The Langham Huntington Hotel is a palatial estate set at the base of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena. Believe me when I say that this iconic landmark is the epitome of luxury. It’s also a totally tranquil escape from city life, while also managing to be kid-friendly. With lush grounds to wander, a serene spa to indulge in, and four eclectic restaurants to try, there’s plenty to experience. For me, this trip was all about relaxing poolside and sampling decadent dishes! Pasadena Staycation We stayed in a club level suite on the 8th floor, which gave us access to the ah-mazing club lounge! The lounge provides personalized service to a smaller population of hotel guests, which is great for families traveling with kids. Pasadena Staycation Here, guests can take advantage of delicious food and drinks all day. It also gives you a calmer, quieter space to check email or read the paper because there are fewer people there. Guests on the club level also get three complimentary garment pressings throughout their stay. While the cost of a room on the club level might be higher, take into consideration the price you would normally pay for meals. Having the convenience to…

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Am I the only Californian that’s never been to the Gaslamp in San Diego? Apparently so. This past weekend a girlfriend and I decided on an impromptu San Diego adventure with our eyes set on the Gaslamp Quarter. We made our home base the swanky Andaz Hotel San Diego.  Location: Andaz Hotel San Diego Located in the heart of it all, the Andaz Hotel San Diego is an ultra-modern, boutique hotel that definitely captures the vibe of the city! It’s situated within walking distance to all of the best bars and restaurants, but you may not even want to leave! The roof top has some of the best views of downtown San Diego. Complete with a bar, DJ, dance floor, and pool, what more could you need?! Chic doesn’t begin to describe the décor! The colors were cool and contemporary; the linens were luxurious, and the marble bathroom was absolutely spa-like. The staff was so hip and accommodating. Their personalized service made us feel like royalty! We were immediately greeted with a complimentary beverage at check-in. Room Layout: Andaz Hotel San Diego One very unique feature of this hotel is the glass between the bedroom and the bathroom. That’s right: you…

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The cuisine of California is too broad to be narrowed down to a select category as those flaunted by celebrity chefs and restaurants. There are however some tantalizing delicacies every foodie would find irresistible within the cities of California. Asides from the fresh, local ingredients; the ethereal environment of California, its soaring landscapes and the several other random everyday events all play a special role in creating a picturesque atmosphere which adds to the taste and experience of every meal. Whether you prefer dining at the local French country-style vineyard restaurant, munching on the delectable seafood in the shacks along the Central Coast, or maybe you’re spending the evening at the Southwest-style diners of the Pacific Grove, you will always find a meal from the countless list of menus that will pleasure your taste buds and send your foodie siren blasting with ecstasy. So for the enthusiastic and adventurous foodie, here are 5 cities in California you wouldn’t want to miss visiting whenever you’re in the Golden state to excite your palate. Los Angeles The city of angels has no doubt been topping the charts when it comes to constantly churning out varieties of culinary tour de force cuisines onto…

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Summer is just around the corner and if your kid is anything like mine, be prepare to hear “I’m bored” about a million times, and that’s just the first week of summer vacation. Last year, I was lucky and landed Reese a spot in summer school, this year I had no such luck. Being the list maker that I am, I set out to compile a list of “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids-California Edition” so I could be prepared for fun. Although there are officially 96 days of summer, this list should give you enough ideas to get started on your planning. And just when you think you’re running out of ideas, I’ll be back with “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids 2.0” to get you through the remainder of the summer. One added bonus, many of these activities continue all year long, so print out my list of “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids” and stick it on the refrigerator to refer back to later in the year. These are also great activities to plan family staycations around. So without further delay and not in any particular order, let’s get to the list.…

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Los Angeles Skyspace I can say without a doubt Los Angeles Skyspace is one of the best places to visit in Los Angeles. Last year when I heard it was coming to Los Angeles I immediately put it on my bucket list. I won’t lie, I am scared to death of heights, but I truly enjoyed this experience. I promise you won’t regret this adventure.

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