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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Disneyland 2015 Holiday Season Guide

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort:
The 2015 holiday season at Disneyland began November 13 and will run until January 06, 2016.  Visiting Disneyland anytime of the year is always fun, but I always enjoy visiting during this time of year as all of the holiday decorations are up and everything is just more festive.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Top Four Tips to Maximize Your Next Disneyland Trip

A Guide to Maximizing Your Next Trip to Disneyland:

Whether you are visiting Disneyland for the first time or are a seasoned Disney veteran and have been there countless times, it always helps to plan your trip ahead of time to maximize your time at the theme parks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Review: Hyatt Regency Orange County

The Hyatt Regency Orange County is a great place to stay during your next trip to Disneyland.  Given the large amount of hotels near Disneyland, with pretty much every major hotel chain you can think of being represented, I chose the Hyatt Regency due to the benefits I would receive staying here, the reasonable prices and since I wanted to check out this property for this visit, as I had previously stayed at the Hyatt Place down the street.       

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review: Disney Visa Credit Cards

Planning a trip to a Disney theme park anytime soon and looking to save a little money?  Disney offers two visa credit cards through Chase Bank, the Disney Premier Visa Card and the Disney Rewards Visa Card, which can help you save money at Disney Theme Parks or when purchasing Disney merchandise.