if heading out from the Long Beach cruise/ferry terminal.   

Monday, May 30, 2016

Guide to Character Dining Options at Disneyland (Updated)

If you're interested in a character dining experience during your next trip to Disneyland, the guide below will help you learn more about the details you'll want to know for each dining experience that is offered at Disneyland.  

There are five options available for character dining at the Disneyland Resort.  Three of the character dining options are located in each of the Disneyland hotels, one inside Disneyland and one inside Disney California Adventure.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Hotel Overview:
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is located in the heart of California's Sonoma Valley Wine Country and is one of a few hotels in the United States to feature natural hot-springs mineral water flowing directly beneath it, filling its pools and spa.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Top Five Ways to Book Your Next Trip

As I discussed in a previous post, The Illusion of Choice for Hotel Booking Options, there has been a lot of consolidation in the Online Travel Agency (OTA) market that has increased the relative clout of the OTA's when negotiating commissions and other items with hotel companies.  Booking through an OTA is sometimes nice as you can quickly compare a lot of different options, but those are not your only options when deciding where to book your next hotel stay.

How do you plan on booking your next trip to paradise?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf

Hotel Overview:
The Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf is located near Pier 39 in San Francisco in close proximity to Ghiradhelli Square and other attractions in and around Fisherman's Wharf.  The location is best suited for tourists and others looking to have quick access to the area attractions.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Illusion of Choice for Hotel Booking Options

Let's say you're looking to plan your next vacation and you start researching online at the various Online Travel Agencies (OTA) which may include starting at Google and then eventually navigating your way to,,,,, etc.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Hyatt High Sierra Lodge

The Hyatt High Sierra Lodge is located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada.

The property is a part of the Hyatt Residence Club and features suites comprised of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, fireplace, living room, dining room and a washer/dryer.  It is also a part of the overall Hyatt Lake Tahoe footprint and features shared amenities with the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe hotel next door.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Do you consider yourself a seasoned skier/snowboarder or maybe you've never been and want to learn?  This month is a perfect time to save some money on ski packages and lessons at most major resorts nationwide as it is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.  Participating resorts nationwide are offering great discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rental equipment and accommodations.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Review: Grand Hyatt San Diego

Hotel Overview:
The Grand Hyatt is located waterfront on San Diego Bay and is steps away from the San Diego Convention Center and Seaport Village. The location offers great access to the city’s finest dining, shopping and entertainment.  

The hotel is comprised of two towers, 33 and 40 stories high, making it the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast.  It has 1,628 guest rooms, with most rooms offering nice water views.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SeaWorld San Diego Guide

A Visitor's Guide to SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is located just north of downtown San Diego along Mission Bay and is ranked 23rd on TripAdvisors Top 25 Amusement Parks in the United States.  It is a family friendly marine park and theme park offering aquariums, great shows, exhibits and rides for people of all ages.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

San Diego Zoo Guide

A Visitor's Guide to the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is located in the Northwest corner of Balboa Park in San Diego. The zoo is very large when compared to your typical zoo spanning 100 acres of beautifully landscaped terrain and is home to more than 3,000 animals in enclosures that for the most part try to replicate their natural habitats.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Character Dining at Disneyland

I previously discussed my Top Four Tips to Maximize Your Next Disneyland Trip and a Guide for the Holidays at Disneyland.  Next up is a look at the character dining options available and some of the details you'll need to know if you plan on experiencing one during your next Disneyland visit.